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Xiaomi shows off foldable phone prototype

2019 will be the year of foldable phones

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Xiaomi seems to be cooking up a lot of amazing technologies. After teasing their next-gen in-display fingerprint reader, the Chinese tech company now confirms that they have a working prototype of a foldable phone. 2019 is slowly shaping up to be the year of foldable devices.

In a tweet this afternoon, Xiaomi’s Global Spokesperson and Director of Product Management Donovan Sung showed off a “very special prototype” in a short video featuring the company’s President and Co-founder Bin Lin.


Before everything else, here’s the video:

The prototype device is obviously running MIUI. At first, it appears to be a bezel-less tablet like a next-generation Mi Pad. After scrolling for a bit, the tablet then becomes a sleek phone by folding both sides to the back. Now in phone mode, the device looks like a handset with curved displays.

No other details have been shared regarding the foldable phone. It’s also unclear if the device has a camera or speakers, but it’s nice to see a working prototype.

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The approach is somehow different from Samsung’s. With a single foldable display, Xiaomi might have an edge in delivering the foldable phone at a lower price point. Whatever the case is, it’ll be an exciting year for mobile devices.

Xiaomi is already asking their fans what the name of the foldable phone lineup should be. While it’s too early to say if Xiaomi is launching a final product anytime soon, they might showcase what they have at MWC 2019 in February.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi teases next-gen under-display fingerprint scanning

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OPPO makes Reno 10x Zoom official in Europe

OPPO’s new product series

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After launching in China and the Middle East, OPPO is ready to take its new flagship device to Europe.

Earlier this month, OPPO unveiled the Reno in China, a new product line that’s meant to embody the Chinese company’s creative vision. The OPPO Reno comes in two variants: the standard model and 10x Zoom.


The standard model is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor and has a dual-camera setup, while the flagship 10x Zoom sports the latest Snapdragon 855 and a triple camera setup, including the periscopic telephoto lens where the phone derives its name.

Both Reno variants will be available in two colors: a matte Ocean Green, and glossy Jet Black.

Qualcomm, Swisscom, and OPPO also announced its commitment to bringing 5G connectivity in Switzerland.

OPPO Reno will be available on May 10 and will retail for EUR 499. The 10x Zoom model will go on sale in June for EUR 799, while the 5G model for EUR 899 and in Switzerland, CHF 999 sometime in May as well.

 

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Xiaomi launches selfie-focused Redmi Y3 with 32MP front camera

Capturing selfies like a pro

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After launching the highly anticipated Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi is back with another successor. Following the success of Redmi Y2 in India, the brand has launched the Redmi Y3 today in India.

The phone features an upgraded front camera setup, improved design, and a more powerful processor. Xiaomi has been fairly vocal about its offering and even compared the phone’s front camera with midrange contenders like the Vivo V15 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30.


In a nutshell, the phone is built for selfie lovers. The front has a dot-notch design and houses the front camera. It’s a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with a significantly large sensor to capture more details. 4-in-1 pixel technology merges the four pixels into one, bringing in better details even in low-light.

In terms of software, the camera app now comes with Beautify 4.0, smart HDR, as well as auto scene recognition. For group selfies, the field of view has been bumped to 80 degrees.

The rear has a 12- and 2-megapixel dual camera setup for portrait pictures. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the back and the phone also supports face unlock.

The front has a 6.26-inch HD+ display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In line with the Redmi Note 7 Pro design, even the Redmi Y3 has a gradient back, but with a plastic build.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 632 processor along with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery which can deliver up to 40 hours of talk time. For added comfort, the ports and buttons of the phone are sealed and can offer basic splash protection.

The Redmi Y3 starts at INR 9,999 (US$ 143) with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option costs INR 11,999 (US$ 172). It will be available for purchase starting April 30 via Redmi.com, Mi Home Stores, and Amazon.

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ASUS has new ROG Zephyrus laptops with GTX Turing, 9th-gen Core i7

More new gaming laptops from ASUS

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Aside from the new Strix notebooks, ASUS‘ popular ROG line of gaming notebooks also has new Zephyrus models. Complete with the latest GTX Turing graphics and 9th-gen Intel Core processors, you have three powerful laptops to choose from.

First is the ROG Zephyrus G which is one of the subtle gaming laptops in the ROG family. How so? This ROG notebook lets go of the flashy RGB backlighting and only has a simple white backlit keyboard. Also, it’s overall design is more subdued than other gaming laptops in the market.


Don’t mistake it to be a run-of-the-mill gaming laptop though; the Zephyrus G sports the new AMD Ryzen 7-3750H processor and NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. It also has a 15-inch 120Hz IPS display with narrow bezels. The notebook can support up to 24GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB SSD. ASUS promises seven hours of battery life; that is if you’re just browsing the web.

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Next in line are the updated ROG Zephyrus S and ROG Zephyrus M models. Both ROG notebooks practically share the same chassis with 15-inch displays, but with minor differences in specs.

The top-of-the-line Zephyrus S comes with the latest 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics, plus it has ROG Boost for better performance. It even comes with a GPU switch to save battery life when G-Sync is not needed. Speaking of the display, it features a Pantone Validated panel with an insanely fast 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.

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The Zephyrus M, on the other hand, is a toned-down version with NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. Since this one doesn’t need much power to supply its internals, it can be charged through USB-C when needed. It’ll also come with a new 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with dual M.2 NVMe SSD slots.

Unfortunately, ASUS has yet to disclose the official prices of these notebooks. They’ll be available where ROG notebooks are distributed soon.

SEE ALSO: ASUS unleashes new ROG Strix with GTX Turing graphics, enhanced RGB lighting

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