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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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Zelda sequel Tears of the Kingdom has a release date

Priced at $70

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Barely more than a month into the new year, 2023 already looks like a phenomenal year for gamers. A lot of upcoming games are looking like exciting additions to everyone’s to-play list. Though we already knew the title is coming this year, Nintendo officially announced the release date of Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

After revealing a flurry of games, Nintendo capped off their recent Direct with the fresh trailer of the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild. As was showcased in previous teasers and trailers, Tears of the Kingdom is a much darker vision set in the same world as Breath of the Wild. Ganon (or what looks like a zombified version of the villain) is back to terrorize Hyrule. This time, however, the iconic villain has a voice!

Plus, Tears of the Kingdom adds a lot of verticality by introducing floating terrain and more aerial movement. While the world looks similar to Breath of the Wild, the sequel still has a lot to show players.

Finally, the trailer caps off with the release date. Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12. Preorders have already begun for the title. Additionally, dedicated fans can also get a Collector’s Edition which includes a SteelBook, a poster, an art book, and a pin set. The release also coincides with the launch of a new Amiibo to commemorate the launch.

Priced a bit higher, Tears of the Kingdom will sell for US$ 69.99.

SEE ALSO: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

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Nintendo adds Game Boy titles to Switch Online

And Game Boy Advance

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Nintendo Switch Online is the gift that keeps on giving. More than giving players the ability to play online, the subscription service also offers subscribers a gallery of classic games from bygone eras. The feature remains one of the most convenient ways to play old titles from the NES and the N64. Now, the service is adding Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles.

Announced during the most recent Direct, Nintendo has announced that several titles from the Game Boy and the Game Boy Advance are now playable through the subscription service. While all subscribers will have access to the Game Boy titles, Game Boy Advance titles will come only with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscriptions.

The starting lineup of Game Boy titles include Tetris, the original Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX and Kirby’s Dream Land. Meanwhile, Game Boy Advance titles will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$. Games included will come with local and online multiplayer, if applicable.

Nintendo will continue to add more titles to the roster throughout the year. Since the Game Boy generation is one of the company’s biggest, expect a ton of announcements as the roster fills up. (We’re still holding out hope for the classic Pokémon games.)

SEE ALSO: Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

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Twitter expands character limit to 4,000 characters

But not for everyone

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Despite the traditional limitations, the platform’s users have always found a way to express themselves beyond Twitter’s character limits. Whether broken through extensive threads or third-party sites, strict limitations don’t exist anymore. Now, Twitter is essentially getting rid of the character limit by introducing its biggest expansion to date.

Announced today, Twitter will allow users to post tweets with up to 4,000 characters. That’s a gigantic leap from the original 140-character limit and the expanded 280-character limit in 2017. But, of course, some good things come with a price.

Not everyone will have access to the new feature. Currently, only Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States can create tweets of up to 4,000 characters. Besides original tweets, subscribers can also quote tweet with the same expanded limit.

Thankfully, the new feature will not inundate everyone’s feeds with an ocean of text. Any tweets going beyond 280 characters will be cut off with a “show more” prompt.

Through the past few months, the platform has changed a few fundamental elements before Musk took over. Most importantly, Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service is now much more expansive. Among other things, subscribers now get the coveted blue checkmark attached to their profiles. Now, they also get a massive boost in capabilities when it comes to tweeting.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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