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Redmi K30i: 5G and 120Hz display for less than $300

Xiaomi this week announced new phones for its lineup, including the Redmi 10X series and a new addition to the Redmi K30 family of devices with the Redmi K30i.

There is a lot that the Redmi K30i offers, but its highlights are that it’s 5G capable and offers a quad-camera setup and a 120Hz display. All of this for under $300.

The Redmi K30i is 120Hz at its cheapest

With the release of the Redmi K30i, we have seen a new benchmark set in the smartphone market. The phone offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, capable of letting you use 5G. Paired with the massive refresh rate on the display, this phone is definitely a steal for its price.

Here are the specifications of the Redmi K30i:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • 6.67″ FHD+ display (2400 x 1080), 120Hz refresh rate
  • Back cameras: 48-MP Main camera, 8-MP ultra-wide, 5-MP Macro, 2-MP depth.
  • Front cameras: 20-MP Main camera, 2-MP depth
  • 4,500 mAh with 30W fast-charging
  • 64GB + 6GB variant is the only one offered

The phone is up for sale on the Chinese retail site, JD. It offers all of the above features for the low price of $270.

The only real downside to the phone is how long it will take for the phone to come to international markets. The phone is set to launch in China on June 7th, with Xiaomi hush on details expanding to the West.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a phone that checks the boxes this phone does (5G and 120Hz refresh), and especially at a quarter of the price of competitors.

These phones are very popular in emerging markets, especially countries like Pakistan, India, Indonesia, etc.

We have seen Xiaomi and Realme lead the way with phones that offer quad or triple camera setup, strong CPU’s, and high refresh rate displays at sub $500 prices.

While not all the phones offered by the companies are immediately available to the West, its only a matter of time before they take on the US market and give other smartphone companies a run for their money.

What are your thoughts on the Redmi K30i? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Google Assistant can now schedule turning lights on or off, and more

Scheduling your lights to turn on or off at specific times is one of the most essential functions in a smart home. This dates far back to when people would buy simple plugs with timers on them to accomplish this task.These days, tech has become more advanced, most smart hubs can handle this for you. However, what if you don’t own a smart hub and use a simple Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug or light bulb for all of your lighting needs? Sure, asking your Google Assistant smart speaker to turn lights on or off works great, but there was no way to schedule this action, until now.Over the weekend, a post on Reddit revealed the feature has gone live, and it is now possible to schedule turning your lights on or off. Plus, it’s much more powerful than the old school timers we used in the past.Not only can you tell the lights to turn on or off at specific times, but you can also ask them to turn on in 10 minutes, or turn on for only 10 minutes. Below is a sampling of commands that are verified to work with the new feature after saying the “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” trigger phrase.Turn on the lights at 6 PM.Turn off the lights at 11 PM.Turn on the lights in 5 minutes.Turn off the lights in 5 minutes.Turn on the lights for 10 minutes.Turn on the lights at sunset.Turn off the lights at sunrise.It’s also important to note that the examples above only mention lights, but these commands can be used for any smart home product. For instance, you could schedule your coffee maker for the next morning, or tell your sprinklers to water the grass at a specific time.As great as this all is, there are some limitations. At this time, not all the features appear to be working. For example, you can only schedule an action for the current day or a day within the next seven day period. Also, the ability to cancel an action doesn’t seem to be working yet. Hopefully, Google gets this all worked out soon because this is one feature we’ve all been waiting far too long for.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Z Fold 3 getting S Pen and Note series being discontinued says new report

A new report from Korean news outlet Aju News claims that Samsung will add S Pen support to the Galaxy Ultra S21 and Z Fold 3. This is not the first report to make these claims, and the evidence appears to be piling up, making the rumors even more credible.While adding S Pen support to these two Samsung flagships may not seem too shocking, the news that Samsung will discontinue the Note series certainly is. Perhaps Samsung has come to the conclusion that its flagship lineup has become too crowded. Between the Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S series, Note lineup, and Galaxy Fold–along with all of the variants of these devices, I’d have to agree.Besides, the gap between the S-series and Note has grown so small, they are practically the same phone minus the stylus. Aju News also reports the Z Fold 3 is set to launch in June 2021, and that Samsung has created a second-generation of ultra-thin glass to enable S Pen support.The new ultra-thin glass could prove to be essential for stylus support because current plastic-coated folding screens are easily scratched. The last thing you want on your new massively expensive folding smartphone is everything you’ve ever written or drawn permanently etched into it.In addition to the S Pen support, the report mentions that Samsung will include an in-display selfie camera on the Z Fold 3. It’s not the first news outlet to make this claim, and as the reports are beginning to add up, it’s now looking more and more like a possibility.However, it also mentions the in-display selfie camera could be scrapped if performance isn’t up to par, and that a pop-up selfie camera was considered, but ultimately rejected due to concerns about reliability.I never would have thought the Note lineup would survive the exploding Note 7 debacle, only to be killed off later by other Samsung phones. Regardless, the death of the Note series is a sad affair, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Z Fold 3 are certain to be worthy successors. One is practically a Note phone already, while the other will give users an even larger canvas to work with.

