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Xiaomi Mi 5s and 5s Plus set to challenge iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

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Another Xiaomi launch, another pair of Apple clones. This isn’t to say the Chinese brand’s newest flagships aren’t any good; in fact, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and 5s Plus are up there with the very best, and they don’t cost a fortune.

Despite having a little “s” attached to their names, the pair of smartphones are significant upgrades over the original Mi 5 launched last February. Back then, we compared Xiaomi’s flagship at that time to the Samsung Galaxy S7. Now, the similarities are closer to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Even the promotional image below screams copycat.


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Compare the Xiaomi Mi 5s promotional image above with the iPhone 7’s below

The signs are all there: a completely metal unibody construction for both the 5.15-inch Mi 5s and 5.7-inch Mi 5s Plus, the usual iPhone-like MIUI Android interface, and some features taken straight out of Apple’s playbook. Let’s look into them now.

The highest-end Mi 5s, which is the 4GB RAM with 128GB internal storage configuration, has a pressure-sensitive display, similar to what Apple applied on its last two iPhone generations. It’s definitely a bonus if you want expanded interactivity with your apps’ options, but if it goes down the same path as the iPhones, then third-party support might be limited for a while. Huawei did it first on Android with its Mate S handset last year, yet there has barely been any backing from software developers since then.

What’s unique to the Mi 5s — and this isn’t even available on the larger Mi 5s Plus — is the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner powered by Qualcomm’s Sense ID. It may sound needless with regular sensors already being blazing fast, but this type is a lot more secure thanks to its added accuracy, plus it can work through wet hands and may be placed under the handset’s glass panel. We had a chance to try it ourselves and we must say, it really is the best fingerprint-scanning technology out there, and we’re glad Xiaomi finally managed to incorporate it.

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The specs are expected of a newly launched flagship: We have Qualcomm’s best processor in the Snapdragon 821, a 12-megapixel shooter at the back with a 4-megapixel one up front, and an acceptable 3200mAh battery capacity.

The 4GB memory with 128GB storage model we mentioned earlier will retail at RMB 2299 (almost $345), and the 3GB memory with 64GB storage version will go for RMB 1999 (slightly above $299). Colors offered are silver, gray, gold, and rose gold, with availability beginning on September 29 in China.

Surprisingly, the Mi 5s Plus doesn’t just lack the high-tech fingerprint scanner of its smaller sibling (although, there’s a regular one at the back), it also doesn’t offer a pressure-sensitive display. Instead, the 5.7-inch phablet opts for a 13-megapixel dual-camera setup, very similar to Huawei’s implementation on the P9; one image sensor captures in monochrome, while the other in full color. Image detail will be a lot sharper thanks to the combined effort of two lenses, which is far better than Xiaomi’s previous attempt.

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Other advantages of the Mi 5s Plus are the larger 3800mAh battery, bigger display (it maxes out at 1920 x 1080 pixels like the more compact Mi 5s, though), and the choice of having 6GB of RAM. The processor is the same as the chip found in the Mi 5s, and both phones have Quick Charge 3.0-enabled USB Type-C ports. As you can tell, the Plus variant may not be as innovative as the Mi 5s, but it definitely has more multimedia muscle in its circuits.

Its cheapest configuration, which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, costs as much as the top-end Mi 5s at RMB 2299 ($345). The model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage isn’t much of a jump in price, and seems like a more worthwhile purchase; you can buy one for only RMB 2599 ($390). Colors options and availability are the same as that of the Mi 5s.

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Samsung’s Android 10 roadmap leaked

Compatible devices include 2018 smartphones onward

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Even from its early days, Samsung has always championed Android. Naturally, you should expect consistent Android updates well into your Samsung phone’s lifecycle. Unfortunately, Samsung’s Android support cycle is getting smaller. The company has recently leaked its upgrade roadmap for the Android 10, thanks to AndroidPure.

As expected, Samsung is upgrading a lot of devices. From the main flagship lines, smartphones released in 2018 and onwards will receive the update. The Galaxy S series includes the Galaxy S9, S9+, 10, 10+, and 10e. Meanwhile the Galaxy Note series will include the Note 9, Note 10, and Note 10+.


