an unbeatable mobile in quality and price

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Pocophone F1. Little F2 Pro. Little X3. These are the Xiaomi Poco models that precede the M3. Phones that are not only great terminals, but have also exploded the mobile market in Spain in the 300 range, the one most sought by the national consumer. However, the family was missing something: an entry range, even cheaper.

It seemed difficult that Little could be overcome, especially after the bombings that supposed the F1 and the F2. But everything points to the Chinese company hitting the key again thanks to Poco M3 and its breakthrough price: 169 euros. In its highest version, in addition; the most basic version costs even less and does not exceed the 150 euros.

A ridiculous price for everything it offers. By outlay it should go on the shelves of the low-medium range. However, we have tested it in depth and we can say – without fear of being wrong – that this mobile solves one of the great problems of low-end Android phones: It has no limits despite the price.

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Remember a crew member of the Among Us.

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When it comes to low cost, we can expect to find two main problems with these devices. On the one hand low quality construction materials and a rather good design ugly. It is logical, it is one of the last questions that a user would look for in a cheap phone. However, the Poco M3 completely breaks that concept.

Because Poco has wanted to give personality to a phone that, presumably, should last many years in the hands of its owner. No glass or metal; the body is done in plastic, and that’s good news. It helps make the phone lighter and more portable (despite its huge battery) and also keeps it from getting dirty all the time.

Plastic, although it may not seem like it, is a great strength in this phone.

Plastic, although it may not seem like it, is a great strength in this phone.

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Plastic, on the other hand, it is of great quality. Little, and by extension Xiaomi, has always had a good job in building its devices and this is no exception. It feels good, light and slim, and has a very premium for the price we have in hand. By the way, the plastic is rough, increasing the feeling of grip.

Comparison with a glass iPhone 11.

Comparison with a glass iPhone 11.

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If we focus on the purely aesthetic, again we find this commitment to personality. The screen bezels, usually forgotten in these price ranges, they are thin (except the lower one) and opt for a design of notch drop type. The main protagonist is the plastic part attached to the three-camera module, on which we have the Poco logo.

Far from powerfully reminding us of a crew member from the popular video game Among Us, We think this design is cool in all respects. We’re not getting rid of the bulge in the cameras that the iPhone 11 started, but at least it’s hidden and aesthetic in its own way. Undoubtedly, This Poco M3 has opted for a disruptive design, and these days it is something to be appreciated.

Low range?

Few things are in this phone that are low-end.

Few things are in this phone that are low-end.

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Our biggest problem with cheap phones is the cuts, but not because they shouldn’t be done; in the end the manufacturer must make a profit. Disaster comes when you cut them there are too many. In the case of the Poco M3, we find a surprisingly low amount of cuts, which are quickly compensated by some great additions.

Poco and Xiaomi have wanted that whoever takes this phone, is not excessively limited. The 6.53-inch screen is Full HD +, and instead of micro-USB we have USB-C at the bottom. Yes, the fingerprint reader is on the side, but we have it and it works perfectly. While it is true that the screen, for its part, does not have high refresh rates it does have good color reproduction and good brightness outdoors.

Poco M3 screen.

Poco M3 screen.

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The processor is mid-range and is not signed by MediaTek, but by Qualcomm. A Snapdragon 662 that will be enough for practically all the tasks that we throw at the phone, even games.

At the top of the phone we have the three cameras, with a 48 megapixel main sensor and a classic configuration of depth and macro sensors. The front camera is 8 megapixels and works with the sufficient quality required of a device of this price, just like its rear sisters. We even have a 3.5mm infrared jack!

Little M3 taking photos.

Little M3 taking photos.

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But the characteristic for which it stands out is, without a doubt, its monstrous 6,000 mAh battery, with fast charging of 18W. The battery is camouflaged in weight by the materials chosen by the phone and fortunately does not make the device particularly cumbersome to use. In return, we take one of the best autonomies on the market in our pockets.

