We knew it was only a matter of time before the dual-camera set-up in a smartphone becomes mainstream. After all, one camera just doesn’t cut it when you want better focus and depth perception. Xiaomi is the latest company to join the fray with the newly launched Redmi Pro.
The 5.5-inch device uses sensors from different manufacturers: a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 main lens for the still image and a 5-megapixel Samsung assistive sensor for that DSLR-like bokeh effect you probably want. You may even adjust the focus point after taking a photo.
To show the Redmi Pro’s camera prowess, Xiaomi has released the following sample images.
The Redmi Pro is also Xiaomi’s first smartphone to get an OLED display — a full-HD at that — to make visuals eye-popping.
We’re surprised the company has introduced the dual-camera and OLED screen technologies into the entry-level Redmi lineup, not into the flagship Mi series. It makes us wonder how Xiaomi is going to set its next top-of-the-line phone apart.
Not that we’re complaining, considering the base model, which comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of ROM, and MediaTek Helio X20 10-core processor, costs only 1,499 yuan or about $225. Even the variant with 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and MediaTek Helio X25 64-bit deca-core chipset is priced at just 1,699 yuan or roughly $255, and the version with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal memory, and Helio X25 processor sells for only 1,999 yuan or around $300.
At those prices, you already get a brushed-metal unibody, a 2.5D curved glass up front, a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen, a USB Type-C port, dual-SIM and VoLTE support, an IR blaster, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 OS.
To top it off, you may not have to worry about charging the Redmi Pro often because it boasts a huge, 4,050mAh battery. Fast charging should keep you sane as well.
Xiaomi has not announced any international launch for the Redmi Pro yet. The August 6 availability of the gold and silver models is only for the Chinese market, but we’re pretty sure it will soon be sold in India, the second largest smartphone market after China.
The low-cost Redmi series is Xiaomi’s most successful line of devices. The Chinese company sold more than 110 million Redmi units — or 1.2 units per second — in three years.
With the entry of the Redmi Pro, coupled with Xiaomi’s strategy to use celebrity brand ambassadors and traditional advertising for the first time, that number may probably rise significantly, hopefully enough to take on Chinese rivals Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo, which research firm IDC says beat Xiaomi in terms of global shipment volumes in the first quarter of 2016.
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Samsung announces new generation of wearables
These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds
Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.
The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch although without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, GPS, NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in. The watches will also have wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the power-share capable S10’s. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. They’ll come in 4 pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. Available in the market on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.
The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a .95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.
Last but not least: The Samsung Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts 6 hours of battery life for streaming and 5 hours on calls, with an additional 7 hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging. These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is official!
Take a look at the future!
After months of endless rumors, Samsung has finally unveiled its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. Revealed at today’s Unpacked event, the foldable phone promises the next generation of smartphone technology.
Though missing a few specs, the Galaxy Fold touts performance, flexibility, and bravado in one package.
First of all, the phone sports a foldable 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. Revealed months ago, the display can freely transform between an expansive 7.3-inch tablet mode and a smaller 4.6-inch phone mode. Unfolded, the phone is a QXGA+ resolution powerhouse. Folded, the phone carries a workable HD+ display.
Though obscured, the Galaxy Fold introduces a new folding hinge mechanism built with multiple interlocking gears.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Fold boasts a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage. Outside, the phone carries a triple rear camera setup — 16-megapixel ultrawide camera + 12-megapixel wide-angle camera + a telephoto lens. In front, it has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter when folded.
For power, the Galaxy Fold comes with two batteries for both folded and unfolded modes. In total, the battery rounds out to a sizable 4380mAh.
Currently, Samsung is planning four colors for the initial release. It will come in LTE and 5G variants. The Galaxy Fold will launch on April 26 for USD 1,980.
Besides the revolutionary smartphone, Samsung has also launched the current-gen Galaxy S10 series and several new wearables.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series brings high-end specs and Infinity-O together
Making the tenth anniversary truly special
Can you believe we’re already on our tenth Galaxy S smartphone? Year by year, each model brought something new to the table, offering greater refinement and the latest tech from Samsung’s labs.
For 2019, we’re looking at the Galaxy S10 lineup, consisting of three models: the base Galaxy S10, a more affordable Galaxy S10e, and the all-out Galaxy S10+ with its overwhelming specs.
They all share the same high-end Exynos 9820 chipset (or the Snapdragon 855 for certain markets) and gorgeous Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display, with minor differences here and there to deliver varying price points.
The standard Galaxy S10 maintains a tall yet pocketable 6.1-inch 19:9 screen that’s notch-free and largely bezel-less thanks to the punch-hole front camera located on the upper-right. It shoots high-resolution 4K videos without taking away too much space from the top-bar icons.
On the back, you’ll find three cameras with versatile focal lengths: 16-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel dual-aperture, and 12-megapixel with 2x optical zoom. They offer automatic recognition for up to 30 scenes so you have fewer settings to tinker with while shooting.
What you’ll really want, however, are the new features Samsung is integrating. One is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that’s faster and more accurate than the optical implementation of every other under-display setup in the market.
Another is Wireless PowerShare, which allows you to wirelessly charge accessories on the phone’s back panel. Samsung specifically has the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds in mind for this, so you don’t have to bring an extra charger when you already have your Galaxy S10 on hand.
Exact configurations depend on where you reside, but we can confirm that the Galaxy S10 has a standard 8GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a 3400mAh battery.
The Galaxy S10+, on the other hand, does a little more by increasing the screen size to 6.4 inches, boosting the battery to 4100mAh, and offering a mind-blowing 12GB memory option with 1TB of built-in storage — wow!
It looks a little different too with an additional depth sensor beside the selfie camera, turning the Infinity-O into an oval. The extra space taken up seems to be worth it though, thanks to the artistic Live Focus effects it produces.
As for the Galaxy S10e, it’s able to lower the price with a smaller 5.8-inch display (still with the Infinity-O aesthetic), less generous 3100mAh battery, and removal of the 2x optical zoom camera on the rear and ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in front (in favor of a side-mounted unit on the power button). Its base memory is 6GB for now.
Four colors will be sold initially — Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Ceramic Black (exclusive to the 1TB S10+) — but only the Galaxy S10+ will own all four at launch.
Pre-ordering begins on February 22 and ends on March 3. As usual, pricing varies per region. We’ll update this space as we learn more.
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