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Apple iPhone 9 Could Launch at Starting Price of $399: Report

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The Apple iPhone 9 is expected to come with a 6.1-inch LCD display supplied by Japan Display.

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  • Last Updated: February 11, 2020, 1:16 PM IST

Apple is soon expected to launch its much-rumoured successor of the iPhone SE, which is likely to be called either the iPhone SE2 or the iPhone 9. According to the latest report, the starting price of the iPhone 9 is expected to be $399 (approximately Rs 28,466). A report mentioned that according to their sources, the upcoming iPhone is likely to be around the same price as the first iPhone SE. The latest report puts emphasis on previously predicted prices by Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo, who had stated that the starting price of the iPhone 9 would be $399. Apple launched the iPhone SE in 2016 at $399, but Apple discontinued the device in September 2018.

As per earlier leaks, the iPhone 9 is expected to come with a 6.1-inch LCD display. It is likely to come equipped with Full Active display supplied by Japan Display. The upcoming iPhone, the first device to be launched by Apple in 2020, will have a single camera along with an LED flash. The device might come powered with the A12 chip from Apple. The power key is expected to be positioned on the right and the ring/silent switch, as well as volume rocker, will be to the left. The bottom of the iPhone 9 is expected to sport dual speakers with a Lightning connector in between.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 to Launch on February 13: Here’s Everything We Know so Far

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro renders leaked on Weibo

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro renders leaked on Weibo

The new Mi 10 series will be launched in China on February 13.

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  • Last Updated: February 10, 2020, 1:28 PM IST

The Mi 10 series has been making strides on the internet for a while now, and we finally have a launch date. Xiaomi will be unveiling the new Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro in China this week ahead of MWC 2020. The Mi 10 is going to be really important for Xiaomi as it will be the top of the line flagship for 2020. It will go on to compete against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, the OnePlus 8 and other flagships marked for a 2020 release.

Like most flagship phones, almost every single detail about the phone has leaked online. So it was natural for us to compile everything we know about the Mi 10 so far.

Design

Some early hands-on images of the Mi 10 have leaked in the past confirming that the Mi 10 Pro 5G would feature a glass finish on the front and back, no headphone jack and a quad-camera setup at the back. We also saw that the handset was bundled with a 65W charger in the box.

One of the more recent leaks includes press renders of the upcoming Mi 10 series. Both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are expected to carry a similar design with a curved AMOLED panel on the front with a punch hole on the top left corner. Samsung had apparently confirmed that it would be offering new AMOLED panels and an ISOCELL camera sensor on the new Xiaomi flagship, which could be the company’s new ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor.

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The leaked press renders spotted on Chinese social media network Weibo shows that the Mi 10 Pro will arrive in two different shades of blue and will have the tagline “Technology Breakthrough Limit.” Some of the highlights of the phone confirmed by the press render including the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 100-megapixel 8K movie camera, 50x zoom, and balanced stereo. Of course, sporting the new Snapdragon 865 chip it will also offer 5G connectivity. The press render of the Mi 10, on the other hand, shows the device in pink and what seems like a sea blue colour option.

Price

According to a Twitter account by the name of GadgetsFlix has released details around the pricing of the Mi 10. The handset is expected to come in an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant carrying a price tag of CNY 4,200 (Rs 43,000 approx), while the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option will be priced at CNY 4,500 (Rs 46,000 approx). There will be a top of the line 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant priced at CNY 4,900 (Rs 50,000 approx).

If these are truly the pricing of the Mi 10, this means that the Mi 10 Pro will be priced even higher, since it is going to be a more high-end version.

Specifications

As far as the specifications of the Mi 10 are concerned, we know that it will be running on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 series chipset. It was announced during the Qualcomm Summit 2019 that the Mi 10 will be one of the first phones to come with the new chipset. Recently, Qualcomm President Cristiano R. Amon posted a video on Weibo confirming that the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will both come with the new chipset.

It was confirmed that the Mi 10 will go on to use the world’s first low-power LPDDR5 DRAM chip made by Micron. The RAM will offer a transmission rate of up to 6.4Gbps, nearly twice as fast as LPDDR4, 20 percent faster than LPDDR4x, and a 50 percent improvement in data access speed. It also reduces power consumption by more than 20 percent compared to the previous generation. According to Micron, devices featuring LPDDR5 RAM will include 8GB or 12GB of memory in the first half of this year but could reach 16GB in the second half. This means that the Xiaomi Mi 10 could feature up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and later introduce a high-end 16GB RAM variant. Apart from Micron, Xiaomi is expected to source these LPDDR5 modules from Samsung.

