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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is a smaller, flagship-grade borderless smartphone

The first to have the Snapdragon 710 processor

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Part of Xiaomi’s launch event today included the introduction of a “Lite” version of its flagship smartphone. Since Xiaomi likes to take cues from Apple, they didn’t call it the Mi 8 Lite or the Mi 8 Mini, but rather Mi 8 SE.

The Mi 8 SE is a toned-down version of the Mi 8 with midrange pricing and specs, but it has the same premium materials like an aluminum frame and glass back. Like the Mi 8, it also has a notched display, although it doesn’t sport the same infrared-powered Face ID feature. The panel is a 5.88-inch Super AMOLED with a Full HD+ resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio.


Design-wise, the Mi 8 SE is more angular yet it still has a high screen-to-body ratio that’s in the same league as the Mi Mix 2S. It also has high-resolution shooters including a 20-megapixel front sensor with large 2µm pixels for better low-light selfies. There’s also an AI-powered dual rear camera setup using a 12- and 5-megapixel combo.

The phone is the first to have the new Snapdragon 710 processor that’s built on the 10nm node and can handle AR and AI well. It’s a flagship-grade chip for midrange devices like the Mi 8 SE, but at a cheaper price point. According to Xiaomi, it’s 20 percent better in overall performance compared to the Snapdragon 660 while delivering 40 percent lower power consumption when playing games or during 4K video playback.

The Mi 8 SE has a 3120mAh battery with support for 18W Quick Charge 3.0 through its USB-C port, a rear fingerprint reader, and will run the latest MIUI 10.

It’s priced starting at CNY 1,799 (US$ 280) for the 4GB version and CNY 1,999 (US$ 310) for the 6GB variant — both have 64GB of storage. Both come in black, gold, red and blue colors. Global launch or even Chinese availability are yet to be confirmed.

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Samsung might fuse the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one series

Is the Galaxy One coming?

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Even if you’re not a Samsung fan, you’ll still recognize the brand’s two darling children — the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series. For the longest time, Samsung has divided every year in half. The long-standing Galaxy S dominates the first half. Meanwhile, the premium Galaxy Note series takes up the second half. Like yin and yang, both series coexist in perfect harmony, creating a wonderfully profitable year for Samsung.

Sometimes, however, the difference between either smartphone just isn’t clear. As technology gets better and better, the Galaxy S starts looking incredibly similar to the Galaxy Note. By far, the Galaxy Note’s biggest differentiator is just the S Pen. Everything else is more arbitrary.


Unsurprisingly, Samsung is having the same thoughts. According to a rumor shared by the renowned leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks), Samsung is considering a major rebranding strategy. Next year, the company might merge the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one gigantic lineup. The potential strategy comes as a follow-up to the recent re-release of the Galaxy Fold.

Currently, Samsung is evaluating the demand for the new foldable form factor. If the Galaxy Fold performs remarkably well, the company has a much bigger reason to combine both its previous lines. In that scenario, the Galaxy Fold (and its successors) will take over the second half currently occupied by the Galaxy Note. The new combination, on the other hand, will have the same release schedule as the Galaxy S line.

As a rumor, the potential line does not have any substantial details yet. However, it will likely have the form factor of the Galaxy S line and the S Pen of the Galaxy Note. The line could potentially carry the name “Galaxy One,” rather than “S11.”

It’s still very early to tell what will happen to Samsung in the succeeding years. However, the substantial rumor speaks volumes for the future of both Samsung and the tech industry at large. Is the Galaxy S10 and the Note 10 the last of their lines?

SEE ALSO: It’s official! The Samsung Galaxy Fold is available globally

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This is the 2020 Land Rover Defender

More than capable on- and off-road

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Land Rover has introduced its new boxy 4×4. Sporting modern but still familiar looks, the 2020 Defender is still up to the task of conquering unpaved roads — while also promising a smoother and more comfortable ride.

The new Defender now looks meaner with its owl-like LED Daytime Running Lights while its large bumper gives the front fascia that appreciated bulk for a more rugged look.


Although a little bit curvier than before, its hood and panels remain thick and flat which has the older Defender’s DNA all over it.

The rear, of course, is where the spare tire is mounted. It also comes with stacked taillights and a skid plate on its bumper for added protection against bumps and dings.

Inside is a versatile cabin. The Defender 90 is a six-seater model while the Defender 110 is available in five-seat or five-plus-two-seat configurations. One of its interesting features is the front-row bench that you can fold and unfold to either accommodate a third person up front or use as cupholders.

It comes with a 10-inch touchscreen, Jaguar Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, and onboard Wi-Fi.

The new Defender is available in a new mild-hybrid with turbo as well as petrol and diesel engines as alternatives. All are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

To make off-roading a lot easier, it features the company’s ClearSight Ground View that shows the road or terrain under the vehicle. It also has the ClearSight RearView in case a large cargo is blocking your line of sight. These are the same ones we’ve played with on the Range Rover Evoque which proved really helpful.

Other notable features for the new Defender include a 900mm wading depth, Terrain Response 2 System, and a towing capacity enough to pull a trailer.

There will be different trim levels and accessory packs to choose from based on what kind of adventures you’re bringing the Defender to. The all-new 4×4 will be available in over 100 markets around the globe.

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Google’s Pixel 4 will launch on October 15

Along with a few surprises!

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The Pixel 4 launch date has been confirmed as October 15, after the search giant sent out invites to a New York City event. The phone has been the subject of numerous leaks. In fact it was leaked so often that Google confirmed in June what the phone will look like.

Google’s Pixel lineup is crucial for the company because its supposed to be a torch-bearer for all other Android makers, just like the Nexus series. However, three generations later, consumer response has been lukewarm and it has failed to challenge iPhone’s dominance.


With the Pixel 4, many expect this to change. After years of supply-chain experience and market research, Google could finally hit a homerun. Obviously, software-based features will be a core part of the experience and Android 10 is expected to push the boundaries.

What to expect from the Pixel 4

Google’s images showed a phone with a large, square camera bump on the back of the device and no fingerprint reader. The brand has also confirmed the phone will include motion sensing technology and the ability to unlock the phone with a users’ face, similar to Apple’s Face ID.

All previous Pixel phones have stuck to a single lens rear camera that depends on AI-backed software finishing. The result has been mesmerizing, taking over the battle from phones that come with multiple lenses.

The phone is expected to have a second camera — a telephoto lens capable of zooming in on subjects. The main camera will reportedly be able to take fast-action pictures and will have an improved “Night Sight” feature, which adds brightness to very low light scenes.

The event invite also suggest the phones will be accompanied with a host of new hardware launches. In 2018, they announced Pixel Slate, Google Nest Hub, and a refreshed Chromecast along with the phones, so we expect a similar surprise this year as well.

SEE ALSO: Here’s what we know about the Pixel 4 so far

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