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Xiaomi Mi 6 has Galaxy S8’s power, iPhone’s dual-camera

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Xiaomi has done it again; its Mi 6 flagship smartphone takes the best features of today’s hottest handsets, mashes them into a sleek design, and sells it at a fraction of the others’ cost.

The thing is, Xiaomi isn’t even shy about copying its rivals. Just look at one of its official marketing materials from the official website:

That image is referring to the Mi 6’s use of two main cameras, one 12-megapixel camera for regular wide-angle shots and another 12-megapixel shooter for zoomed in photos just like — you guessed it — the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s admittedly a great setup, and something we appreciated on phones like the ZenFone 3 Zoom, as well.

As for the processor, it’s a Snapdragon 835, the same chip found in Samsung’s Galaxy S8, which was the first to launch with it. We detailed its best features when Qualcomm first announced it, but in a nutshell, it’s way ahead of the pack in terms of performance and efficiency thanks to a new fabrication, and you’ll want this in your next smartphone as much as possible.

The rest of the specs are just as impressive: 6GB of memory by default, a choice between 64GB and 128GB of internal storage, and a splendidly sized 3350mAh battery sandwiched between the 5.15-inch Full HD LCD in front and curved glass back. The only glaring omission is the 3.5mm audio port, which is odd considering how this isn’t exactly a razor-thin phone like the Moto Z. Just another case of Apple copying, perhaps?

In exchange for the lost port, we’re treated to stereo loudspeakers, splash resistance, and a well-aligned design Xiaomi appears to be so proud of. If you look closely at the promotional images, the slots and ports are symmetrical from top to bottom, side to side. No doubt it’s a good-looking gadget, but we’ll leave the final judgement to when we get it in our hands.

Now, for the best part: The Mi 6 will retail for a starting price of CNY 2,499 (a little over $360). That’s for the 64GB storage version. If you want the 128GB variant, you’ll have to fork over CNY 2,899 (about $420). And if you really want to treat yourself, there’s a ceramic black version with 128GB of storage priced at CNY 2,999 ($435).

These are very competitive prices for a phone that’s likely faster than any other handset available right now. We just have to hope Xiaomi will ship this beauty outside of China, and without added tax that may otherwise ruin such a great deal.

SEE ALSO: One month with Xiaomi’s Yuemi mechanical keyboard

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Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

Coming soon to budget phones near you!

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Since the birth of the smartphone industry, processors have always fought in an unending arms race. It’s all about power. In this industry, the fastest processor wins.

Recently, the industry properly established market segmentation. Now, processors have leaders in flagship, midrange, and budget segments. However, the industry was still in the arms race, regardless of segmentation.

Despite this trend, Qualcomm has announced a surprising decision. Instead of pursuing the fastest, the chip maker will instead focus on the bottom of the barrel.

Currently, the Snapdragon 200 series populates the company’s entry-level market. However, fiercer competition has edged out the series in this segment. Right now, MediaTek has captured more entry-level phones than Qualcomm.

With this, Qualcomm is testing a new series outside of the iconic Snapdragon lineup. The Qualcomm QM215 will focus on smartphones within the Android Go program. As such, the new chip will offer incredibly budget-friendly options for consumers.

According to a German source, the planned product is a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, coupled with a 650MHz GPU. Prototype devices are touting LCD screens (1440 x 720 resolution), up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, and up to 16GB of internal storage. According to the same source, a “well-known smartphone maker” is already developing a device with the new chip. Likewise, component makers have already created fingerprint readers tailored for the chip. With its currently rumored specs, the chipset matches performance from the Snapdragon 400 series.

Right now, the product is likely in its early stages. The Qualcomm QM215 might even ultimately add to the Snapdragon 200 series after all. If anything, expect a lot more movement from Qualcomm in the entry-level market in the future.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

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Huawei P30 series will officially be revealed on March 26

In Paris once again

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On March 26, Huawei plans to “rewrite the rules.”

That’s because that’ll be the date for the flagship P30’s launch, which is happening exactly one year after the Huawei P20’s unveiling. Paris, France will once again be the venue.

Here’s the short teaser being spread on social media:

Little is known about the P30 and what it’s going to offer. Early leaks say that the Pro model might have four cameras on the rear as an upgrade to the predecessor’s three.

Other reports suggest that the P30 lineup will sport a notch with a curved display, similar to what the Mate 20 Pro has. All we can say for sure is that the primary P30 variants will utilize the high-end Kirin 980 chipset.

With Mobile World Congress happening soon, it’ll be up to Huawei to sustain the smartphone market’s hype come March.

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M30 phone will have triple rear cameras

The third phone in the series

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After launching the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 budget phones in India last month, Samsung will announce another model in the Galaxy M series — the Galaxy M30.

When Samsung posted the Galaxy M30 teaser online, they didn’t share any hardware details aside from its 6.4-inch Infinity U Display. Since the Galaxy M30 will be upgraded to a Super AMOLED panel, it’ll definitely cost more than the other Galaxy M phones.

Based on the image posted by Samsung, the Galaxy M30 will have a waterdrop notch on the display and triple rear cameras. It’ll also have a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Overall, it has a similar design to the rest of the Galaxy M phones.

Rumor has it that it’ll sport an Exynos 7904 processor with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. A 5000mAh battery is also expected to power the device for a whole day.

As for the cameras, it could have a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. At the back, the triple shooters might be composed of a main 13-megapixel sensor accompanied by two 5-megapixel sensors.

All are rumors for now, except for the display. Everything will be confirmed on February 27, the official launch date of the Galaxy M30. The phone will be sold exclusively through Amazon India at launch.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

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