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There’s no such thing as too many devices — until, of course, you’re wrapped up like a mummy in a seemingly endless roll of different cables, multiple types of chargers, and all the gadgets to go with them. We get it: you’re not getting rid of any of your devices anytime soon (you can release your death grip on your tablet now). The first thing you should do is streamline the number of battery packs and chargers you use. 

We’ve rounded up these top picks, from the sleek and streamlined, to the durable and multi-function — all of which are on sale.

This handy laptop and monitor stand not only handily elevates your device to a comfortable eye-level, but it also comes fully loaded with a vast array of ports, including an 18W QC/PD charging port.  

Usually, this stand and hub combo is $159, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $123.24 with promo code PREZDAY15.

Let’s face it: classic batteries are annoying. You constantly need to buy new ones, or juggle functioning ones between devices. Say goodbye to those days with this recharging station and eight reusable batteries. This station lets you charge both AA and AAA batteries, and comes with batteries that can boast up to 1000 recharging cycles and can retain up to 70% of their charge after one year of non-use. 

Usually this station and battery kit are $24.99, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $18.70 with promo code PREZDAY15.

Dead car batteries happen. Instead of waiting around aimlessly for a jump, stow this 14,000mAh jump starter kit in your car and do it yourself. This powerful device can start your car up to 20 times on a single charge. It works on both gasoline and diesel engines and even doubles as a handy charger for up to three devices at the same time.

Usually, this car jump starter kit is $75.99, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $47.60 with promo code PREZDAY15.

This minimalist wireless charger is perfect for your Qi-enabled devices, helping cut 30 minutes off the standard iPhone charging time — meaning you can charge up and get ready to go fast. Plus, it automatically switches between the optimal charging output for Apple or Android phones, so you can be sure your devices are “eating healthy” — whichever one you’re using. 

Usually, this wireless charger is $39.99, but you can get it here for $22.95 with promo code PREZDAY15.

Any outlet can be a home for your devices (yep, all of them) with this travel-ready four-in-one charger and adapter. Not only can it charge up to four devices at blazing fast speeds, but you can also twist it to fit the right charging speed for more than 150 countries. It also boasts two high-power USB ports and a universal AC outlet. 

Usually, this adapter duo is $45, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $27.20 with promo code PREZDAY15.

If you’re looking to keep your Apple accessories organized (and fully charged), look no further than this bento-styled charging box. It includes compartments to separate everything from your AirPods to your stylus, and the top of the case includes a 5,000 mAh battery built-in for a fast charge for your Qi-compatible phone. 

Usually, this clever charging box is $99.95, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $76.50 with promo code PREZDAY15.

Cut out the cable clutter for good with this three-in-one wireless charging pad. This ultra-slim pad can charge up to two smartphones and an Apple Watch — at the same time. That means you can immediately save space and centralize your main devices in one spot. 

Usually, this three-in-one wireless charger is $129.99, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $41.64 with promo code PREZDAY15.

If you’re looking to streamline, meet the world’s slimmest USB charger. It’s less than 3/4 of an inch thick, barely taller than a USB port, but can charge up to four devices simultaneously from just one power supply. Even better, it’ll always deliver exactly the right amount of power to iOS and Android devices.

Usually, this slim charger is $49.95, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $33.96 with promo code PREZDAY15.

Adventure boldly (no outlets required) with this water-resistant, dual-USB solar powered charger. It’s perfect for everything from camping trips to emergency kits, and packs 5000mAh of reserve battery power so you can charge two devices at once. Plus, it’s resistant to water and dust, and can easily fit into your bag when you hit the open road. 

Usually, this durable charger is $29, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $17 with promo code PREZDAY15.

In case of an emergency (or those moments when you can’t find a spare outlet and your device is running low on juice), this optimized portable battery has a massive 10,000mAh capacity. It features two USB ports and a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad built-in, and is lightweight enough to carry with you anywhere. 

Usually, this high-powered portable battery is $69.99, but you can get it from the Mashable Shop for $21 with promo code PREZDAY15.

