China's Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Mi Mix 3 5G smartphone at the pre-MWC conference in Barcelona, Spain. The new phone is touted to be "one of the world's first commercially available 5G smartphones."
It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC along with an Snapdragon X50 5G modem that is touted to deliver 20 times sustained performance, NDTV reports.
The modem is claimed to enable 2Gbps+ peak download speed on a 5G network. This means the Mi Mix 5G is capable of downloading a 15-minute 1080p (256MB) video in a second or 26 MP3 files (320Kbps) in a second. Alongside the Mi Mix 5G, Xiaomi announced the debut of the Mi 9 and Mi LED Smart Bulb.
Mi Mix 3 5G price
The Mi Mix 3 5G price starts at EUR 599 (roughly TK 57,000). Xiaomi has tied up with UK Three, Orange, Sunrise, Telefonica, Tim, and Vodafone. Moreover, the Mi Mix 3 5G will go on sale starting May this year through Authorised Mi Stores, Mi.com, and select retail channels.
In addition to the Mi Mix 3 5G, Xiaomi at its pre-MWC conference announced the global launch of the Mi 9. The flagship model that was unveiled in China earlier this week with a triple rear camera setup, fifth-generation in-display fingerprint sensor, 90.7-percent screen-to-body ratio, and 20W wireless charging support.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 price in the global markets has been set at EUR 449 (roughly Tk. 42,767) for the base 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model will be available at EUR 499 (roughly TK. 47,529).
Pre-orders for the Mi 9 in Spain have already been started through Authorised Mi Stores, Mi.com, Cdiscount, Darty, and Fnac.
To recall, the Mi 9 price in China is set at CNY 2,999 (roughly TK 37,512) for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant, whereas the 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage model comes at CNY 3,299 (roughly TK. 41,265). Xiaomi also brought the Mi 9 Transparent Edition in the Chinese market with a price tag of CNY 3,999 (roughly TK 50,000).
Additionally, Xiaomi launched the Mi LED Smart Bulb at its pre-MWC conference with a price tag of EUR 19.9 (roughly Tk. 1,895). It will be available in White and colour options.
Mi Mix 3 5G specifications, features
The Mi Mix 3 5G is touted to continue the Mi Mix 3 legacy, including the ceramic body and the slider mechanism. This means aside from the new chipset and 5G support, the Mi Mix 3 5G has the same hardware as of the original Mi Mix 3 that debuted in China back in October last year.
To highlight how 5G is going to transform the user experience, Xiaomi at its conference showcased a 5G video call demo -- powered by Orange.
"When we look at the opportunity ahead of us for 5G, we see an opportunity to create winners and to bring change to the mobile industry, we believe Xiaomi is one of those companies," said Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm, at the Xiaomi event.
The Mi Mix 3 5G features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio. As we mentioned, unlike the Mi Mix 3, the Mi Mix 3 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with a Snapdragon X50 5G modem. There is also a hybrid cooling system and a four-sided curved ceramic body.
Xiaomi has provided a dual rear camera setup on the Mi Mix 3 5G along with two 12-megapixel sensors enabling 960fps video recording and AI scene detection. For selfies, the smartphone has a dual camera setup at the front -- available on top of the magnetic slider. The dual selfie camera setup has a 24-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The frontal sensor supports AI live selfie video bokeh.
The Mi Mix 3 5G has a rear fingerprint sensor and sports a dedicated Google Assistant button. Connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port.
Alongside supporting Quick Charge 4+, the Mi Mix 3 5G packs a 3,800mAh battery.
Barcelona, Feb 24 (AP/UNB) — China's Huawei is set to take the wraps off a new folding-screen phone, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market's dominant players, Apple and Samsung.
The company on Sunday plans to unveil the device, which can be used on superfast next-generation mobile networks that are due to come online in the coming years.
Huawei will reveal the phone on the eve of MWC Barcelona, a four-day showcase of mobile devices, as the company battles U.S. allegations it is a cybersecurity risk.
Device makers are looking to folding screens as the industry's next big thing to help them break out of an innovation malaise, although most analysts think the market is limited, at least in the early days.
Cape Canaveral, Feb 23 (AP/UNB) — NASA and SpaceX on Friday approved a first test flight next week of the new commercial Dragon capsule designed for crew.
