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There's a war brewing in the smartphone world, and it has nothing to do with iOS versus Android, or who can cram 5G into the cheapest device. Rather, it's a competition to see who can deliver the fastest wireless charging solution for smartphones. To that end, it looks as though Xiaomi has thrown down the gauntlet with its latest solution, which can charge a 4,000 mAh battery in under 20 minutes. Xiaomi is currently shipping the Mi 10 Ultra, which supported 50W wireless charging. In that iteration, the smartphone's 4,500 mAh battery can be fully topped off in 40 minutes. But Xiaomi's new 80W charging system allows a 4,000 mAh battery to be charged from empty to 100 percent in just 19 minutes.... Read more...
Qualcomm made waves with its Snapdragon 865 SoC, but not just because of the performance it delivers. The Snapdragon 865 platform features support for GPU driver upgrades. This is something that is common in PCs, but not so much with smartphones. That changes today with Xiaomi rolling out the first GPU driver update for the Snapdragon 865. The driver itself pertains to the Adreno 650 GPU. It aims to bolster performance in select games, including PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, and Honkai Impact 3rd. The driver upgrade also updates OpenGL ES and Vulkan, according to XDA Developers. In a sense, this is sort of the start of a new era in smartphone gaming, or potentially, at least. "Late last year, Qualcomm... Read more...
Xiaomi has a new gaming smartphone coming called the Black Shark 3, and some details have been revealed. The tease consists of a drawing of the smartphone and an image that shows a blurry look at the camera array on the back of the device. Neither of the images gives us a particularly good look at the coming smartphone, but we only have a few days to wait for the official unveiling, which is scheduled for March 3rd Details that have been leaked so far for the smartphone include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, mechanical buttons, 120Hz display, and up to 16GB of RAM. The focus of the Black Shark 3 is gaming, but it will also offer three camera sensors on the back. While the shot of the rear of... Read more...
It's been a rough couple months for makers of IP security cameras as no one seems to be able to keep user data secure. The latest issue that has sprung up involves Xiaomi cameras that are linked to a Google account. An owner has posted to Reddit that his Xiaomi Mijia camera and Nest Hub setup is receiving still images from the homes of random people.  Images that the user claims to have found, and has offered photographic evidence of (seen here), includes a sleeping man in a room and an infant sleeping in their bed. The Reddit user goes by /r/Dio-V and says that the camera in use is a Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP Security Camera that is linked to a Google account to use with Google/Nest through... Read more...
Last week, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms that will power 5G smartphones in 2020. Surprisingly, the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G received the most attention due to that fact that they 1) include 5G integrated directly into the SoC and 2) will allow vastly cheaper 5G-enabled smartphones to come to market. Today, Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi is delivering on the promise of value-laden 5G-enabled smartphones with the Redmi K30 5G. This the first smartphone to be announced with the Snapdragon 765G, which is the gaming-centric version of Qualcomm's new mid-range 5G SoC. The Redmi K30 5G will pack in 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM... Read more...
On Tuesday, Xiaomi unveiled the world's first smartphone with a 108-megapixel rear camera sensor, the Mi CC9 Pro. Unfortunately, that handset is only bound for China, so users in other parts of the world would have to miss out on all those megapixels. Or so it seemed. Now a day later, Xiaomi has unveiled a version of the CC9 Pro that will ship outside of China. The new Mi Note 10 offers the same 108-megapixel shooter as the CC9 Pro, and it launched in Spain today. Specs are mostly the same across the board, and for good reason—the Mi Note 10 is basically the global version of the CC9 Pro, which notably includes five rear cameras. They consist of the following... 108MP ultra-high resolution: 1/1.33-inch... Read more...
Xiaomi is launching a new smartwatch that, at a glance, looks familiar to anyone who has ever spied an Apple Watch, at least when looking at the press renders from a top-down view. When doing so, the new Mi Watch bears a striking resemblance to the Apple Watch, as you can see in the press render above. However, there are some key differences, at least. Starting with the physical design, the Mi Watch offers the same look as the Apple Watch, with a rectangle face, rounded and beveled edges, and a turn dial that looks a lot like the digital crown at the same spot. And sitting below, we can see the button placement is the same as well. Where things look slightly different to me is when viewing the... Read more...