Samsung will stop releasing new Blu-ray players in the U.S.

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Samsung will exit the U.S. Blu-ray player market — and has abandoned plans to introduce a new high-end 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray model that was originally meant for release later this year.

“Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the U.S. market,” a Samsung spokesperson confirmed to Digital Trends. The statement implies that the company might continue to offer the devices in overseas markets like Europe, or even in neighboring markets like Canada and Mexico.

The move to stop making 4K Blu-ray players was originally reported by Forbes, with Samsung later confirming it will stop releasing all new Blu-ray players stateside. This comes shortly after Chinese maker Oppo Digital decided to do the same thing last year. The news is a little worrying for what it might say about the state of the still-young 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc market.

Normally, seeing a major brand like Samsung abandon an entire market would be a sure sign that the category was in trouble. After all, if Samsung can’t make money in a consumer tech area like home theater — which it has been dominating along with LG for years — how healthy could that market be? Yet, while regular Blu-ray may be growing stale, stats for 4K Blu-ray tell the opposite story: Sales of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are on the rise, and support for the format from major Hollywood studios hasn’t ebbed at all, even though not every new movie is released as an Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Sales of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs “soared 68 percent” in the third quarter of 2018, from the same quarter in 2017, according to a report by Variety, which cited these numbers from DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The report goes on to cite other positive-sounding stats, like this one: “4K UHD discs already account for almost one in 10 new release discs sold in the U.S,” according to Eddie Cunningham, president of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and: “[UHD] Product sales are up 87 percent in comparison to the first three quarters of last year,” said Bob Buchi, president, worldwide, Paramount Home Media Distribution.

So why would Oppo and Samsung see this as a market they can’t compete in? Perhaps the answer lies in the sales numbers for 4K UHD Blu-ray players. Despite being the first company to sell a player for the format, Samsung may have encountered an unexpected amount of competition from Sony, LG, and Panasonic. These companies top our list of recommended 4K UHD Blu-ray players.

It’s also possible that Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles have put more pressure on the dedicated player market than previously thought. DEG claims that 2.3 million Ultra HD Blu-ray playback devices were sold in the first nine months of 2018, but this number includes both dedicated players and game consoles. Given that NPD video game analyst Mat Piscatella claims that 2018 was phenomenal for the Xbox One X in particular, it could simply be that Samsung got squeezed out.

One can’t help but wonder what this may mean for the larger physical media space as a whole. Predictions of the death of physical media have been almost as common as predictions of the death of email, and so far both have proven wrong. Even the now-ancient DVD format continues to enjoy a large share of disc sales at nearly 58 percent.

That stat notwithstanding, it’s hard to ignore the growing amount of streaming media that is not only showing up in 4K, but also in HDR, which is fast becoming a bigger draw for people who have bought new TVs in the last three years. Sony has even claimed that the reason neither the PS4 or PS4 Pro can play 4K Ultra HD discs is that streaming media was seen as the preferred way of watching these kinds of movies. Needless to say, that hardly explains the company’s ongoing dedicated player production.

If physical 4K UHD Blu-ray discs did end up on the extinct list, it could be a dark time for A/V enthusiasts. Despite growing support for 4K, HDR, and even advanced surround formats like Dolby Atmos on streaming services, bandwidth will continue to remain an issue, which means both video and audio will remain compressed. Formats like Dolby TrueHD, with their lossless, 24-bit depth and up to 192kHz sample rates may take years to arrive — if they ever do.

Updated after confirmation from Samsung that it will no longer release new Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players in the U.S.

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Samsung will stop releasing Blu-ray players in the U.S.

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Samsung will exit the U.S. Blu-ray player market — and has abandoned plans to introduce a new high-end 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray model that was originally meant for release later this year.

“Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the U.S. market,” a Samsung spokesperson confirmed to Digital Trends. The statement implies that the company might continue to offer the devices in overseas markets like Europe, or even in neighboring markets like Canada and Mexico.

