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Xiaomi unveils the Mi 9 SE Brown Bear Edition with custom case and themes

Complete with accessories and a power bank

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Special edition phones are not new to the market, but they are very welcome to join the fun. Xiaomi has been releasing a few for some time, and this is the latest: the Mi 9 SE Brown Bear Edition.

Xiaomi has partnered with Line Messenger to offer this limited edition Mi 9 SE. It’s customized with friendly character logos and skinned with a Line Friends theme.


Not only that, this variant is also a special package. Each box comes with a custom 10000mAh power bank, authenticity certificate, stickers, and a printed hard case.

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Under the hood, it’s still a Mi 9 SE with the same Snapdragon 712 processor, AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint reader, and triple rear cameras.

The limited edition phone is only available in a 6GB memory and 128GB storage option, plus it’ll come in a purple gradient.

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As always, it’s only available in China (at least for now) for CNY 2,499 or roughly US$ 370. It’s already up for pre-order on Xiaomi’s website and it’ll be delivered by April 9.

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Vivo starts seeding Android Pie update to V11 Pro and NEX A

Hopefully, it becomes widely available

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Android 9 Pie‘s existence continues to grow slowly with new smartphone releases, but older devices are also getting updated to Google’s newest OS version. Vivo, one of the popular phone makers in Asia, has started to roll out theirs, specifically to the former midrange champs: the V11 Pro and NEX A.

While the V15 Pro is already making waves on the market, last year’s V11 Pro is not getting left behind. The Android Pie update for the V11 Pro is currently live in India. A Delhi-based user managed to receive it and has posted a screenshot on Twitter showing a few details about the update.


The Pie update for the V11 Pro is reported to be about 3.11GB in size and it includes a refreshed UI, upgraded Shortcut Center, and Dark Mode. Basically, the phone will get the new Funtouch OS 9 which is running on the V15 Pro.

Additionally, the NEX A is also being updated to Android Pie in China. Vivo’s rollout is pretty much focused on the Chinese market, so international units may get them at a later date.

It’s unsure if the new Funtouch OS 9 build on top Android Pie that’s currently rolling out to NEX A is a final release, but there’s no mention of it being a beta software either. The update is quite a heavy download at 3.3GB.

Source: ITHome, Gadgets360

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Samsung delays the Galaxy Fold’s launch

Because of the broken screens

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Is the future still foldable? After months of building hype, the world’s biggest smartphone makers have laid the foundation for the foldable smartphone. The stage was set for the next big thing. First of the lot, Samsung will launch its Galaxy Fold within the next few days globally.

That, however, isn’t happening anymore. Last week, official reviewers received their early units. As always, the early release helps everyone get an in-depth look into the unknown workings of the foldable phone. To Samsung’s dismay, the Galaxy Fold came with problems.


Almost immediately out of the box, several units broke down. Renowned reviewers revealed the phone’s fatal flaw: an all-too delicate protective layer. When tampered or peeled off, the layer breaks the entire screen, rendering the phone unusable.

In response, Samsung issued a quick statement, stating their intentions to investigate the matter swiftly. At the very least, the company will issue sterner consumer warnings to leave the protective layer alone. At the time, Samsung still set its sights on the promised released date.

Fast forward to today, Samsung has recanted its previous dedication to the set date. The company has issued another statement regarding the matter.

“We have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks,” Samsung said.

The delay draws from Samsung’s further investigations into the matter. “Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.”

The decision is a big step for the global company. By now, Samsung has likely ironed out the logistics for the former release date. With a recall, the company will double their expenses. On the bright side, the recall will also ensure the device’s performance.

SEE ALSO: Samsung finally gives Galaxy S10 a dedicated night mode

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Realme 3 Pro with Snapdragon 710 and VOOC fast charging is now official

The Redmi Note 7 has tough competition again

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OPPO’s sub-brand Realme has launched more than half a dozen phones in less than a year and is back with a new offering. The Realme 3 Pro is the successor to the Realme 2 Pro and intends to take on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro.

The phone adopts a similar design from the Realme U1 and sports a shiny plastic back that imitates glass. On the front is a 6.3-inch Full HD LCD, a water-drop notch, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It also features splash and dust resistance, though an IP rating hasn’t been mentioned.


The phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 710 SoC and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage in the base variant. Obviously, the storage can be expanded via a microSD card.

On the rear is a 16-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. Realme added an Ultra HD mode that can capture detail-intensive pictures up to 64 megapixels by stitching multiples frames together. The front gets a 25-megapixel shooter for selfies and the Camera app supports auto scene recognition, beautification, nightscape mode, as well as smart HDR.

To improve the user experience, the phone comes with a VOOC 3.0 charger for quickly charging the 4000mAh battery. Added software functionality like GameBoost 2.0 will improve the overall experience by implementing FrameBoost and TouchBoost . It runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

The Realme 3 Pro is available in Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple color options and shall go on sale from April 29 via Flipkart and Realme.com. The 4GB option retails for INR 13,999 (US$ 200) and the 6GB option is marked at INR 16,999 (US$ 242).

Alongside the Realme 3 Pro, the brand also announced the launch of the Realme C2, an upgraded version of the Realme C1. It houses a 6.1-inch display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The rear has a 13- and 2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery and ColorOS 6.0 out of the box.

The phone is priced at INR 5,999 (US$ 86) for 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, and INR 7,999 (US$ 114) for 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It will be available starting May 15 via Flipkart and Realme.com.

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