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These are not 2020’s best smartphones, but they sure are the most exciting and most talked about.

The Moto razr and Galaxy Z Flip capture everyone’s attention with something cool, innovative, and retro — and we love it when out sentimental bones are tickled.

More importantly, both smartphones are attempting to do the same thing — finding ways in which foldable displays can solve practical problems. They share so much in common, but which one is better?

Build & Durability

Can a phone with a foldable display survive the wear and tear of everyday use? The biggest difference between the Z Flip and the razr is the material used in their displays.

On the razr, like every other foldable phone we’ve seen thus far, it’s plastic. Meanwhile, the Flip is made of ultra-thin glass.

Which is more durable? Theoretically – glass should be more durable. It definitely feels sturdier.

Now while foldable displays are an impressive feat of engineering, the hinge mechanism is probably more impressive — not to mention more important.

Hinge

Each company has a different approach. Motorola calls theirs a “zero-gap” hinge design, so when closed there’s hardly any space sandwiched between the folded display. When the phone is closed the display forms a teardrop shape inside the hinge.

Samsung, on the other hand, took what it learned from the Galaxy Fold and applied it to the Flip – the updated hinge uses a Dual Cam mechanism. Cams are rotating or sliding pieces in mechanical linkages.

This allows the Flip to not only fold and unfold but also stay put at a 90-degree angle. Inside there are bristles that brush away dust or lint that might get trapped inside.

Design

Motorola intentionally designed the Moto Razr to look like the iconic Motorola Razr. Its shape, chin, and even the curves on its top are inspired by the original. Right now it only comes in black, but a gold model has been announced.

The Galaxy Z Flip comes in black, purple, and in some markets gold. Its shape resembles a Galaxy S20. So much so that when open – it looks just like it. Same rounded corners and a stainless steel frame albeit much narrower.

Performance

Neither of these two phones has specs that will rival the best 2020 has on offer. That said – the Galaxy Z Flip is still very powerful, with an updated version of last year’s top of the line processor from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 855+ and if you don’t know what that means.

Just know that it was the most powerful processor last year, chosen to run high-end gaming phones like the ASUS ROG Phone 2. The Razr only runs a midrange series processor from Qualcomm. It also has less RAM and less storage, and a smaller battery.

Camera

Samsung has a longstanding reputation of excellence in smartphone cameras and the flip is no different. It’s got two 12MP cameras — a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle lens. On the other hand, the Moto Razr only has one camera — a 16MP wide-angle camera.

Price

Because it was announced later, Samsung wisely priced the Flip at US$ 1,380. That’s US$ 120 less than the Razr.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Watch the whole comparison on our YouTube channel to determine if the Moto razr or the Galaxy Z Flip is your GadgetMatch.

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Samsung Black Friday Cyber Monday sale back in Singapore

Pokemon-themed accessories also launched

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Samsung Singapore is bringing back its Black Friday Cyber Monday sale campaign, offering flash sales and discounted rates for customers.

During these two days, selected products will be available for 7% off with the discount code ‘7OFF’. From 12 midnight to 9 a.m. on both days, customers should also be on the lookout for flash sales.

For a sneak peek of what devices, electronics, and home appliances are included in the sale, check the list below.

Product Black Friday Cyber Monday promo
27-inch Odyssey G4 240Hz Gaming Monitor SG$ 360 (from SG$ 568)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G SG$ 2,578 (from SG$2,938)

  • Free Galaxy Watch 5 40mm BT
  • Free upgrade from 512GB to 1TB (Samsung Online Store exclusive)
302L All-Around Cooling Top Mount Freezer 25% off retail price of SG$ 699
Crystal UHD 4K AU7002 Series Up to 40% off retail price, which starts at SG$ 799
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 2022 Edition (Wi-Fi) SG$ 468 from SG$ 598 (flash deal hours only)

  • Additional free Targus Antimicrobial Foldable Keyboard and Samsung Universal Stand
Galaxy A23 5G SG$ 398 from SG$ 498 (flash deal hours only)

  • Additional free SG$ 20 Dairy Farm voucher

 

Aside from irresistible deals, the Samsung Online Store is releasing a special-edition range of Pokémon-themed accessories.

During the Black Friday Cyber Monday campaign period, consumers will receive a complimentary Galaxy Buds2 Poké Ball Cover (worth SG$ 58) with every purchase of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro (SG$ 328).

