Xiaomi launches the insane-looking Mi Mix Alpha

Almost entirely all screen!



We literally haven’t seen anything like this before. Xiaomi showcased today a concept smartphone that’s made almost entirely of a display. No, that’s not an exaggeration. It’s called the Mi Mix Alpha.

The screen on the Alpha wraps around the device. Xiaomi is calling it the surround display. This makes for an absolutely insane 180.6% screen-t0-body ratio. That’s unheard of. Xiaomi says they used aerospace-grade titanium alloy together with a single piece of sapphire glass embedded in high-precision ceramics to pull-off this design.

Having a device like this means there are no physical buttons. Instead, the sides of the device — which are still made of the display — are pressure sensitive. A linear motor simulates physical touch to still give you that feel.

While we just recently saw the Vivo NEX 3 and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro push limits on the display with similar implementations of no physical buttons, what Xiaomi has done here is pushing things even further.

The display only really stops right around the camera module on its back. Status icons are displayed on the side and having a screen on its back means you don’t need a front-facing camera. You simply flip the phone over and use the display on its back as a monitor while still using the rear camera module.

Insane cameras

Speaking of the cameras, the Mi Mix Alpha has a triple camera module. It’s home to an even more insane 108MP primary lens, a 20MP ultra wide angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera that also supports 2X optical zoom and Dual PD focus.

Xiaomi shared a photo on their official Twitter account to showcase the Alpha’s camera capability. The photo below showcases how you don’t lose detail even after zooming the photo up to eight times.


Another shot shows off its wide-angle prowess.

Top-of-the-line specs

A phone that looks this exceptional has to also perform exceptionally. To do that, Xiaomi put a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC on the Alpha to go along with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. It’s also equipped with a 4050mAh battery that supports 40W wired fast charging.

Other announcements: Mi 9 Pro 5G, MIUI 11, and Mi Full Screen TV Pro

Also announced during the event is a 5G variant of the Mi 9 Pro. This is Xiaomi’s second 5G smartphone. It’s seven-antenna design allows it to get a download speed of up to 2.02Gbps (lab) and 1.78Gbps (field test). Xiaomi says this is 10 times faster than the standard Mi 9. The device will come in Dynamic White and Titanium Black.

The Mi 9 Pro 5G will alunch with MIUI 11. It features new always-on display effects, dynamic font-scaling, among other things. This is launching on closed beta today for Chinese users via WeChat. The open beta will be available on September 27 on 17 Chinese devices. There are no confirmed dates yet for global users.

Lastly, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Full Screen TV Pro. It’s a 4K UHD Smart TV that supports 8K video playback. It’s available in three sizes: 43”, 55” and 65”.


PUBG Mobile has a host of surprise gifts this Diwali

Burst in-game crackers!



Diwali is a very auspicious festival in the Hindu calendar and is comparable to Christmas in India. With the onset of the festive season, everyone is on a shopping spree. Companies are gearing up to send out gifts and streets will be lit up with diyas and lanterns.

The country is also one of the largest markets for PUBG Mobile, and the brand intends to leverage the festive season this year. The game has announced a plethora of in-game offerings as well as physical gifts.

Starting October 19, ‘Diwali Dhamaka Event’ will go live in the game and players need to complete daily missions to collect ‘Diwali Sparklers,’ which can be used to ‘Burst Crackers.’ Bursting these crackers will get you ‘Gift Tokens’ that can be redeemed for exclusive in-game items.

For reference, bursting crackers has been a tradition during Diwali. However, everyone is urged to refrain from bursting actual crackers because it leads to massive air pollution. A virtual celebration is best for everyone.

Progressing up the ladder, there will be three levels and each will offer you up to 25 tokens. Once all the Gift Tokens are collected, players will get a Diwali special in-game item for free. Additionally, few lucky winners will also stand a chance to win physical rewards like TVS Apache Bike, OPPO Phones, gold coins, and more.

In-game offering currently includes a Kurta Pajama Set (traditional clothes worn during Diwali), Cricket Costume, Future Policewoman set, Lobster Set, AWM/M416 gun skins, Crate Coupons, and more. The festivities will be available in-game till November 4.

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Blizzard is banning pro-HK Twitch viewers

Don’t say “Free Hong Kong”



Image source: Twitch

The war against Chinese favoritism continues. Following a massive controversy a few weeks ago, Blizzard shows that it has not learned its lesson at all. The video game publisher is reportedly banning pro-Hong Kong viewers from its Twitch channel.

Blizzard’s games are particularly popular on the streaming platform. Thousands of streamers play World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone on Twitch daily. Naturally, Blizzard has capitalized on this trend. Blizzard’s official Twitch accounts broadcast sanctioned tournaments regularly.

This year, Hearthstone’s official account (PlayHearthstone) broadcasted the Master Tour, an international Hearthstone tournament. The most recent European leg is currently ongoing on the platform. That said, the stream’s chatroom was (and is) a huge minefield. Thousands of viewers typed in pro-Hong Kong messages in chat. The outpouring comes from both Hong Kong supporters and dissenters against Blizzard’s blatant pro-China stance.

However, Blizzard already has Twitch on lockdown. As reported by Dot Esports, anyone who typed “Free Hong Kong” automatically received a 24-hour ban from the chatroom. (Though they can still watch, banned users cannot participate in the chatroom for the allotted time.) Moderators also instantly deleted the “offensive” messages.

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At the very least, Blizzard isn’t using an automated program to control the chat’s speech. Days after a live match, PlayHearthstone rebroadcasted the same match on the channel. Apparently, a rerun did not warrant enough moderation from Blizzard. During the rerun, thousands of pro-Hong Kong messages flashed in the chatroom without deletion or banning. Blizzard is still taking things manually.

Regardless, the company’s recent censorship is another nail in Blizzard’s made-in-China coffin. Previously, Blizzard penalized the winner of a Hearthstone tournament for including pro-Hong Kong protests in his victory speech. After an ambiguous apology note, the company eased on the punishment and reiterated that China was not involved in the decision.

SEE ALSO: Blizzard is taking their other titles to your mobile

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Motorola could launch a foldable Razr phone

Could be announced next month



Remember the iconic Razr phone? Back then, a foldable phone had a different meaning and consisted of a hinge that separated the screen and keyboard. Today, thanks to bendable display technology, our definition of a folding phone have changed completely.

However, the feeling of picking up a call by opening the phone with a flip is unmatchable. And, Motorola may be bringing back all that nostalgia with a new “Razr” branded phone.

The company has sent out invitations to an event on November 13 that will feature a “highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon.” Accompanying the invitation was an animated gif depicting the original Razr phone hinge design.

The Razr reboot has become one of the most anticipated smartphone releases among gadget enthusiasts. Its iconic flip became a cultural icon which made everyone wanted a Motorola flip phone.

There is a possibility the phone could feature a bendable display that opens up vertically. A report by The Wall Street Journal early this year stated that Motorola could be working on a reboot and plans on making a limited number of units. Each could sell for as much as US$ 1,500.

These retro reboots have worked quite well for other brands like HMD Global, who’s popular for launching classic Nokia-branded phones with modern features. Even BlackBerry has been experimenting with its keyboard and launched the Key2 last year.

With Huawei Mate X delayed and Galaxy Fold having its own set of problems, Motorola could have a shot at taking on Huawei and Samsung.

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