The move to stop making 4K Blu-ray players was originally reported by Forbes, with Samsung later confirming it will stop releasing all new Blu-ray players stateside. This comes shortly after Chinese maker Oppo Digital decided to do the same thing last year. The news is a little worrying for what it might say about the state of the still-young 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc market.

Normally, seeing a major brand like Samsung abandon an entire market would be a sure sign that the category was in trouble. After all, if Samsung can’t make money in a consumer tech area like home theater — which it has been dominating along with LG for years — how healthy could that market be? Yet, while regular Blu-ray may be growing stale, stats for 4K Blu-ray tell the opposite story: Sales of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are on the rise, and support for the format from major Hollywood studios hasn’t ebbed at all, even though not every new movie is released as an Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Sales of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs “soared 68 percent” in the third quarter of 2018, from the same quarter in 2017, according to a report by Variety, which cited these numbers from DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The report goes on to cite other positive-sounding stats, like this one: “4K UHD discs already account for almost one in 10 new release discs sold in the U.S,” according to Eddie Cunningham, president of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and: “[UHD] Product sales are up 87 percent in comparison to the first three quarters of last year,” said Bob Buchi, president, worldwide, Paramount Home Media Distribution.

So why would Oppo and Samsung see this as a market they can’t compete in? Perhaps the answer lies in the sales numbers for 4K UHD Blu-ray players. Despite being the first company to sell a player for the format, Samsung may have encountered an unexpected amount of competition from Sony, LG, and Panasonic. These companies top our list of recommended 4K UHD Blu-ray players.

It’s also possible that Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles have put more pressure on the dedicated player market than previously thought. DEG claims that 2.3 million Ultra HD Blu-ray playback devices were sold in the first nine months of 2018, but this number includes both dedicated players and game consoles. Given that NPD video game analyst Mat Piscatella claims that 2018 was phenomenal for the Xbox One X in particular, it could simply be that Samsung got squeezed out.

One can’t help but wonder what this may mean for the larger physical media space as a whole. Predictions of the death of physical media have been almost as common as predictions of the death of email, and so far both have proven wrong. Even the now-ancient DVD format continues to enjoy a large share of disc sales at nearly 58 percent.

That stat notwithstanding, it’s hard to ignore the growing amount of streaming media that is not only showing up in 4K, but also in HDR, which is fast becoming a bigger draw for people who have bought new TVs in the last three years. Sony has even claimed that the reason neither the PS4 or PS4 Pro can play 4K Ultra HD discs is that streaming media was seen as the preferred way of watching these kinds of movies. Needless to say, that hardly explains the company’s ongoing dedicated player production.

If physical 4K UHD Blu-ray discs did end up on the extinct list, it could be a dark time for A/V enthusiasts. Despite growing support for 4K, HDR, and even advanced surround formats like Dolby Atmos on streaming services, bandwidth will continue to remain an issue, which means both video and audio will remain compressed. Formats like Dolby TrueHD, with their lossless, 24-bit depth and up to 192kHz sample rates may take years to arrive — if they ever do.

Updated after confirmation from Samsung that it will no longer release new Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players in the U.S.

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Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod will have proximity shutoff sensors to limit exposure to millimeter waves

Last August, Motorola announced what might still wind up being the world’s first true 5G phone — the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 with an optional 5G Moto Mod. It’s a snap-on module that the company promised would give you an insanely fast 5Gbps cellular connection, faster than most landlines these days. But Moto Z3 buyers had to take the company’s word for that, because the 5G Mod wouldn’t be available until “early 2019,” when Verizon’s 5G NR network is due to launch in the United States.

Well, the 5G Moto Mod just crossed the FCC today, and it came with a surprise in tow — a document that has more details about how it’ll work than I thought the company would ever publicly reveal.

And one of those details is sure to surprise some people, even if it’s not necessarily something anyone should actually worry about. Namely, the 5G Moto Mod will feature proximity sensors that shut off any of its four millimeter wave 5G antennas if your fingers get too close.

