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So what's next for phones after foldable screens, punch hole cameras and notches? Apparently, just wrapping a display around the whole thing. Also, there's an augmented reality board game Kickstarter you should see, and the Galaxy Fold is finally ready for its US debut.
Forget edgeless phones -- this Mi Mix Alpha is practically frameless, with a "Surround Screen" that covers nearly the entire device on all sides. Xiaomi hasn't revealed all of the details but said it's already in production with plans to launch in December for 19,999 yuan (or about $2,810).
Controls are activated using the pressure-sensitive sides since there are no physical buttons other than a power switch on top. The fingerprint reader and acoustic tech are tucked underneath the screen too. Inside, there are 5G radios, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Finally, it's packing a 108-megapixel camera in the small amount of space that isn't screen, plus lenses for ultra-wide and telephoto shooting. Forget a front-facing selfie camera though -- you can see yourself in the part of the screen that's on the back of this phone.
What kind of technology is so important that Mark Zuckerberg & Co. would pay between $500 million and $1 billion for it? Meet CTRL-labs, the latest Facebook acquisition. Engadget spoke to execs from the startup last year to learn more about its electromyography (EMG) wristband.
The idea is that by wearing one, users can just think about doing something, like moving their arm in a particular way, and control computers based on that intention. The team is now a part of Facebook Reality Labs (fka Oculus Research), where it's likely going to be used for controlling objects in VR or AR.
Remember castAR? Although that company closed in 2017, engineer Jeri Ellsworth and others from the team behind it have created a new and improved version of the augmented reality glasses, built with a renewed focus on tabletop gaming. The new Tilt Five hardware is lighter, has a more modern look and is far cheaper than headsets like Microsoft's HoloLens or Magic Leap. A Kickstarter for the project launches today promising a basic kit for $299 that will ship in June 2020.
If you decided to upgrade to Apple's latest mobile device, you might want to consider getting a few accessories to go along with it. Unsurprisingly, there's a vast array already on sale, but here are a few that caught our eye.
Samsung is finally ready to sell Galaxy Fold in the US. Assuming you have $1,980 at the ready, you can claim your own foldable on September 27th from either AT&T (in case you're already a subscriber) or from Best Buy or Samsung retail locations (which sell unlocked and AT&T models.)
Chris Velazco already has one of the revamped models and is ready with some first impressions on what has been fixed since its aborted launch -- and what hasn't.
It's no secret that the built-in speakers in most TVs are trash. They don't project enough sound out to the front so you can hear well -- especially subtle details. To help guide your shopping spree on a soundbar and (possibly) subwoofer, we've compiled a list of everything you need to look for alongside a list of the top picks for a range of budgets.
But wait, there's more...
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- Google's $5-per-month Play Pass app subscription is now available
- Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro in Texas
- 24 hours with Huawei's Mate 30 Pro: Incredible cameras, gloomy future
- Google's rumored Pixelbook Go laptop may pack a 4K display
- 'Fortnite' is adding bots to give new players a fighting chance
- The best games for PS4: Fall 2019 Edition
- Nintendo seriously needs to fix multi-Switch game sharing
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