In some respects, smartphone design has stagnated, save for a few attempts to dish up new form factors and innovative features, such as folding displays. Xiaomi did not go that route, though it did just unveil the Mi Mix Alpha, a beautifully rendered concept handset described as a "bold imagination for the future of phones in the 5G era." Obviously 5G connectivity is a big part of this concept phone. At the same, 5G is almost uninteresting next to the standout feature of the Mi Mix Alpha, which is an innovative Surround Sound screen. The wraparound display is not an entirely new concept, of course, but in this case Xiaomi says the screen-to-body ratio is a staggering 180.6 percent. It is essentially... Read more...
Samsung on Monday introduced its new ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor for smartphones, and it is capable of capturing a staggering 108 megapixels. It is the industry's first mobile image sensor to top the 100 million pixels mark. Interestingly, the nifty new shooter will make its debut in a Xiaomi smartphone before it finds its way into a Galaxy device. While the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor belongs to Samsung, the company says it was designed in "close collaboration with Xiaomi," which announced last week that an upcoming Mi handset will feature the new 108MP shooter. "For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted... Read more...
With the release of Qualcomm’s surprise Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC comes the announcement of new gaming smartphones using the new chip. The first out of the gate was the ASUS ROG Phone II, and today we’re seeing the announcement of the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro. In addition to the Snapdragon 855 Plus – which includes loftier CPU and GPU speeds – is a generous 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage (128GB is standard). Speaking of storage, the Black Shark 2 Pro makes use of the incredibly fast UFS 3.0 interface which should further improve performance when opening apps and navigating the Android UI. When it comes to the display, the Black Shark 2 Pro... Read more...
We've already heard about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC that is aimed at high-end gaming smartphones. We also know that the ASUS ROG Phone II will sport that high-end chipset and have seen that smartphone in a leak. One thing that has been unknown is what levels of performance the SoC will provide to gamers. Geekbench scores for the Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone that uses the 855 Plus SoC have surfaced, and now we know what to expect. The benchmark results show a single-core score of 3623 and a multi-core score of 11367. The device used in the test was the Black Shark 2 running Android 9.0 with 11,506 MB of RAM. Breaking the performance out by category, the Geekbench results give a crypto... Read more...
It's amazing how fast the industry is moving with regards to addressing selfie cameras and the increasing desire for minimal bezels on smartphones. The Essential Phone and iPhone X introduced us to notches in 2017, while we got slider mechanisms and punch-hole cutouts in 2018. This year, we've seen flip cameras from ASUS. Now, the rubber is really starting to hit the road with under-display selfie cameras, as witnessed by new technology demos from Chinese smartphone OEMs Oppo and Xiaomi. Oppo first showed off its new technology in a Weibo post that was first noticed by the folks at Engadget. The video was later posted to Twitter, and shows a prototype device with a full display... Read more...
At this point, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X are known quantities in the folding Android smartphone realm. But one other top Android OEM, Xiaomi, is also looking to throw its hat in the race. We’ve previously seen the company’s folding smartphone on video, and now the device has returned in newly released footage. The video posted to YouTube is just 10 seconds long, and shows the device first being used in a tablet configuration. Then, the device is rotated 90 degrees and two “wings” of the display fold under, giving it a more compact frame. This “double fold” design is a bit trickier than the “single fold”... Read more...
Xiaomi has unveiled its pair of new flagship smartphones at MWC 2019 with the Mi 9, which we've already covered a bit, and the new Mi Mix 3 5G breaking cover today. The Mi Mix 3 5G, as the name would suggest, is a flagship, high-end smartphone and the first from Xiaomi to support 5G networks. Xiaomi says that the Mi Mix 3 5G will launch in May and will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with a Snapdragon X50 modem on board. The smartphone maker says that it has had a team of people working on 5G since 2016 and during the launch event for this new device, it provided a live demo with a 5G phone call using a network provided by Orange Spain. The Snapdragon 855 platform has an... Read more...
