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Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold with Liquid Lens, now official

A big leap for the Mi experiment line

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Xiaomi’s Mi Mix line really went from a sliding phone all the way to a folding one with the official reveal of the Mi Mix Fold.

Xiaomi’s first official foldable doesn’t look too different from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. They both fold in and share a pretty similar look. But of course, the differences are in the details.

Unfolded, it’s slightly larger at 8.01 inches diagonally vs the 7.6 inches on the Galaxy Z Fold2. The outer display also has also slightly bigger measuring 6.52 inches compared to the 6.2 inches on Samsung’s foldable. The Mi Mix Fold also doesn’t have a cutout or punch-hole in the inner, larger display.

Mi Mix Fold

Gaming, videos, and performance

Xiaomi says the Mi Mix Fold is fantastic for content consumption. When watching regular 16:9 videos, 75% of the screen is used. The experience is also aided by four Harman Kardon tuned speakers.

Mi Mix Fold

They also showcased how MiHoYo’s breakout game of 2020 Genshin Impact looks on the Mi Mix Fold. It fills up the whole screen while playing and the foldable had no problems running the game. This is because it’s also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip.

But the company says its true potential is unlocked when used for productivity. It has multi-window support that seems to be expected now of foldable smartphones. But the Mi Mix Fold takes things further with what they call a Desktop Mode or PC Mode.

The user only needs to do a three-finger swipe on the large display to enter Desktop Mode. The mode resembles that of a Windows desktop with a button on the lower left edge of the screen to launch apps nestled on a task bar. It behaves just like a Windows desktop that’s why they’re calling this the “PC at your fingertips.”

Supporting all these functions is a 5020mAh battery with support for 67W fast charging.

Liquid Lens, camera chip

The Mi Mix Fold has a triple camera setup but with a twist. The main camera is a 108MP lens, then there’s 13MP ultra-wide angle lens. Lastly is the 8MP liquid lens that functions as both a telephoto lens with up to 30x Zoom and a Macro lens that’s capable of the gimmicky microscopic shots also seen on the OPPO Find X3 Pro.

Xiaomi says the Liquid Lens functions like the human eye in that it’s a smaller lens that is able to focus faster and more accurately.

Xiaomi’s new foldable smartphone is also home to its proprietary Surge C1 imaging chip. It’s an imaging processor independent from the Snapdragon SoC. It’s supposed to process faster auto focus, provide better white balance and give higher dynamic range.

Pricing and availability

The Mi Mix Fold will come in three configurations with the third one being a ceramic Special Edition. Pricing and configurations are as follows:

Mi Mix Fold

12GB + 256GB — CNY 9999 (around US$ 1521)
12GB + 512GB — CNY 10,999 (around US$ 1673)

Mi Mix Fold Special Edition

16GB + 512GB — CNY 12,999 (around US$ 1973)

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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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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

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