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This is a breakthrough. Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 – the world’s first smartphone with a lens lens

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Last year, rumors attributed the so-called “liquid lens” to the flagship Huawei Mate 40, the system of which was not particularly disclosed. But in the end, the Mate 40 is equipped with the most common lenses, and the first mainstream smartphone with a “liquid lens” will be the Mi Mix 4, which debuts on March 29th. Xiaomi has already confirmed this feature of the camera and even demonstrated its work in a teaser video.

In the description of the system, a parallel is given with the lens of the human eye, which, with the help of the muscles located around it, changes its shape and provides accommodation – it allows you to see objects well at different distances. Roughly the same is implemented in the Mi Mix 4 camera, only instead of the lens – a special liquid under a special film. The advantages of the lens-lens Xiaomi refers to faster focusing in comparison with a conventional mechanical system, compactness and dual purpose – tele and macro. In general, there are enough advantages, but such a system is clearly not cheap. However, the Mi Mix 4 itself is by no means a cheap smartphone.

In an interview that the head of Xiaomi Lei Zun (Lai Jun) gave just the other day, a top manager said that the price of Mi Mix 4 will be 10,000 yuan (approximately $ 1,500). If you remember, Mi Mix Alpha with a wraparound screen was even more expensive, but it was never launched into truly mass production, but was produced only in small batches. The Mi Mix 4 is a completely different matter. This smartphone will be sold not only in China, but also, like its predecessors, in the global market too, but here there are completely different conditions and different competition. So $ 1,500 is a serious bid. However, Lei Zun immediately made a reservation that in this case, too, the company has no desire to make money from users – this is the price for the technologies implemented in the smartphone. And among them, in addition to the lens-lens itself, there is also a flexible screen and very fast charging. In short, Mi Mix 4 will embody the pinnacle of modern technologies, ready for mass use, and therefore it will not be cheap.

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Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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Prominent informant Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, has released the first computer-generated images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra flagship tablet.

The biggest design innovation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra should be a bang-shaped cutout. Despite the presence of this element, this tablet, like the recently announced MacBook Pro laptop, does not support 3D facial recognition.

Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

It is worth remembering that after the release of the iPhone X, Samsung released a whole series of black PR videos in which it made fun of the large cutout in the screen, which was very unusual at that time. After a few years, the company doesn’t seem to regard bangs as the same ridiculous element as they once did.

The source adds that only the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will receive such a notch, while the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 + will not have bangs. In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will have a 14.6-inch display, the Galaxy Tab S8 will have an 11-inch display, and the Galaxy Tab S8 + will have a 12.4-inch display.

Steve Hemmerstoffer at the beginning of the year published high-quality renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones, which were later fully confirmed.

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Full redesign of iPhone 14: periscope camera and small hole in the screen

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According to Mydrivers, LG Innotek is developing a periscope zoom lens for Apple, which is expected to be used in iPhones from 2022 or 2023.

Apple’s rival Samsung pioneered the periscope zoom lens in the Galaxy S20 series launched in January last year. Many other Android-based flagships from Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and other companies also actively use similar modules.

In the iPhone 13 Pro, despite using new image sensors and larger lenses, the optical zoom is only 3x. The difference with Android flagships remains very, very large.

The addition of a periscope camera should noticeably change the design of the rear panel. And if you consider the rumors of ditching the bangs in favor of a hole for the front camera, then the iPhone 14 may well bring the biggest design update since 2017, when the iPhone X hit the market.

The presentation of the iPhone 14 is expected in September next year.

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This is what the Xiaomi 12 Pro might look like. The smartphone was shown on a new render

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A Chinese insider has published a render of a new smartphone – according to him, this is how the Xiaomi 12 Pro will look. The device in the picture does not strike attention with design delights – there is still the same embedded front camera and a display bent onto the sides, as a result of which the screen does not have traditional side frames.

This image is generally consistent with rumors that the Xiaomi 12 screen will change slightly compared to the Xiaomi Mi 11: the novelty will simply use the latest generation Samsung AMOLED E5 panel with an embedded front camera – that is, there will be no sub-screen camera. The display will be curved, but it will not bend in all four directions – this decision Xiaomi will refuse.

According to the latest data, Xiaomi 12 will be released in December. The smartphone is credited with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 SoC, a triple camera with 50 MP sensors, a 5000 mAh battery, support for fast charging with a capacity of 120 W (wire) and 50 W (wireless).

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