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Why Xiaomi has blocked its smartphones in some countries. Official explanation from the company

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Last week it was reported that Xiaomi smartphone users in some countries such as Cuba, Iran, Syria and Sudan were banned from using their smartphones. The move was aimed at curbing the illegal activities of resellers who smuggle such smartphones into unauthorized regions for sale.

Now, according to Gizmochina, Xiaomi said it was part of an ongoing investigation to determine if smartphones were smuggled into the aforementioned countries. The move is seen as an anti-smuggling measure to prevent resellers from selling Xiaomi smartphones in these prohibited regions.

However, buyers who bought their devices in legal markets and are using them in these prohibited countries can now continue to use their smartphones. For example, in Cuba, included in the list of prohibited countries, Xiaomi accounts for up to 15% of active smartphones in the country. A shutdown would disrupt the work of a huge section of the population.

Xiaomi says the ongoing investigation has led to significant results, although the company has not provided any further details. The decision to restore access to the legitimate owners of Xiaomi smartphones in these markets could be an interim solution, since the company’s export policy explicitly prohibits the use of its smartphones outside of legal markets.

Today we have already published a comment from the external press service of Xiaomi, which reads: “Not a single Xiaomi smartphone in Europe and the CIS countries has been blocked, and the company does not plan to take such actions.”

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Samsung will earn a lot again, but again not thanks to smartphones. There was a forecast for the third financial quarter

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Samsung again predicts excellent financial results for the next quarter. The third fiscal quarter for the Korean giant should end with an operating profit of about $ 13.8 billion.

In annual terms, this will correspond to an increase of 31.9%. At the same time, revenue will grow by 12.2% to $ 63 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the growth will be 29.7% and 18%, respectively.

The reason for the growth, as in the previous quarter, primarily lies in the huge demand for semiconductors. It is this division that will bring the company most of the profits (about 60%). The change in the exchange rate of the Korean won will also contribute.

But with smartphones, everything is not so good. The division’s operating income is expected to be $ 2.95-3.2 billion versus $ 3.75 billion a year earlier. At the same time, Samsung is expected to sell 69 million smartphones for the quarter. Sales of the flexible Galaxy Z models of the new generation are exceeding expectations, but they may not have a big impact on the overall situation.

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The front-facing camera in the iPhone 13 has barely improved at all. DxOMark rated iPhone 13 mini and 13 Por

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We already got acquainted with the capabilities of the main cameras of the new iPhones yesterday, the turn of the front cameras has come. Fortunately, they are identical for all models of the line, so the results are the same.

DxOMark evaluated the front cameras of the iPhone 13 mini and 13 Pro. The result is 99 points. This puts the new products in fifth place in the ranking, which they share with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (on SoC Snapdragon) and Note10 + (on SoC Exynos). Last year’s iPhone 12 lineup scored 98 points at the time.

The front-facing camera in the iPhone 13 has barely improved at all.  DxOMark rated iPhone 13 mini and 13 Por

Interestingly, for the quality of the photo on the front camera, the iPhone 13 Pro still received 1 point more than the iPhone 13 mini (102 versus 101 points). The reason is a little more noise. But such a difference can be regarded as an error.

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Realme has created a hit smartphone. More than 100,000 Realme GT Neo 2 bought in China in a day

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Yesterday in China, sales of the Realme GT Neo 2 smartphone started, and today the company summed up the statistical result of the first day of sales: more than 100,000 smartphones were sold per day! Xiaomi and Redmi usually boast of such indicators, but Realme has shown an example that it is enough to offer a good combination of features and price, and the device will surely become a hit.

Realme does not provide the structure of demand, but the basic versions of smartphones are usually the most popular. The Realme GT Neo 2 has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory, this option costs $ 370. There are also 8/256 GB and 12/256 versions for 420 and 565 dollars, respectively.

Recall that the Realme GT Neo 2 is built on Snapdragon 870, equipped with a 6.62-inch Samsung Super AMOLED E4 screen, a 5000 mAh battery with 65 W fast charging support and a triple camera with 64, 8 and 2 megapixel sensors.

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