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ZTE is in panic mode after US imposes trade ban

MediaTek pledges help but is it enough?

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We’re in the endgame now. After suffering through the turmoil of the past few months, ZTE is now feeling the full force of government intervention.

Since last year, the Chinese-born company has found itself embroiled in a controversy involving US politics. The United States government accused the company of selling its merchandise to Iran, a no-no country for US imports.

Since the accusation, ZTE has pleaded guilty, initially agreeing to fire the erring employees. However, the company has failed to do so. Now, they face a US ban that threatens to eradicate their business for at least seven years, if not forever.

Following up on its warnings, the US has banned ZTE from doing business within the territory, from selling phones to buying parts for them. The company is now in the fallout, enlisting a crisis team to handle the massive issue.

The ban has ensured that ZTE can’t rely on Qualcomm, Dolby, and Google products anymore. They have yet to find adequate replacements. However, the Taiwan-based MediaTek has already secured a permit to supply the company with fresh parts to replace Qualcomm.

For a finnicky industry when it comes to specs, getting new parts isn’t as easy as a 1-2-switch. For example, ZTE’s premium handsets rely on Qualcomm’s more powerful chops. Further, a switch from Qualcomm to MediaTek heavily affects public perception.

Currently, ZTE is in negotiations with the US government to reverse the ban. They have also requested US telcos to retain stock space for them, should the ban be reversed.

However, the future remains bleak for the tech company. Without US sales or parts, the company has halted to a standstill. While they can still sell to other countries, the withdrawal of US parts has taken their toll on ZTE’s sales.

According to some reports, employees are left without things to do, despite still reporting to work. ZTE officials, however, are requesting their employees to maintain a state of calm amid affairs.

ZTE maintains that they have enough cash to remain in business in the meantime. However, if they don’t find resolution to this issue, ZTE might find itself on the chopping block of failed smartphone brands.

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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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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max launches with Snapdragon 732G, 108MP camera

The price is unbelievable!

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After a long wait, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India today, alongside the Redmi Note 10. Together called the Redmi Note 10 series, it plays a critical role for the company since it’s one of the most awaited launches of the year.

The phone features a new design language that’s called EVOL by the company. It consists of a back panel with a dual-tone premium matte frosted glass back, which is a first for the Note series. It has an IP52 rating coupled with rubberized ports ensures protection against dust and water ingress.

On the front is a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1200 nits of peak brightness, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 while the back consists of toughened glass.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 732G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. The processor is made on an 8nm process and designed on Kryo 470 architecture, which clocks up to 2.3GHz. Xiaomi claims the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max offers 15 percent faster graphics performance than the predecessor.

The back consists of a quad-camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary camera. The Samsung HM2 sensor is the thinnest ever designed and leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology to capture maximum details in low-light. Complimenting the primary sensor is an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Xiaomi’s MIUI brings in a few extra features, namely Night mode 2.0, VLOG mode, Dual video, Pro Video mode, Magic Clone, and Long exposure mode. For selfies, a 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.

Backing these internals is a 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging. Xiaomi has provided a 33W charging brick with the phone and it can charge from 0 to 59 percent in just 30 minutes. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max ships with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box. For authentication, a fingerprint sensor is located on the side.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max starts with the 6GB+64GB option at INR 18,999 (US$ 260), followed by 6GB+128GB for INR 19,999 (US$ 275), and lastly, the 8GB+128GB for INR 21,999 (US$ 302). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 18, 2021. Color options include Dark Night, Vintage Bronze, and Glacial Blue.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro

It gets everything from the elder sibling, except for the camera setup. Instead, it sports a 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GW3 primary sensor.

The 6GB+64GB option costs INR 15,999 (US$ 220), 6GB+128GB costs INR 16,999 (US$ 233), and the 8GB+128GB options will go for INR 18,999 (US$ 261). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 17, 2021. Color options include Frost White, Aqua Green and Shadow Black.

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