Google Fi customers will get 5G from Sprint’s network

Google Fi customers will get 5G, too – and unsurprisingly, they’ll get it through the service’s existing partnership with Sprint and use the latter’s 5G infrastructure once it’s rolled out, the companies announced in a press release.

As a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Google Fi already leases telecom networks from Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Three to provide service to its customers. So it’s not much of a surprise that Fi picked one of those to secure 5G functionality for its customer base.

But it is interesting that an MVNO has struck a deal that presumably gets them 5G at the same time as a telecom’s primary customers. Per the press release, Sprint’s 5G network is launching in the first half of 2019 and “when this rolls out, Google Fi customers with Sprint 5G compatible ‘Designed for Fi’ phones in a 5G coverage area will be automatically connected to the network.”

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That restricts Google Fi 5G hopefuls a bit, unfortunately. Despite opening Fi up to phones from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus, this means only Designed for Fi phones (seen here) work with Sprint’s network. They’ll need to be Sprint 5G compatible, too, though it’s unclear what that includes. 

MVNO 5G with caveats, coming to cities first

Sprint’s 5G network will start in nine cities in the first half of the year, covering downtown metropolitan areas in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. 

Google Fi users will get 5G in these areas and automatically switch to Wi-Fi or LTE networks when moving between them, as the service works now. Of course, they need the right phone to use 5G at all, and they’ll need to be in a 5G coverage zone, naturally.

These zones might be smaller than you’re used to with LTE. Sprint isn’t launching its 5G service on millimeter wave as it lacks licenses to broadcast on the airwaves, instead opting for the 2.5GHz mid-band spectrum, which is faster than LTE but doesn’t reach as far, per The Verge. To augment coverage, Sprint will rely on its Massive MIMO radio tech, which it started rolling out last year to enable the company to offer both LTE and 5G on the same radio.

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Lenovo’s first noise-cancelling headphones challenge Bose and Sony

This year, Lenovo will release two new noise-cancelling headphones that will carry its Yoga moniker into the audio realm. The new headphones — the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ANC and Lenovo Yoga ANC — are expected to go on sale around June and July, respectively, and compete with the Microsoft Surface Headphones. 

According to Lenovo, the on-ear headphones are intended to be companions for the company’s laptop series for which they’re named after, but they should still work with any device, be it Windows, Android, iOS or otherwise.

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In terms of technical details, Lenovo claims the headphones will use both traditional active noise-cancellation (ANC) and something called electronic noise-cancellation (ENC) that’s used on the microphone to block out noise while you’re making calls. 

That being said, while other headphones are more focused on blocking out commuting or traveling noise (the sound of a jet engine or drone of a bus, for example), Lenovo’s headphones are intended mostly for office use.

That fact will help separate the Lenovo Yoga and ThinkPad X1 ANC from other similar style headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and puts them closer in line with the Microsoft Surface Headphones. 

In terms of battery life, Digital Trends reports that they’ll boast around 15 hours with noise-cancellation turned on, and around 20 hours with noise-cancellation off.

The Lenovo Yoga ANC will go on sale in July for $170 (around £129, AU$235), while the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ANC will go live in Europe in June for around $150 (£115, AU$200) with release in other territories to be determined.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 prices got you down? This super cheap iPhone XR deal will help

The new and oh so very shiny Samsung Galaxy S10 has been out for almost a week now and we’ve spent that time well, deep diving through the many deals available to find the best price. Our main finding – Samsung excellence doesn’t come cheap right now.

So if you’ve been looking to get a top-tier phone with a new Samsung Galaxy S10 deal but the prices have thrown you off course, we may have the perfect alternative on the other side of the market, a high-end Apple device.

Currently Amazon.co.uk is offering up the iPhone XR SIM-free for just £612.64, dropping the price by a massive £130 under the average XR cost. We can tell you now that you won’t find any other iPhone XR deal this cheap, not even Samsung’s new budget Galaxy S10e deals can match this.

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The collaboration challenge – so many tools, so little time

As Generation Z prepares to enter the workforce, businesses are quickly realizing that email alone just won’t be enough with today’s digital savvy employees. This is why, many organizations have begun to invest in a variety of collaboration tools and project management software. However, with this influx of new software, it has becoming increasingly difficult for teams to keep track of important company information as well as to know how to contact staff members when they need them.

