It’s been six months since Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix Alpha, with its intriguing “surround screen” that wraps almost entirely around the phone. Now, tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (also known as MKBHD) has a more in-depth look at the prototype hardware running prototype software. And while it seems very polished for an unfinished product, a closer look reveals a few areas where its software needs some optimization and where some of its hardware doesn’t quite seem as magical as it did at the unveiling. Let’s touch on the specs first.
Unsurprisingly, the display is the main highlight here, and it’s dazzling to behold. It’s a 2088 x 2250 resolution display, wrapping all the way around the phone and meeting at a ceramic strip on the phone’s back that houses all of its cameras. Xiaomi claims that it’s a 7.9-inch display, measured from end to end, though he likens the actual size of its main section to that of an iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Mi Mix Alpha has the Snapdragon 855 Plus, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of UFS 3.0 flash storage inside. The phone also packs in a 4,050mAh battery that supports 40W fast charging.
Given that the Mi Mix Alpha has so much screen real estate, Xiaomi attempts to take full advantage of it by shifting some software functions normally constrained to a standard-sized phone screen to various parts of the display — with varying degrees of success. The left edge showcases the date and the time and offers a glimpse at notifications.
When you flip the phone around, it displays a dashboard of sorts, revealing the weather, a step counter, music controls, and the like. It’s cool, but instead of pulling down a notification shade, you’ll have to physically rotate the phone to get the same info. Taking pictures works as you’d expect, though you’ll need to twist the phone around to take selfies as it doesn’t have a selfie camera. The bright side of this awkward interface choice is that you’ll be snapping selfies with the phone’s 108MP main camera.
Xiaomi placed some digital controls for volume control and power over on the right side, and MKBHD says these need some work. He states that using these buttons can be hit-or-miss, and it’s possibly due to Xiaomi’s in-progress palm rejection algorithm, which caused some accidental presses here and in other places while using the phone. There’s a physical hardware button for putting the phone to sleep along its top edge, but there’s no easy shortcut for adjusting the volume.
MKBHD’s experience with using the phone turned up a few interesting revelations. You might assume that an all-glass build would get super slippery, but he says that it’s actually grippy. Also, he shares that the glass that wraps around the display is actually three separate pieces fused together to give the illusion of one piece. And depending on the lighting, where the pieces meet can be easy to spot with a rainbow effect that hits on the edges of the glass.
Xiaomi claimed that the Mi Mix Alpha went into “small-scale” production in late 2019, though the company hasn’t given an update on wider availability for the phone outside of China. There hasn’t been an update on international pricing, either. Xiaomi set the price in September 2019 at 19,999 yuan, or about $2,800, which is pricey for a phone with a folded screen that doesn’t actually fold.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 feature new 'Light' battery-saving mode – MobileSyrup
Samsung’s latest flagships running One UI 4.1.1 feature a new battery-boosting performance profile. This profile hidden in the settings on the Z Flip 4 and the Z Fold 4 is in a new section called ‘Performance Profile.’
In this settings section, there are two options called ‘Standard’ and ‘Light.’ The Light profile is described as prioritizing “battery life and cooling efficiency over processing speed.”
A user on Reddit that got their hands on a Galaxy Z Fold 4 early has put both modes to the test.
According to ‘Dudi4PoLFr‘, with Light mode turned on, benchmarking apps seem to drop about 20 percent of raw performance. This should, in theory, result in battery savings while still offering better overall performance than the Z Fold 3.
It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy Fold 4 and Flip 4 feature a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which Qualcomm says is 30 percent more efficient than previous device Samsung devices.
I haven’t noticed that much of an increase in battery life in my testing of the Fold 4 of far. However, I’ve yet to try the foldable’s new Light mode. I’ll have a full review of the Galaxy Fold 4 up on MobileSyrup in the coming weeks.
Google: Some Pixels are meant to get Android 12 instead of Android 13 – Android Authority
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- Google has responded after some Pixels received Android 12 instead of Android 13.
- The company says it didn’t make a mistake and that this update was indeed intentional.
- The Pixel maker says it’ll tweak the messaging in the Android 12 update notification.
Now, Google has responded to the news in a statement obtained by Android Authority. The search giant explained that it indeed meant to push out an Android 12 update to some Pixel owners running an older version of Android 12. It just turned out that this older release coincided with Android 13’s release.
