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Xiaomi Launches Mi 10 and Smart TV Series in the UAE

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Xiaomi has launched the latest 5G-ready device in its popular Mi smartphone lineup – Mi 10 in the UAE today. Xiaomi’s Mi 10 prioritises on photography and videography with its impressive hardware setup and software features. Equipped with a 108MP primary sensor, Mi 10 offers one of the biggest smartphone sensors currently available in the market.

In addition to shooting ultra-clear 108MP shots, users can now document scenes in full perspective, thanks to Mi 10’s 13MP ultra wide-angle lens with 123°FOV. The device also includes one 2MP depth sensor lens and one 2MP macro lens. The main camera’s laser autofocus module, AI 2.0, and Night mode 2.0 join forces to capture unrivaled, sharp details during daytime photography and brighter, clearer photos at night or during low-light situations.

Mi 10 goes all in when it comes to videography – with the industry-leading UHD 8K 30fps video recording feature to capture every moment in detail. Moreover, its unique video modes – including Portrait video, Color focus, ShootSteady, Vlog, and slow motion – allow users to easily create cinematic quality content.

Leveraging best-in-class audio hardware, Mi 10 sports a symmetrical dual speaker system on both its top and bottom edges. The setup comprises of two 1216 super-linear speakers and another 1.0cc-equivalent speaker chamber with up to 0.5mm speaker amplitude. Mi 10 has been specially tuned for each and every volume level – this greatly assists in producing superior sound fidelity. These features blend perfectly together to create an extraordinary and immersive smartphone audio experience.

Beauty and functionality come together to form Xiaomi’s most elegant smartphone design ever in their Mi 10 – it sports a 3D curved front and back with smooth contoured edges and slim side bezels that enable the Mi series’ most comfortable in-hand feel yet. To ensure durability, Mi 10 is fitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and rear surfaces, offering a gorgeous glossy back. Moreover, the device’s specially designed discrete in-display front camera minimises bezels and allows for more display area.

The next generation display technology adopted by Mi 10 yields higher brightness (up to 1120nit maximum brightness) and better power efficiency over its predecessor, while a 90Hz SmoothSync display provides fast and fluid screen response for a seamless, stutter-free experience. All in all, the Mi 10 delivers Xiaomi’s most pleasant display ever as its dual brightness sensors offer accurate brightness detection while various brightness modes ensure ultimate eye comfort. Mi 10 is also TÜV Rheinland low blue-light certified, and verified by HDR10+ for their vivid visual experience.

Mi 10 is powered by the latest 5G-enabled flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform. Enhancing CPU, GPU, AI performance and the overall user experience, the 7nm chipset features a maximum clock speed of 2.84GHz with the new Kyro™ 585 based on the ARM Cortex-A77 architecture, and also brings considerable improvements in power-efficiency. The impressive chipset is accompanied by ultra high-speed RAM and storage combinations – LPDDR5 and UFS3.0, delivering exceptional write-read data and powerful computing capabilities.

Moreover, the device sports LiquidCool 2.0 technology – an advanced cooling system consisting of a large vapor chamber, as well as multi-layer graphite and graphene stacks that dissipate heat generated during long-term use. This ensures uninterrupted and intensive performance possibilities. Catering to the increasing demand for high speed content consumption in the 5G era, Mi 10 not only offers 5G network connection, but also supports 5G MultiLink for simultaneous connection to three networks (2.4G/5G Wi-Fi and mobile data) for quick connection switching.

Additionally, the device features Wi-Fi 6 support, the most advanced Wi-Fi standard currently available. This significantly increases the upload and download speeds,while reducing network congestion when connected to multiple devices. Under the hood, the sleek and stylish Mi 10 sports an ultra-high-capacity 4,780mAh battery that comes with 30W wired and wireless charging, as well as reverse wireless charging.

Mi 10’s ultra-realistic vibration system delivers crisper, more realistic haptic feedback than ever before as it offers 150 different vibration options. This updated haptics considerably improve acceleration strength and consistency. Mi 10 also offers multifunctional NFC and IR blaster capabilities for daily access to swift payment transactions and quick remote control of home appliances.

