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Xiaomi, OnePlus, HMD, OPPO & Vivo to bring 5G Devices in Partnership by 2019, says Qualcomm

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The popular Chipmaker Qualcomm recently told its plans for 2019 in the 4G/5G Summit held in Hong Kong, China where various manufacturers were announcing their future plans related to 5G. The official statement on behalf of Qualcomm hints that we might see a lot of phones with 5G support in 2019.

Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that “at least two waves of major flagships” with the 5G radio next year, with the first lot arriving some time within the first half of the year, and the rest in the holiday season” based as per the current assumptions and plans of the company.

Moreover, the event also witnessed the launch of the new Snapdragon 675 SoC-an upgrade over the Snapdragon 670 which came earlier this year. Qualcomm bragged about the outstanding gaming experiences, advanced AI capabilities, and “cutting-edge” camera performance of the new chip, following which, Manu Kumar Jain, Global VP, and MD at Xiaomi India revealed that Xiaomi will soon launch a mid-range smartphone with Snapdragon 675 SoC.

Moving on further with the event, the company mentioned the advancements and developments it had achieved on the next-generation 5G technology. It also announced a smaller version of its QTM052 mmWave antenna module, which will play an important role in enabling 5G connectivity without affecting form factor of smartphones.

Barring the technical aspects, it is safe to assume that a majorly of smartphone manufacturers will be making 5G-supported smartphones starting in 2019. The phones will make use of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X50 modem, allowing for the new implementation.

The same thing will be used by OnePlus with their next year’s OnePlus 7 smartphone as confirmed by Carl Pei, Co-founder, OnePlus during the conference.

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Additionally, the company has released a list of 19 OEMs which are committed to Qualcomm’s 5G vision for 2019. The list mentions popular brands such as OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD Global (Nokia), HTC, Sony, Sharp, LG, and Motorola. Others brands making the use of this new modem will include Fujitsu, computer networking firm Netgear, wireless communications equipment maker Sierra and a couple of other manufacturers. Also, it is possible that Qualcomm is further partnering with these manufacturers to increase the pace of 5G infrastructure rollout on carrier networks.

As of now, we already have a couple of brands teasing for 5G support, like Xiaomi with their upcoming Mi Mix 3 which is claimed to be world’s first commercial 5G phone. The Lenovo backed Motorola is already on the safer side with its 5G Moto Mod (using the same Snapdragon X50 Modem) allowing for 5G capabilities on existing Moto phones with Moto Mods support. Huawei, on the other hand, is already out with its Kirin 980 chip which natively can support 5G connectivity.

As you might notice, manufacturers like Samsung and Apple are absent from the list (we hope you are aware of Qualcomm’s recent fight with Apple). Well, it is hard to say for now that which OEM will bring the 5G smartphone first but it can be said that it’ll be from the house of Samsung, Xiaomi Huawei or OnePlus. Let’s see, stay tuned for more updates.

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[UPDATE: Confirmed Not True] Xiaomi Might Stop Unlocking Bootloaders of their Phones.

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We’ve a brand new shocking story about Xiaomi devices, which can change the course of Xiaomi devices for ever if true.

Xiaomi might stop allowing boot loader unlock for their devices (for specific devices or all of them).

We’ve got our hands on a leaked internal screenshot of a chat with Chinese Xiaomi software team, by a Redmi Note 5/Redmi Note 5 Pro Dev. Take a look at it, and the translation of that is given below:

SIM card requirements, and need to wait for a certain period of time, the rules are as follows: 1, after binding the account and the device, 2018-08. 31 00:00:00 before the model to 15 days (360 hours) can be unlocked 2, All phones bound from 2018-08-31 00:00:00 need to wait for 15 days to adjust to 30 days. The waiting time for binding before this time is still 15 days. 3, for security reasons, prevent batches. Brushing, the waiting time is adjusted to 60 days for the user’s binding. 4.   From December 1st, 2018, the Bootloader unlock service will be closed.  For security reasons, it will be upgraded from the MIUI10 stable version and cannot be downgraded to 1 (except in special cases).

What it basically means is that, the bootloader unlock time might be extended to 30 days and from December 1st 2018, the bootloader unlocking will be closed.

Well, that is pretty shocking considering the fact that Xiaomi devices have historically got the most developer support in the industry. Their current phones such as Redmi Note 5 Pro & POCO F1 has one of the most active development community in XDA.

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Now, this comes from a whyred dev (code name for Redmi Note 5 Pro/Redmi Note 5 Global Variant), so it is possible that this might be applicable only for Redmi Note 5 Pro only currently. It is not sure if it is applicable for other Xiaomi phones.

NOTE: This might not be true as we don’t have an official confirmation of the same from Xiaomi officials.

Also, we’re having different conflicting comments from dev communities in Telegram.

We’ll update here as soon as we’ve a confirmation.

 

UPDATE: Here’s what Mishaal Rahman got to say about the same:

So we can conclude this news might be false indeed.