One of the leaks suggests that the Mi 10 Pro will feature a quad-camera setup at the back featuring a 108-megapixel, 16-megapixel, 12-megapixel, and 5-megapixel sensors. The display will measure at 6.4 to 6.5-inches with a 2080×1080 pixel resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The top of the line variant will include 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, while the battery will be rated at 5,250mAh.

The Mi 10 is said to come with 40W wired and 30W wireless charging capabilities while the Mi 10 Pro will offer 66W wired and 40W wireless charging capabilities.

Availability

The new Mi 10 series is going to launch on February 13, just two days after Samsung will launch the Galaxy S20 series. Xiaomi could start selling the new Mi 10 in February itself but not before Samsung starts selling its new flagship series. Xiaomi India recently announced that it will be pushing the Mi brand and premium Mi smartphones to the country. We can’t be sure that if the Mi 10 will come to India, but it would be exciting to see if Xiaomi can fit in the premium flagship space.

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Sony PlayStation 5 Website Goes Live Ahead of Product Launch

Sony has officially rolled out a dedicated website for its next-gen gaming console, the PlayStation 5. The launch of the portal hints that the company is getting closer to finally launch the console. The homepage of the PS5 website was spotted by a Reddit user. The website is available in UK and German versions. Unsurprisingly, the website gives little information about the gaming console.

The website does, however, let users sign up to receive updates on the upcoming PS5 through email.

“PlayStation 5 is Coming” says the website. The PS5 was rumoured to officially roll-out in markets during the 2020 holiday season and the website confirms the same.

The PS5 is going to be pitted against Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X, which is also releasing in the same period. According to a GamesRadar report, Sony hasn’t decided on the final pricing of the PS5. The report said that the cost will most likely be decided close to its launch and will be perhaps dependent on the competition.

The PS5 will be running on an AMD CPU chip, which will be based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line. The CPU will be an eight-core, custom-made one, which will be based on AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture.

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Want a Realme Smart TV? It May Launch as Soon as MWC 2020

Realme is working on its own smart TV, and the same may be launched as early as the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020. The brand is proactively attempting to take on brands such as OnePlus and Xiaomi, and in a bid to do so, is looking to expand its portfolio of products to include wearable devices, audio gear and even televisions. With Xiaomi gaining considerable popularity with its Mi TVs, and OnePlus also making considerable noise with its own televisions, a Realme TV will be an interesting proposition, particularly in value driven markets such as India.

Responding to a fan query regarding the Realme Smart TV on Twitter, Francis Wang, CMO of Realme Mobiles, replied that interested users, fans and industry watchers will soon see a market announcement regarding the product. When another user posted if there is a possibility of Realme making laptops as well, Wang responded by saying that if the TV goes well, “laptop is something worth a try.” This would certainly be within interest, since its prime rival, Xiaomi, also has a thriving laptop range under the Mi Notebook and Redmibook portfolios, and is in fact expected to unveil its first Redmibook in India within the coming weeks.

As for smartwatch and fitness bands, as asked by a third user, Wang replied, “That comes even faster”. In fact, Madhav Sheth, the CEO of the company, had already confirmed that they will soon launch a fitness band, during the launch of the Realme 5i. Realme is expected to face competition from the likes of Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and OnePlus, who are all notable names now in the Indian television space.

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Realme C3 India Launch on Feb 6th, Specs Revealed on Flipkart Show 5,000mAh Battery

The Realme C3 appears to feature a 5,000mAh battery, a 6.5-inch display with waterdrop notch and a 12-megapixel dual rear camera.

Realme C3 India Launch on Feb 6th, Specs Revealed on Flipkart Show 5,000mAh Battery
The Realme C3 image posted on its landing page by Flipkart. (Image altered by News18.com)

Realme C3 is expected to be the brand’s upcoming budget smartphone, and its landing page has now gone live on e-commerce website, Flipkart. According to the Flipkart listing, many of Realme C3’s specifications have also been revealed, along with a near-full lowdown on how the device looks. After sharing that the Realme C series budget smartphones have seen over 10 million units sold in their lifetime, the Realme C3 will hope to continue on that note, and revive Realme’s market share, which appears to have fallen very sharply after the 2019 festive season.

According to Flipkart, the Realme C3 features a 6.5-inch display, which is likely to come with HD+ resolution. It is also confirmed to come with two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The display has a waterdrop notch at the top, while at the rear, the device appears to feature a dual camera unit with 12-megapixel primary sensor and f/1.8-2.4 variable aperture. The landing page of the smartphone also flaunts features such as slow motion video and HDR mode, which will be impressive for a budget smartphone.