Meanwhile, the midrange segments will enjoy a lot more inclusion. The Galaxy M series includes the M10, M20, M30, M30s, and M40. The Galaxy J line includes the J3 2018, J4, J4+, J5 2018, J6, J6+, J7 2018, J7 Duo, and J8. The massive Galaxy A line will include the A6, A6+, A7, A8, A8 Star Lite, A9, A9 Star Lite, A9 Pro 2019, A10, A10s, A10e, A20, A20e, A30, A30s, A40, A50, A60, A70, A80, and A90 5G.

Finally, Samsung’s tablets will also receive the update. The Galaxy Tab A 2018, Tab A 2019, Tab S4, and Tab S5e will all get Android 10.

Notably, the company’s flagship lines are curiously missing a few pieces. Samsung’s 2017 launches are not included — the S8 and the Note 8 series. Strangely, 2017’s Galaxy A7, a lower-tier phone, will still receive the update.

Likewise, Huawei is on the same boat. Their current roadmap includes only smartphones released during 2018 and onwards.

The smaller inclusion pales in comparison to the latest competition, the iOS 13. Apple’s latest OS includes more older models compared to Android.

Unfortunately, Samsung’s roadmap does not include a timeframe. We don’t know when the Android 10 update will drop, only that it will at some point in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung might fuse the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one series

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Singapore’s first iPhone 11 buyer is a 17-year-old

He bought an iPhone 11 Max Pro

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It’s a familiar sight. People lining up right outside the Apple Store waiting to get their hands on the latest iPhone. Today, the iPhone 11 is now available in Singapore and first in line is a 17-year-old from Malaysia.

His name is Aidid. He went to Singapore along with his sister to get their hands on the latest iPhones. Little did he know, he would be the first one in line. Aidid recorded the experience on Instagram. Here’s a quick look at when the doors opened.


 

Aided went all in. He bought a Space Grey iPhone 11 Pro Max for himself but he didn’t stop there. He also purchased a black iPhone 11 and an Apple Watch Series 5.

Best cameras on an iPhone to date

One of the biggest improvements on the iPhone 11 family are the cameras. The pro versions sport a triple camera setup: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto. With the three new perspectives come improved overall image quality. It promises to produce better portraits and better low-light shots with Night Mode. The next-generation Smart HDR will help a lot in improving lighting. Apple says it will intelligently relight a scene to produce a more natural-looking image with greater detail.

The iPhone 11 family is also equipped with the A13 bionic chip. It’s not only smarter and faster, it’s also more power efficient.

Pricing and availability

The new iPhones are now available in Singapore. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models in midnight green, space grey, silver and gold starting at SG$ 1,649 and SG $1,799, respectively.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in purple, green, yellow, black, white and PRODUCT(RED) starting at S$1,149. The Apple Watch Series 5 is also up for grabs and starts at SG$ 599.

Apple Event: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be out early 2020

Epic fights and interesting side quests to come!

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If Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ wasn’t hyped up enough for you, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot might be what your missing.

This isn’t just about epic fights that Dragon Ball FighterZ blew up and is now know for. If you haven’t known, this time, you get to try exploring what used to just be a backdrop. The game allows you to play through most of Goku’s life. It’s an action role-playing game that lets you immerse yourself in Goku’s story as you progress further into the plot.


If you don’t find the appeal in playing out Goku’s life, you might want to reconsider. The game looks pretty cool and the views can be stunning when you’re flying in third-person perspective. When fights break out, it’s a whole different story.

The perspective shifts to an over-the-shoulder fighting game. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot looks to be an interesting addition, drifting away from just letting us play hyped up fighting scenes. The game also lets you roam, mine, fish, and complete side quests.  

The game is going to be based off the anime. If you’re a huge fan of the anime, this is your shot to play it out in whole new immersive perspective.

When the heck is this game getting released? Luckily, it isn’t too far from being released. Bandai Namco just announced that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming out on the 17th of January 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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