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Xiaomi is working on a rotating pop-up camera concept

It’s a patent for now

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What would the smartphone industry be without creative smartphone experiments? For years, smartphone companies, especially Chinese ones, have experimented with different form factors. Most especially, these experiments are trying different ways to implement cameras and notches. For example, Xiaomi has persistently conceptualized different ways to implement twisting cameras through patents. Now, the company is doing it again with a rotating pop-up camera concept.

According to a patent obtained by LetsGoDigital, the patent depicts a smartphones with a pop-up camera. The camera extends from the top using a rail mechanism. It’s not a concept we haven’t heard of before. In fact, Xiaomi has already created consumer-ready devices with pop-up cameras. However, the new patent introduces a twist: a rotating mechanism.

Instead of just popping up, the camera can also rotate to face the front, essentially turning it into an all-in-one camera setup. With no need for a front-facing selfie camera setup, the eventual smartphone can skip a notch. Though the patent focuses primarily on a triple rear camera + flash combination, the mechanism can also fit a quad rear camera setup (which LetsGoDigital has imagined through a sketch).

As always, since we’re still in the patent stage, no one when or if the concept will make it to reality. If anything, the rotating pop-up camera is fairly believable, especially considering other patent experiments in the past.

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Samsung offers 14-day trial program for the Galaxy S21 5G series

Full refund if you don’t like the phone

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Galaxy S21

Samsung is feeling mighty confident about their latest flagship smartphones as they are offering a 14-day trial program for all members of the Galaxy S21 5G series.

How does it work? You’re gonna have to pony up and pay for the device in full. Pricing are as follows:

Galaxy S21 5G

  • 128GB — PhP 44,990
  • 256GB — PhP 47,990

Galaxy S21+ 5G

  • 128GB — PhP 54,990
  • 256GB — PhP 57,990

Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

  • 128GB — PhP 66,990
  • 256GB — PhP 69,990

If after the 14 days you find yourself attached to the whatever Galaxy you come in contact with, then hurray, it’s yours to enjoy. However, if you come away unimpressed, you’re free to return the device given that it’s still in very good condition. You break it, it’s considered sold.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G series

The Galaxy S21 series features a slightly altered look, improved cameras from a software standpoint, and a host of new features for video-taking. Something entirely new to the S series is the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s S Pen support — a feature previously reserved only for the Galaxy Note series.

The series will also remove charging bricks from the box — a move that Apple did and Samsung previously mocked.

The entire Galaxy S21 series also has UWB or Ultra Wide Band. It lets users point their phone at another Galaxy phone to send files. The feature set has been expanded to include unlocking your car with your phone.

Samsung is also launching an accessory called Smart Tags. These are trackers you can attach to your keys or your backpack. You can then use these to locate your items using the SmartThings Find App.


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TCL shows-off a 3-in-1 concept phone that can fold and roll

Said to have a budget-friendly price tag

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The last two years were all about folding phones, and Samsung has pretty much dominated the segment. Huawei and LG tried their luck but with limited success. Though, we often forget that TCL, too, has been in the race since the beginning and still has a lot of tricks up its sleeve like a rollable phone.

Alongside a slew of affordable phones, it unveiled a concept phone that can fold and roll, and it’s literally called — Fold n’ Roll. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary phone with a 6.87-inch screen, but it can be unfolded to reveal a much bigger screen measuring 8.85-inches diagonally. Finally, if you need more screen space, you can roll out another screen from the phone’s housing to deliver an immersive 10-inch tablet.

Being a concept phone, the brand hasn’t delved deep into its specifications, raw capabilities, and software integration yet. However, it did mention that it could sport a hinge mechanism that we haven’t seen in a smartphone before.

Although considering the design’s complexity, it’ll be hard to make the phone commercially available anytime soon. While LG has also shown off a similar rolling design, it’s improbable we’ll ever see it publicly now since the company has entirely left the smartphone market.

TCL no stranger to foldables

TCL has previously unveiled multiple folding concepts, and none of them have actually made it to the mass market. The brand is constantly working on new ideas and is keen on sharing them with the world. While it’s a long journey, TCL seems to be on the right track with its overall portfolio.

The budget and midrange segment is highly lucrative due to scale, ensuring that sales continue growing. Experimenting with new technology is usually an expensive venture, but it gradually pays off in the longer run. Xiaomi has previously followed a similar strategy with the Mi MIX series, and even though it didn’t work out immediately, the brand gained valuable experience for future premium offerings.

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realme C25 for gaming and more now official

Also has TÜV Rheinland certification

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realme C25

realme has always been a strong player in the affordable smartphone segment and they solidify that claim with the launch of the realme C25.

It has a pretty large 6.5 inch display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio G70 processor. It has 4GB of RAM and you have a choice of either 64GB or 128GB on board storage. That storage is expandable up to 256GB via a MicroSD card slot.

That combo should capably handle popular MOBA games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang as well as other popular titles that aren’t too graphics heavy.

Supporting these features is a massive 6,000mAh battery which you can charge with the 9V2A power adapter included in the box.

As for cameras, this one has a 48MP f/1.8 main camera flanked by a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens and another 2MP Monochrome lens. In front you’ll find an 8MP selfie camera.

TÜV Rheinland certification

It’s one of the first realme phones with TÜV Rheinland certification. That means it guarantees up to a three-year life cycle for the smartphone along with passing other major durability, reliability, and performance tests.

Price and availability

The realme C25 retails for PhP 7,490 and is now available at realme’s usual sales channels. But of course, there are sales deals.

realme Philippines is offering discounts on the realme C25 and realme Buds Air 2 Series from April 16 to 18 at 12AM during Shopee’s Brand Day Sale. Discounted price is PhP 5,990.

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