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Mi Watch Revolve, Mi Band 5 Are Rumored to Launch in India next Month

Xiaomi appears to be on a launch spree at the moment. It has already unveiled budget-centric Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi 9 over the past month and is gearing up to take the wraps off entry-level Redmi 9A and Mi TV Horizon Edition over the next week. That’s not all though. The Chinese giant is looking to further its lead in the wearables market with the launch of the Mi Band 5, as well as its first smartwatch – Mi Watch Revolve, in India.

As per the latest 91Mobiles report, via reliable tipster Ishan Agarwal, Xiaomi will soon launch the Mi Band 5 (successor to Mi Band 4) and the Mi Watch Revolve (rebranded Mi Watch Color from China) in India. The report does not reveal an exact timeline but the Chinese giant unveils its ecosystem products, including the new Mi Band, Mi TVs, security cameras, and more at a dedicated event in September each year.

Since Xiaomi is launching the Mi TV Horizon Edition at a standalone event, is there a possibility of its ecosystem product launch being delayed due to COVID-19? Or maybe, the Chinese giant will hold a standalone event to launch its first smartwatch in India.

Mi Watch Revolve: Specs & Features

This is not the first time we are hearing about the Mi Watch Revolve. We have already seen reports of Xiaomi looking to rebrand Mi Watch Color, launched in China earlier this year, as the Mi Watch Revolve for global markets. And now, it appears like India may be one of the first to witness its debut.

Mi Watch Color sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED touch display with a 454 x 454 resolution. It supports heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring, sedentary alerts, and all of the other features that you find aboard the Mi Band. Mi Watch Color includes a 420mAh battery, which the company claims will last up to 14 days. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters/ 5ATM and supports GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC.

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In China, the smartwatch is available to buy in three color variants – Black, Gold, and Silver. It was priced at CNY 799 (around Rs. 8,599) at launch but has already been marked down to CNY 599 (around Rs. 6,499) within just six months of launch.

Mi Band 5: Specs & Features

Mi Band 5 has already made its global debut in Europe a couple of months ago. The Mi Band is the successor to the Mi Band 4 (read comparison here) and brings some major refinements in tow. It now includes a bigger 1.1-inch color AMOLED touch display. It is 20% larger than its predecessor. You now also have six new sport modes, the much-awaited 24-hour sleep tracking feature, and women’s health tracking features as well.

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Mi Band 5 also fixes one of the biggest nuisances with the charging mechanism. You no longer to separate the primary pill from the band as Xiaomi has finally introduced magnetic charging with this fitness tracker. There’s no NFC, SpO2 sensor, and not even a voice assistant on board.

Keep your eyes peeled for an official announcement. We will update you once we learn more about the upcoming launch of the Mi Band 5 and Mi Watch Revolve in India.

Samsung Galaxy M51 Goes Official in Germany Ahead of Upcoming India Launch

Samsung has been teasing the launch of its upcoming M-series smartphone, the Galaxy M51, in India for the past week. We still don’t have an official launch date but Samsung has jumped the gun and quietly launched the Galaxy M51 in Germany. Yeah, it has gone official (via Twitter/MaxJmb) first in Germany with Snapdragon 730 chipset, 64MP quad-cameras, and a humongous 7,000mAh battery as rumored.

Galaxy M51: Specs & Features

Galaxy M51 boasts a glossy back panel in shiny white and black colorways. You get a modern design with a rectangular camera cutout, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera on the front.

The smartphone sports a 6.7-inch Full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 2400 x 1080 resolution. It is the same size panel as the Galaxy Note 20 that made its India debut just weeks ago.

Galaxy M51 is powered by an unknown octa-core processor, as per the product listing, but it’s rumored to be the Snapdragon 730 chipset. You will also find 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage, expandable up to 512GB using a microSD card. It runs Android 10-based OneUI 2.5 out-of-the-box.

As for the quad-cameras on the rear, you will find a 64MP (f/1.8) primary camera, a 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree FOV, a 5MP depth camera, and a 5MP macro camera. The center punch-hole on the front houses a 32MP selfie camera, as revealed by previous leaks.

The highlight of the Galaxy M51 will, however, have to be the monstrous 7,000mAh battery pack. This battery size would be more than enough to last you two days on a single charge. Samsung also offers 25W fast-charging with this device, which is great.

Price and Availability

Galaxy M51 is currently up for pre-order in Germany at 360 euros (~Rs. 31,400) for the single 6GB+128GB variant. We can expect the India price of the device to be lower — at around Rs. 25,000, which appears to be perfect for the bezel-less display, gaming chipset, and a massive battery. Does this smartphone meet your expectation? Let us know in the comments below.

