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Xiaomi expands the Mi 11 series with Mi 11 Ultra, Lite

And many other products

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Xiaomi just went all out. In a massive global launch, the company unveiled a whole batch of new devices that we can all look forward to. The devices are (*take a deep breath) the Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i, Mi 11 Lite 5G, Mi 11 Lite, Mi Smart Band 6, and Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro.

That’s… a lot. Here’s a quick look at each one.

Mi 11 Ultra

The Mi 11 Ultra is the absolute best that the company has to offer right now in terms of smartphones. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset with a 6.81-inch WHQD+ AMOLED Quad-curved display. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, DCI-P3, and is reinforced by Gorillas Glass Victus.

On the front is a 20MP f/2.2 selfie camera. Flip it over and you’ll spot the main camera module that houses the 50MP f/1.85 main camera, 48MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle lens, and a 48MP f/4.1 telephoto lens that can go 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 120x digital zoom.

Unique to this model is the 1.1-inch AMOLED rear display that can function as a notification window, preview screen for selfies, and always-on display.

The device has a 5,000mAh battery with support for 67W Turbo charging, wireless turbo charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. It’s available in a 12GB +256GB variant. It retails for EUR 1,199.

Mi 11i

If you’re not into curved screens, then this is the one for you. It features a 6.67-inch flat AMOLED DotDisplay but with all the bells and whistles of the Mi 11. They share a similar battery capacity with the Mi 11i packing 4,520mAh with support for 33W fast charging.

They share a similar camera setup — 108MP main, 5MP telemacro, 20MP selfie — with the only difference being the ultra-wide angle lens. The Mi 11 has 13MP while the Mi 11i has 8MP.

It still carries the Snapdragon 888 chip so you don’t have to worry about performance and it will come in 8GB+128GB (EUR 649) and 8GB+256GB (EUR 699) variants.

Mi 11 Lite 5G and Mi 11 Lite

You can think of the Mi 11 Lite as the younger sibling of the group. Both phones have a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging, and a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10.

They also have the same camera setup: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The Mi 11 Lite 5G is powered by Snapdragon 780G and comes in the 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB variants starting at EUR 369. Meanwhile, the Mi 11 Lite is powered by Snapdragon 732G and comes in the 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB variants starting at EUR 299.

Mi Smart Band 6

Xiaomi’s most popular wearable line gets a refresh. It now sports a 1.56″ fullscreen AMOLED display. That’s 50 percent more screen than its predecessor. It has 30 workout types and has auto-detection for six common fitness activities.

Naturally, it also has health tracking functions like SpO2 measurement, heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking. It retails for EUR 44.99.

Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro

Probably the odd one in the bunch, the Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro offers a new way to experience entertainment. It offers 1080p HD picture quality, up to 13000 ANSI lumens high brightness, and HDR support.

The Projector also has built-in 10W speakers with DTS-HD and Dolby Audio. It runs on the Android TV system and has functions like Chromecast and Google Assistant. It retails for EUR 999.

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Huawei MateBook D 15 10th Gen: Price and availability in Singapore

The base MateBook for everyone

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MateBook D 15

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is a 15.6-inch ultra-slim laptop with FullView display and the 10th generation Intel Core processor is now in Singapore.

The 15-inch displayis 1920×1080 pixels, has IPS anti-glare, with 250 nits of brightness. This MateBook has a screen-to-body ratio of 87 percent and a viewing angle of 178 degrees as well.

Additionally, the top of the keyboard houses the 1mp recessed camera. To top it all off, Huawei Share is also supported by this variant making multitasking easier for the users. Simply connect your phone to the laptop vis Huawei Share and you’ll be ready to go.

Another favorite feature of the laptop is the fingerprint power button. The staple recessed camera allows Huawei to have more space to achieve the 87 percent screen-to-body ratio. The MateBook D 15 10th Gen Core i3 also has a smart assistant and a 4K video playback for the best experience.

Charging is also easy with its 65W USB Type C charger. Something you’ll only need towards the end of the day as this is made to last a work day.

Price and availability

The Huawei MateBook D 15 10th Gen Core i3 retails for SG$ 748.

