Pair of official video teasers reveal the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s and its Smart Unlock feature

Xiaomi has released a pair of video teasers for its Mi Mix 2s handset. Mixed in with scenes that could have come from the upcoming Pacific Rim 2-Uprising movie, the teaser actually shows a young kid as he grows up and learns how to work on robotics. Near the end of the clip, he is hired to join the Mi Mix R&D team. And if you continue viewing the video until the end, you are rewarded with a quick glimpse of the near bezel-less Mi Mix 2s.

The second teaser reveals the facial recognition system that the Mi Mix 2s will use to unlock the phone. Using AI, Smart Unlock will apparently …


Apple working on a pair of over-ear headphones, analyst suggests

Apple might be in the making of a new pair of high-end over-the-ear headphones, said KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. 

Mr. Kuo, who has been quite accurate in his Apple-related predictions, said the upcoming headset will be offered under Apple’s own brand and won’t be a part of the Beats headphones lineup. He also mentioned that the headphones will have better sound quality and battery life than the AirPods and will feature an all-new design.
Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the new headset will be made to fill the gap in audio products Apple …

Facebook said to be prepping a pair of smart speakers

Smart speakers are currently the hottest new device in the world of consumer tech. The category was created by Amazon, which rolled out the Amazon Echo back in 2015. Consisting of a speaker and a virtual assistant, the smart speaker can be used to control smart appliances in a house, stream music, order a pizza, make calls, send messages, get sports scores, listen to the news/weather and more. 

Once the Amazon Echo and its Alexa virtual assistant caught on with the public, other tech firms started to offer their own versions of the device. Google released the Home series featuring …

The perfect pair of true wireless headphones

Since I’ve been back with PhoneArena, I’ve been focusing the majority of my time and efforts into covering wireless Bluetooth headphones. Not just your standard Bluetooth headphones and headsets, but rather, the budding “true wireless” segment that has been seeing tremendous growth over the course of the last few years – much more than the traditional stuff we’re accustomed to seeing. That’s mainly due to how they’re designed to be independent, no longer having the left and right channels tethered with some sort of connection or bridge.

When we started seeing the first batch of …

Deal: LG's Tone Active A80 neckbuds are 60% off, grab a pair for $30!

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Looking to get yourself a nice and affordable pair of around-the-neck wireless earphones? If that’s the case, you might wanna check out Daily Steals’ latest offer for the LG Tone Active A80 neckbuds. The e-commerce site is currently selling these in black and blue for $29.99, a discount of 60% when compared to the price on Amazon.
The Tone Active A80 uses LG’s Quad-Layer …

MediaTek said to be have a pair of 12nm mid-range chipsets on the way, Helio P40 and Helio P70

MediaTek is pretty much unknown in the U.S. as most of its chips are found inside devices that are made and sold in China. But if current reports are true, Apple is about to give the company a huge shot of publicity, stateside. Thanks to its quarrels with Qualcomm, Apple appears to be ready, willing and able to replace the Snapdragon modems that might have been deployed on the 2018 CDMA flavored iPhone units, with MediaTek’s version of the broadband chip.

MediaTek is also believed to be working on a couple of mid-range chipsets, the Helio P40 and Helio P70. If the rumors are legit, both …

Tuesday, you can win a pair of Samsung Galaxy S8 Active handsets from T-Mobile

The next T-Mobile Tuesday is just a few days away and this coming week’s give-aways include a free sausage biscuit sandwich from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Want to learn how to cook for yourself? T-Mobile subscribers will be receiving a free cooking class from Panna. Save $30 on tickets to a sporting event or concert from Ticket Liquidators, and 25% from craft store Joann’s Fabric.

The sweepstakes portion of this coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday is being handled a little differently. Instead of having a grand prize, a first prize, and a second prize, the carrier will randomly draw the winner …

Deal: Samsung's Level U Pro neckbuds are 56% off, grab a pair for $35!

ProductLocationItem ConditionCurrent PriceOffer ExpiresSamsung Level U Pro Bluetooth Wireless In-ear Headphones, BlackAmazonNew$34.99 ($79.99)
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Looking to get yourself a nice and affordable pair of around-the-neck wireless earphones? If that’s the case, you might wanna check out Amazon’s latest offer for the Samsung Level U Pro. The e-commerce site is currently selling the neckbuds in black for $34.99, a discount of a solid 56% when compared to the price on the Samsung store.

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Special tone generated by the Apple HomePod helps the smart speaker pair with an iPhone

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is going to launch in December. The smart speaker will be part of a tech category that has had quite a year. Besides the two most popular models, the Amazon Echo and Google Home, by the end of this year there will also be smart speakers from Microsoft (the Microsoft Invoke powered by Cortana), Sony (equipped with Google Assistant), and Apple’s HomePod featuring Siri. Samsung also has a smart speaker on tap, possibly ready in 2018, and it will come with Bixby.

Apple’s HomePod will feature an automatic pairing technology that will be based on a tone created by …

Patent application shows Facebook working on its own pair of AR smartglasses

A patent application filed by the Oculus division of Facebook reveals that the latter is working on AR powered smartglasses. The patent application is titled “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner” and puts “computer generated elements” over a real world background. The display could be inside a frame used for eye-wear in a way that “presents media to a user’s eyes.” Sounds like the definition of AR-powered smartglasses to us.

The patented display uses waveguide technology, allowing a wave of light to be guided through the lens. The display will be able to show video and images …