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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung believes deeply in the future of foldable phones, but its first attempt, last year’s Galaxy Fold, was a complete shitshow

Samsung believes deeply in the future of foldable phones, but its first attempt, last year’s Galaxy Fold, was a complete shitshow. Devices provided to reviewers ahead of launch were plagued with problems: debris that caught in the hinge, a plastic overlay that turned out to be part of the screen but was easily peeled off, and a crease that just wouldn’t disappear. Samsung fixed those issues and rereleased the Fold, but then the company also went back to the drawing board to create a next-gen foldable: the $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip.

The Flip is a totally different experience from the Fold, which was essentially a tablet that folded down into a smartphone. The Flip takes a page from Motorola’s rebooted Razr: Its massive 6.7-inch display folds down into a pocketable clamshell with a 1.1-inch Super AMOLED external screen for viewing notifications. The screen also acts as a preview for selfies, which seems useful, but in my hands-on time, I found the display is just too tiny to see if I’m making the fake smile and weird eye thing I do sometimes.

The Flip’s specs are about what you’d expect from a foldable flagship, though Samsung sacrificed some RAM, storage, and battery life for its smaller foldable. The company packed in 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a dual 3,300 mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ processor, so performance and battery life should be fine.

The one thing I don’t love about the Flip is its finish. The phone comes in three shades: Mirror Black, Mirror Purple and, in select countries, Mirror Gold. All three are super shiny fingerprint magnets that start to look like smudgy disasters within about 2 seconds.

The Galaxy Z Flip goes on sale Feb. 14 for $1,380—in case you feel like ballin’ out for Valentine’s Day—making it the cheapest of the foldable phones you can buy and one of the more compelling. Stay tuned for a full review of the Flip to see if it succeeds where other foldables fail.

Redmi Note 9 series will come with a quad rear camera setup

Samsung’s rumored Galaxy S20 could be up to 25% faster than last year’s Galaxy S10 — and 35% more battery efficient.

If we look at the teaser image released by the Redmi India Twitter account on Monday, the Redmi Note 9 series will come with a quad rear camera setup. The phones appear to have a square-shaped camera setup — similar to what we saw on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Nova 5i Pro. Some users are also relating the setup appears in the teaser image with the camera module available on the iPhone 11 Pro models, though the latter have triple cameras over a quad camera setup.

Alongside the camera setup, the teaser image suggests a faster refresh rate on the new Redmi Note-series phones. You can safely expect a 90Hz display.

The Mi.com website and Amazon India carry an identical microsite that suggests some other features of the new Redmi Note series. The microsite highlights a new design, processor, and gaming features on the next-generation Redmi phones. Similarly, the company promotes a fast charging technology on the latest Redmi Note models.

Xiaomi has also created a video that has been released through the Redmi India YouTube channel. The video gives a glimpse at the history of the Redmi Note series in India and highlights that its legacy would continue with the new phones.

In November 2014, the Redmi Note 4G was launched as the first 4G Android phone under Rs. 10,000 price range. We can expect that the new Redmi Note phones would come with 5G support at a price significantly affordable than the Realme X50 Pro 5G and iQoo 3 that both are the initial 5G phones in the country.

Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain in January announced its partnership with Qualcomm to launch one of the first Snapdragon 720G phones in the country. That phone might just be one of the Redmi Note 9 models.

Well, speculations aside, you should stay tuned to Gadgets 360 to catch all the latest details with respect to what Xiaomi has for the Indian market.

Galaxy S20 could be crazy-fast. We tested the Snapdragon 865 chip likely to power Samsung's phone

Samsung’s rumored Galaxy S20 could be up to 25% faster than last year’s Galaxy S10 — and 35% more battery efficient.

Speed improvements on chipsets are always welcome. How many shots have you missed because the camera won’t launch in time? A zippier chip can speed up how long it takes to complete a task and move on to the next one. The faster you can take that picture, the sooner you can carry on with the next moment.

But a faster processor can also manage a larger or more complicated task in a shorter period of time than a slower chip, which might make it possible to do something you wouldn’t have been able to do or wanted to do on last year’s device.

Back to our photography example, you might lose patience waiting 10 seconds to process an advanced night mode shot, but if it takes only

 

So, just how fast is the Snapdragon 865?

Qualcomm says its 865 chipset brings speeds about 25% faster than last year’s already blazing Snapdragon 855 CPU. In fact, many of our test results far exceeded this figure, with one benchmark result jumping up as far as 77%. But before you blast the confetti cannons, there are a few things you should know.

The test was run on reference devices that Qualcomm passed out to journalists at its annual Snapdragon Summit in December. These are working devices that come preloaded with benchmarking apps. They run on Snapdragon 865, with multiple cameras and sharp screens (again, see the specs below if you’re curious). Reference devices are useful for testing apps and features, but they aren’t branded phones that you might one day buy.

Since there are so many factors that go into creating a marketable device, there could be a gap between the test results here and what you get on your phone.

Keep in mind, too, that benchmarking tests are synthetic — they try to approximate a real-world scenario, but aren’t measuring real-world results. So your experience might be different when you actually open the app and process the photo, or play a real game rather than running through a series of controlled images.