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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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Does the Google Pixel 3 XL scratch too easily?

Here’s how to remove them

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Within the past month, Google has consistently made headlines. Everyone is talking about Google’s new smartphones — the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. At the time, the media’s speculative talk painted an optimistic picture of the eventual launch. True to the hype, the Pixel 3 duo opened to much fanfare.

Now, with the launch in the rear-view mirror, the Pixel 3 is finally getting its fair share of criticism. Naturally, critics are putting the smartphone through all sorts of stress tests. Besides performance benchmarks, these include hardware durability tests. More famously, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything specializes in destroying smartphones.

As per his usual regimen, the YouTuber tried to damage the Pixel 3 XL’s front and rear panels. The results are both surprising and disappointing.

On a positive note, the smartphone’s Gorilla Glass 5 withstood all damage. The scratch test proved Corning’s ironclad claims in the past. At the very least, the Pixel 3 XL is safe from substantial damage.

However, JerryRigEverything discovered a more surprising revelation. The Pixel 3 XL’s back is remarkably prone to scratches. Upon scratching the surface, a sturdy key left clearly visible marks on the smooth exterior. Unlike the Gorilla Glass front, the rear is partially made with just frosted glass. Sadly, the video concluded without offering any solutions. Seemingly, the scars came with permanence.

Fortunately, another YouTuber, Erica Griffin, debunked JerryRigEverything’s claims. After confirming the aesthetic flaw, Griffin showed what the scratches really are and how to remove them. Instead of deep scratches, the scarring is actually just residue of the key. Afterwards, Griffin washed the blemishes with water, soap, and a toothbrush. The method completely erased all traces of the scars.

Indeed, the rear is more prone to scratches. However, if you find yourself with a horridly scratched rear, there is an easy way to clean your phone without taking it in for repairs. Just don’t try scratching your phone deliberately.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 XL Unboxing

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock is not as secure as it’s supposed to be

It’s easy to fool

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The recent buzz in the smartphone realm is all about the Mate 20 series from Huawei. When the company officially announced the new flagship phones, we were in awe at what they can do. Although, no phone is perfect and early releases come with flaws. Take the Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock feature for example. It’s supposed to be more secure than the usual security measure, but it turns out it’s not.

With two biometric unlocking methods, the Mate 20 Pro should be one of the most secure and convenient phones. You can unlock using the in-display fingerprint reader or use the 3D face recognition with all the complex sensors like Apple’s Face ID. Unfortunately, the latter is not working right for the guys over at AndroidPit in Germany.

The video is in German but you’ll get the context. Check out the video below:

According to the Steffen Herget of AndroidPit, the Mate 20 Pro they have for review quickly unlocks with his face and also his colleague’s. It didn’t happen one time, and it’s not done intentionally.

Steffen and his colleague do look alike, though. They both have a full beard and similar short hair. But, they’re neither twins nor related to each other. This is where the security features of 3D face unlock should come into play, but things aren’t working as expected.

Huawei does claim that their 3D face unlock feature has a failure rate of 1:1,000,000, which is the same as Apple’s Face ID, so it shouldn’t be that easy to be fooled.

This issue could be fixed by a firmware update, especially since the software of review units are pre-final. The retail version might have newer firmware, but this is not looking good for Huawei.

You may head over to the source link (it’s also in German) below to read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s 3D face unlock fail. Huawei has yet to issue a statement or a quick fix.

Source: AndroidPit

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

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Honor Watch to launch alongside Magic 2

Coming October 31

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Honor will be launching its flagship Magic 2 with its manual sliding camera mechanism by the end of the month, and coming along for the ride is the Honor Watch.

Based on a teaser shared by Honor on Chinese website Weibo, the Honor Watch is set to be unveiled on October 31.

Other than that, not much else is known about Honor’s first truly smart watch.

There’s speculation that it’ll resemble the recently launched Huawei Watch GT, but will be sold at a cheaper price, which Honor has been doing with its smartphones.

Whatever the case, it’ll simply add to the numerous tech launches we’ve been experiencing this month. Before this event, we’ll still see new products from Xiaomi, Apple, and OnePlus, to name a few.

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