At its big launch event yesterday, Xiaomi finally unveiled the highly anticipated Xiaomi 12 series and MIUI 13. In addition, the Chinese company also took the opportunity to launch two new wearable products: the Xiaomi Watch S1 and Xiaomi True Wireless Earphones 3.
Xiaomi Watch S1
The Xiaomi Watch S1 is the company’s latest premium smartwatch, featuring a stainless steel middle frame and sapphire glass protection. You get a large 1.43-inch AMOLED display with 466 x 466 resolution, 326PPI, and a 60Hz refresh rate.
The Xiaomi Watch S1 supports up to 117 sports modes including 19 professional sports modes. In addition, it can automatically detect and track activities such as outdoor running, indoor running, and walking. It comes with the usual set of sensors including a heart rate sensor, blood oxygen sensor, acceleration sensor, and gyroscope.
The Xiaomi Watch S1 also supports third-party apps and has a built-in app store to let users explore and download additional apps.
The smartwatch packs a 470mAh battery which Xiaomi says lasts up to 12 days on typical use. Wireless charging support is also onboard. Other notable highlights of the Xiaomi Watch S1 include GPS support, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, a microphone, and 5ATM water resistance.
Pricing starts at CNY 1,049 (~$165) for the rubber strap model, with the leather variant coming in at CNY 1,199 (~$175)
Xiaomi True Wireless Earphones 3
The Xiaomi True Wireless Earphones 3 is the newest addition to the company’s TWS lineup. The new earphones come equipped with an Active Noise Cancellation feature, which claims to reduce ambient noise by up to 40dB. Each earbud feature three earphones that work in unison to listen to outside noise and adjust the noise reduction intensity accordingly. The Xiaomi True Wireless Earphones 3 pack ultra-dynamic dual magnetic drivers to deliver powerful bass and detailed treble response.
The earphones are quite lightweight at 4.6g (each bud) and also have an IP55 rating for dust and water protection. They last up to 7 hours (ANC off) on a single charge and up to 32 hours with the charging case. The case charges via the USB Type C port and also supports wireless charging.
The Xiaomi True Wireless Earphones are priced at CNY 449 (~$70). They are currently only available in China.
Instagram is testing paid subscriptions with a small group of creators – The Verge
US Instagram users will soon be able to subscribe to a small number of creators and influencers to access exclusive content and features. In a blog post, the company says it’s launching a test of subscriptions today, with more creators being added in the coming weeks.
Fans will pay a monthly fee to access subscriber-only content from creators they follow, like exclusive Lives and Stories. Subscribers will also get a purple badge by their username that signals their status to the creator. Price tiers will range from $0.99 to $99.99 per month, and creators can select the price point for their subscriptions. Co-head of product Ashley Yuki told TechCrunch that Instagram will not take a cut of creators’ subscription revenues “until at least 2023.”
Ten creators are part of the early test, including basketball player Sedona Prince, Olympian Jordan Chiles, and astrologer Aliza Kelly.
“I’m excited to keep building tools for creators to make a living doing creative work and to put these tools in more creators’ hands soon,” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, which owns Instagram, wrote in a Facebook post. Facebook also has its own version of a subscription program for creators.
In a video today, Instagram head Adam Mosseri says subscriptions are “one of the best ways” for influencers and creators to have a predictable income. Some creators have already been monetizing Instagram features like Close Friends by charging fans a fee off-platform for access to Stories. Instagram and Facebook aren’t the only companies to roll out subscription models to compete with platforms like TikTok; in 2021, Twitter introduced Super Follows, and some creators offer additional subscriber content off-platform on Patreon or Substack.
Xiaomi 11T Pro with Snapdragon 888 and 120W charging launched in India – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
The Xiaomi 11T Pro was unveiled last September and is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. It runs Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 out of the box without any ads, and Xiaomi has promised to provide three years of Android and four years of security updates to the smartphone.
