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Revamped Galaxy Fold passed durability tests, ready for launch

When will we see it again?

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After much ado, the Galaxy Fold is finally ready for action… again. The controversial foldable smartphone passed its final durability test, prefacing an eventual relaunch.

Previously, Samsung called off its huge Galaxy Fold launch considering widespread durability issues. The foldable phone’s first testers found interesting ways to destroy the device’s flexible screen. Samsung forcibly shelved the project for further tweaking. The company even canceled pre-orders after delaying the launch. They went back to the drawing board.

After months in redevelopment, Samsung has sparked the conversation anew. Last month, the company declared that the phone is ready for manufacturing. They have a new design. However, how much better will it be? Samsung’s high hopes did not reveal the new design, leaving the foldable phone’s future shrouded in mystery.

Fortunately, a new report hints at a more optimistic outlook. According to an insider, Samsung has tested the new design under a team of experts. The testing team reportedly consisted of “industry professionals and professors at Seoul National University.” The Galaxy Fold passed gloriously. The phone will launch very soon.

In another report, Samsung is restarting marketing efforts for the foldable phone. The company is on an incredibly fast track, facing both internal and external pressure. On the inside, the Galaxy Fold faces an internal competition with the impending Galaxy Note 10 launch. The premium smartphone will launch next month.

Externally, Samsung is in an arms race with Huawei. Like Samsung, Huawei delayed its own foldable phone launch to prevent a similar mishap. However, they have also hinted at a renewed launch soon. Samsung and Huawei are locking horns for foldable phone supremacy.

Regardless, we’re finally getting the foldable phone again soon. All that’s left is to ensure the new design’s durability out in the real world.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s rescheduled Galaxy Fold launch ‘will not be too late’

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Google’s Hold for Me feature will kill annoying delivery jingles

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If you were like us during this tempestuous lockdown season, you love (and still love) getting stuff delivered, whether it’s food or something new for the house. Unfortunately, despite our love for new things, one thing we still hate is an unending delivery hotline call. Yes, we mean those annoying-but-needlessly-catchy marketing jingles. (In fact, Sarah Geronimo’s Jollibee jingle is still ringing in my ears as I write this.)

Finally, Google has a solution for this work-from-home nightmare. Announced earlier today, the company is introducing a new functionality for calls on hold. The new Hold for Me feature will place Google Assistant in line for you whenever a hotline places you on hold. You don’t need to listen through 40 loops of hold music anymore.

Using Google’s Duplex AI, the Hold for Me feature will alert you — through a sound, a vibration, or a notification — when the call is ready for you. According to Google, Duplex technology can accurately detect if the hotline finally responds with either a recorded message or a human representative. Despite the need for AI processing, Google assures users that the company isn’t storing call data. All call data will remain inside the phone.

The feature is launching inside Google’s Phone app. Users can toggle the feature on or off through the Settings and activate it manually during calls.

For now, Google is launching the feature through an early preview in the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G. Both smartphones will launch sometime in October and November.

SEE ALSO: Google is officially launching Android 11 today

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Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered has a new Peter Parker

New face, new graphics, same Amazing story

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There’s been a lot of discussion about how confusing it is to get Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered for PlayStation 5. In a PlayStation blog, Insomniac Games — the studio responsible for the 2018 hit — kind of explains what exactly is going on.

First of all, Peter Parker has a new face. This will likely be one of the most noticeable changes on the Remastered version. Good ol’ Peter will now be played by Ben Jordan instead of John Bubniak. Insomniac says they did so “to get a better match to Peter Parker/Spider-Man actor (voice actor) Yuri Lowenthal’s facial capture.

Here’s a clip to see how the new face looks in the Remastered game.

What do you think? Gotta admit it feels jarring at first, but Spider-Man fans should be pretty used to it. After all, we did get three live-action Peters in the last two decades. Not to mention the infamous Clone Saga in the comic books that gave us multiple faces under the Spider-Man mask.

Better looking game

Naturally, that’s not the only new thing on Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. To take advantage of the PS5’s power the entire New York City environment had to look better.

