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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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This wallpaper is somehow causing Android devices to crash [Update: Samsung to roll out patches]

Something about the color

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Wallpapers are one of the most personal ways to customize our phones. Whether it’s a photo of a loved one, a pop culture icon, or just a default one, smartphones become much more colorful and dynamic because of wallpapers. That said, the only time you should fear a wallpaper is when you accidentally show off a very NSFW wallpaper to a very SFW public. However, a new and mysterious wallpaper is striking fear into the hearts of every Android user.

On their official Twitter page, renowned Samsung leaker Ice Universe posted a seemingly innocuous wallpaper with a dire warning: “Never set this picture as wallpaper, especially for Samsung mobile phone users!” The photo depicts a picturesque lakeside sprinkled with tall, coniferous trees; a minuscule island stands at the lake’s center; warm sunlight filters through thick clouds, disturbed only by towering mountains.

Further, when posted to Weibo, the photo changes, losing its purplish-orange hue. In its altered form, the wallpaper becomes harmless. The leaker suspects that the Chinese social network filters out the photo’s “harmful ingredients.”

Original (left) and Weibo format (right) | Image source: Ice Universe / Twitter

(As I was writing this article, I tried putting the photo on Photoshop to analyze its elements. When I downloaded it directly from Twitter and placed it on the software, Photoshop also filtered the hue out. There’s something off about this photo.)

Naturally, after the leaker posted the photo, curious users tried the wallpaper for themselves. As expected, Ice Universe’s warning turned into reality for some. Strangely, the wallpaper’s mysterious power picks and chooses which smartphones to brick. However, based on the flurry of responses, it’s exclusively an Android issue. Besides Samsung models, Google’s Pixels and Xiaomi’s phones are victims. Curiously, only newer models are affected.

According to a Korean forum, the problem lies in the wallpaper’s image profile. Apparently, the raw image was created using GIMP, a Photoshop alternative. Unlike other image manipulation software, GIMP operates in color profiles beyond those that Android is compatible with. As such, Android gets confused when loading the photo as a wallpaper, causing crashes and bricks. Some have also speculated on an error in encoding. Regardless, it seems that the photo’s color profile is at fault.

Still, don’t try it out. If you do try it out, convert it to sRGB first.

UPDATE: According to a follow-up tweet from Ice Universe, Samsung has already received similar complaints in mid-May. The company has resolved the concern and will start rolling out fixes to affected models soon. It’s time to wait whether other brands will release similar patches, if they haven’t already.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

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Android 11 launch delayed due to US protests

#BlackLivesMatter

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Image source: Android Developers / YouTube

Coronavirus-related delays are commonplace in this newfound era. The global health crisis has forced various companies from various industries to postpone their much-anticipated annual events. So far, we’ve seen event cancellations, launch delays, and digital migrations. Today, another anticipated launch has been postponed. However, for perhaps the first time in a while, the delay isn’t canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

In an official tweet from Android’s Twitter account, Google announced the postponement of Android 11’s unveiling. Previously, the company earmarked June 3 as the upcoming operating system’s debut. The launch would have introduced the system to developers for optimization with their apps before a more public release. That will now have to wait.

“We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release,” Google said. “Now is not the time to celebrate.” Instead, the company will release more details “soon.”

Besides the ongoing pandemic, the United States is now buckling under a lot of civil uprising across several states. The protests are calling for justice for the brutal death of George Floyd, an African American man, under the custody of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. In less than a week, a revolutionary spirit rushed through the entire country, resurrecting the #BlackLivesMatter movement from very recent memory. Since then, several companies and personalities have used their respective platforms and audiences to spread awareness, goodwill, and justice towards the issue.

Besides Android 11, Google has also quietly delayed the launch of the Pixel 4a for coronavirus-related reasons, according to previous reports.

SEE ALSO: Apple and Google release contact tracing software all over the world

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Globe postpaid plans for Samsung Galaxy A51

Zero cash-out starting from ThePlan 1499!

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Have you been eyeing Samsung’s successor to its all-around midranger for a while now? The Galaxy A51 is currently available exclusively on telecommunication companies like Globe. You can choose from different plans offered, and we’ve compiled the list to help you decide.

ThePlan 2999

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  31GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 300 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
  • 24 months contract period
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 2,999/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 2,999

ThePlan 2499

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  21GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 150 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 2,499/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 2,499

ThePlan 1999

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  16GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 150 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,999/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 1,999

ThePlan 1799

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  15GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 100 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,799/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 1,799

ThePlan 1499

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  10GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 100 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,499/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 1,499

ThePlan 1299

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  8GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 50 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,299/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 3,600
Total
  • PhP 4,899

ThePlan 999

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  5GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 50 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 999/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 6,000
Total
  • PhP 6,999

ThePlan 799

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  3GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 50 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 799/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 8,400
Total
  • PhP 9,199

ThePlan 599

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  2GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 599/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 9,600
Total
  • PhP 10,199

Meet the Samsung Galaxy A51

The Samsung Galaxy A51 has a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main shooter, 5-megapixel depth sensor, 5-megapixel macro lens, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens. It has a 6.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, following the Infinity-O display that houses the 32-megapixel selfie camera. It also sports a 4000mAh battery with 15W charging.

Moreover, you get Samsung staple features like Knox, Bixby Vision, Lens, Routines, and Samsung Health.

Terms and availability

The Galaxy A51 will be available via Globe Telecom. Freebies like the 6-month subscription to Amazon Prime Video and 3-month subscription to iflixVIP is available when you apply for ThePlan until June 30, 2020. Moreover, you can get a PhP 1000 Samsung Online Store voucher when you avail of this handset with Globe’s ThePlan.

To avail, call Globe’s hotline: (02) 7730-1010 for new and additional line applications, and (02) 7730-1000 for plan renewals. Lines are open from Monday to Sunday, 8 AM to 10 PM. You may also visit Globe stores near you.

SEE ALSO: Awesome Screen! Samsung Galaxy A51 now officialSamsung Galaxy A51: Price and availability in SingaporeSamsung Galaxy A51 LTE: Price and availability in the USSamsung launches online Store in the PhilippinesSamsung, Xiaomi dominate Q1 2020 Android sales

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