It’s available at a launch offer of SG$ 698 on Shopee. This is possible by purchasing a SG$ 50 voucher for SG$1 from June 18-25 on the Shopee app. The SG$ 50 voucher can be applied upon checkout between June 26-30.

Customers may also purchase the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 from Lazada starting July 1.

Every purchase of the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 from the official online stores in Shopee and Lazada will entitle customers to a gift bundle worth SG$ 136 which includes a Huawei Bluetooth mouse and backpack, while stocks last.

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Honor 50 series launches with a radical design, Google apps support

The brand is back with a bang

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Honor was once part of the Huawei group but is now an independent brand. After more than a year of struggling with alternatives like AppGallery, the Chinese phone maker has finally launched the Honor 50 series with full Google apps support. It includes the Honor 50 Pro, Honor 50, and Honor 50 SE.

The Pro vs non-Pro option share the same processor and rear camera setup. But the Honor 50 Pro has a 6.7-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and DCI-P3 wide color gamut.

On the other hand, the Honor 50 gets a slightly smaller 6.5-inch OLED screen. Powering the two phones is a Snapdragon 778G processor with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage.

The rear sports a 108-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth-of-field camera. The Pro has a dual-front camera that consists of a 32-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens. The non-Pro gets a single 32-megapixel shooter.

The Honor 50 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery with 100W SuperCharge fast charging support. The non-Pro has a slightly larger battery at 4300mAh but supports 65W fast charging. The two phones feature an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication and run on Android 11-based Magic UI 4.2.

Lastly, the Honor 50 SE houses a 6.78-inch LCD screen with Full HD+ and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. It’s powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The phone has a triple rear camera setup with the same sensors as the other two phones excluding the depth sensor. Honor 50 SE has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a single 16-megapixel selfie camera, and a 4,000mAh battery with 66W fast charging support.

Honor 50 Pro:

8GB+256GB: CNY 3,699 (US$ 573)

12GB+256GB: CNY 3,999 (US$ 620)

Honor 50:

8GB+128GB: CNY 2,699 (US$ 420)

8GB+256GB: CNY 2,999 (US$ 465)

12GB+256GB: CNY 3,399 (US$ 530)

Honor 50 SE:

8GB+128GB: CNY 2,399 (US$ 372)

8GB+256GB: CNY 2,699 (US$ 420)

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Early build of next-gen Windows leaked to the public

Might end up as Windows 11

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It seems like that the next generation of Windows can’t come soon enough. Just recently, an early build of the OS leaked to the public, containing many UI and under-the-hood changes that have been speculated for months.

A lot of publications covering this next-gen Windows have already published their hands-on with the leaked build. The most apparent changes to the next-gen Windows are the ones people will see every day. The taskbar, for a start, is now centered by default, although it can be set to align left in the settings. It also includes new icons for the Start button, search button, and Task View.

The Start menu is radically different too, and it is the same one found on the cancelled Windows 10X. There’s a new button that sits on the taskbar by the way. This toggles the widget panel which is also new for the next-gen Windows. Meanwhile, the Task View gets a revamp. Along with this revamp comes a new window snapping experience — users can now snap according to different configurations.

Overall, the leaked build feature a lot of rounded corners. Microsoft is really gunning for a modern look with their next-gen Windows. Also, gone are the days of straight corners in context menus and buttons. It is worth noting that since this is an early build, some UI elements are still inconsistent with the overall design refresh. The bundled apps, for example, seem to be unchanged though the File Explorer has newer file icons.

There’s a lot more changes coming to the next-gen Windows, though. The out-of-the-box setup experience, for example, is new. And apparently, there’s a new start-up sound to boot too.

Windows 11 is here

One of the biggest things to come out of the build, however, is a direct confirmation that the next-gen Windows will simply be called Windows 11. The teasers for the next-gen Windows posted by Microsoft first hinted about this. Now, the builds directly confirm that indeed, Windows 11 is that next-gen Windows.

To make matters more interesting, Microsoft seemed to acknowledge the leaked build, teasing that there’s more to come:

There’s definitely more to come with the next-gen Windows, and it is definitely interesting what it will look like when Microsoft announces it on June 24. That said, ordinary users shouldn’t wait too long to see the evolution of the beloved OS that has been around for more than a decade.

Source: The Verge, Windows Central

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