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Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 with 108MP penta camera setup now official

There’s also a pro version

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Xiaomi has long been teasing their smartphone that’s equipped with a 108MP camera. The phone is the Mi Note 10 and has officially been unveiled globally in an event in Madrid, Spain.

The phone was first announced in China under the name Mi CC9 Pro. The specs — at least for the five cameras — are exactly the same.

Flanking the main camera which is the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX 108MP sensor are two telephoto lenses: one 12MP with 2X zoom mostly for aiding portrait photos, another 5MP with 5X optical zoom and 10X hybrid zoom. The remaining two cameras are a 20MP ultra wide angle lens and a 2MP macro lens.

World’s first 108MP camera phone

Xiaomi is the first in the world to release a smartphone with this level of main camera. They claim it will take “mobile photography to the next level.”

True enough, it does feature the highest resolution of any smartphone on the market –  12032 x 9024. We’re now at a point in time where you can use a smartphone to take photos that can produce billboard-level prints up to 4.24 meters high.

The device should also capture more and better detail in low light with its 1/1.33” large image sensor that supports 4-in-1 pixel binning. There’s also a 4-axis OIS for an even clearer picture.

Massive battery among other things

Providing juice for the device is a massive 5260mAh battery. That’s huge. And since it’s supporting a display that has the regular 60hz refresh rate, you can expect this phone to last for a little over a day.

For the first time ever, Xiaomi is packaging the phone with a 30W charger to take advantage of its fast charging tech. Previously, you had to purchase the charger separately, but with the Mi Note 10, it comes with the box.

Also coming with the Mi Note 10 straight out of the box is MIUI 11. This makes the phone the first one to ship with Xiaomi’s latest UI.

The phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC which in 2019 standards in a near-flagship level chip. It has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The front and back of the device is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The screen features is a 6.47-inch 3D curved AMOLED display. Xiaomi says this helps with gripping the phone.

On the front is a 32MP camera which offers AI beautify, AI portrait selfies, AI scene detection, and AI face unlock, panorama selfie, and palm shutter feature for amazing selfies.

There’s a pro version

For those looking for an ultimate photography experience, Xiaomi also offers Mi Note 10 Pro with an 8-piece lens on the primary camera and a large 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The 8-piece lens delivers images that look clearer and sharper. This variant will be offered at a later date.

Pricing and availability 

The Mi Note 10 comes in three colors:  Midnight Black, Aurora Green, and Glacier White. It retails for EUR 549 (US$609) while the Mi Note 10 Pro will retail for EUR 649 (US$ 719). Availability of the Mi Note 10 series are as follows: November 11 in Germany, November 15 in Spain, and November 18 in France.

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Amazon to invest $1 billion in India’s small businesses

Jeff Bezos is convinced it’s time to double down

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Jeff Bezos is visiting India and Amazon has organized a conference to announce their plans and goals for the regional market. Dubbed “Smbhav”, it’s a collaborative event for small and medium businesses and will see the participation of senior industry executives.

Bezos said the global online retailer will invest US$ 1 billion in digitising India’s small and medium businesses. He also said the company is eyeing scaling locally produced products from India — in line with the Make in India program — to be of US$ 10 billion size on Amazon platform by 2025.

“We are doing this now because it is working. And when something works you should double down on it,” Bezos said.

The news comes just after the Competition Commission of India (CCI), started an investigation into anti-competitive practices of Amazon and its Walmart-owned rival Flipkart earlier this week.

An Amazon executive said the company has amassed over 500,000 sellers in India and thousands of merchants in the country who are selling on 12 Amazon marketplaces around the world.

India is a lucrative market for internet companies because of extremely cheap data rates and easy availability of affordable smartphones. With a population of 1.3 billion people, the potential is unmatchable. Especially because China’s markets are closed by an internal firewall and the developed markets are highly saturated.

The country is Amazon’s largest bet outside its home market and currently at the cutting edge of digital payments. In India, Amazon is able to set up a highly scaled operations unit, ensuring lower costs and better reach.

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POCO is now officially an independent brand

No longer affiliated with Xiaomi

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Xiaomi has announced it’s spinning off POCO as an independent brand. This means the brand will now operate on its own. POCO started in 2018 as a sub-brand of Xiaomi and the parent company has decided to bring in structural changes.

POCO branding is active in India while all other markets get Pocophone. The brand is famous for its POCO F1, an affordable phone that packs a flagship-grade processor. The phone’s arrival created a completely new category of smartphones that are built to be inexpensive, yet offer unmatchable speed.

However, POCO took the backseat in 2019 while Xiaomi rained the markets with Redmi branded phones. Fans have been asking about POCO F1’s successor ever since and the parent company consistently stayed silent about the sub-brand’s future.

Rival brand Realme was also formed as an independent company but is able to leverage OPPO’s infrastructure as “partners”. Having complete independence, the company can operate on its own and decide its own strategy. This structural divide let Realme form a new identity and within no time, it reckoned with Xiaomi as India’s leading mobile vendor.

There were reports in the second half of 2019 that suggested Xiaomi might ditch the POCO brand completely. It’s safe to say that isn’t happening anymore. POCO’s social media handles have been actively announcing discounts and deals on the POCO F1, suggesting a new product could be on the way soon.

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Hisense partners with NBA icon Dwyane Wade

It’s a multi-year deal

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Hisense has been one of the fast rising brands especially in the television department. The company is now partnering with three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade to attract the sports-consuming market.

Wade will serve the as the company’s US Ambassador and will be prominently featured in premium product launches, in-person event appearances, and other upcoming marketing campaigns. He will be joining Hisense’s list of sports partners that include NASCAR, FIFA (2018) and UEFA (2016 and 2020).

The retired NBA star says he sees the company’s dedication to producing quality products and he’s excited for the partnership.

Hisense offers several value-for-money products especially with televisions. In CES 2020, the company launched the L5 laser TV and XD9G — the first dual-cell technology TV on the market. They also offer various other products like home appliances including refrigerators, wine coolers, portable air conditioners, and more

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