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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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Google will contribute $800 million via ads to fight Coronavirus

Here’s why it’s a notable contribution

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Google has committed to donating more than US$ 800 million to support businesses, organizations, and healthcare workers as part of its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Breaking it down, it says it’ll give the World Health Organization (WHO) and global government agencies a total of US$ 250 million in ad allowances.

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, confirmed that another US$ 340 million in ad credits will be provided to small and mediumsized businesses who’ve actively advertised via them over the last year.

Furthermore, the company is establishing a US$ 200 million investment fund to help small businesses get access to capital. Lastly, it’ll be offering US$ 20 million in Google Cloud credits to researchers and academicians to unleash the power of computing on the virus. Research requires an exorbitant amount of computing power since formulas, calculations, and simulation models are supremely complex.

Google may seem like a technology company, but business-wise, it’s the world’s largest advertising company. Everyone who has access to the internet has at some point, used a Google service. This is how the company attracts users via its suite of services and serves them ads. For a behemoth like Google, it’s easy to reach out because of its robust advertising network.

The company not only serves ads on its own services but also exports out ads to other websites via services like AdSense. While it may seem Google isn’t actually giving away money from its profits but from its revenues, it doesn’t matter. The end contribution to the cause is what matters. And the company is leveraging its power to reach out.

These ads can help local authorities across the world fight misinformation about the virus. Moreover, also spread awareness passively while people are indoors in isolation and constantly connected via the internet.

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Mi 10 Lite 5G is a midrange phone with quad-cameras

Sales limited to Europe for now

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The Mi 10 has been a sensational phone since launch and Xiaomi has now announced its younger sibling — the Mi 10 Lite. Just like the flagship, it also gets 5G support, but via a midrange chipset. This will offer consumers an option to buy a 5G phone, without the cost attached to a flagship phone.

As the name suggests, the phone is a slightly watered-down version of the flagship Mi 10. However, it’s still a strong contender in a segment that has just one competitor, the Nokia 8.3 5G. 5G roll-out is limited to a few regions, but hardware availability might prompt telecom carriers in developed markets to speed-up their enhancement efforts.

Coming to the phone, the front has a 6.6-inch AMOLED TrueColor display with a waterdrop-style notch. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with the standard face unlock option.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 765G chipset, paired with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1. Backing these internals is a 4160mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. On the side, it also has Quick Charge 3.5 compatibility.

On the rear is quad-camera support consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens. Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t revealed the details of the other three cameras. However, considering all their previous phones with a similar setup, it’s safe to assume one of them will be a wide-angle lens along with a depth sensor for portrait photography. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor has been added on the front.

Mysteriously, Xiaomi also hasn’t revealed details about onboard RAM. Though, we know it’ll be available in two storage options — 64GB and 128GB. It’ll be available in white, grey, and a bluish-green gradient, with a starting price of €349 (US$ 385) from the first and second week of April in a few European markets.

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Leak reveals Lenovo Legion’s design and specs

Built with a cooling fan, physical triggers

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The gaming smartphone race is heating up. Despite harrowing situations, Lenovo is just about ready to reveal its new powerhouse. Lately, the company has released a few teasers pertaining to a powerful gaming phone on the horizon. According to the teaser, the Lenovo Legion will score 600,000 on the renowned AnTuTu scale.

Today, another leak has unveiled more details about the smartphone. Spotted on CNIPA, China’s patent organization, by Pricebaba Daily, the upcoming smartphone has a few tricks up its sleeve.

For one, the Lenovo Legion will likely carry a high-RPM cooling fan. Based on the new render, the rear has an incriminating “COOL” label next to a rendered fan. The phone also has a physical hardware switch to toggle high performance mode. It also has side triggers. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen these details on a gaming phone.

Notably, the phone will have two USB-C ports: one on the bottom and one on the side. The extra feature allows uninterrupted gaming even while charging. Finally, the render depicts a large 5050mAh battery, a huge powerbank for gaming purposes.

However, for all the amazing features revealed in the leak, the render also has a Snapdragon 855 on the back. As we know now, the phone will likely carry Snapdragon 865 upon launch. Even without a previous leak, we are already in a Snapdragon 865 world. It’s probable that the render is an earlier version.

Chipset aside, the phone’s other details seem believable. Also, it’s only a matter of time before we see an official launch, anyway.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo unveils new ThinkPad L-T-X series laptops

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