Other features and specifications that have not been officially revealed include a MediaTek processor inside, a physical fingerprint sensor at the rear, and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor. The Realme C3 offers certain improvements over its predecessor, including a larger battery, and is also expected to come with the new Realme UI interface instead of ColorOS that it shares with its parent brand, Oppo. The device is also largely expected to retain the same price badge, which means it should launch at Rs 7,999 when it is unveiled at 12:30PM on February 6.


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Poco X2 Launch Date Confirmed, Will be Unveiled on February 4

After recently announcing that it will run as an independent brand, Poco has now announced that its next smartphone launch is just around the corner. The ex-Xiaomi sub-brand has confirmed the name, as well as the launch date of its upcoming handset. The company is not going forward with the Poco F2 branding, rather the phone will be called the X2.

The Poco X2 is set to launch in India on February 4, as confirmed by the company via its social media channels. It is being speculated that the upcoming Poco phone will be a rebranded version of the Redmi K30 4G. It will apparently come with a fast refresh rate display as the company is teasing the handset to have an “extreme refresh rate” and “seamless touch response.”

Recently the handset was spotted on a Geekbench listing hinting at the key specifications of the Poco X2 including the fact that it will come with Android 10 out of the box. The Poco India website is also teasing the smartphone suggesting an improved camera experience, a high-end Snapdragon processor with enhanced cooling and fast battery charging tech. There is also a shot of the phone’s bottom edge which shows a similar design as the Redmi K30 including the speaker, USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi K30 series in China, and as mentioned above, it is being speculated that the Poco X2 is going to be a rebranded version of the Redmi device. The Redmi K30 5G is powered by the new Snapdragon 765G SoC and is offered in 64GB, 128GB and 256B storage options. The K30, on the other hand, comes with the Snapdragon 730G SoC.

There is a 6.67-inch full-HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) hole-punch display with 20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. At the back, the handset sports a quad rear camera setup including a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 1/1.7-inch sensor, with a 6P lens system offering an f/1.89 aperture. There is also a 5-megapixel macro lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and an 8-megapixel sensor with 120-degree wide-angle lens. At the front, there is a dual selfie camera setup with a 20-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a 4,500mAh battery with 30W fast charging support, NFC, 5G connectivity with dual-SIM slots, USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack and runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10.


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Motorola Razr Set to Launch on February 6, Pre-orders Begin From January 26

The Moto Razr is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, houses a 2510 mAh battery, and runs on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

Motorola Razr Set to Launch on February 6, Pre-orders Begin From January 26
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Motorola’s upcoming foldable phone the Motorola Razr will be launched on February 6, while the pre-orders for the device will begin from January 26. In an earlier tweet, the brand had informed about how one can register to buy the phone at the earliest, “#FeelTheFlip of an immersive experience with the revolutionary flex view display of the all-new #MotorolaRazr. Register now and #bethefirst to get all the latest updates about the #Razr”.

The handset features a flexible 6.2-inch OLED HD+ (2142×876 pixels) display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. It can be folded in half and there are no gaps when you fold the phone. There is a secondary 2.7-inch (800×600 pixels) ‘Quick View’ display on the outside which offers functionality like checking your messages and notifications, take selfies, control music, trigger the Google Assistant and more.

It is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC with 6GB of RAM. The battery is rather small, rated at 2510mAh and only supports 15W fast charging via a USB Type-C port. In the camera department, you get a 16-megapixel f/1.7 camera that can also act as a selfie camera when the phone is folded. There is also a 5-megapixel camera on the inside placed in the main display notch. This can also be used to take selfies for times when you don’t want to close the phone. Moto has also added features like Night Vision and AI algorithms to improve photo quality. The handset runs on Android 9.0 Pie and offers the ability to automatically move content from the outer display to the primary display when you flip the phone open. There is also a physical fingerprint scanner placed on the bottom chin of the device. Motorola will be selling the handset in the US for $1500 (Rs 1,07,000 approx) and eventually to other markets this year.

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Poco Will Now be an Independent Brand, Confirms Poco F2 for 2020 Launch

Poco has started teasing a new ‘chapter’ for the brand.

Poco Will Now be an Independent Brand, Confirms Poco F2 for 2020 Launch
Poco has started teasing a new ‘chapter’ for the brand.

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco which currently only has one handset under its lineup has announced that it will now be an independent company. The standalone company will run on its own and have its own making strategies. The development comes days after Xiaomi India announced that it will be focusing more on the Mi brand of products in the country.