Check out the statement below:
On August 15, Pixel devices running an old version of Android 12 received a notification about a previously released Android 12 update with bug fixes. The messaging in the notification was confusing with the timing of Android 13, and is currently being changed for clarity.
Google’s statement further stresses that this Android 12 update is separate from the Android 13 OTA and that it could take a few weeks for the new update to hit your device.
We’re glad to see the company tweaking the notification for this Android 12 update, as it could’ve probably avoided a lot of confusion in the first place. The notification originally suggested that Android 12 was a new update (complete with “introducing Android 12” header), while there was no mention of Android 13 still coming.
vivo Launches New High-performance, Color Changing V25 and V25 Pro with Enhanced Photography Features for Creative Expression – Canada NewsWire
The new V25 series enables new dimensions of creativity with flagship-level camera technology, and stylish appearances with eye-catching colors
SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 17, 2022 /CNW/ — vivo has unveiled the latest additions to its stylish V series: V25 and V25 Pro. With superior photography features, the smartphones have been designed for users who express themselves through photos and videos. The new V25 series will give users the power to embark on a self-expression journey with its stunning camera, powered by high-performance, energy-efficient hardware, all cased in an exquisite body.
The new V25 series follows V series’ heritage of capturing exquisite moments with its superior camera capabilities and cutting-edge imaging technology. The flagship-level 64MP OIS ultra-sensing camera on the back minimizes blurry shots and supports a longer exposure time, creating clearer and brighter images and videos even in dim lighting conditions. With an eye-catching design, the Color Changing Fluorite AG Glass covering the rear panel changes its hue when exposed to UV light, reflecting the dynamic personalities of users. Below its beautiful appearance lies a powerful processor with high energy-efficiency ratio and great capacity. Coupled with the newest cooling technology and fast charging capabilities, it offers a long-lasting and smooth mobile experience in various scenarios.
“vivo V series has always been about being innovative and technologically advanced, while exuding style and encouraging users to create, have fun, and explore. The new V25 and V25 Pro continue to embody this concept and provide users with fresh tools and features,” said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at vivo, “vivo understands that users want a smartphone that is aesthetically pleasing and has excellent functional attributes. With the carefully designed new devices, users can capture the best moments in life with their family and friends anywhere, any time with intuitive camera technologies, while expressing their creativity and emotions through the unique color-changing design.”
Light up portraits in the night with intuitive imaging technology
Equipped with a 64MP OIS ultra-sensing rear camera that boasts upgraded OIS and EIS capabilities and an 8MP wide-angle camera, V25 and V25 Pro deliver an excellent imaging experience and allow users to capture high-quality, super-wide shots with ease.
V25 Pro is setting new standards in night photography with the upgraded Super Night Mode feature, which accurately restores the colors and brightness of highly saturated images at night. Coupled with the new Real-Time Extreme Night Vision feature, users can manually adjust the exposure intensity when they preview an image, further improving the brightness, noise control and details of photos in real-time even in low-light environments. This gives users the freedom to play with the rear camera portrait features at night.
Easy and fun video filming experience with style
V25 Pro creates more possibilities for users to easily film and record fun and playful moments with families, friends, or pets at night. The Super Night Video feature is excellent at brightening and noise reduction in dark environments, enabling users to shoot brighter and clearer videos at night. The front cameras of V25 and V25 Pro both have the Natural Portrait video mode, which enhances the overall skin texture and clarity. Furthermore, the Hybrid Image Stabilization (OIS+EIS) feature makes video shooting clearer and more stable.
V25 and V25 Pro also come with a new Vlog Movie feature that improves the filming experience with video templates and tutorials to guide users on how to shoot in different scenarios, such as night, food, city and more, as well as an upgraded Multi-Style Portrait feature in the front camera that provides fun filters, enhancing the video experience. The Multi-Style Portrait feature also allows users to unleash their creativity with the Motion Blur effect, a new style which innovatively separates people from the background for a better portrait creation experience.
Clear selfies powered by auto-focus capability and leading AI algorithms
Clarity is a key consideration and an ever-growing demand of users when it comes to taking great selfies and videos. Therefore, V25 and V25 Pro have 50MP and 32MP HD front cameras respectively with autofocus and eye focus capabilities, enabling users to take clear images and videos any time of the day or night. In addition, the front cameras are equipped with AI HD Algorithm that optimizes sharpness. Moreover, V25 Pro’s industry-leading AI Skin Retouching Algorithm provides users with the airbrushed look when needed.
