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BlackBerry will launch the KEY2 in June

It will keep the physical keyboard.

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Since last year, we’ve heard BlackBerry proudly declare that they’re not dead yet. If you’re one of the devoted BlackBerry fans still out there, today’s a day to rejoice!

Following a tweet from the horse’s mouth itself, BlackBerry will release a new phone on June 7 in New York City. The phone will follow last year’s KEYone. As such, BlackBerry is calling it the KEY2.


Not much is known yet about the phone. However, it will likely keep BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, as with the previous KEYone. This comes as a sigh of relief; the more recent BlackBerry phones have sadly transitioned into keyboard-less form factors. (Thankfully, no BlackBerry notch as of the moment.)

Additionally, TENAA and Bluetooth SIG certifications have confirmed that the unreleased BlackBerry will have the standard slew of LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth options.

A more speculative render (codenamed Athena) hints that the phone will have a dual camera setup. Besides the clear shooter upgrade, it will have a respectable number of marginal upgrades over the KEYone including a Snapdragon 660 chipset and 6GB of RAM. Further, the phone will keep an audio port.

Over the years, BlackBerry has seen dwindling sales over more popular slate phones. However, the company still firmly believes that their form factor will endure into the new age.

Regardless, the company has always kept a dedicated fan base. On release, the KEY2 will likely see a host of people who prefer conventional alternatives to the drowning amount of notched phones out in the market.

SEE ALSO: BlackBerry ‘Ghost’ poses as a borderless, high-end Android phone

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Second Apple store in Singapore opens at the Jewel Changi Airport

Take a photo walk around the rain vortex

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If you ever find yourself on a layover in Singapore, the newly-opened Jewel Changi Airport is probably already on your list of things to check out. If you have more time to spare, Apple just gave you a reason to not leave the airport premises: Singapore’s second Apple store is now open at the Jewel.

Apart from shopping, you can sign up for a free Today at Apple session to make your layover productive, like Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait, which teaches you how to rethink your subject, obstruct the lens, and stylize your shot to create unexpected portraits.


Apple is also offering an exclusive new PhotoWalk: The Magic of Jewel Changi Airport session, where the staff will share tips on how to capture the majestic rain vortex and indoor gardens as you take a short 500-meter walk. Do note that this new session fills up fast, so sign up as soon as possible.

READ: Smartphone photography 101: Foreground element

 

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Realme X launches with pop-up selfie cam, better processor

Should Xiaomi be worried?

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Realme has been aggressive in launching new phones since its inception last year and is directly competing against Xiaomi. The brand has been teasing the launch of Realme X for quite some time and has finally launched it in India.

The phone has a premium design with curved edges and a glass-like plastic back panel. On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and the notch has been replaced by a pop-up camera. The brand says it has a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent and features Gorilla Glass protection.


Powering the Realme X is an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant. Expandable storage isn’t available, but the headphone jack has been retained. It runs on ColorOS 6 out of the box and features Dolby Atmos enhancement for better music output.

The rear sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The front gets a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and Realme claims the pop-up takes just 0.74 seconds to completely slide out. The camera software comes with Chroma Boost, Nightscape, and a redesigned portrait mode to optimize pictures perfectly. Other standard features include beauty mode and AI-based picture improvement.

Backing these internals is a 3765mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology for faster charging.

The phone was first unveiled in China a couple of months back and shall be going up against Xiaomi’s soon-to-launch Redmi K20 Pro. Realme has also announced a special Spider-Man: Far From Home limited edition phone that features a unique design and user-interface, it’ll cost INR 20,999.

Lastly, the company will also be offering the Naoto Fukasawa collection with Garlic and Onion finishes that come in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration at a price tag of INR 19,999.

The standard 4GB+128GB configuration costs INR 16,999 and the 8GB+128GB option is priced at INR 19,999. Sale starts from July via Flipkart and Realme online store.

 

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Xiaomi launches affordable Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones

20 hours of non-stop playback

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Xiaomi is known for its feature-packed smartphones, but the brand has a massive presence in the lifestyle segment. For now, a lot of these products are limited to Mainland China, but the brand is slowly releasing them in its core markets like India.

Today, the Chinese company launched the Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones in India and they’re priced quite aggressively. This week is going to be even more exciting because the Redmi K20 Pro is scheduled to launch on July 17.


The headphones come with a 400mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In simpler words, it is sufficient to listen to 300 songs in one go. Equipped with 40mm drivers, they are tuned to deliver high bass and pressure-less earmuffs provide a comfortable listening experience over extended periods. The head beam is adjustable and has elastic shafts to rotate the ear muffs.

Lastly, they connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0, offering wider range and capability to connect two headphones simultaneously to one phone. They can also be used along with a wire if you want truly acoustic output. Operations can be handled via voice commands thanks to an in-built mic and support for virtual assistants.

They’re priced at INR 2,199 (US$ 32) and can be purchased via Amazon.in. Prime Day sale is going on and they can be grabbed for just INR 1,799 (US$26). Color options include Black and Red, as well as Black and Gold.

Previously, Xiaomi has launched its range of smart TVs, air purifiers, and light bulb in India. A couple of weeks back, they also unveiled a trimmer. We expect the brand to launch more of these in the coming future as it slowly scales up operations.

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