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Xiaomi updates its budget lineup with Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A

Xiaomi embraces new Helio processors from MediaTek

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After serving the Mi 8 flagship line, Xiaomi is back on the show floor with new budget devices. Just six months after the Redmi 5, we now have the Redmi 6 and also the Redmi 6A, the successor to our favorite entry-level phone Redmi 5A.

The Redmi 6 is about the size as its predecessor with a 5.45-inch HD+ IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. As Xiaomi embraces MediaTek more, their new budget phone is powered by the new Helio P22 processor with up to 3GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage.


Unlike its predecessor, the new phone now has dual rear cameras with a main 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. For selfies, it has a pretty basic 5-megapixel front shooter. The front camera is used for face unlock, but there’s also a more secure fingerprint reader on the back.

The phone has a smaller 3000mAh battery versus the 3300mAh of the Redmi 5, but the more efficient processor and slightly smaller screen can make up for the longevity. It’ll also run the latest MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo which will bring all the AI-powered features Xiaomi can offer.

The Redmi 6A, on the other hand, looks identical to the Redmi 6 but has slightly downgraded hardware. It has the same display but less processing power with a Helio A22 processor inside. It’s paired with 2GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

At the back, the phone only has a single 13-megapixel camera, while the same 5-megapixel selfie snapper from the Redmi 6 is on board here. But since it’ll run MIUI 10 in the future, the Redmi 6A will also have the same set of features like face unlock and bokeh effects. Unfortunately, it lacks a fingerprint reader.

Pricing-wise, both phones are competitive just like other Xiaomi phones. The standard 3GB/32GB version of the Redmi 6 will sell for CNY 799 (US$ 125) while the beefed-up 4GB/64GB variant is priced at CNY 999 (US$ 155). The Redmi 6A will retail for CNY 599, which is less than US$ 100. The new Xiaomi phones will go on sale in China first (as always) before they become available in other markets.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi S2 goes official with AI selfies and cheap price tag

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!

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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.


A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

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SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals new Pokémon games for the Switch

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Huawei dealers offer ‘Special Warranty Program’ that promises 100% refund

Retailers and fans rally with Huawei

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Amidst the issues and controversies surrounding Huawei, the company still has a solid customer base. However, the effects of the US trade ban must have affected the sales of Huawei phones, because the retailers are offering a pretty special (and interesting) warranty service for its phones and tablets.

In the Philippines, over 30 partner retailers and dealers of Huawei are offering a “Special Warranty Program.” Under the Special Warranty Program, customers who will purchase new Huawei phones or tablets are assured that they’ll no have issues concerning the use of Google apps and services such as the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, Photos, Chrome, and YouTube. Additionally, it covers non-Google apps as well such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.


If ever Google completely cut ties with Huawei, which will greatly affect future Android updates and security patches, the partner retailers and dealers will offer 100 percent refund of the devices covered by the Special Warranty Program. Terms and conditions apply, of course. According to Intogadgets, one of the partner retailers, the refund will apply to devices that are within the two-year warranty period and free from any defects or damages.

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The new warranty program wishes to address the growing concerns from consumers regarding Huawei phones. It’s no secret that the company is currently facing a difficult situation with their partnership with Google because of the US trade ban. Huawei currently relies on Google-made apps and services including the Android operating system running on their phones.

SEE ALSO: Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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