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Samsung Galaxy Fold: ’90s Edition

Samsung Galaxy Fold: ’90s Edition

There’s much buzz these days about the upcoming barrage of foldable smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Squirrel Monkey’s latest retro tech video imagines what these phones might have been like some 20 years ago.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG takes a reasonable half-step towards foldable phones with the V50 ThinQ 5G. It has a 6.4″ 1440×3120 OLED display, but it also has an optional 6.2″ 1080p OLED display attachment. You can use the second display to run two apps at once, preview photos and more.

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Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1

Sony’s new flagship phone goes against the notch and cutout trend by simply having a taller display. It has a 6.5″ 21:9 4K OLED display, perfect for watching ultrawide content and multitasking. It can also shoot in 4K 21:9. Drops Spring 2019.

Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia is banking on photography enthusiasts with the 9 PureView. It has five 12MP cameras at the back – two RGB, three monochrome – that can all take photos at once. This should result in images with incredible HDR and adjustable focus. Drops 03/2019 for $699.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X

Huawei’s take on the foldable phone is similar to the FlexPai. The Mate X has a single 8″ display that folds nearly in half for use in smartphone mode. It takes advantage of its “rear” display by acting as a preview for taking selfies.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has a 4.6″ display on its front. Unfold the device and you get a 7.3″ tablet with an AMOLED display, and designed for multitasking. The device will go on sale 4/2019 for $1980 – truly a collectible for the most dedicated gadget freaks.

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung’s latest flagship phones continue to push bezels away, utilizing a cutout for the front cameras to maximize space. The S10 and the S10+ also have fingerprint sensor under the display. They also have three rear cameras, including one with a super wide angle lens.

Meizu Zero Smartphone

Meizu Zero Smartphone
$1299  Pledge Link Comment

With a ceramic unibody design, the Meizu Zero is first smartphone with no exposed openings – no holes for cables, speakers, or other sensors means a sleek design and better waterproofing. It hides a fingerprint sensor beneath its OLED screen, which doubles as a speaker.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Concept

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Concept

Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin teased the company’s prototype for an OLED phone that folds on both sides. This allows it to transition from a mini tablet to a smartphone with no bezels on the side. It’s certainly impressive, but its palm rejection better be on point.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
$595+  Buy Link Comment

Xiaomi’s latest flagship phone has an impressive 24MP front camera, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at its notch-less 6.4″ 1080p AMOLED display. That’s because the front camera is hidden inside a mechanical magnetic slider.

Honor View 20

Honor View 20

Huawei’s jumbo-size smartphone has a 25MP front camera that’s embedded in a 4.5mm diameter hole in its 6.4″ 1080p display, resulting in a front that’s nearly all screen. It also has a crazy 48MP rear camera. It will be available globally starting 1/22/19.

DIY Smartphone Slider

DIY Smartphone Slider

Want to shoot those smooth side-to-side shots that you see in pro videos? You could go out and buy a fancy slider, or you could follow COOPH’s handy guide on how to make an automated slider using ordinary household objects like a toy car and a kitchen timer.

Pivo for Smartphones

Pivo for Smartphones
$69+  Pledge Comment

Pivo is a smartphone accessory and app combo that lets you capture a variety of styles of videos and photos. It has face and object tracking, and can be triggered to take photos in a variety of ways. It also has lots of fun modes such as “many me,” “double take” and “flash.”

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FlexPai Folding Smartphone

FlexPai Folding Smartphone
$1600  Buy Link Comment

Royole’s FlexPai is the world’s first commercially available mobile device to have a foldable display. Unfolded, it’s a 7.8″ tablet with a 1920×1440 AMOLED display. When folded, the two resulting screens and the spine can show different content.

Nubia X Dual Screen Smartphone

Nubia X Dual Screen Smartphone

Nubia made a smartphone that has a second OLED touchscreen on its back. The Nubia X’s 5.1″ second screen can be used to take selfies with the rear camera, as buttons for gaming, and even as the main screen. It’s available only in China at this point.

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T
$549-$629  Buy Link Comment

The OnePlus 6T has a 6.41″ 2340×1080 AMOLED display with a smaller notch than the one on the 6. It also has a fingerprint sensor built into the display. It also has a larger capacity battery (3700mAh from 3300mAh on the 6) and comes with USB-C headphones.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 6.4″ 3120 x 1440 OLED display, face unlock, a built-in fingerprint sensor on the touchscreen and three rear cameras: a 40MP wide angle, a 20MP ultra wide angle and an 8MP telephoto. It can also charge other devices wirelessly.