Here’s a portion of Motorola’s description:

As mentioned in the device description, capacitive and proximity sensors are used to disable transmission from a given mm-wave antenna array module when a user may be located in close proximity to the module and in a direction in which the module may transmit. The control mechanism is a simple one in which, if proximity detectors indicate the potential presence of the user within a roughly conical region in front of the module where power density may approach the MPE limit, that module is disabled from use by the modem. This terminates and prevents transmission from the module in question until the condition is cleared.

Before you react to that, a few things you should know:

  • Millimeter wave radiation is considered non-ionizing — it doesn’t have enough energy to tear apart living tissue.
  • You’ve probably already encountered millimeter wave radiation if you’ve gone through an airport body scanner. The FDA says there are “no known adverse health effects” from that kind of dose.
  • The FCC has millimeter wave exposure limits already, and that’s what Motorola’s system is complying with.
  • Motorola goes on to say that the proximity sensors aren’t the only way that it’s shutting off these antennas — the Mod will also automatically pick an antenna with better signal strength if your fingers are blocking others.

But it’s pretty interesting that Motorola felt the need to include such a system, and I’m curious if other 5G devices will have one as well.

We’d previously learned that the 5G Moto Mod contains practically all the guts of a high-end smartphone inside, including its own Snapdragon 855 processor, X50 5G modem, 10 antennas, and its own 2,000mAh battery so it doesn’t need to drain your connected phone, but the FCC filing reveals one less-exciting spec as well: the Mod appears to be 7mm thick at its thickest point, meaning it’ll more than double the thickness of your admittedly fairly thin 6.75mm Moto Z3 phone.

13.75mm total – 6.75mm phone = 7mm. Looks like the Mod tapers down to 5.97mm at the edges, though.
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We still don’t know how much the 5G Mod will cost, or quite how fast a connection you’ll be able to get in Verizon’s first 5G-equipped cities at launch — our early hands-on was hamstrung — but it’s worth noting that Motorola’s now only advertising a conservative estimate of 300 to 500Mbps, compared to the 5Gbps it’s theoretically capable of.

Oh, and I’ll leave you with one final tidbit I spotted in the FCC filing, though you might want to take this with a grain of salt: A sentence that reads “It functions only when it is snapped onto a 5G Mod-compatible smartphone device, such as the Moto Z3 Pro.”

The rest of the filing is pretty clear that the Mod was only tested with the existing Moto Z3 — I cross-referenced all the numbers to confirm — but I have to admit it was weird to see Motorola avoid launching a new high-end flagship phone last year. It wouldn’t be completely surprising if a “Pro” version of the phone arrives alongside the Mod when it shows up for real. Maybe we’ll hear something at Mobile World Congress next week?

Amazon slashes prices on Fitbit Versa smartwatches for Presidents’ Day

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Three day weekends are one of the best times to buy just about anything. With Presidents’ Day happening on Monday, February 18, this entire weekend is filled with mattress sales, smartwatch deals, and many more great Presidents’ Day savings. If you find yourself on this page, however, you’re probably only interested in this Fitbit Versa deal going on right now. Amazon is offering a solid $30 discount on this great fitness tracking smartwatch over the weekend. So if you’re looking for a wearable that can help you track steps, sleep, and activity, now is a great time to pick one up for less.

When it comes to smartwatches, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Apple Watch. Which really isn’t a surprise considering the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 are two of the most popular watches on the market right now. However, if you’re looking for something more affordable, and with more of a fitness focus, the Fitbit Versa is definitely an option you should consider. It can track heart rate, sleep, activity, and even provide personalized on-screen coaching to help push you forward. With smartphone connectivity, the Fitbit Versa smartwatch is able to upload all of your activity data to an online dashboard for easy viewing.