Spark creativity and fun through innovative color-changing design
V25 has a thin 2.5D body that is 7.79mm, while the slim body of V25 Pro is 8.62mm and features an elegant 3D Curved Screen with a punch hole centered at the top of the front camera . The lightweight and slim body makes both devices a comfortable fit in the hands of users. To ensure the phones stand out, vivo incorporated vivid colors into its newest models. V25 Pro comes in Surfing Blue and Starlight Black, while V25 is decked out in Aquamarine Blue, Sunrise Gold, and Diamond Black.
In addition, vivo designed the smartphones to spark creativity and fun in users with the revolutionary Color Changing Fluorite AG Glass, which enables the rear panel of the devices to display different colors at different angles when exposed to UV light. The Surfing Blue edition of V25 Pro changes from light sky blue to deep ocean blue; the Aquamarine Blue edition of V25 switches from ocean blue to bluish green; while the Sunrise Gold edition of V25 shifts from gold to reddish orange.
Powered by energy-efficient and high-performance chipsets
The new V25 series delivers robust performance and high-power efficiency to support various daily uses of its users. V25 Pro is equipped with a quasi-flagship octa-core CPU, MediaTek Dimensity 1300, with 8GB/12GB RAM + 8GB extended RAM, which powers exceptional 5G capabilities and provides greater AI imaging capacity to effortlessly produce stunning 4K videos and ensure a smooth gaming experience. Its performance and user experience are improved thanks to the new, industry-leading Bionic Cooling System. In addition, featuring a 66W FlashCharge capability and a 4830mAh large battery, it can power up the large-capacity and high-density battery cell from 0% to 71% in 30 minutes.
V25 features a MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor with a high energy-efficiency ratio and 8GB/12GB RAM + 8GB extended RAM, enabling users to seamlessly play demanding games and multitask across various apps. V25 supports 44W FlashCharge that can recharge the 4500mAh battery cell from 0% to 61% in 30 minutes.
Pricing and availability
Starting from today, the V25 and V25 Pro are available in more than 20 markets across Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and more, including India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Mexico, and the UAE. The availability, pricing and specifications of each model will vary according to local market conditions and consumer preferences.
vivo is a technology company that creates great products based on a design-driven value, with smart devices and intelligent services as its core. The company aims to build a bridge between humans and the digital world. Through unique creativity, vivo provides users with an increasingly convenient mobile and digital life. Following the company’s core values, which include Benfen*, user-orientation, design-driven value, continuous learning and team spirit, vivo has implemented a sustainable development strategy with the vision of developing into a healthier, more sustainable world-class corporation.
While bringing together and developing the best local talents to deliver excellence, vivo is supported by a network of R&D centers in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xi’an, focusing on the development of state-of-the-art consumer technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, industrial design, imaging system and other up-and-coming technologies. vivo has also set up an intelligent manufacturing network (including those authorized by vivo), with an annual production capacity of nearly 200 million smartphones. As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 60 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 400 million users worldwide.
*”Benfen” is a term describing the attitude on doing the right things and doing things right – which is the ideal description of vivo’s mission to create value for society.
Stay informed of latest vivo news at https://www.vivo.com/en/about-vivo/news
 The Color Changing Glass is only applicable to the Surfing Blue edition of vivo V25 Pro, and the Aquamarine Blue and Sunrise Gold editions of vivo V25.
 The Hybrid Image Stabilization (OIS+EIS) feature and Super Night Video feature cannot be enabled at the same time.
 The size and weight of the phone may vary slightly depending on the process, material supplier, measurement method, etc.
 Actual dimensions and weight of each edition may differ due to variations in processes, measurement method, materials supplies.
 8GB extended RAM is realized by software.
 Actual SA network compatibility depends on available networks and software. Actual 5G network mode and coverage are subject to local carrier’s network situation.
 Charging data is based on vivo laboratory environmental tests. Actual charging speed is subject to actual usage and may vary depending on environmental and other factors.
 Charging data is based on vivo laboratory environmental tests. Actual charging speed is subject to actual usage and may vary depending on environmental and other factors.
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