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Xiaomi Teases Mi Max 3 Global Launch

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Riding high on the success of the Pocophone F1, Xiaomi now plans to bring the Mi Max 3 into global market. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has already launched the smartphone in China back in July. The handset succeeds the last year’s Mi Max 2 and boasts a large display, dual cameras and a massive battery.

The teaser is released by the Xiaomi’s official global account in Twitter. It includes an image showing the device and written below it “Something really BIG is coming your way!” The teaser doesn’t mention any date or other details about the international variant which is expected to come with similar specs with minor changes.

As for the specs it comes with a metal body and  massive 6.9 inch non-notched display with a resolution of FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels)  an aspect ratio of 18:9, 520 nits brightness, 84% color gamut and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio. It is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz and paired with Adreno 509 GPU.  In China it was offered in two configurations: 4GB of RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 256GB.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup of (12MP + 5MP) with f/1.9 aperture in the rear with a LED flash stacked in between while the front offers a 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture,1.12 micron pixels and  soft selfie light. The cameras have an always learning feature and its AI algorithms can adapt to 206 different scenes.

The handset runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by 5,500 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 by an 18 W charger. It will likely come with Google Assistant replacing the Xiao AI from the Chinese variant. Connectivity options include Dual 4G VoLTE. 2.4GHZ/5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5, GPS and GLONASS, Dual SIM, USB Type-C and a 3.5 mm jack while sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, infrared sensor, proximity senor, ambient light sensor, compass, gyroscope and an fingerprint sensor in the rear though it supports Face Unlocking too.

As for the pricing, the prices are still unknown but they are likely to be priced similarly to the Chinese variants which came with a price tag of CNY 1,699 (Rs 17,000 approx) and CNY 1,999 (Rs 20,000 approx) for the 4GB and 6GB variant respectively.

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Samsung might be working on a Gaming Phone!

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Gaming smartphones are on the rise with more and more manufacturers developing their own gaming smartphone. The latest company to join this list is Samsung, who is reported to have already started working on its gaming smartphone which will be directly competing against the ones present in the market. The source comes from an insider according to whom the company will make the device as par with the latest standards.

There is currently very less information available about the smartphone, but it is speculated that recently leaked Galaxy A series phone is none other than this one. If this is true, the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB internal storage.

The South Korean electronics giant is said to avoid using LED lights on the back of the device and instead use a more generic design like the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9. It is also rumoured to come with a tall Infinity display with a glass and aluminium body alongside.

Gaming smartphones usually come with a cooling system and this upcoming handset will no different. Samsung has already showcased their Water Carbon cooling system in the Galaxy Note 9. As for the launch date, the Samsung gaming smartphone is expected to be unveiled in November.

The company is also stated to bring a new display technology that will be a solution to the notched displays. Twitter user Ice Universe spotted Samsung announcing a new AMOLED display technology during its OLED Forum conference in China. The display will include a fingerprint scanner, sound, haptics and under panel sensor (UPS) which eliminating the need of a notch.

Huawei is developing its own gaming centric device under Huawei brand (they already have one under Honor, Honor Play). Samsung gaming phone will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Black Shark 2ASUS ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic.

In other stories:  Xiaomi Black Shark 2 to Launch Globally, Hands-On Video Leaked!

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Nokia 8.1 spotted on GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 710 & Android Pie

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Just a while ago, HMD Global- current licensee for Nokia smartphones unveiled the Nokia 7.1 globally with Snapdragon 636 and the Nokia X7 with Snapdragon 710 in China. Now, as per the latest reports, it seems that the company is gearing up for the launch of yet another smartphone in the same series i.e the Nokia 8.1.

The indication for the same comes from the GeekBench reports. As per the latest GeekBench listing, a device named as HMD GLobal Nokia 8.1 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC clocked at 1.71GHz. Furthermore, the phone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is also speculated to come in a 6GB RAM and 64GB / 128GB storage variant. On the software front, it runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie.Nokia 8.1

As far as the benchmarks are concerned, the Nokia 8.1 scores 1841 points in the single-core tests and 5807 points in the multi-core test which seem impressive on paper. The listing doesn’t contain any sort of other information regarding other specifications of the device.

To recall, the Nokia 7.1 came with a 5.84-inch Full HD+ “PureDisplay” with 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 4/6GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage. In the camera department, the device gets a Zeiss branded 12MP+ 5MP dual camera setup in the rear, followed by an 8MP AI shooter at the front. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo as a part of the Android One program and the upcoming Nokia 8.1 is expected to follow the same. Further, it draws its juice from a 3,060mAh battery.

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Looking at the specs of Nokia 8.1, it is clear that it will be launched by the company as a midrange smartphone. We can expect a price of around 300 Euros. Anyways, given that the device has just made its initial appearance, let us wait for the upcoming leaks and reports to reveal more about the handset. Till then, stay tuned.

Note: The phone on the featured image a Nokia X7 and not Nokia 8.1.

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Redmi Note 6 Pro Reportedly Coming to India Next Month

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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has already launched its latest iteration in the Redmi Note series – the Redmi Note 6 Pro in Thailand. Now, the brand is ready to unveil the device in India. There are no major changes for the device from its predecessor Redmi Note 5 Pro except the minor redesign of the phone, the presence of notch and new camera sensors.

The press invites for the alleged launch of the device have been leaked and it proves that Xiaomi is launching the handset within 20th of November. It seems to hint that the company might launch the device in all the three color variants.

Talking specifications, the Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 6.26-inch FHD+ display with a notch on top. The aspect ratio of the device is 19:9 and offers a 86% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. There will be two RAM variants – 4 GB RAM coupled with 64 GB of internal storage and 6 GB RAM coupled with 64 GB of internal storage.

In terms of camera, it will sport a dual camera setup on the front and rear. The front carries a 20MP + 2MP configuration with f/2.0 aperture, portrait mode, and AI Face Unlock. The rear offers a 12MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4 µm, while the secondary sensor is of 5 MP supporting Dual pixel autofocus. That sounds like they’re reusing the same set of cameras from Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera (global variant).

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The Redmi Note 6 Pro will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery which is more than enough to last a full day of intensive usage. The handset will be available in Black, Blue, and Rose gold color variants. The device is expected to be priced at Rs. 14,999 for the 4 GB variant while the 6 GB RAM variant with 64 GB internal storage is expected to go on sale at a rate of Rs. 16,999.

Redmi Note 6 Pro Specifications

  • 6.26-inch FHD+ display
  • Snapdragon 636 processor
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12+5MP dual rear camera
  • 20+2MP dual front camera
  • 4000mAh battery

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