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Xiaomi’s Foldable Phone is Real, Teased Officially! (Mi Dual Flex or Mi MIX Flex?)

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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is planning for some experiments in the design aspect. In terms of design, we have seen the brand do wonders in the past with their Mi Mix series.

If you remember this earlier report, you’d be aware that Xiaomi might be working on a dual foldable display phone. Well, now we have a confirmation that they’re indeed working on a dual display smartphone.

The co-founder of Xiaomi Lin Bin has posted a teaser video on Weibo, a Chinese smartphone maker. Take a look at the video below.

From the video, we can see him operating a device sized like a tablet and seamlessly folding the sides of it to a normal phablet structure. The interesting part is that the UI dynamically adjusts itself to the change and places the content on the screen accordingly.

This is not the first time we are seeing a foldable smartphone but seeing this from Xiaomi is indeed exciting. The brand has placed a power button on the top of the device for unlocking the handset in both the modes.  Lin Bin has quoted that the form factor of this upcoming smartphone’s form factor “perfectly merges the experience” of a phone and a tablet. Below is the translation of the post made by Lin Bin on Weibo

Xiaomi’s dual-folding phone is coming! After tackling flexible folding display, four-way folding hinge, flexible cover tech, MIUI adaptation and other technical challenges, we have made the first foldable phone, and should also be the world’s first dual-folding phone. This symmetrically dual-outer-folding form factor perfectly merges the experience of a tablet and a phone, it’s both practical and beautiful. Even though it’s still a prototype, we’re showing it to you all. Feel free to share, comment and like. If you all like it, we will consider mass producing it. Also, we would like to give this prototype a name. What do you think?I have two: Mi Dual Flex, Mi MIX Flex. Suggestions are welcome!

The device is still in prototype stage at this timeframe but he has revealed that Xiaomi has plans to consider the foldable smartphone concept for mass production. The expected names for the foldable smartphone are either Mi Dual Flex or Mi MIX Flex. We’ll have to wait for the brand to actually unveil the product to know the specifications opted for this experimental device. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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Mi 9 Camera Specs & Pricing Revealed! Also to come with Smaller Chin & Sapphire Glass Lens Cover.

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A few days ago Xiaomi officially revealed their upcoming flagship smartphone, the Mi 9. Mi 9 is scheduled to be launched on Feb 20, just four days from now, in China. However, the details of the Mi 9 was not revealed by the company at the time of revealing.

Now Xiaomi has left the fans surprised by giving out detailed information about the Triple camera setup on board the Mi 9. They also released camera samples to show the capabilities of the camera.

Along with the details about the camera, Xiaomi also gave some hints about the Mi 9 display along with the upcoming space grey variant of the device. The camera samples were released through the official Twitter handle of Xiaomi earlier today. The camera samples included the pictures taken using individual lenses in the triple camera setup. The main sensor is a 48MP, f/1.75, 6P lens unit employing the 4-in-1 Super Pixel technology. The Super Pixel technology, also known as pixel binning, extends the 12MP to an effective resolution of 48MP.

The secondary camera is a 16MP ultra wide sensor capable of capturing 117 degree FOV (Field of View) with f/2.2 aperture and a 6P lens configuration. It is capable of taking 4cm macro shots according to the camera samples. It means that the Mi 9 will be able to focus on objects from just 4cm away without losing the details. The 16MP secondary lens also supports Auto-Focus. Apparently, it uses an anti-distortion algorithm for loseless photography as revealed by Xiaomi co-founder in a post on Weibo. Both the 48MP primary and 16MP secondary sensors on board the Mi 9 employs a ‘closed loop motor’.

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The third one is a telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom with 1 micron pixel size, f/2.2 aperture with autofocus and a 6P lens configuration as seen in the other two sensors. There is a 20MP front shooter with AI beautification features for the selfie buffs out there.

Getting scratches on the camera lens has always been a pain for every smartphone user. But, in the Mi 9, Xiaomi has got it all covered by deploying a layer of sapphire glass which is strong enough to resist the scratches from everyday use.

