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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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Redmi K20 may become the next affordable flagship killer

Possible successor to the Pocophone F1

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Without a doubt, the OnePlus 7 Pro is an impressive piece of hardware. From the smooth display to the flagship-level specs, you can’t deny that it’s a seriously good deal for its price.

One person, however, had different take right after OnePlus’ launch. Xiaomi’s Global VP Manu Kumar Jain congratulated OnePlus for the launch on Twitter, but followed it up by mentioning his company’s own flagship killer:


It’s rumored that Xiaomi’s supposed “Flagship Killer 2.0” is the Redmi K20, which was already confirmed by executives to come soon. It has also been speculated that the Redmi K20 is the successor to the widely popular Pocophone F1, and may be named the Pocophone F2 in some regions.

Besides the model name and the possibility of a K20 Pro variant, not much has been revealed about the Redmi flagship. Until now, that is. Newly leaked specs provide more hype for the upcoming Redmi powerhouse.

It all starts with the Snapdragon 855 chipset, which follows up on the Snapdragon 845 of the Pocophone F1. That’s complemented by a 6.39-inch 1080p OLED display and 4000mAh battery with 27W fast charging.

While those are expected of a flagship killer, what may be more interesting is the camera setup. Not only will the K20 pair have a triple-camera setup on the rear — consisting of regular, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses — but it’ll come with a pop-up selfie camera, as well. By extension, that would provide an all-screen front, free of notches or punch-holes.

India appears to be the initial market for the Redmi K20, similar to the Pocophone’s marketing approach. There has been no hinted pricing yet, but based on Xiaomi’s usual strategy, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a starting price hovering around US$ 400.

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Huawei and Samsung settle three-year patent dispute

They have bigger battles to face

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The recent end of Apple and Qualcomm’s legal battles may have started a domino effect. As it turns out, Samsung and Huawei have done the same, ending a patent dispute which started way back in 2016.

While the details of the settlement weren’t disclosed by either company, they’re rumored to be in talks about cross licensing patents for more minor technologies.


The resolution transpired in China, and it’s believed that Samsung and Huawei are more keen on spending resources on improving smartphone sales, which have been experiencing a steep decline since last year.

With everyone except Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo going through its worst shipment numbers in years, the timing makes sense. Samsung, in particular, finally hit the one percent market share mark in China after quarters of struggle against the three aforementioned Chinese brands.

The patent battle first began in 2016, when Huawei sued Samsung for infringing on certain 4G patents. Naturally, Samsung countersued and it turned into this three-year-long drama which just ended.

With this out of the way, the three top smartphone brands are more ready than ever to push 5G to the masses.

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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