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Samsung delays the Galaxy Fold’s launch

Because of the broken screens

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Is the future still foldable? After months of building hype, the world’s biggest smartphone makers have laid the foundation for the foldable smartphone. The stage was set for the next big thing. First of the lot, Samsung will launch its Galaxy Fold within the next few days globally.

That, however, isn’t happening anymore. Last week, official reviewers received their early units. As always, the early release helps everyone get an in-depth look into the unknown workings of the foldable phone. To Samsung’s dismay, the Galaxy Fold came with problems.


Almost immediately out of the box, several units broke down. Renowned reviewers revealed the phone’s fatal flaw: an all-too delicate protective layer. When tampered or peeled off, the layer breaks the entire screen, rendering the phone unusable.

In response, Samsung issued a quick statement, stating their intentions to investigate the matter swiftly. At the very least, the company will issue sterner consumer warnings to leave the protective layer alone. At the time, Samsung still set its sights on the promised released date.

Fast forward to today, Samsung has recanted its previous dedication to the set date. The company has issued another statement regarding the matter.

“We have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks,” Samsung said.

The delay draws from Samsung’s further investigations into the matter. “Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.”

The decision is a big step for the global company. By now, Samsung has likely ironed out the logistics for the former release date. With a recall, the company will double their expenses. On the bright side, the recall will also ensure the device’s performance.

SEE ALSO: Samsung finally gives Galaxy S10 a dedicated night mode

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Second Apple store in Singapore opens at the Jewel Changi Airport

Take a photo walk around the rain vortex

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If you ever find yourself on a layover in Singapore, the newly-opened Jewel Changi Airport is probably already on your list of things to check out. If you have more time to spare, Apple just gave you a reason to not leave the airport premises: Singapore’s second Apple store is now open at the Jewel.

Apart from shopping, you can sign up for a free Today at Apple session to make your layover productive, like Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait, which teaches you how to rethink your subject, obstruct the lens, and stylize your shot to create unexpected portraits.


Apple is also offering an exclusive new PhotoWalk: The Magic of Jewel Changi Airport session, where the staff will share tips on how to capture the majestic rain vortex and indoor gardens as you take a short 500-meter walk. Do note that this new session fills up fast, so sign up as soon as possible.

READ: Smartphone photography 101: Foreground element

 

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Realme X launches with pop-up selfie cam, better processor

Should Xiaomi be worried?

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Realme has been aggressive in launching new phones since its inception last year and is directly competing against Xiaomi. The brand has been teasing the launch of Realme X for quite some time and has finally launched it in India.

The phone has a premium design with curved edges and a glass-like plastic back panel. On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and the notch has been replaced by a pop-up camera. The brand says it has a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent and features Gorilla Glass protection.


Powering the Realme X is an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant. Expandable storage isn’t available, but the headphone jack has been retained. It runs on ColorOS 6 out of the box and features Dolby Atmos enhancement for better music output.

The rear sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The front gets a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and Realme claims the pop-up takes just 0.74 seconds to completely slide out. The camera software comes with Chroma Boost, Nightscape, and a redesigned portrait mode to optimize pictures perfectly. Other standard features include beauty mode and AI-based picture improvement.

Backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology for faster charging.

The phone was first unveiled in China a couple of months back and shall be going up against Xiaomi’s soon-to-launch Redmi K20 Pro. Realme has also announced a special Spider-Man: Far From Home limited edition phone that features a unique design and user-interface, it’ll cost INR 20,999.

Lastly, the company will also be offering the Naoto Fukasawa collection with Garlic and Onion finishes that come in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration at a price tag of INR 19,999.

The standard 4GB+128GB configuration costs INR 16,999 and the 8GB+128GB option is priced at INR 19,999. Sale starts from July via Flipkart and Realme online store.

 

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Xiaomi launches affordable Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones

20 hours of non-stop playback

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Xiaomi is known for its feature-packed smartphones, but the brand has a massive presence in the lifestyle segment. For now, a lot of these products are limited to Mainland China, but the brand is slowly releasing them in its core markets like India.

Today, the Chinese company launched the Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones in India and they’re priced quite aggressively. This week is going to be even more exciting because the Redmi K20 Pro is scheduled to launch on July 17.


The headphones come with a 400mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In simpler words, it is sufficient to listen to 300 songs in one go. Equipped with 40mm drivers, they are tuned to deliver high bass and pressure-less earmuffs provide a comfortable listening experience over extended periods. The head beam is adjustable and has elastic shafts to rotate the ear muffs.

Lastly, they connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0, offering wider range and capability to connect two headphones simultaneously to one phone. They can also be used along with a wire if you want truly acoustic output. Operations can be handled via voice commands thanks to an in-built mic and support for virtual assistants.

They’re priced at INR 2,199 (US$ 32) and can be purchased via Amazon.in. Prime Day sale is going on and they can be grabbed for just INR 1,799 (US$26). Color options include Black and Red, as well as Black and Gold.

Previously, Xiaomi has launched its range of smart TVs, air purifiers, and light bulb in India. A couple of weeks back, they also unveiled a trimmer. We expect the brand to launch more of these in the coming future as it slowly scales up operations.

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