Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite pricing leaks before launch

We weren’t expecting the Lite version!



Xiaomi is rumored to announce their new Android One phone later this month, but it seems like they’re not unveiling only one device. Aside from the Mi A2, the fast-growing phone company will also have the Mi A2 Lite.

We already know what to expect from the Mi A2, since it’ll be based on the Mi 6X, but we’re still waiting for pricing details. Thanks to a Polish website, we now have a clue how much the new Android One device will cost. Not only that, they also spilled the beans about the phone’s Lite version.

Xiaomi Mi A2

The Mi A2 is practically a Mi 6X with its 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 660 processor, up to 6GB of meory, up to 128GB of storage, 3000mAh battery, and dual 20- and 12-megapixel rear shooters. There will be three configurations: the 4GB/32GB model is priced at PLN 1,299 (US$ 350), the 4GB/64GB model will set you back PLN 1,399 (US$ 375), and the highest model with 6GB memory and 128GB storage will cost PLN 1,599 (US$ 430).

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Then there’s the Mi A2 Lite with a slightly smaller 5.84-inch display, but this one has a notch. It’ll be powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. It also has dual rear cameras but with a lower megapixel count: 12 and 5 megapixels. Despite having a smaller display though, it’ll have a 4000mAh battery — that’s 1000mAh more than the regular Mi A2.

Of course, the Mi A2 Lite is priced cheaper. According to the leaked information, it’s expected to be available for PLN 1,049 or roughly US$ 280.

Both phones will boot Android 8.1 Oreo without any customization — just a few Xiaomi apps — and a rear fingerprint reader.

We’re hoping to see both phones in Spain in the coming global Xiaomi event so we can confirm the international pricing and availability of the two.

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Xiaomi reportedly working on a clamshell phone

Says a new rumor



In recent years, Motorola and Samsung have proved that the clamshell phone is more than just a resurrected fad. Both companies have developed solid lineups capable of becoming daily drivers. Now, others want to get into the market. Following the footsteps of its contemporaries, Xiaomi is reportedly developing a clamshell phone of its own.

Even before the unannounced clamshell phone, Xiaomi has some experience in the foldable market. The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 was quite the impressive powerhouse when it launched last year. The foldable smartphone even bagged the title as the thinnest foldable at the time (before Huawei grabbed the title soon after).

Now, the Chinese company is seemingly tapping into the same lineup for a rumored clamshell phone. According to Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station, the brand is indeed looking at an extremely light version of the vertically folding form factor.

Unfortunately, not much else is known about the upcoming device yet. However, Xiaomi’s supposed entry into the market shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, the brand’s competitors — Huawei and vivo — are already deep inside the clamshell segment. The latter, for example, just released the vivo X Flip, its first device in the vertically folding market. Expect things to heat up in the Chinese foldable market soon.

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Netflix will launch a Queen’s Gambit game in July

Summer lineup is looking strong



The renaissance of chess is an interesting sight to behold. While there are a few reasons why the sport rose in popularity — such as the emergence of chess content creators on Twitch — there is one show that quickly catapulted chess into the limelight: The Queen’s Gambit. If you’re still a fan of the show, Netflix is launching a chess game based on the popular show.

The Queen’s Gambit Chess is the next step in the platform’s push towards mobile gaming. Back in 2021, Netflix announced its first forays into offering mobile games for its subscribers. Now, every Netflix subscriber has access to a library of games right on their app.

With The Queen’s Gambit Chess, Netflix is going back to its pool of notable franchises to tie into the gaming world. The platform previously did the same with other franchises like Stranger Things.

In the upcoming title, players will immerse themselves in the world of Beth Harmon. They can “take lessons, play puzzles and matches, or compete against friends.”

Netflix has not shown a lot of footage of the game yet. The announcement comes through a short video enumerating the titles it has on slate for this summer. This slate also includes Cut the Rope, Oxenfree, and the upcoming Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.

Queen’s Gambit Chess will launch on July 25.

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Diablo IV is Blizzard’s fastest selling game ever

Only a day after official launch



Technically speaking, Diablo IV only just launched yesterday. However, you won’t hear much about its official launch today because a lot of players already started their early journey to hell days ago. Now, amid the palpable success of the title’s early access period, Diablo IV has already claimed the title of Blizzard’s fastest selling game of all time — only a day after launch.

Since the start of the earlier beta periods, the role-playing game easily ramped up the hype for its official launch. According to the betas then, Diablo IV took the tried-and-tested formula of the previous titles and added a modern patina to the franchise. It looked like something that both seasoned veterans and new fans can get behind.

Now, Diablo IV is officially available for anyone to play. Officially, the title launched on June 6. However, those who purchased a Digital Deluxe or Ultimate Edition received early access to play the title starting June 1.

The early access period has seemingly paid off. On Twitter, Blizzard has confirmed that the title is officially the studio’s fastest selling title of all time. Given the hype around the title, it’s no surprise, but it’s still quite an achievement.

Diablo IV is out now for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. It will start at US$ 69.99. The Digital Deluxe Edition, which retails for US$ 89.99, will give players additional cosmetics, mounts, and access to the Seasonal Battle Pass. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Edition, selling for US$ 99.99, gives players an extra emote and an accelerated Battle Pass.

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