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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S retains notch-less design, adds dual cameras and wireless charging

Incremental but not negligible

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It was six months ago when Xiaomi blew people away with the Mi Mix 2 and its excellent combination of a near-borderless design and sweet price tag. It wasn’t without a few drawbacks, however.

The Mi Mix 2 didn’t have some popular features, such as a dual-camera setup and wireless charging. The incremental update we have in the Mi Mix 2S addresses these downsides and adds more features.

Being a minor update means the predecessor’s ceramic design with an aluminum frame is mostly retained. It still has the same 6-inch 1080p LCD panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio and only a thin border at the bottom to house the front camera.

Yes, leaks showing the repositioned selfie shooter turned out to be fake. On the positive side, this is the first entry in the Mi Mix series to own a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the back — one is for wide-angle shots while the other is for zoomed-in photos. As for wireless charging, this phone uses the standard Qi standard for its 3400mAh battery.

The biggest upgrade, though, is the integration of artificial intelligence in the cameras to adjust exposure and color settings on the fly depending on what’s being pictured. There’s also a portrait mode this time with modifiable background blur for artsy images.

Xiaomi is really taking photography seriously this time. The Mi Mix 2S has an overall score of 97 on imaging authority DxOMark; it’s not a world beater, but it’s on the same level as the Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which have fantastic photo results in our shootouts.

Inside, we have the new high-end Snapdragon 845 processor from Qualcomm, the same one found in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2. It’s paired with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage, helping make the Mi Mix 2S one of the most powerful handsets in the market today.

Xiaomi will begin selling the Mi Mix 2S in China for CNY 3,299 (US$ 525) for the 6GB+64GB variant, CNY 3,599 (US$ 575) for the 6GB+128GB version, and CNY 3,999 (US$ 640) for the top-shelf 8GB+256GB model. Available colors are white and black.

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realme India’s official Twitter was compromised, ran a crypto scam

Elon Musk is the new Nigerian Prince

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Crypto Scam

realme India’s official Twitter account was compromised for a short period on May 6, 2021. Scammers were able to control the verified brand account and change its name to Tesla, trying to mislead gullible users via a crypto scam.

After the Twitter account was taken over, the scammers replied to Elon Musk’s tweets and said they’re organizing an “airdrop” of 5000 bitcoins. The tweets pretended to be an official Tesla undertaking and suggested users sign up on obscure websites.

The account’s handle remained unchanged, but the Tesla name manipulated users to believe it’s true. The vulnerability was short-lived as realme India’s team soon took back control of the account, but they haven’t issued any clarifications or apology.

 

The modus operandi of these scams is quite simple — take over a verified account and rename it, share malicious or misleading links that claim to be a cryptocurrency giveaway, ask users to enter a raffle, or contribute a small token sum, and vanish with the monies.

Unsurprisingly, one of the mention domains contains a message from the Nigerian Prince-like Elon Musk, saying, “Our marketing department here at Tesla HQ came up with an idea: to hold a special giveaway event for all crypto fans out there.”

The scam asks users to contribute 1 BTC (bitcoin) to win back 10 BTC. It’s not supposed to make logical sense because it’s an outright scam. Twitter is filled to the brim with verified accounts that are compromised and used to cheat unsuspecting users. It isn’t known yet whether anyone fell for the crypto scam.

The boom in cryptocurrency as a decentralized and unregulated system is controversial. Lack of regulation and law enforcement makes it impossible to trace transactions, creating a haven for scam artists and the black market. While the growth of cryptocurrency is consistent, many experts still question its reliability and redressal mechanism in the real-world scenario.

Read Also: Basics of cryptocurrency: Risks and benefits

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PUBG Mobile is making a comeback as Battlegrounds Mobile India

Will be exclusive to India

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Battlegrounds Mobile

After an excruciating wait, it’s official — PUBG Mobile is coming back to India. But this time, it’ll have a new name: Battlegrounds Mobile India with some added features, and an India-centric focus.

Krafton, the game’s developer, has announced it’ll be launching the Battlegrounds Mobile India soon. The game will bring an AAA-rated multiplayer experience alongside exclusive in-game events, tournaments, and leagues. While a launch date isn’t available, Krafton did confirm that pre-registration will be opened up soon.

The game will be free-to-play and incorporate the same battle royale concept that made it popular. Although, little detail is available about maps, guns, vehicles, and the plot (if there is any) of the game.

Furthermore, the game’s developer said that it would comply with all local laws and compliances. This includes data localization — storage of data within Indian borders. The announcement has cheered millions of players in the country who’ve been waiting for an alternative ever since the primary game was barred.

Why PUBG had to go

In mid-2020, India and China were involved in a fatal border skirmish that left many casualties on both sides. Following the conflict, India took a stringent anti-China stance and banned a host of apps that were developed or backed by Chinese companies. TikTok, owned by ByteDance, was among the first to come under the hammer.

PUBG Mobile was also included in the ban because Chinese giant Tencent was a distribution partner of the game. Following the ban, Krafton quickly removed Tencent from the agreement and announced plans to launch a new game independent of any Chinese influence.

Indian developers rode the hype wave, and many TikTok clones were touted as the next big thing. On the same lines, nCore Studios tried to bridge the gap by launching FAU-G, but it was a colossal failure. In fact, it still doesn’t have a battle royale mode, so it’s safe to assume Call of Duty: Mobile is the only practical alternative left for users right now.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leaks, will enter production in July

And could launch in August

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Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is reported to be in the works, and its production may start sometime in July. It will be an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which was launched last year.

According to @DSCCRoss on Twitter, the Galaxy S21 FE will enter production in July, just a month before its expected launch. The Galaxy S21 FE will likely be part of Samsung’s Unpacked event in August, where it usually also launches foldable phones. A noted analyst of DisplaySearch backs his claim.

 

The phone is said to come in four color options: gray, light green, light violet, and white. The predecessor also had colorful options, so it’s not surprising to see the palette selection here.

In terms of design, it will look like the Galaxy S21 based on leaked renders. It will feature a punch-hole display and three rear cameras. Rumors have also suggested that it’ll have a “glastic” construction. It consists of a polycarbonate construction that feels like glass. The Note 10 Lite sported a similar design too.

In terms of specs, Galaxy S21 FE is said to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, and it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor. In line with all Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll run on OneUI out-of-the-box.

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