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ZTE Nubia’s Alpha wearable is basically a phone on your wrist

Complete with a flexible display

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This year’s MWC is all about 5G connectivity and tablets that fold (or unfold) into a phone. What if we dial back a bit and put the flexible display tech into something smaller like a wearable? Not everyone likes to bring a tablet around, so ZTE’s Nubia did something different: a wearable smartphone with a display that wraps around your wrist.

This is the Nubia Alpha. It’s essentially a smartwatch but with more functionalities and features. It’s got a four-inch OLED display that’s claimed to be the “largest wearable flexible screen in the industry” and the entire device is water-resistant.

Inside the Alpha is the old Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor from Qualcomm paired with 1GB of memory and 8GB of internal storage. It also has a 500mAh battery which is rated to last up to two days on a single charge.

What makes this wearable practically a smartphone is its 4G eSIM support. This means you’ll be able to text, call, and even browse the web without pairing the watch with a nearby smartphone. To complete its “smartphone” features, the Alpha has a 5-megapixel camera as well for video calling.

The device also doubles as a fitness tracker. It can detect and track your sleep, exercise, and heart rate. All of these features are handled by a custom-made wearable OS that you interact with using touch, voice commands, and air gestures.

The Nubia Alpha is indeed a unique device that’s more than just a smartwatch, but it’s not quite a full-blown smartphone. It’ll be sold starting at EUR 449 for the basic Bluetooth-only model, while the 4G eSIM variant will go for EUR 549. For those who want to add luxury to the Alpha, it’ll come coated in 18-karat gold for EUR 649.

According to Nubia, the Bluetooth-only model will become available sometime in April in Europe and North America. The smartphone-esque features though will only come to the market in the third quarter of 2019.

Via: Engadget

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie showed off a Red Samsung Galaxy S20+

And we want it!

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Samsung and BLACKPINK have been partners for close to a year now. The latest to come out of this collaboration is a “Jennie Red” Samsung Galaxy S20+.

Red has always been a stunning color, but it stands out even more when Jennie holds it.

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Jennie Red.

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The “Solo” singer is seen holding the phone in different outfits.

Towards the end of the video, it’s shown that there’s also an Aura Red version of the Samsung Buds+.

As of right now, the variant is only available with Korea Telecom.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series

The new flagship S series — while having top-of-the-line numbers in terms of specs — wants you to focus more on the experiences it will provide.

For instance, the new zoom capabilities on the main telephoto cameras are noteworthy. Samsung is calling the feature Space Zoom with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ capable of up to 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle up to 10X lossless zoom and a whopping 100X hybrid zoom.

Features and specs will mostly be the same as everywhere else in the world. We get the usual sensors and security features like the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor and Face Recognition. The phones also have an IP68 rating making them dust and water resistant.

For more, here are the specs.

Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.9″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor Exynos 990 Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Storage and Memory
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +16GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
Battery
  • 4000mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 4500mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 5000mAh
  • 45W charging (45W charger sold separately)
Cameras (Rear)
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
 

Camera (Selfie)

10MP, F2.2 10MP, F2.2 40MP, F2.2

Hopefully, the “Jennie Red” variant also makes its way out of South Korea and into other markets.

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Apple banned bad guys from using iPhones in movies, says Knives Out director

Keep an eye out!

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Mystery and thriller movies are undeniably fun to watch. You sit there in a dark theater, figuring out who the bad guy really is. Of recent movie history, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Knives Out have breathed fresh life into the mystery/thriller genre. Both films featured engaging twists and gripping action. However, for all the fun that the genre brings, what isn’t fun is running into spoilers.

To the mystery lover’s dismay, Knives Out director Rian Johnson revealed the most damning spoilers for audiences of the genre. From a Vanity Fair interview, Johnson shared how Hollywood films use Apple products.

“[Apple lets] you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” he said.

If you’re watching a thriller movie, watch out when the main character’s best friend is suddenly flaunting their new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Apparently, only good guys can use iPhones. Naturally, directors can bypass the rule by having everyone use Android phones or doing away with phones altogether.

Of course, product placement guidelines are common throughout the film industry. Some companies and entities don’t want to fall under a bad light. What comes off as unusual, however, is Johnson’s candidness with this fact, especially with a Knives Out sequel already in the works.

Regardless, you can now go back and watch your favorite thrillers again with this fact in mind. Knives Out is a particularly good one, even if you already know the twist.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 9, iPhone SE 2 rumor roundup

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The new Instax Mini 11 is here!

So many colors to choose from!

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Together with the X-T4, Fujifilm unveiled the latest in its popular instant camera model — the instax mini 11!

Redesigned for portability and ease of use, the new mini 11 comes in a fresh look! It’s now thinner, lighter, and has a rounded body design to fit perfectly in every user’s hands.

Additionally, it’s the first to feature an “Automatic Exposure” function. The mini 11 senses the level of ambient light, optimizing the output depending on the condition. This allows you to illuminate your photos — keeping both the subject and the background evenly lit. Say goodbye to washed out faces!

Another feature is Selfie Mode, which lets you take better selfies and closeup shots. To use this mode, you just need to pull out the lens’ edge.

What’s even more exciting is instax’s new film featuring marble-designed frames. There’s “Blue Marble” that comes in the usual mini-format instax film, and “White Marble” that comes with a square-format instax film.

The instax mini 11 is available in five pale colors: Blush Pink, Sky Blue, Charcoal Gray, Ice White, and Lilac Purple. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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