To better understand how to implement an effective collaboration strategy, TechRadar Pro spoke with Interact’s CEO Simon Dance.

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Oscars live stream: how to watch the 2019 Academy Awards online from anywhere

The red carpet has been rolled out, the tuxes and ball gowns have been dusted off and the acceptance speeches prepared – it’s time for the 91st Academy Awards. The 2019 Oscars are looking like one of the most intriguing ceremonies in recent years, with no clear cut favorite (if you’ll forgive the pun) emerging from the pack.

Whether you’re a massive movie buff or just somebody that loves to see ‘who’ that stars are wearing, the Oscars is always a must-see climax of the movie awards season. And following our guide will let you work out the best way to get an Oscars live stream from wherever you are this Sunday.

It now seems to be part of Oscar tradition that the lead-up is dogged by controversy. This year it was the turn of the Kevin Hart host fiasco and the u-turn pulled on having certain winners announced during ad breaks. But if we can forget about that for a moment and concentrate on the silver screen, it’s looking like an intriguing 91st Academy Awards ceremony.

Front-runners for the best movie prize are Roma and The Favourite, showing once again that the Academy is beginning to increasingly honour more offbeat choices – the former being a black-and-white Mexican film, the latter a dark comedy about Queen Anne of England and her ladies in waiting. Meanwhile, Black Panther became the first ever superhero movie to be nominated for the top award.

For the individual prizes, we may see Lady Gaga take home two Oscars on Sunday, one for Best Actress and the other for Best Original Song (both for A Star Is Born) and Rami Malek is likely to take home the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of Queen-singer Freddie Mercury.

In total, 24 little gold men will be handed out at the Dolby Theater and you can watch it all as it happens. Follow our guide to watching a 2019 Oscars live stream from absolutely anywhere in the world.

How to watch a 2019 Oscars live stream from outside your country

Keep scrolling if you want to know your viewing options in the US, Canada, UK and Australia (pssssst, it’s absolutely FREE Down Under!).

But it’s worth noting that if you’re away from your country this Oscar night and were hoping to watch your home coverage on your laptop or mobile, it will inevitable be geo-blocked. Annoying, but definitely not unsurpassable…by using a VPN, you can change your IP address to a location back in your own hometown or country that will then allow you to stream the event as if you were sat back at home.

How to watch the 2019 Oscars: live stream in the USA

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  • YouTubeTV $40 per month – YouTubeTV also gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

The bonus of the above options is that they all have some kind of free trial. So if all you care about is getting an Oscars live stream and not much beyond, these are well worth a look.

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Best Picture nominees at the 2019 Academy Awards

The big prize of the night is the Best Picture award – we still don’t know why they don’t just call it ‘best film’. There are eight nominees competing for it this year…

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

Lenovo’s affordable new laptops give you the choice of AMD or Intel CPUs

Lenovo has revealed a clutch of new laptops over at MWC, including a wallet-friendly convertible, as well as a fresh all-in-one PC, and an interesting 7-inch tablet which boasts phone functionality.

The IdeaPad C340 convertible is pitched as an affordable 2-in-1 notebook sporting a 360-degree hinge and a choice of 8th-gen Intel and AMD Ryzen processors.

On the Intel side, there will be 14-inch and 15-inch variants available with a choice of Intel’s Pentium 5405U, Core i3-8145U, Core i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U processors. They will be backed up by 4GB to 16GB of system RAM, and up to a GeForce MX230 graphics solution (or you can stick with the integrated GPU).

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Or if you prefer the AMD route, then your only choice will be a 14-inch model which can be powered by an AMD Athlon 300U mobile CPU, or a Ryzen 3 3200U, Ryzen 5 3500U, or a Ryzen 7 3700U at the top end. All of those come with integrated AMD Radeon Vega Graphics (although with Ryzen 7 you get integrated Vega RX), and you can choose between 4GB or 8GB of system memory.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad C340 in tent mode (Image Credit: Lenovo)

You’ll be able to pick either a Full HD or HD (1,366 x 768) touchscreen, whichever machine you plump for, and battery life is rated at up to eight hours, with a rapid charge mode available that juices up to 80% in an hour flat.

Lenovo notes that the bezels are nicely slimmed down on three sides (save for the bottom bezel), and the top cover of the notebook is glass fiber. You also get a privacy shutter for the webcam, and there’s an optional fingerprint reader for added security, too. Pricing for the IdeaPad C340 starts at $450, or $500 for the 15-inch version, although all models start at €599 (around £520) in Europe.

