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Xiaomi’s Redmi K30 Pro and 30x Zoom Edition offer flagship specs for less

It was about a year ago when Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi forayed into the premium smartphone segment with modest pricing akin to a OnePlus 'flagship killer.' The Redmi K20 has already seen a follow-up as the Chinese company rushes to democratize 5G connectivity, and now it's time for the Pro model to receive a successor, which Xiaomi announced earlier today in China. The K30 Pro takes over as the most premium handset in Redmi’s arsenal, packing four cameras and a nearly edge-to-edge screen.

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Xiaomi announces Mi 10 and 10 Pro with 90Hz OLED and 108MP camera (Update: EU availability)

Xiaomi has a series of sub-brands that operate in the low to mid-tier segments, earning it a dominant position in markets like India. In its home nation of China, the company shifts focus to its premium products that are usually marketed under Mi branding. Following a packed 2019, when we got to see a total of four smartphones make up the the Mi 9 line, Xiaomi has refreshed its flagship series for 2020 with a pair of devices. Earlier today, the company made the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro official in China following several rounds of teasing and leaks.

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Xiaomi announces Redmi Note 9 Pro and Pro Max with quad cameras and 5020mAh batteries

Catering to the budget segment of the Indian market, the Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has delivered some bestsellers, but lately has started to feel the heat from Oppo’s sub-brand Realme. Bracing to tackle that growing competition, Xiaomi is refreshing its budget line for 2020 by adding two new handsets to the mix. While we expected to see a Pro model accompanying a standard one, the Chinese brand took a page out of Apple’s book and announced the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max today in India.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Android 10 update is reportedly bricking handsets (Update: Official fix)

Xiaomi doesn’t have the strongest presence in the Android One space, while most of its popular handsets run a heavily customized (and better supported) software skin. The Chinese company has a habit of running into trouble when updating its Mi A-series phones with the latest Android builds,sometimes causing more problems than they fix in the first place. Hot on the heels of the Mi A3 fiasco just last week, a new Android 10 update for Mi A2 Lite is similarly up to no good, with word of it bricking handsets.

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The Xiaomi Poco F1 is getting Android 10 stable

Xiaomi's Poco F1 has had an Android 10 beta in testing for more than a month already, and it looks like the company is finally ready to take the software to stable. In a forum post, it has announced that it will start rolling out the latest version of the OS globally, and the first owners report that they are indeed receiving the update.

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Xiaomi reveals Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro, the first mainstream 5G gaming phones

Xiaomi's mobile gaming spin-off, Black Shark, has come out with a pair of new phones — the third generation in the series and the first to sport 5G radios. It's also come out with some gaming earbuds as well. And if you're outside of China and want any of them for yourself, you'll be able to acquire a Black Shark 3, Black Shark 3 Pro, and/or the Ophidian Bluetooth earbuds soon enough.

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Xiaomi shows off powerful 40W wireless charging

Xiaomi just teased a pretty powerful 40W wireless fast-charging system, which topped-up a phone from empty to full in a mere 40 minutes in a demonstration video. This might not be as crazy as Vivo's recently revealed 60W wireless charging, but it's still quite a lot of power to be transmitted without a cable.

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Xiaomi to unveil the Redmi Note 9 series with four cameras next week

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi became popular in some Asian markets with its budget-friendly range, but started venturing into the premium segment last year, after it was turned into a standalone brand, much like Poco. Despite now having a broader device portfolio, Redmi has maintained its focus on the lower end of the spectrum, where it continues to get the maximum traction. Expanding its popular sub-$200 Note series, the Chinese brand will announce the Redmi Note 9 series next week in India.

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Xiaomi’s new Mi Browser can save WhatsApp statuses and natively show your Facebook feed (APK Download)

Much like Samsung, Xiaomi makes its own alternatives to various Google apps that are usually tied to its notoriously heavy MIUI Android skin. In the past couple of years, the Chinese company has moved apps like Mi Calculator and Mi FileExplorer to the Play Store for faster delivery of updates and to open them up even to non-Xiaomi phones. Joining that small list of apps is the redesigned Mi Browser that likely replaces Xiaomi’s Mint Browser, which debuted in late 2018.

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All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up the tech world, leading to factory and store shutdowns all over China. This could mean we'll see some production shortages, but fears of the virus spread also have more tangible effects. Many companies have decided to withdraw from or limit their availability at MWC 2020, slated to begin February 24. To hinder contamination, the fair organizer GSMA has put a vast number of actions in motion to keep attendees as safe as possible.

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