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THE LEGEND CONTINUES: XIAOMI DROPS REDMI NOTE 9 PRO AND REDMI NOTE 9

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Today Xiaomi announced in a global online launch event three new smartphones, including Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 9 and Mi Note 10 Lite. Together with the all-new Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C, Xiaomi provides you with a kaleidoscope of cool products for summer.

Legend Continues: Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9

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Redmi Note series has been offering some of the most incredible mid-range smartphones on the market, with over 110 million Redmi Note units sold across the globe. Together with the recently launched Redmi Note 9S, the new Redmi Note smartphone lineup continues to flaunt cutting edge design and innovation without the flagship price point.

Photography and videography reign supreme with 64MP quad camera

Featuring an impressive quad-camera setup in the rear, Redmi Note 9 Pro’s 64MP main lens captures crisp, ultra-high resolution images in all lighting conditions while its 8MP ultra wide -angle lens enables stunning large group images without compromise. A 5MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor round out the rear camera, letting users take stunning close-up shots with fantastic bokeh.

On the front, Redmi Note 9 Pro sports a 16MP in-display camera for high-quality selfies. Its new slow motion selfie mode captures hilarious slow-motion videos — perfect for social media.

Redmi Note 9 also brings photography to the forefront with a 48MP main camera and 8MP ultra wide-angle lens. Its 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor complete the quad-camera setup, capturing beautiful images from all angles. A 13MP camera is positioned in-display to allow for maximum front screen display size.

Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9’s cinematic portraits and video mode turns users into directors by capturing content with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio – the same format commonly used in films. Meanwhile, with six different kaleidoscope options, everyone can shoot quirky, eye-catching videos in an instant, while the all new document mode transforms your smartphone into a pocket-sized scanner.

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Long-lasting battery, fast charge

Packing a large 5020mAh (typ) battery, Redmi Note 9 Pro holds enough power to last until the next day without compromising on slim design. Better yet, the device offers 30W fast charging which is Redmi Note Series’ fastest-ever charging speed, with an in-box 33W fast charger that can charge up to 57% in just 30 minutes.

Redmi Note 9 includes a 5020mAh (typ) battery with 18W fast charging support, making it an ideal companion for on-the-go users.

Extraordinary performance with powerful SoCs

With the all-new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 720G processor and up to 2.3GHz, Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a blazing fast, flagship-level experience. Built with 8nm process technology, the device delivers powerful performance while maintaining power efficiency.

Redmi Note 9 Pro also sports a z-axis linear vibration motor for a more balanced user experience. The z-axis linear vibration creates 120 vibration effects depending on the user’s action, including different vibrations for photos, screenshots, notifications, clock settings and more.

Under the hood, Redmi Note 9 has a MediaTek Helio G85 processor making it the world’s first smartphone to feature the new chipset. It also consists of a 2x A75 2.0GHz, 6x A55 1.8GHz CPU and an ARM G52 MC2 with roughly 1000MHz and a Manhattan 3.0 GPU at around 25 fps, offering ultra-smooth day-to-day performance.

Flagship-level DotDisplay

Redmi Note 9 Pro features a stylish, notch-free 6.67” DotDisplay. A side-mounted fingerprint sensor makes the device more conveniently accessible, while an all-new front camera module design ensures a premium and immersive user experience. Redmi Note 9, on the other hand, flaunts an all-new look with the immersive 6.53” DotDisplay protected by a Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on the front.

Both Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 feature an array of other fan-favorite features, including multi-functional NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an IR blaster. These devices also come with the TÜV Rheinland low blue light certification for long-lasting eye comfort, and splash-proof nano coating for accidental spills.

Redmi Note 9 Pro doesn’t skimp on style with three dynamic color options – Interstellar Grey, Tropical Green, and Glacier White. Redmi Note 9 users can choose from three captivating colors to appease any style, including Midnight Grey, Forest Green, Polar White.

Redmi Note 9 Pro comes in two variants: 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB, at a recommended retail price of USD 269 and USD 299 respectively.

Redmi Note 9 has two variants: 3GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB, at a recommended retail price of USD 199 and USD 249 respectively.

Photo: Xiaomi / Mi blog

Mi Note 10 Lite: Brand-new addition to its revolutionary Mi Note 10 series

The all-new Mi Note 10 Lite offers premium display and versatile quad camera experience at an honest price. It sports a 6.47’’ 3D curved AMOLED display and a 3D curved glass back to provide you a premium in-hand feel, while using a thinner, yet highly-responsive in-screen fingerprint sensor to enable instant unlock to your daily routine.

Being part of the epic Mi Note 10 family, Mi Note 10 Lite also offers a versatile 64MP quad camera setting which packs an industry leading Sony IMX686 sensor for quick snaps, and dedicated sensors for ultra wide-angle photos, up-close macro shots, and gorgeous portraits.

On the performance front, Mi Note 10 Lite leverages the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 730G Mobile Platform to provide ultra-smooth mobile experience, and a massive 5,260mAh battery for two-days’ usage in one single charge. It also comes with an in-box 30W fast charger to enable non-stop work and play.

