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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 goes all screen with magnetic camera slider

No more awkwardly placed selfies

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Ever since the first Mi Mix launched, Xiaomi has been taking its time in finding a way to relocate the awkwardly placed selfie camera and go all-screen in front. It took a while, but that major redesign has finally happened.

The Mi Mix 3 is the fourth entry in the series (counting the Mi Mix 2S released earlier this year), and it brings what you’d expect from a high-end Xiaomi: the best-possible specifications.

Let’s see: You get a Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 10GB of memory, up to 256GB of storage, and a 3200mAh battery. Seems like your usual excessive Mi product at first, but there’s more to it.

The real innovation is in the magnetic camera slider. Unlike OPPO’s Find X, you have to manually activate the dual 24- and 2-megapixel front cameras by sliding the back panel up with your fingers. It harkens back to when slider phones were still a thing.

With that, the Mi Mix 3 has a virtually bezel-less 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED in front, and a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. The fingerprint scanner is found on the ceramic back as well, so no under-display magic here.

Also mentioned during the event, is the Mi Mix 3’s DxOMark score of 103, placing it above the likes of Huawei’s P20 and Samsung’s Galaxy S9+, as well as surpassing the Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2S.

In addition, Xiaomi announced that a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 will launch during the first quarter of 2019 in Europe. This development was teased by the company last month, but it’s only now that we have an actual time frame.

It currently retails for CNY 3,299 (US$ 475) for the 6GB+128GB configuration, CNY 3,599 (US$ 515) for the 8GB+128GB variant, and CNY 3,999 (US$ 575) for the 8GB+256GB model. The available colors are Sapphire Blue, Jade Green, and Onyx Black, all of which come with a 10W wireless charger.

Finally, there’s a special Palace Museum Edition Mi Mix 3 with 24K gold trims and a beefier 10GB+256GB config for CNY 4,999 (US$ 720).

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Sony now selling wearable air-conditioner Reon Pocket

Available only in Japan

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Remember Sony’s crowdfunding effort to bring wearable air-conditioners to the masses? The company has begun selling its soap-sized personal air-conditioner, the Reon Pocket.

It’s now available for purchase on all Sony stores, as well as Amazon Japan.

Sony initially promised to make this device available to the public by March 2020. However, they had to delay most likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After almost a year since it was revealed, buyers can now lay their hands on the portable air-conditioner by shelling out JPY 13,000 (US$ 121) for the device and JPY 1,800 (US$ 17) for the shirt.

Reon Pocket works by using the “Peltier effect.” It uses electrical currents to either cool down or heat up the body. Users have to insert the device into a tiny insert located on a specialized t-shirt to make the whole thing work.

They can control the device through an app. It not only acts as an air-conditioner, though. Through the app, users can adjust the device to make it a portable heater during winter.

The timing of this device couldn’t have been more fitting. July marks the beginning of summer in Japan. It should have also been a perfect companion device for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which has unfortunately been delayed due to the pandemic.

Sony hasn’t yet announced the availability of Reon Pocket in other markets. It will remain a Japan-exclusive for the moment.

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Land Rover launches hybrid electric SUVs, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport

Part-electric, all-terrain

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When you think of electric vehicles, you’re usually thinking of city driving or, at least, travelling through city roads. However, the electric vehicle segment has already developed cars that can traverse all types of terrains.

Recently, celebrating its 50th anniversary, Land Rover has launched its second set of hybrid electric SUVs, the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) sport a 2.0L Ingenium turbocharged petrol engine complemented by an 85kW electric powertrain, churning out 404ps of horsepower and 640Nm of torque. Both engines have a 0-100km/h time of just 6.7 seconds. Both also have a top speed of 220km/h.

Either model will come in two modes: Parallel Hybrid mode and EV mode. The default Parallel Hybrid mode will use both the petrol engine and the electric motor to power the vehicle. In doing so, the vehicle can optimize usage of both engines, complemented by a smart computer analyzing driving conditions and destinations. Meanwhile, the all-electric EV mode will allow for a quieter, no-emission drive.

Using the default mode, drivers can reach up to a whopping 700 kilometers before needing a recharge or a refuel. On the other hands, the EV mode can reach up to 50 kilometers without the petrol engine.

Both models come with a 13kWh Li-ion battery that charges from empty in just 2 hours and 45 minutes. Both are covered with an eight-year, 160,000-kilometer warranty for when the battery dips below 70 percent health.

If you purchase either model, Land Rover will bundle a free Type 2 7kWh wall charge. However, you’ll still need to pay for installation fees outside of the price tag. The carmaker will evaluate households if their homes are compatible with installation.

The Range Rover PHEV starts at PhP 11,990,000. Meanwhile, the Range Rover Sport PHEV starts at PhP 9,490,000. The price tags already come with a wall charger. A second charger will sell for PhP 105,000, pending installation fees.

SEE ALSO: Jaguar launches the all-electric I-PACE

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Jaguar launches the all-electric I-PACE

Two motors to power through the week

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In today’s tough times, an electric vehicle presents one of the most economic decisions when it comes to travelling around the metro. Besides an incredibly quiet drive, powering an electric vehicle is more affordable than chugging through liters of fuel every week. Unfortunately, the problem is still the same: the lack of infrastructure.

Fortunately, electric carmakers are working on building personal infrastructure for its customers. Particularly, Jaguar has launched its globally recognized electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Sporting 400ps of horsepower and 696Nm of torque, the I-PACE can effectively use 97 percent of its electric power, compared to a paltry 70 percent in traditional electric powertrains. Further, Jaguar boasts a 0-100km/h time of just 4.8 seconds, thanks to two motors under the hood. The company will also ship software updates over the air, preventing the need to visit service centers all the time.

With its 90kWh battery, the vehicle can drive up to 470 kilometers, a perfect distance for driving around the city. Charging from empty will take 12 hours and 48 minutes. Of course, since drivers won’t usually drive the maximum range every day, a weekly charging time should be enough.

The I-PACE comes with a future-proof 11kW on-board charger. Further, Jaguar is bundling a Type 2 7kW wall charger for households. However, the price tag doesn’t come with installation costs. The company will assess the homes of those interested in the electric vehicle, especially to accurately price the car. In any case, the battery comes with an eight-year, 160,000-kilometer warranty for when the battery dips below 70 percent health.

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE will start at PhP 7,590,000, pending installation costs. The first charger will come with the price, but a second one will cost an additional PhP 105,000.

SEE ALSO: Land Rover launches hybrid electric SUVs, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport

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