Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus now official with 18:9 displays



Finally, Xiaomi officially announced its latest budget devices. As the year nears its end, we finally have decent near-borderless phones which don’t break the bank.

The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus bring the 18:9 display trend to Xiaomi’s budget line of smartphones. While they’re not as edge-to-edge as the Mi Mix 2, near-borderless displays are much welcomed to the Redmi line. The phones also have an aluminum body making them feel premium despite being affordable.

The main differences between the two are their display size and battery. The Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch HD+ display and a 3300mAh battery, while the Plus has a bigger and sharper 5.99-inch Full HD+ display and 4000mAh unit.

Specs-wise, both have the latest midrange internals Xiaomi could throw in. The Redmi 5 has a Snapdragon 450 processor with up to 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage. On the other hand, the Redmi 5 Plus packs the good old Snapdragon 625 with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage.

As for their cameras, both have a single 12-megapixel rear sensor and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with LED flashes of their own. Xiaomi also has their own beautification mode for portrait shooting called Beautify 3.0.

The Redmi 5 starts at CNY 799 (US$ 120) for the cheapest 2GB/16GB model while the 3GB/32GB model goes for CNY 899 (US$ 135). The Redmi 5 Plus starts at CNY 999 (US$ 150) for the base 3GB/32GB model, with the top-of-the-line 4GB/64GB variant selling for CNY 1299 (US$ 180).

The new Xiaomi phones have only been announced for China and will be available on December 12. Official availability outside China will definitely follow soon.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi A1 users can now sign up for Android Oreo beta testing

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Final Fantasy VII Remake final trailer

Get hyped!



From the time it made a huge splash in E3 2015, we’ve been glued and have been waiting anxiously for this game to come out. And now, it’s finally upon us. The Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming and this is the final trailer with just days away from the April 10, 2020 release.

If you pre-ordered the game, you already pre-load it now so you can play right away on April 10. Square Enix also shipped the game early to some areas earlier than scheduled considering the Coronavirus situation that has everyone on lockdown.

With the game coming, it’s highly likely PlayStation gamers will now have more incentive to stay home.

Watch the final trailer.

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Zoom’s security is tied to China

Opening access to Chinese authorities



Days ago, Zoom’s status as an indisputable teleconferencing solution today blew out of proportion. Though its userbase is still on the rise, Zoom is constantly finding more and more flaws in its infrastructure. For example, a report has recently revealed the platform’s lack of true end-to-end encryption.

Today, The Citizen Lab, a research laboratory in Toronto, revealed another concerning flaw with the popular app. Apparently, the mostly American company employs “at least 700 employees in China. Though the company is still primarily American, Zoom’s Chinese presence can open it up to “pressure from Chinese authorities.” Even if a meeting’s participants are in the US, for example, Chinese parties can still access the meeting.

As we already know, Zoom’s encryption is lackluster, allowing Zoom employees to access private information if they need to. Of course, despite the revelation, Zoom has still claimed its respect over its users’ information.

However, with potential Chinese interference, who can really tell? In the report’s conclusion, The Citizen Lab does not recommend the platform for secrecy. Though a good chunk of users come from university settings, government officials, like UK’s Boris Johnson, have also started using the platform for official state meetings.

Additionally, the report goes into a potential flaw with Zoom’s “waiting room” feature. Before a meeting starts, a host can keep participants in a virtual waiting room before starting. Apparently, the feature can allow malicious parties to infiltrate the call. However, The Citizen Lab chose not to disclose the flaw to the public. Instead, they forwarded the flaw to Zoom; the company quickly turned the feature off for now.

Regardless, even without the feature, Zoom-bombing is quickly turning into a trend. All over the world, students have found ways to access meetings from other classes even without official access. Though disruptive, Zoom-bombing is still within the realm of jokes and pranks. Of course, the infiltrative method is easily exploitable by more malicious entities.

Despite its ease of access, Zoom is quickly losing its potential as a secure online platform for the quarantine era.

SEE ALSO: Zoom, Skype now used for virtual drinking parties

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OnePlus 8 Pro breaks 13 records in display tests

Display “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” according to DisplayMate



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To be clear, the OnePlus 8 series hasn’t officially launched yet. Currently, the company has the online launch event set on April 14th. However, some organizations have already received early review units of the anticipated flagship series. As you might have surmised from the title, a prominent display testing company has received one of these early units, granting its top prizes to the OnePlus 8 series.

Confirmed by DisplayMate through a tweet, the OnePlus 8 series has earned an A+ display rating, the highest possible score for the test. Further, the series has broken “10+ display performance records.” Apparently, the series’ color accuracy is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”

Complementing this report, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau retweeted the accomplishment with his own clarifying comment. “Actually, the OnePlus 8 Pro hasn’t broken a single record. It’s broken 13,” he said.

Lau’s clarification confirms something we already know: that the OnePlus 8 Pro is way better than its lesser sibling, the OnePlus 8. Ironically, the CEO took down a more PR-friendly post about his company’s upcoming flagship series. DisplayMate likely referred to the more general “OnePlus 8 series” to draw attention to both phones. In contrast, Lau clearly attributes most of the accolades to just one phone of the two.

Regardless, we should also note that this isn’t the first groundbreaking phone for the display test. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 similarly broke 13 records as well. It’s easy enough to assume that the OnePlus 8 Pro has successfully grabbed the crown from Samsung’s premium model from yesteryear.

According to previous leaks, the OnePlus 8 Pro will sport a 6.78-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, among other specs.

SEE ALSO: New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

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