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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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Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now

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Google Drive was not working for PLDT users in the Philippines.

Multiple users in the Philippines have taken to Twitter to express frustration that Google Drive is down. The earliest tweets started at around 7PM (GMT+8). As of writing, the service continues to not work for some people.

Some tweeters have pointed out that the problem is with the Internet Service Provider PLDT. Some have switched to using a different ISP and it has worked for them.

PLDT replying to queries

PLDT has yet to fully acknowledge the problem and have only so far replied to a handful of customers who have tagged them to flag the issue.

As of 4:24AM (GMT+8), the service has returned for some users.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud service that’s also home to its Office Suite of apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Several people rely on the service both for study and work.

 
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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger

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Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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