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Xiaomi shows off foldable phone prototype

2019 will be the year of foldable phones

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Xiaomi seems to be cooking up a lot of amazing technologies. After teasing their next-gen in-display fingerprint reader, the Chinese tech company now confirms that they have a working prototype of a foldable phone. 2019 is slowly shaping up to be the year of foldable devices.

In a tweet this afternoon, Xiaomi’s Global Spokesperson and Director of Product Management Donovan Sung showed off a “very special prototype” in a short video featuring the company’s President and Co-founder Bin Lin.

Before everything else, here’s the video:

The prototype device is obviously running MIUI. At first, it appears to be a bezel-less tablet like a next-generation Mi Pad. After scrolling for a bit, the tablet then becomes a sleek phone by folding both sides to the back. Now in phone mode, the device looks like a handset with curved displays.

No other details have been shared regarding the foldable phone. It’s also unclear if the device has a camera or speakers, but it’s nice to see a working prototype.

The approach is somehow different from Samsung’s. With a single foldable display, Xiaomi might have an edge in delivering the foldable phone at a lower price point. Whatever the case is, it’ll be an exciting year for mobile devices.

Xiaomi is already asking their fans what the name of the foldable phone lineup should be. While it’s too early to say if Xiaomi is launching a final product anytime soon, they might showcase what they have at MWC 2019 in February.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi teases next-gen under-display fingerprint scanning

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Motorola could launch a foldable Razr phone

Could be announced next month

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Remember the iconic Razr phone? Back then, a foldable phone had a different meaning and consisted of a hinge that separated the screen and keyboard. Today, thanks to bendable display technology, our definition of a folding phone have changed completely.

However, the feeling of picking up a call by opening the phone with a flip is unmatchable. And, Motorola may be bringing back all that nostalgia with a new “Razr” branded phone.

The company has sent out invitations to an event on November 13 that will feature a “highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon.” Accompanying the invitation was an animated gif depicting the original Razr phone hinge design.

The Razr reboot has become one of the most anticipated smartphone releases among gadget enthusiasts. Its iconic flip became a cultural icon which made everyone wanted a Motorola flip phone.

There is a possibility the phone could feature a bendable display that opens up vertically. A report by The Wall Street Journal early this year stated that Motorola could be working on a reboot and plans on making a limited number of units. Each could sell for as much as US$ 1,500.

These retro reboots have worked quite well for other brands like HMD Global, who’s popular for launching classic Nokia-branded phones with modern features. Even BlackBerry has been experimenting with its keyboard and launched the Key2 last year.

With Huawei Mate X delayed and Galaxy Fold having its own set of problems, Motorola could have a shot at taking on Huawei and Samsung.

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The AirPods Pro will cost as much as a new phone

New form factor will be noise-canceling

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Be honest; how many times have you lost an AirPod? Once? Twice? Naturally, you’ll never hear anyone admit it. Apple doesn’t even have quantifiable data on AirPod replacements. If anything, Apple’s AirPods were still the world’s best-selling wireless hearables in 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. People are heavily buying into the ecosystem. And we’re not even done yet.

In a few months, Apple fans will start throwing even more money at Apple. According to new information, Apple will launch a premium AirPods variant, the AirPods Pro, during the holiday season.

Embedded deep in the iOS 13.2 beta, Apple included a new glyph that supposedly depicts the new hearables. Most notably, the glyph includes a couple of very distinct ear plugs. Unlike the open AirPods, the AirPods Pro will likely have an in-ear, noise canceling form factor.

Further, a China Economic Daily report has revealed information about its eventual release. Besides having an in-ear form factor, it will also have a noise-canceling listening mode, similar to other noise-canceling headphones today.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro will launch around the end of October. It will launch for at least TWD 8,000 (or around US$ 260). The new price tag is a huge step-up from Apple’s previous releases.

In March, Apple launched the second generation of AirPods. The newly released AirPods launched for only around US$ 175. The AirPods Pro lives up to its “Pro” moniker. As such, losing one of these things can come incredibly costly. A single pair costs as much as a midrange smartphone today.

Finally, Chinese OEMS have already begun shipping out potential accessories for the next Apple AirPods. For example, the photo above is supposedly housing for the new model’s charging case. From the get-go, the AirPods Pro is already a much bigger beast compared to the older models.

Thankfully, it won’t be long before the end of October. We’ll finally get our hands on these pricey things soon.

SEE ALSO: Apple might make your iPhone’s logo light up, patent says

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This is a real Banana Phone and you can buy it now

Connects to your smartphone like a headset

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In the deep annals of ancient internet history, one of the earliest memes was the infamous Banana Phone song. In fact, the word “meme” hadn’t even entered our common lexicon when the video first dropped on YouTube. Since then, the video has gained massive online popularity, earning it a spot in the internet hall of fame.

More than a decade later, we finally have the technology to create a real Banana Phone. Created by the Banana Phone LLC, the Banana Phone is literally a banana-shaped phone. Somewhat.

Instead of a smartphone (or even a dumb phone), the Banana Phone is a Bluetooth-enabled device that merely connects to your smartphone. In other words, yes, you can take calls on a banana.

The device isn’t a new one, either. The Banana Phone was first developed in 2017 through an Indiegogo campaign. However, The Verge has spotted a new one already in the works.

According to the founder himself, the upcoming Banana Phone will come with a loudspeaker built for music playback. If the mood takes you, you can actually play the original “Banana Phone” video through an actual Banana Phone. We’re living the dream.

Besides the loudspeaker, the new model will come with a bigger battery, capable of up to 20 hours of usage. Despite the upgrade, the Banana Phone will still have the same US$ 39.99 price tag.

Currently, the new model is still unavailable on the Banana Phone’s official site. However, it will likely launch sometime around the end of November.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 8110 4G Hands-On: Retro Banana Phone!

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