Folding phones are the future, finally

I’m not entirely convinced folding phones are THE future, but they’re definitely in our collective future. Samsung have a more affordable folding phone (flip phone? we need a better term) on the way.

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Samsung intros a new phone, and here comes the protection

Funny thing, that. Yesterday, we told you about new cases and glass protection for the Google Pixel 4a (right here), and we also covered the new Samsung phone launches (here). Well, wouldn’t you know it – Gear4 and InvisibleShield smashed those two together, and now we’ve got some new protection for those phones as well.

First up, on the case front, we’ve got (from left to right) we’ve got the Crystal Palace, Wembley, and Battersea cases. The Crystal Palace looks similar to what we talked about yesterday, and the Wembley looks like a darker version with some additional edge protection. The Battersea? That’s one we talked about in a different article (here) on iPad cases, but it still holds here. Basically, you decide the look you want for your phone – and the level of protection – and away you go. With them offering styles across devices, you could reasonably end up with the same style on all your electronics. The cases range from $29.99 to $49.99, and are specific to either the Note20 5G or the Note20 Ultra 5G.

You know if there are new cases, there’s going to be some new screen protection offered up as well. I’m a big fan of the InvisibleShield items, as I’ve got it on my iPhone (and my wife’s) as well as my iPad (watch for that review soon), as they just get the job done. As with other offerings, they’ve got a three-tiered approach to the protection you can get:

  • GlassFusion VisionGuard+ ($49.99 SRP) is a hybrid screen protector that is engineered to be unbreakable and features an Eyesafe technology layer that eliminates HEV blue light without distorting the color performance of device screens.
  • GlassFusion ($39.99 SRP) is a hybrid screen protector thatprovides users with complete edge-to-edge protection while preserving the touch sensitivity of the device screen. 
  • Ultra Clear+ ($29.99 SRP) is an ultra-thin film screen protector that features advanced high-definition clarity combined with Self-Healing Nano-Memory Technology that makes InvisibleShield Ultra Clear+ feel and look as great as the device’s own screen.

However you go, there’s no denying our phones are expensive and crucial parts of our daily lives – so it makes sense to wrap them up in some great protection. You can check out the product-specific pages for the Note20 5G or the Note20 Ultra 5G, or just head on over to Zagg to find protection for your own device.

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The Escobar phone is a Samsung Galaxy Fold with a sticker on it

I thought gadget journalism was dead but thanks to Marques Brownlee I’m pleased to note it’s very much alive and well. Case in point: Brownlee has been following the saga of the Escobar Fold 2 and, when this unit finally shipped, he discovered it was just a Galaxy Fold with a sticker on it.

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The Galaxy Fold is coming to SK for a mere $2,000

It costs quite a bit to take part in the future – $2,000, to be exact. Samsung has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Fold is available for pre-order online and will ship in South Korea on September 6. Other countries, including the US, will have to wait.

The device, which first appeared in  February 20, 2019 to much derision, failed to impress reviewers who ended up ripping off the front screen protector and cracking the thing in half. Samsung hopes it gets things right this time.

“During the past several months, Samsung has been refining the Galaxy Fold to ensure it delivers the best possible experience,” the company said. “Not only we improved the Galaxy Fold’s design and construction, but also took the time to rethink the entire consumer journey.”

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Samsung releases two new Galaxy devices, new laptop

Galaxy has releases two new flagship devices, the Note 10 and Note 10+ to great fanfare at a well-attended Unpacked event that looked more like an awards ceremony for particularly good robots.

The devices on display were stunners. The Note 10 and 10+ have 6.3-inch and 6.8-inch display, respectively, USB charging, and – get this – no headphone jack. The front-facing camera appears in a hole punch on the front screen and the OLEDs themselves are striking, wrapping around the front and offering a nice bit of additional real estate.

Both include Samsung’s trademark stylus, a huge differentiator in the Note series when compared to, say, the Plus line of iPhones.

Both models feature have 256GB of storage (no microSD) and the 10+ has an optional 512GB version.

The latest laptop in their stable is the Galaxy Book S, a thin and light laptop running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx mobile chip. Samsung claims 23 hours on a charge. It runs Windows 10 and will cost $999 when it goes to market later this year.

Most interestingly, these devices leaked like a sieve over the last few days, allowing the world to see them long before launch. These aren’t he olden days of mobile when a leak of this caliber could stop the new cycle. The times, as they say, are changing.

One more thing? There’s a dongle.

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