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Xiaomi Smart Shoe India Launch Teased, May Be Mi Sneakers 2

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Xiaomi is all set to expand its verticals in India and launch its much-awaited smart shoes, an official teaser revealed on Monday. The company launched the first-generation Mi Smart Sneakers under its Mijia brand in China back in 2017. However, Xiaomi brought the successor to its original smart shoes just last year that arrived as the Mijia Sneakers 2 last year. It is highly expected that the Chinese giant could bring last year’s model to India in the coming days.

Hinting at the development, Xiaomi posted a teaser image through the Mi India Twitter account on Monday. The image outlines a shoe and features a tagline that reads, “Ready to put your best foot forward.” The company is also using a hashtag #BFF that comes as an abbreviation of the “best foot forward” phrase to suggest the upcoming launch.

Having said that, Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed the price and launch schedule of its smart shoes in India. The Beijing-based company notably forayed into the market of smart shoes by launching its ’90 Minutes Ultra Smart Sportswear’ under the Mijia brand. The first pair of smart shoes by the company had an Intel Curie chip to process your fitness data while on-the-move. Moreover, the shoes carried a price tag of CNY 299 (roughly Rs. 3,200).

 

Xiaomi last year expanded its smart shoe lineup by launching the Mijia Smart Sneakers 2 shoes that sport a 5-in-1 uni-moulding design – with a thin polyurethane film separating each mould. The shoes also have a midsole designed using an Infuse material produced by chemical company DuPont. Furthermore, the upper part of the shoes has a three-dimensional design made of the high-elastic knitting process.

The Mijia Sneakers 2 are available in China at CNY 199 (roughly Rs. 2,100) in four different colour options, including Black, Floral Blue, Floral Grey, and White. All these colour options are likely to debut in India with a price tag similar to what’s available in China. However, considering the historical records, the company may launch the Mijia Sneakers 2 in the Indian market as the Mi Sneakers 2.

Shortly after the beginning of the year 2019, Xiaomi made a list of announcements in India. The company revised the prices of its select smartphone models as well as launched its new Mi TV models and brought the Mi Soundbar. It also launched the Mi AirPOP PM2.5 Anti-Pollution Mask and a Mi Micro USB Braided Cable with 2.5A fast charging support. Similarly, the company brought the ShareSave e-commerce platform to make it easier for India buyers o purchase Xiaomi-ecosystem products directly from China.


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Qualcomm Snapdragon X55, Second Gen 5G Smartphone Modem, Announced Ahead of MWC 2019

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Qualcomm has announced its second-generation Snapdragon X55 5G cellular modem and a suite of 5G solutions for network operators and device manufacturers, including its own 5G test networks. The company has made these announcements just ahead of the MWC 2019 trade show in Barcelona next week. The new Snapdragon X55 modem will serve as the follow-up to the Snapdragon X50, which will be seen in smartphones launching as soon as this week. According to Qualcomm, the second-gen Snapdragon X55 will allow network operators and smartphone manufacturers accelerate the pace of 5G rollouts across the world.

The Snapdragon X55 uses a 7nm manufacturing process and supports networks ranging from 2G to 5G in a single chip. It supports the 5G mmWave and sub-6GHz frequency bands and will work on standalone 5G networks as well as those that use 4G backends, which will be the most common as the new technology is being introduced. It promises downloads of up to 7Gbps and uploads of up to 3Gbps with compatible 5G networks and also supports Cat 22 LTE for up to 2.5Gbps downloads when used with matching 4G networks. Power efficiency is improved compared to the Snapdragon X50,

Qualcomm says that all major frequency bands used around the world are supported, including the TDD and FDD standards, which will help manufacturers develop devices for global markets quickly and easily. The company has also launched suitable antenna modules and RF transceivers that can be used in conjunction with the Snapdragon X55.

 

The company expects to see its new products in smartphones, laptops, tablets, portable hotspots, AR/VR and automotive products very soon. The Snapdragon X55 modem and complementary products will be sampled to manufacturers in the first half of this year, and the products they develop should be ready to ship by the end of 2019.

