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Special edition Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is an art collector’s dream

The leather case makes a comeback

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Roughly two months after the Shanghai event, Xiaomi has launched a special edition Mi Mix 2S designed in collaboration with the British Museum and it’s unique in so many ways.

While most limited edition devices ride the wave of pop culture or sporting events, Xiaomi is sticking to its message: The Mix line is a piece of art much like those found in museum collections.

Like previous Mix boxes, this special edition box has minimal branding but has a print of a Maiolica dish made in Deruta, Italy in the early 1500s.

The British Museum describes it as a painted tin-glazed earthenware showing a profile portrait of a woman with a scroll that reads PERDORMIRENONSAQVISTA. 🤷🏻‍♀️

The box comes with a note from the Trustees of the British Museum about the collaboration instead of a letter from Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun.

As this is a special edition Mix phone, the bundled case is also leather like the one that came with the 18K Gold Exclusive Edition Mi Mix. At the back it also features the same piece of art and the logo of the British Museum.

The special edition Mi Mix 2S has gold trims and comes in the same black ceramic back and rounded aluminum body launched in March.

But at the back, you’ll find the British Museum logo engraved, moving the Mix Designed by Xiaomi mark to the right side.

In front the phone is still all glass and notch-free, but comes with a matching wallpaper of the Deruta piece.

The special edition Mi Mix 2S will come in the 8GB memory with 256GB storage configuration, and will be on sale in China starting May 10 for CNY 4,299 (US$ 675). This makes it one of Xiaomi’s most expensive phones to date, right after the unibody ceramic Mi Mix 2 that cost CNY 4,699 (US$ 736) at the time it was launched last year.

Initially, the Mi Mix 2S only came in black and white colors, starting at CNY 3,299 (US$ 525) for the 6GB + 64GB model.

Mix is Xiaomi’s award-winning line of premium phones, making Xiaomi the Chinese company to win the most number of industrial design awards not just in China but in other parts of the world.

In December 2017, the Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 have also been added to the permanent collection of the contemporary art museum Centre Pompidou in France.

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Nokia created a new Nokia 3310 but it’s just cake

Always has been

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After years of languishing in the darkness, Nokia has ascended back into the spotlight as a staple of the smartphone industry. That happened five years ago. HMD Global, the current owner of Nokia’s products, has a lot to be thankful for. And what’s a better way to celebrate a milestone anniversary than with a cake? To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Nokia’s new era, the company has partnered with renowned cake sculptor Michelle Wibowo.

The cake is designed after none other than the iconic Nokia 3310. Though it’s the newer version of the classic phone, the cake looks hyper-realistic. It looks as great as the actual phone. However, it was made with chocolate sponge and vanilla buttercream. The casing, on the other hand, is made with a hand-painted sugar shell casing.

Of course, Nokia has since launched a flurry of other phones since then. But the brand is especially indebted to the Nokia 3310 as one of the early devices that catapulted it to the top of the tech world in the early 2000s. The classic Nokia 3310 was launched in September 2000.

Michelle Wibowo is a famous cake sculptor known around the world. She has created works of art like the Hogwarts Castle and lifelike depictions of popular figures like Queen Elizabeth II. The hyper-realistic Nokia 3310 cake certainly echoes the past trend of creating everyday items with cake.

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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