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Xiaomi unveils Mi 9 with Snapdragon 855 and 48MP primary camera

Has all the specs fans want

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After the week-long tease, Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi 9. As seen with all the pre-launch material, the Mi 9 is going to be a beastly smartphone with all the latest specs and features you’d expect. Indeed, fans are in for a treat.

The Mi 9 directly succeeds the Mi 8, which is Xiaomi’s main series of flagship devices. The overall design hasn’t changed much; the curved glass design (using Gorilla Glass 5) is still the overall aesthetic of the Mi 9. Although, there are some noticeable tweaks to make the Mi 9 more appealing.

For starters, the notch has been vastly reduced, making the 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display more immersive. It’s topped with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 and has support for Always-On display. Xiaomi has also integrated the fingerprint scanner to the display coupled with AI face unlock for faster authentication.

Going inside the phone, we have the Snapdragon 855 processor and Adreno 640 graphics chip. By using the most powerful mobile chipset for Android phones, the Mi 9 is a certified powerhouse. It’ll also come with up to 12GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage.

Camera-wise, the Mi 9 has four cameras overall: three at the back and one in the front. The triple rear camera setup is composed of a main 48-megapixel primary shooter with an f/1.75 aperture, a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel shooter with an ultra wide-angle lens.

On the software side, there’s AI scene detection and a steady handheld night mode for taking photos in the dark. As for selfies, the small notch houses a 20-megapixel camera complete with AI portrait selfies and scene detection, as well.

A modest 3300mAh battery powers everything. It can charge quickly up to 27W over USB-C. However, the standard retail package comes with an 18W charger only. Not only that, the Mi 9 is capable of 20W rapid wireless charging. For comparison, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that was unveiled in October last year supports up to 15W wireless charging.

The new Xiaomi flagship starts at CNY 2,999 or roughly US$ 445 for the base 6GB+128GB variant. For CNY 3,299 (US$ 490), you can already get the 8GB+128GB variant. But, if you want the limited edition transparent Mi 9 with 12GB of memory and 256GB of storage, you’ll have to shell out CNY 3,999 or almost US$ 595.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi has become an undisputed leader by market share

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OnePlus Open and OPPO Find N3 are the exact same phone

OnePlus confirmed it

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If you’re shopping for a foldable phone in the future, you can cross one device off your list — when considering only specs, at least. OnePlus has confirmed that its upcoming foldable smartphone is the exact same device as OPPO’s upcoming foldable.

In an announcement emailed today, OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau stated that OnePlus and OPPO have co-developed a foldable device in tandem. Despite being only one device, it will be released as two smartphones, released under both OnePlus’s and OPPO’s banner. To differentiate between the two brands, each device will cater to two different markets.

Lau has not confirmed what these smartphones are. However, given the teases we’ve received from both brands so far, it’s fair to assume what they are. OnePlus, for example, teased a OnePlus Open back in July. OPPO, on the other hand, is set to launch the OPPO Find N3 soon. There is also no confirmation as to which markets will receive the phones. If anything, the Find N3 will likely be a China exclusive when it launches.

In previous rumors from months ago, the foldable device will likely carry a 7.82-inch screen. The secondary screen might extend to 6.31 inches. Inside, it will reportedly have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, complemented by 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It might also have a triple rear camera combination comprised of a 48-megapixel main shooter, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus teases a more waterproof screen than the iPhone 14

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The iPhone 15 is overheating, and Apple knows about it

A fix is coming soon

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If you couldn’t wait for Christmas and got yourself a new iPhone 15 already, you might have noticed a flaw with your new phone. While using it in certain ways, the smartphone reportedly heats up to uncomfortable levels. Apple has now confirmed that the problem is real. The company is now working on a solution for the issue.

Since the iPhone 15 series launched late last month, several users have reported that the devices in the series can get uncomfortably hot in certain situations. At the time, Apple didn’t know what was causing the issue.

Over the weekend, Apple figured it out. According to Forbes, the company has linked the heating issue with three things: increased background activity, an iOS 17 bug, and some third-party apps.

The first cause is not an issue. During device set-up, the smartphone usually loads up a lot of background processes at once. Naturally, it goes on overdrive, causing the increased temperature.

On the other hand, the next two reasons are noted issues. “We have also found a bug in iOS 17 that is impacting some users and will be addressed in a software update. Another issue involves some recent updates to third-party apps that are causing them to overload the system. We’re working with these app developers on fixes that are in the process of rolling out,” Apple said.

The iOS 17 update should be coming soon. However, the third-party fixes will be dependent on the developer. Asphalt 9, Instagram, and Uber are already confirmed for the flaw, but only Instagram has received a fix so far.

At the very least, Apple confirms that it’s not a hardware issue. If you’re worried about the potential for hardware failure, you can rest assured that it’s just a software issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Pro + 15 Pro Max Review: Huge Leap Forward

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UAAP Season 86 is FREE on Smart LiveStream App

Available on the App Store and Google Play

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Want to keep up with the UAAP Season 86 games? You can do so with the Smart LiveStream App.

Much like what SMART did with FIBA World Cup 2023, the telecommunication company is giving its subscribers free access to watch UAAP Season 86 games through the Smart LiveStream App. The games are available both live and on-demand.

Smart subscribers can stream all the UAAP Season 86 games on the Smart LiveStream App using their smartphones or tablets while connected to Smart mobile Internet or their PLDT Home WiFi. Smart subscribers are able to stream for free — no subscription needed.

The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Stream on TV?

Yes, you can do so. The Smart LiveStream TV App is available on Google-certified Android TV Android 8.0 version. It’s downloadable from the Android TV Google Play Store and linking their Android TV to the app. To do this, subscribers simply need to open the Smart LiveStream Mobile App, go to Menu, click Link Device, and enable the camera to scan the QR code displayed on the Android TV.

Alternatively, Android TV users may go to www.smart.com.ph/livestream to sign into their account, then go to Menu, click Device Management to add their Android TV by entering the code displayed on the TV and activate their Smart LiveStream TV App.

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