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Xiaomi Foldable Tablet Allegedly Spotted in Leaked Video

Xiaomi is back in the news, this time with a foldable tablet that’s been spotted in a leaked video. In the video, a device purportedly made by Xiaomi is seen and its screen is shown to be folding from the left and the right side. After the tablet has been folded in the leaked video,…

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Xiaomi Foldable Tablet Allegedly Spotted in Leaked Video

Xiaomi is back in the news, this time with a foldable tablet that’s been spotted in a leaked video. In the video, a device purportedly made by Xiaomi is seen and its screen is shown to be folding from the left and the right side. After the tablet has been folded in the leaked video, it looks like a phone with a wide display. On the software side, the device appears to be running Android, with the OS looking a lot like MIUI. The system language of the leaked device appears to be Chinese and it uses the Android gesture for going back to the home screen — swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen.

This video was tweeted by prominent phone tipster Evan Blass, whose Twitter handle is @evleaks. Blass, in his tweet, said he can’t vouch for the authenticity of the video and that the device is purportedly made by Xiaomi. The leaked video has been shot in a very dark room, and doesn’t reveal any details about the device’s looks apart from the screen and the folding mechanism. As always, we’d advise readers to take this with a pinch of salt.

 

 

The coolest part of the video is when Google Maps is opened on the device. The person holding the device folds it in the video, and Google Maps scales itself to the new screen resolution almost immediately, making it appear as though the UI has been optimised for changing screen sizes due to frequent folding. Notably, Google is working on foldable UI for Android, and this may be one of the fruits of its development. One can also see no app drawer and widgets on the left side of the screen — a feature of MIUI. The 19-second video has one part where the user swipes upwards from the bottom of the screen and a slight lag in returning to the home screen can be observed.

While this particular leaked video may or may not be authentic, the technology certainly isn’t that far from being reality. Last year, Samsung’s mobile division CEO DJ Koh had revealed that Samsung’s foldable phone will be a tablet whose screen can be folded to make it like a phone. More details about the Samsung foldable smartphone have also been rumoured. On a related note, LG plans to sell TVs whose displays can be rolled in 2019 too.

Let’s not forget that foldable smartphones and tablets may make an appearance at CES 2019 as well.


We discussed 5G, 8K TVs, Keyboards for Xbox One, and everything else you can expect to see at CES 2019 on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Samsung Picks Texas for Its New $17-Billion Chip Plant

Samsung said it had picked Taylor, Texas as the location for a new $17-billion (roughly Rs. 1,26,480 crore) plant to make advanced chips for functions such as mobile, 5G, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence.The plant would create 2,000 high-tech jobs with construction to begin in the first half of next year, and production due to…

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Samsung Picks Texas for Its New $17-Billion Chip Plant

Samsung said it had picked Taylor, Texas as the location for a new $17-billion (roughly Rs. 1,26,480 crore) plant to make advanced chips for functions such as mobile, 5G, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence.The plant would create 2,000 high-tech jobs with construction to begin in the first half of next year, and production due to start in the second half of 2024, the South Korean tech giant said. It would also create at least 6,500 construction jobs, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said.The world’s biggest memory chipmaker and second-largest contract chip manufacturer had also considered sites in Arizona and New York for the plant, which will be much bigger than its only other US chip plant in Austin, Texas.The company said it chose Texas based on factors such as infrastructure stability, government support and proximity to its existing plant.Samsung is joining rivals TSMC and Intel in the race to expand chip contract manufacturing in the United States, where the sector is seen as an area of strategic competition with China.US President Joe Biden’s administration has promised billions of dollars in federal funding to boost chip manufacturing and research to ensure it has an edge over China in advanced technologies and to address shortages for critical industries like autos.”Securing America’s supply chains is a top priority for President Biden and his Administration,” US National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement welcoming Samsung’s investment.”We will continue to use every tool and pursue every avenue to invest in our sources of strength like manufacturing and technology.”Abbott, flanked at a press conference by Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kinam Kim and US Senator John Cornyn of Texas, said the company’s decision was a testament to Texas’s economic environment built on low taxes, reasonable regulations and robust infrastructure.Texas last winter suffered a multi-day, widespread power outage, causing some KRW 300 billion (roughly Rs. 1,880 crore) – KRW 400 billion (roughly Rs. 2,510 crore) in damages to Samsung’s existing chip plant in Austin, Texas.”I’m extremely confident that the power grid is stable, resilient and reliable,” Abbott said on Tuesday when asked about electricity supply for the plant.The new site in Texas’s Williamson County, which comprises the city of Taylor, offered the best incentives package of the sites Samsung was considering, sources previously told Reuters.National securitySenator Cornyn on Tuesday called on the Biden administration to invest more money to attract chip manufacturers to the United States, calling it a “national security imperative.””If China continues to saber-rattle, the majority of the world could be at their mercy when it comes to the supply of critical semiconductors,” Cornyn said.Samsung’s Kim thanked the Biden administration for “creating an environment that supports companies like Samsung as we work to expand leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in the US.””We also thank the administration and Congress for their bipartisan support to swiftly enact federal incentives for domestic chip production and innovation.”Samsung has not specified what the new plant will make beyond advanced logic chips which can be used to power mobile devices and autonomous vehicles.Analysts said it would likely make cutting-edge chips of 5-nanometres or less, using machines made by the Netherland’s ASML, for large clients like Qualcomm. Such chips can handle more data per area than the 14- and 28-nanometre chips Samsung’s existing US plant in Austin mainly makes.The Taylor site, about 25 miles (40kms) from Austin, spans more than 5 million square metres, Samsung said.Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee met White House officials as well as leaders of companies including Alphabet’s Google, Amazon and Microsoft during a trip to the United States last week.© Thomson Reuters 2021