Mi Note 10 Lite is offered in 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB variants with a recommended retail price at EUR 349 and EUR 399 respectively. All variants come in three color options: Glacier White, Midnight Black, and Nebula Purple.

Photo: Xiaomi / Mi blog

Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C

Photo: Xiaomi / Mi blog

The all-new Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C is simple, elegant and designed to provide you with a cool breeze all summer long. With seven custom-built blades, the device ensures a strong but smooth air flow. Users can choose between two modes, sleep and standard, and three types of airflow speed settings depending on their cooling needs. The height of the device is adjustable allowing users to choose between standing it on the ground or placing it on the table, providing added flexibility to enjoy the breeze from every corner of the room. Additionally, Mi Smart Standing Fan 1C runs quietly with a noise level as low as 37.2dB(A). Users can control the fan remotely using the Mi Home app and it is also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

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New Flagship Mi 10 Ultra Was Released Today

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Today Xiaomi has launched the new flagship model in Mi 10 line – Mi 10 Ultra. The new model was unveiled at the special online event. The launch of a new product coincided with a special day for the company – the 10 years anniversary of Xiaomi.

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The display looks totally borderless and fascinating – the 6.67-inch OLED display and 120Hz refresh rate.

The work capabilities are provided with an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. The model has a liquid cooling system containing the graphite layer which helps to effectively manage the smartphone`s temperature during work.

What about the camera? The model comes with four rear cameras (48 MP main sensor, 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 12MP portrait camera and a telephoto lens with 120x superzoom).

The video makers will appreciate the 8K video recording feature.

Talking about selfie – there is a 20 MP camera for perfect shots, videos, and video calls.

The new model has got a 4500mAh powerful battery. The full charge can be done in 23 minutes thanks to the 120W fast charging.

Also the model can be charged wirelessly in 40 minutes (50W wireless charging is supported).

Also, the model has got the other traditional and useful features – fingerprint sensor (in the display), NFC, stereo speakers. The smartphone will come with MIUI 12 on board.

Photo: Xiaomi

The model will come with three RAM options – 8, 12, and 16 GB and 128, 256, and 512 internal memory options.

Mi 10 Ultra has three colors – black, silver, and transparent.

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How the Galaxy Note20’s S Pen Delivers a More Powerful and Productive Notetaking Experience

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The Note series is and always has been about maximizing productivity – an idea that’s best embodied by the smartphones’ signature accessory: the S Pen.

When designing the series’ newest additions, to empower users to be as productive as possible, the team behind the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra made enhancing the S Pen and the Samsung Notes app top priorities. The result of their extensive efforts is a smoother and more intuitive note-taking experience – one that’s more accurate and responsive, makes navigating your device a breeze, and makes capturing, editing and sharing your ideas effortlessly easy.

Click on the video below to learn more about the S Pen’s newest tools and tricks.

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OPPO Reno4 Series: AI-enhanced Smart Sensor, a new era in smartphone technology

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Population density and population mobility is increasing daily all around the world and more people are becoming tech savvy with each passing day. Internet and information technology have gradually and consistently penetrated into our lifestyles. Staying always connected through the internet has made privacy protection one of the trickiest problems for smartphone users. On the other hand, for smartphone brands, the ability to continuously update technologies and create products with excellent user experience are also growing challenges.

Reno4 is equipped with a new AI-enhanced smart sensor, which is an attempt made by OPPO for building products in the AI-smart era. This smart sensor can identify the owner of the mobile phone and intelligently decide whether to show the detailed content in a notification, while enabling touchless operation of the mobile phone. With the new AI-enhanced smart sensor, Reno4 realizes the integrated functions of N-in-one such as AI assistant, privacy security and touchless gesture operation. It supports the original intention of the OPPO brand and its Research & Development team to make mobile phones smarter and maximize the experience and the technology.

Smart sensors, an answer to users’ demand of better privacy protection

For some time in the recent years, OPPO has been cultivating the Southeast Asian market, since it first entered the Indonesian market in 2012. According to a survey by Euromonitor International, comparing the market share of OPPO in 2019 and 2014, Thailand increased to 4.8 times, Indonesia 4.7 times and Vietnam 2.9 times. With further expansion of market share, OPPO realized that mobile phone users in the Southeast Asian market are also increasingly demanding privacy protection. Simultaneously, the population density in this market is increasing and people are living a more connected lifestyle. Mobile phones, as the most important social interaction tools, are becoming more and more vulnerable to threats against information privacy for the owners. For instance, your friends may accidently catch a glimpse of critical or private content on your phone.

After performing a market research, OPPO realized that the functions which the smart sensor provides could help bridge the gaps in market demand, especially for privacy protection. In the past, there were two solutions in the industry. The first was the use of radar, which can effectively reduce the power consumption of mobile phones; yet this also means that the footprint of the sensor is increased and the screen ratio is reduced accordingly. Also, the radar itself has limited recognition capabilities, thus the scenarios to be implemented are restricted. The second was to use an ordinary camera for real-time shooting to recognize motions and faces, being able to achieve smart control, but in this case the power consumption brought by the function is huge. Both solutions have their own limitations, OPPO had to find another way.

