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The Mi A3 is exactly the Mi CC9e

Just without MIUI

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Turns out, earlier reports were spot on. The Xiaomi Mi A3 is exactly the Mi CC9e with the only difference being the Mi CC9e runs MIUI while the Mi A3 runs on stock Android.

This isn’t the first time that the A-series is just a re-released version of an earlier Xiaomi phone. The first two phones on the A-series were launched under different names with MIUI running on top. The Mi A1 is also the Mi 5X while the Mi A2 is the Mi 6X.


In case you haven’t been following this news, the Mi A3 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with a 4030mAh battery that supports up to 18W fast charging. The biggest improvement is the camera module with the Mi A3 equipped with three lenses: 48MP main shooter with f/1.78 aperture, 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.

The phone has 4GB of RAM with two internal storage options. There’s a 64GB model that will retail for €250 (US$ 280) while the 128GB model will retail for €280 (US$ 314). Pricing is right in line with the Xiaomi Mi A2 when it launched in 2018.

Another thing that the Mi A3 has that the Mi A2 decided to cut is the 3.5mm headphone jack. The fingerprint sensor has been moved to under the display. It was on the back in the previous model.

The Mi A3 will come in three colors: Blue, White and Gray and will be available in Spain first. Pre-orders are available now and the units will be shipped on July 24. It shouldn’t take too long for the phone to hit other markets worldwide.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi A2 Review: Android One refined

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Huawei Watch GT 2 with two week battery life launches

It runs on LiteOS

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Huawei Watch GT was launched a year back and was a lifestyle-focused watch with impressive two-week battery life. Now, Huawei announced a follow up dubbed Watch GT 2, alongside the new Mate 30 series, once again using its proprietary Lite OS.

With two distinct designs, the Watch GT 2 had leaked often ahead of the official launch. However, little was known about the experience that these smartwatches would offer.


There’s the Huawei Watch GT 2 42mm series that “can operate continuously for up to one week,” then there’s the Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm that can operate “continuously for up to two weeks.” Courtesy of Huawei’s latest Kirin A1 chipset, the company says this brings double the power efficiency and double the Bluetooth range of the original Watch GT.

Thye have a curved 3D AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 and 454 x 454 respectively. Both also come with Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and an optical heart rate sensor.

The watch also includes features like compass, torch, workout records, and barometer. Apart from that, Huawei has also included a heart rate sensor which scans for heart failure and bradycardia.

You can track up to 15 sports including eight outdoor sports, with running, walking, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming is included for the outdoor sports enthusiast. For indoor usage, you can choose between treadmill runs, walks, cycling, swimming, elliptical training, and rowing machine.

Huawei says you can fit 500 songs on the watch’s 2GB of storage, and thanks to the microphone and speaker you can make and take calls from your wrist when your phone is connected.

The Watch GT 2 will cost €249 (US$ 275) for the 46mm model and €229 (US$ 250) for 42mm variant and will be available from October. Huawei hasn’t disclosed the countries which will be getting the new Watch GT 2.

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Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro now official

Now this is a flagship

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When Huawei said they’re rethinking possibilities with the Huawei Mate 30 series, they weren’t kidding at all. Unveiled in Munich, Germany, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro’s hardware do not disappoint.

A modern design

The Huawei Mate 30 series features an edge-to-edge screen that the company is calling the Horizon Display. It curves at an angle of 88 degrees deliver the most screen it can despite still having a notch — which Huawei says is ultra-narrow.


The edge-to-edge display on the Mate 30 Pro created the need for the Side-Touch Interaction feature. It replaces the physical volume keys. This also lets you customize the virtual button’s position giving you more control on how you want to interact with your device.

These are all very similar to the tech implemented by vivo on the NEX 3. Groundbreaking stuff. We’re quite surprised the invite wasn’t by innovation only. 😏

Rethinking the cameras 

Flip over the Huawei Mate 30 and you’ll see the phone’s triple camera module now enclosed in a circle. The cameras are as follows: A 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera.

On the Mate 30 Pro you’ll get a quad camera system: the 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera.

Huawei really pushed the boundaries on these cameras. The Cine Camera features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps.

The Mate 30 Pro also offers what Huawei calls pro-bokeh capabilities on video recording. We’ll have to test the feature if it’s any better than the bokeh effect found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Video also has a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and AI Stabilisation (AIS) for superior stabilization.

The cameras also have a sensor larger than the ones found on other flagships today. This lends nicely to taking night shots. And the samples Huawei showed on stage was pretty impressive.

Shanghai at Night. Taken with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro Night Mode

Fast and powerful

We already know that the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro is equipped with the Kirin 990. It’s a chip specifically designed to support 5G. In various graphs throughout the presentation, Huawei pointed out how they have built the most advanced 5G tech and put all of it in the Huawei Mate 30 series.

Of course, having 5G means larger power consumption. Fret not, the Huawei Mate 30 sports a 4200mAh battery while the Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery capacity with 4500mAh.

It also won’t take long to charge those batteries as the Huawei Mate 30 series supports the 27W Wireless Huawei SuperCharge and the 40W Huawei SuperCharge. The Reverse Wireless Charging feature that was introduced on the Mate 20 series is now also three times faster.

New materials, new variants

The 6.53-inch Huawei Mate 30 Pro and 6.62-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black.

Huawei also introduced a new material — vegan leather. They say it’s also water and dust resistant. The vegan leather variants will come in two colors: Forest Green and Orange.

Pricing and availability

Pricing are as follows: Huawei Mate 30 with 8GB+128GB will retail for EUR 799, the Huawei Mate 30 PRO with 8GB+256GB will retail for EUR 1099. The 5G version of the Mate 30 Pro will retail for EUR 1199. Also announced at the event was the Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Edition with 12GB+512GB and it will retail for EUR 2095.

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Google wants to assists users without depending on the Internet

And Google Pay just got more exciting!

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Google is by definition an “internet” company. Every part of its business depends on connectivity, whether its Google Search or AdSense. The company has penetrated every developed market and now intends to grab the untapped markets of India and other Southeast Asian countries.

Google Assistant

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At its Google for India 2019 event, the company announced the launch of a special helpline that users can call to have their questions answered. We usually use Google Assitant on the go via any Android phone, but it depends on internet connectivity. How do you reach out to a feature-phone user who barely has a 2G connection?


A 24×7 healpline. Teaming up with Vodafone India, users will be able to dial 000-800-9191-000 and they won’t be charged for the call or the service. Early this year, Google also worked with KaiOS to integrate Google Assistant on entry-level 4G phones like the JioPhone.

Google Assistant was launched in India a couple of years back and Hindi is now the second-largest language globally. You can also switch languages by a simple voice command now.

Google Pay

Courtesy: Bhardwaj

Usually, you can use payment solutions like these in the US via NFC. Your cards are saved on the app and a gentle tap to a PoS machine will initiate the transaction. However, in India the app leverages the countries universal UPI protocol to transfer money. Up till now, you had to add your bank account in the app and scan a QR code to send money.

Google has now announced support for NFC cards. This will make the experience much simpler and streamlined. Though your phone needs to have an NFC reader and only HDFC, Axis, Kotak, and Standard Chartered bank are supported for tokenization at the moment.

The company went on to share a few interesting stats about its position in the country. The app handled 918 million transactions a month in the country.

New AI Lab

Courtesy: Bhardwaj

A new artificial intelligence research lab is being set up in Bengaluru to create India-specific products. Google has tied up with state-run BSNL for expanding Wi-Fi hotspots in villages in Gujarat, Bihar, and Maharashtra. They’ve already deployed more than 5,000 WiFi hotspots in partnership with Indian Railways.

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