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It’s been a decade since smartphones evolved from touchscreen displays all the way to foldable displays. It started when Samsung revealed the Galaxy Fold while Huawei showed off the Mate X. Even Motorola has their own take with the razr. The developing technology is fast that successors already went in this year with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Huawei Mate Xs.

You may not have heard of TCL but they already stepped into the foldable scene by introducing the DragonHinge concept last year. Fast forward today, they’re introducing not one, but three foldable concepts that might soon compete with your regular smartphone slab.

Here’s our TCL Foldable concept preview.

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Microsoft’s Surface Duo is official with a dual screen setup

Designed for maximum productivity

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Microsoft teased the launch of a dual-screen smartphone in October last year. It was also coupled with another device called the Surface Neo, a dual-screen PC. While the latter has been delayed indefinitely, Microsoft has finally unveiled the Surface Duo today.

To make things clear, the Surface Duo is essentially a smartphone and runs on Android. Yes, Microsoft is directly making an Android phone under the Surface brand. It isn’t very surprising since the giant has embraced cross-platform support unlike any other and intends to monetize via hardware as well as Office software suite.

The phone has already leaked quite some times and they’ve been on-point. The device runs on a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage.

However, the prime selling point of the phone is its display. The dual-screen setup consists of a 5.6-inch screen each, with an aspect ratio of 4:3. Together, it’s an 8.1-inch setup with a total aspect ratio of 3:2. And yes, the screen is AMOLED.

Continuing the Surface lineup, Microsoft says it’s the thinnest Surface yet. It has a 3577 mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging. It ships with a host of pre-installed Microsoft apps like Office, Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, OneNote, and more.

The phone is priced at US$ 1,399 for the 128GB option and sales start from September 10 via AT&T, Best Buy, or the Microsoft Store in the US. Global availability hasn’t been announced yet.

It’s worth noting that the phone isn’t supposed to be a flagship killer and is targeted towards a niche audience that’s looking to leverage maximum productivity on the go. However, considering the dual-screen setup, the Galaxy Fold2 can be an excellent competitor, albeit a little too expensive.

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Apple might skip the 120Hz display again on the new iPhone 12

No promotion for ProMotion Displays this 2020

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As early as last year, we shared an iPhone 2020 rumor roundup sourced from leaksters. Included in that list is the iPhone 12 series being equipped with a fast 120Hz ProMotion Display. But in a brief tweet posted by Ross Young, founder and CEO of DSCC (Display Supply Chain Consultants), none of the iPhone 12 models are found on the list of 120Hz-touting smartphones this 2020 — as that’s what their insiders are saying.

In a year where a lot of smartphones have evolved from pop-up cameras up to more practical punch-hole cutouts, the last leak tells us that the upcoming iPhone might still have the same ol’ notch that’s been going around for three years already. Although there might be a significant improvement on Apple’s FaceID technology, no one can prove that claim for now.

With these disappointing rumors coming along, it might be a bad year for most Apple fans. The exclusion of power brick and wired EarPods (literally out of the box) is already too much to begin with — and that’s for another story.

Don’t fret. We still have several months left before Apple officially announces the new iPhone 12 lineup in its new launch date that was delayed because of the COVID-19 crisis — and that’s the only thing we can confirm for now.

Is the lack of a 120Hz display a deal-breaker for you?

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Mi 10 Ultra now official with 120W charging, an insane camera setup

Can it get any better than this?

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Xiaomi turns 10 this year, and the company is keen on making a mark this year. The Chinese phone maker finally launched its new flagship — the Mi 10 Ultra. As the name suggests, it’s supposed to be the best-in-class.

The key highlight of this phone is its charging capability. While we consider 30W to be fast, this phone supports a whopping 120W. According to the company, it can go from 0 percent to 41 percent in just five minutes. A full charge takes just 23 minutes. Adding to this, it has 50W wireless charging.

It has a 6.7-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 1120 nits. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.

The rear of the phone has a massive camera setup that’s designed to look dominating. It sports a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 48-megapixel periscope lens with 5x optical zoom and 120x digital zoom, and lastly a 12-megapixel depth sensor with 2x optical zoom. For selfies, a 20-megapixel camera is located in a punch-hole cut-out.

The phone has LiquidCool 2.0 vapor chamber along with six-layer graphite for best-in-class thermal management. Backing the internals is a graphene-based lithium-ion battery, a first for Xiaomi, with a capacity of 4500mAh. The Mi 10 Ultra ships with MIUI 12 out-of-the-box.

The base option with 8GB+128GB configuration costs CNY 5,299 (US$ 760), followed by 8GB+256GB at CNY 5,599 (US$ 806), 12GB+256GB at CNY 5,999 (US$ 865), and 12GB+512GB at CNY 6,999 (US$ 1004). It’ll be available in ceramic Obsidian Black and Mercury Silver color option. A limited-edition Transparent version is also available.

Xiaomi is yet to announce its global availability.

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