New renders give us our first look at the OnePlus 9 Pro

Over the years, OnePlus has become one of the most exciting brands in the smartphone space. With each new release, we all clamor to see what the latest model will look like and find out what specs it’ll be sporting.Thanks to Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks on Twitter, we’re now getting a first look at the OnePlus 9 Pro. After inspecting the renders, you can see, not much has changed from the previous models. According to Steve, the OnePus 9 Pro will feature a 6.7-inch curved display with a hole-punch camera in the upper left corner.On the back of the device, there is a large rectangular camera bump to house the multiple cameras, a flash, microphone, and various sensors. If it keeps in line with the latest prototype of the OnePlus 9 Pro, there will be a total of four cameras.The current prototype of the OnePlus 9 Pro also sheds some more light on the design of the camera bump, revealing that two of the lenses have protruding metal rings around them. If this sounds familiar, that’s because the iPhone 12 uses a similar design.Something else we can glean from the renders is that the power button and Alert Slider are located on the right side, with the volume rocker placed on the left. Then, to no one’s surprise, the USB-C charging port and speaker are housed on the bottom.Most of the specs of the future OnePlus flagship killer remain a mystery at this time. However, it is rumored the OnePlus 9 Pro will launch in March, which has been confirmed by Steve.Remember, as with most rumors, nothing is set in stone until the device has officially launched. Even Steve was careful to point out that most of his information comes from OnePlus 9 Pro prototype units, and it’s possible we could see some changes, even slight ones, from the renders shown off here by the time the OnePlus 9 Pro is released.

NET10 Wireless Buyer’s Guide (November 2020)

Most wireless customers are familiar with the big-name brands in Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Relatively few buyers, though, are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO).It might surprise you to know that companies like Metro, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless operate on the T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T networks, respectively. These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.NET10 Wireless is one such MVNO worth closer inspection.AboutAs a company that operates almost virtually, Net10 doesn’t have any towers of its own. What’s more, it does not have any official retail stores, paper bills, activation fees, or overage charges.TIPS FOR BUYING A USED PHONEWHERE CAN I BUY AN UNLOCKED PHONE?BUYING AN UNLOCKED PHONE? CONSIDER THESE QUESTIONSIt does, however have a presence at indirect sellers and locations such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. Net10 Wireless service plans and Bring-Your-Own-Phone SIM Kits are currently sold in Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, Walgreens and many other local stores. Its devices are available exclusively online via the brand’s website,PODCAST: What is an MVNO?Using both CDMA and GSM technologies, NET10 lets customers bring their AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, or unlocked GSM phones.Rate PlansCustomers can choose from a number of options spread across various types of plans. For those who only needed the barest of necessities, the pay-as-you-go provides buckets of minutes. The Monthly Talk, Text, and Data plans range from $20 up to $65 per month and come with variable amounts of high speed data.Cheap cell phone plans that use the Sprint networkCheap cell phone plans that use the T-Mobile networkCheap cell phone plans that use the AT&T networkCheap cell phone plans that use the Verizon networkNote that all plans include unlimited data but allow for only certain amounts at high speed. Once you hit the cap you’ll have slowed (2G) speeds for the remainder of the bill cycle.$20/month: 2GB$35/month: 5GB$40/month: 10GB$50/month: 30GB (Includes $20 credit for international calls)$65/month: 50GB (Includes unlimited international calls)Select plans give buyers the option to save a few bucks per month by enrolling in Auto-Refill automatic bill payments.Family PlansNet10 Wireless refers to these as “Multi-Line Plans” as opposed to family plans. A new line of service can be added to any plan. The first line is discounted by $5 per month; each line after that is discounted by $10 per month (up to four lines).Handset SelectionCustomers can purchase handsets in one of two ways: buy outright or spread payments out monthly. The selection through the former leaves much to be desired with less than one dozen models to choose from. Opting for the latter (payment plan) opens the door to a wide range of phones with financing through Affirm.READ: The best Android phones at Net10 WirelessBring Your Own DeviceOne place where NET10 shines is in its ability to support phones from other carriers. Those of you who have access to an existing phone, or who might have purchased an unlocked phone elsewhere, can bring the device to NET10.Whether you’re looking for a new phone number or hoping to keep your existing one, NET10 works. Moreover, you can also keep your same network in the background, receiving the coverage you already know. Head to the NET10 page to check compatibility of your phone.