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Marques Brownlee explains why Samsung Galaxy Z Flip isn’t worth the money

Published: 13/Feb/2020 12:32 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 11:58

by Jacob Hale

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Popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee has explained why Samsung’s next cellphone, the Galaxy Z Flip, isn’t worth its big price tag ahead of its February 14 release date.

The Galaxy Z Flip brings flip-phones back into the current day, optimizing the old style of fold-down cellphones with a folding touch screen that looks like a mixture of nostalgia and futuristic technology rolled into one.

A voice of expertise in the field given the amount of time and effort he has put into growing his YouTube channel around tech content, Brownlee has explained why he has mixed feelings about the Galaxy Z Flip – and why it might not be worth its near-$1400 price tag.

YouTube: Marques Brownlee
The Galaxy Z Flip is set to be Samsung’s flagship folding phone.

Marques starts off by saying that he’s only had the phone in-hand for about 30 minutes, so it may be that it’s hard to get a full idea of what to expect from it in that time, but the first thing he says is that it’s “easily one of the most polished and mature folding phones yet.”

But, he goes on to explain that it “has a long way to go to be something I would actually buy” because it still has flaws.

He compares the phone to another flagship product, the Motorola Razr, and seems to prefer Samsung’s output, but insinuates that the Razr is somewhat underwhelming itself, calling it a “flagship phone without flagship specs.”

One of the first drawbacks that Brownlee mentions is the crease. Though he’s a fan of the use of ultra-thin glass over plastic, he says that the crease that comes as a result of folding the phone is visible from a lot of different angles and that when scrolling you’re “constantly going over it” with your finger.

He also says that the front-screen functionality (while folded) isn’t great in comparison to the Razr, and only really useful for checking the time and seeing notifications.

He does, though, explain that the hinge of the folding screen is “the best hinge he’s seen yet,” and that Samsung have obviously learned about how to get the hinge right, especially as it’s so important for folding phones.

Finally, Brownlee says that while it’s fascinating, and continues to discuss some of its stronger qualities, he’s not sure it’s worth the $1,380 price tag.

As far as folding phones go, it seems the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip might have the edge right now, but that cost could put a lot of people off making the switch.

Cyberpunk 2077

Unbox Therapy showcases the incredible OnePlus Cyberpunk 2077 phone

Published: 24/Nov/2020 18:41

by Alex Garton

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CD Projekt RED’s upcoming futuristic RPG has collaborated with OnePlus to form an incredible Cyberpunk 2077 phone.

Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably the most anticipated game of the entire year, and it’s finally on our doorstep. After a string of delays to perfect the title’s gameplay experience, CD Projekt RED confirmed it will arrive on December 11.

Of course, it’s one thing to play the game and it’s another to own a device designed to fit in the world. The OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Smartphone is an incredible device designed in collaboration with the title’s futuristic theme.

Unbox Therapy has showcased the smartphone, and revealed the immense detail in its design and packaging.

OnePlus (Via Weibo)
An incredible amount of effort has been put into the design.

Unbox Therapy showcases Cyberpunk 2077 phone

It’s obvious from not only the design of the device but the packaging alone that a tremendous amount of effort has gone into achieving the Cyberpunk theme.

As shown in the video, the inside of the phone’s packaging contains a map of Night City and a set of themed trinkets. On top of this, the phone’s charger even has a Cyberpunk logo imprinted on it.

Alongside the device, buyers will receive a sleek and detailed appropriately-themed phone case, and a set of stickers to personalize its appearance.

The device itself has a futuristic design with a back split into a glass and textured finish. This gives the phone the modded and upgraded look that fits in with the Cyberpunk world. The edge is also lined with a gold ridge which echoes the yellow branding associated with the game.

The attention to detail only continues as the mobile turns on and reveals its incredible display. OnePlus has implemented a themed menu and background centered around a neon design. It even comes with unique sound effects that add to the futuristic aesthetic of the device.

Unfortunately, it is only available in China so it looks like we’ll have to make do with V’s virtual phone from the game for now. Fingers crossed OnePlus decide to release the phone worldwide in the near future.