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Realme 9i 5G Launch Date, Key Specifications Revealed: Details

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Realme 9i 5G is heading for its launch soon. The upcoming smartphone will launch on August 18 and will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G chipset. The handset is also said to house a massive battery and sport a triple rear camera setup. The Chinese company released a teaser on Twitter calling the upcoming smartphone ‘The 5G Rockstar’. Meanwhile, Realme 9i powered by Snapdragon 680 SoC and featuring triple rear cameras was launched in India this January. It runs Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 and sports a 6.6-inch full-HD+ display.

Realme, via Twitter, has teased the launch of the upcoming Realme 9i 5G. As mentioned earlier, the handset is being called as ‘The 5G Rockstar’ by the Chinese tech company. The smartphone will launch on August 18 at 12:30pm. The Realme 9i 5G will feature a MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G chipset. The handset is also said to come with a “massive battery” and a triple rear camera setup.

The upcoming smartphone is the 5G variant of the Realme 9i, which was launched this January.

The Realme 9i carries a price tag of Rs. 13,999 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The handset also has a 6GB + 128GB model that is priced at Rs. 15,999. The phone comes in Prism Black and Prism Blue colour variants. To recall, the smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 680 SoC and sports a triple rear camera setup. The smartphone runs Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 and sports a 6.6-inch full-HD+ display.

Connectivity options on the Realme 9i include 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Realme 9i also houses dual stereo speakers. The handset packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W Dart Charge fast charging.


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Xiaomi Civi 2, Redmi 11A Allegedly Certified by 3C, Charging Specifications Tipped

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Xiaomi Civi 2 is in the works and may launch next month, if past leaks are any indication. In a fresh update, the Xiaomi Civi successor has allegedly appeared on the China Compulsory Certification (3C) website. The listing suggests 67W fast charging support on the upcoming phone. It is listed with 5G connectivity as well. Alongside the Xiaomi Civi 2, another entry-level 5G device has supposedly surfaced on the 3C website. The listing, which indicates 10W fast charging support, is believed to be that of the Redmi 11A.

As per a report by Nashvillechatter, two unannounced Xiaomi smartphones with model numbers 2209129SC and 22095RA98C have bagged certification from China’s 3C website. The former is believed to be the Xiaomi Civi 2, while the latter is expected to come with the Redmi 11A moniker.

The charger reportedly spotted along with the Xiaomi Civi 2 carries model number MDY-12-EF, suggesting 67W fast charging support on the upcoming device. The bundled charger of the rumoured Redmi 11A seems to support up to 10W fast charging. The 3C listing suggests that both the phones will have 5G connectivity.

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However, Xiaomi hasn’t yet confirmed the existence of the Xiaomi Civi 2 and Redmi 11A.

Previous leaks suggest that the Xiaomi Civi 2 could be announced around September as a successor to last year’s Xiaomi Civi. The new model is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC. According to tipster Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi Civi 2 could pack a micro-curved flexible OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display is said to come with Dolby Vision technology and narrow bezels. Specifications of the Redmi 11A, on the other hand, are expected to pop up online in the coming days.

To recall, the Xiaomi Civi was launched in Chinese market with a starting price tag of CNY 2,599 (roughly Rs. 29,600) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant.

The Xiaomi Civi features a 6.55-inch full-HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by a Snapdragon 778G SoC paired with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage. A triple rear camera setup headlined by a 64-megapixel primary sensor, and a 4,500mAh battery with 55W fast charging are the other key highlights of the phone.


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Samsung Cuts 2022 Smartphone Shipments Target to 260 Million Units Due to Supply Chain Constraints: Report

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Samsung has reportedly reduced its smartphone shipments target for 2022. The South Korean giant had planned to produce 334 million handsets earlier this year, and aimed at shipping about 300 million units of its phones, as per the report. The company is said to have now reduced their phone shipments target for 2022 to 260 million units. The report added that Samsung shipped 270 million smartphones in 2021, and the new target is even lower than that. Samsung reportedly saw its biggest dip in phone shipments in 2020.

According to a report by TheElec, the South Korean giant has reduced its smartphones shipment target for 2022 to 260 million units to 300 million units. Samsung reportedly took the decision because of the slum in global economy, supply chain constraints, and overall low demand for phones. Earlier this year, the company had set a target to produce about 334 million phones, the report added.

Samsung shipped 270 million smartphones in 2021, as per the report. The company reportedly witnessed its biggest dip in phone shipments in 2020 due to the pandemic when it only shipped around 250 million units. The new target seems to fall between the number of units shipped in 2021 and 2020. Prior to the pandemic, the South Korean company had reportedly shipped more than 300 million smartphones per year.

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As per the report, out of the 334 million phones that Samsung had planned to manufacture this year, 284 million would have been produced in company’s own facilities, and the remaining 50 million units would have been produced with its partners in China. The report further added that Samsung is currently planning to produce about 34 million units between October and November this year. This is said to be far less than the units manufactured in previous quarters this year, and the same quarter in 2021.

Recently, Samsung had reportedly said that the ongoing inflation is unlikely to affect the demand for smartphones in India. Samsung reportedly also said that it estimates double-digit growth in volumes this year.


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Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro Android 13-Based MIUI Beta Update Announced for Limited Users: Details

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Xiaomi announced on Monday that is rolling out a MIUI beta update for Android 13. This beta version is available for the company’s Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro handsets. However, the Chinese tech giant has announced that only 200 users will be given access to the Android 13-based MIUI beta during the first wave of updates. Xiaomi has warned users that the update process might take longer than usual. Furthermore, the smartphone could get overheated or face performance issues after the update, according to the firm.

Xiaomi announced the rollout of a beta version of MIUI based on Android 13 via Twitter. Only Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro users are eligible to apply to join the first wave of updates. The company has revealed that only 200 users will be granted access to the beta during the first wave of updates.

In addition, Xiaomi mentioned in a community post that beta testers should make a backup of important data before updating their smartphones. The update process is expected to take longer than usual, and the device may face overheating and performance issues after the update, according to the company.

The handset could take some time to adapt to the MIUI beta. Some third-party applications may not be compatible with Android 13 and may not function properly, as per the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

The Xiaomi 12 update carries the firmware version V13.0.4.0.TLCMIXM and the Xiaomi 12 Pro update bears the firmware version V13.0.4.0.TLBMIXM. Both MIUI beta updates are over 4GB in size.

On Tuesday, Vivo also announced a similar Android 13 beta update as part of its Android 13 Preview Program in India. The company asked Vivo X80 Pro users to register for getting the Funtouch OS 13 update that will roll out on August 23. Vivo subsidiary iQoo also announced that that iQoo 9 Pro owners can apply to join the company’s Android 13 preview program.

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