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PMC’s film-making contest lets you win an iPhone 14

Presence and Presents

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Power Mac Center has officially unwrapped its holiday campaign, Presence and Presents, which includes giving interested participants the chance to take home an iPhone 14 by simply joining a contest.

For its “Unwrap Moments” short film competition, PMC is inviting everyone 18 years and above to use an iPhone, be creative, and capture the joy of togetherness during the holiday season.

The final output should answer the question “Why is presence the best present for Christmas?”.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by PMC representatives and two renowned Filipino filmmakers in Antoinette Jadaone and JP Habac.

The prizes up for grabs are as follows:

  • Grand winner: iPhone 14 128GB worth PhP 61,990
  • 1st runner-up: iPad Air 5th gen 64GB worth PhP 41,490
  • 2nd runner-up: AirPods 3rd gen worth PhP 12,990
  • People’s Choice Special Award winner: PhP 5,000 worth of 1 Infinite Access points
  • 3 special awardees: PhP 10,000 worth of products from partners Adam Elements, Energea, and Logitech

Submission of entries is until December 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. For more details and specifics on the mechanics, visit this link.

Holiday deals, exclusive rewards for members

Aside from the contest, Presence and Presents also features “Unwrap Dreams” which lets customers score deals of up to 25% off on selected premium iPhone cases and screen protectors – when they purchase the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

Those buying the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, on the other hand, can score up to PhP 2,000 worth of store credits which can be used to buy any available accessories at all PMC and The Loop stores.

PMC’s partner brands also get as much as 95% off on chargers, earphones, speakers, storage devices, and more. All these promos last until December 31, 2022.

Lastly, “Unwrap Treats” is PMC’s way of giving back to 1 Infinite Access members as they can get up to an additional 10% off on participating premium accessories.

SEE ALSO: Best iPhone 14 Cases

 

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Trip to Boracay awaits lucky vivo Y22s, V25 buyer

More prizes await this holiday season

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Boracay photos Shot on the vivo V25 Pro

Christmas season is usually a time for customers to invest in new things to use for the next year or so, and smartphones are no exception.

With vivo, fans do not only get a quality smartphone; they also get a chance to win a brand-new mountain bike, a buffet package at Okada, or even a trip to Boracay.

That’s made possible by vivo’s Wish for Christmas promotion which offers everyone exciting holiday treats for every purchase of the Y22s or V25 5G until December 20, 2022.

Every purchase of either phone entitles customers to choose one gift from the wish list below when they get selected as the lucky grand winner:

  • Round trip ticket to Boracay (for 1 person only)
  • Okada Buffet Meal package worth PhP 10,000 (maximum of 4 people)
  • Rock Rider 27.5 mountain bike
  • Havit projector
  • vivo Y15 smartphone
  • Standard e-scooter

Aside from the grand prize, four (4) more winners may take home any of the following gift items:

  • Neckband earphone
  • Havit Bluetooth earphone E505BT
  • Havit smart bracelet H1100
  • Baseus Encok TWS W3

Just to recap, the V25 5G is priced at PhP 23,999. The Y22s, on the other hand, is available for PhP 10,999 for the 4GB variant and PhP 12,999 for the 8GB variant.

Qualified participants can submit their raffle entries until 10 in the evening on December 20. Winners will then be announced on December 23 at 12 noon, on vivo’s Facebook page.

Claiming of prizes is only until 60 days upon receipt of notification. Winners must present a valid ID and proof of purchase with date, as well as their notification from vivo.

vivo Blue Santa’s visit

Furthermore, vivo is giving away more prizes through its Blue Santa holiday promo. The instruction is quite simple.

Customers who purchase a vivo smartphone in a participating store where Blue Santa is located can get a free vivo baseball cap by taking a photo with Blue Santa and posting it on Facebook using the hashtag #vivoBlueSanta.

The schedule of Blue Santa’s visit to vivo concept stores and kiosks is listed below.

  • December 16: Glorietta, Century Mall, Cash & Carry, Xentromall, Lucky Chinatown
  • December 17: SM Muntinlupa, WM Sucat, WM Bicutan, Metropoint Pasay
  • December 23: SM Valenzuela, SM Sangandaan, Ayala Feliz, SM Center Pasig
  • December 24: Fishermall QC, Trinoma, SM North Edsa, Fairview Terraces

SEE ALSO: Taking the vivo V25 Pro on a date night in Boracay island

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