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Samsung teases the next Galaxy Fold

Flip phones are having a major comeback

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It hasn’t been long since Samsung re-launched the refreshed Galaxy Fold. After issues in design and durability for the past few months, Samsung has managed to get back on track. And now, it looks like they’re already teasing another Galaxy Fold.

In a 25-second video released by Samsung, they compared the existing Galaxy Fold side-by-side against the soon-to-be-released foldable.

Although nothing has been confirmed, a previous report by The Bell reveals that a leaked phone model SM-F700F (codenamed “Bloom”) will sport a clamshell form factor. The design of two 900 mAh batteries also gave hint that the next Fold will fold vertically.

When unfolded, it looks like a regular smartphone. Once you fold it, it minimizes UI elements and splits the screen into two parts.

Just like the Note 10 series, it features a punch-hole camera right at the center of the folding display. The exterior dual cameras on the cover will act as face unlock sensors when shut, and rear cameras when unfolded. Sources also stated it might have a smaller 6.7-inch display (versus the existing 7.3-inch) and a tiny one-inch cover display for notifications.

Samsung will most likely sell the Galaxy Fold successor at a cheaper price tag because of the smaller screen real estate, a lesser 256GB of storage, and other reduced features. Insiders also told that it has three limited color options: white, black, and purple.

However, there are still a lot of questions that come to mind: Would “App Continuity” still make sense if they will proceed with the clamshell form factor? How about its durability that’s always been a subject of controversy? One thing is for sure — we’ll probably see more foldables in 2020.

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The biggest announcements from the final State of Play

New games, and a jam-packed DLC to boot

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2020 is just around the corner, and in PlayStation’s final State of Play for the year, they dropped huge news. From popular titles to new titles for next year, PlayStation wanted to wrap things up nicely for its 25th anniversary. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the final State of Play for 2019:

Untitled Goose Game arrives

You’ve heard of the Untitled Goose Game, right? That’s right, the game that allows you to vent all your frustrations towards the human race as a “vengeful” goose comes to the PlayStation 4 on December 17. Accomplish several tasks and achieve pure chaos, all while keeping yourself out of the humans’ reach. Honk your way to success at the expense of the human race.

Spellbreak enters the battle

Proletariat wants to add a new kind of battle royale game for the PlayStation 4. Spellbreak combines the typical battle royale-style gameplay with the hint of magic in it. While the broadcast did not reveal much on other game mechanics, it showed several battle areas such as towns and forests. The game is already available for the PC through the Epic Games store, but will make its way to the PlayStation 4 next year.

Explore a dreamlike ecosystem with Paper Beast

2020 will be the year that PlayStation beefs up its VR lineup. Pixel Reef has one such title added to that lineup in Paper Beast, an adventure-simulation game. The game mostly focuses on wildlife depicted in 2D-like structures. It is expected to launch some time within the first quarter of next year.

Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind: the mind-boggling DLC

Finally, on January 23, 2020, one of the most popular games released in 2019 explores the forgotten in its latest DLC. Kingdom Hearts 3 welcomes a deeper dive into the events leading up to the game’s final battle scene  in ReMind. The expansion features several characters from the beloved Kingdom Hearts franchise while also marking the return of key figures in the Final Fantasy series. While the DLC drops early next year, Square Enix and PlayStation had opened pre-orders for it.

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The Pirate Bay just launched its own streaming service

Yes, it’s free

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Without a doubt, the streaming wars have begun. Especially after the introduction of Disney Plus, audiences are now struggling to find the perfect mix of price and content. Which streaming services should you sign up for, so you maximize all entertainment options while minimizing price?

However, as entertainment companies come up with more streaming services, prices are inevitably going up. That said, a former entertainment king is getting a lot more tempting again — piracy.

Before Netflix’s current dominance, audiences already resorted to torrenting and bootleg streaming. Now, rising prices will likely push audiences back to the entertainment model.

Case in point, infamous torrenting website The Pirate Bay has launched a streaming prototype — called BayStream — on its own site. Currently, users can access the service when they search for torrents. In the below search on The Mandalorian, for example, some torrents have a green play button. Clicking on the play button will direct users to a YouTube-like website where they can play the respective torrent without downloading it.

 

Unfortunately, the service doesn’t come with an instruction manual. However, upon further testing, the button automatically appears whenever a torrent has a hundred or more seeds, regardless of age. Sadly, the file’s availability on BayStream is an unknown. Some, despite having more than 100 seeds, are absent from the service. If anything, the top-seeded torrents are likelier to play on the site.

Additionally, users can also upload their own files on the service (up to 20GB). Presumably, uploading users can share their own files with others using the service.

The Pirate Bay has not officially announced the service. However, some reports say that the service is still in beta testing. Regardless, BayStream is an interesting addition to today’s overcrowded streaming market.

SEE ALSO: Netflix might limit password sharing between users

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Surface Pro 7 and Laptop 3: Price in Singapore

They’re finally here

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Last October, Microsoft took the wraps off the Surface Pro 7 and Laptop 3. Worldwide release soon followed in November. Now, it’s Singapore’s turn to receive these devices as Microsoft is bringing them in the country.

Surface Pro 7

Here are the prices of the different Surface Pro 7 variants:

  • Core i5, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM — SG$ 1,388 (Platinum)
  • Core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM — SG$ 1,788 (Platinum and Matte Black)
  • Core i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM — SG$ 2,188 (Platinum and Matte Black)
  • Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM — SG$ 2,688 (Platinum and Matte Black)
  • Core i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM — SG$ 3,288 (Platinum)

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 comes with a 12.3-inch IPS display. Powering the device is a 10th-gen Intel Core processors with Iris Plus graphics for performance boost. It looks exactly like the Surface Pro 6, and the only thing differentiating them is an USB-C port which replaced the DisplayPort.

Surface Laptop 3

Along with the Surface Pro 7, Microsoft also launched the Surface Laptop 3. This year, they are releasing a bigger 15-inch variant, which is a first for the Surface Laptop line. This variant will come to Singapore along with the traditional 13.5-inch variant.

The variants and the prices are as follows:

13.5-inch variant

  • Core i5, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM — SG$ 1,488 (Platinum)
  • Core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM — SG$ 1,888 (Platinum and Matte Black)
  • Core i7, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM — SG$ 2,288 (Platinum and Matte Black)
  • Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM — SG$ 2,888 (Platinum and Matte Black)

15-inch variant

  • Ryzen 5 3580U, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM — SG$ 2,188 (Platinum and Matte Black)
  • Ryzen 5 3580U, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM — SG $2,488 (Platinum and Matte Black)

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 comes with an Intel Core processors with Iris Plus graphics or an AMD Ryzen processors with Vega graphics. Design-wise, it is the only Surface device in a traditional laptop form factor. Like the Surface Pro 7, it also did away with the DisplayPort in favor of USB-C.

Accessories

Buyers of Surface Pro 7 and Laptop 3 may want accessories to go with their newly purchased devices. Microsoft has them covered with the following peripherals:

  • Surface Arc Mouse — SG$ 118
  • Surface Pen — SG$ 148
  • Signature Type Cover for Surface Pro 7 — SG$ 249

They come in a variety of colors including Ice Blue, Poppy Red, Black and Platinum.

Surface devices and accessories are available at Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, EpiCentre @ ION Orchard, Harvey Norman, and Lazada. Business customers can avail the device at AsiaPac, JK Technology, and UIC. Alternatively, consumers can head to Microsoft’s store to buy the device.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Surface family Hands-On

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