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Samsung’s next foldable phone might use foldable Gorilla Glass

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Foldable phones, the ones with actual flexible and foldable screens, tickle the imagination and spark fantasies. The reality, unfortunately, is that the thing that makes the screen flexible is the very thing that also makes it less durable, at least from scratches. Samsung has definitely improved its foldable display since the disastrous days of the first Galaxy Fold but things might start to get even better now that Corning, makers of the much-touted Gorilla Glass, is reportedly involved.

Samsung’s very first foldable phone used a plastic-like Polyimide (PI) substrated as the protective cover for the flexible OLED panel. In addition to being fatally mistaken for a simple screen protector, the material was also prone to scratches exponentially more than glass would have been.

The problem with glass, at least the strong scratch-resistant type like Gorilla Glass, however, is that it is unyielding. That’s why Samsung Display partnered with German company Schott to use the latter’s Ultra-Thin Glass or UTG to give the Galaxy Z Flip and now the Galaxy Z Fold 2 a more durable foldable screen. But even as these two are working to improve that material, Samsung Electronics’ mobile division has reportedly joined forces with Corning to do the same.

It’s not unusual for the company to source components from rivaling suppliers, even if it means competing with its own sibling companies, just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon and Samsung Exynos divide. It will be interesting, however, to see what Corning will be able to bring to the table. Although considered a world leader in durable but rigid glass, it is considered quite late to the party when it comes to foldable glass.

Samsung will definitely need all the help it can get in this area if it wants to trump all competitors in the foldable and dual-screen phone fields. In addition to price, the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s disadvantages include concerns about the screen’s long-term durability and its usability with a stylus, something that a foldable UTG with Corning’s name could help resolve.

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The Price Of More Clarity

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Interestingly, the WH-1000XM5 join, rather than replace, the 1000XM4’s. The former go on sale at $399.99; the latter remain on shelves for $50 less than that, though fairly regular promotions mean you can usually find them cheaper still.

As for which you should buy, that’s not the clear answer you might expect. Yes, Sony’s newest headphones have slightly better ANC performance, but the audio changes will definitely come down to personal taste and the styles of music you listen to the most. The updated design, meanwhile, feels sleek and sturdy, but can’t match that of the old version for travel convenience. And both persist with the annoying Sony foibles, like no USB-C audio and no waterproofing.

Anyone thinking about upgrading from the fourth-generation can probably sit tight until generation six arrives, while Apple’s AirPods Max still have the edge in premium feel (even if they’re considerably heavier and more expensive in the process). Road warriors looking for the tidiest bag might want to stick with the old WH-1000XM4 for their compact folding, but if active noise cancellation is — understandably — your primary concern, then the Sony WH-1000XM5 have the edge.

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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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