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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has curved display, high-end specs

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Xiaomi MI Note 2 glacier silver

Just as you thought Xiaomi couldn’t do any better than the Mi 5s and 5s Plus, the Chinese manufacturer decided to outdo itself and launch its Mi Note 2 flagship phablet before the holidays. We may have our Galaxy Note 7 replacement.

We can’t call the Mi Note 2 a perfect clone of Sammy’s discontinued engineering marvel, but it comes close in several ways. The most obvious similarity is the 5.7-inch dual-curved OLED display; it’s so comparable to the Note 7’s, we wonder if Samsung provided the panel itself.


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The downside is the limited Full HD 1080p resolution, lower than the Quad HD 1440p normally found on handsets sized 5.5 inches and up. While it isn’t something you’d normally fuss over, the lack of pixels is noticeable if you’re thinking of hooking it up to a virtual reality headset.

Contrary to the leaks we witnessed last week, the Mi Note 2 does not have a dual-camera setup. It’s a surprising omission, considering this being Xiaomi’s supposed best, but the unique imaging capabilities are probably best left on the recently launched Mi 5s to keep it relevant.

Instead, there’s a single 22.5-megapixel camera at the back with a basic set of autofocusing and LED flash features, and no optical image stabilization. The front-facing shooter isn’t anything exciting either, only having an 8-megapixel sensor and autofocusing to its credit.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 silver and black

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 in glacier silver and piano black

Aside from the sexy display, nothing really shouts “buy me” when looking at the Mi Note 2. You do get a collection of the finest chipset specifications, although they aren’t anything we haven’t seen before.

For one, there’s Qualcomm’s top-performing Snapdragon 821 processor, along with a choice of either 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage, or 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. Picking the latter configuration nets you a future-proofed smartphone for at least the next six months… hopefully.

Go a little bit deeper, and you’ll a find high-quality audio chip capable of 24-bit/192kHz music playback, as well as a satisfactory 4070mAh battery with the ability to charge at a rapid pace thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 specs and pricing

Xiaomi Mi Note 2’s highlighted specs and pricing

To be honest, we were expecting a lot more from the Mi Note 2. Yes, the hardware is all there, yet we can’t help but feel underwhelmed after all we’ve seen from recent competitors and the leaks themselves. Call us spoiled, or hungry for some innovation — or just wanting the simultaneously unveiled Mi Mix more.

Spending CNY 3,299 ($487) rewards you with the top variant in Xiaomi’s home country, while CNY 3,499 ($517) is needed if you purchase one outside of China. Make sure to get the latter, global model for the additional 4G LTE frequency bands and English settings out of the box. You also have the option of going for the cheaper CNY 2,799 ($412) version that has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage.

The only colors available are piano black and glacier silver, and shipping of units will begin in early November.

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OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom: Price and availability in the Philippines

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OPPO has just launched its most premium series in the Philippines. Following the Find X from last year is the new OPPO Reno. The Reno series comes in two variants: an upper-midrange offering and a flagship model with an advanced camera system.

The OPPO Reno went official two months ago and it’s already making waves in Europe as the region’s first 5G phone. The model that’s going to be available in the Philippines won’t support 5G yet, but it’s got all the goodies the Reno phones have.


The standard Reno is powered by a Snapdragon 710, while the 10x Zoom variant has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855.

The OPPO Reno will be available for PhP 26,990 starting June 20 through OPPO stores. Meanwhile, the higher-end OPPO Reno 10x Zoom will be sold at PhP 45,990 and its pre-order period will start on June 21. The more premium Reno model will be available in select OPPO stores starting July 1.

Aside from OPPO stores, the new Reno series will also be available through Globe and Smart telcos, and online via OPPO’s official store on Lazada.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno 10x Zoom unboxing and hands-on: An emerald looker

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Facebook will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020

In partnership with Mastercard, Visa, Uber, and many others

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Facebook is more than just social networking. They’re also a hardware company and a software developer. Soon, the social media giant will also serve financial services using their own cryptocurrency called Libra. With the creation of Libra is a new Facebook subsidiary named Calibra, which will handle the company’s global currency powered by blockchain technology.

According to Facebook, Libra is aimed to help people save, send, or spend money even if they don’t have a bank account. Basically, Calibra will be a financial service app that uses Libra for its transactions. It’ll allow users to use Libra on mobile and send to almost anyone.


It’s worth noting that Libra isn’t like Bitcoin. Libra will be a form of digital money backed by a reserve of assets. Moreover, Facebook is not alone in this venture.

While Facebook is building Libra, it’ll be supported by venture capital firms, crypto firms, nonprofit organizations, and massive corporate financial, technology, and telecommunications service providers. The list includes Mastercard, Visa, Coinbase, eBay, PayPal, Stripe, Spotify, Uber, Lyft, and Vodafone.

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The end goal is to create a truly mainstream cryptocurrency. Libra is envisioned to be a decentralized global form of payment. It’ll be used to buy almost anything. It’s also planned to be used for loans and credit.

Any financial transactions will require personal information and privacy isn’t Facebook’s strongest suit. Although, the company says Calibra will not share account information or financial data with its servers or any third party without the customer’s consent.

By 2020, Calibra will introduce a digital wallet for Libra which will be available in Facebook’s Messenger, WhatsApp, and as a standalone app. Calibra is still in its early stages and Facebook will have to take an extra step to overcome the hurdles this new cryptocurrency has to face, especially when it comes to privacy.

Facebook promises to give updates about Calibra in the near future. For now, those interested to be first in line can sign up here. Additionally, more information regarding Libra is available here.

SEE ALSO: Basics of cryptocurrency: Risks and benefits

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!

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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.


A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

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SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals new Pokémon games for the Switch

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