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Xiaomi Mi 10 review: Premium hardware let down by unpolished software

The Mi 10 is an excellent piece of hardware let down by software inconsistencies.

Redmi 10X phones offer dual-SIM 5G support at an entry-level price

With the emergence and popularity of 5G, companies like Redmi and Realme lead the charge in making 5G phones more accessible (read: affordable) to the masses. While the Redmi 10X series might be otherwise considered just another 5G phone, what makes them stand out is their ability to hold dual-5G SIM slots. This is something no other phone in the market currently offers.Redmi 10X and Pro – twice the 5G, half the priceXiaomi this week unveiled a handful of new phones, with the Redmi 10X and the Redmi 10X Pro the stars of the show. We briefly talked about the rumored phone a few days ago, but this feature is a complete game changer!Most phones currently in the market only support 5G on the first SIM slot, if at all. The second SIM slot will operate on 4G or LTE and that means if you run out of data or lose reception on your first SIM, you receive slower speeds when switching to the second SIM.The unique selling point of the Redmi 10X series comes in its ability to host two 5G SIMS in the same phone. In the aforementioned scenario, even your secondary SIM (if 5G capable) can let you continue using 5G in case your primary SIM isn’t able to deliver it to you.This is a remarkable feature for a smartphone and it’s all made possible by a brand new processor. Made by MediaTek, the Dimesnsity 820 is a mid-range chip that set to take on premium CPU manufacturers like Exynos, Kirin, and even Snapdragon.Both phones have very similar specifications. They share the same display (6.57″ 1080p AMOLED with HDR 10), for instance, with in-display fingerprint sensor, standard 60Hz display with a super-fast touch response rate.Additionally, each has the same RAM and ROM, USB-C port, headphone jack, IR blaster, and 4,520 mAH battery.  The Redmi 10X pro offers 33W fast-charging while the Redmi 10X has 22.5W fast-charging.The main differences in the phones come down to the cameras; however, the Redmi 10X Pro also offers NFC whereas the Redmi 10X does not.The Redmi 10X has a triple-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 2-megapixel depth, and the front camera has 16-megapixels.The Redmi 10X Pro offers a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 8-megapixel 3x telephoto with 30x digital zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and Optical Image Stabilization, and topped off with a 5-megapixel macro camera. The front has a 20-megapixel camera.PricingRedmi 10X64GB/6GB – $220128GB/6GB – $250128GB/8GB – $290256GB/8GB – $330Redmi 10X Pro128GB/8GB – $320256GB/8GB – $360What are your thoughts on the new phones? Let us know in the comments section below.

New Redmi 5G Phone has triple camera setup, in-display fingerprint and more

A new entry in the Redmi series, a sub-brand of Xiaomi has surfaced on TENAA. The phone is said to have a 5G processor, but also has a neat triple camera setup, an in-display fingerprint sensor, an OLED display, and even a beefy 4420 mAh battery. Whether or not this will be cheaper than the Redmi K30 Pro series is still a glaring question.Mystery Redmi 5G Phone has a lot going for itA new Redmi 5G Phone has surfaced for certification on TENAA. The phone looks very impressive and even has a square camera block similar to that of the recently released Redmi Note 9 series.Image courtesy of Android AuthorityComing to some of the hardware on the phone, here is a rundown of what the phone has to offer:A mystery CPU – The quoted clock speed on TENAA doesn’t match any Snapdragon 7 series 5G Capable chips, or Mediateks 800 series chips. A Weibo leaker has stated that the phone could be powered by the unannounced Mediatek Dimesnity 820 chip.The phone has a 6.57″ FHD (~1080p) OLED display, that will bear a waterdrop notchIn-display fingerprint sensorwill come in varying ROM and RAM sizes, starting at 64GB to 256GB and 4GB to 8GB respectivelyA 4420 mAh battery but no details on fast charging or similar techTriple-camera setup: 48MP main camera with the other 2 lacking detailsFront camera: 16MP3.5mm headphone portIR BlasterWill ship with Android 10The new phone has only made a brief appearance and we are still not sure about the SoC used by the phone, or the other 2 cameras used by the device. Considering how much effort Redmi has put into their K series line recently with 5G, many people are speculating that this could be the first Redmi Note series with a 5G capable SoC in it.The phone is indeed very impressive, but with all of the specs we have seen so far, it will be difficult for this phone to retail less than the Redmi K30 5G. Let’s see if the phone surfaces in the future and what other hidden details it might hold.What are your thoughts on the mystery Redmi 5G Phone? Let us know in the comments section below!

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Review: An on-trend phone, but not always in a good way

Xiaomi's Mi 10 Pro has a big price tag, fast Qualcomm hardware, and a 108MP camera. Is it worth splurging?