Mi 10 Quick Specs:

Mi 10
Display6.67” AMOLED TrueColor DotDisplay 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2340×1080 FHD+ 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate 1120nit max. brightness Supports DCI-P3, HDR10+ Dual ambient light sensors (front & back) TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ColorGlossy: Twilight Grey and Coral Green
Dimensions162.58mm x 74.80mm x 8.96mm, 208g
Network Support5G: Sub-6 n1/n3/n7/n28/n77/n78 Supports Wi-Fi 6, 5G MultiLink
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform, up to 2.84GHz clock speed
StorageLPDDR5 + UFS 3.0
Cooling SystemLiquidCool 2.0 – Vapor Chamber + multi-layer graphite + graphene with up to 10.5°C CPU temperature reduction2
Rear Camera108MP main lens with 1/1.33” sensor, 7P, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel with OIS 13MP ultra wide-angle lens, 123° FOV 2MP depth sensor lens, 1.75μm 2MP macro lens
Front Camera20MP discrete in-display camera
ConnectionMultifunctional NFC, IR blaster
SecurityUltra-thin in-screen fingerprint sensor
Battery & Charging4,780mAh (typ) high-capacity battery 30W wired fast charge (56 mins to 100%2) 30W wireless fast charge Reverse wireless charging 30W in-box charger
AudioDual 1216 linear speakers, symmetrical speakers system 1.0cc sound chamber Hi-Res Audio certification
MotorX-axis linear vibration motor
SystemMIUI 11 based on Android 10
Storage Variants8GB+128GB 8GB+256GB

Mi 10 has two variants 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB, in Twilight Grey and Coral Green, at AED 2499/- and AED 2599/- respectively.

In addition to Mi 10, Xiaomi made another huge announcement today – its entry into UAE’s smart TV market. The technology giant’s Mi TV 4 series marks the company’s much awaited entry into the TV industry in the UAE market. Xiaomi unveiled 3 variants from the series – Mi TV 4S 55”, Mi TV 4S 43” and Mi TV 4A 32”, as it aims to bring a true smart TV experience to everyone in the country with amazing visual quality that is made available at an honest price.

Offering a super sleek design that is equipped with powerful hardware, Mi 4 series televisions come with an incredibly user-friendly interface. Along with the introduction of a vast library of multimedia content, the new series also acts as a smart living hub and raises the bar of the local TV industry. The latest Mi 4 Series TVs are powered by Android TV 9.0 and users will be able to install apps directly from Google Play Store and fully utilize and enjoy features like the Google Chromecast and Google Assistant.

With an easy to use Mi Remote that has a dedicated Google Assistant button, other compatible smart home devices can also be controlled remotely using voice commands. Mi TV 4A 32” is priced at AED 519, Mi TV 4S 43” is priced at AED 979, and Mi TV 4S 55” is priced at AED 1299.

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du Launches Eco-Friendly Free Tourist SIM

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du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) has introduced the eco-friendly free Tourist SIM to cater to the communication needs of world travellers. It offers various benefits including 1GB of free data for 24 hours, 5G network availability, and unlimited data plans with the option to make international calls. The Tourist SIM also promises a seamless activation experience and is fully recyclable and environmentally friendly, making it a unique solution for world travellers. With reliable connectivity offered by this Tourist SIM, travellers can easily stay connected, share their experiences, and communicate with loved ones in real time.

Karim Benkirane. Chief Commercial Officer at du said, “We are excited to introduce our eco-friendly free Tourist SIM, along with our commitment to sustainable connectivity. Our goal is to provide travellers with a seamless and uninterrupted connection, allowing them to fully engage in their journey and amplify their experiences with the global community. With our advanced 5G network and state-of-the-art infrastructure, we are confident that customers will enjoy unparalleled connectivity and outstanding value while helping them explore the world sustainably.”

By leveraging its robust network and infrastructure, du ensures that tourists visiting the UAE can stay connected, stream content, and stay informed about the latest developments without any disruptions. This commitment to reliable connectivity is not only convenient for tourists, but it also promotes sustainable travel practices. With du’s seamless connectivity, tourists can access information, navigate their surroundings, and engage in virtual experiences in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way.

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Review: Xiaomi 13T

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The smartphone market is a battleground where manufacturers constantly vie for supremacy, each attempting to outdo the other with innovative features, powerful performance, and enticing designs. Xiaomi, a company known for delivering high-quality devices at competitive prices, has stepped into the arena once again with the Xiaomi 13T.

