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Xiaomi announces the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro, prices start from €499
by Rajesh Pandey
Xiaomi has announced two new handsets today: the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro, with the latter being the company's latest flagship smartphone for the EU. Both phones are very similar, with the non-Pro Mi 10T coming with a slightly downgraded camera setup.
The Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro both feature a 6.67-inch FHD+ resolution LCD panel with a 144Hz refresh rate that's protected with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5. Xiaomi is using AdaptiveSync to automatically adjust the refresh rate of the display to improve the battery life of the devices.
The regular Mi 10T comes with 6GB RAM, while the Mi 10T Pro packs 8GB of RAM. Both devices are powered by a Snapdragon 865 chip and feature a 5,000mAh battery with 33W MMT fast charging support that's 17% faster than the company's previous implementation. Other specs of the devices include stereo speakers, X-axis vibration motor, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Gorilla Glass 5 panels at the front and back, 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, and more. Notably, there's no IP rating, wireless charging, and NFC on these phones.
In terms of camera, the Mi 10T Pro comes with a 108MP primary shooter featuring OIS along with a 13MP ultra-wide and a 5MP macro sensor. The regular Mi 10 switches to a 64MP unit for the primary camera while keeping the other camera sensors intact. At the front, both phones house a 20MP selfie shooter. The phones come with a number of new camera features including Photo Clones, new Color filters, AI Skyscapping 3.0, six different long exposure modes, Dual Video, and more.
On the software front, the Mi 10T series runs on MIUI 12 that's based on Android 10. MIUI 12 comes with a redesigned Control Center, new system icons, improved UI/UX, and more.
The Mi 10T will start from 499€, while the Mi 10T Pro starts from 599€ and goes up to 649€ for the 8GB RAM/256GB storage variant.
Pixel 5 leaks in live images hours ahead of official reveal
by João Carrasqueira
Image credit: Jon Prosser (Twitter) Google is set to hold a hardware event later today, where the company will officially reveal the new Pixel 5, as well as a 5G variant of the Pixel 4a. However, with just a few hours to go before the unveil, leakster Jon Prosser has gone ahead and shared live images of the device, showing off its design in full.
The images shared on Twitter show both the front and back of the device, with a display sporting minimal bezels and a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera. That display has been rumored to be a 6-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 2340x1080 resolution.
Meanwhile, the back of the device shows off the square camera module with two sensors, an LED flash, and a microphone. The rear of the phone also includes a fingerprint sensor. The body itself seems to be textured, and you can also see the volume rocker and power button on the side, the latter being a different color from the phone itself.
Prior to this leak, most of the phone's specs had already been revealed, including a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. The rear cameras are said to be a 12.2MP main sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide lens.
Google is also set to announce the Pixel 4a 5G today, and the rumored specs for that are similar in some ways, though the display is bigger, at 6.2 inches, and it lacks the 90hz refresh rate of the Pixel 5. It also comes with just 6GB of RAM and a smaller 3,800mAh battery. The Pixel 4a 5G has been officially confirmed to cost $499, while the Pixel 5 has been rumored to cost $699, though that has yet to be confirmed.
Google Phone app could soon gain Caller ID announcement and other new features
by Rajesh Pandey
Google expanded the availability of its Google Phone app along with the Verified Calls feature to more non-Pixel devices earlier this month. Now, the company is working on some new features for its dialer app to further increase its usefulness.
The first option in testing is called 'Caller ID announcement' and as the name suggests, it would lead to the phone app reading out the incoming caller's name or number. Another new feature in the works is the option to automatically delete Call Screen transcripts and recordings after 30 days. Call Screen is only available in the United States and Canada so this feature is going to be handy for a limited number of users. Nonetheless, if you rely on Call Screen heavily, the option to delete its transcripts automatically after every 30 days will be a handy addition.
Lastly, the app will be gaining a new 'Saved voicemails' shortcut in the Voicemail tab to let users quickly access their saved voicemails.
These features are still under testing from Google but they should make their way to the Phone app in the coming weeks presumably around the time the Pixel 5 hits the stores.
By Abhay V
Some Android users begin receiving a new dark theme UI in Google Maps
by Abhay Venkatesh
One of Android 10’s headline features was the introduction of a system-wide dark theme, which was also followed by a lot of the third-party apps. Last October, the search giant also teased a deeper-level dark mode for Maps which brought a more consistent dark mode to the app. While dark mode currently exists in the navigation app, it can only be activated when the navigation mode is active.
However, some users are beginning to receive a revamped dark mode interface via a server-side update that enables a consistent, app-wide dark mode for the interface. It is currently not clear if the rollout is part of a limited A/B testing, or if Google has indeed begun a staggered rollout of the feature. When the feature is enabled, a new ‘Appearance” menu offers the option to choose between dark, light, and system-specific themes.
Just like with other first-party apps, the dark theme on Maps blends a palette of dark and light greys, with the darkest of the shades used for the map’s backgrounds. The contrasting font colors and the backgrounds for the UI elements make it easy to read the text in the options. Other icons and names on the maps also adapt to the theme, resulting in a clean UI. You can head to Reddit to see the screenshots of the app posted by a user here.
The Maps app is one of the last native apps that is yet to receive the dark mode treatment. The Mountain View giant began rolling dark theme for its G Suite apps on iOS earlier this week. Regardless, for those that prefer this theme on their apps and the OS, this will be a welcome addition.
Source: Reddit via 9to5Google
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The LG Wing is coming to Verizon next month, costs $999.99
by João Carrasqueira
Verizon has announced that it will be the first carrier in the United States to sell the new LG Wing, the phone with a swiveling main display, which was introduced earlier this month. It will be available on October 15 and cost $999.99.
The LG Wing is part of LG's "Explorer Project", and it tried to stand out from the crowd by implementing a different kind of dual-display setup compared to what we've seen so far. Rather than folding, the LG Wing features a main 6.8-inch OLED display that swivels to reveal a smaller 3.9-inch display underneath. This allows users to multitask in different ways, such as watching a full-screen YouTube video while reading the comments under it, or texting someone in a different app entirely.
Under the hood, the LG Wing features upper-mid-mange specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset with 5G support (including Verizon's mmWave network), 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage, as well as a 4,000mAh battery. The camera setup is interesting, though, as it includes a primary 64MP shooter, and a 13MP wide-angle lens for "standard" photos, but also a 12MP ultra-wide gimbal camera, which is meant to be used when the phone is in its T shape. This camera lets users focus and track specific parts of the frame while recording a video. The selfie camera is in a pop-up module at the top, and it has a 32MP resolution.
The LG Wing will be available to pre-order from Verizon on October 1, this coming Thursday. It should come to other carriers later on.