Though the fitness features are definitely why people are drawn to any Fitbit activity tracker, the Versa offers a deeper range than the Charge 3, Alta HR, or Fitbit Flex models. With call, text, and calendar alerts, this Fitbit watch works as a fully-fledged smartwatch. You can even get smartphone app notification directly from your wrist when you connect it to your iOS or Android device. With connected GPS, you’ll need your phone with you to take full advantage of the advanced fitness tracking, but if you don’t care about GPS, the Versa offers phone-free music as well. Additionally, 4 days of battery life and water resistance allow you to take this watch just about anywhere without having to recharge or worry about excess moisture.

Normally priced at $200, the Fitbit Versa is on sale for just $170 on Amazon right now. This $30 Presidents’ Day discount won’t last long, however, so don’t miss your chance to pick up a great smartwatch for an affordable price.

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Though this Fitbit Versa deal is one of the best smartwatch discounts Amazon has to offer right now, that doesn’t mean it’s the only deal they have going on. With savings on Samsung, Fossil, and Garmin smartwatches, there are a lot of options to choose from this weekend. We’ve gathered a few of the best smartwatch deals going on right now to help point you in the right direction:

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Google is reportedly hiding behind shell companies to scoop up tax breaks and land

Should local communities have the right to know before a big tech company moves in? Should they be able to protest before city planners offer those companies millions or even billions of dollars in incentives? Those were the questions raised when Amazon was promised $1.2 billion in subsidies to bring a new headquarters to New York City, and we’re asking them again today — because The Washington Post reports that Google has been using secret shell companies to nab millions in tax breaks as it expands its data centers and offices across the US.

The Post’s investigation starts with a doozy: Google reportedly hid behind the names “Sharka LLC” to win $10 million in tax breaks for a new data center in Midlothian, Texas, by signing both its development agencies and city officials to NDAs that forbid them from revealing that Google was behind the deal. Google also reportedly used “Jet Stream LLC” to quietly purchase the land.

This passage from the Post is so perfect at painting a picture of big company vs. small community that I’m going to quote it in its entirety:

“I’m confident that had the community known this project was under the direction of Google, people would have spoken out, but we were never given the chance to speak,” said Travis Smith, managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, the local paper. “We didn’t know that it was Google until after it passed.”

After the deal went through, Sharka changed its main address to that of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Site work began last fall.

Midlothian, Texas is just one of the locales that the Post highlights in its story. My gut reaction, reading it, was to wonder whether Google decided to publish that blog post last week — the one about how it’s investing $13 billion in America by opening data centers and offices across a wide swath of the US — at least partly so it could get out ahead of this reporting.

As we learned when reporting on Amazon’s similarly secretive bidding process, it’s not at all unusual for a company to quietly pursue deals like this. “When companies conduct site location searches, it’s almost always a secret affair,” Greg Leroy, executive director of Good Jobs First, told us at the time.

And that seems to be Google’s official response to the reporting as well — the company’s statement to the Post suggests that these are “common industry practices.”

Still, I feel like I should point out how laughable this part of Google’s statement sounds when you consider the practices the Post describes in its story: “We believe public dialogue is vital to the process of building new sites and offices, so we actively engage with community members and elected officials in the places we call home.”

In Amazon’s case, the surprise handouts let to a backlash, which in turn led to Amazon surprising everyone yet again by pulling out of the plan to open new offices in NYC. Still, Amazon stands to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in grants for its Virginia offices as well.

Samsung gives up on Blu-ray players in the U.S.

Samsung is throwing in the towel on Blu-ray players, in the U.S. at least.

“Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market,” the company told CNET, in response to an earlier report in Forbes

That doesn’t mean you can’t still get your hands on a Samsung Blu-ray player — retailers have plenty of older models in stock by the look of it — but if you were holding out for a new high-end player you’ll have to go with another brand. As Engadget points out, there were already good reasons to opt for one of Samsung’s competitors, anyway. Namely, that Samsung doesn’t support Dolby Vision (it uses a different HDR standard).

That kind of competition may have ultimately contributed to the company’s decision to pull out of the U.S. market, though Samsung didn’t give a reason for its decision. Of course, the biggest hindrance to any company making Blu-ray players in 2019 isn’t competing HDR standards, but the ubiquity of streaming services like Netflix. And with 4K content becoming more and more common on these services, physical discs are an even tougher sell.

