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

There’s also a pro version



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.


Apple releases two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

For Pride Month 2022



Show off your colors. June is once again Pride Month. To celebrate the occasion, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands for the Apple Watch. It comes in two amazing flavors, giving users some options on how to express their identity. Starting today, Apple Watch users can customize their bands with the Pride Edition Sport Loop and the Pride Edition Nike Sports Loop.

First off, the Pride Edition Sport Loop is a white nylon band brandishing the combined power of several pride flags including transgender and gender-nonconforming identities. It also has colors for the Black and the Latinx community. Crossing each color in the rainbow, a stylized “pride” shines across the band, similar to the style of the classic Macintosh “hello.”

Further, with the new App Clip functionality, the band comes with its own dedicated watch face to match hardware with software.

Secondly, the Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is a simpler black band with pride colors across its length. The main headline is the accompanying watch face, though. As part of Nike’s Be True collection, the watch face is a gradient depicting pride colors and representing the identity in sports.

Both bands are now available for order online for US$ 49. It will also come to Apple Store branches starting May 26.

Besides the two bands, Apple is also releasing a Shot on iPhone campaign during Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Google’s AI created these photos, and they look so real

From a new system called Imagen



Have you ever seen art created by an AI? A few platforms today can generate amazing images based on a word prompt. Most of those are limited to more surreal images. You wouldn’t really mistake them for photos taken with a camera. However, Google, getting into the trend themselves, have a different goal in mind: photorealism.

It’s called Imagen, and Google just announced what it is and what it can do. Besides the more technical explanation, the announcement also revealed a few examples from the new text-to-image system.

While a few examples are still surreal (like an alien octopus reading a newspaper), quite a bit are uncannily real. One depicts a corgi riding on a bicycle while wearing shades. Another depicts a delectable chocolate dessert shaped like a bald eagle. If it weren’t for the “Imagen” logo at the bottom, these photos can likely fool anyone perusing the internet.

Google boasts that the new system can outclass the current leaders in text-to-image systems. Of course, the playing field is still a sparse one. AI isn’t taking over the world. Regardless, Google’s latest efforts are impressive.

Unfortunately, not everyone can test it out. Google is keeping the system away from the public for now. Given today’s susceptibility to false information, a well-made generated image (especially that of politicians or celebrities) can potentially disrupt news cycles.

Additionally, because of the sheer amount of data fed to the system, it is prone to using stereotypes for its images. For example, if you ask for an image depicting a CEO, it will likely churn out an image of a white male.

As such, Google wants to work on perfecting the system first before unleashing it to the world.

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MediaTek launches its first mmWave 5G chip, the Dimensity 1050

Along with Dimensity 930 and Helio G99



5G connectivity isn’t just about having 5G. If you’ve delved a bit deeper into what the network can do, you might have seen two types: sub-6GHz and mmWave. One is naturally different from the other. Compared to sub-6GHz, mmWave does carry more potential for the future. Marking this move to future, MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 1050 chipset, the company’s first mmWave 5G SoC.

When 5G first launched, the technology used sub-6GHz frequencies. These frequencies are practically the same as the ones used in 4G and older networks. On the other hand, mmWave uses frequencies above that, boosting what the network is capable of. It does, however, take more time to adopt mmWave technologies as it requires upgrades to both hardware and infrastructure.

The Dimensity 1050 chipset now offers both network compatibilities. According to MediaTek, the processor can deliver up to 53 percent faster speeds. Under the hood, it carries two Arm Cortex-A78 cores and a Mali-G610 GPU. Additionally, it supports UFS 3.1 and LPDDR5 memory.

Besides the Dimensity 1050, MediaTek also launched Dimensity 930 5G chipset for 120Hz Full HD+ displays and HDR 10+ video. The company also launched the Helio G99, a 4G processor for smaller phones.

Dimensity 930 smartphones will launch as early as this quarter. Meanwhile, Dimensity 1050 and Helio G99 smartphones will come out in the next quarter.

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