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Xiaomi patents a slide-display phone

Slide up for a selfie

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Who’s up for another wacky smartphone idea? Because of the advent of foldable smartphones, every smartphone maker wants to try new form factors as experiments. Though the company already has a few tricks up its sleeve, Xiaomi is again experimenting with a new design, this time with a slide-display phone.

Spotted by LetsGoDigital, Xiaomi filed the patent for the smartphone design sometime in October 2020. The design itself is reminiscent of old slide phones of the past generation. Remember holding a brick phone and sliding it up with a finger to reveal the rear camera? Yeah, exactly like that.

Xiaomi’s slide-display phone is an edge-to-edge slab phone in its default state, albeit with one side flowing down into the rear panel. However, as indicated in the patent, the phone’s chassis extends around two centimeters from the top to reveal the front-facing camera. Unlike the old slide phones, you don’t need to use your finger. The extendable camera can be triggered using a tap command or even voice commands.

Naturally, since the patent is still, woefully, a patent, no one knows when the slide-display phone will finally make it into the real world. Over the years, Xiaomi has also patented other radical designs which have never made it past the patent stage.

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Nubia Red Magic 6 launches with 165Hz screen, 18GB of RAM

All that power

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Smartphones are quickly inching closer and closer to technologies outside of the regular phone world. Most especially, gaming phones have already packed in so many features inside its lithe package. Chinese gaming phone Nubia is going even further. Today, Nubia launched the Red Magic 6, a gaming phone with 18GB of RAM.

Carrying a 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, the series offers a world-first 165Hz refresh rate. Further, it has a 500Hz single-touch and 360Hz multi-touch sampling rate. Inside, it packs in a Snapdragon 888 chipset. Further, it has another world-first 18GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage.

For cameras, the series will sport a 64-megapixel main sensor + 8-megapixel ultra-wide + 2-megapixel macro rear camera combination. It also has an 8-megapixel front-facing selfie shooter.

As for its battery, the smartphone comes with a 5050mAh battery compatible with up to 120W fast charging and a cooling fan that goes up to 20,000rpm. For accessories, the series comes with 400Hz shoulder triggers.

Naturally, what you get depends on what you pay for. The new series comes in three different packages: the regular Red Magic 6, the Red Magic 6 Pro, and a transparent Dao edition. The regular Red Magic 6 goes up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage; it sells for CNY 4,399. Meanwhile, the Pro goes up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage; it sells for CNY 5,299. Finally, the transparent Dao edition offers the full 18GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage; it sells for CNY 6,599.

SEE ALSO: Nubia Red Magic 5S launches with 144Hz display, Snapdragon 865

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realme GT 5G unveiled, sports Snapdragon 888, 120Hz display

A true flagship

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The launch season has arrived, and companies are bombarding the market with products. While Xiaomi was launching the Redmi Note 10 series today in India, realme announced its new flagship phone in China — the realme GT 5G.

realme is serious about grabbing the premium market and had been teasing the phone for quite a while now. Not only does the phone have Qualcomm’s latest offering, but it also sports a 108-megapixel camera and 120Hz display.

To be precise, the front has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen also brings a 100 percent DCI-P3 wide color gamut and 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the punch-hole cut-out. The panel is protected by Corning Gorilla 5.

The Snapdragon 888 processor is coupled with Adreno 660 GPU, which brings a 30 percent improvement in performance. It’ll have up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The newly launched Realme GT ships with Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11.

On the rear are a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. On the front, you get a 16-megapixel camera for capturing selfies. The phone supports photography features like PureRaw mode, AI selfies, up to 4K 60fps recording, and more.

The realme GT 5G has a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W fast charging. An in-display fingerprint scanner is provided for authentication, while other features include stereo speakers, Hi-Res audio support, and even a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone comes with a starting price tag of CNY 2,799 (US$ 430) for the 8GB+128GB option, followed by 12GB+256GB at CNY 3,299 (US$ 510). The company has also launched a Vegan Lether edition. It’ll go on sale from March 10.

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Redmi Note 10 with Snapdragon 678, 48MP camera now official

Continuing the legacy

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Alongside the Redmi Note 10 Pro series, Xiaomi also unveiled the Redmi Note 10 — the classic. The family has given Xiaomi the number one spot in India for the last few years. Despite competition from Samsung, realme, and many others, the “Redmi Note” craze is only rising.

The Redmi Note 10 follows the same EVOL design language we’ve seen in the other beefed-up options. It retains a Gorilla Glass 3 body that’s IP52 rated for protection against dust and water ingress. It also gets stereo speakers, an IR blaster, and the infamous headphone jack. Even the fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side.

The front sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with 1100 nits of peak brightness and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The front camera is housed in a punch-hole cut-out.

Powering the Redmi Note 10 is a Snapdragon 678 processor with 8x Kryo 460 cores clocked up to 2.2GHz. It’s coupled along with Adreno 612 graphics chipset and up to 6GB RAM.

The back has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera. The front has a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.

The phone is backed by a 5000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The charger is provided in-box. Xiaomi also boasts that the phone is comparatively thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The base variant with 4GB+64GB configuration goes for INR 11,999, while the 6GB+128GB option goes for INR 13,999. The sale starts on March 16 via Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores. It’ll be available in Frost White, Aqua Green, and Shadow Black color options.

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