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Vivo V11 goes official with smaller notch and in-display scanner

Unheard of for a midrange phone

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Vivo‘s newest midrange phone is now official! After getting leaked for a few times, the Vivo V11 is now ready for primetime. The successor of the V9 comes in after just six months, but it brings big improvements to the table including an in-display fingerprint reader and a faster processor.

The Vivo V11 is built from the same design as the V9’s, and it’s practically a repackaged X21 UD. The first noticeable change on the V11 is the smaller notch. The new Halo FullView Display has a 91.27 percent screen-to-body ratio and it’s now a Super AMOLED panel measuring 6.41 inches.

The resolution remains at Full HD+ but the V11 will be the first in its range to have an in-display fingerprint reader. We first saw similar tech on Vivo’s early prototypes and current flagship phones like the NEX S.

In terms of power, the V11 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. That’s near-flagship specifications and a big jump from the V9.

Camera-wise, the V11 still has dual rear cameras and a selfie-centric front shooter. The 12- and 5-megapixel rear sensors will able to shoot low-light images with bokeh, while the 25-megapixel selfie camera will satisfy anyone’s vanity. Both the front and rear cameras have artificial intelligence and portrait mode.

Speaking of AI, the V11 now features Jovi, Vivo’s AI assistant. The phone boots Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Funtouch OS 4.5. Like before, the V11’s interface mimics iOS a lot which can either be good or bad depending on the user’s preference.

As for the battery, there’s a sealed 3400mAh battery inside that supports Dual-Engine Fast Charging — Vivo’s own fast charging technology.

The Vivo V11 is coming to key markets in Asia for less than US$ 350. It comes in two colors: Starry Night and Nebula.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X vs Vivo NEX: Camera shootout

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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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