Other camera features includes the use of laser auto focus, utilizing a combination of PDAF and CDAF. Speaking of other attractions, the Mi 9’s chin is just 3.4mm thin and is about 40% slimmer than the Mi 8 according to reports. I will be sporting a Snapdragon 855 SoC and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Xiaomi co-founder also shared an image of the Mi 9’s space grey colour variant flaunting a glossy finish, making it the third color variant apart from the pink and blue gradient variant which were revealed already.

The pricing has also been leaked for the phone, with the base variant going for 2499 Yuan (Rs.26K approx) and 2899 Yuan for the 8/128GB model. Also, the highest end model, 8/256GB has been said to be priced at 3499 Yuan!

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Sony Xperia L3 Specs, Renders, & Price Leaked. Comes with Side Fingerprint Sensor and Android 8.1 Oreo!

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Sony is finally planning to unveil to launch a successor for the Xperia L2 which got launched last year. The device is scheduled to be launched in Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) which will be held in Barcelona.

The Sony Xperia L3 is certainly a bump in terms of specifications when compared with its predecessor L2 which is definitely outdated at this point. We have seen leaked CAD renders of the L3 in the past. Key specifications, renders, and the expected price of the Xperia L3 has leaked online today.

According to the sources, the upcoming Xperia L3 will feature a 5.7-inch display with 1440 x 720 pixel resolution. The display is of 18:9 aspect ratio. It will be equipped with 3 GB of RAM which will be coupled with 32 GB of internal storage. There is no information regarding the processor used in the device, but we expect it to be a mid-range Snapdragon one.

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As far as the cameras are concerned, there is a dual rear camera setup on the handset along with an LED flash. The primary sensor will be a 13 MP one while the secondary sensor will be of 2 MP for portrait shots. On the front, an 8 MP camera will be present on the handset.

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The bottom of the handset sports the speaker grill, USB type-C port, and the top will have the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the side of the device. The handset will draw juice from a 3300 mAh battery. In terms of software, it will run on Android 8.1 Oreo which is quite disappointing as Google is gearing up for its Android Q release and shipping Android Oreo out of the box doesn’t seem to be a good move.

The pricing of the device is expected to be 199 euros which approximately equals to Rs.16,000. The availability will be known after the device gets launched. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ Variant with 12GB RAM and 1TB storage Spotted on GeekBench & AnTuTu

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Samsung is finally stepping up their game in the smartphone market and has recently launched the M series smartphones in India which has become an instant hit. There has been several rumors and reports emerging about their upcoming flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ for quite a while. Now the Galaxy S10+ top end variant has appeared on Geekbench and AnTuTu putting an end to the rumors.

The Galaxy S10+ variant that was spotted on Geekbench sported a huge 12 GB RAM and 1 TB internal storage. The device spotted on Geekbench bears the code SM-G975F. It scored a Single-core score of 4450 and a Multi-core score of 9753. The Geekbench listing also reveals that it will be running on Android Pie 9.0.

The SM-G975F also appeared on the AnTuTu benchmark website with similar scores. As per the AnTuTu listing, the Galaxy S10+ will be coming with an Exynos 9820 processor along with Mali G76 GPU. It comes with 12GB of RAM and 1TB internal storage as per the AnTuTu listing. It also sports a full HD+ display with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. It managed to achieve an AnTuTu benchmark score of 326185.

In other stories:  Xioami to launch Mi 9 on the same day as Samsung launches Galaxy S10

While there is no information about the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S10, the high end specifications indicates that it will be priced somewhere in the premium segment. Recent reports suggests that the S10+ will be launched in the US, China and Canada soon itself. As usual, other global markets will be receiving the Exynos 9820 variant. It is expected to come in two color variants, the Luxurious Ceramic White and Ceramic Black color.

A few days ago, some of the specifications of the Galaxy S10 was leaked online. As the launch dates are getting close, we expect more details of the S10+ will be revealed in the coming days.

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