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All the foldable phones and how much you have to flex to get each one

A lot of $$$, basically

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We’re entering another technological era: The time of foldable smartphones. And no, I’m not talking about flip phones, no matter how cool those sound.

If you’re as confused as I am, this is all you need to know: For years, tech folks have been obsessed with foldable phones — with Samsung showing off a concept as early as 2014 — but it’s never really happened until this year.

All the bendy innovation comes at a price, though, that brings the famously expensive iPhone XS Max to shame. But, since price has never stopped anyone from liking weird stuff, I’ve rounded up all the foldable phones and added how much you’ll have to shell out to get one.

Royole FlexPai 

Talk about beating the big tech companies to the punch, Royole launched the first-ever commercially available folding smartphone in China.

At this year’s CES, Royole showcased a folding phone that features a bendable display. The FlexPai wasn’t the only interesting flexible screen display application we saw from Royole.

Not really surprised, though. This is the same company marketing a screen-fitted top hat for US$ 900 — which, TBH, is sort of worth it. 😂

Cost: US$ 1,200 or just US$ 250 shy of that iPhone XS Max. If you think that’s expensive, oh, you have no idea. 

Samsung Galaxy Fold

When Samsung finally unveiled its foldable phone at this year’s MWC, it was a 7.3-inch tablet that turns into a 4.3-inch phone by folding inward.

It has a total of six cameras on three different areas (there are so many phone sides now 😅).

Cost: US$ 1,980 or just about two reasonably priced 2018 smartphone flagships, because why get one phone when you can get yourself one that bends. 🤯

READ MORE: The Samsung Galaxy Fold is official!

Huawei Mate X

Huawei’s entry into the foldable phone race folds outward and utilizes a bar on the back side for triple-camera Leica shooters.

It’s an 8-inch tablet that turns into a phone with a 6.6-inch front screen and a 6.38-inch back screen.

Cost: EUR 2,299 or around US$ 2,600 which is exactly the amount of money I do not have for a smartphone. Fun fact, the same price tag will get you two and a half Louis Vuitton Speedy Monogram bags or around 24 bottles of Moet.

READ MORE: Huawei Mate X launches as world’s fastest foldable 5G phone

OPPO foldable prototype 

Not to be outdone and in true “if you can do it, we can do it, too!” fashion, OPPO also showed off a foldable device which looks a whole lot like Huawei’s Mate X.

Cost: Not coming to market… yet. OPPO admits that the cost of this phone is way too much for such a small market — finally, real talk from a multi-billion yuan company. 😅

READ MORE: OPPO showcases own foldable phone, but won’t sell it yet

TCL’s DragonHinge phones

Not to be outdone, TCL showcased a folding phone, well, sort of.

TCL unveiled the DragonHinge, which is a mechanism that will allow for even more foldable phones.

Cost: Phones with DragonHinge come with a 2020 shipping date so you can at least hold on to your cash until then.

READ MORE: TCL’s DragonHinge enables mobile devices to go foldable

LG V50 ThinQ with a case which is also technically something that folds 

LG hasn’t jumped on the foldable screen bandwagon but instead offers a foldable phone option with their Dual Screen case. It’s literally an accessory that turns your single-screened V50 into a foldable phone with double screens — perfect for those who can’t commit to these flexy phones.

Cost: No pricing yet, but surely a phone and a phone case would cost less than 24 bottles of Moet?

READ MORE: V50 ThinQ is LG’s first 5G smartphone, still a multimedia powerhouse

ZTE Nubia Alpha Wearable, basically a phone bent around your wrist

So sure, these phones fold, but what if your flex is more of a bend than a fold? Worry not, dear reader, 2019 tech has you covered.

ZTE’s Nubia Alpha wearable is sort of a smartwatch but is also almost a smartphone. It can house a 4G eSIM which means you can use it to call and text without pairing it to a phone!