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Review: The Entertainer

While the Android smartphone market has been growing at a rapid pace, the same can’t be said about tablets. There are very few manufacturers still focussed on the tablet market, severely limiting your options Lenovo, has recently introduced its Yoga Tab 11, pitching it as an entertainment tablet for the family. It has a built-in…

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Review: The Entertainer

While the Android smartphone market has been growing at a rapid pace, the same can’t be said about tablets. There are very few manufacturers still focussed on the tablet market, severely limiting your options Lenovo, has recently introduced its Yoga Tab 11, pitching it as an entertainment tablet for the family. It has a built-in kickstand, quad JBL speakers, and a 2K display. While all these features look good on paper, what is it like to use this tablet in real life? I put the new Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 to the test to find out if it’s worth your money.Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 price and variantsThe Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is available in a single configuration with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s also only available in one colour, called Storm Gray. Lenovo has set Rs. 40,000 as the MRP of this product, but it has been retailing for Rs. 29,999 in India.The top half of the back panel of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is covered with fabric material Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 designThe Lenovo Yoga Tab series has a unique design, and this new model looks like an open book folded over from the side, just like many of its predecessors. While holding the tablet in landscape mode, the cylindrical element is at the bottom, and in portrait mode, it can help with grip in either hand. This cylindrical element has a mesh design and houses two speakers. You will also see an integrated kickstand at the back. This is quite handy, considering that many other tablets need an aftermarket accessory or case to be able to stand upright. You can set the kickstand at a wide range of angles, which makes it convenient to use the Yoga Tab 11 on a table.The right side has a USB Type-C port, along with the power and volume buttons. Lenovo has added a textured finish to the power button which makes it easy to distinguish from the volume buttons. This tablet also has a Nano-SIM slot for cellular connectivity. There are two more speakers (one on either side), which takes the total count to four. You’ll find two microphones at the top, near the 8-megapixel selfie camera. The big 11-inch display has uniform bezels all around; these aren’t too big but are enough to be able to hold the tablet without touching the screen.At the back, the Yoga Tab 11 has a fabric material for the top half section while the bottom half is plastic. The fabric section also houses the single 8-megapixel camera. This tablet weighs around 650g and the weight is definitely noticeable when you pick it up.Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 specifications and softwareLenovo has packed in a big 11-inch display with a resolution of 2000×1200 pixels. It is an IPS TDDI panel with a brightness of 400 nits, and support for Dolby Vision. The Yoga Tab 11 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T processor and has 4GB of RAM. It also has 128GB of storage, which is expandable using a microSD card. Internationally, Lenovo does offer an 8GB RAM variant with 256GB of storage, but that isn’t available in India.The integrated kickstand makes it convenient to prop up the Yoga Tab 11 at any angle You also get 4G LTE connectivity, and there is support for Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi. Lenovo has gone with a 7,500mAh battery for the Yoga Tab 11, and you get a 20W charger in the box.The Yoga Tab 11 runs Android 11 with very few customisations by Lenovo. It was running the July Android security patch at the time of this review, which is dated. You get a few Google and Microsoft apps preinstalled, along with Netflix. Google’s new Entertainment Space and Kids’ Space apps are also available on this tablet.You can simply swipe right from the home