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Xiaomi Mi 8 is company’s newest flagship and it has a notch

Comes with a special variant!

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Xiaomi just wrapped up its annual launch event and the Chinese tech company presented a number of devices. Of course, the star of the show is their new flagship phone: the Mi 8. After months of speculation and rumors, Xiaomi’s new phone is finally official.

The Mi 8 is Xiaomi’s 8th-anniversary phone hence the skip in the numbering scheme and disregard for the number seven. The rumors were true about the Mi 8: It has a notched display, a Snapdragon 845 processor, and 6GB of memory.


The phone’s notched display is a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED panel with a Full HD+ resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The notch is pretty wide compared to Huawei’s or LG’s but it’s got something similar to the iPhone X. It owns a 20-megapixel AI-powered front camera, sensors, earpiece, and additional infrared lighting and lens to support 3D face scanning. During the launch, Xiaomi simply called it Face ID, which is a straightforward copy from Apple’s book.

Like its predecessor, the Mi 8 also has dual rear cameras. Both have 12-megapixel sensors but with different lens openings: f/1.8 and f/2.4. The main shooter is used for everyday photography and low-light scenes, while the other is for telephoto. AI is also present on the Mi 8’s rear shooters using 4-in-1 pixel binding for better low-light shots.

Xiaomi is proud to brag about the Mi 8’s DxOMark score of 99 points overall. Based on DxOMark’s ranking, the Mi 8 is now the best Xiaomi shooter beating the Mi Mix 2S and is even higher than the iPhone X. The photo category alone is rated at 105.

The rest of the Mi 8’s specs include a USB-C port for audio, charging, and data transfer, dual GPS, rear fingerprint sensor, and the latest MIUI software.

As always, there’s a special variant of the flagship Xiaomi phone. For the Mi 8, Xiaomi is not favoring ceramic bodies anymore because a see-through back panel is now a cooler feature.

Called the Explorer Edition, this Mi 8 variant gives you a peek at the internals of the phone which is pretty sweet. Not only that, it’s also Xiaomi’s first device to have an in-display fingerprint sensor — now that’s special.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a starting price of CNY 2,699 (US$ 420) for the base model with 64GB of storage. The 128GB version is priced at CNY 2,999 (US$ 470) while the most expensive version with 256GB storage will go for CNY 3,299 (US$ 515).

The Explorer Edition will have only one variant with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage for CNY 3,799 or roughly US$ 590.

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Honor promises to deliver Android Q to its Honor 20 series

Existing phones will continue to receive updates

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Amid the issues surrounding its parent company, Huawei, Honor is confident to tell its users and those who are interested in getting an Honor phone that there’s nothing to worry about. The company would like to address the questions of the public about the effects of the imposed trade ban.

First and foremost, all Honor phones will continue to receive security patches and future Android updates. Anyone using an Honor phone will continue to access their apps like they normally would. Additionally, the existing warranties of purchased devices will still be honored for any required services.


Basically, Honor is following the footsteps of its parent company in making it clear for everyone that the trade ban won’t affect any of their current devices.

Moreover, Honor promises to deliver the upcoming version of Android, which is called Android Q for now, to its latest Honor 20 series. The list includes the Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20, and Honor 20 Lite devices. No news about the Android Q fate of other Honor phones, though.

While we’re at it, check out our Honor 20 Pro unboxing and hands-on to know more about Honor’s newest flagship phone:

SEE ALSO: Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

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Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 rolls out to Realme 1 and UI

Sticking to the schedule

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As promised, Realme has started rolling out the stable versions of ColorOS 6 for its older phones. The newest version of ColorOS brings in Android Pie and quite a number of features that’ll bring new life to Realme’s older devices.

The initial two recipients of the Android Pie-based ColorOS 6 is Realme’s first smartphone, the Realme 1, and also last year’s Realme U1. The update for the Realme 1 carries version number CPH1859EX_11_A.37, while the Realme U1’s update has version number RMX1831EX_11_A.10.


The ColorOS 6 update will make older Realme models on par with the newer releases software-wise. It’ll have a refreshed UI with an app drawer and gesture navigation. There are also improvements in the camera department including the Nightscape Mode. Of course, the update brings a new security patch level as well.

As always, the update will come to a few devices first before it reaches every Realme 1 and U1 phones available.

Based on Realme’s schedule, next in line are the Realme 2 and C1. ColorOS 6 should become available for the two in the coming days or weeks.

Via: Fonearena

SEE ALSO: Realme will update all phones to Android 9 Pie starting May

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Bill Gates believes Microsoft losing to Android is his ‘greatest mistake’

He regrets that Microsoft didn’t beat Google

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It’s no secret that Microsoft is enjoying the dominance of Windows on PCs, but its mobile counterpart didn’t do well while it was still alive. Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile failed to compete with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the mobile scene. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates saw this as a missed opportunity.

During a talk with venture capital company Village Global, Bill Gates admitted that he regrets that Microsoft lost to Google in making a “standard non-Apple phone platform.”


The whole interview is available for viewing on YouTube and it’s more than an hour long. A lot of topics were discussed with useful insights about startups, investments, major world issues from Bill Gates himself.

One of the interesting answers from Gates was the revelation of his “greatest mistake ever,” which was Microsoft failing to take the opportunity Android had before.

In his own words, “In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? US$ 400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.

Gates’ owning the mistake is somewhat surprising because it was assumed that it was Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, who didn’t saw the touchscreen revolution coming. Ballmer even laughed at the iPhone and called it unappealing to business customers because it lacks a keyboard. Hence, the company stuck with phones with keyboards.

We all know it was a big mistake for Microsoft as a company to ignore the iPhone. Google, on the other hand, took the golden chance and now they are on top of the mobile operating system chain.

Microsoft eventually came up with Windows Phone and launched it in 2010. It was pretty good, although it lacks the apps people are already enjoying on an iPhone or any Android device.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service is coming in October

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