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The Moto M is real, launches in China

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So it seems like all the rumors matched the actual events: The midrange Moto M launched in China on November 8, and it looks just like it did in the leaked photos.

No surprises here, but it’s still strange to see a Moto product exclusive to China. There’s no doubt that Lenovo is gradually modifying its sub-brand’s image to favor its home market.

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Take a look at the modified Android user interface

Don’t get us wrong; we’re not complaining about the Moto M’s release. It strategically fits between the lower-end Moto G and flagship Z series. There’s no support for Moto Mods, but you can purchase the handset for only CNY 1999, which equates to $295.

As expected, the new midranger departs from Moto’s usual design language. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back for the first time, and the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system isn’t stock, opting instead for an app drawer-less interface similar to every other Chinese smartphone look.

What you get in exchange is a full-metal unibody and minor water resistance — neither of which is enough to protect the phone from long drops or dips underwater. The screen specs are a standard affair: 5.5 inches in size and Full HD in resolution.

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The fingerprint sensor is located at the back — a first for Moto

More emphasis is placed on the MediaTek Helio P15 chipset, which is fresh off its recent unveiling. It’s not that powerful, but when paired with the 4GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage, processing will be very efficient.

Rounding up the specs is a 3050mAh battery that’s enough for a full day’s use, as well as a 16-megapixel rear camera with an advanced focusing mechanism and a regular 8-megapixel shooter in front.

Nothing really stands out for the Moto M; nothing fortifies it as an innovative Moto product or even an attractive deal. If you must have one, it’ll go on sale in China beginning tomorrow, November 11, with color choices being plain gold or silver.

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Xiaomi partners up with Alita: Battle Angel for a transparent Mi 9

This used to be the ‘Pro’ variant

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The launch of the Mi 9 from Xiaomi is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we’ll just wait for the official announcement. We’ve heard rumors about a Mi 9 model with a transparent back like the Mi 8 Pro from last year. Well, the rumors are true and it’s more special than before.

An official teaser for the special edition Mi 9 appeared online today and it brings the blockbuster film Alita: Battle Angel to the picture. Xiaomi partnered up with the film to present the Mi 9: Battle Angel.

Check out the action-packed promotional video below:

The teaser shows the main features of the transparent Mi 9: triple rear cameras, a Snapdragon processor (which is already confirmed), and wireless charging.

Since the Mi 9: Battle Angel will have a transparent back like the Mi 8 Pro’s, it also has a window to its awesome-looking circuit board, but it’s likely not the actual thing. What’s more interesting is the visible wireless charging coil right in the middle of the battery.

The phone will be launched alongside the other Mi 9 variants on February 20. Essentially, the Mi 9: Battle Angel model will be a marketing ploy in China since the movie will hit the theaters in the region two days after the launch.

Price-wise, the phone is rumored to cost CNY 5,999 or roughly US$ 885.

SEE ALSO: What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

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TNC Predator, Afreeca Freecs Fatal win Predator League APAC 2019

For Dota 2 and PUBG, respectively

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After three long days of battle in Bangkok, Thailand from February 15 to 17, two champions have emerged from the two featured games of the Predator League in Asia Pacific 2019.

For Dota 2, it’s TNC Predator from the Philippines; and for PUBG, the champ is none other than Afreeca Freecs Fatal from South Korea.

Their winnings come from a prize pool worth US$ 250,000. Each champion receives US$ 75,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up split the remaining pot.

The grand event concluded after over 3,500 competing teams from 16 countries were eventually reduced to only 26 groups in Bangkok for the finals.

This was the Predator League’s second event in the APAC region. In 2018, it was held in Indonesia. Next year’s event will take place in the Philippines.

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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

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After Canon‘s announcement of the new EOS RP, it’s now Fujifilm‘s turn to present their latest offering: the X-T30. Fuji’s new mirrorless interchangeable camera is the successor to 2017’s X-T20.

The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.

Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.

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Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.

It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.

When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

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