Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix 3 smartphone at its Beijing event on Thursday. The device comes with a magnetic sliding front camera, a dual vertical camera setup, two cameras at the front, and a true bezel-less display. The Mi Mix 3 smartphone sports no display notch, and negligible chin at the bottom either. To incorporate all the sensors, Xiaomi has hidden them behind the display, and they slide out via a manual pop-up magnetic slider mechanism. There is also fast wireless charging, with a 10W wireless charger. Other big features of the Mi Mix 3 include up to 10GB RAM, Snapdragon 845 SoC, and a 24-megapixel front AI-based camera. The company also touts that DxOMark has given it an overall score of 103, with a photo score of 108 and a video score of 93. This places it behind the Huawei P20 Pro and iPhone XS Max in terms of overall score, and at the same level as the HTC U12+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The detailed DxOMark review is also out.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 price
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 price starts at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,800) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option, CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 37,900) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB variant, and CNY 3,999 (roughly RS. 42,100) for the 8GB RAM + 256B RAM storage. There’s also a ‘Palace Museum’ special edition with a special design and accessories that comes with 10GB RAM + 256GB storage – it is priced at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 52,700), and will go on sale sometime at the end of November. The smartphone will be available in Onyx Black, Jade Green, and Sapphire Blue colour options, with the 6GB and 8GB RAM variants to go on sale in China from November 1. Xiaomi states that a 5G variant will also be made available in Europe next year. Availability and pricing for India and other markets is yet to be announced. Mi Mix 3 pre-orders begin today, and availability is slated for both offline and online stores.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specifications, features
Coming to specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo based on MIUI 10, and supports dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) slots. It features a 6.4-inch (1080×2340 pixels) full-HD+ OLED panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with Adreno 630 GPU, and up to 10GB of RAM.
Optics include dual camera setup at the front and back – with two 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lenses at the back. The wide-angle lens features a Sony IMX363 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels, as well as dual-pixel tech. The telephoto lens features a Samsung S5K3M3+ sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, and 1-micron pixels. Other features include dual-LED flash, OIS, optical zoom, AI background music, 960fps slow-motion, AI scene detection, AI bokeh, AI studio, and AI scene detection. At the front, there is one 24-megapixel (Sony IMX576 sensor) with 1.8-micron pixels, and a secondary 2-megapixel sensor with selfie light support. The front camera also offers AI features, including beautification and Bokeh effects.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Palace Museum edition with special accessories
The smartphone sports a rear fingerprint sensor, supports Google ARCore, and packs a 3,850mAh battery with 10W Qi wireless charging support. Connectivity options include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (4×4 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth *v5.0*, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C support.
Xiaomi says that the slider, apart from opening up cameras, also acts as a customisable shortcut action for many tasks. You can customise it to take a selfie, open the app drawer, make a call, and more, just by sliding up. It also makes a distinct sound every time you slide, and this sound can be personalised to your preference. It is expected to last for as many as 300,000 cycles. Xiaomi has also managed to reduce the antenna space by 72 percent thanks to a new customised antenna design.
Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900
Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.
The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.
The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.
“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.
Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.
As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.
Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.
“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.
Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.
The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.
Novel device can quickly detect strokes
Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.
A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.
Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.
The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.
“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.
Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”
The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.
“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.
“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.
Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.
Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton
Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.
Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.
“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.
Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.
She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.