Positioned as a mid-range smartphone, the 13T promises a blend of impressive specifications and affordability. In this review, we’ll explore the device’s design, display, performance, camera capabilities, and overall user experience to see if it lives up to the expectations set by its predecessors.

Design and Build Quality
At first glance, the Xiaomi 13T sports a sleek and modern design that is reminiscent of its predecessors in the Xiaomi lineup. The device features a glass back with a glossy finish, contributing to a premium aesthetic. The aluminium frame adds a sturdy feel to the phone, ensuring durability without sacrificing elegance. However, the glossy back is a magnet for fingerprints, and users might find themselves frequently wiping it down to maintain its pristine appearance.

The placement of physical buttons is ergonomic, making it easy to reach the volume rocker and power button, on the right. A USB-C port is present at the bottom, flanked by a speaker grille and a SIM card tray. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has opted to forgo the 3.5mm headphone jack, a choice that may disappoint users who still rely on wired headphones.

Display
The Xiaomi 13T boasts a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution, providing vibrant colours and deep contrasts. The inclusion of an AMOLED panel enhances the overall viewing experience, offering true blacks and excellent visibility even under direct sunlight. The display’s 144Hz refresh rate contributes to smooth animations and responsiveness, a feature often reserved for flagship devices.

You also get an aspect ratio of 20:9, a resolution of 2712-by-1220 pixels, and a pixel density of 446 ppi. It also supports AdaptiveSync, offers 2600 nits of peak brightness, and supports Pro HDR display, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HDR10. There’s also a sunlight mode and the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

While the display is impressive in terms of quality, some users might find the bezels a tad thicker than expected, especially in an era where edge-to-edge displays are becoming the norm. Nevertheless, the inclusion of a high-refresh-rate AMOLED panel at this price point is a commendable decision by Xiaomi.

Camera System
The Xiaomi 13T features a versatile triple-camera setup on the rear, which is powered by a Leica professional optical lens. These cameras include the 50MP main camera with a 1/1.28” sensor size, offering an aperture of f/1.9, and supporting optical image stabilisation and autofocus. You also get a 50MP telephoto lens with a 1/2.88” sensor size, an aperture of f/1.9, and support for autofocus. In addition, there is a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 1/3.06″ sensor size, offering an aperture of f/2.2.

The rear camera setup offers some exclusive Leica features such as two Leica photographic styles (Leica Authentic Look, Leica Vibrant Look), Leica custom photographic styles, Leica filters, Leica classic shutter sound, Leica Watermark, Master-lens system, 35mm Documentary lens, 50mm Swirly bokeh lens, and a 90mm Soft focus lens. The camera on the Xiaomi 13T is capable of taking some amazing shots under good lighting conditions as seen below:

Even in low-light situations, the camera performance is very good, thanks in part to the Night Mode feature. The cameras can also shoot 4K (3840-by-2160 pixels) videos at 30 fps. The front-facing camera, housed in a small punch-hole cutout, is a respectable 20MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2. Selfies are clear and detailed, and the portrait mode does a commendable job of accurately detecting and blurring the background.

Battery Life
The Xiaomi 13T is equipped with a sizable battery rated at 5000mAh, which also supports 67W turbocharging. Xiaomi includes a 67W charger in the box, which is a plus point. The capable battery, combined with the power-efficient processor, delivers a commendable battery life. During our review period, we were able to clock 1.5 days’ worth of battery life on a single charge.

Software and User Experience
The Xiaomi 13T runs on MIUI 14.0.10, Xiaomi’s custom Android skin on top of Android 13 OS. While MIUI has its merits, it also comes with a fair share of pre-installed apps and a user interface that may take some getting used to, especially for those transitioning from a stock Android experience. Xiaomi has been working on refining MIUI, and it has come a long way, offering smoother animations and improved system stability compared to earlier versions.

The device supports 5G connectivity, future-proofing it for the evolving network standards. The inclusion of an in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock adds a layer of security and convenience, and both features perform reliably.

Performance
The phone comes packed with a mid-range MediaTek Dimensity 8200 Ultra. You also get 8GB of RAM (and 4GB of virtual memory), and 256GB of onboard storage. This combination lets the Xiaomi 13T strike a balance between performance and power efficiency. Everyday tasks such as web browsing, social media, and multitasking are handled with ease, showcasing the device’s capability as a reliable daily driver.

