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.
iPhone 13 pre-orders in Singapore begin today
Are you ready? Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 lineup begin today in Singapore! Specifically, it starts at 8PM.
Apple’s latest and greatest set of iPhones are coming to Singapore and you can secure one for yourself by heading to the Apple Singapore website. This year’s lineup is pretty much an iteration of last year’s. That means we get upgrades for all four models: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini
New to this pair of iPhones is the A15 Bionic chip which, you already know, boosts the performance of the iPhone. You’re also getting Cinematic Mode which automatically adds background blur to your videos. It does this through an algorithm. It’s the first of its kind on smartphones.
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
This year’s pair of Pro iPhones are even more Pro than ever. It shares the same A15 Bionic chip as the other iPhone 13s, but it boosts performance thanks to a different, more powerful GPU. You also get the ability to shoot in Apple ProRes format. A boon for professional mobile filmmakers.
The iPhone 13 starts at SG$ 1,299. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 mini starts at SG $ 1,149.
The iPhone 13 Pro starts at SG$ 1649 (SG$ 69 a month for 24 months) and SG$ 1799 (SG$ 75 a month/24 months) for the iPhone 13 Pro Max variant. The base storage still starts at 128GB but goes all the way to 1TB — also a first on any iPhone.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black
Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5
Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.
Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.
It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.
Shopee’s 10.10 K-Pop performer is ITZY
Following sister group TWICE’s footsteps
Shopee is on a roll. After securing performances from K-Pop supergroup TWICE, the online shopping company has also secured performances from K-Pop 4th Gen superstars ITZY. The group is set to perform on their 10.10 Brand Festival Shopee live.
Shopee has yet to reveal what else they have in store for 10.10. But what we can expect for sure is another generous round of vouchers and giveaways.
ITZY is a five-member girl group featuring Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted with the song “Dalla Dalla”. In 2020, they launched the shoulder dance craze with their comeback “Wannabe”. On September 24, the group will release their first full album called Crazy In-Love with the title track “Loco”.
Early Shopee Christmas
In the Philippines, Shopee is already kickstarting its Christmas campaign. They are welcoming the holidays essentially the voice and face of Christmas in the country — Jose Mari Chan. Shoppers can catch the singer-songwriter on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles from September to December.
The singer-songwriter will also give out treats via ShopeePay come December. He’s doing it along with other celebrities and influencers. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits.
You can activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN.
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