That said, other tech giants appear to be committed to Blu-ray. Both Sony and Panasonic showed off high-end players at CES, so Samsung’s exit doesn’t necessarily portend the end of your home theater. 

Still, that Samsung — which only just introduced its first 4K Blu-ray player three years ago — has decided to give up on the product is a sign that the tech could soon become a lot more niche.

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Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez to visit and see for herself how workers don’t pee in bottles

Opposition to the Amazon move to New York City was high
Opposition to the Amazon move to New York City was high

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the most outspoken critics of Amazon’s now-abandoned HQ2 plan for New York City, and now the online mega-retailer is hitting back… nicely.

After the young congresswoman criticized Amazon over reports of the inhumane conditions faced by the company’s warehouse workers, an Amazon exec responded with a denial and an offer: come visit our facilities and see for yourself.

“Is that culture of ‘strict performance why Amazon workers have to urinate in bottles & work while on food stamps to meet targets?'” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “‘Performance’ shouldn’t come at the cost of dehumanizing conditions. That’s why we got rid of sweatshops.”

The tweet, which has quite an audience given her 3.6 million Twitter followers, sent Amazon into full-on damage control. The company’s Senior Vice President of Operations Dave Clark pushed back.

“These claims simply aren’t true,” Clark wrote. “We are proud of our jobs with excellent pay ($15 min), benefits from day 1, & lots of other benefits like our Career Choice pre-paid educational programs.  Why don’t you come take a tour & see for yourself…we’d love to have you!

Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t replied to Clark’s invitation as of this writing, nor has she replied to requests for comment from the media. But! Let’s not pretend like Amazon’s totally innocent here.

The company is a massive corporation, with over 618,000 employees worldwide. It’s impossible for any visitor to see the working conditions for all Amazon’s warehouse employees. 

And even if she accepts Amazon’s invitation, it’ll almost certainly be a tour of its most scrubbed down facilities with perfectly humane working environments. It’s not like Amazon would ever show her anything bad.

Make no mistake, Clark’s invite is an easy PR tactic to try to win over a politician who’s made a name for herself questioning big business’ tactics. And also probably a ploy to shift the news cycle’s focus in a different direction.

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The best Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus cases and covers

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is big, it’s beautiful, and it’s among the most powerful mobile devices on the planet. But it absolutely won’t cope well with a sudden encounter with a sidewalk, should you drop your $840 beauty. Some may call it a sin to obscure the elegant style of a phone like the Galaxy S9 Plus, but we see it as a vital way to make sure your phone stays unharmed against the bumps, drops, and scrapes of everyday life.

Because we value your phone’s beauty, we’ve put together a list of the best Galaxy S9 Plus cases, from clear gel cases that showcase your phone’s style, to protective cases that represent the best protection you can get. If you haven’t picked up your Galaxy S9 Plus yet, then check out our S9 Plus buying guide, and find out everything you need to know with our S9 Plus news.

Wood isn’t a material you see often in phone cases, likely because it tends to be bulkier than TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) or polycarbonate. Still, there’s a real charm to a genuine wood case, and KerfCase creates some of the best wood cases you can find. Handmade in Pittsburgh from sustainable wood, KerfCase offers buyers eight different types of wood, with wooden buttons and an inner lining of Ultra Suede to keep your S9 Plus snug and protected. The cases don’t interfere with the wireless charging capabilities of the S9 Plus, and if you’re looking to make this a gift, you can have a custom message or image engraved on your chosen case. They’re certainly expensive — they start from $79 and go all the way up to $179 for the extremely premium Figured Walnut model — but they’re utterly gorgeous and perfect for adding a natural feel to your device.

