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With Apple’s recent event (excluding the new iPhone 12 series), they revealed us not one, but two iPads in a row.

Other than the refreshed iPad 8th-Generation, Apple also unveiled an updated iPad Air with a newer design, similar to the design cues of the newer generation of iPad Pro. The delay of the iPhone 12 might have forced Apple to show the A14 Bionic first on an iPad. While it carries the latest chipset, the new iPad Air, in no doubt, comes with several cuts to make it cheaper than its premium sibling.

Are you having a hard time picking between them? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Just head over here to watch our Apple 2020 iPad Air vs 2020 iPad Pro buyer’s guide.

Accessories

Xiaomi Pad 5, Mi Smart Projector 2 go official

Along with other AIoT products

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Xiaomi has always been rich with AIoT products. You need it, they have it. And now they’ve expanded their lineup even further with Xiaomi Pad 5 and Mi Smart Projector 2 just to name a few.

Xiaomi Pad 5

Meant for work, school, and then play, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is an all around tablet. You’re getting an 11-inch WQHD+ 120Hz display so you’ll definitely enjoy tapping on this slate. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor for all your work and play needs.

Taking work even further, you can pair it with the Xiaomi Smart Pen. Its 4096 pressure sensitivity and 240Hz touch sampling rate hopes to emulate a natural writing experience.

Mi Smart Projector 2

If you wanna enjoy media on a larger screen than the 11-inch Xiaomi Pad 5, you can consider getting the Mi Smart Projector 2.

It has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution in a compact size. It’s a handy, portable, plug and play device with Dolby Audio support. The device can quickly project a perfectly square screen on most walls. It also runs on a certified Android TV system with built-in Google Assistant.

Mi Smart Band 6 NFC

Xiaomi takes its latest smart band further by adding NFC. It still has all the monitoring tools you know and love like SpO2 function, sleep tracker, and stress-level detection. And all the workout and exercise functions are still present.

What’s new with NFC? Xiaomi collaborated with Mastercard with a focus on contactless payment. Payments can now be fast, secure, and convenient. No need to pullout your card or cash. It now also has Amazon Alexa built-in.

Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 (2-Pack)

Having connection problems at home. Have no fear, the Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 is here. Two of them. It offers a strong and reliable Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 network coverage of up to 4,000 sq.ft. It also supports a maximum number of connections up to 254 devices.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Pad 5 will be available in two colors: Cosmic Gray and Pearl White.

Xiaomi Pad 5

  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 349
  • 6GB+256GB — EUR 399

Mi Smart Projector 2 — EUR 599
Mi Smart Band 6 NFC — EUR 54.9
Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 (2-Pack) — EUR 149

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iPad mini headlines new iPad lineup

Here are our patch notes

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Apple just announced their new and improved iPad and iPad mini with more features and improved performance at an arguably more affordable price.

The iPad mini

This iPad mini has an all-screen design, 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, A15 Bionic chip, Center Stage, and 5G. Firstly, the iPad’s A15 Bionic chip brings massive leaps in overall performance–making demanding tasks look easy. From heavy-lifting designing to graphic performances in-game, the iPad mini flaunts it all. Secondly, the Center Stage with the iPad’s 12MP Ultra-Wide camera tracks subjects–zooming in and out–to give interactive and quality video calls.

With the iPad boasting portability with unapologetic performance, Apple has ramped up its connection with 5G and USB-C connectivity. If you’re into sketching your day away, this might be it for you. Pairing the iPad mini with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) is your dream sketchbook.

The iPad mini has a starting price of US$ 499 / SG$ 749 / PhP 29,990. With pink, starlight, purple, and space gray finishes available.

The iPad

This new and improved iPad has a 10.2-inch retina display, A13 Bionic, Center Stage, True Tone, twice the storage, and at a decent price. The iPad’s A13 Bionic chip promises to deliver a 20% performance boost from previous generations–letting you learn, play, and watch seamlessly. The Center Stage with the iPad’s 12MP Ultra-Wide camera tracks subjects while in video calls to ramp up immersive learning.

On top of that, the iPad keeps an immersive viewing experience with its True Tone feature to adjust the screen temperature to match your room. And lastly, twice the storage with 56GB. Other features like Split View, Slide Over, more widget layouts, Focus, and spatial audio on calls are available.

The price? The iPad has a starting price tag of US$ 329/ SG$ 499/ PhP 19,990.

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MediaTek launches Kompanio 900T for notebooks, tablets

Devices are coming soon

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Most users are familiar with MediaTek’s smartphone chips. However, much like other chipmakers, the company also has a respectable tablet and notebook processor lineup. Now, MediaTek is expanding this lineup with the new Kompanio 900T series.

Announced last week, the Kompanio 900T powers the industry’s more affordable devices. The chipset complements the company’s recently launched Kompanio 1300T, which graces premium tablets across the market.

The Kompanio 900T is a 6nm chipset with an octa-core architecture. It packs in two Arm Cortex-A78 premium cores with six Arm Cortex-A55 smaller ones. Besides the eight cores, the chipset also comes with an Arm Mali-G68 GPU and MediaTek’s AI processor.

The chipset can support up to 2K resolution and 120Hz refresh rates. It can also handle up to LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 internal storage. The chipset’s AI processor can help put out better images with the display. It can enhance image quality such as from standard quality to HD.

As with a lot of chipsets today, the Kompanio 900T has a 5G modem that covers sub-6GHz networks. 5G UltraSave balances 5G support with battery life. In terms of connectivity, the chipset can also support 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.

MediaTek has not listed devices which will come with the chipset. However, they do promise that supported devices are coming out soon including Chromebooks.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces Dimensity 920 and 810

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