UPDATE 2: MIUI ROM official twitter handle has tweeted this out now, take a look:

 

So yeah, the store was false indeed. We apologise for any confusion.

[UPDATE: Confirmed Not True] Xiaomi Might Stop Unlocking Bootloaders of their Phones.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 Benchmarked, Crushes Competition! Upcoming Mediatek P80

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Qualcomm is working to launch its newest Snapdragon flagship processor called the Snapdragon 8150. From this iteration, Qualcomm has changed its traditional naming conventions. In the modern tech industry, smartphones come equipped with AI capabilities for a variety of purposes including object recognition and classification, facial recognition, image deblurring, intelligent scene detection. Huawei’s own Kirin 980 was the leading chipset in terms of AI till date but the scenario is about to change very soon.

As we are familiar with benchmarking for testing the processor’s CPU and GPU capabilities, AI benchmarking is also becoming mainstream. According to benchmarking website AI-Benchmark, the newest Snapdragon 8150 takes the first place pushing Mediatek’s Helio P80 and Kirin 980 down. The processor scored a massive 22082 to make its way to the top of the leaderboard. The website has stated that the processor is currently running on a prototype hardware.

Take a look at the list released by AI-Benchmark:

Model CPU RAM Year Android AI-Score
Qualcomm 8150 Dev Platform Snapdragon 8150 6GB 2018 9 22082
Mediatek P80 Dev Platform Mediatek Helio P80 6GB 2018 9 19453
OnePlus 6 Snapdragon 845 8GB 2018 9 12274
Huawei Mate 20 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 980 (NPU) 6GB 2018 9 12026
Huawei Mate 20 X HiSilicon Kirin 980 (NPU) 6GB 2018 9 11803
Huawei Mate 20 HiSilicon Kirin 980 (NPU) 4GB 2018 9 11544
Huawei P20 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2018 9 8921
Huawei P20 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 9 8908
Huawei Mate 10 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2017 9 8824
Huawei Honor View 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2017 9 8723
Huawei Honor 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 9 8584
Huawei P20 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 6GB 2018 8.1 7833
Huawei P20 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 8.1 7691
Huawei Honor 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970 (NPU) 4GB 2018 8.1 7421
Google Pixel 3 XL Snapdragon 845 4GB 2018 9 6895
Google Pixel 3 Snapdragon 845 4GB 2018 9 6835
Xiaomi Mi 8 Snapdragon 845 6GB 2018 9 6746

 

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The Snapdragon 8150 is expected to have an octa-core configuration with 1+3+4 setup. There will be only a single high-performance core coupled with three general purpose cores and four low-performance cores which efficiently save battery. We have seen leaks revealing Qualcomm’s plans to unveil the Snapdragon 6150 and 7150 by 2019 and the flagship 8150 is expected to be unveiled by December.

The latest processor is also rumored to be manufactured on the 7 nm process which other leading processors like Kirin 980 and Apple A12 Bionic are utilizing, making it the first ever Snapdragon processor to be manufactured using this technology.

Talking about Mediatek Helio P80, it’s an unreleased chipset from Mediatek and it stands just a level down the Snapdragon 8150, that is quite an achievement for Mediatek.

If these benchmarks reflect the actual performance of the processor when it actually launches, the AI performance of leading flagship devices coming out will get drastically improved as they are using Snapdragon chipsets. We should be aware that benchmarks are not everything and the actual real-world performance is what matters. We’ll have to wait till the processor gets unveiled to test out if it satisfies the expectations. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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Xiaomi Permanently Drops Prices of RN5P, Mi A2 & Redmi Y2

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Xiaomi increased the prices of some of their devices few days ago, but now the company is permanently slashing the prices of three smartphones- Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 to celebrate its number one spot for five consecutive quarters in the Indian market. According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) report, the Chinese manufacturer has shipped 11.7 million units to become the top brand in India with a market share of 27.3 percent share in the third quarter of 2018.

Xiaomi issue a statement regarding this, which says:

We are delighted to share that we have seen a reduction in component costs of some of our best-selling phones. We were announced as the number one smartphone vendor in India for the fifth consecutive quarter

The company says that the new prices will come into effect across sales platform from 12 pm IST today. Due to the wake of changes in PCBA import taxes and the rupee value against the dollar, the price of the smartphones increased but the new price revision will certainly make the fans happy. Xiaomi is also set to launch the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India soon so the timing is impeccable.

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The new revised prices are as follows:

  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 14,999 is now available at Rs 13,999.
  • Mi A2 (4GB + 64GB) which had a price of Rs 16,999 is now available for Rs 15,999.
  • Redmi Y2 (4GB + 64GB) which was previously priced at Rs 12,999 is now available at a cheaper price tag of Rs 11,999.
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB + 128GB) which was earlier priced at Rs 16,999 is now available for a price tag of Rs 15,999.
  • Mi A2 (6GB + 128GB) which actually came with a price tag of Rs 19,999, is now available at a price tag of Rs 18,000.
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