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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.

India

The LG Wing gets a huge price cut, now available for $400

Offer available till stocks last

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Last week, LG announced it’ll entirely shut down its mobile division due to rising losses. It’ll stop making new phones, but existing inventory is up for grabs. It seems like the company is earnest about leaving the past behind and has announced a massive discount on the recently launched LG Wing.

The LG Wing has received a massive price cut of almost INR 40,000 (US$ 532). It was launched for INR 69,990 (US$ 931) in October 2020 but will now sell for INR 29,999 (US$ 400) via Flipkart. Only the 8GB+128GB option was launched in India.

While this may be surprising for readers from other markets, LG has previously introduced such radical discounts in India. Even the LG G8X, which launched for INR 70,000 (US$ 931), was soon available for INR 25,990 (US$ 345). It’s still in stock and available for a discounted price. In fact, you can exchange your old phone in return for further discounts of up to INR 16,500 (US$ 220).

LG Mobile intends to close down by July 31 completely. So, the time span available to grab existing inventory is short. Thankfully, a one-year warranty and five-year service for the LG Wing are mentioned, meaning LG intends to keep the spare and service supply chain active for a long time.

It has also confirmed that these recent phones shall receive active software updates for up to three years. So, if you’re thinking of grabbing a niche phone that looks unique, this is your chance.

If it helps, this writer purchased the LG G8X three months ago for a discounted price and it has turned out to be an extremely solid phone. The Dual Screen setup comes in very handy for Zoom calls, reading, and researching. We’re unlikely to see such radical or experimental ideas anytime soon since most companies are now focused on scaling, in turn, moving away from a niche market.

Read Also: The LG Wing 5G offers a new smartphone experience

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Health

Facebook will convert its California HQ into a vaccination site

Helping end the pandemic

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Facebook said it’s converting a part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination site, joining the government effort to speed up the US’s vaccination drive. The technology company is going out of its way to ensure citizens are jabbed as soon as possible, in turn, putting an end to the Coronavirus pandemic.

It’ll partner with the Ravenswood Family Health Center to turn part of its headquarters into a vaccination clinic for underserved communities. The company also said it’s partnering with California Governor Gavin Newsom and nonprofits to support pop-up clinics.

Facebook plans to arrange vaccine rides to and from Facebook’s campus. However, Facebook employees will be ineligible for the vaccination program. The new vaccination site is being made for under-served communities.

Recently, the social networking giant launched a tool that shows the nearest vaccination facilities to a user. Facebook is partnering with Boston Children’s Hospital, which runs the VaccineFinder.org website, to offer the tool that identifies places nearby to get the vaccine.

The adoption of vaccines is a point of contention for many due to a host of reasons — misinformation, lack of trust, poor supply chains, and more. Amid the pandemic, health regulators worldwide are urging citizens to get jabbed as soon as possible. Facebook has also launched a profile picture frame that says, “I got my COVID vaccine.”

“Now that many countries are moving towards vaccinations for all adults, we’re working on tools to make it easier for everyone to get vaccinated as well,” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, said in a blog post.

As part of the efforts, the Coronavirus Information Center will expand to Instagram, and the company soon expects to roll out a WhatsApp chatbot in association with local health authorities.

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Gaming

NEO: The World Ends with You is launching in July

On multiple platforms

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After announcing that NEO: The World Ends with You is indeed coming, Square Enix has now confirmed the game’s release date — July 27, 2021.

Square Enix also released additional details about the game including characters, locations, and team battle details.

The colorful cast of characters is lead by Rindo along with Fret, Nagi, Minamimoto, and Shiba. These characters will interact in a cartoonized version of Shibuya, Tokyo and their communication will be presented with a comic-esque look.

As you go around exploring the city streets and sounds, you will uncover the secret behind everything. As Rindo, you and your group of friends must break the fate handed to you by this deadly game.

Platforms, Pre-order bonus

NEO: The World Ends with You will be available on the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Nintendo Switch, and PC on the Epic Games Store.

The PS4 digital pre-order bonus includes an avatar set that can be used on the PlayStation Network profile.

The PS4 and Nintendo Switch digital early purchase bonus are five equippable items once used by the legendary Neku. These items are normally unavailable until you proceed considerably far in the story, so they will give you a leg up in the early days of the game. These are:

  • Legendary Headphones — Drastically increases item drop rates from enemies.
  • Legendary Tank Top — Greatly increases Attack.
  • Legendary Shorts — Shortens the duration the wearer is knocked down.
  • Legendary Sneakers — Increases movement speed during combat.
  • Legendary Music Player — Enormously increases HP.

Early purchase bonus for the physical version are:

  • Pin: UFO Rescue — Hold the button to slowly restore your team’s HP.
  • Threads: Virupaksa Hoodie — Greatly increases HP.
  • CD: Twister (Neo Mix) — Adds ‘Twister -NEO MIX-‘ as a main menu music option.
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