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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has curved display, high-end specs

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Xiaomi MI Note 2 glacier silver

Just as you thought Xiaomi couldn’t do any better than the Mi 5s and 5s Plus, the Chinese manufacturer decided to outdo itself and launch its Mi Note 2 flagship phablet before the holidays. We may have our Galaxy Note 7 replacement.

We can’t call the Mi Note 2 a perfect clone of Sammy’s discontinued engineering marvel, but it comes close in several ways. The most obvious similarity is the 5.7-inch dual-curved OLED display; it’s so comparable to the Note 7’s, we wonder if Samsung provided the panel itself.

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The downside is the limited Full HD 1080p resolution, lower than the Quad HD 1440p normally found on handsets sized 5.5 inches and up. While it isn’t something you’d normally fuss over, the lack of pixels is noticeable if you’re thinking of hooking it up to a virtual reality headset.

Contrary to the leaks we witnessed last week, the Mi Note 2 does not have a dual-camera setup. It’s a surprising omission, considering this being Xiaomi’s supposed best, but the unique imaging capabilities are probably best left on the recently launched Mi 5s to keep it relevant.

Instead, there’s a single 22.5-megapixel camera at the back with a basic set of autofocusing and LED flash features, and no optical image stabilization. The front-facing shooter isn’t anything exciting either, only having an 8-megapixel sensor and autofocusing to its credit.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 silver and black

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 in glacier silver and piano black

Aside from the sexy display, nothing really shouts “buy me” when looking at the Mi Note 2. You do get a collection of the finest chipset specifications, although they aren’t anything we haven’t seen before.

For one, there’s Qualcomm’s top-performing Snapdragon 821 processor, along with a choice of either 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage, or 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. Picking the latter configuration nets you a future-proofed smartphone for at least the next six months… hopefully.

Go a little bit deeper, and you’ll a find high-quality audio chip capable of 24-bit/192kHz music playback, as well as a satisfactory 4070mAh battery with the ability to charge at a rapid pace thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 specs and pricing

Xiaomi Mi Note 2’s highlighted specs and pricing

To be honest, we were expecting a lot more from the Mi Note 2. Yes, the hardware is all there, yet we can’t help but feel underwhelmed after all we’ve seen from recent competitors and the leaks themselves. Call us spoiled, or hungry for some innovation — or just wanting the simultaneously unveiled Mi Mix more.

Spending CNY 3,299 ($487) rewards you with the top variant in Xiaomi’s home country, while CNY 3,499 ($517) is needed if you purchase one outside of China. Make sure to get the latter, global model for the additional 4G LTE frequency bands and English settings out of the box. You also have the option of going for the cheaper CNY 2,799 ($412) version that has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage.

The only colors available are piano black and glacier silver, and shipping of units will begin in early November.

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Huawei Mate 20 X is company’s ultimate gaming smartphone

It’s absolutely huge!

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Out of nowhere, Huawei introduced yet another member to the Mate 20 family: the Mate 20 X.

It joins the regular Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 20 Pro. While each of those have their own specialties, the Mate 20 X is simply Huawei’s ultimate gaming smartphone.

If you recall, this was the gaming phone Huawei teased earlier this year, alongside the foldable smartphone that everyone is so excited to see.

Even though it has the same Kirin 980 chipset and camera setup as its siblings, the Mate 20 X sets itself apart with a much larger 7.2-inch OLED display and massive 5000mAh battery.

And since this is a gamer-centric device, an optimized cooling system is in place to prevent overheating while pushing pixels at fast frame rates. However, what’s more interesting is the compatibility with Huawei’s new M-Pen, which is a direct answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series.

The Mate 20 X will retail for EUR 899 for the 6GB+128GB variant beginning on October 26. Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver are the two available colors.

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Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS has all the tech plus luxury

Design meets technology

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Like before, the Mate series from Huawei will not be complete without a Porsche Design variant. Along with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Chinese company also announced the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. The name is a mouthful and so are all of its features.

The Porsche Design Mate 20 RS is based on the Mate 20 Pro and they share a number of features. It also sports a curved OLED display, 3D face unlock, and in-screen fingerprint sensor.

It’s powered by the new Kirin 980 processor and has all the AI capabilities that the chipset can offer. It features Dual-NPU and the latest 7nm process. The phone is paired with 8GB of memory to ensure smooth multitasking and runs Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0 out of the box.

Camera-wise, it sports the all-new Leica triple-camera system with a 40-megapixel main camera, 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam. It can also do macro shots with ultra-sharp focus.

There’s a large 4200mAh battery inside as well and it’s fully capable of the 40W SuperCharge technology from Huawei. Fast wireless charging is also available, including the nifty reverse wireless charging.

What sets the Porsche Design variant apart from the regular Mate 20 phones is the design. Instead of a glass back, it has leather trimming. Of course, it comes preloaded with Porsche Design exclusives including icons, wallpapers, and matching user interface.

Being a luxury phone, the Porsche Design variant of the Mate 20 will not be cheap. The phone is priced at EUR 1,695 for the 256GB storage model, while the 512GB model will be available for EUR 2,095. It’s coming in Black in select markets and in a limited edition Red in China.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 series launches with Kirin 980, new Leica cameras, wireless charging

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Huawei announces new wearables: Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro

More wearables for everyone!

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Alongside the highly anticipated Huawei Mate 20 launch in London, Huawei also announced two wearables.

The first announcement came in the form of a classic-looking watch, and a good-looking one at that. The Huawei Watch GT features a stainless steel case with a ceramic bezel and a diamond-like coating. It’s fitted with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display which will show you your notifications with a bright and crisp screen.

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To make sure the wearable is optimized, it has a dual-chip setup which uses AI to intelligently manage whether it should use the low-speed chipset or high-speed chipset (for more intensive use) vis-a-vis the actual scenario. The Huawei Watch GT also boasts of more accurate heart rate tracking with TruSeen 3.0 Heart Rate Monitoring Technology and more accurate GPS.

Of course, it will also track activities like running, swimming, or cycling with its Multiple Sport Modes. There’s even a built-in health assistant which tracks sleep and offers relaxation features. Depending on use, the Huawei Watch GT has a battery life that will last from 22 hours with intensive use, to two weeks with normal use, to an amazing 30 days with light use. Did I mention they’re also waterproof?

There are two versions available, the Huawei Watch GT Sport which retails for EUR 199, and the Huawei GT Classic which is priced at EUR 249.

The Huawei Band 3 Pro was also unveiled. The update to the Chinese company’s simpler health tracker has a 0.95-inch HD AMOLED color display with touchscreen capabilities.

It has GPS tracking, Multiple Sport Modes which include swimming, personalized exercise tracking, and sleep tracking. This wearable will retail for EUR 99.

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