Gaming performance is good too, with the Mali G610 GPU providing smooth graphics rendering for most titles. However, users seeking a device specifically for intensive gaming might find themselves longing for the performance offered by flagship devices with more robust processors.

In order to check the real-world performance of the Xiaomi 13T, we put it through a couple of benchmarks. On Geekbench, it performed quite well as seen below:

Even on 3DMark, the performance was quite good as seen below:

Conclusion
The Xiaomi 13T is a compelling mid-range smartphone that manages to balance performance, design, and affordability. It excels in several areas, including its vibrant AMOLED display, reliable camera system, and commendable battery life.

For users seeking a device that offers a premium feel without breaking the bank, the Xiaomi 13T is a strong contender in the mid-range segment. It competes well with other devices in its price range, providing a reliable and feature-packed smartphone experience.

Price: AED 1599

Photography by Ryan Chris

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At first glance, the Xiaomi 13T sports a sleek and modern design that is reminiscent of its predecessors in the Xiaomi lineup. The device features a glass back with a glossy finish, contributing to a premium aesthetic.

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Motorola Launches the Slimmest 5G Smartphone in the UAE

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Motorola launched the newest addition to its edge family: the Motorola Edge 30. Coming in at 6.79mm, the edge 30 is the thinnest 5G smartphone in its class so it takes up less room in your pocket, fits comfortably in your hand, and is still packed with amazing technology inside. Motorola has also given it an eye-catching look, with subtle, jewel-like patterns that shift and change as you tilt the phone from side to side for complexity and depth.

The Motorola edge 30 features a powerful 50MP camera system, an ultra-smooth 144Hz 6.5″ FHD+ OLED display, multidimensional Dolby Atmos sound, and the power-efficient Snapdragon 778G+ 5G Mobile Platform, the new edge device has everything you could want to be packed into a sleek, modern design.

The edge 30 boasts a 50 MP Ultra-wide camera sensor, 32 MP dedicated front-facing camera, and Motorola’s most advanced 50 MP high-res camera that uses the new flagship standard for autofocus and Instant All-Pixel Focus. Whereas traditional focus technologies use around 3% of pixels, Instant All Pixel Focus uses 100% of pixels in both vertical and horizontal patterns to get faster, more accurate performance in any light and enables you to shoot with 32x more focusing pixels.

Other camera benefits include being able to capture sharp details in the daytime, and then as night falls, the camera lets in more light by combining every four pixels into one massive ultra pixel. Plus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), eliminates unwanted shakes, so you’re set to shoot the best photos in a whole new way. And the brilliance goes beyond photos – you can record HDR10 videos with over a billion shades of colour for more lifelike storytelling than ever before.

Often, camera quality suffers in 3rd party apps like TikTok, WhatsApp, and Instagram, but with the edge 30, Motorola paid special attention to performance in areas like facial rendering, front camera video recording or video chats, and significant noise reduction when capturing still images – making it a content creator’s dream device.

Your favourite shows and games can also come to life thanks to the 6.5″ OLED display with 144Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ that meets DCI-P3 cinematic standards for colour range, brightness, colour accuracy, and contrast level, so you can view everything in over a billion shades of colour. The two large stereo speakers, packed with the multidimensional sound of Dolby Atmos, accompany the screen and will help deliver a more immersive viewing experience.

You will experience a huge performance boost in everything from the games you play to the videos you record thanks to the power of the Snapdragon 778G+. Download, stream, and video chat without lag and connect to the fastest Wi-Fi 6E1 networks with an advanced modem. The newest edge has up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage2, ensuring you never slow down on the go.

With Motorola edge 30 you can also unleash your device with Ready For3, which amplifies everything your phone is capable of. Simply connect wirelessly to a monitor or your TV and you’re ready to go. The Motorola edge 30 also features a lasting 4020 mAh battery that supports the impressive 5G experience and app usage. The powerful 4020 mAh battery is built to last and support the impressive features of the Motorola edge 30. If you need power fast, TurboPower™ 30 gives you hours of power in just minutes of charging.5

The Motorola edge 30 is available from today in Meteor Grey and Aurora Green colourways priced at AED 1,599 at Etisalat, Motorola.ae, and all relevant retailers.

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