Samsung’s foldable phone could end up costing over $2,500

Let’s be frank here, we all knew this was coming. Foldable display tech, arguably the biggest smartphone revolution in years finally reaching end-user viable market status was bound to demand a premium. Especially in its first iteration and from a top dog, name-brand the likes of Samsung. Even so, $1925 – $2565 is beyond eye-watering. It is exuberant to say the leas

It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy F/Flex or whatever naming the Korean giant lands on will be a concept device, not really meant for the general consumer. Much like the Note Edge was back in the day when curved was the futuristic trend. That’s probably for the better too, since there were plenty of issues with that device and we can only imagine foldable panel implementations will be an order of magnitudes harder to perfect and really make viable. But, we digress.

Back to the mentioned figures. These come from a fairly reputable source. However, little extra info is offered. The biggest question in our mind is why the two price tags are so far apart. The only thing that springs to mind is at least a couple of models and storage tiers. Potentially size difference, although the foldable design could turn that concept on its head altogether. Apple’s current lineup has the entry-level 64GB iPhone XS at $999 and the top-tier XS Max at a $500 premium, so the variance is not unheard of.

We also can’t help but wonder why the quoted figures are so precise. Dare we even consider the possibility that these are actual production and parts cost calculations and not retail prices? We probably won’t get any sort of additional info prior to the first Flex Display actually hitting the market in at least some shape or form, which is said to happen some time in March 2019. The source of that particular release time frame also mentioned a price of about $1,770 (KRW 2 million in its homeland), while another carrier leak has also previously mentioned a GBP 2,000 figure for the top end model. In any case, no matter which source you decide to trust, you are still looking at prohibitively expensive price points.


The first Realme U1 promo video is up

Image result for The first Realme U1 promo video is upRealme U1 was announced earlier today as the first smartphone in the world with Helio P70 chipset. It is being marketed as India’s Selfie Pro with its 25 MP front-facing shooter, backed up by the Sony IMX576 sensor, borrowed from the way more expensive and powerful Oppo RX17 Pro and Oppo Find X.

The video focuses on the camera capabilities, including India-customized AI Beauty+ mode and smarter “Groupfie”.

Other specs of the Realme U1 include 6.3” Full HD+ screen with a notch that Realme calls “Dewdrop”. December 5 is the scheduled market launch for the phone – it can be purchased for as low as INR11,999 ($215/€190) on Amazon and plenty of offline retailers.


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson & Under Armour Team Up For Cool Workout Headphones

Image result for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson & Under Armour Team Up For Cool Workout HeadphonesIt’s a pretty safe bet to say that a majority of people who work out on a regular basis do so while listening to music. After all, how else can you get through a grueling workout when you don’t have another person there to hold you accountable for doing so? But nothing can ruin that quite like subpar headphones that may also look a little ugly. Leave it to actor and WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to dream up headphones that are both powerful and cool to wear.

The large athletic brand Under Armour have teamed up with Johnson to create the Under Armour Sport Wireless Train Headphones – Project Rock Edition. They’re over-the-ear headphones as part of his existing 11.11.11 collection that launched on Veterans’ Day. The green camouflage ties back to the collection and the bull logo on each side recalls people to Johnson’s iconic tattoo.

via Under Armour

These Under Armour headphones aren’t just a trendy new tech toy, though. The audio technology of  JBL Charged Sound is made specifically for bass heavy music that’s often used during any sort of physical activity. You also don’t need any sort of app for its Bluetooth; you can just sync it to whatever music device or smartphone you have on hand. But there’s also an audio jack and cable for the headphones if that’s your preference. The Brahma Bull logo can adjust the volume as needed. Finally, the battery can last up to 16 hours and takes as little as five minutes to charge.

Johnson has been more than a little vocal about the headphones in question. He reportedly was involved in the process of making them, working with both JBL and Under Armour to get the exact product he was looking for. He’s promoted the product heavily on his Instagram, and even went so far as to bring a prototype of the headphones on a trip to China. The trip- which happened during the actor’s press tour for his movie Rampage– showed Johnson pairing the headphones with chains as if comparing toughness. Needless to say, his headphones are tough in more ways than one!