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Foldable smartphones will dominate next year

Three more brands will launch their own next year

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With two months left in 2018, next year’s smartphones are already gearing up for their respective launches. With a multitude of options, no one knows what tomorrow’s smartphones will look like. From truly bezel-less phones to fully integrated screens, the possibilities are endless. However, a new report is tipping the odds towards one specific form factor — the foldable phone.

For one, Samsung has already committed considerable assets towards its own take on the unique design. The South Korean company has leaked patents and software corresponding to the upcoming smartphone. Even now, the phone is rumored to debut next month. Afterwards, it will launch next year.


Besides Samsung, other companies are also preparing their own foldable phones. According to trusted leaker Ice Universe, at least three more brands will launch foldable models between CES and MWC in 2019.

Unfortunately, the leaker refuses to name which brands are involved in foldable screen development. Right now, it’s anyone’s guess.

However, Evan Blass, another renowned leaker, has confirmed LG’s plans to launch a foldable phone at CES next year. Given Blass’ reputation, this report is as good as gold.

Also, of note, a smaller Chinese company, Rouyu Technology, has unveiled the world’s first foldable smartphone. The 7.8-inch phone touts a Snapdragon 855, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. Further, the phone will feature a 20-megapixel plus 16-megapixel rear camera combination. Launched in its home turf, the Rouyu FlexiPai will retail for CNY 8,999.

However, Ice Universe asserts that the earlier releases “are not necessarily the best.” Of course, the leaker has notoriously focused on Samsung’s leaks more than any other brand’s reports. Take the account’s assertions of quality with a grain of salt.

At most, Ice Universe’s report offers a preview of the smartphone industry’s looks next year. However, the form factor’s performance is still up in the air. At the very least, we only have a little more than two months to wait.

SEE ALSO: Huawei will launch a foldable, 5G-ready smartphone

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Redmi teases the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, confirms 64MP camera

Better cameras, batteries, and performance

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The race to 64-megapixel has begun. Earlier this month, Redmi and Realme both announced that they’ll sport Samsung’s 64MP sensor on their next smartphones. In trying to beat Realme to the punch, Redmi tries to get ahead of the game by announcing a launch date sooner than expected.

Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing revealed the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s existence on Weibo. The Redmi Note 8 features the most-awaited 64-megapixel sensor from Samsung. To further prove its capability, Weibing showed off its sample.


Image credit: Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing

It’s not just the cameras that people should be excited about. It seems the new smartphones will have better batteries and performance. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro might house a 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh battery, respectively, with the Note 8 Pro capable of supporting 18W fast charging.

Gearing towards gaming and performance, both devices will be powered by a MediaTek Helio G90T processor. Additionally, the Note 8 Pro will feature a liquid cooling technology for heat dissipation.

Design-wise, Redmi doesn’t seem like veering away from its usual aesthetic. In a hands-on photo from GizmoChina, the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro looks like a K20 Pro, only in a dark green variant packed with triple cameras and a fingerprint sensor. It has an all-metal body weighing below 200 grams, with a pop-up camera dedicated for selfies. Both phones are also expected to equip a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a notch.

More details are underway and all we can do is take everything with a grain of salt until further announcements have been made. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s launch will coincide with Redmi’s smart TV launch on August 29.

Via: GizmoChina

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks | Realme XT teased

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 4 leak reveals 108MP camera

But, will it have 5G?

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There have been reports about Xiaomi launching the Mi MIX 4 in September. Ahead of the official launch, several recent leaks have given out the key specifications of the smartphone.

According to a Chinese website, news.mydrivers, the tipster says the smartphone will be equipped with a 12GB RAM + 1TB storage. It could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset which consists of an overclocked octa-core CPU at 2.96GHz.


As for the battery, it is expected to house a 4,500mAh battery that might support 30W fast charge. It is also being speculated that this Xiaomi smartphone might be the first smartphone by the brand to support wireless reverse charging as well.

Image from Weibo

The rear side of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 4 will be equipped with quad camera system. It will feature a main camera of 108-megapixel primary lens, a 16-megapixel superwide lens, a 12-megapixel lens and a periscope lens. The leak has no information on the front camera of the phone.

Earlier, it was reported that the phone will come with 5G support. There is no confirmation on whether the phone will be coming in 5G as well as 4G LTE versions. The leak also mentions that it’ll support NFC and will reintroduce a 3.5mm audio jack to the lineup.

The leak also states that it will continue to flaunt a ceramic body. There is no concrete backing for the above leak. Renders also suggest a fullscreen display but we don’t know if the Mi Mix will continue to have a sliding mechanism to reveal a front-facing camera or if it will be a different implementation altogether.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Store Price List | Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Review | Xiaomi’s Under Display Camera prototype

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Fitbit and Singapore are teaming up for a healthier nation

Could include more than a million subscribers

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Governments everywhere are trying to leverage modern technology in their public healthcare programs, but the process has been slow. Adopting new technology is difficult because of the wide scale and costs. In a first, Fitbit and Singapore have teamed up to build a healthier country.

Singapore launched the Smart Nation initiative five years ago to modernize the city-state with state-of-the-art technology, as well as proactively improve citizens’ health. Fitbit has been signed onto Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) to undertake a project.


Starting next month, residents of Singapore can register for the Fitbit Inspire, which the company launched earlier this year specifically for employers and health plans. Citizens won’t pay anything for the device, but will commit to spending SG$ 10 a month for a year of premium service, which includes guidance and one-on-one coaching.

Fitbit Premium provides personalized coaching and nudges subscribers to drive behavior and lifestyle changes to live healthier. Apple, Fitbit’s arch-rival, had also competed for the Singapore contract, but Fitbit’s bid ultimately won out.

As part of the partnership, Fitbit’s digital health platform and wearable devices will integrate with Singapore’s public health program. It’ll be called Live Healthy SG and will be available to people of “all ages and levels of health.”

Singaporeans will be able to pre-register for Live Healthy SG around mid-September, Fitbit said, with the program set to launch sometime in October.

This project can be a inspiring stepping stone for other countries as well. Singapore is a very small country and hence ideal for a pilot run. The same setup can be replicated elsewhere and scaled.

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