screen to access Entertainment Space, which has three tabs labeled Watch, Games, and Read. The Watch section pulls up content from all supported apps so that you can narrow down what you want to watch without going through individual apps. Youtube and Amazon Prime are available while Netflix is missing here. The Games tab gives you shortcuts to launch preinstalled games and you’ll see recommendations for other games from the Play Store. The Read tab has recommendations for content from Google Play Books.Lenovo has gesture navigation enabled by default, but you can choose to use the standard three-button navigation layout instead. The tablet wakes up the display when it detects a face.Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 performance and battery lifeLenovo’s UI looks clean and is smooth to use. I did not notice any lag while using the Yoga Tab 11. App load times were acceptable and I could multitask between a few apps without issues, though occasionally a few reloaded on being opened, which meant they hadn’t stayed in memory in the background. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 supports face recognition using the selfie camera. This barely worked, and I had to punch in the code to unlock the tablet quite often.All the buttons are on right, along with the USB Type-C port The display had good viewing angles and the brightness was more than adequate indoors, in my experience. Users can tweak the colour output and the colour temperature of the panel. The quad speaker system with Dolby Audio was loud enough to fill a tiny room, and managed to produce decent bass too. The stainless kickstand might not look appealing at first but it offers a lot of convenience when watching videos. I could prop this tablet up at different angles while it was placed on a table and even on a bed. Those looking for a tablet primarily for entertainment will be happy with the Yoga Tab 11.I did run a few benchmarks on the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 to see how it fares. It managed to score 290,180 points in AnTuTu, and also got 470 and 1,608 respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests. In graphics benchmark 3DMark, the Yoga Tab 11 managed to score 3,297 points.I loaded up Battlegrounds Mobile India on the tablet to see how it handles gaming. I could play the game at the HD graphics and High frame rate settings without any lag or stutter. This big tablet is not the most comfortable device to play on, though. After 23 minutes, I noticed a six percent drop in the battery level which was acceptable.The Yoga Tab 11 has an 8-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. I wasn’t expecting a feature-rich camera app, and so I wasn’t surprised that it was basic with only a few shooting modes. What I did like was that the selfie camera has a very wide field of view. This was especially useful for video calls. Photos taken with the Tab 11’s rear camera are strictly average.You get four speakers on the Yoga Tab 11, and they are powerful enough to fill a small room Battery life with the Yoga Tab 11 was very good, and it lasted me 3-4 days per full charge. My three hour usage each day consisted of watching YouTube videos, surfing Reddit, and playing casual games. I found idle power drain to be very low, which helps the tablet to last for a long time on a single charge. The supplied 20W charger is capable of charging the Yoga Tab 11 to 25 percent in half an hour and 50 percent in an hour. A full charge took a little over two hours.VerdictThe Yoga Tab 11 has launched in India quite soon after the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Review), and it caters to a different segment in the market. The Yoga Tab 11 gets the basics right, with a crisp display, powerful speakers, and big battery. While the integrated kickstand might seem like a gimmick, it is quite useful.For those looking for a tablet for entertainment purposes, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 fits the bill quite well. In fact, it also performs well enough to handle occasional gaming. The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Review) could be an alternative at roughly the same price, and also comes with a stylus. If you are in the Apple Ecosystem, you should also consider the Apple iPad (9th Gen).