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Lenovo also unveiled the new IdeaPad S540, an ultra-slim notebook crafted with premium materials.

As with the C340, the manufacturer offers a choice of 14-inch and 15-inch models powered by up to Core i7 8th-gen Intel CPUs, a 14-inch laptop driven by AMD processors, again up to a Ryzen 7 3700U.

The Intel flavors can be equipped with up to 12GB of system RAM, and integrated graphics or a GeForce MX250 – with the option of a GTX 1050 on the 15-inch laptop. On the AMD front, you can also have up to 12GB of system memory, but you can’t specify a discrete GPU, so you’ll have to live with Vega integrated graphics.

These laptops carry the same slim bezels, webcam privacy shutter, and rapid charge tech for the battery as the C340, with the Intel models increasing battery longevity to up to 12 hours (it’s up to eight hours on the AMD side).

As for the price here, the IdeaPad S540 starts at $730 or €799 (around £695) for the 14-inch AMD model, $850 or €899 (around £780) for the 15-inch Intel offering, and finally, $880 or €899 (around £780) for the 14-inch Intel variant.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad S340 (Image Credit: Lenovo)

If that wasn’t enough for you, Lenovo also showed off the IdeaPad S340, which has been refreshed with new Intel and AMD processors, and a slimmer profile, with a choice of striking colors including abyss blue and sand pink.

With this laptop, you can choose both 14-inch and 15-inch versions with either Intel or AMD processors, with Core i3, i5 and i7 options for the former, and up to a Ryzen 7 3700U when it comes to the latter.

All machines can be specified with up to 12GB of system RAM, with Vega integrated graphics for the AMD notebooks, and either integrated or a GeForce MX250 on the Intel side.

There’s an optional touchscreen and backlit keyboard with the IdeaPad S340, and again you get that webcam privacy shutter and rapid charge technology. Pricing starts at $370 or €549 (around £480), although note that the 14-inch AMD model will only be available in Europe and not the US.

In Europe, all of the Intel-powered laptops launch in March, and the AMD notebooks will follow in April, with the exception of the 15-inch IdeaPad S540 with Intel CPU which won’t appear until April.

For the US market, all the notebooks will arrive in April, save for the 14-inch IdeaPad S540 with Intel processor which will be delayed until June.

Lenovo’s IdeaCentre AIO A340 (Image Credit: Lenovo)

All-in-one PC plus Tab V7

Lenovo also revealed the IdeaCentre AIO A340, a slim all-in-one PC which comes in 22-inch or 24-inch spins, with an optional touchscreen, up to an Intel Core i5-8400T processor, with AMD Radeon 530 graphics and up to 8GB of system memory.

Pricing starts at $500 or €499 (around £435) for the 22-inch model, and $680 or €599 (around £520) for the larger version, with the machines going on sale in March for Europe, April for the US market.

The firm’s Yoga ANC headphones also got an airing at MWC, sporting a premium finish, with noise cancellation and support for USB-C and Bluetooth 5.0.

The Yoga ANC also benefits from a boom-less microphone, and quick charge technology (charging in under two hours). They will be priced at $170 or €158 (around £138), and are due to arrive in June for the European market, and July for the US.

Lenovo’s Tab V7 (Image Credit: Lenovo)

Finally, Lenovo’s Tab V7 was wheeled out, although note that this will only be available in Europe, Asia and Latin America – it won’t see a US release.

It’s a 6.9-inch tablet that carries phone functionality, built around a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, and boasting an 18:9 aspect ratio IPS screen with a Full HD resolution and narrow bezels.

The Tab V7 can carry 3GB or 4GB of memory, 32GB or 64GB storage, and benefits from twin front-facing speakers with Dolby Audio. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facer, and you get a fingerprint sensor plus facial recognition on the security front. It also has dual-SIM capability, and a 5,180mAh battery.

The V7 will carry an asking price of €249 (around £215) and will hit the shelves in April (and as noted, won’t be available in the US).

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LG hints strongly at flexible phone plans, but says time isn’t right

LG has confirmed its interest in flexible phones, and dropped a huge hint that it’ll be getting into that market, but believes that the time isn’t right now.

