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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip fails a scratch test

Scored as low as Galaxy Fold

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Today, the average smartphone has a tougher display than it did years ago. You can’t scratch a smartphone display as easily anymore, even without a screen protector.

That said, the arrival of the foldable smartphone sets the industry back by a decade. Because of the flexible display, the current standards don’t necessarily apply. Case in point, last year’s Galaxy Fold kept breaking down in controversial fashion. It was no surprise, though; the first foldable phones were built with plastic.

Now, 2020 has promised an improved generation for the foldable smartphone. Unfortunately, Motorola has proved the year wrong already. Reported previously, the new Motorola razr’s screen failed way before its advertised usage rate.

Recently, Samsung launched the new Galaxy Z Flip. This time, Samsung’s foldable phone advertised a glass screen, instead of the former’s plastic. As expected, eager reviewers subjected the new phone to the fiercest conditions. Like its contemporaries, the new foldable kid on the block failed.

Renowned stress tester JerryRigEverything brought the sharpest knives over the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen. As always, the tester used knives with increasing sharpness.

The Galaxy Z Flip started getting scratches as early as the second level of sharpness. For reference, most smartphones today usually last until level 6. Also, the previous Galaxy Fold and the Motorola razr both got the same low score.

Still, the Galaxy Z Flip’s failure is much more resonant this time around. Before launch, Samsung advertised a more resistant screen for the foldable display, owing to its glass construction.

Unfortunately, the boast might be a marketing ploy. The screen definitely lasted shorter than glass. If anything, it might not consist of 100 percent glass, having a mix of plastic in some way. Most of the time, Samsung has not commented on the surface’s actual composition.

However, in a statement to The Verge, the company clarified that “while the display does bend, it should be handled with care. Also, Galaxy Z Flip has a protective layer on top of the Ultra Thin Glass similar to Galaxy Fold.” If true, the knives were affecting the topmost layer, rather than the glass itself. Regardless, take good care of your Galaxy Z Flip.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

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Xiaomi confirms it will keep free chargers

But will reduce plastic waste by 60 percent

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Following Apple’s controversial iPhone 12 launch event, competing brands released their own digs against the iPhone maker’s decision to remove free chargers from their packaging. For example, Samsung recently outed an ad for its in-box chargers, jabbing at Apple. Though subtle, Xiaomi is joining the fun. Announced today, Xiaomi is reducing its plastic usage but will keep the free charger.

In a recent tweet, Xiaomi announced its eco-friendly initiatives for upcoming smartphones. Starting in Europe, the company is reducing its plastic packaging by 60 percent. Attached to the announcement, they “unboxed” the Mi 10T Lite. Of note, the package contains a USB cable, the manual, a phone case, and a charging adapter.

Though the ad doesn’t reference Apple directly, the intention is crystal clear. “You’ll get all the essentials, just with less plastic waste,” the tweet reads.

According to its own announcement, Apple took out their free chargers for environmental reasons. Specifically, it contributes to their goal to go totally carbon neutral by 2030.

On the other hand, Xiaomi is going for the same eco-friendly rationale but keeping all the essentials of a smartphone package.

Of course, it makes sense that Xiaomi is keeping its chargers for now. Currently, the company is still actively involved in the wired and wireless charging wars.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger

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OPPO launches TV S1 and TV R1 series

As part of their “One More Step” to IoT campaign

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OPPO TV S1

OPPO started to seriously venture outside of phones in 2019 and now they’re taking a big leap as they launch two TVs as part of their “One More Step” into a robust IoT ecosystem. They also announced new noise cancelling TWS earphones and a new smartwatch.

The aforementioned additions are the OPPO TV S1, TV R1 Series, Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones, and Watch RX.

OPPO TV S1

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot wide color gamut display. It also has NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut. This helps deliver a purer, more vibrant graphics as well as softer, smoother color transition.

The TV also supports 120Hz refresh rate and variable refresh rate (VRR) making it ideal for next gen gaming.

OPPO collaborated with HiFI audio brand Dynaudio to deliver an immersive cinematic sound quality. The TV S1 is also equipped with eighteen stereo surround speakers with total power of up to 85W. It supports 5.1.2 channels and  Dolby Atmos.

OPPO TV R1 series

The OPPO TV R1 is available in 55-inch and 65-inch models. The TVs are equipped with a quad-core processor and high-speed Wi-Fi 6. These offer users a new living room experience with the  “instant-on” feature.

OPPO Enco X

Taking aim at the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WH-1000XM3, and Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro, OPPO launches the Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling earphones. OPPO collaborated again with Dynaudio to craft this product. The earphones were tuned by Daniel Emonts, Chief  Acoustic Specialist of Dynaudio A/S. He is the acoustic designer of several award-winning Dynaudio speakers.

The Enco X is capable of reproducing rich, precise texture of music with HiFi quality with a balanced and natural sound. These are all possible thanks to the DBEE 3.0 acoustic system that features an innovative acoustic structural design.

Meanwhile, the noise cancelling feature functions in all kinds of scenarios. It has dual active noise cancellation, multi-level noise reduction management, and natural communication when in transparency mode. The Enco X also supports triple microphone call noise cancellation and wireless charging.

OPPO Watch RX

The OPPO Watch RX is the company’s first round dial smartwatch that features the updated ColorOS Watch 1.5. It’s part of three custom products launched in China: he OPPO Watch League of Legends Limited Edition, OPPO Watch RX League of Legends Limited Edition, and OPPO Find X2 League of Legends.

Availability

The OPPO TV S1, OPPO TV R1, and OPPO Watch RX are now available in China. No word yet on the availability of the OPPO Enco X.

OPPO formally announced their forray into an IoT ecosystem during OPPO INNO DAY 2019. In taking “One More Step” towards a more connected system of devices, the company will focus on these areas:

  • Personal Entertainment
  • Home appliance & Furnishing
  • Sports & Health

We can expect more products that fall into these categories in the future.

 

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in Malaysia

Pricing right around what you expected?

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Legion Phone Duel

They took their time, but Lenovo has bravely jumped into the mobile gaming market with the Legion Phone Duel. The phone is now making its way to Malaysia.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue (16GB+512GB) — MYR 3,999
  • Vengeance Red (12GB+256GB) — MYR 3,399

h/t: IGN SEA

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