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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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This wallpaper is somehow causing Android devices to crash

Something about the color

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Wallpapers are one of the most personal ways to customize our phones. Whether it’s a photo of a loved one, a pop culture icon, or just a default one, smartphones become much more colorful and dynamic because of wallpapers. That said, the only time you should fear a wallpaper is when you accidentally show off a very NSFW wallpaper to a very SFW public. However, a new and mysterious wallpaper is striking fear into the hearts of every Android user.

On their official Twitter page, renowned Samsung leaker Ice Universe posted a seemingly innocuous wallpaper with a dire warning: “Never set this picture as wallpaper, especially for Samsung mobile phone users!” The photo depicts a picturesque lakeside sprinkled with tall, coniferous trees; a minuscule island stands at the lake’s center; warm sunlight filters through thick clouds, disturbed only by towering mountains.

Further, when posted to Weibo, the photo changes, losing its purplish-orange hue. In its altered form, the wallpaper becomes harmless. The leaker suspects that the Chinese social network filters out the photo’s “harmful ingredients.”

Original (left) and Weibo format (right) | Image source: Ice Universe / Twitter

(As I was writing this article, I tried putting the photo on Photoshop to analyze its elements. When I downloaded it directly from Twitter and placed it on the software, Photoshop also filtered the hue out. There’s something off about this photo.)

Naturally, after the leaker posted the photo, curious users tried the wallpaper for themselves. As expected, Ice Universe’s warning turned into reality for some. Strangely, the wallpaper’s mysterious power picks and chooses which smartphones to brick. However, based on the flurry of responses, it’s exclusively an Android issue. Besides Samsung models, Google’s Pixels and Xiaomi’s phones are victims. Curiously, only newer models are affected.

According to a Korean forum, the problem lies in the wallpaper’s image profile. Apparently, the raw image was created using GIMP, a Photoshop alternative. Unlike other image manipulation software, GIMP operates in color profiles beyond those that Android is compatible with. As such, Android gets confused when loading the photo as a wallpaper, causing crashes and bricks. Some have also speculated on an error in encoding. Regardless, it seems that the photo’s color profile is at fault.

Still, don’t try it out. If you do try it out, convert it to sRGB first.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

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Android 11 launch delayed due to US protests

#BlackLivesMatter

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Image source: Android Developers / YouTube

Coronavirus-related delays are commonplace in this newfound era. The global health crisis has forced various companies from various industries to postpone their much-anticipated annual events. So far, we’ve seen event cancellations, launch delays, and digital migrations. Today, another anticipated launch has been postponed. However, for perhaps the first time in a while, the delay isn’t canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

In an official tweet from Android’s Twitter account, Google announced the postponement of Android 11’s unveiling. Previously, the company earmarked June 3 as the upcoming operating system’s debut. The launch would have introduced the system to developers for optimization with their apps before a more public release. That will now have to wait.

“We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release,” Google said. “Now is not the time to celebrate.” Instead, the company will release more details “soon.”

Besides the ongoing pandemic, the United States is now buckling under a lot of civil uprising across several states. The protests are calling for justice for the brutal death of George Floyd, an African American man, under the custody of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. In less than a week, a revolutionary spirit rushed through the entire country, resurrecting the #BlackLivesMatter movement from very recent memory. Since then, several companies and personalities have used their respective platforms and audiences to spread awareness, goodwill, and justice towards the issue.

Besides Android 11, Google has also quietly delayed the launch of the Pixel 4a for coronavirus-related reasons, according to previous reports.

SEE ALSO: Apple and Google release contact tracing software all over the world

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OnePlus accidentally disables OnePlus 8 Pro’s x-ray camera worldwide

Update rolling out in India

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Weeks ago, OnePlus confirmed a brewing privacy controversy surrounding the recently released OnePlus 8 Pro. Apparently, the premium smartphone’s Photochrom filter can penetrate through thin material like plastic or clothing. Despite OnePlus’s assurances to the contrary, several reviewers have demonstrated the feature’s strong capabilities. As a result, OnePlus has promised to disable the feature temporarily before working on a more permanent solution.

Surprisingly, after all the hullaballoo, OnePlus is disabling the feature only in Chinese smartphones. Presumably, the invasive feature is a more serious threat in China, compared to other nations. However, a recent update reveals a change of mind. Further, a followup hints at conflicting decisions inside OnePlus.

In India, OnePlus 8 Pro users are receiving new OTA updates — Oxygen OS 10.5.9.IN11, 10.5.9.IN11AA, and 10.5.9.IN11DA — that carries only one item in the patch notes, as posted in the OnePlus forums. As you might expect by now, the exactly similar patches remove the Photochrom filter temporarily “for adjustment.” In this case, “temporarily” is hugely short-term. The update promises the feature’s return “around June.”

However, after users spotted the update, OnePlus has quickly issued a statement, saying that the updates rolled out accidentally. Apparently, the company did not intend to disable the feature for non-Chinese models. As such, an upcoming OTA update will re-enable the feature.

Naturally, if you don’t live in India or China, your OnePlus 8 Pro still has the controversial Photochrom filter. However, OnePlus’s lingering uncertainty in India marks similar uncertainty in handling the privacy controversy.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 8 Pro review: Best of the best

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