The statement came from Kyle Yoon, senior product manager for LG Mobile, during a briefing asking why the brand hasn’t launched a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X:

“When it comes to foldable, [the day will come] when we’ll all have a foldable device. That’s only if the Play Store has [apps in] a native resolution in those ratios, if the price of foldables will come down – we want to deliver a device more people can use that’s affordable and [offers] more content with 5G. We’re focused on that first but foldables… yes, we will have those devices.”

LG has curiously decided that instead of just staying out of the big-screen market altogether, it’s choosing to release an add-on instead: the LG DualScreen.

The LG DualScreen extender (Image credit: TechRadar)

This clips onto the LG V50 and provides a second 6.2-inch display that flips out to increase the real estate available for the user – but it’s a long way from the widescreen fold-out phones that Huawei and Samsung have made, with thick bezels in between.

It makes sense that LG wouldn’t want to jump feet-first into the flexible smartphone market, as it’s mobile arm has posted losses for a number of quarters now. 

LG Electronics’ president and head of mobile, Kwon Bong-seok, said recently that the brand wouldn’t be doing anything dramatic as it looks to re-establish itself in the smartphone market – but also reiterated that LG was ready to go with a flexible phone when the opportunity was right.

Good to stay flexible?

It’s an interesting move from LG – we’ve seen two brands announce commercially-available products this year, and a host of other companies (such as Xiaomi and Alcatel) have shown off concept devices, so if LG has something to prove its technological prowess in this area, why not go for it?

It feels like the DualScreen is an attempt to offer the market something, which makes something that’s just. fine as an accessory feel almost like an apologetic move now so many brands are talking about a glossy, flexible future.

It would be good to see LG pushing back to the sharp end of the smartphone market, as it’s a company with some genuine innovation and technological prowess inside – and the more players competing for consumer dollars will just lead to better phones. 

Will LG offer a flexible smartphone by the end of 2019? It could very well depend on the performance of Samsung and Huawei’s efforts, which will go on sale in the coming months.

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MWC 2019: all the news from the biggest mobile show of the year

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the biggest mobile tradeshow of the year, and the next installment – MWC 2019 – has begun.

While MWC 2019 officially kicks off in Barcelona on February 25 and runs through to February 28, we’ve already seen manufacturers making announcements a few days early.

Update: Xiaomi has announced that the Mi 9 is getting a worldwide release, along with its international pricing. Read on for more information below.

So what can you expect? A number of things are now confirmed, such as the foldable Huawei Mate X, a 5G prototype from OnePlus and the arrival of the flagship LG G8, but there are plenty of MWC 2019 rumors, including high-profile handsets such as the Sony Xperia XZ4.

We’ve put together this guide highlighting all things mobile that might be on show this week, and we’ll update it with everything that launches as it happens.

Huawei

We know the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro won’t launch at MWC 2019 – they have a March 26 date in Paris, France – but the Chinese firm will have something to show us in Barcelona.

Huawei had already confirmed that it would launch the world’s first 5G phone with a foldable screen, and the day before the firm’s press conference a billboard was spotted seemingly revealing the device as the Huawei Mate X.

Whether or not Huawei has any other devices to announce at MWC 2019 remains to be seen, but we’ll be reporting live from the firm’s press conference on February 24 to bring you all the news.

Sony

MWC 2019

We could see the Xperia 1 at MWC 2019. Image Credit: TechRadar

Sony often announces one or more new phones at MWC and the next flagship we’re expecting is the Sony Xperia 1 (formerly rumored as the Xperia XZ4), so that may well make an appearance. 

The Sony press conference is set for February 25 at 8:30am CET, and we’ll be reporting live to bring you all the latest.

Not much is known about it yet, but we have seen leaked renders supposedly showing the phone and revealing a triple-lens camera on the back. That would be a big jump since other Sony handsets only have one rear camera.

Based on this leak, the Sony Xperia 1 also appears to have a 6.5-inch display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which would make it even more widescreen than most handsets. There’s no notch and no sign of a headphone jack, while the back appears to be glass and there are bezels above and below the screen.

Not the most modern design then and while three cameras is novel for Sony it’s something other companies already offer, so it remains to be seen if or how the Xperia 1 / XZ4 will stand out – assuming this leak is even accurate.

We might also see the Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact at the show. Renders of that have leaked too, revealing an even more dated, bezel-heavy design, a roughly 5-inch screen and just a single rear camera.

