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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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Alienware, Hilton Panama opens hotel room for hardcore gamers

If Panama gets too boring

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What’s more relaxing than lounging on a beach in Panama? Playing Overwatch in the hotel room, of course!

Sand is coarse, irritating, and gets everywhere. Why would you settle for Panama’s sands when you could enjoy PUBG’s new desert map instead?

Finally, Hilton Panama will fulfill your inner gamer’s dreams of playing away from home. In the newly built Room 2425, the hotel has packed in more Alienware in a suite than Mass Effect 3.

Besides Hilton’s usual amenities, guests can enjoy an Alienware PC, equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, 32GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at 11GB, 512GB SSD, and 1TB HDD.

Additionally, if you still want to enjoy the sun, you can take an Alienware 15 gaming notebook with you. The laptop rocks an Intel Core i7-7700 HQ quad-core chip, 32GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 at 8GB, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD.

The room also comes with a 34-inch Alienware monitor for your gaming needs. Further, you can enjoy heavier gaming with a 65-inch 4K OLED TV with 5.1-channel audio support.

If you feel the need to stretch your legs, you can use the room’s Oculus Rift headset. The room fulfills your desire to transport yourself away from boring, old Panama.

Pulling yourself away from the action, you can rest in two king-sized beds and an extravagant bathroom filled with Alienware-branded amenities.

Alienware’s Room 2425 at the Hilton Panama is now available for booking at a steady US $349 per night.

SEE ALSO: Dell G series gaming laptops start at only $749

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Apple’s next iPhone might sell for only $550

It comes in dual SIM, too!

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Much of Apple’s strife with users last year hovered around talks of price. For the first time, an iPhone touched the US $1,000 mark. This year, Apple is likely aiming for the opposite end of the spectrum.

In a recent investor’s note, long-time Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported Apple’s plans to release a US $550 iPhone this year.

The cheaper iPhone will reportedly ship with a larger 6.1-inch LCD screen. Usually, Apple has avoided six inches in the past. If true, this year’s iPhones break a huge barrier for Apple.

Moreover, the reported phone will come in two variants: single and dual SIM. The single SIM variant will hover between US $550 and US $650. Meanwhile, the dual SIM variant will ship with pricier range between US $650 and US $750.

Kuo predicts that the phone’s lower price tag and dual SIM capabilities will power Apple’s sales this year. Particularly, he predicts that it will outperform Apple’s other mobile offerings this year.

Prior to the additional report on the 6.1-inch iPhone, Kuo has predicted that this year will see three new iPhone models — the mentioned 6.1-inch iPhone, a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, and a towering 6.5-inch OLED iPhone.

Additionally, Kuo predicts that one will succeed the iPhone X while another will follow the iPhone SE.

If 2018 does come in threes, it’s shaping up to be a huge year for Apple. Regardless of where your preferences lie, three iPhones will cover any if not all your smartphone needs.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X Review: Is it worth the hype?

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LG G7 ThinQ will have a dedicated button for Google Assistant

No ThinQ for you

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Raise your hands if you enjoyed Samsung’s Bixby button. Now, put those non-existent hands back down. However, if you were one of the scant few who did use it, you might enjoy the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ.

As you might have noticed from leaked renders, LG’s new flagship sports an extra button that curiously looks like a dedicated ThinQ button. Now, we have reports that our hunches have a little bit of truth to them.

According to CNET, the G7’s inconspicuous little button links directly to Google Assistant, rather than LG’s ThinQ AI. The button will occupy the phone’s left edge, opposite the power button on the right.

Even without the button, users can pull up the Google Assistant by long-pressing the home button or through voice commands. A dedicated button will eliminate the need for a long press or for shouting “Okay, Google” in public.

Like LG’s other phones, the G7 will have voice commands exclusive to LG. Previously, these mainly include the various functions available to their camera technology. With the G7, we can hope for a more generalized slew of commands tailored for other phone functions.

With the G7 ThinQ, LG will be the first smartphone maker to ship with a dedicated button for Google. Before, dedicated AI buttons linked only to their brand’s exclusive assistant. Most popularly, Samsung’s Bixby button opened the phone’s assistant of the same name.

Sadly, like Bixby, LG won’t allow G7 users to rebind the button for other apps. This exclusivity is the same pain point that the Bixby button suffered from.

Of course, the LG G7 ThinQ will still launch officially on May 2 in New York. Anything can happen before then. If the reports are true, its Google Assistant button will enjoy more staying power if LG allows us to rebind it for other purposes.

SEE ALSO: LG G7 ThinkQ appears in a promo teaser showing a new angle

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