Tech News #54

Tech News #54 – August 12, 2020

1. Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition Launched.

Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition

Xiaomi launched a bunch of new products today marking its 10th anniversary during a virtual event. In the event, Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition was announced by Xiaomi In China. According to Xiaomi, this TV is a mixture of “cutting-edge display technology and exquisite industrial design”.

The Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition features a 55″ FHD (1920 x 1080) transparent OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and MEMC motion compensation. It covers 93% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. It is powered by the Mediatek 9650 flagship TV processor with Mali-G52 MC1 GPU and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

The TV has two 8W speakers with support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD. The Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition also allows access to the Xiaomi AIoT ecosystem and is compatible with Airplay and Miracast.

The Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition is priced at CNY 49,999 (approximately Rs. 5.37 lacs) and will go on sale in China starting August 16.

2. Mi 10 Ultra Launched With 120x Ultra-Zoom.

Mi 10 Ultra Launched With 120x Ultra-Zoom.

Mi 10 Ultra has also been launched in the 10th-anniversary virtual event of Xiaomi today.

Mi 10 Ultra runs on MIUI 12, based on Android 10, and features a 6.67″FHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor, paired with up to 16GB LPDDR 5 RAM and up to 512GB UFS 3.1 storage onboard. 

Mi 10 Ultra has a quad rear camera setup including a 48MP primary sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide sensor, a 12MP portrait camera, and Sony IMX 586 periscope-style telephoto sensor with support for 120x ultra-zoom. On the front, it has a 20MP selfie camera. The phone also packs a 4500mAh battery with 120W fast charging support and 50W wireless fast charging.

Mi 10 Ultra is priced at CNY 5,299 (approximately Rs. 57,000) for the base 8GB + 128GB variant. The 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at CNY 5,599 (approximately Rs. 60,100) and the 12GB + 256GB and 16GB + 512GB variants of the phone will retail at CNY 5,999 (approximately Rs. 64,400) and CNY 6,999 (approximately Rs. 75,200) respectively. The phone will go on sale starting August 16 in China. Reports are that Mi 10 Ultra is China exclusive and might not get a global release.

3. Redmi K30 Ultra Launched.

Redmi K30 Ultra

Redmi K30 Ultra, which was in rumors for quite a while, has finally been unveiled by Xiaomi in China today.

Redmi K30 Ultra runs on Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top. The phone features a 6.67″ FHD+ (1080 x 2400) no-notch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ octa-core processor paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage.

On the rear, Redmi K30 Ultra features a quad camera setup including a 64MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 20MP pop-up selfie camera. It also has a 4500mAH battery with 33W fast charging support.

The Redmi K30 Ultra is priced at CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 21,500) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option, CNY 2,199 (approximately Rs. 23,600) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model, CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 26,800) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model, and CNY 2,699 (approximately Rs. 29,000) for the 8GB RAM + 512GB storage model.

The Redmi K30 Ultra will go on sale on August 14. It is rumored that Redmi K30 Ultra will be launched as Poco F2 in India. However, there is no official information regarding this rumor.

4. Soundcore Life Dot 2 TWS Earbuds by Anker Launched in India.

Soundcore Life Dot 2 TWS Earbuds by Anker Launched in India

Soundcore Life Dot 2 TWS Earbuds have been launched in India by Anker. The Soundcore Life Dot 2 TWS feature 8mm drivers and come with IPX5 water resistance. For connectivity, it has Bluetooth v5.0.

It can run for 8 hours on a single charge and the charging case can give a total of up to 100 hours of playtime. The case charges via Type-C port and it can deliver 90 minutes of playtime with a 10-minute charge. The earbuds can be charged in 1.5 hours.

The Soundcore Life Dot 2 TWS by Anker are priced at Rs. 3,499. They come in a single black color variant and are available for purchase through Flipkart.

5. Google Killing Chrome Apps: Ending support in 2022.

Google Killing Chrome Apps

Google’s Chrome Apps will soon stop receiving support. The company has decided to let go of these apps. The company has announced that they will be ending support for Chrome apps in a phased manner. 

Chrome Web Store stopped accepting new public Chrome apps way back in March 2020. Developers will be able to update existing Chrome apps through June 2022.

Here’s the timeline shared by Google on how the Chrome Apps will stop receiving support in phase:

June 2020: End support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Customers who have Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to a policy to extend support through December 2020.

December 2020: End support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux.June 2021: End support for NaCl, PNaCl, and PPAPI APIs.

June 2021: End support for Chrome Apps on Chrome OS. Customers who have Chrome Enterprise and Chrome Education Upgrade will have access to a policy to extend support through June 2022.

June 2022: End support for Chrome Apps on Chrome OS for all customers.

This change does not impact support for Chrome Extensions. Google will continue to support and invest in Chrome Extensions on all existing platforms.

News Bits

1. Xbox Series X rumored to launch globally on 6th November.

2. Twitter rolls out Limited Reply Feature to everyone which lets users to decide who can respond to their tweets.

3. Redmi G Gaming Laptop to launch on August 14.

4. OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro receives Android 11 Developer Preview 3 Update.

5. Realme C12 and Realme C15 set to launch in India on August 18.

6. Oppo Reno 3 Pro gets a price cut again, now starts at Rs. 27,990.

7. OnePlus Nord Gray Ash color variant rumored to launch in early October.

8. Xiaomi Mi 55W Wireless Charging Stand, Mi 20W Smart Tracking Charging Pad, and 100W Mi Car Charger Launched in China.

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