Soon after the announcement, Poco has started teasing its next smartphone. dropping hints on its Twitter account. In the first tweet, we can see a teaser trailer very similar to the launch of a new Netflix or Amazon Prime series with a reference to “season 2.” In another tweet, the company has released an open letter talking about the brand’s journey as well as the developments on the company’s sole device, the Poco F1. The letter also talks about how the team is working hard to fix mistakes and asks fans to stay tuned for the successor of the F1.

The company says that the F1 which was launched in 50 markets has been a successful product. And there are no doubts about it, as the company is still providing support for the smartphone despite close to two years since its launch. The handset recently received the new MIUI 11 based Android 10 update. It is, however, a bit concerning how Xiaomi never launched more devices under the Poco brand despite the success.

“POCO F1 is an extremely popular phone across user groups and remains a top contender in its category even in 2020. We feel the time is right to let POCO operate on its own now, which is why we’re excited to announce that POCO will spin off as an independent brand,” said Manu Kumar Jain, VP of Xiaomi.

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Lego Will Launch an International Space Station Model for Sale on Feb 1

The International Space Station has hosted a continuous human presence in Earth’s orbit for almost 20 years. Now, the orbiting laboratory is being made into a Lego model. Lego will release an 864-piece toy set of the ISS that will shrink the football-field-long space station to the size of a desktop display model. However, fans may rest assured that most details such as its rotating solar arrays and robotic arms will still be preserved.

“Build and display this spectacular Lego Ideas International Space Station (ISS). Packed with authentic ISS details, including a posable Canadarm2 and two rotating joints that coincide with eight adjustable ‘solar panels,’ this 864-piece set is a wonderful gift idea for space enthusiasts, adult Lego fans or any experienced builder,” wrote Lego in its announcement. Lego will commercially release the ISS toy model from February 1 and it will be available in Lego Stores and the official Lego website for $69.99 (about Rs 4,900).

While the space station model is quite a neat acquisition in itself, collectors might also be interested to know that the set comes with toy bricks to build a to-scale space shuttle orbiter and three cargo vehicles. In fact, one of the cargo vehicles resembles a SpaceX Dragon capsule while another seems quite similar to the Russian Progress craft. Lego’s ISS model also comes with two microfigure sized astronaut figures (probably a legacy from Lego’s NASA Apollo Saturn V set that was released in 2017 and discontinued late last year).

While Lego had announced the International Space Station in June last year (it was a fan favourite in a poll celebrating a decade of the Lego Ideas website), the idea was first conceived five years earlier. Christoph Ruge, a Lego and Space enthusiast from Germany, first submitted his ISS model to the Legos Ideas website in 2014. It made it to the Lego team’s review panel but was rejected in 2015. However, in 2018, Ruge re-scaled his design to match the size of the shuttle included in the winning “Women of NASA” set before re-entering his model. Finally, his design was selected for the 10-year anniversary set.

The International Space Station was established in December 1988 with the launch of the first Russian and American components in orbit. Expedition crew began to reside in 2000. Since then, the ISS has seen continuous astronaut occupancy with 60 more resident crew and components from Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency (ESA). Lego commemorates this with the NASA ‘ISS 20 Years’ logo on the rear side of the box.

This is Lego’s third commercial production of the International Space Station as a toy model. In 2003, Lego had produced a Discovery Channel-branded 162 brick set of the still-under-construction ISS. Eight years later, Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, under and educational partnership between NASA and Lego, had produced a model while onboard the ISS. However, its major drawback was that could only be built in zero-gravity and would have collapsed on Earth.

 

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Japan is Already Planning to Launch 6G by the Year 2030

It is believed that the new technology will be 10-times faster than the current 5G.

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Updated:January 21, 2020, 12:28 PM IST

Japan is Already Planning to Launch 6G by the Year 2030
It is believed that the new technology will be 10-times faster than the current 5G.

Japan is reportedly planning a comprehensive strategy for “post-5G” (6G) technology by 2030 and it is believed that the new technology will be 10-times faster than the current 5G. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan will set up a government-civilian research society in January under the chairmanship of the University of Tokyo Goshinjin, and under the direct supervision of the General Affairs Minister Takao Sanae, GizmoChaina reported on Monday.

Additionally, people from NTT and Toshiba will also be invited to discuss 6G performance goals and policy support by June. The government will promote the development of 6G technology. US-based investment banking and financial service company, Goldman Sachs, has forecast a hefty 200 million 5G smartphone shipments globally in 2020. The new predicted value is about 20 times more than the sales figure of 2019.

According to estimates, there will be about 1 million new 5G base stations in China in 2020. This is higher than the original 600,000 prediction by Goldman Sachs. Additionally, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun announced the company is planning to pump $7 billion in 5G, AI and IoT over the next five years.

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