Best gadgets of 2020: Just fold it and go!

Here's our list of some really cool devices that might soon be available in the country

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Smartphones may or may not be headed in a foldable direction, but one thing is pretty clear: All the major brands are jumping on to this bandwagon with their unique vision for foldable displays. Starting with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which became the first foldable device to debut in India, here's our list of some really cool devices that might soon be available in the country

Samsung Galaxy Fold

This is the foldable phone that started it all. Samsung’s path-breaking $1,980 smartphone arrived in India with a stiff price tag, but delivered a user experience that gave early tech adopters their share of highs. The old adage ‘never judge a book by its cover’ holds good for the external display of the Fold. The 4.6-inch display with its limited screen real estate is almost a throwback to phones from a decade ago. But unfold this and the magic begins. The satisfaction of flipping the Fold open from its 4.6-inch external display to the gorgeous 7.3-inch tablet-style AMOLED display is what users will love. 

The locking mechanism — a sophisticated hinge with multiple interlocking gears — is one of the key breakthroughs. The dual display necessitates multiple cameras — the Fold’s features a six-lens set up. It’s a great all-round camera, in the same league as Samsung’s recent flagship devices like the Note 10. It features a wide-angle lens and does a stellar job in lowlight and in the video department, too. 

The device is a hardware powerhouse with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 12GB RAM at its core. Gaming — even intense games like PUBG — is great fun on the large screen and so is playing catch up on Netflix. There’s 512GB of Internal memory while the 4830 mAh battery is quite robust. At 263gm, this device is quite heavy and I found myself switching to the big screen for everything except calls and text replies. And yet, the Galaxy Fold is a concept device that ticks quite a few boxes even as it offers a glimpse into the future. 

Rs 1.65 lakh

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Cinemavision on a small screen

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RAZR’s foldable screen avatar is a throwback to the original with enough future-ready goodies bundled in

The latest iteration of the RAZR takes inspiration from the original, but makes it 2020 ready with an uncomplicated approach. It almost fits into your palm when it’s folded — the 2.7-inch Quick View display is good enough to catch up on notifications and lets you snap selfies with a 16MP lens. It opens up into a 6.2-inch OLED HD display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. 

Motorola calls it a CinemaVision display and it’s great for catching videos on the go. The rear cam comes with a whole bag of tricks including the uber cool spot colour mode that allows you to add a splash of colour to black and white portraits. The device also aces lowlight with Night Vision and the Portrait mode can hold its own against competing devices.

Launch price Rs 1.1 lakh

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Microsoft Surface Duo: This one takes a different route with two 5.6-inch screens connected by a hinge that lets you rotate it a full 360-degree with a host of viewing angles. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, it is likely to debut in summer this year.

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LG G8X ThinQ: This one is a clever stop-gap solution even as LG readies its own foldable, at a relatively affordable (`49,990) price tag. It is primarily a dual screen phone, with a modular smartphone that lets you pop in a second 6.4-inch OLED panel in a wraparound smartphone cover. It’s great to run different apps simultaneously but you can’t expand a single app into a large screen like a foldable display. 

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Ace that vacay selfie with these quick tips

Apply the basic rules of photography: Selfies are no longer just random ‘aim and shoot’ pictures. Do the basic stuff from focusing on the subject to applying the rule of thirds (where the most important subjects of the picture need to be placed along the gridlines and the intersections).

Let there be light: A strong source of light from behind can kill the perfect selfie. Make sure that light is falling on you from the front or the side;  particularly challenging when you are trying to capture a famous landmark in the background. 

Don’t over beautify: Don’t overuse the beauty mode and push the beautify function to the extreme; you might end up with selfie images that look like a botoxed version of you. It’s a bit like make up, use it judiciously.    

Pay attention to the background: The ‘I was there’ selfies are pointless unless you give the attention to the famous landmark or backdrop in your picture.

The Wall by Samsung Move the nearby theatre to your living room

The Wall is the latest chapter in Samsung’s range of dazzling displays. A state-of-the-art, MicroLED display that comes in a choice of three sizes that range from a 146-inch option in 4K to a 292-inch version in 8K definition. It features a slim, bezel-less infinity design with a depth of less than 30mm and customisable deco frames. Your screen won’t look out of place among the priceless artefacts in your living room. The tech highlights include AI up-scaling, Quantum HDR and a staggering peak brightness of 2,000 nits with a 120Hz video rate. The Wall’s 0.8mm pixel pitch technology with true blacks, true colour is further bolstered by Samsung’s AI picture enhancement, high brightness, and high contrast. 

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And then there’s the Ambient Mode — an  option that displays curated art from paintings, photographs and video art to customisable pictures with digital frames when the screen is not in use. 

Rs 3.5 crore onwards

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