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Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi leaks before official launch on August 22

A cheap plastic phone with flagship specs

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Xiaomi is set to announce a new smartphone brand in India this month. If Huawei has Honor and OPPO has Realme, then Xiaomi has Poco. The Chinese tech company already has amazingly affordable yet great smartphones available, so what does Poco offer to the table?

According to leaks, we’re going to have an affordable flagship phone named the Pocophone F1. We don’t have on-hand info yet, but GSMDome already has their unboxing video online for a couple of days now. Mind you, the video shows a proper unboxing and not a quick, messy engineering sample that’s not meant for consumers to see. Here’s the unboxing of the phone’s retail packaging:

The Pocophone F1 appears to be the phone that we previously reported on. It’s a plastic-built phone with a 5.99-inch notched IPS LCD and has Xiaomi’s own Face ID-like tech. It also has dual cameras that’ll shoot portrait photos and a fingerprint reader at the back. As for the processor, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of memory. Specs-wise, the phone is comparable to expensive flagship phones — even Xiaomi’s very own Mi 8.

As for the pricing, the Pocophone F1 is rumored to be the cheapest smartphone with a Snapdragon 845 chipset. Maybe, it can even beat the Honor Play that also has flagship specs but with Huawei’s own high-end Kirin 970 processor.

We’ll have to wait for the official announcement on August 22. The launch date is already confirmed by Poco’s Twitter page for India. Interestingly, the upcoming device is mentioned as Poco F1, not Pocophone F1.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi will launch a new non-Xiaomi phone soon

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Tired of a ‘lockdown’ relationship? Facebook has Tuned for you

Facebook and its wild ideas…

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Public display of affection, going out on dates, and even holding hands is a thing of the past. Stay indoors and self-quarantine yourself from the fatal virus out there. Facebook truly understands the problems of long-distance relationships and has an advanced solution to help you. It’s called Tuned.

Yes, it’s a dating app. But it doesn’t let you meet new people like Tinder or Bumble. It’s supposed to offer you a personal space, virtually. It’s not about finding love, but about sustaining it. Messaging is just one tiny feature of the app, it’ll further let you create a scrapbook-like-feed to see all your memories together.

Moreover, you can add pictures, voice notes, custom stickers, and more. That’s not all. You can also connect your Spotify playlist and share your mood with your partner. “With Tuned, you can be as mushy, quirky, and silly as you are together in person, even when you’re apart.” the team said in a statement.

Obviously, you can do all of this on any instant messaging app like WhatsApp or Messenger, both of which, are owned ultimately by Facebook. Perhaps the team thought having a dedicated app for a committed relationship would be a brighter idea?

The app is a creation of Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team that’s responsible for working around whacky ideas like these. Basically, throw a dart in the dark and hope it hits the mark. The app is limited to iOS for now and we don’t know if there will be an Android version any time soon.

Almost every other country is urging its citizens to practice social distancing amid the Coronavirus outbreak. In such times of crisis, couples are among the most hit victims who can’t even meet casually.

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Vivo V19 goes official with Snapdragon 712, dual-selfie cameras

Guess the price

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The Vivo V19 has finally made its global debut after a slight delay due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The company was scheduled to launch the phone on March 26 in India but had to roll back the plan in cognizance of the national lockdown.

Thankfully, the phone will be available in many markets around the globe and Vivo is aiming to capture the midrange segment. However, this variant is slightly different from the one launched in Indonesia. It’s a possibility that the band could follow the same strategy in other markets as well.

Coming to the phone, it has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication. Obviously, the face unlock option is also available. The display has a cut-out that houses the dual-selfie cameras.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 712 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 265GB of internal storage. Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging via USB-C.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup that consists of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, the front gets a dual-camera setup that includes a 32-megapixel standard sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens.

Just like all other phones, it’ll ship with FuntouchOS out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, the brand hasn’t revealed its price yet but we do know it’ll be available in Gleam Black and Sleek Silver color options.

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Lock your Netflix profile with a PIN for better parental control

But the primary account holder gets all the power

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Netflix has announced a host of new features that are aimed at tightening parental controls on the platform. This includes the ability to completely remove movies or shows that aren’t meant for children.

The streaming service also allows parents to add PINs to protect profiles that can access mature content on the app. Each account can have up to five user profiles so that their content preference and continuity don’t clash in a family-type setup. Only the primary account manager can set a PIN, and that user can use the PIN to lock their profile to prevent others from accessing it.

Even the kid’s account can be blocked by the PIN, helping parents moderate screen time. Further, you can also set a PIN-based on a show’s ratings. Let’s say you want to limit a profile to PG-13, then the viewer won’t be able to watch a PG-18 or any other adult-rated show without entering the PIN. This makes the platform safe for younger folks who often tend to sway into their parent’s profiles.

It isn’t over yet. The main account holder can block shows and movies that they don’t want to show up on the Netflix main page ever, regardless of rating. This can come handy for a child’s profile where the parent can manually decide to sideline the show silently. These features come handy now that Coronavirus lockdowns are in place across the globe and streaming has risen drastically.

However, these controls are in the hand of the primary account holder. Hence, if you want to play around with someone who “depends” on you for their Netflix and chill time, this move could backfire. Guess you’ll just have to be pally with your account holder and not piss them off. Maybe send them a cupcake and get the odds in your favor?

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