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In our Mi Mix 3 unboxing, we find out what new accessories Xiaomi included in the box.

A lot of brands increase prices as the years go by but Xiaomi’s proposition of getting more for less is here to stay — and the Mi Mix 3’s retail box is proof of that. Adding more accessories and features is always welcome; taking them away while increasing prices isn’t.

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LG V50 ThinQ will be company’s first 5G smartphone

Arriving right before MWC 2019

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We have yet another leak ahead of LG’s press conference happening right before Mobile World Congress 2019. This time, it’s for the company’s first 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ.

It comes in the form of a tweet by Evan Blass, who also spilled the beans on LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ flagship a few days ago.

This confirms that the 5G smartphone LG will be showing off at MWC in Barcelona, Spain is the V50 ThinQ. Previously, we knew of such a handset coming on February 24, but we didn’t know what branding it would go under.

The leak, however, points to exclusivity with US carrier Sprint. It might also be a limited partnership, but we can more or less confirm that the V50 ThinQ will carry a Snapdragon 855 chipset in order to handle 5G signals.

In addition, we can see an extra camera on the front and back as compared to the G8 ThinQ’s setup. Sadly, it seems like the wide notch is sticking around.

Surprisingly, the V50 ThinQ is launching less than five months after the V40 ThinQ’s release. LG may be prioritizing its 5G rollout and needs an existing series to lay it on.

We’ll learn more once LG takes the stage on February 24 to reveal all its new devices, which might also include a foldable phone.

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Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 9 is powered by Snapdragon 855

This is going to be a powerful phone

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Earlier today, Xiaomi teased us by showing the Mi 9 in its new gradient finish. The Chinese tech company is not done in giving us information about its upcoming flagship phone, though. Wang Xiang, Xiaomi’s Senior VP, announced on Twitter that the Mi 9 will sport Qualcomm’s latest chipset.

The Snapdragon 855 processor will be a hit among premium Android smartphones this year, and the Mi 9 will be among the first to have it. This is the fruit of Xiaomi’s first R&D center in the US, according to Wang Xiang.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Snapdragon 855, it’s currently the most powerful chip from Qualcomm. It’s an octa-core processor built on 7nm technology and has a clock speed of up to 2.84GHz. It promises a 45 percent increase in CPU performance and 20 percent faster graphics compared to its predecessor.

Qualcomm’s chip is also 5G-ready, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Mi 9 will have a 5G modem when it launches. Besides, 5G is not readily available for consumers to enjoy at the moment.

Aside from proudly announcing the Mi 9’s processor, Xiaomi’s Senior VP posted the AnTuTu Benchmark score of the Mi 9. With a score of above 380,000, it’s currently the fastest Android smartphone we know of based on AnTuTu. Previously, ZTE’s Nubia Red Magic Mars held the title, while the early Snapdragon 855 reference device scored 362,110 points.

Xiaomi will launch the phone first in China on February 20 before its international debut on February 24 at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 official teasers show triple cameras and gradient finish

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Energizer’s Power Max P18K Pop smartphone has 18000mAh battery

Is this a phone or a power bank?

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When we first heard about the soon-to-be-announced Energizer phones, we were a bit disappointed that they don’t live up to the brand’s core legacy: long-lasting batteries. But, France’s Avenir Telecom is finally giving us the Energizer phone we want: the Power Max P18K Pop.

Energizer’s upcoming phone might be a mouthful, but at least you’ll be glad to know that the “P18K” in its name stands for the massive 18000mAh battery. Phones nowadays have around 3000mAh inside, so that’ll make Energizer’s six times more generous.

To supply power to this huge battery, the phone supports 18W quick charging with USB-C Power Delivery 2.0. Of course, you can use it as a power bank to charge other phones and accessories. To be honest, this phone has twice the capacity of the power bank I bring around.

Specs-wise, the phone practically has the same hardware as the U620S Pop we previously featured. To house the much larger battery though, the thickness grew to 18mm from 10.3mm. It’ll also have a pop-up selfie camera with dual 16- and 2-megapixel sensors. On the back, it’ll have three more 12-, 5-, and 2-megapixel cameras.

Screen size is at 6.2 inches with a Full HD+ resolution, but no cutout or notch. It’s powered by MediaTek’s Helio P70 paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

According to GSMArena, the phone will be available by June. Pricing is unknown, although the phone will be present at MWC 2019. A total of 26 new Energizer phones will be unveiled during the convention.

SEE ALSO: Energizer smartphones will have pop-up dual selfie cameras

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