For the current mobile industry, 5G is going to be the next big thing in coming months and manufacturers have already started preparing their upcoming devices for the same. We have already seen the 5G Moto mod used by Motorola to bring 5G support to their recently launched Moto Z3, also, the Chinese giant Huawei has already introduced the worlds first 5G-ready Chipset i.e. the Kirin 980. Now, a new report hints that Xiaomi too is testing the 5G connectivity with its upcoming flagship- Mi MIX 3.
Mr Donovan Sung- the global spokesperson of Xiaomi has now posted a new image on Weibo which showcases the upcoming Mi MIX 3 running on Chinese version of MIUI. On observing carefully, one can spot the 5G indication shown in the notification bar meaning that the device was connected to a 5G network while the image was shot.
Confirming the same, Donovan mentions in his latest tweet that they have already tested 5G data connections on Xiaomi phones and are waiting for the official roll-out of 5G next year.
We've successfully tested 5G data connections on Xiaomi phones, and we can't wait for the official rollout of 5G next year! 🎉🎉
5G download speeds are more than 10X faster than 4G speeds. What's everyone looking forward to the most? ⚡⚡️⚡️ https://t.co/vLAH3wosni
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) September 3, 2018
As of now, the Mi MIX 3 is confirmed by the company to launch in late October. If they manage to land it before the Huawei Mate 20 launch scheduled on October 16, then the MIX 3 could be the first smartphone to come with native 5G support (Moto Z3 requires a mod for the same), or else, the crown will be taken by the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro.
Coming to the device itself, the Mi MIX 3 is reported to come with an edge to edge bezel-less display and a motorized camera module, just like the Oppo Find X. The main competitor of this phone will be the Honor Magic 2 which was recently teased by Honor to have a manual slider for the camera module. It seems like Mi Mix 3 was the “competitor” device that Mr George Zhao, President of Honor was talking about during the event.
Moreover, given that Qualcomm will be releasing its next Snapdragon 855 chipset in December as part of its annual Tech Summit, the Mi MIX 3 is more likely to come with the existing Snapdragon 845 SoC. To achieve the 5G capabilities, Xiaomi should technically use the Snapdragon X50 5G modem similar to the Moto 5G mod.
Although the devices for 5G consumption are already being prepared, the 5G networks are far from rolling out as of now. 5G will be laid initially in certain regions including China, starting from 2019, followed by India which should be 5G-ready most probably by 2020. Anyways, let’s see which manufacturer actually takes the crown of unveiling the first smartphone with native 5G support.
Xiaomi, Oppo & Vivo joins hands to develop Fast File Sharing Service
Chinese smartphone giants have come together to develop a service that will let users transfer files, without installing any other apps or signing up for any services. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have officially announced a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance today. Smartphones mace by these three brands would soon be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20 MBps without any third-party app. This is a step that may turn out to be a nice way to provide a seamless experience like AirDrop on Apple devices. Color OS, Funtouch OS and MIUI announced the same on their Weibo accounts as well.
File sharing between Android phones is a mess. Android users had the ability to use Wi-Fi Direct to share files. With a similar approach, developers brought apps like Xender, ShareIt. But those apps were soon flooded with ads and annoying notifications. Xiaomi joined the league later with Mi Drop, an ad-free app that users can download for free and transfer files easily. Recently, the app was renamed to ShareMe. Google also brought File Go, a file manager which also lets users transfer files between phones. However, the problem isn’t solved. As Xender has established itself as one of the most popular file-sharing apps, most people use it. As of now, there are no apps that support file sharing between phones that have different apps installed. So, to address the issue and solve a big problem like this.
Due to the lack of a native file sharing service on Stock Android as well as due to the fact that brand modifies Android as per their wish, there weren’t such service available to consumers. However, this alliance will make it a bit easier for Android phone users to transfer files. The service will let users transfer files in multiple file formats such as photos, videos, songs, documents, etc.