LG

MWC 2019

The LG G8 ThinQ will arrive at MWC 2019. Image Credit: TechRadar

The LG G8 will land at MWC on February 24, as confirmed by the South Korean company.

What LG has also said, is that it will announce a 5G phone at the event, one with a 4,000mAh battery, a vapor cooling chamber, and a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

This however may not be the G8, but rather the LG V50 ThinQ according to other reports, which say both phones will land at MWC 2019, but only the V50 will support 5G.

As for the LG G8, rumors point to a 4K LCD screen and potentially a ‘sound-emitting display’, which could allow the earpiece to be built into the screen. That in turn might allow LG to shrink or eliminate the top bezel, though renders show it sporting a notch with a dual-lens front-facing camera.

Oppo

Oppo hasn’t launched a smartphone at MWC 2019, rather it’s confirmed it will launch a 5G phone in the future, and it showed off a new camera technology.

During its “Innovation Event” on February 23 in Barcelona, Spain, we saw Oppo’s new smartphone camera that features a 10x lossless zoom.

The technology utilizes three camera modules with a main camera is a 48 megapixel for capturing everyday images, while a second 16mm, 120-degree wide-angle lens is designed to take in more of whatever you’’re trying to capture. The third, and final snapper is a telephoto lens with a focal length of 160mm. 

Samsung

MWC 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has already been announced. Image Credit: Samsung

Samsung is set for a surprisingly quiet MWC, as it announced the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit E ahead of time on February 20.

Samsung could use MWC 2019 as a platform to launch a refreshed line-up of its mid-range A series of devices, while there’s an outside chance of a tablet (although it only launched the Galaxy Tab S5e a few weeks ago) – but don’t hold your breath for either of these.

HTC

HTC U12 Life

We might well see one or more new handsets from HTC at MWC 2019, though we’re not yet sure what.

The company reduced its smartphone output during 2018 but has confirmed that new handsets are on the way, some of which should arrive in early 2019, making MWC 2019 a possible venue.

One handset that’s apparently on the way is an updated version of the mid-range HTC U12 Life, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, so perhaps that will appear at MWC.

However, we wouldn’t count on seeing an HTC U13, or whatever the company’s next flagship is called, as there’s no real news on that and the HTC U12 Plus only landed in May.

OnePlus

While the OnePlus 7 is unlikely to launch until mid-2019, we might see the beginning of a new range from the company at MWC 2019.

Specifically, we already know that OnePlus is working on a 5G handset for launch in 2019, and according to a report it could land at MWC 2019.

We don’t know much else about the handset, but apparently OnePlus has chosen to launch it separately from the OnePlus 7 as the addition of 5G could push the price up beyond what it typically charges. 

In other words, this phone might not be as much of a bargain as the company’s main flagship range.

Motorola

While the Moto G7 range has only just landed, we might get something even more exciting at the show, namely a foldable Motorola Razr V4. It’s rumored to launch in February, so MWC would be an obvious venue.

Other than it being able to fold we don’t know much about the Razr V4 yet, though it’s expected to be very expensive.

Honor

The Honor 20 probably won’t be ready in time for MWC given that the Honor 10 didn’t land until May, but you never know, and there’s a good chance the company will have something to show (though notably it didn’t last year). Then again, the Honor View 20 only recently landed, so Honor might keep things quiet at MWC.

Nokia

We saw lots of Nokia-branded phones at MWC 2018, so we may well see some more at MWC 2019. The highlight of the bunch might be the Nokia 9 – a long-rumored flagship phone which some sources say will land at the event. It’s a believable claim too, since the high-end Nokia 8 Sirocco landed at MWC 2018.

However, it wasn’t the only Nokia phone in attendance. The Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 1 and more were also announced, so don’t be surprised if there’s a whole range of new handsets present at 2019’s event.

Rumors of the Nokia 9 PureView have been circulating for a long time now, and we’re hearing conflicting reports on whether it’ll be launching at MWC or before the show. MWC still looks the most likely though, as we know the company has something planned on February 24.

At the previous two shows, Nokia has also launched a rebooted handset, with the 3310 and 8110 pumping a sense of nostalgia into the halls at MWC. Will it repeat the trick at MWC 2019? There aren’t any rumors just yet, but we’re not ruling it out.

