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Galaxy Z Fold 2 details build up the foldable hype

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Samsung will start September with a big bang by announcing what everyone already knows by now. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has all but been completely revealed, by leaks as well as hands-on videos allowed by Samsung. There are still a few details, however, that are relatively unknown but almost all the i’s have been dotted and t’s have been crossed with this latest batch of information, just a day or so before Unpacked 2020 Part 2.

The focus of the foldable phone will, of course, be the foldable display, especially considering how Samsung’s first try wasn’t exactly without its problems. The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s screen is touted to be sturdier, even though it will still have a visible crease under some lighting conditions. The hinge is also stronger, allowing the phone to be fixed at certain angles before it fully opens up for closes shut.

That screen also supports viewing 1440p videos in their full resolution and 120Hz refresh rates. The latter, however, is only available in adaptive mode with no user option to pick the resolution or refresh rate manually. Jimmy Is Promo also shares another hands-on tour that goes into detail regarding the various modes available when utilizing the screen’s large area.

WinFuture also has some good news for European buyers, as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will reportedly use the Snapdragon 865+ all around. Curiously, the site also notes that there won’t be an under-display fingerprint scanner and will, instead, use a traditional optical scanner off to the side.

All of those will be available at a hopefully reduced price tag compared to last year’s model, at least according to earlier leaks as well. It won’t be a huge drop but even a $100 price cut could make the Galaxy Z Fold 2 more attractive. Samsung will be confirming all those details on September 1, with a European launch believed to be set for September 18.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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