This alliance makes so much sense right now because these three brands, i.e. Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi collectively hold 50% of the smartphone market share in China. Also, we may see OnePlus joining the alliance as both Oppo and Vivo, as well as OnePlus are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics. As of now, it is known that the service will be offered to the public under the open beta program, by the end of this month.
Nokia 7.2 Spotted in GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 660!
HMD is expected to launch the Nokia 7.2 later this month in China and a global release at IFA in September. Ahead of the official unveiling, the mid-range Nokia smartphone is spotted on the benchmarking site Geekbench. The benchmark result reveals key details about the phone ‘s specs including its chipset.
The smartphone was benchmarked in Geekbench as the “HMD Global Nokia 7.2”. According to the listing, the device has 6GB RAM and runs on Android 9 Pie. We can expect other RAM variants too but this should be the highest RAM option. The predecessor Nokia 7.1 was available in 3GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.
The Geekbench listing doesn’t mention the chipset and the motherboard says “Daredevil” which is the phone’s codename. However taking its base frequency of 1.84GHz and comparing to other benchmarked devices, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 660. So, the rumours about the Nokia 7.2 being powered by the SD 660 turned out to be true. This is a fair upgrade considering the Nokia 7.1 came with a Snapdragon 636 chipset.
As for its performance, the device managed to score 1604 and 5821 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. They are similar to the score of Redmi Note 7 which have the same SD 660 chipset. The handset is said to sport a triple rear camera setup stacked in a circular housing. The configuration of the cameras is unknown but we can expect it to have ZEISS lens. Moreover, it should come with a FHD+ display and a rear mounted circular fingerprint sensor.
HMD is yet to reveal the remaining specifications of the Nokia 7.2. We have to wait till the launch event to known the full specs, price and availability of the device. Till then, keep tuned.
Xiaomi reveals it’s 64MP Smartphone Camera! Also teases 100MP Smartphone Camera!
Xiaomi and Realme rivalry is at its peak and looks like though Realme has an edge over Xiaomi in terms of a 64-megapixel camera, the Chinese smartphone giant isn’t leaving any stones unturned. We are already aware that Xiaomi is already working on a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel sensor. As of now, there are no words regarding which phone would get the massive 64-megapixel camera, the company has revealed more details about the 64-megapixel camera, along with a few more exciting updates.
Xiaomi held a presentation regarding its camera technology at the Xiaomi Future Image Technology Communication Conference in Beijing, China. At the event, the company has finally revealed that it is using the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera sensor and a lot of features of the sensor were highlighted. It is believed that a Redmi phone may come with the 64-megapixel camera, hinting towards the Redmi Note 8. It is believed that the Redmi Note 8 would be powered by MediaTek’s latest flagship chipset, the Helio G90T.
In terms of the 64-megapixel sensor, the new Samsung ISOCELL GW1 64-megapixel sensor holds 38% more pixels than a 48-megapixel camera and with this sensor, Xiaomi claims that pictures would turn brighter, vibrant and more detailed. The Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor is a large 1/1.7″ sensor with a 0.8μm pixel size. The upcoming Redmi Phone will also pack features like ISOCELL Plus for improved color reproduction, Smart ISO and Hybrid 3D HDR. The images captured using the camera will have a resolution of 9248 x 6936 pixels. That’s huge, but that’s not the end. Images captured using the camera can take a lot of space, as high as 19 MB.
At the event, Xiaomi also teased an upcoming Mi Series smartphone which will feature a massive 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung. As per the company, this sensor can capture images with dimensions up to 12,032 x 9,024 pixels. There are some rumors going on regarding this sensor as some sources suggest that the sensor will be first used on the upcoming Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi’s premium flagship lineup! Here’s the teaser by the way!
And yes, Manu Kumar Jain was quick to share the teaser in English on Twitter. We are expecting another Twitter fight between Xiaomi and Realme soon! 😉
WHOA! #100MP camera 😮
Yes, we've been working on 100MP camera flagship phone!
And then #100MP 📸
— #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 7, 2019
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