Other than improved models and materials, the game will now also have ray-traced reflections and ambient shadows. Just take a look at this.

There’s now also a Performance Mode where players can be like Spidey on a 60fps frame rate. Here’s what that looks like.

Near-instant loading is now also a thing. But Insomniac says you can still turn on the fast-travel train scenes should you wish to do so. There will also be new photo mode features that were added for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. One example is you can now place lights in the environment and change Spidey’s suit after composing your shot.

Speaking of new suits, the Remaster will give us three new Spidey suits. The first of which is the Amazing Suit. Yes, the one featured on the live-action The Amazing Spider-Man film starring Andrew Garfield.

But how do you get Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered?

It’s available as part of the Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition. That was the only thing that’s really clear. It’s available for US$ 69.99 and nets you the following: 3 skill points, Gravity Well Gadget, and The T.R.A.C.K. Suit.

In the US and Canada only, we have additional “launch” physical editions of the game for both Standard Launch Edition and Ultimate Launch Edition (Launch Edition includes a voucher*)! These copies are available in limited quantities only so don’t delay.

The launch edition includes a voucher for early unlocks of two suits, including the T.R.A.C.K. Suit by Marvel Artist Javiar Garrón, and a suit we’ll reveal closer to launch. You’ll also receive an early unlock of the Gravity Well Gadget, and three Skill Points to get a jump start on your progression.

For those buying digitally, or outside of the US/Canada, you also can receive those same early unlocks by ordering now.

Worried you won’t get the Standard Launch Edition? The Standard Edition of Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales will be available on both PS4 and PS5 for US$ 49.99.

The PS4 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales offers a free upgrade path to PS5 Standard Edition. If you purchase or upgrade to the PS5 Standard Edition, you can take advantage of a paid-upgrade offer from the in-game menu to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.

It’s still not as straightforward as we would like, but I’m sure Insomniac hopes this clears things up a little bit.

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Mi 10T series now official with 144Hz display, Snapdragon 865

Taking on OnePlus

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Xiaomi is serious about pushing its premium offering and has doubled its efforts this year. The brand has announced the Mi 10T series, which includes the Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T, and Mi 10T Lite.

Xiaomi is also leveraging its position in developing markets like India and aggressively pushing its top-end offering. Previously, Xiaomi tried its luck via the niche MIX series, but couldn’t make a considerable dent in a market led by Samsung and Apple.

Mi 10T Pro

Starting with the Mi 10T Pro, it has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity and 8GB RAM. The phone is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5, has splash resistance, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, a 20-megapixel front camera is located in a punch-hole cut-out. The 108-megapixel sensor is known for long exposure pictures, time burst, as well as dual-mode.

Oh and it does this neat photo trick.

Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It ships with MIUI out-of-the-box. It’ll be available in Cosmic Black, Lunar Silver, and Aurora Blue color options.

Mi 10T

On the other hand, the Mi 10T gets the same display and processor as the Mi 10T Pro. However, it has a 6GB RAM option. On the rear is a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. On the front is the same 20-megapixel selfie camera.

The design is also similar and houses a 5000mAh battery. Clearly, the Mi 10T is an ideal phone according to the specifications and users have the option to go for the Mi 10T Pro if they’re looking for a better and more powerful camera. It’ll be available in Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver color options.

Mi 10T Lite

Lastly, the Mi 10T Lite gets a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 750G processor, coupled along with 6GB RAM.

It gets a quad-camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Lastly, the phone is powered by a slightly smaller 4820mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It’ll be available in Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray, Rose Gold Beach color options.

If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s like just the POCO X3 NFC rebranded.

Pricing and availability

Mi 10T Pro

  • 8GB+128GB — EUR 599
  • 8GB+256GB — EUR 649

Mi 10T

  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 499
  • 8GB+128GB — EUR 549

Mi 10T Lite

  • 6GB+64GB — EUR 279
  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 329

SEE ALSO: Mi Watch launches | Xiaomi launches Mi Smart Speaker, Mi Band 5, soap dispenser

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