The 11T Pro is built around a 6.67″ FullHD+ 120Hz AMOLED screen with Dolby Vision support and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The display has a punch hole in the center for the 16MP selfie camera but doesn’t have a fingerprint reader underneath. That’s because Xiaomi embedded it to the power button located on the right side of the smartphone.
Around the back, we have a camera system comprising 108MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, and 5MP telemacro units.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro ships with a 5,000 mAh battery with 120W charging, and Xiaomi has bundled the compatible 120W adapter with the smartphone, which is advertised to fill the cell from flat to 100% in 17 minutes.
The rest of the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s highlights include 5G connectivity, USB-C, NFC, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, Hi-Res Audio certification, and audio tuning by Harman Kardon.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro comes in Meteorite Black, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue colors and has three memory options – 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, and 12GB/256GB priced at INR39,999 ($535/€475), INR41,999 ($565/€500), and INR43,999 ($590/€520), respectively. However, those who purchase the smartphone using their Citi Bank credit card are eligible for a discount of INR5,000 ($65/€60).
The 11T Pro is already available for purchase in India through Xiaomi’s official Indian website, Amazon.in, Mi Home, and retail outlets.
You can read our Xiaomi 11T Pro in-depth review here to learn more about it, or watch the video review linked below.
Samsung unveils Exynos 2200 chip with Xclipse graphics based on AMD RDNA 2 – MobileSyrup
Samsung announced its latest mobile processor, the Exynos 2200, sporting a new graphics processing unit (GPU) using AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture dubbed ‘Xclipse.’
Samsung has teased plans to include AMD graphics tech in its mobile chips for a while now, and in June 2021 announced that its upcoming Exynos chip would offer ray-tracing capabilities. The Exynos 2200 delivers on that promise with hardware-accelerated ray tracing in Xclipse.
Ray tracing, for those unfamiliar with the tech, attempts to simulate how light physically behaves. In video games, ray tracing can help produce more realistic-looking lighting effects, including light that can bounce off reflective surfaces. However, so far ray tracing has proven to be difficult for GPUs to handle and often brings a significant performance hit compared to other lighting solutions.
Still, it’s impressive to see the technology come to mobile chips. It’ll be interesting to see how well it works in practice. Moreover, Samsung shared this surprisingly weird video touting the capabilities of the Exynos 2200 GPU:
Aside from the benefits of AMD RDNA 2 and ray tracing in Xclipse, the Exynos 2200 chip sports other benefits. Samsung says the chip uses a 4nm extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) process and is one of the first in the mark to integrate Arm’s latest ARMv9 CPU cores. The ARMv9 cores offer a significant improvement over ARMv8 in both performance and security.
Specifically, the octa-core Exynos 2200 sports a tri-cluster structure with a single ARM Cortex-X2 core, three performance and efficiency balanced Cortex-A710 ‘big cores’ and four power-efficient Cortex-A510 ‘little cores.’
Exynos 2200 also support powerful on-device artificial intelligence (AI) thanks to an upgraded neural processing unit (NPU) and both sub-6 and mmWave 5G through an improved modem.
Finally, Samsung touted the chip’s image signal processor (ISP), which has a redesigned architecture that supports resolutions of up to 200 megapixels. When recording video at 30fps, the ISP supports up to 108 megapixels in single camera mode and 64+36 megapixels in dual camera mode. The ISP can connect up to seven individual image sensors and drive four sensors simultaneously for multi-camera set-ups. The ISP also supports up to 4K HDR or 8K recording.
While the Exynos 2200 certainly sounds impressive, Canadians might not get to try it out. Samsung typically launches its flagship phones in Canada with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips instead of its own Exynos (usually, Exynos chips power Samsung devices outside of North America). Of course, we won’t know for certain until devices rocking the Exynos 2200 release — for now, though, it’s probably safe to assume we won’t get those devices in Canada.
Those interested in learning more about the Exynos 2200 can check out all the details on Samsung’s website.
Image credit: Samsung
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