Leather really is a gorgeous and most luxurious material, so why wouldn’t you want to wrap your phone in it? This leather case is part of Mujjo’s first-ever foray into cases outside of iOS devices and it’s a stunner. Mujjo’s leather wallet case isn’t a wallet case in the traditional sense, forgoing the more usual cover in favor of a stitched wallet pocket attached backpack-style to the rear of the case. It’s unlikely to fully replace your wallet, but it has room enough to carry a couple of credit card-sized items. It’s also made of the most premium of materials, with full grain leather that ages gracefully and an inner lining of Japanese microfiber that holds your phone safely. It’s sleek and understated. Granted, it’s expensive — but you don’t get quality like this unless you pay for it.

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Obliq specializes in stylish protection and the Slim Meta is a fine example of that design ethos. This case uses a dual-layer construction of TPU for absorbency and hard PC for resistance to ensure that your device has good all-around protection against a variety of threats. This design also helps to keep the case slim and easy to slip into a pocket — something especially important with a phone as large as the S9 Plus. The hard PC shell has been finished with a brushed metallic effect that gives it a visible sheen and provides an exceptional level of style. Lips along the edges of the case keep the camera and screen from touching surfaces, and there’s even a place to attach a lanyard.

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Looking for a top name in style? Look no further than this case from Ted Baker. One of the finest names in luxury style, Ted Baker’s commitment to quality is reflected in this case. The case has been precisely molded from polycarbonate and includes all the protection you’d expect from a shell case. While it won’t protect as well as a bigger case, PC provides good protection against minor drops and falls. The back panel includes a uniquely designed cross-hatched surface that looks good while also providing a tactile surface for extra grip. There’s a brushed metal plate with the Ted Baker name on the back, just enough to quietly convey the quality of the case, while the subdued color choices mean it’s stylish without being overt.

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The Bolt series from Zizo isn’t just a great protective option with a multiple-layer construction and military-grade 810.1-G drop certification. It’s also a case that adds a large amount of utility. The back of the case’s polycarbonate shell comes with a handy kickstand for easy media viewing, an optional holster clips onto the front of the phone, and there’s a free screen protector for all-around protection. It’s definitely one of the more unique looking cases on this list, and part of your decision will hinge on whether you like the looks or not. However, if you do take the plunge, it’s covered by Zizo’s device lifetime guarantee.

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If you’re worried about putting a bulky case between a world of admiring eyeballs and your smartphone’s gorgeous design, then you can’t really go wrong with a slim gel case. Absorbent TPU material is fantastic for resisting shocks and bumps, while also being thin and adding some much-needed grip to your slippery glass smartphone. Cutouts make it easier for your finger to find the fingerprint sensor when needed, and the thin material is resistant to dirt and grit that would otherwise mar your phone. A great choice if you want protection without compromising on the phone’s style.

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The Galaxy S9 Plus is equipped with the first dual-lens camera system on a Galaxy S-range phone, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of that. If you’re a smartphone photographer, Moment’s Photo case is designed to make your life easier, with a durable and tough exterior that should help ward off damage and increase grip on your phone. There’s also a spot for a lanyard attachment, further decreasing the chance you’ll drop your phone. Best of all, you can also attach any one of Moment’s premium lenses to the case, giving your phone the ability to take wide-angle, macro, or fish-eye shots.

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Your new phone is from Samsung, so why not get your protection from Samsung too? The case is made from a knitted nylon material that is unlike any case we’ve seen before. It won’t be the most protective case out there, but it has good corner protection and it should stop any scratches or bumps from damaging the exterior of your phone. The case’s textured surface also gives your phone extra grip, and the phone itself is thin and lightweight, and matches your phone’s style like no other.

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Now we’re on to the big boys of protective tech. Tech21 has brought a good few of its celebrated protective options to the Galaxy S9 Plus, and we’ve chosen to spotlight the Evo Max as a great option for you. Like all Tech21 cases, the Evo Max is super-protective, with a unique three-layer construction that uses a material called “FlexShock” to direct shocks away from your phone and into the case, giving the Evo Max drop protection of up to 14 feet. Despite all that protection, it’s also super-thin and light, adding barely any bulk onto your phone and ensuring you can still easily slip it into your pocket or into your bag.