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Huawei MateBook E (2022) With Windows 11 Launched; Huawei VR Glass 6DoF Game Set Unveiled

Huawei MateBook E (2022) 2-in-1 device was launched on Wednesday. Running on Windows 11, the MateBook E (2022) sports a 12.6-inch OLED display. Huawei’s new 2-in-1 offering comes with up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor. Alongside, the company also unveiled Huawei VR Glass 6DoF Game Set as its latest virtual reality (VR) headset for…

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Huawei MateBook E (2022) With Windows 11 Launched; Huawei VR Glass 6DoF Game Set Unveiled

Huawei MateBook E (2022) 2-in-1 device was launched on Wednesday. Running on Windows 11, the MateBook E (2022) sports a 12.6-inch OLED display. Huawei’s new 2-in-1 offering comes with up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor. Alongside, the company also unveiled Huawei VR Glass 6DoF Game Set as its latest virtual reality (VR) headset for gamers. The headset comes bundled with dedicated controllers to enhance immersive experiences. The Shenzhen-based company launched its new products at a event where it also unveiled its latest smartwatch, Huawei Watch GT Runner.Huawei MateBook E (2022), VR Glass 6DoF Game Set price, availabilityThe new Huawei MateBook E (2022) carries a starting price of CNY 5,999 (roughly Rs. 69,700) for the Intel Core i5 variant which has 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. The device also comes in an Intel Core i5 model with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD at CNY 6,999 (roughly Rs. 81,400) and an Intel Core i7 variant with the same 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD configuration at CNY 7,999 (roughly Rs. 93,000). It is offered in Interstellar Blue and Nebula Ash colourways.Huawei VR 6DoF Game Set is priced at CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 46,500) and available in a single Black colour option.In terms of availability, Huawei VR Glass 6DoF Game Set will be available for purchase in China starting November 26. The Huawei MateBook E (2022) will, however, go on sale in the country starting December 1.Details about the global launch of Huawei MateBook E (2022) and VR Glass 6DoF Game Set are yet to be announced.Huawei MateBook E (2022) specificationsThe Huawei MateBook E (2022) 2-in-1 device runs on Windows 11 out-of-the-box. It features a 12.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,600×1,600 pixels which brings a 16:10 aspect ratio and 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display also has 240ppi of pixel density and supports up to 10 touch inputs simultaneously. The MateBook E (2022) also supports second-generation Huawei M-Pencil and works with an easily detachable keyboard.Under the hood, Huawei MateBook E (2022) has up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor which is paired with Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM. There is also up to 512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.The MateBook E comes with a range of connectivity options which include Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.1. You will also get a Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Further, the device comes with an 8-megapixel camera at the front and a 13-megapixel camera on the back.Huawei has equipped the MateBook E (2022) with four speakers and microphones. There is also a fingerprint sensor integrated within the power button.Huawei MateBook E (2022) packs a 42Whr lithium polymer battery. There is also a kickstand that lets you move the tablet between 110–160 degrees. Furthermore, the 2-in-1 device measures 286.5×184.7×7.99mm and weighs 907 grams.Huawei VR 6DoF Game Set specificationsThe Huawei VR 6DoF Game Set is an upgrade to the Huawei VR Glass, which was unveiled back in 2019. The new model comes bundled with a 6DoF vision module and two gamepad controllers — alongside the regular Huawei VR Glass. The headset unit houses 2.1-inch dual fast LCD panels that deliver a monocular resolution of 1,600×1,600 pixels and a binocular resolution of 3,200×1,600 pixels. The displays also deliver a combined pixel density of 1,058ppi and have a refresh rate of 70Hz when used with a mobile device or 90Hz when paired with a computer.Huawei VR Glass 6DoF Game Set brings a 6DoF vision module and two gamepad controllersPhoto Credit: Huawei Sensors on the VR Glass headset include accelerometer, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Huawei has also equipped the 6DoF vision module with an accelerometer, gyroscope, and a dedicated camera for detecting movements and analysing the ambient environment. On the other hand, the gamepad controls come with an accelerometer, capacitive proximity sensor, compass, gyroscope, and a magnetometer.The gamepad controls come with a joystick key and a menu key as well as includes trigger button and the regular A and B keys. There is also a home button to return to the homepage on the headset.On the audio part, the VR 6DoF Game Set offers spatial positioning, environment modelling, and multi-channel sound effects. There is also an inbuilt microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack.The Huawei VR 6DoF Game Set is bundled with a clip that lets you attach your smartphone with your belt when playing games on the headset. Alternatively, you can connect it with your PC. The VR Glass headset weighs 166 grams, while the 6DoF vision module is 22 grams and each gamepad controller weighs 103.5 grams.This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss the Surface Pro 8, Go 3, Duo 2, and Laptop Studio — as Microsoft sets a vision for Windows 11 hardware. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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