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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 improves on predecessor in every way

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The original Mi Mix was a trendsetter for getting near-borderless smartphones to the mass market before the likes of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. As the successor, the Mi Mix 2 banks on improving on every aspect of the original’s winning formula.

Obviously, the primary attention goes to the screen once again. Now smaller, the 6-inch 1080p LCD screen is narrower as well with a 18:9 aspect ratio (compared to last year’s 17:9), but with the same super-slim bezels.

The aluminum frame makes a return, along with the ceramic back that set the first Mi Mix apart. It’s slightly more curved on the back this time, even though the display itself is totally flat.

To make the front more seamless, the 5-megapixel front-facing camera is all black so it blends in with the bottom chin better. So yes, you still have to rotate the phone if you want to take selfies or go on video calls.

For the single 12-megapixel rear camera — which now has optical image stabilization but no secondary shooter — an 18K gold rim can be found around the lens, just like on the Exclusive Edition of the Mi Mix.

As you’d expect, Xiaomi fitted the Mi Mix 2 with some of the best specifications you could find on a modern flagship: a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of memory, up to 256GB of non-expandable storage, and a hefty 3400mAh battery. What’s missing is a 3.5mm audio port, like on the Mi 6.

There’ll also be a Special Edition of the Mi Mix 2 with more memory at 8GB and a set storage of 128GB. It’ll come in a ceramic unibody with a choice between two colors: black or white. The former has 18K gold rims for both the rear camera lens and fingerprint scanner, while the latter owns rose gold rims for the two circles.

Correction: The Special Edition has 8GB of memory

And for the cherry on top: The Mi Mix 2 will retail for CNY 3,299 (US$ 505) for the 64GB storage version, CNY 3,599 (US$ 555) for 128GB of storage, and CNY 3,999 (US$ 615) for the largest 256GB configuration. The Special Edition costs CNY 4,699 or about US$ 720.

Like with other China-launched gadgets, global availability for both models is still uncertain.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils Mi A1 with Android One and dual cameras

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Engineer builds glitter bomb with stinky farts for package thieves

A genius invention for revenge

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There are times when the receiver of a package is away, it’s just placed on the doorstep. This opens a chance for thieves to steal unprotected goods. Stealing is not cool, but instead of simply relying on the police, a former NASA engineer built something to teach thieves a lesson.

After a couple stole his package one afternoon, Mark Rober decided to create a device that would deliver an ultimate prank. Disguised as an Apple HomePod box, the carefully engineered creation is equipped with four cellular-connected LG G5 phones to record videos in 360 degrees. The phones let Mark see the spectacle of a glitter bomb that showers in all directions. Not only that, but it also fumes a stinky scent using a fart spray. 👀

It’s a harmless way to send a colorful and strong scented message. The only damage is the large amount of glitter that needs to be thoroughly cleaned.

Check out the epic video:

SEE ALSO: Amazon makes a grand announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices

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Lenovo Z5 Pro GT makes every other phone look sad

First to come with Snapdragon 855 and 12GB RAM

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There are phones that surprise us; there are others that simply want to watch the smartphone landscape burn.

Lenovo launched the Z5 Pro GT, and it definitely deserves that overly long moniker. Not only is it the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC, but it’s also equipped with a whopping 12GB of memory and 512GB of storage.

It doesn’t stop there: The Z5 Pro GT makes use of a slider mechanism similar to what Xiaomi implemented on the Mi Mix 3. This houses the 16- and 8-megapixel selfie camera setup under the slider, as well as the 16- and 24-megapixel shooters on the rear.

Coupled with a 6.39-inch 1080p AMOLED display with an under-display fingerprint scanner, the Z5 Pro GT demolishes most handsets launched in 2018. Even more impressive? The pricing!

Believe it or not, the max memory and storage configuration mentioned earlier retails for only CNY 4,398 or approximately US$ 640. This can lower itself to CNY 3,398 (US$ 495) for the 8GB+256GB variant, CNY 2,998 (US$ 435) for the 8GB+128GB model, or CNY 2,698 (US$ 390) for 6GB+128GB.

There are only a few downsides to this product. One, it doesn’t offer 5G connectivity despite having a compatible chipset; it may be because of the phone’s early release happening in January. Two, its battery capacity is only at 3350mAh, which is below-average for something that packs so much power.

All this info may not even matter to most consumers. Unless you reside in China or have access to reliable online retailers, chances are slim that you’ll see this outside of its homeland.

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Microsoft is finally launching the Surface Go in more Asian markets

A tablet that can run like a PC

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The Surface Go is the latest and most affordable Surface product from Microsoft that runs on Windows 10. It is an affordable offering to take on tablets from Apple and Samsung. The 2-in-1 device competes against the likes of the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy S4 Tab.

The Surface Go starts in India at INR 38,599 (US$ 550) for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. The top-end option with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage costs INR 49,999 (US$ 710). The Surface Go Signature Type Cover Black variant will cost INR 8,699 (US$ 125) while the colored variants will cost upwards of INR 11,799 (US$ 165).

Microsoft has partnered with Flipkart for online sales with introductory offers, including INR 4,000 off on Type Cover, free Hungama Play subscription worth INR 799, and discount offers from Thomas Cook and Kaya Clinic.

The 2-in-1 comes with a 10-inch LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 3:2. Like all other Surface products, it supports use of the Surface Pen for creative as well as note-taking purposes. It is 8.3mm thin and weighs just 520 grams.

Powering the Surface Go is a 7th-generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor coupled with Intel HD Graphics 615. The company claims it can offer up to nine hours of battery life with moderate usage and also houses a microSDXC card slot for memory expansion.

On the rear is an 8-megapixel camera while the front has a 5-megapixel sensor for video calls. It also includes Windows Hello for quick authentication. Charging is done via a Surface Connect port along with a USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack.

The portable machine is built to perform every task a normal Windows 10 computer can, offering increased flexibility and reliability when on the go. Though, this laptop-cum-tablet is built for light tasks like mails, browsing, streaming, and writing.

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