The Poco F2 Pro is a $499 flagship killer but it’s not without quirks

The successor to the critically acclaimed Poco F1 of 2018 was announced today in the form of the Poco F2 Pro. The Xiaomi sub-brand is back yet again to make some noise as their latest phone boasts some great hardware, an AMOLED display, and a knockout of a price. Unfortunately, it comes with a catch.The Poco F2 Pro – So close to greatness, yet so farThe Poco F2 Pro is a great phone. It offers a flagship tier processor with UFS 3.1 (in the 256/8GB variant only) and other fantastic internals. When the Poco F1 first launched, the biggest complaint about the phone was its display, which was an LCD display. Otherwise, fans were more than content with what the F1 offered.The Poco F2 Pro brings the following hardware to the table:Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor128GB/256GB ROM with 6GB (LPDDR4X)/8GB (LPDDR5)6.67″ dot AMOLED display at a resolution of 2400×1080 (FHD+) with DC Dimming60Hz Refresh rate with a 180Hz Sample rateTÜV Rheinland Full Care Display CertificationSupports HDR10+ with Widevine L1 support out of the boxQuad camera setup: 64MP main wide sensor (Sony IMX686), 13MP ultra wide-angle sensor, 5MP macro sensor, 2MP depth sensorFront camera is a pop-up camera: 20MP that can capture slow motion at 120FPS @ 720p4700mAh battery with 30W Fast charging (wired only) Supports quick-charge 4.0+ and power delivery 3.0. A 33W charger is included in the box.5G connectivity, Dual-SIM.NFC TsupportIR blaster3.5mm Headphone jackships with MIUI 11, Android 10Color options are: Cyber Grey, Electric Purple, Phantom White, and Neon BlueThe phone returns with its LiquidCool Technology 2.0. This time boasting thermal reductions of up to 14°C (57.2°F).The phone is also capable of capturing footage in 8K, which is actually impressive. It can record in 8K at 24/30FPS (8K @ 24FPS will be added via a software update), 4K at 30/60FPS, 1080p at 30/60FPS, and 720p at 30FPS.In addition, the phone can also record in a variety of slow-motion modes from the back camera.960fps720P/1080P240fps 720P/1080P120fps 720P/1080PIt’s a shame that the face unlock which made the Poco F1 rival the iPhone X in terms of security is no longer a feature. The phone also doesn’t possess an on-screen or a physical fingerprint reader. This means security could be an issue unless you have a strong password, PIN, or pattern.Another caveat comes in the form of the 60Hz refresh rate. When phones like the Meizu 17 are offering 90Hz at the slightly higher price with similar hardware, this is where the Poco F2 Pro lags behind the competition.If you’re wondering why the phone looks familiar, its because the phone is a rebrand of the China-exclusive Redmi K30 Pro.The phone is set to retail for $499 and is available for purchase on a variety of sites starting today. Sites like Gearbest are already taking orders for the phone.What are your thoughts on the new Poco F2 Pro? Let us know in the comments section below!

At just $500, the high-performance Poco F2 Pro hits OnePlus and Samsung hard

New offering from a specs-focused brand doesn’t go overboard on price

Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition starts the race with a new mid-range processor

Xiaomi’s sub-brand, Redmi is known for having some very sporty and eye-catching phones; the Redmi K30 phones are among the best offered by the brand.Xiaomi has just done a first in the market by releasing the Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition, the first phone to be powered by the new Snapdragon mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 768G. The phone is reportedly just an overclocked Snapdragon 765G, offering a faster CPU and GPU.The Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition is more or less the Redmi K30 5G, but it comes in an  exclusive mint-green gradient color.Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition – Start your engines!The differences in the phone’s specs are:Qualcomm Snapdragon 768 Processor (7nm) as opposed to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 (8nm)128GB ROM and 6GB of RAM (the only variant of the phone)Mint-green color is exclusive to the racing editionThe Redmi K30 5G is a solid phone that offers 5G bands, 120Hz refresh rate display, a great quad-camera setup, and offers the MIUI ecosystem which is slowly gaining popularity due to the many resemblances it has to iOS. Otherwise, by all other aspects, this new version of the K30 5G is identical to it’s original.The phone will retail for CNY 2,000 which comes to roughly $282. This is definitely a phone you should get if you’re looking to enter the 5G race without dishing money out for a premium flagship phone.With the rise of 5G on the horizon, you would be wise to get on the 5G phone bandwagon. Offering faster speeds and more benefits to 4G.The phone will be ready for sale in China on May 14t; whether the rest of the world will be able to grab this variant is not yet known. Perhaps it will be available globally in a few weeks after the China launch takes place.With Xiaomi leading the race for flagship-tier phones, they also offer some great phones that offer 5G at a lower price point than another premium OEM. This enables more consumers to use 5G when more antennas are installed across the globe.What are your thoughts on the Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition? Let us know in the comments section below!

Xiaomi defends against accusations of collecting customers’ private data

Xiaomi said that the privacy and security of its customers is its top priority

You can now download MIUI 12 Super Wallpapers for your Android, here’s how!

