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Xiaomi unveils the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus with Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM

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Xiaomi today unveiled two new flagship phones — the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus — at an event in China. Both the devices offer high-end configuration in an all-metal outfit, with the Plus variant sporting two 13-megapixel cameras on the back, among which one has a dedicated monochrome sensor, for stunning photography. While the standard variant comes with an ultra-large, 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch Sony IMX378 rear camera sensor. The front unit for both remains 4-megapixel.

The 5.15-inch (FHD, 600-nit vibrant and crisp display) Mi 5s houses a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The variant with 3GB of RAM comes along 64GB of storage, while the one with 4BG of RAM expands up to 128GB on board.

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Equipped with a 3,000mAh battery, the Mi 5s offers an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on the faceplate that recognizes a 3D map of your fingerprint using ultrasonic waves. Well, that simply means you don’t require a physical home button for biometric authentication now.

Meanwhile, the high-end Mi 5s Plus features a 5.7-inch FHD display, 2.33GHz Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM/64GB storage or 6GB RAM/128GB storage, and a 3,800mAh battery. The fingerprint sensor sits on the rear end.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

The handsets come in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and White color variations, with a price point starting at 1,999 RMB ($300) and 2,299 RMB ($350) for the Mi 5s with 3GB of RAM and 4GB of RAM respectively; the Mi 5s Plus with 4GB of RAM starts at 2,299 RMB ($350), while the same with 6GB of RAM at 2,599 RMB ($390).

Both the variants go on sale on Thursday in China. It isn’t yet clear when Xiaomi will launch the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus in the international market.

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HTC U11 Plus receives TENAA certification

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A new HTC phone has recently passed through TENAA certification, and it’s likely the U11 Plus. The images obtained are somewhat similar to what the leaks have suggested lately.

Spotted by Mobilissimo, the listing from TENAA reveals the device in pictures, but fails to provide any specific information. From the images, what we know is the upcoming HTC phone — likely the HTC U11 Plus — will have an all-display front with higher screen-to-body ratio (and no buttons), rear-facing fingerprint sensor, and a single camera setup on the back.

Meanwhile other reports coming from over the internet suggest the HTC handset will pack a 6-inch display, 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, and a Snapdragon 835 chipset.

/ TENAA

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Apple Pay Now Supports ANZ Eftpos Access Cards In Australia

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Apple Pay has expanded to support Eftpos cards from ANZ Bank in Australia. Eftpos (Electronic fund transfer at point of sales) is a popular debit payments network in Australia. The partnership will bring in-store Apple Pay support to 1.6 million ANZ Access cardholders, according to Eftpos.

Apple’s partnership with Eftpos should get more people to use Apple Pay as Eftpos is the most used debit card network in Australia, and offers a much lower processing fee to retailers as well as customers.

High fees have been one of the biggest hindrances for Apple Pay in Australia, but with today’s move things are starting to get better. When a debit card is used via Apple Pay in Australia, there’s about 0.55 percent fee to the merchant; however, Eftpos drops it significantly to 0.15 percent. (Thanks, Business Insider!)

“About 1.6 million ANZ eftpos Access cardholders now have the opportunity to make payments on an iPhone or Apple Watch, many of whom may not have had the opportunity to make in store mobile payments before,” said Eftpos acting CEO Paul Jennings.

“As Australia’s most used debit card network, we are thrilled to be providing ANZ eftpos Access customers with more payment choice, with added benefits of enhanced security and comfort.”

Eftpos ANZ users can switch between a Cheque and Savings account with ease. More details can be found on the Eftpos website. And yes, Apple has also updated its Australian version of Apple Pay website to reflect the Eftpos partnership.

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Google shares first unedited Pixel 2 photos and videos

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Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which the company unveiled during its October event past week, have a highly rated camera. The cameras in both the Google phones have scored 98, the highest-ever on a smartphone camera in DxOMark’s rating.

Last year’s Pixel line-up scored 88X, which was the highest-ever on a smartphone camera back then, therefore it’s not surprising to see Google focusing more on camera lenses in Pixel phones. No matter how greater the rating figure is, it’s much more important to test the device in real world, and camera samples take a perfect stand to all the pixel-and-lens specs the company had touted during the product announcement.

Thanks to Google’s Isaac Reynold, who shared a bunch of unedited photos taken from the Pixel 2 camera, we now know (to some extent) how amazingly Google has improved Pixel’s camera. Reynold also posted two videos comparing the video stabilization that’s on offer with Pixel 2. Some of the sample photographs are attached in this post, while you can watch Reynold’s entire upload here.

For a quick recap, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both have a 12.2-megapixel camera with f/1.8, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), and laser and dual pixel phase detection autofocus.

/ Pixel User Community 

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