Nvidia Has Started Teasing Its Next-Gen RTX 3000 GPUs

Earlier this year, Nvidia unveiled its new GPU architecture, Ampere. At that particular event, the company announced Ampere powered datacenter processors, with no real information about consumer grade graphics cards. However, the company is finally going to unveil its new line up of RTX series GPUs on September 1. And today, it is teasing these upcoming GPUs just a little bit.

Nvidia posted a video on YouTube showcasing the design of the new GPUs, and focusing mostly on the thermal aspects of GPU design. The company didn’t reveal the new RTX 3000 series GPUs, obviously, but it talked a lot about the design philosophy, challenges with thermals, and more in the video.

One new tidbit of information from the video is that the new RTX 3000 GPUs will come with 12-pin power connector. As compared to the previous set up of two 8-pin power connectors, this will make the design slimmer. Nvidia also mentions that the new cards will be compatible with existing 8-pin connectors with an adapter.

As I mentioned, we don’t know a lot about these upcoming GPUs yet. However, leaks have been coming out, and it looks like the RTX 3000 series will be pretty huge.

Anyway, September 1 is not too far, so we don’t have to wait too long to find out all the details about Nvidia’s upcoming graphics cards and everything they offer.

Google Maps Now Organises Saved Places into Categories

Google Maps is improving the Saved tab with the latest update. The update is primarily focused on enhancing the usability of the feature with neat reminders. Saved tab now includes three sections namely Recently saved, Nearby saved, and Visited.

Thanks to this revamp, Google Maps will now organize all your recently saved places at the top of the Saved tab for quick access. Moreover, Maps will add a carousel of saved places in a ‘Recently saved’ section, as you can see below:

If you have switched on location permissions, Google Maps will automatically sort the nearby saved places by distance so that you can easily plan your trip accordingly. This should come in handy, especially for 1-day visits.

Another feature being added is a section for previously visited places. This is along with insights regarding the travel distance organized by time, city, region, or country. Again, the feature only works if you have turned on Location History.

Although people are relying less on Google Maps these days due to the pandemic, the company notes that users still utilize the Saved tab to wishlist places. According to Google, people have saved more than 7 billion places on Google Maps.

The top 10 most saved places in Maps are Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Kiyomizu-dera, Colosseum, La Sagrada Familia, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Arc de Triomphe, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Buckingham Palace. Also, rising categories in saved places are national forests, rivers, ice cream shops, farms, coffee bean stores, waterfalls, rest shops, bike stores, free parking lots, and RV parks.

Google is rolling out these changes on Maps today. However, in typical Google fashion, it might take a few days before it reaches your smartphone.

Sony Xperia 5 II to Be Unveiled on September 17

Since most of the technology conventions are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sony will announce its next high-end Xperia smartphone at a standalone event. It will, of course, be a virtual event that’s scheduled for 9 AM CEST on 17th September.

Sony is expected to take the wraps off Xperia 5 II, the successor to its premium Xperia 5 smartphone that was unveiled in September last year. It was a compact variant of the Xperia 1 flagship, offering a 21:9 display and Snapdragon 855 in a smaller form factor.

The company has managed to keep the Xperia 5 II under wraps. The leaks have been scarce, with reliable tipster Evan Blass (better known as evleaks) giving us a first look at this device on his Patreon just yesterday. Xperia 5 II boasts a familiar design and just like last year, it looks like a compact version of Xperia 1 II (read as Xperia 1 Mark 2) that was unveiled earlier this year.

You will find a 21:9 Full-HD+ OLED display on the front, possibly smaller than last year’s tall 6.1-inch screen. The rear hosts a triple camera array with the ZEISS T* branding, excluding the ToF sensor from the Xperia 1 II’s camera setup. This means you will most likely have a 12MP primary, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto lens aboard this phone. The 8MP selfie camera will be housed in the slim top bezel on the front.

If you look at the renders on Blass’ Patreon, you will find a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dedicated camera shutter button along with the power and volume keys on the right edge. The specs for the Xperia 5 II haven’t leaked online. But, we expect the device to include the Snapdragon 865 chipset under the hood. It will be coupled with up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of built-in storage, and a slightly larger battery compared to Xperia 1 II in tow.

We will learn the official details of the Xperia 5 II, including its price and availability details, during the virtual event next month. So, stay tuned for more information.