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Xiaomi announces the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite

More Xiaomi phones are coming out!

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Xiaomi had a quick event today in China to announce a few things to add to their lineup. Among the announcements are the new Mi 8 variants, namely the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite. Each device is an iteration of the company’s main flagship smartphone.

The Mi 8 Pro is similar to the standard Mi 8 with the same Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of memory, and 128GB of expandable storage. Although, this model comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

Not only that, it also comes with a transparent back similar to the Explorer Edition. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can also opt for the Twilight Gold gradient option.

It still has a notched OLED display, dual-frequency GPS, same dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, and IR-enabled face unlock.

Then there’s the Mi 8 Lite, which is a toned-down Mi 8. Instead of a flagship processor, it sports a midrange Snapdragon 660 chipset. It still has dual rear cameras but with just a 12- and 5-megapixel combo. Don’t worry, it comes with a 24-megapixel selfie shooter to compensate for that.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

To keep pricing down, it comes with an LCD but still sizeable at 6.26 inches, a 3350mAh battery, and a standard rear fingerprint reader. The gradient color schemes are available for the Lite model as well.

Pricing starts at CNY 3,199 (US$ 470) for the Mi 8 Pro with 6GB of memory, while the higher-end variant with 8GB of memory is priced at CNY 3,599 (US$ 525).

As for the cheaper Mi 8 Lite, it’s coming in at just CNY 1,399 (US$ 205) for the 4GB+64GB model. The 6GB+64GB variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (US$ 250), while the top 6GB+128GB version will cost you CNY 1,999 (US$ 290).

Both phones are initially available in China. International availability is yet to be announced.

Source: MIUI Forum

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro leaks in full before official launch

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Redmi teases the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, confirms 64MP camera

Better cameras, batteries, and performance

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The race to 64-megapixel has begun. Earlier this month, Redmi and Realme both announced that they’ll sport Samsung’s 64MP sensor on their next smartphones. In trying to beat Realme to the punch, Redmi tries to get ahead of the game by announcing a launch date sooner than expected.

Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing revealed the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s existence on Weibo. The Redmi Note 8 features the most-awaited 64-megapixel sensor from Samsung. To further prove its capability, Weibing showed off its sample.


Image credit: Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing

It’s not just the cameras that people should be excited about. It seems the new smartphones will have better batteries and performance. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro might house a 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh battery, respectively, with the Note 8 Pro capable of supporting 18W fast charging.

Gearing towards gaming and performance, both devices will be powered by a MediaTek Helio G90T processor. Additionally, the Note 8 Pro will feature a liquid cooling technology for heat dissipation.

Design-wise, Redmi doesn’t seem like veering away from its usual aesthetic. In a hands-on photo from GizmoChina, the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro looks like a K20 Pro, only in a dark green variant packed with triple cameras and a fingerprint sensor. It has an all-metal body weighing below 200 grams, with a pop-up camera dedicated for selfies. Both phones are also expected to equip a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a notch.

More details are underway and all we can do is take everything with a grain of salt until further announcements have been made. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s launch will coincide with Redmi’s smart TV launch on August 29.

Via: GizmoChina

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 4 leak reveals 108MP camera

But, will it have 5G?

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There have been reports about Xiaomi launching the Mi MIX 4 in September. Ahead of the official launch, several recent leaks have given out the key specifications of the smartphone.

According to a Chinese website, news.mydrivers, the tipster says the smartphone will be equipped with a 12GB RAM + 1TB storage. It could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset which consists of an overclocked octa-core CPU at 2.96GHz.


As for the battery, it is expected to house a 4,500mAh battery that might support 30W fast charge. It is also being speculated that this Xiaomi smartphone might be the first smartphone by the brand to support wireless reverse charging as well.

Image from Weibo

The rear side of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 4 will be equipped with quad camera system. It will feature a main camera of 108-megapixel primary lens, a 16-megapixel superwide lens, a 12-megapixel lens and a periscope lens. The leak has no information on the front camera of the phone.

Earlier, it was reported that the phone will come with 5G support. There is no confirmation on whether the phone will be coming in 5G as well as 4G LTE versions. The leak also mentions that it’ll support NFC and will reintroduce a 3.5mm audio jack to the lineup.

The leak also states that it will continue to flaunt a ceramic body. There is no concrete backing for the above leak. Renders also suggest a fullscreen display but we don’t know if the Mi Mix will continue to have a sliding mechanism to reveal a front-facing camera or if it will be a different implementation altogether.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Store Price List | Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Review | Xiaomi’s Under Display Camera prototype

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Fitbit and Singapore are teaming up for a healthier nation

Could include more than a million subscribers

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Governments everywhere are trying to leverage modern technology in their public healthcare programs, but the process has been slow. Adopting new technology is difficult because of the wide scale and costs. In a first, Fitbit and Singapore have teamed up to build a healthier country.

Singapore launched the Smart Nation initiative five years ago to modernize the city-state with state-of-the-art technology, as well as proactively improve citizens’ health. Fitbit has been signed onto Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) to undertake a project.


Starting next month, residents of Singapore can register for the Fitbit Inspire, which the company launched earlier this year specifically for employers and health plans. Citizens won’t pay anything for the device, but will commit to spending SG$ 10 a month for a year of premium service, which includes guidance and one-on-one coaching.

Fitbit Premium provides personalized coaching and nudges subscribers to drive behavior and lifestyle changes to live healthier. Apple, Fitbit’s arch-rival, had also competed for the Singapore contract, but Fitbit’s bid ultimately won out.

As part of the partnership, Fitbit’s digital health platform and wearable devices will integrate with Singapore’s public health program. It’ll be called Live Healthy SG and will be available to people of “all ages and levels of health.”

Singaporeans will be able to pre-register for Live Healthy SG around mid-September, Fitbit said, with the program set to launch sometime in October.

This project can be a inspiring stepping stone for other countries as well. Singapore is a very small country and hence ideal for a pilot run. The same setup can be replicated elsewhere and scaled.

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