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Samsung Galaxy Flex might cost more than $2,500

Or three arms, a leg, and a kidney

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The modern era of the smartphone industry has been defined by the constant battle between Samsung and Apple. The one-upmanship game has pushed all of the smartphone’s aspects including displays, processors, and cameras.

The battle for price supremacy, however, has gone haywire. Traditionally, cheaper smartphones win more sales. Strangely, both Samsung and Apple have gone the opposite way, pushing prices to even more expensive frontiers. As 2018 finally winds down, next year looks to push that boundary even further, especially for Samsung.


Recently, the company announced the world’s first official foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Flex. Even during the product’s announcing, everyone knew that the device will carry a more-than-premium price tag. Initially, the first leaks and rumors placed the device at an astonishing US$ 1,770. The price completely blows away the company’s (and even the industry’s) records.

Incredibly, succeeding leaks are increasing this gigantic price tag even further. According to a verified source from Gizmodo UK, the Galaxy Flex will launch with a price tag between GBP 1,500 and GBP 2,000. Converted to dollars, that’s between US$ 1,923 to US$ 2,565.

According to Gizmodo, the source in question works directly for Samsung. Indeed, chances are high that Samsung will release the most expensive smartphone available in the market.

The wideness of the range indicates potential variants available under the Galaxy Flex line. Regardless, the price range can put people in years of debt. Even the range’s lower value is leaps beyond the iPhone XS Max — currently, the most expensive mainstream phone topping out at US$ 1,449.

Despite the absurdity of the phone’s price, Samsung still expects to move a million units on launch. Samsung is clearly putting a lot of eggs into its foldable basket. The pay-off will depend on the willingness of the brand’s deep-pocketed fans. The Samsung Galaxy Flex will launch in the first half of 2019.

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Honor loses a prototype phone, offers a EUR 5,000 reward

Lost in Germany

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Losing a smartphone is too easy in today’s world. Falling out of your pocket, a smartphone can come crashing down to the pavement, into an open drain, or into the hands of a thief. Today, lost and found offices are filled with smartphones. If you’re unlucky enough to lose one, it will likely cost you a new smartphone, at most. As easy as it is, losing a smartphone is expensive.

However, an Honor marketing employee named Moritz Scheidl has made a case for the most expensive smartphone loss in history. On April 22, Scheidl boarded the ICE 1125, headed to Munich, Germany. He was on vacation with his family in Dusseldorf. As is custom, he carried an Honor 20 Pro prototype, testing the unit before its launch later this year.


Upon reaching Munich, Scheidl reached into his backpack, trying to charge the prototype. To his surprise, the smartphone was not in his bag. He notified his superiors immediately. Soon after, Honor Germany’s official Twitter account tweeted a lost and found poster confirming the debacle.

In the tweet, Honor Germany is offering a sweet EUR 5,000 (or approximately US$ 5,578) reward for the prototype’s return. Additionally, the tweet adds in more detail about the prototype’s appearance: it came in a gray case. To Scheidl’s credit, he immediately performed a remote device wipe after learning of the loss. For any finders, the prototype is either a free EUR 5,000 cash grab or a perfectly new smartphone.

Despite the official post, online commenters have also expressed doubt, calling the whole issue a marketing stunt. Likewise, pundits have also said that other publications will likely pay more than EUR 5,000 for the lost phone. Regardless, Honor is adamant about getting the phone back.

Currently, the Honor 20 Pro is scheduled to launch on May 21 in London.

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OPPO makes Reno 10x Zoom official in Europe

OPPO’s new product series

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After launching in China and the Middle East, OPPO is ready to take its new flagship device to Europe.

Earlier this month, OPPO unveiled the Reno in China, a new product line that’s meant to embody the Chinese company’s creative vision. The OPPO Reno comes in two variants: the standard model and 10x Zoom.


The standard model is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor and has a dual-camera setup, while the flagship 10x Zoom sports the latest Snapdragon 855 and a triple camera setup, including the periscopic telephoto lens where the phone derives its name.

Both Reno variants will be available in two colors: a matte Ocean Green, and glossy Jet Black.

Qualcomm, Swisscom, and OPPO also announced its commitment to bringing 5G connectivity in Switzerland.

OPPO Reno will be available on May 10 and will retail for EUR 499. The 10x Zoom model will go on sale in June for EUR 799, while the 5G model for EUR 899 and in Switzerland, CHF 999 sometime in May as well.

 

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Xiaomi launches selfie-focused Redmi Y3 with 32MP front camera

Capturing selfies like a pro

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After launching the highly anticipated Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi is back with another successor. Following the success of Redmi Y2 in India, the brand has launched the Redmi Y3 today in India.

The phone features an upgraded front camera setup, improved design, and a more powerful processor. Xiaomi has been fairly vocal about its offering and even compared the phone’s front camera with midrange contenders like the Vivo V15 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30.


In a nutshell, the phone is built for selfie lovers. The front has a dot-notch design and houses the front camera. It’s a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with a significantly large sensor to capture more details. 4-in-1 pixel technology merges the four pixels into one, bringing in better details even in low-light.

In terms of software, the camera app now comes with Beautify 4.0, smart HDR, as well as auto scene recognition. For group selfies, the field of view has been bumped to 80 degrees.

The rear has a 12- and 2-megapixel dual camera setup for portrait pictures. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the back and the phone also supports face unlock.

The front has a 6.26-inch HD+ display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In line with the Redmi Note 7 Pro design, even the Redmi Y3 has a gradient back, but with a plastic build.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 632 processor along with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery which can deliver up to 40 hours of talk time. For added comfort, the ports and buttons of the phone are sealed and can offer basic splash protection.

The Redmi Y3 starts at INR 9,999 (US$ 143) with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option costs INR 11,999 (US$ 172). It will be available for purchase starting April 30 via Redmi.com, Mi Home Stores, and Amazon.

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