Cost: EUR 549 for the basic 4G eSIM version, but there’s a luxxe 18-karat gold-coated version that retails for EUR 649.

READ MORE: ZTE Nubia’s Alpha wearable is basically a phone on your wrist

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Nokia 2.2, 2.1, and 1 are on massive discounts this Christmas

Freebies are also up for grabs

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Christmas season is the perfect time to buy ourselves and our loved ones a brand new smartphone. While some of us have cash to burn for a brand new flagship, most of us would be content with a budget or midrange phone. Those looking for a budget phone as their next purchase should look no futher than Nokia.

Nokia Philippines is offering three of their budget phones with a massive discount in time for the holiday seasons. These are the budget phones on discounts along with freebies in tow:

  • Nokia 2.2 — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,490 + free Bluetooth speaker
  • Nokia 2.1 — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 3,990 + free 16GB SD card
  • Nokia 1 — from PhP 4,290 to PhP 2,990

These discounted phones are available on all Nokia concept stores, kiosks, and authorized dealers nationwide. Or, get them at Nokia’s Argomall, Lazada, MemoXpress, and Shopee online store.

New color option for Nokia 7.2

Along with these exciting offers, Nokia is also bringing a new color option for the recently-launched Nokia 7.2: Cyan Green. It will be available on all stores nationwide starting November 27.

Nokia 7.2 launched in the Philippines last month. Its headlining feature is a 48MP camera sensor along with two other lenses: one that’s 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide and one that’s a 5MP depth sensor. Plus, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. Rounding things off is a 3,500mAh battery.

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Casetify’s collaboration with Pangram Pangram is inspired by travel

For those diagnosed with a serious case of wanderlust

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Nothing inspires us to keep hustling like the places we want to travel to — whether that’s a remote island or a concrete jungle. Packing and carrying a heavy suitcase, going through airport security and passport control, waiting at the airport and finding nothing but overpriced food — all these are so much more exciting than going through everyday commute and the routine of office work.

If nothing feeds your soul like a travel adventure, Casetify’s collaboration with type foundry Pangram Pangram is made for you. It’s inspired by the journey through the airport, from luggage scan tags to boarding passes, and airport restaurant bills.

Customize your iPhone case by choosing an airport and adding your name — et voila! You now have your very own luggage scan tag case. As of writing there are more than 30 cities to choose from, and here are some of our favorites:

New York

Paris

London

Boston

Jeju

San Francisco

Singapore

Berlin

Shanghai

Casetify is adding more cities based on the demand, so if you don’t see your favorite destination or hometown let them know on Instagram. The cases are available for iPhone 7 and up, including the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max starting at US$ 35. Cases for Airpods 1 and 2, as well as Apple Watch bands for Series 1-4 are also available.

To shop the collection visit casetify.com.

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Samsung is holding a raffle for Galaxy A-series users

Various Samsung freebies are up for grabs

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Attention owners of the Samsung Galaxy A-series smartphones! The company has a treat for you. Samsung is holding a raffle where you get the chance to win exciting freebies.

To participate, users must join the bi-monthly raffle held within the Samsung Members’ app. Signing up for an account grants users one raffle entry. Those who brought the Galaxy A50s, A30s, A20s, and A10s may redeem one raffle entry on the app. Buyers of the mentioned phones who signed up gets two raffle entries.

Prizes up for grabs include a Galaxy Note 10, A10s, Galaxy Buds, Tab S6, Fit e, and Watch Active2. Samsung will announce 10 winners each on these dates: December 3, 17, and January 2, 2020. Promo runs from November 15 to December 31.

To know more about the raffle, visit Samsung’s raffle offer page.

The holiday raffle is Samsung’s push to promote its latest Galaxy A smartphones. The Galaxy A50s, A30s, A20s, and A10s offer more power than their regular versions, built specifically with millennials in mind. Featuring larger batteries, more powerful processors, and support for fast-charging technology, these smartphones truly fit the bill for younger generations who demand more out of their smartphones.

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