Xiaomi has shown off a few key features in MIUI 12 with one of the highlights being Super Wallpapers. These are live wallpapers that start off with a wide shot of a planet (currently showing Earth and Mars), and when your phone is unlocked, zooms in on the planet. While the feature was previously exclusive to MIUI 12 testers, the efforts of an Android enthusiast has now made it possible to download MIUI 12 Super Wallpapers on your daily driver!Thanks to the brilliant efforts of XDA contributor linuxct, who has ported the live wallpapers out of MIUI 12, you can now use the live wallpapers on your Android phone!MIUI 12 is very competitive based on Android OS and even surpasses iOS in some respects. I have upgraded Mi10 Pro to MIUI 12 and this super wallpaper is very popular. pic.twitter.com/kCeKMVZfFt— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 27, 2020This is what Super Wallpaper looks like in action. While there is an animation skip which you can see when Ice universe demonstrates the live wallpaper on their S20+.Galaxy S20+MIUI 12 Super Wallpapers pic.twitter.com/r2KsRSk3LG— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 30, 2020In the S20+ you can see it skips the wide shot of Mars and instead starts off with a zoomed-in shot of the planet, transitioning into a closeup of the surface.After installing the live wallpaper on my OnePlut 7T, I can confirm that the lock screen shows a closeup of the planet and then transitions to the surface on unlocking. There currently isn’t a way to achieve the presentation shown in the first tweet where the planet is shown at a very wide shot, and it gets closer with each step of unlocking the phone.Download MIUI 12 Super Wallpapers – YMMVYou can download the wallpapers from the link below, courtesy of XDA Developers.Note: The live wallpapers only work on Android 8.1 and above devices.Download MIUI 12 Super WallpapersThe download link will give you access to the following live wallpapers:Earth Super WallpaperEarth Glacier Super WallpaperEarth Forest Super WallpaperMars Super Wallpaper (This is a fixed version of the original one ported by linuxct)All you have to do is download the APK, install it and from there figure out how to set your live wallpaper on your respective flavor of Android OS. The variation in Android OEM’s means you might have to go through different methods to set it as a live wallpaper.I was able to install the APK’s on my OnePlut 7T and set it as a live wallpaper from the wallpaper section on the home screen with no trouble. I was not able to achieve the same on my Pocophone F1 as I can’t get it to set as a lock screen wallpaper.It’s recommended you have the Wallpapers app installed just in case you want to make sure it works. Look for them in the Live Wallpapers section of the app once installed.If you get it to work, let us know in the comments section below along with the device you got it to work on!

Rumor links Xiaomi to a Galaxy Z Flip-style folding smartphone

Company's first folding phone to go on sale could be a Samsung rival

Xiaomi boasts about Mi 10 Pro having Google apps, baiting competitor Huawei

New marketing message on the Mi 10 Pro's box causes controversy online.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro hands-on: Killer specs at a higher price

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a specs behemoth. Offering nearly everything you'd want in 2020, is it worth the

Watch out Samsung, Xiaomi’s Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have 108MP cameras too

The new phones will almost certainly be cheaper than the Galaxy S20 Ultra too

In-display fingerprint sensors are coming to cheap phones with LCD screens

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Xiaomi announces Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi this week announced its latest phone, the Mi 10, and its sibling Mi 10 Pro. The two devices share a number of features in common but differ in a few key areas.The two handsets both sport 6.67-inch FHD+ OLED displays with 90Hz refresh rate and run Android 10 with Xiaomi’s MIUI on top. The duo also have Snapdragon 865 processors paired with up to 12GB RAM.Both phones have quad-camera configurations on the back, but they aren’t the same sensors across the board. While each has a primary 108-megapixel main camera, the other three are completely different.Xiaomi Mi 10The Mi 10 has a secondary 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a pair of 2-megapixel shooters. The Mi 10 Pro, for its part, has a 12-megapixel portrait sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 20-megapixel ultra-wide lens.Other specifications shared between the two include wireless charging, support for the Wi-Fi 6 standard, and UFS 3.0 storage. Additionally, each has dual-band 5G support, too.The Mi 10 offers users up to 256GB internal storage, however the Mi 10 Pro allows for twice that, or up to 512GB. And while the Mi 10 provides 30W fast charging, the Mi 10 Pro comes in at 50W speeds.Xiaomi Mi 10 ProIn a related note, the Mi 10 packs a 4,500mAh battery with the Mi 10 Pro squeezing in a 4,780mAh power source.AvailabilityXiaomi is bringing the Mi 10 to China first with a price of 3,999 yuan ($570 USD) for the standard model. It is available in Titanium Silver Black, Ice Blue, and Peach Gold. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro arrives on February 18 in blue or white and is priced 4,999 yuan ($715 USD) and up.As to when a global variant will be sold, it’s hard to say. Mobile World Congress was initially scheduled for later this month, but with its cancellation, it remains uncertain.

Xiaomi Mi 10 phones launch in China with Galaxy S20-baiting specs

The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro have launched in China, just as the company cancels its MWC 2020 launch event.

Chinese smartphone brands build consortium to challenge Google Play domination

Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have apparently formed an alliance to take on the dominance of Google Play.

Google may be preparing call-recording functionality with built-in transcription

Google appears set to enable call recording once again for Android devices that use the native Phone app.

Digital Trends Live: Google suspends Xiaomi, Segway’s S-Pod, and more

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When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 review: Premium hardware let down by unpolished software

The Mi 10 is an excellent piece of hardware let down by software inconsistencies.