Razer Phone 2

Razer Phone 2
$800+  Buy Link Comment

The Razer Phone 2 still has the one-of-a-kind 120Hz display from the original, as well as stereo speakers. But it now has dual Sony cameras at the back – one wide, one telephoto – dust and water resistance, wireless charging, and customizable RGB LEDs on the logo.

Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL
$799+  Buy Link Comment

Google’s latest smartphones have a new 12MP sensor and new software features for its historically excellent camera system. It also has an AI-powered call screening feature that will answer calls for you. The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL also now have wireless charging.

LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

The LG V40 ThinQ improves on the G7 with a new 6.4″ 3120×1440 OLED display, and most significantly, five cameras. At the back there’s a standard camera, a wide angle camera, and a telephoto camera. On the front there’s a standard camera and a wide angle camera.

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Euclid Phone Ring Holder

Euclid Phone Ring Holder
$7+/set of 2  Pledge Comment

The Euclid lets you easily flip your phone between portrait and landscape modes with just one hand. It also offers three viewing angles as a phone stand, and the two-fingered grip is more secure than other phone ring holders.

Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max

Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max
$999+  Buy Link Comment

Apple’s iPhone Xs Max has a 6.5″ edge-to-edge display, while the Xs has a 5.8″ display. Both feature improved cameras, including the addition of a portrait mode that lets you adjust background focus after shooting. They also have a more powerful and efficient processor.

Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony Xperia XZ3

The Sony Xperia XZ3 features an edge-to-edge 6″ 2880×1440 HDR OLED display. It shoots 4K HDR and 1080p/960fps slow-mo video, supports Hi-Res audio, and has upgraded speakers with vibration for immersive sound. It drops 10/17/18 for $900.

Blackberry Key2 LE

Blackberry Key2 LE

The mid-range BlackBerry Key2 LE has the key features of the $649 Key2, including the same improved physical keyboard (although you can’t use it as a trackpad), and the security features. Its 3,000mAh battery lasts up to 22h per charge. It will be available for $399.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
$1K+  Buy Link Comment

Samsung’s latest phablet has a much needed 4,000mAh battery, either 128GB or a crazy 512GB capacity, microSD slot and USB-C port. Like the S9 and S9+, it’s water- and dust-resistant and has a variable aperture camera. Its stylus can also be used as a remote control.

Motorola Moto Z3 Smartphone

Motorola Moto Z3 Smartphone
$480 or $20/mo.  Buy Link Comment

The first phone to offer an upgrade path to 5G, which promises speeds up to 10x faster than LTE. In addition to its upcoming 5G Moto Mod, it packs all-day battery life, dual 12mp depth-sensing cameras, fast charging, and a bright 6″ AMOLED display. Drops 8/16/18 at Verizon.

LG V35 Smartphone

LG V35 Smartphone
$899  Buy Link Comment

LG’s much-hyped flagship the G7 may have a high resolution display, but it’s LCD. If you want more vibrant colors and deeper blacks, check out the new V35. It has a 6″ 1440×2880 OLED display, the same two 16MP cameras as the G7 and has water and dust resistance.

Oppo Find X

Oppo Find X

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is breaking into Europe and North America with a one-of-a-kind Android flagship. The front of the Oppo Find X is taken up almost entirely by its 6.4″ OLED screen, thanks to a pop-up module that houses both the rear and front cameras.

BlackBerry Key2

BlackBerry Key2

The BlackBerry Key2 has a significantly wider and flatter keyboard compared to the one on its predecessor, making for a better typing experience. It also has a new shortcut key so you can swap between apps much faster, and a battery that lasts up to 2 days per charge.

ASUS ROG Phone

ASUS ROG Phone

The ASUS ROG Phone has a 6″ AMOLED 1080 x 2160 screen with HDR, a 90Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. It comes with a cooling fan attachment, but you can also get other modules such as a second screen/battery, a gamepad and a desktop dock.

HTC U12+

HTC U12+
$799  Buy Link Comment

The HTC U12+ carries over the squeeze gestures from the U11 and adds a convenient double tap gesture that can also be remapped. The phone also has a 6″ 1440×2880 screen, IP68 water- and dust-resistance and a 12MP and a 16MP camera at the back.

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