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Mi Mix is Xiaomi’s ceramic concept of the future

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Xiaomi Mi Mix

In the tech world, you either imitate or innovate. Xiaomi has always been known as an imitator, but all that’s about to change with the unveiling of the practically borderless Mi Mix. Unlike other concept devices, however, this stunner will actually see the light of day sooner than you think.

Although Xiaomi calls the Mi Mix a “full-screen concept phone,” there’s so much more to it than that. With a 6.4-inch 2040 x 1080-pixel display (for an unusual 17:9 ratio) taking up 91.3 percent of the front, the only comparison we have is Sharp’s Aquos line of edge-to-edge smartphones, but those never really took off.

Xiaomi Mi Mix front and back

Xiaomi Mi Mix front and back

Of course, there’s still a chin at the bottom, where the speaker and front-facing camera are located. If it’s anything like the awkwardly placed selfie shooters of the Aquos phones or Dell XPS laptops, expect some unflattering photos of your own chin.

Another standout element is the use of ceramic for the frame and buttons — yes, the same nonmetal material used in your grandparent’s pottery collection. Credit goes to French designer Philippe Starck for coming up with the head-turning physique, and Xiaomi for maintaining a practical 7.9-millimeter profile and 209-gram weight.

With all this bezel cutting, you may be wondering how to make a phone call with this thing. Xiaomi employed a piezoelectric driver that creates vibrations to produce audio through the glass, and ultrasound is used in place of a proximity sensor. Basically speaking, it’s still a phone — a powerful one, at that.

Xiaomi Mi Mix specs and pricing

Xiaomi Mi Mix’s highlighted specs and pricing

The same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset used on the Mi Note 2 runs the show here, and the rear and front cameras are armed with 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel image sensors, respectively. A battery capacity of 4400mAh and Quick Charge 3.0 ensure your investment won’t die in less than a day of use.

As amazing as the Mi Mix is, the announcement isn’t a total surprise. When we uncovered leaks of a borderless Xiaomi handset a week ago, we thought it was that of the just-launched Mi Note 2. Turns out we’ve been looking at the Mi Mix all along.

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Configurations and their respective prices come in two options; the 4GB of memory with 128GB of storage model costs CNY 3,499 ($516), while the 6GB RAM with 256GB storage variant retails for CNY 3,999 ($590). The latter is extra special with 18-karat gold accents encircling the camera lens and fingerprint sensor located on the back.

Here’s the best part: Both models come with a leather case, and will be available beginning November 4 in China. We’ve never wanted a Xiaomi to experience a global release as badly as we do now.

Xiaomi Mi Mix gold accents

Xiaomi Mi Mix’s gold accents

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HP P22H rotating monitor now official in the Philippines

It can rotate to 90-degrees

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HP is bringing its P22H monitor to the Philippines. It’s targeted towards business professionals and has features some noteworthy specs that are worth looking at, especially for those buying a secondary monitor for their remote work setup.

The HP P22H monitor has a 21.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution. Colors and details pop out more, allowing for a comfortable viewing experience. Plus, it has a three-sided micro-edge bezel to ensure that documents and contents stand out.

There’s also a plethora of ports available on the monitor. It comes with the standard HDMI and DisplayPort connector. Professionals who need to connect older devices may also do so with a VGA connector.

The stand out feature for this monitor though is its viewing configuration. HP P22H allows up to 100mm of adjustable height for optimal viewing. It can also swivel and tilt up to various degrees. Finally, professionals can pivot the whole monitor to 90 degrees — perfect for viewing long documents and spreadsheets.

HP’s newest business monitor is now available on Lazada for PhP 8,440 (US$ 170). All monitor purchases come with a standard three-year warranty for the buyers’ peace of mind.

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These Huawei and Honor phones will get EMUI 11

Is your phone listed?

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Huawei’s Android skin is called EMUI and its next iteration is coming later this year. Officially called EMUI 11, an image posted by Piunikaweb lists all the phones that’ll support the update. It also includes Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor.

Keep in mind, we’re going with the assumption that this list of devices includes phones from the first wave of the update. More devices could join the list soon in a phased manner.

  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30, Mate 30 RS Porsche Design.
  • Huawei Mate 20X & 20 Pro, Mate 20 RS Porsche Design.
  • Huawei Mate X.
  • Huawei P40 Pro & P40.
  • Huawei P30 Pro & P30.
  • Huawei Nova 6 5G.
  • Huawei Nova5T Pro & Nova 5T, Nova5z, Nova 5i Pro.
  • Huawei Mediapad M6.
  • Honor V30 Pro.
  • Honor V20.
  • Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20s, Honor 20 Youth Edition.
  • Honor 9X Pro.

The list covers pretty much all the phones launched by the two brands in the last year. However, we expect the second EMUI 11 wave to have more phones from the midrange and affordable segments.

Xiaomi’s MIUI directly competes against EMUI and it has a reputation of supporting as many devices as possible. With every brand having its own skin, these updates play a lucrative role in attracting buyers.

SEE ALSO:
Huawei Philippines smartphone price list
Huawei Singapore products price list

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4K streaming could be cheaper soon

Thanks to the H.266 format

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Watching 4K videos on YouTube or Netflix is taxing on mobile data, consuming about a gigabyte or more. But a new compression method could change 4K streaming soon.

Developed by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the H.266 / Versatile Video Coding format aims to bring a more efficient way of compressing and streaming videos digitally. This new standard is meant to replace two existing standards — the H.264/AVC and H.265 HEVC.

Compared to the two, H.266 can transmit 4K videos at a much lower file size. The institute says H.266 can transmit a 10-minute UHD video at only 5GB of data.

This is almost 50 percent more efficient than the most advanced video format in the market, H.265 HEVC. Right now, HEVC requires 10GB of data to transmit the same 10-minute UHD video. As such, consumers can expect cheaper 4K streams with the H.266 format.

For example, a 25-minute 4K video that clocks in at 4GB can be streamed at a much lower 2GB with the new format. This will drastically reduce data and bandwidth consumption for consumers and companies.

The new video format also tries to solve the patent royalty system that has long plagued H.264 and H.265. Right now, companies have to deal with the messy system of paying licenses and royalties just to include these formats to their apps and websites. H.266 does away with these licenses, promising a better deal than the old formats.

Support and availability

As of right now, support for H.266 is being worked on both the software and hardware level. According to the institute that developed the format, Media Coding Industry Format is working on chip designs that support the new format on a hardware level.

Meanwhile, the institute is working on an encoder and decoder software which will be released this autumn.

It is worth noting, however, that H.266/VVC is not the only format that promises to improve 4K streaming on devices. Most tech companies today are adopting AV1 alongside VP9. These two formats are developed by separate organizations.

Right now, these formats — along with the H.266 — promise a better way of streaming 4K that will ultimately benefit everyone.

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