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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.

SEE ALSO: This is our first look at Samsung’s holed smartphone

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OPPO wants to build its own chipsets, hires talent from MediaTek

Also trying to tap Qualcomm and Huawei talent

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In the last few years, the US war against Huawei has ramped up considerably with no end in sight. However, though the crackdown was against only a few Chinese companies, other seemingly innocent companies have found themselves just as affected as Huawei. For one, American companies, like Google and Qualcomm, have to deal with the loss of a valued client. On the other side of the Pacific, other Chinese companies are also feeling the heat from Huawei’s troubles.

For example, OPPO has started developing its own processors in the wake of Huawei’s chip problem. Last year, the Chinese company filed a new trademark — named the OPPO M1 — through the European Union Intellectual Property Office, according to LetsGoDigital. Presumably, the new property corresponded to an upcoming in-house processor. However, the M1 has since faded into oblivion.

Today, according to Nikkei Asian Review, OPPO has not abandoned its processor project. In fact, the company has started ramping up its efforts for an in-house chip. “OPPO has been aggressively recruiting chip talent since last year as they realized that owning the chip design capability will give it more control over its supply chain,” Nikkei’s source said.

OPPO has reportedly acquired high-ranking executives from MediaTek including a former executive for Xiaomi. Further, the company has tried tapping developers from Qualcomm and Huawei’s HiSilicon.

Much like Huawei’s efforts, OPPO’s aggressive hiring aims to build a team for in-house development. Currently, OPPO still relies on third-party suppliers to build its phones like Qualcomm and MediaTek. With Huawei being attacked on all fronts, OPPO is in as much risk if the US implements a wider ban against Chinese companies. Recently, the US wants to take away Huawei’s ability to make its own in-house chips.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno4, Reno4 Pro specs and official renders leaked

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Zuckerberg: social media ‘shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth’

Reacting to Twitter fact-checking Trump

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A few days ago, Twitter acted out against misinformation in US President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about mail-in ballot voting. The monumental policing is the first time that the social media platform moderated the president’s tweets, especially since Trump favors the platform for his public communication. However, it was not unprecedented. As of late, Twitter has implemented more stringent fact-checking protocols to ensure absolute accuracy.

Naturally, the Trump administration retaliated against what they perceived as censorship. Since the moderation, the president has started pondering on measure to regulate social media in general. Though Twitter is the main target, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had his own words to say about the raging debate.

In an interview with Fox News, Zuckerberg went against Twitter’s new moderation policies. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he said. “Private companies shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

True enough, Facebook does not have the same fact-checking protocols as Twitter. Zuckerberg believes that every politician should have the same platform as everyone else. At the very least, the platform moderates content in a reactionary fashion using its own terms of service.

Regardless, Trump’s rage against Twitter has lumped all of social media together including Facebook. In this sense, Zuckerberg is also going against Trump’s war. “In general, a government choosing to censor a platform doesn’t strike me as the right reflex,” he said. Further, he defends Facebook as a robust platform against oppressive and harmful content.

Since the rise of cybersecurity in public awareness, Facebook has always found itself in a diminished position owing to massive controversies surrounding its data policies. Given the aggressiveness of the latest Trump-Twitter debate, Zuckerberg is taking a more cautious approach to draw the flak away from Facebook.

In Twitter’s defense, Jack Dorsey has drawn all of the debate’s rage on himself. In a recent tweet, Dorsey calls Trump’s supporters to stop blaming Twitter’s employees; instead, they should get mad at him for implementing the new policy.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is adding a new care reaction to the Like button

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Samsung Galaxy M31: Price, availability in the Philippines

What a monster budget phone!

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Samsung’s monster budget phone is finding its way to the Southeast Asian archipelago. Placed in the affordable segment, the Samsung Galaxy M31 will rival Redmi and realme’s budget offerings.

This new midrange headliner has a 6,000mAh mega battery that supports 15W fast charging via USB-C. It’s also equipped with a quad camera setup: 64-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 5-megapixel portrait camera. There’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera housed in a punch-hole cutout, too.

The Galaxy M31 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with Full HD+ resolution, built with a polycarbonate plastic body. It’s powered by an Exynos 9611 chipset, with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage — expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD. Lastly, the phone runs on OneUI 2.0 and Android 10 out of the box.

The Galaxy M31 costs PhP 13,990 (US$ 276). It will be available in two colors: Blue and Black.

Grab this exclusive, one-day offer!

You can get lots of freebies when you avail Samsung’s exclusive one-day offer for the Galaxy M31. On May 29, 2020, customers can get a free JBL Clip 3 speakers worth PhP 3,499 when they purchase the Galaxy M31 on Samsung’s Online Store. If the customers opt to buy from online partner stores like Lazada, Shopee, and MXMemoxpress Online, they’ll get a free JBL Go 2 speakers worth PhP 2,299.

To shop, simply go to www.samsung.com/ph/.

SEE ALSO: Samsung launches online Store in the Philippines

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