In a press statement, Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm Incorporated, said “Qualcomm Technologies is spearheading the first wave of 5G launches with our first generation 5G mobile platform… We expect our 5G platform to accelerate 5G commercial momentum and power virtually all 5G launches in 2019 while significantly expanding the global 5G rollout footprint.”

5G devices and networks have been in development for several years, and many of the first 5G smartphones are expected to launch or at least be announced at MWC 2019 and in events leading up to it. 5G promises not only to increase cellular data speed but also drastically cut latency to enable highly responsive applications such as autonomous vehicle control, virtual reality experiences, and much more.

Samsung is expected to launch at least one 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 variant this week, OnePlus has confirmed that it will demonstrate a 5G prototype device at MWC, and other brands including Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Vivo are also likely to make announcements.

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Samsung Launches New Robots to Make Your Lives Easier, Including a Robotic Arm That Helps in the Kitchen

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Samsung wants an army of robots to invade your kitchen so that you can simply sit back and relax. The South Korean electronics giant revealed its latest lineup of premium home appliances at the Samsung Technology Showcase, ahead of the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas. Samsung showed off a number of upcoming products that include a robotic arm that can help in cooking and a robot that aids in growing vegetables right inside your kitchen.

The Bot Chef by Samsung is a robotic arm that can help you while you’re cooking. Bot Chef can do everything from cutting meat to adding seasoning after you’ve cooked something. You can also upload recipes so that the robotic arm knows what it’s supposed to do.

Samsung says the Bot Chef can be ideal for physically-challenged users who could use assistance while in the kitchen. The robotic arm includes a LiDAR sensor and an ambient light detector. Samsung claims these products are its vision for the future of smart homes.

 

The company has also revealed a new vacuum cleaner that uses artificial intelligence. Called Samsung Bot Clean, the robot uses LiDAR and can inform the owner about its status once it is done cleaning the house.

In addition, Samsung also unveiled its new Chef Garden refrigerator at the event. The new refrigerator includes a bunch of smart features including automatically setting up the temperature, humidity, and lighting to grow essential herbs right inside the refrigerator.

The Samsung Bot Air can detect contaminated places around the house and automatically fix the air quality while moving around the house. The company also revealed a wearable walking robot, Gait Enhancing and Motivating System (GEMS), for people who have problems walking properly.

Samsung launched its robotics platform, Samsung Bot, at CES in January this year. The company showed off a number of robots which are now being shown off with more details. The company is now looking to expand its platform with more products.

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Xiaomi could launch wireless charging power bank alongside Mi 9 on Feb 20: Report

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According to a MySmartPrice report, Xiaomi might be working on a new Power Bank which the company plans to launch alongside the much-hyped Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone on February 20. The unique thing of this power bank is that it comes with support for wireless charging.

Xiaomi wireless charging power bank

The report claims the upcoming power bank from Xiaomi will likely have 10,000 mAh power capacity. It is also speculated that the company might also launch a 20,000 mAh variant of the wireless power bank in the near future.

 

Though it’s unclear whether the wireless charging supported power bank will be limited to China. There is no word on whether Xiaomi will bring the product to other countries or not.

Xiaomi Mi 9: Specifications, features

Xiaomi is posting quite a number of teasers for Mi 9 hinting at different features of the device. As was confirmed earlier, Mi 9 will feature the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor. The high-end device will also have a triple camera setup on the back with a 48MP primary sensor that would use pixel binning technology to output 12MP images low light conditions. Other sensors on the camera setup include a 16MP ultra wide lens and a 12MP sensor with 2X optical zoom. On the front, the phone will sport a 20MP selfie camera.

Leaks and teasers also reveal that the device will have an in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face recognition, support for fast charging and a “40 per cent smaller” bottom chin than its predecessor Mi 8. Other leaks around Mi 9 also reveal that the phone will have 12GB RAM.

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