In a world where companies race to launch Pro, Pro Max, and Pro Plus devices, Xiaomi decided to go old school and introduced only one flagship phone today – the Xiaomi Mi 11. It is officially the first phone with Snapdragon 888 chipset and comes with Xiaomi’s best display – a 6.81” AMOLED with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.
The front panel also has 480Hz touch sampling rate, advertised peak brightness of 1,500 nits, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
The Snapdragon 888 can be combined with either 8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage or 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage. There’s no microSD slot onboard, so no option to add more after the purchase.
The main camera setup consists of the 108MP cam, known from the Mi 10 series (the one that is 1/1.33” in size), with a 7P lens and f/1.85 lens in front.
The 13MP ultrawide angle camera has 123-degree FoV, while the third snapper, sitting on the side, is a basic 5MP macro lens. On the front, Xiaomi placed a 20MP selfie cam, tucked behind a punch hole in the upper left corner.
Getting back to the front panel, we have a screen that is curved on both sides, and underneath the Mi 11 implements Goodix’s latest optical fingerprint scanner. According to the scanner’s maker it even supports heart-rate monitoring but Xiaomi said nothing about such a feature on stage.
Photos from the in-person launch of the Xiaomi Mi 11, courtesy of Sina
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 4,600 mAh power cell that supports 55W wired fast-charging, 50W wireless, and 10W reverse charging. It will work with every Quick Charge 4+, Quick Charge 3+, and Power Delivery 3.0 adapter. Xiaomi has decided to skip the charger in the retail box but will give a 65W GaN adapter for free if you don’t have a compatible charger already.
Other highlights of the Xiaomi Mi 11 include Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers, improved Night Mode capabilities, dual 5G connectivity (at Sub-6 GHz networks), Wi-Fi 6E support, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and all the finest navigation services.
Pre-order has already started, with the first sale scheduled for January 1, 2021. The Xiaomi Mi 11 will be offered in six different colors – Black, White, Blue, Khaki Vegan Leather, Purple Leather, and Special Edition with Lei Jun’s autograph for some reason.
Pricing begins at CNY3,999 ($610/€500)and goes up to CNY4,699 ($720/€585) for the roomiest memory option. The first flash sale is scheduled for January 1, 2021.
While the announcement saw only one phone, later in 2021 we hope to see a Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro with a periscope lens, as some early renders suggested, as well as an improved main camera. We are also hoping to hear more on international availability soon.
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India- Realme X7 and X7 Pro teased on Flipkart, launch imminent | NewsBytes – MENAFN.COM
(MENAFN – NewsBytes) Realme X7 and X7 Pro are expected to be launched in India on February 4. In the latest development, Flipkart has activated a microsite for the upcoming handsets, confirming that the Realme 7 series will be available through the e-commerce platform.
As for the highlights, the phones come with a 5G-enabled MediaTek Dimensity chipset, an AMOLED screen, quad rear cameras, and 65W fast-charging technology.
The Realme X7 and X7 Pro sport a punch-hole design with a slim bottom-bezel, an integrated fingerprint sensor, and a quad rear camera setup.
While the X7 bears a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) AMOLED screen, the X7 Pro comes with a 6.55-inch Full-HD+ (1080×2400 pixels) AMOLED screen with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a 120Hz refresh rate.
The X7 and X7 Pro pack a quad rear camera setup comprising a 64MP (f/1.8) primary sensor, an 8MP (f/2.3) wide-angle lens, a 2MP (f/2.4) macro sensor, and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. On the front, they sport a single 32MP (f/2.5) selfie shooter.
The Realme X7 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor whereas the Realme X7 Pro is backed by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. They offer up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
The standard X7 packs a 4,300mAh battery while the X7 Pro model houses a 4,500mAh battery. Both the handsets support 65W fast-charging technology via the Type-C port.
At present, all we know is that the Realme X7 series will be available for purchase through Flipkart and is likely to be announced on February 4.
As for the pocket-pinch, the X7 model is expected to carry a price-tag of around Rs. 20,000 while the X7 Pro should cost around Rs. 25,000.
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Redmi Note 10 series likely to come without a charger in the retail box – gizmochina
Samsung started experimenting with the exclusion of accessories from the retail box of its phones started with the Galaxy Note 20 last year as it didn’t offer earphones but shipped them for free to those who requested.
The strategy seems to be gaining more traction after Apple excluded the charger a few months back from all its iPhone devices. Xiaomi followed the suit with its Mi 11, but unlike Apple, it offers an option to customers to have a charger in the box.
Now, Xiaomi’s sub-brand is expected to do the same with the upcoming Redmi K40 series smartphones, if the newly released images are to be believed. It seems that another device from the company is also expected to remove the charger from the box — Redmi Note 10.
Lu Weibing, General Manager of the Redmi brand recently posted on Weibo, asking for suggestions for the upcoming Redmi Note 10 series smartphones. In the comments, some users suggested removing the charger from the box, and to one of those comments, Lu Weibing responded by saying “message received,” which indicates that the charger won’t be included in the retail box.
Smartphone manufacturers are justifying removing the charger from the box by citing the move as “environment friendly” and claiming that most users already have a charger at home. But they ignore the fact that the charger users might have at home won’t be compatible with the latest fast charging technology and to get the advantage of that feature, they will have to purchase a new one.
While the Weibo post may hint that the Redmi Note 10 lineup could be launched soon, we don’t expect the official launch at least for a couple of months as the company is currently gearing up to launch the Redmi K40 flagship smartphone by the end of next month, after the Spring Festival in China.
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Speedrunner Completes 'Hitman 3' Dubai Level in Just Eight Seconds – HYPEBEAST
Hitman 3 speedrunners have managed to complete one of the game’s new levels in just eight seconds.
The game officially released just five days ago, but speedrunners have already managed to pull off some pretty impressive feats, especially on completing the Dubai-based level “On Top Of The World.” So far, Swedish player Goron sits at the top with a time of just eight seconds, while three other players tie for second place with a nine-second completion time. The incredible times involved players running up the steps of the lobby as soon as the level starts, where you can shoot both your targets right after they spawn, before racing back to the level’s exit. While these record times are for the “Any %” category, even players in the “Silent Assassin” category managed to complete the level in just 16 seconds.
Hitman 3 is now available for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC.
Elsewhere in gaming, Microsoft has reversed its latest controversial Xbox Live price increases.
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