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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 with dual-curved display to arrive October 25

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Off the top of your head: What smartphone has a large dual-curved display and flagship-worthy specs that fit snugly in an unbelievably thin frame? If you’re thinking of the discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7, we can’t blame you, but there’s an upcoming phone with the same description — at a presumably cheaper price: the Xiaomi Mi Note 2.

After releasing interesting Apple MacBook and iPhone 7 alternatives, Xiaomi is now hell-bent on replacing Samsung’s former masterpiece. If the rumored specifications and photos hold true, we could be looking at something even better.

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As of now, this is the most legitimate sighting we have of the Mi Note 2:

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We can confirm so far that there’ll be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor (the best currently available for smartphones), curved 5.5-inch (or 5.7-inch) OLED display, dual-camera setup, and up to 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage. Additional rumors claim there’s going to be two variants: one with a 1080p resolution and another with 1440p on its display.

The leaked shots below help back up the information we have so far:

More recent leaks, however, have shown a more outrageous design for the handset:

Absolutely no bezels in sight! As much as we’d love to see a smartphone with such a physique made commercially available, we wouldn’t hold our breaths. Still, how awesome would this Xiaomi be if all the rumors fit together?

The good news is we’ll be seeing the Mi Note 2 really soon, with an official unveiling on October 25. Let’s hope Xiaomi decides to make it more internationally available than all its other products, but we kind of doubt that.

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Sources: GizmoChina, PlayfulDroidAndroidPure

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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