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Xiaomi Mi 10 series goes official with 5G support and flagship specs

Xiaomi’s going all in

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Xiaomi has launched the new Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro at an event in China. The new flagships have only been launched in China but the company was expected to launch them globally in Barcelona, Spain on Feb 23, one day before MWC 2020 was scheduled to begin.

However, after the cancellation of the tech convention, there’s no certainty about the Xiaomi launch event. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, however, the phones were launched at an online-only event.

Both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro feature 6.67-inch OLED displays with a 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865 processors, and up to 12GB of RAM. The duo also sports a 108-megapixel primary lens.

The Mi 10 has a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. The Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, houses a 12-megapixel lens for portraits, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 10x hybrid zoom, and a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens.

The cameras will be capable of shooting 8K videos. The front camera that is housed in a punch-hole is a 20-megapixel unit. During the launch event, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi 10 Pro managed to score 124 in the DxOMark testing. Additionally, while both feature a 108-megapixel main rear-facing camera, the one in the Mi 10 Pro has an 8P lens.

The Mi 10 houses a 4780mAh unit with 30W fast charging. The Mi 10 Pro comes with a slightly smaller battery with 4500mAh capacity. When it comes to connectivity, the Mi 10 series phones support the latest Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, as well as dual-mode 5G.

The Mi 10 starts at a price of CNY 3,999 (US$ 572) for the 8GB+128GB version, CNY 4,299 (US$ 615) for the 8GB+256GB option, and CNY 4,699 (US$ 672) for 12GB+256GB variant.

The Mi 10 Pro starts at CNY 4,999 (US$ 715) for the 8GB+256GB option and CNY 5,499 (US$ 786) for the 12GB+256GB variant. The top of the line variant with 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage is available for 5,999 (US$ 858).

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TikTok is suing Trump

Citing violation of free speech and due process

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Late last week, President Donald Trump issued a final directive against TikTok’s Chinese operations in the United States. Starting late Sunday, Apple and Google will forcibly pull the popular platform out of their respective app stores. TikTok doesn’t have much recourse. To stave off the potential shutdown, TikTok is suing Trump.

Reported by The Wall Street Journal, ByteDance filed an eleventh-hour lawsuit against the administration for violating the right to free speech. Further, the company claims the lack of due process in the impending ban.

Over the past two months, Trump fired off a vicious crusade against TikTok. Back in August, his administration issued a deadline for the platform to either leave the country or find an American buyer.

Since then, Oracle has emerged as the winner for TikTok’s US operations. Over the weekend, Trump has also “given the deal [his] blessing,” as reported by Reuters. With the deal, Oracle will create a new corporation, named TikTok Global, for the platform’s US operations. The upcoming company will recruit American directors and a security consultant on the board.

That said, TikTok’s fate is still up in the air. Whereas TikTok’s strategy will delay the ban, Trump’s erratic moves will force the platform to quickly shift to American control. More news will likely surface after the weekend.

SEE ALSO: China would rather shut TikTok down than sell it

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Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!

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Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera

Accessed a camera without permission

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The world of social media is rapidly sinking into a period of reckoning. Earlier today, the Trump administration has announced a definitive takedown of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday. Apparently, American social media platforms can’t catch a break as well. In the United States, Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera.

Reported by Bloomberg, a New Jersey Instagram user, Brittany Conditi, filed the complaint against the company in a San Francisco court. According to the lawsuit, Instagram accesses an iPhone’s camera even when the app isn’t currently active.

Conditi argues that the practice is deliberate and “lucrative” for the company. Instagram allegedly uses the obtained data for “valuable insights and market research.”

According to Facebook (who owns Instagram), the issue is a bug and does not indicate any deliberate attempts to spy on users. The company has also said that the bug is now patched in the latest version.

Regardless, Facebook and Apple have butted heads in the past. Since the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has upped its efforts to curb any untoward privacy violations from apps. Even without the current allegations, Facebook’s concern (or lack thereof) for privacy is well documented.

Currently, Facebook and Instagram are in a race to catch up with TikTok in the short-form video-sharing trend. Instagram, for one, recently launched Instagram Reels, its own take on TikTok.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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