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MIUI 9 will come to 40 Xiaomi devices

Even six-year-old phones will get the update!

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It’s a stretch to think your smartphone will receive firmware updates two years after its original launch, but Xiaomi is taking it to another level by providing its latest MIUI 9 software to 40 of its devices both new and old.

While it’s expected for phones like the Mi Mix 2 to be first in line for the update (in fact, it already arrived for the flagship), it’s amazing that something as old as the Mi 2 from 2012 will get MIUI 9, as well.

Take note, however, that MIUI 9 is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and not the newer Oreo build. This shouldn’t matter to Xiaomi users though, since MIUI strips most of what stock Android looks like and forms its own optimized interface.

Naturally, the newly released Android One-based Mi A1 isn’t part of the list, and remains to be the only Xiaomi phone free of the MIUI skin.

Here’s the full lineup:

  1. Mi Mix 2
  2. Mi Mix
  3. Mi 6
  4. Mi 5
  5. Mi 5S
  6. Mi 5S Plus
  7. Mi 5C
  8. Mi 5X
  9. Mi 4
  10. Mi 4S
  11. Mi 4C
  12. Mi 3
  13. Mi 2
  14. Mi 2S
  15. Mi Note 3
  16. Mi Note 2
  17. Mi Note
  18. Mi Max 2
  19. Mi Max
  20. Mi Pad 3
  21. Mi Pad 2
  22. Mi Pad
  23. Redmi Pro
  24. Redmi Note 5A
  25. Redmi Note 4
  26. Redmi Note 4X
  27. Redmi Note 3
  28. Redmi Note 2
  29. Redmi Note
  30. Redmi 5
  31. Redmi 5 Plus
  32. Redmi 5A
  33. Redmi 4
  34. Redmi 4X
  35. Redmi 4A
  36. Redmi 3S
  37. Redmi 3X
  38. Redmi 2
  39. Redmi 2A
  40. Redmi 1S

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Vivo V15 Pro is a midrange phone trying to redefine mobile photography

Can it actually replace a DSLR?

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Vivo launched a lot of phones last year, each having a unique feature like a pop-up camera or in-display fingerprint scanner. While the industry usually tried to avoid moving parts in a phone, Vivo turned it around into a feature. With the V15 Pro, the brand wants to establish supremacy in the midrange segment by offering flagship innovation at a competitive price.

The phone has been launched in India today and retails for INR 28,990 or roughly US$ 410. It is available via all major retailers and online sellers starting today.

On the front, the V15 Pro has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display. Thanks to the elimination of a notch, it has a 91.6 percent screen-to-body ratio and smaller bezels. The front camera is located in an elevating module that pops up automatically when required.

The rear gets a gradient design and a massive triple camera array. The array includes a 48-megapixel primary lens, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The primary sensor can capture an insane amount of detail and to improve performance further, four pixels can be merged into one, creating a 12-megapixel high-quality picture.

The elevating module houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Vivo has added a ton of new filters in the camera app and modes like AI Beauty, AI Portrait, and AI Super Night to ensure better output. For authentication, the phone uses a combination of face unlock and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor coupled with 8GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage. It has a 3700mAh battery which supports Dual Engine fast charging. The V15 Pro also has a dedicated button to summon smart assistants like Google Assistant and Vivo’s Jovi.

Lastly, the phone ships with Android 9 Pie-based Funtouch OS and includes new features like Game Mode 5.0.

SEE ALSO: Vivo now has its own smartphone sub-brand named iQOO

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Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

Coming soon to budget phones near you!

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Since the birth of the smartphone industry, processors have always fought in an unending arms race. It’s all about power. In this industry, the fastest processor wins.

Recently, the industry properly established market segmentation. Now, processors have leaders in flagship, midrange, and budget segments. However, the industry was still in the arms race, regardless of segmentation.

Despite this trend, Qualcomm has announced a surprising decision. Instead of pursuing the fastest, the chip maker will instead focus on the bottom of the barrel.

Currently, the Snapdragon 200 series populates the company’s entry-level market. However, fiercer competition has edged out the series in this segment. Right now, MediaTek has captured more entry-level phones than Qualcomm.

With this, Qualcomm is testing a new series outside of the iconic Snapdragon lineup. The Qualcomm QM215 will focus on smartphones within the Android Go program. As such, the new chip will offer incredibly budget-friendly options for consumers.

According to a German source, the planned product is a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, coupled with a 650MHz GPU. Prototype devices are touting LCD screens (1440 x 720 resolution), up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, and up to 16GB of internal storage. According to the same source, a “well-known smartphone maker” is already developing a device with the new chip. Likewise, component makers have already created fingerprint readers tailored for the chip. With its currently rumored specs, the chipset matches performance from the Snapdragon 400 series.

Right now, the product is likely in its early stages. The Qualcomm QM215 might even ultimately add to the Snapdragon 200 series after all. If anything, expect a lot more movement from Qualcomm in the entry-level market in the future.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

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Huawei P30 series will officially be revealed on March 26

In Paris once again

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On March 26, Huawei plans to “rewrite the rules.”

That’s because that’ll be the date for the flagship P30’s launch, which is happening exactly one year after the Huawei P20’s unveiling. Paris, France will once again be the venue.

Here’s the short teaser being spread on social media:

Little is known about the P30 and what it’s going to offer. Early leaks say that the Pro model might have four cameras on the rear as an upgrade to the predecessor’s three.

Other reports suggest that the P30 lineup will sport a notch with a curved display, similar to what the Mate 20 Pro has. All we can say for sure is that the primary P30 variants will utilize the high-end Kirin 980 chipset.

With Mobile World Congress happening soon, it’ll be up to Huawei to sustain the smartphone market’s hype come March.

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