As older devices age, many smartphone shoppers are simply forgoing the big boys like Apple and Samsung and going for much cheaper alternative flagship devices from reasonably priced makers like Xiaomi. Xiaomi has rolled out a new flagship device that is impressive on paper and very affordable. The new device is called the Xiaomi Mi 9, and it has officially debuted packing a Snapdragon 855 under the hood and a 48MP rear camera with a price that is up to a third less than what you would pay for some flagship Galaxy or iPhone devices. Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9 starting at $445, and for that price you get a base Mi 9 packing 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Xiaomi offers an upgraded version... Read more...
With the smartphone market becoming saturated with competent devices that can easily meet the needs of most consumers, OEMs are looking for new innovations to attract sales. We've seen larger edge-to-edge displays, in-display fingerprint readers, and an increasing number of cameras (both front- and rear-facing). A newly uncovered Xiaomi patent showcases a new display innovation that could be used for future smartphones. The patent shows a smartphone with a full edge-to-edge display. What's remarkable about this particular patent, however, is that while today's flagships still have small (but noticeable) bezels, the Xiaomi design is completely free of bezels. Instead, the display has... Read more...
Smartphones specifically designed for gaming are a relatively new phenomenon in the mobile space, but interest is growing from consumers. One of the first players to enter the market was Xiaomi with its Black Shark, and the company later followed up with the Black Shark Helo this past October. Now we're learning that Xiaomi is coming back for a third time with another dedicated gaming phone. The folks over at XDA-Developers stumbled upon a Weibo post by Xiaomi Product Director Wang Teng Thomas in which he remarked about how fast the upcoming device will be. Thomas also reached out to enthusiasts for their input on features that could make their way to the production version... Read more...
Samsung has long reigned supreme as the world's top smartphone maker, but the company's seat at the throne is continually coming under attack from Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei. Both companies have been offering budget-minded smartphones that deliver enviable specs at attractive price points. Samsung is fighting back hard with its new Galaxy M series, which is launching first in India, which is an extremely price sensitive market. The Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 share a similar design theme, but differ in the choice of processor and in screen sizes (although both feature one of Samsung's latest takes on the notch: the Infinity-V Display). The Galaxy M20 is equipped with a 6.3-inch FHD+... Read more...
It’s now Xiaomi’s turn to bask in the spotlight after Samsung showed off its foldable smartphone prototype back in November. Xiaomi has posted a video clip showing Bin Lin – the company’s co-founder and current president – using a prototype foldable smartphone. Unlike the Samsung prototype, which folds in half, the Xiaomi smartphone uses a tri-fold design (like you might see with a paper pamphlet). In its “normal” form, the smartphone looks like a standard rectangular tablet with small bezels. But then Lin turns the device into landscape mode and folds the two outer “wings” of the display under the larger middle... Read more...
You can only push prices so far before customers start turning away from your products. That seems to be the case with Apple's 2018 lineup of iPhones, which are the most expensive ever introduced for customers. A new report indicates that many Chinese retailers have taken the uncommon step of slashing the prices of relatively new iPhones in order to win the attention of customers. According to Reuters, popular Chinese retailers like Suning and JD.com are discounting models like the iPhone XR by as much as $118 off its starting price. In total, six retailers have instituted dramatic price cuts in order to spur iPhones sales according to the news organization.  At this point it's not... Read more...
Xiaomi might not be a brand that has the name recognition of Samsung or Apple, but it is known for making devices that are incredibly affordable. In a world where high-end iPhones and Galaxy devices sell for over $1,000, Xiaomi is coughing up smartphones that look good and sell for a few hundred bucks. Xiaomi has now announced a device called the Redmi Note 7, and it will sell for 999 yuan or about $147 for the base 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage version.  A hopped up 4GB and 64GB storage version is 1,199 yuan or $177, and the high-end version has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for 1,399 yuan or $206. Other than a budget price, the smartphone has a 6.3-inch full HD+ display... Read more...
The fact that folding smartphones are coming isn't debatable at this point. Samsung has already shown off its folding smartphone packing a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display that folds in half offering a more pocketable form factor. But Samsung isn't alone in working to get folding screen devices on the market; Huawei has been tipped to debut a folding smartphone at MWC 2019. A new leaked video claims to show a folding smartphone that Xiaomi is working on. The video comes from Evan Blass via Twitter who notes that the authenticity of the footage is unverified. Blass says that the person who supplied the video claims the device is made by Xiaomi, but there is no official branding seen in the... Read more...
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