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Our first Galaxy S10+ camera samples: good, if not much improved

I've been using the Galaxy S10 for the last few days here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and I thought I'd share some of the photos I've captured thus far in a little gallery below. You can see photos in this gallery from both the standard and telephoto (zoom/portrait) lens here - I've not had a good opportunity to use the ultra-wide camera just yet. Take a look.

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No mere mortal may touch Samsung's $2000 Galaxy Fold, so here it is in a big glass box

The Galaxy Fold is... kind of obscene - so it's only fitting that Samsung's showing it off at MWC inside of a huge glass display case so nobody can get very close to it. Or touch it. Samsung has four Folds at its booth here in Barcelona, and they look pretty cool! We did find that the displays do appear to have some dimpling on the plastic (see lower left of the top photo), and there's definitely a noticeable crease in the middle where the hinge is, which is... not the best.

But hey, you've gotta start somewhere, right? And I do think it looks pretty damn cool in the flesh (plastic?).

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After Allo's death, Google Assistant integration is coming to Messages

After the shutdown of Allo, it was only a matter of time before Google took the messaging app's few good ideas and implemented them in its Messages platform. The most important of these, Assistant's integration in chats, was inevitably going to make the jump, and today Google confirmed that the feature will go live in Messages over the coming months for English users.

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Sony goes 21:9 for 2019 with ultra-widescreen Xperia 10, 10 Plus, and flagship 4K OLED Xperia 1

So much of the new stuff we're seeing in smartphones is focused on screens right now: new notch styles, embedded fingerprint scanners, and even screens that fold. Two years ago, one of the furthest-reaching changes in screen design got off the ground at MWC with the introduction of the LG G6 and its 18:9 aspect ratio panel, noticeable taller (or wider, depending on how you're holding it) than the 16:9 displays that had dominated phones to date. Now Sony's ready to introduce the next chapter in this saga, with the launch of three Xperia phones featuring 21:9 screens.

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Lenovo's 7" Tab V7 phablet arrives in April for €249

At MWC 2019, Lenovo announced its new Android product, the Tab V7. The pitch here is that you'll get all of the benefits of a tablet along with normal phone capabilities like calls, texts, and data. It's priced to impress, that is if you're in the market for an over-sized phone with budget-tier specs.

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[Update: G8s too] LG announces the G8 and V50 at Mobile World Congress

We've seen leaks and renders of the LG G8 for months now, and the company itself has released a few previews over the past few weeks. Some information has also become public about the next V-series phone, with alleged 5G support. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG revealed both of these flagships — the G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ.

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First look: the LG G8 has proper face ID and a fancy in-screen speaker

Last week, I had a chance to spend some time with LG's upcoming high-end smartphone, the G8. In recent years, the G series lineup has seemed a bit technically short-changed compared to its rivals from Samsung, and even LG's own V series of ultra-high-end smartphones. 2019 may be the year that's finally a little less true.

While the G8 isn't a barn-burner of a smartphone, it does stand up on paper to the competition fairly well (barring price - which LG hasn't given us). Gone are the compromised LCD displays of yesteryear, now replaced with one of LG's OLED panels that had previously been reserved for the V series.

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TCL wants to make foldable phones that don't cost thousands of dollars

At a private briefing during MWC (that evidently wasn't all that private), TCL showed us some concepts of foldable screens and devices it's been working on. The devices don't have names, release dates, or even really a considered use case - they're just explorations of form factor and engineering, not reflections of upcoming product designs. They're neat to look at, but that's really all you can say about them at this point. Well, almost.

The one part of them that does have a name is TCL's "Dragon Hinge," which uses a complex system of gears to facilitate the folding motion of these concept devices.

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Nokia 9 PureView takes aim at the smartphone photography crown with five-camera array

Ask anyone who's been following smartphones for a long time about their favorite cameras and you're bound to hear the PureView name come up. Nokia's called upon it to signify some of its most impressive imaging hardware over the years, like with the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020. Now with the new Android incarnation of Nokia phones, that PureView name is back, and the latest handset to step up and fill those big shoes just debuted at MWC 2019, with the announcement of the five-camera Nokia 9 PureView.

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HMD intros new budget-friendly lineup with Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 1 Plus

The five-camera Nokia 9 PureView may be grabbing all the spotlight at HMD's MWC 2019 event, but it's far from the only new model making its debut. In addition to that camera-powerhouse flagship, we're also getting a handful of new affordably priced models, as the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 1 Plus all premiere alongside it.

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