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We wouldn’t usually highlight one of the sillier fashion cases, but this case from Incipio is just too cute to pass up. The “Funny Bunny” is well named, and the style should suit anyone who’s looking for a cute way to complement their new phone. It’s not all style with no substance either — since this case carries Incipio’s name, it also carries Incipio’s fantastic record of smartphone protection. While this ultra-thin TPU case won’t offer the sort of protection you’d get from a larger and bulkier case, it will still shield your precious device from minor bumps and scrapes.

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From one of the more whimsical cases, we turn to one of the more luxurious. Noreve has a solid reputation for quality leatherwork. While you can buy one of Noreve’s beautifully handcrafted real leather cases from a retailer, it’s much more fun and personal to buy from Noreve’s highly customizable store. With hundreds of different choices and color options available, Noreve makes your case truly unique to your phone. Noreve’s cases can be expensive, but if you can afford luxury, then take a look at Noreve’s leather cases.

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We’re not going to lie — Spigen‘s range boasts some of our favorite cases. This Slim Armor CS combines protection with utility, and delivers it all in a slim and stylish package. The dual-layer design uses absorbent TPU and hard polycarbonate (PC) to deliver the best combination of materials to resist drops and damage, and the back slides open to reveal a small compartment that perfectly fits two credit cards. With this case, you can choose to leave your wallet at home. Spigen’s case is protective, stylish, and really handy.

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VRS Design’s Damda Glide is another great case for stashing away cards and spare cash and it doesn’t skimp on protection. It’s a dual-layer case that combines soft TPU and hard PC to great effect, absorbing the energy from impacts and turning away more direct threats to your phone’s glass body. At 12mm thick, it’s not a huge addition to your phone, and it comes with a spring-loaded back compartment that can keep up to two credit cards or card-sized items. A raised edge protects your phone’s screen and camera lenses, and the TPU bumper also adds grip to prevent clumsy fingers from dropping your phone.

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While it’s certainly not as thin as some gel cases, the Survivor Clear case is extremely protective, offering Griffin’s legendary military-standard 810G protection from drops of 4 feet. The case is made from hard PC, with edging made from anti-yellow rubber that should help the case stay looking new for longer. It’s thin for a protective case, looks good — and most importantly — still lets you show off your S9 Plus’ style.

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Ghostek is something of an up-and-comer in the accessory world, offering great protective cases at good prices, as well as quality that lasts. The Nautical series, in particular, is pretty special even within Ghostek’s brand, because these cases are waterproof. Tested for up to 20 meters underwater for a full hour, the Nautical series’ waterproofing surpasses even the S9 Plus’s IP68-rating, offering fantastic protection in case the worst does happen. It’s not just about underwater either — the case boasts rubberized drop-resistant corners, an included screen protector, and a dual-layer build that screams “secure.” If you need peace of mind and don’t mind extra bulk, then check out Ghostek’s cases.

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TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch

We’ve seen practically as many different folding phone concepts as there are phone manufacturers, but one particularly intriguing idea may soon be coming back from the dead — CNET reports that BlackBerry and Alcatel brand owner TCL is working on as many as five different foldable devices, one of them a phone that can bend around your wrist like a bracelet, per the image you’re seeing immediately above these words.

That’s actually not a new idea: one of the very first folding phone prototypes we saw from Lenovo was a bracelet-watch, back in 2016. Here’s a video of that one from Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag:

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To be honest, details on TCL’s devices are pretty scarce. CNET’s only got the renders above and an image from a patent filing to show how these gadgets might work, and neither of them answer the all-important question: will it automatically snap into place if you smack it onto your wrist?

But the report does suggest that all five of these devices are in development, and so not just an art department’s interpretation of five different directions that TCL might go if it wants to build a folding phone in the future. Because that’s definitely what it looked like to me at first.

Plus, a source tells The Verge that TCL may have more to say and show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.