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Galaxy Z Fold S rumored to fold both ways, have budget price

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Although they are fundamentally different from each other, many have been comparing the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Microsoft Surface Duo in their approach to the foldable phone dream. Technically not really foldable in the sense of having a foldable screen, the Surface Duo offers some benefits that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 can only dream of, particularly in using a single screen for both “tablet” and “phone” modes. Samsung, however, may give Microsoft a run for its money if this Galaxy Z Fold S rumor is actually real.

The Surface Duo has a 360-degree hinge that lets the device fold into more forms than the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at the expense of having an unavoidable break in the middle. In contrast, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a single, unbroken display but can only fold from about zero to 180-degrees because of the limitations of flexible OLED displays.

A new rumor would have us believe and hope for a new foldable Samsung phone that finally overcomes that limitation. Tentatively called the Galaxy Z Flip 2, the device would supposedly be able to fold inwards like a regular Galaxy Z Fold 2 as well as outwards like a Surface Duo or, perhaps more appropriate, a Huawei Mate Xs pictured above. This means the device could have only one screen, with the same large screen being used in a phone form factor.

If that alone didn’t sound unbelievable already, the speculation that it will be a budget foldable phone may make it sound too good to be true. Samsung has long been expected to have a more affordable version of the Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Z Fold 2 but that has yet to materialize. This Galaxy Z Fold S, however, might not be that.

Despite having just a single display and potentially a reduced number of cameras, the R&D and manufacturing that will be required to pull off such a 360-degree flexible screen might still offset those cost savings. Given how the single folding direction of the current Galaxy Z Fold 2 still has room for improvement, it’s difficult to see how Samsung will be able to make such a device in time next year, not to mention one that will have an accessible price tag.

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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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Why Black Holes Slow Down Time As You Get Closer To One

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To understand why time slows down as an object gets closer to a black hole, it is necessary to understand what time dilation is. Live Science explains that Einstein — obsessed with space and time — was the first to realize that time was relative. After more than a decade of work, Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915, shocking the Newtonian establishment and revolutionizing science. Einstein argued that while the laws of physics are constant throughout the universe (via The Conversation), speed or motion, space, and time are not constant but relative. Relative to what? To the point of observation or observer.

Einstein often spoke about trains and how people on and off moving trains would perceive time and speed differently. He cited, for example, that a speeding train would move much faster for a person standing on the side of the track than for a person chasing the train on another train running parallel to it. This has fueled a range of wild experiments with clocks and atomic clocks, and the answers proved Einstein was right: time is not constant and it can dilate.

But to be scientifically accurate, time does not change because of where an observer may be; it changes due to changes in gravity. Scientists have proven these changes in time by measuring atomic clocks on top of buildings and on ground levels, or on orbiting satellites and on Earth. So, if gravity can change time, what would happen to time in the presence of the massive gravitational forces of a black hole?

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