● Smart Spying Prevention
Based on that, OPPO decided to apply the AI-enhanced smart sensor to the field of smart spying prevention, which is constructed by utilizing a low power consumption sensor in combination with an intelligent recognition algorithm. The sensor could not only be used in privacy protection, but also could extend the scenarios in Smart AirControl, Smart Rotation, and Smart Always On. Many high-end smart home devices have equipped smart spying prevention technology as an auxiliary function. For instance, high-end home security monitoring equipment leverages DVS technology to capture only the outlines of people in its range – helping protect the privacy in living spaces. Similar with that, when your Reno4 receives a message, AI-enhanced smart sensor on the phone could identify whether only the mobile phone’s owner is watching the screen. If not so, the content of the notification would be hidden to protect the user’s privacy.

To be specific, the setting of the entire recognition logic makes the spying prevention more humane and comprehensive, which is a great companion to its advanced hardware. The sensor will first probe how many faces are in the scale.
• If only 1 face is detected, the main camera will be turned on to identify whether the face is of the owner him/herself; if it is, then it displays the entire message.
• If the sensor detected that there is more than one person (or no person) facing the display, then the notification will still be shown but the content will not be shown.

A smart sensor that can do much more – innovation improving user experience

The AI-enhanced smart sensor technology also introduced advanced AI capability to Reno4, which enables some futuristic features such as touch-free control and smart rotations. In recent years, gesture recognition has become another popular way of human-computer interaction and has been widely used in many fields, especially in the automotive field in smart cars. With the continued trend of marginal innovation in smartphone industry, gesture control may become an inevitable function of smartphones. OPPO joins this race with the AI-enhanced smart sensor. OPPO believes that such innovative and optimal functional user experiences are inspirational to the mobile phone AI assistant race.

• Smart AirControl
Reno4 is the first OPPO phone to bring full-screen gestures to their line-up. The Smart AirControl allows you to interact with Reno4 without touching the display and could perform tasks such as scroll up and down the pages on some popular apps like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. More conveniently, in a short period of time, the owner does not need to do a “starting up” gesture every time he or she scrolls the screen. It is also worth mentioning that this feature allows you to answer the call without touching your phone, which brings great convenience to those who work with plastic gloves most of the time.

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• Smart Rotation
For most of us, especially the ones who prefer operating their phone while lying in bed, it is inconvenient when the content on the phone automatically flips to vertical when the Auto Rotate function is on. Based on this user insight, OPPO also introduces Smart Rotation to Reno4 with AI-enhanced smart sensor. When the phone and your face is rotated simultaneously, the AI-enhanced Smart Sensor and pose-recognition algorithm intelligently detect the orientation of your face and the phone to help determine whether to rotate the screen. There are some of the rotation scenes you often encounter:

When the phone is rotated from vertical to horizontal:
• If the face stays still – for example if you are watching a video and rotate your Reno4 – the screen will rotate.
• If the face rotated with the phone (such as lay in bed), the screen will not be rotated Surely this function could offer users a more immersive experience in various lifestyle scenarios in a smart manner.

• Smart Always On Display
Making full use of the characteristics of this AI-enhanced Smart Sensor, OPPO also applies functions to enrich user experience, such as “Smart Always On Display”. This feature can identify whether a user is continuously watching the mobile phone, so that the screen will not turn off. This feature makes Reno4 more intelligent and provides better using experience.

In addition, on software level, a special brightening algorithm will make the sensor work better in low light. Even when the level of luminance is lower than 1 lux, Reno4’s AI-enhanced Smart Sensor can function well.

Photo: OPPO

The future of technology – convergent products

The development of mobile phones can be roughly divided into the feature phone era and the smartphone era. In recent years, it has entered the evolutionary stage of artificial intelligence era. What sets two eras apart is the ability to solve problems using new and improved solutions. AI is a very broad concept, and R&D for AI in smartphones means to identify and develop new solutions that provide human beings with more convenience in terms of communication.

Digital experiences enabled by AI assistance, especially virtual assistance, is considered to be one of the major recent technological advancement and most promising consumer trend. The form we are most familiar with is virtual assistant, such as Microsoft’s Xiaoice or Cortana. The AI-enhanced smart sensor and its Smart AirControl and privacy protection functions have brought new possibilities to smartphone AI assistant. More recently, the future in smartphone features – AI assistants – may become more invisible and subtle. Finding a balance between easy operation and false touch, Smart AirControl is relatively easy to operate, avoiding false touch, it is an attempt and exploration in the field of human-device interaction. Even you could be like Iron Man and have your very own “Jarvis” or “Friday”. A futuristic AIOT form could be foreseen, to replace operating the devices with your phone or remote control.

To further enhance user experience, OPPO put large amount of effort in the high-end hardware and software. Strategically, with rapid development of emerging technology, OPPO has stepped into the Era of Convergence, in which OPPO is not placed only as a mobile device company. It will also deep dive into the whole technology world to create convergent products for all.

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