Xiaomi Mi 6X is the latest midrange phone with AI cameras

Should arrive globally as Mi A2



Xiaomi finally announced its newest midrange phone in China. After all the leaks, here’s our official look at the Mi 6X which Xiaomi claims to be better than flagship competitors.

The Xiaomi Mi 6X is the successor to the Mi 5X from 2017, so it’s also likely to launch as the sequel to the Mi A1 for the global market soon. The Mi 6X follows the blueprint of the Redmi Note 5 Pro with the same 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It has a fingerprint reader on the back, but also comes with face unlock.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. It comes with a so-so 3010mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0 for faster charging.

The main highlight of the phone is its cameras since Xiaomi is proud of the phone’s impressive dual rear camera setup. The main camera has a 12-megapixel sensor from Sony with an f/1.75 aperture and 1.25μm pixel size, while the secondary shooter has a 20-megapixel sensor (again, from Sony) to help in portrait and low-light photography. The front uses the same sensor of the secondary camera making the phone a true selfie device.

If you find the setup familiar, it’s because we already saw a similar approach with the OPPO R15 and OnePlus 5T. According to Xiaomi, the secondary camera does 4-to-1 pixel binning to capture brighter and sharper photos. The cameras are equipped with AI that learns every shot you take to improve portrait images.

Lastly, MIUI 9.5 comes out of the box with Android 8.1 Oreo in tow.

The phone will come in Cherry Pink, Flame Red, Sand Gold, Glacier Blue, and Black. Pricing starts at CNY 1,599 or about US$ 250.


Twitter adds draft, schedule tweets on the web

Sending tweets just got more flexible



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Sending tweets just got more flexible. Twitter is now adding an option for users to draft a tweet which they can continue later. Plus, there is now an option to schedule when a tweet should be posted.

Users don’t have to do anything to take advantage of these new features. Twitter has enabled these features just recently to everyone after experimenting with them in November.

For users who want to draft a tweet, they simply have to click “X” on the tweet window. A prompt to save the tweet will appear. Clicking “Save” will send the tweet to the “Unsent Tweet” where users can see a list of their drafted tweets.

It is important to note that drafted tweets will sync only on the web version of Twitter. There’s no option yet to see web version drafted tweets on the mobile app.

Meanwhile, those who wanted to schedule their tweets can do so by clicking on the new calendar icon on the bottom left of the tweet window. By doing so, a schedule option will appear, and users can change the date and time of the tweet’s post schedule.

Twitter Support prepared a little video for those who prefer to watch these new features in action:

These new features are surely a welcome addition to the platform. Perhaps, users who wanted to clarify their thoughts first before tweeting should greatly benefit from this feature. Now, if only Twitter would give its users an option to edit tweets. It’s still a pipe dream, but with new changes being introduced to the platform, it’s not impossible.

Source: The Verge

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Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

Launch alongside the Note 20?



The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be announced in August, as a report from South Korea states that the phone has just entered mass production. It’s already over a year since the company unveiled the first-gen Fold.

Daily Korea reported on insider information around Samsung’s current manufacturing scenario. The company will use UTG (ultra-thin glass) in the Fold 2. The same tech was applied on the Galaxy Flip. UTG is considered to be superior to CPI (transparent polyimide) present in Galaxy Fold.

Furthermore, the report says Samsung has already placed bulk orders for the components needed for mass manufacturing with major suppliers. Considering that foldable phones use more complex parts, the report believes the time between order and delivery will be higher than usual.

The Fold 2 is expected to share the stage with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series in August. A recent report claimed that Samsung could launch a more affordable option of the Galaxy Fold to clear out pending inventory. The phone shall have minor changes to cut down costs but retain the same form factor.

Churning in the rumor mills the Fold 2 is expected to sport a hole-punch camera, a 7.59-inch inner display, and a 120Hz refresh rate. The outer screen could be 6.23-inches with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Just like the S and Note-series, Samsung has created a 6-month cycle to launch these foldable flagships. The Fold-lineup goes along with the Note and the Flip tags along with S-series. Each, offering a unique selling point and enough distinguishing factors.

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Microsoft adds new spellcheck system for Chrome on Windows

Embracing an open-source ecosystem



There’s no error in the headline, Microsoft is indeed helping Google’s Chrome browser work better thanks to a new spellcheck system. This move will not just help Chrome though, it’ll also enable Edge browser with improved spellcheck. Getting too confusing? Here’s a simple explanation.

The Chromium project is a free and open-source repository, just like Android. Anyone can use it, edit it, or build upon it. Google’s Chrome browser is based on this project, and so is Microsoft’s Edge. Other browsers utilizing this backend technology are Torch, Brave, Amazon Silk, and many more.

How is Microsoft helping Google? It’s bringing a new spell checker on Windows 8.1 and newer for all Chromium browsers.  Until now, Chromium browsers were leveraging open-source proofing tools for spell checking. By collaborating directly with Google’s Chromium engineers, Microsoft has enabled Windows Spellcheck for all Chromium browsers.

The new Windows Spellcheck will support URLs, acronyms, email addresses, additional languages along with various dialects, and a shared custom dictionary. The new system replaces Microsoft’s Hunspell Spellcheck tool.

The update is among more than 1,900 such changes Microsoft has contributed to the browser’s project. The new spell checker is live on Edge with version 83.

While this announcement may not seem to be very exciting, it underlines an essential change in Microsoft’s strategy. The software company has a notorious reputation of being against open-source. However, it has radically changed its position in the last handful of years. After the fall of Windows Mobile, it was a clear lesson that the future is about embracing an open eco-system instead of a partial one.

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