5G phones

MWC 2019 could be where we first start seeing 5G handsets, as a number are expected to land in 2019.

We’ve noted above that 5G LG and Huawei phones will be announced, but don’t be surprised if we see others too. 

OnePlus and Oppo for example are both working on 5G phones, so there’s a chance those might make an appearance.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi has officially started selling products in the UK at the end of 2018, while it’s been established in other parts of Europe for a while, and in 2019 we found out that it is bringing the Xiaomi Mi 9 to western markets. It features a 48MP main camera with a uniquely curved backplate and is up for pre-order immediately at €449 (which converts to around $500, £390, AU$715). 

Xiaomi is known for delivering great value handsets, including flagships that massively undercut most rivals, so it might launch some bargains. One of those bargains might be a foldable phone, as it’s working on one of its own.

ZTE

We hadn’t heard much from ZTE until recently, but we now know the company is cooking up something for MWC under its Nubia sub-brand, and based on a teaser that reads “flex your life” we’re assuming it’s a foldable phone.

Nothing else is known about the handset yet though, so stay tuned for more information.

Vivo

Vivo showed off the Vivo Apex Concept at MWC 2018. This was a prototype device with an in-screen fingerprint scanner (before this tech became mainstream) and a pop-up selfie camera, leading to an almost completely bezel-free screen. You couldn’t buy it, but the similar Vivo Nex launched later in the year.

It’s entirely possible that Vivo will have another prototype device ready to show at MWC 2019, though what that might be is unclear.

The company is launching the V15 Pro soon, a phone which has a 32MP pop-up selfie camera, though this is set to land on February 20, which is a few days before MWC really kicks off.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold gets a much closer look in eerie music-less video

It’s been a few days since the Samsung Galaxy Fold was made official, but the Samsung Newsroom has unveiled a (rather creepy) video that looks at the new phone in more detail.

The YouTube posting makes the phone seem far more desirable than it did on the stage, with an extra touch of gloss on top. What’s clear though is that the ‘snap’ into the large-screen mode is rapid indeed, something that many prospective users might have worried about.

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There’s a demo of how the camera works, a close up of the hinge and a look at how wide-screen Instagram and video calling will function on the new Galaxy Fold.

Intriguingly there’s nothing on the ‘triple-app’ mode that’s coming on this device, but you go get to see wireless charging in action. 

(Full disclosure: there’s a Galaxy smartwatch put on the back first, showing how the wireless charging begins. It’s then replaced by a yellow pair of Galaxy Buds, and we at first thought this was a lemon. You know, to show what can’t be charged.)

The creepiness comes in the lack of background music, which makes us wonder if this video went up a little early. But with so many foldable phones coming at MWC 2019, perhaps it’s best that Samsung speedily pushes the virtues of its most innovative device in years – it doesn’t want to get left behind if the competitors come up with something more appealing to consumers.

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Leaked images show off Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 a few hours early

Microsoft has a launch event scheduled for later today in Barcelona at MWC 2019, and it’s already dropped hints that a new HoloLens model is on the way. Well – spoiler alert – we now have some leaked images of the device via @WalkingCat on Twitter.

We don’t learn too much about the HoloLens 2 aside from its looks, but you can see for yourself the thinner, lighter frame that’s been rumored. It also looks like you’ll be able to interact with holograms directly.

Another improvement over HoloLens 1 is expected to be a wider field of view and improvements in eye-tracking technology, both mentioned in patents filed by Microsoft while it’s been working on the tech.

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All should be revealed soon: the Microsoft MWC event is scheduled for 6pm in Barcelona, which is 5pm in London, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco and 4am on Monday in Sydney. We will of course bring you all the news here.

MR, AR, VR…

The original HoloLens employs what Microsoft likes to call mixed reality – essentially advanced augmented reality (with computer graphics elements blended in with the real world) plus some virtual reality (complete self-contained digital worlds).

Microsoft usually uses the same MR term for the HoloLens and its Windows Mixed Reality headsets, even though the former is more AR and the latter is more VR.

The first HoloLens was announced way back in 2015 and eventually went on sale to developers in 2016. It’s still available to commercial customers for a hefty fee of $5,000 (about £3,830).

Rumors of a cheaper follow-up have been swirling for a while, and it looks very much like the big reveal is almost here. Check back later for the full story from our team on the ground in Barcelona.

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Via The Verge