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Xiaomi adds Electric Scooter Pro 2, Smart Band 5, TV stick to IoT lineup

More Xiaomi devices and accessories to choose from!

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By now, people are familiar with the fact that Xiaomi has an expansive portfolio of products. That portfolio is getting some new, exciting additions — namely the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2, the Mi Smart Band 5, and Mi TV Stick.

Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2

This product is targeting a very particular need. Too long to walk but not far enough for a drive? That’s where this mobility tool comes in.

The Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 can travel up to 45km, at speeds up to 25 km per hour. It can effortlessly climb 20 percent incline slopes and accommodate a week’s worth of trips on a single charge.

It has a built-in LCD where riders can view and control different things. You can check real-time speed, choose a riding mode, connect to Bluetooth, and monitor headline status.

It has a 300W motor, a double braking system, shock-absorbing pneumatic tires, and an easy folding design so you can pretty much take it wherever you go.

If you’re a first-time user, you will receive safety reminders and tips through your mobile device. Speaking of safety, it sports front, rear, and side reflectors as well as a 2W headlight that can illuminate up to 10 meters ahead. All for the sake of better visibility.

Launched alongside it  is the Mi Electric Scooter 1S. It’s a more streamlined model for casual commuters. It can travel up to 30 km at speeds up to 25 km per hour and offers an upgraded display, headlight, and other safety features.

Mi Smart Band 5

We’ve discussed this in more detail when it was first announced, and this is essentially the global version.

But here are the basics you need to know: it has a 1.1” color AMOLED display with 20% more screen than its predecessor and has over 65 dynamic displays and six band colors.

On the functionalities side, it has most of what you can expect from a fitness band. It has a variety of workouts and trackers all so you can monitor your health and wellness better. The international suggested retail price is EUR 39.99. 

Mi TV Stick 

Turn your dumb UHD TV into a smart one! If you’ve been yearning for a Smart TV but don’t have the budget for one. Your next best option is to get the Mi TV Stick. Provided your TV has an HDMI port.

Powered by Android TV with DTS surround sound, Google Assistant, and Chromecast — it’s your ticket to a relaxing Netflix and Chill session.

Inside it has a quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM + 8GB storage. It comes with a Bluetooth remote control with dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflx, and Prime video. It’s SRP is EUR 39.99. 

Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic

Here’s something for your basic TWS fix. It promises up to 5 hours of uninterrupted use from a full charge. Total battery life hits the 20-hour mark thanks to the included charging case.

As for functionality, again, anything you expect from TWS, you’ll likely find here. Sound is adequate, pairing should be easy, and there’s some level of environmental noise cancellation for your convenience.

Suggested retail price is also EUR 39.99.

Pricing and availability in other markets will be revealed once they become available.

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Apple will also take out free chargers from older iPhones

Starting with the iPhone SE

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After yesterday’s bombastic announcement, the iPhone 12’s public reception considerably soured. If the lack of a free power adapter turned you off from the latest iPhone, you’re likely looking towards Apple’s older models. Right now, the currently selling iPhones are still shipping with the included peripherals for free. However, the status quo might change soon. According to a report, Apple will also take out free chargers from older iPhones.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will likely continue its cost-cutting measures with other models. Though Gurman does not name the entire lineup, the report specifically points at the recently launched iPhone SE.

“Look for the iPhone SE box to shrink considerably,” he said. Further, the package will likely switch out its current USB-A to Lightning cable for a USB-C to Lightning one, mimicking the standard put forth in the iPhone 12 series.

Besides the iPhone SE, Apple might also take out the same peripherals in the boxes of “other iPhones it’ll keep selling.” Right now, this lineup includes the still-current-generation iPhone 11 series.

Of course, Apple has not officially announced any further plans at the moment. If anything, the company has now set a precedent for the entire industry. During yesterday’s event, the company hopes that other companies can also follow in its footsteps.

According to Apple, the charger exclusion will help the company achieve its 2030 goal to go completely carbon neutral. That said, most consumers are not buying into Apple’s latest decision-making.

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Apple slashed the prices of its power adapters

Plus wired earphones

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Yesterday, Apple confirmed the worst news for iPhone users. Starting with the iPhone 12 series, the company will stop shipping free power adapters and EarPods inside iPhone boxes. Naturally, despite the eco-friendly rationale, most fans threw ridicule at Apple’s decision-making. Thankfully (or not), Apple has… some good news. Starting now, Apple slashed the prices of its power adapters and earphones on their online store.

Spotted by MacRumors, the company now sells the missing peripherals at a discounted price. Now, instead of the usual US$ 29, the regular 20W USB-C Power Adapter sells for just US$ 19. Further, the normally included EarPods with Lightning Connector sells for the same price, down from its usual US$ 29.

For most users, the slashed price tags will likely offer little to no consolation. Nothing can top “free.” Still, if you’re looking for a replacement, it stings just a little bit less.

Apple has mulled over its recent decision to cut off free chargers for months now. On paper, the company offered up eco-friendly reasons for the decision. According to yesterday’s event, the decision stems from the company’s forward-thinking plan to go completely carbon neutral by 2030.

However, several pundits have also pointed out Apple’s reduced costs as a result of the removal. According to previous reports, the inclusion of 5G hardware significantly upped the company’s production costs, necessitating several cost-cutting measures.

Regardless, the decision is final. The upcoming iPhone 12 series will no longer ship with the beloved peripherals. Plus, if you want a replacement, prepare to dish out just a little bit more out of your pocket.

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Mujjo polishes leather wallet cases, matching iPhone 12’s refined designs

So sleek and sturdy

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One of the best — and one of our favorite — smartphone case maker, Mujjo, updated their portfolio of leather wallet cases. The Dutch designer label crafted a new selection of cases for the iPhone 12, matching the phone’s refined designs.

Now, Mujjo’s cases match the flat, angular edges with even subtler curves and corners. The new contours augment the sophisticated design found in their wallet cases.

Certainly, Mujjo still carries its defining features. It still rocks a high-quality full-grain vegetable-tanned leather and a luxurious Japanese microfiber lining with a sophisticated satin-like finish.

A leather card pocket is still available, designed to hold two to three cards such as your bank, ID, or commuter pass.

The new phone case lineup will be available in four gorgeous colorways: Low-key Black, Signature Tan, Monaco Blue, and Slate Green.

Mujjo’s leather wallet cases are compatible with iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Price starts at USD 45/EUR 45 ranging up to USD 55/EUR 55. Cases will be available for order on mujjo.com.

SEE ALSO: Learning the art of letting go with Mujjo’s leather wallet case | Best iPhone Cases | Best of 2019: Our favorite iPhone cases

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