No one will be aboard, only an instrumented dummy in a white SpaceX spacesuit. But the capsule will still fly to the International Space Station, following its planned March 2 liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Officials gave the green light after conducting a safety review.
NASA's head of human exploration and operations, William Gerstenmaier, called the upcoming test flight "an absolutely critical first step" to eventually putting astronauts on board.
A phenomenal amount of work has gone into ensuring the capsule does not endanger the space station and its three occupants as it pulls up and docks, Gerstenmaier said. It will remain at the orbiting lab just under a week before aiming for a splashdown in the Atlantic off Florida. Radiation monitors and supplies are going up, and science samples and used equipment are coming down.
Human spaceflight is the company's core mission, said Hans Koenigsmann, a SpaceX vice president, and for now, there's nothing more important than this endeavor.
"It's a really big deal for SpaceX," he told reporters.
Space X has been making space station shipments since 2012. The private company had to overhaul its cargo capsule for astronauts. If the upcoming demo goes well, two NASA astronauts could strap in for the next test flight this summer. Officials stressed much work remains to be done, with problems possibly solved through redesign, before the capsule is qualified to carry humans.
It would be the first launch of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in eight years, since NASA's shuttle program ended. They have been riding Russian rockets to get to and from the space station, costing NASA tens of millions of dollars per seat.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to soar at 2:48 a.m. EST on March 2 is brand new. NASA does not want recycled boosters for these crew capsule missions. SpaceX plans to conduct a high-altitude launch abort in April, reusing this same capsule.
Boeing is also in the commercial race to transport space station astronauts. Its first Starliner demo is targeted for April, and the second, with astronauts, no earlier than August.
San Francisco, Feb 23 (AP/UNB) — Twitter co-founder Evan Williams will leave the social media company's board of directors at the end of the month.
Twitter announced his departure in a securities filings Friday and Williams tweeted confirmation of the news.
Williams served as Twitter's CEO from 2008 to 2010 and now is chief executive of publishing site Medium.com. He tweeted that stepping down will let him focus on other projects and that he will still be rooting for the Twitter team.
He was the second-largest Twitter shareholder on the company's board behind CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Dorsey tweeted his appreciation for Williams, who served on the board for 12 years.
ZEE5's extensive bouquet of 1,00,000 hours of premium Indian content will now be available through the Dialog ViU app.
ZEE5 [http://www.zee5.com ], the largest digital entertainment platform for language content, announced its very first international partnership in the SAARC region with Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider.
The partnership will provide Dialog ViU app users with over 1,00,000 hours of premium regional content. Dialog ViU customers will be able to subscribe at a charge of LKR 350 per month to access one of the region's best content libraries.
Dialog customers will be able to access ZEE5 Originals [https://www.zee5.com/zee5originals ] like Karenjit Kaur, Zero Kms as well as recent crime thrillers Rangbaaz and Abhay, scintillating Bollywood hits like Veere Di Wedding and Toilet; an extensive Tamil content library including top shows like Sembaruthi, Poove Poochoodava and Yaaradi Nee Mohini, ZEE5 Tamil Originals including Kallachirippu, America Mapillai and D7 as well as recent blockbusters like Mersal.
Speaking about the association, Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer - ZEE5 Global [https://twitter.com/ArchanaAnand_ ] said, "We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Dialog Axiata for our launch in Sri Lanka.
With over 1,00,000 hours of content across multiple genres and 12 languages, Dialog's subscribers now have access to the largest library of Indian content that's available in one single destination. Sri Lanka is rapidly developing into an exciting market for entertainment content, and we look forward to jointly exploring this opportunity with Dialog Axiata."
Commenting on the partnership, Mangala Hettiarachchi, Senior General Manager – Global and Content Services, Dialog Axiata PLC said, "We are extremely proud to have partnered with ZEE5 so soon into their international launch. This affiliation strengthens the content portfolio offered by Dialog ViU by opening one of the region's best content libraries to our customers. Dialog customers can now watch the best content on the best video network in Sri Lanka at any time, from anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen without commercials."
ZEE5 offers over 1,00,000 hours of Indian TV shows, movies, videos, etc. across 12 languages to South Asians across the globe. ZEE5 is available on Google Play Store, iOS App Store, http://www.ZEE5.com and on Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TVs and Amazon Fire TV.
Ms. Rashmi Punshi