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Techtober and Foldables – Episode 13

Serious About Tech episode 13: Techtober and Foldables

In this episode of Serious About Tech, I talk about the new phones, foldable devices, and wearables announced recently.

So this episode is a different format than previous podcast episodes because I basically compiled a bunch of news from the last month or so and talked about it. Let me know if you like or dislike this kind of podcast episode by emailing or using the contact form.

I got a Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – fitness tracker/smartwatch that goes for $35USD. So far it has been performing its functions-sleep tracking, step tracking, calorie counting, and exercise tracking-quite well. I will put out a full video review on the Mi Band 3 when I have used it for a few months.

Droid Life gives some reasons to buy Google’s new Pixel 3 phones, including their great cameras, pure Android software, and the Edge Sense feature, which allows you to squeeze the sides of the phone to perform different functions.

The Nokia 7.1 is a new phone from Nokia that is being sold at BestBuy, B&H, and Amazon. It has mid-range specs and a decent camera. One other perk is that is has all of the necessary LTE bands for AT&T and T-Mobile.

Read Android Police’s review of the Nokia 7.1.

Hauwei released two new fitness bands, available in the US. They are the Band 3e and the Band 3 Pro, and compete with Fitbits and other such wearables. More details are at

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Royole FlexPai is the first flexible-screen smartphone. It has flagship specs, like Snapdragon’s upcoming 8150/855 processor, but costs $1,400 and has the “early adopter” vibe and the problems that come with a first-seen technology.

Samsung Galaxy F concept

Speaking of foldable phones, Samsung has showed off a concept of a future foldable phone at their developer conference. More info is at Droid Life. This comes after Google announced that they will be supporting foldable devices natively in Android.

Speaking of Samsung, they have a flagship flip phone. It is like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in that it shares the 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 845, and dual-camera setup, but is also a flip phone thru-and-thru. It has a screen on the front of the phone, as well as a screen and keypad on the inside.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is rumored to have three variants, the S10 Lite, S10, and S10+, each catering to the specific price point. The S10 may have “Infinity O” display, where the front camera sees through the display in a punch-hole fashion.

Black Friday ads have been released for Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Microsoft, Newegg, eBay, Staples, etc. Remember to check price history on the products these outlets sell to make sure you are getting a “real” deal.

I discussed the Surface Go in the last episode with Colin Smith, and now the LTE version of Microsoft’s cheapest Surface tablet is available to pre-order for $679.

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