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Vkworld Mix Plus looks like Xiaomi Mi Mix, costs only $100

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Vkworld may not be a household name, but the brand could make its mark with the newly launched Mix Plus, which follows this year’s hottest smartphone trend of trimming bezels — only this time, it costs just US$ 100.

Truth be told, it looks like a carbon copy of Xiaomi’s pioneering Mi Mix, except the Mix Plus retails for a fraction of the original’s price. Although some sacrifices obviously had to be made, this phone is surprisingly capable.

For one, its screen has a more manageable 5.5-inch size. The panel is a legit IPS LCD for great viewing angles, but with a resolution of only 1280 x 720 pixels, it isn’t that sharp.

And then we have the processor, which is a low-end MediaTek MT6737 chip. It’s the primary reason why Vkworld was able to bring the Mix Plus to such a low price and it won’t get you far in terms of performance, but the 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage should alleviate the possible hiccups.

The battery is also on the tiny side with a capacity of only 2850mAh. With a display this large, we’re uncertain if the Mix Plus can last more than a day on a single charge.

To our delight, there’s a fingerprint reader right below the 13-megapixel rear camera. That’s something you wouldn’t expect from a handset this cheap. A fairly high-resolution 8-megapixel selfie camera is also present on the front’s bottom bezel.

And in case you’re wondering: Yes, it runs on Android — Nougat to be precise. Based on the sample videos and screenshots, it appears to be a pure version of the operating system.

At its lowest, the Mix Plus retailed for US$ 100 on GearBest.com. Right now, you can purchase it for US$ 109 before it goes back to its original value of US$ 140, which is still a fairly good deal for its looks alone.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi MIX Review: 6 Months Later

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OPPO Find X will have the highest screen-to-body ratio in smartphones

Even higher than the Vivo NEX!

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OPPO is all set to announce their latest smartphone. We’re only a day away from the official unveiling of the Chinese company’s newest device, but OPPO just can’t hide its excitement about the phone’s main feature.

The OPPO Find X will be announced at The Louvre in Paris, France on June 19. The location alone already signals that it’ll be grand and that OPPO wants to make a mark in the European market. The Find X should be a premium device in order for the company to entice more international consumers just like what Huawei is doing in the EU region. What does the Find X have that others don’t? A true borderless display.

Just like the NEX phones from Vivo, the Find X will have a high screen-to-body ratio. OPPO teases that it has the highest at 93.8 percent which beats the Vivo NEX’s 91.24 percent. The company even calls it a “Futuristic Flagship phone” and we’re already excited to see (and confirm) it in person.

The phone is expected to have the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, great cameras, and speedy VOOC charging technology.

Via: Twitter (@bang_gogo_)

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Bloo Vision is a non-invasive way to help your child’s lazy eye

As easy as playing a game!

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What if I told you that you could help cure your child’s lazy eye by having him play games? One startup aims to cure vision impairment in children, one tablet at a time.

Bloo offers a non-invasive solution to the lazy eye through tech. It’s simple: Their devices use binocular training and gameplay to make sure that kids have fun in the process.

Just how does this all work?  It starts with eyewear and a tablet, plus a game to play on said tablet.

These unassuming shades are custom-made. At first wear, they seem like normal glasses, but a quick look at the seemingly blank tablet will show you that they aren’t.

Playing games on this tablet with glasses custom-fitted to your child’s condition trains the eyes. By making sure that both eyes are utilized, your child’s eyes will be trained to fully function. This is similar to already-existing binocular training already being done, except there are no cumbersome eye patches, there are fun games to play, and you get to do it at your own time.

You can check out Bloo here.

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Toyota makes $1 billion investment in Grab

The ride-sharing company hopes to expand operations through the partnership

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Japanese car company Toyota Motor Corporation announced its US$ 1 billion investment plan for the ride-sharing app Grab last Wednesday. Toyota’s investment aims to improve Grab’s operations in Southeast Asia, particularly towards the app’s new features in GrabFood, GrabExpress, and GrabPay.

Grab officials stated that the investment improves their relationship with Toyota and provides better business solutions, as well. Both companies will look into new strategies towards vehicular mobility in Southeast Asia and better “online-to-offline services.” The investment also ensures that an executive from Toyota will be appointed in Grab’s board of directors, and a team member will be an executive officer in Grab.

The investment will also allow Toyota to integrate its services for driver insurance and maintenance. This means that Grab will provide incentives for its drivers to drive safely and to know when to have their vehicles checked. The two companies are also looking into the possibility of autonomous driving, although no plans have been made yet.

This is not the first time Toyota has provided financial support for the Singapore-based ride-sharing company. A year ago, Toyota funded Grab through its Next Technology Fund — an investment fund for artificial intelligence-based startups. The fund gave Toyota an opportunity to optimize the use of their cars for Grab’s services.

Source: TechCrunch

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