Even a demanding user will have excellent autonomy of more than a day and a half. If we do not demand much of the Poco M3, the autonomy will be easily extended at the two days, even more. Needless to say, it’s a real pleasure to get rid of the charger, and let the device work without worrying about reaching the end of the day.

For having, it even has USB-C.

For having, it even has USB-C.

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As a curiosity, the Poco M3 includes a charger with a faster charge than the phone supports, 22.5W. A clear nod to the trend of manufacturers to include chargers with lower power than their phones support … or to remove the charger directly.

As we can see, Poco has not left anything in the pipeline and has provided the user with all the advantages of a mid-range phone below 200 euros. In fact, we’ve only experienced one problem: performance. And it is that despite wearing a decent processor, we have experienced some problems such as jerks and lags in the system, MIUI 12, the latest version of Xiaomi operating system.

However, everything indicates that this is an optimization problem and not so much the processor, especially speaking of Qualcomm. More than likely will be resolved in future updates of software.

Absolutely unbeatable

This mobile is special.

This mobile is special.

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It is very common that below 200 euros we find devices difficult to recommend on Android. Xiaomi, in fact, is a specialist in covering the range from 200 upwards of absolutely insane terminals when it comes to value for money. But if we don’t want to complicate our heads, this Poco M3 it is without a doubt the option to choose.

We do not believe that there are better alternatives (unless we look at previous generations). It gives us everything we need and more, and obviates the limitations that other manufacturers would have imposed in order to reduce costs in an industry that is increasingly expensive to maintain. If you are looking for an Android mobile for less than 200 euros, do not hesitate; the Poco M3 is one of the best purchases you can make right now.

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“For Xiaomi it is key to offer high quality at honest prices”

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The past 2020 has been a year in which technology has been more present than ever in Spain. He telecommuting and the new normal have meant that mobile devices, computers, monitors and even televisions have come to occupy a more relevant role in our lives.

This year has been especially good for Xiaomi, which has dominated the market and it has been crowned as the mobile brand most sought after by the Spanish. However, the true muscle of the Chinese company is in its ecosystem and in the possibilities it gives the user.

To review last year and forecast what the present will be like in 2021, Borja Gómez-Carrillo, Xiaomi country manager in Spain explains to OMICRONO what are the challenges that the company faces now and how it foresees the immediate future in the short term. A year that has started strong for the company as it has already launched its first phone of the year.

2020 has been a hectic year but in which technology has been reinforced, how has it been lived from within?

Indeed, in recent months, we have experienced, in a very palpable way, how technology has brought us closer to those people who we had far away, it has allowed us to monitor our health and that of ours, to move through cities more safely … Technology has become a window to the world that many of us did not have.

It is undeniable that 2020 has been a challenging one but, as you well point out, technology has positioned itself as a key ally in all aspects. Personally, I would say that since Xiaomi the last few months have meant learning and evolution in a double key: first, to reaffirm our purpose and the importance of making the best technology accessible to the greatest number of people; and, secondly, to further strengthen our innovation strategy in an increasingly demanding context and in which new needs have arisen.

Xiaomi with 5G

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In the most complex situations is where the vocation to contribute and propose solutions is more decisive. We have opted to be as close to our consumers, our fans and our partners as possible, trying to accompany them and make life easier for them and the people around them (which is, after all, the Xiaomi mission).

Xiaomi has conquered the Spanish mobile phone market, what is the formula for success?

Listen to our Mi Fans and consumers, adapt to what they need and offer them new innovative technological solutions that improve their day to day, constantly. In this process, our community of fans has been key: we cannot adapt to the real demands of the market without a process of dialogue, exchange of ideas and, above all, active listening.

We always have the vocation to share a space with our consumer that transcends a commercial transaction: in fact, only in Spain, Mi Community brings together more than 520,000 people. We strive to be a partner, a friend, who is able to solve real problems that the consumer has.

This same active listening is also carried out through our social networks and the 59 Mi Stores that we already have in Spain.

Right now on the web you can find about thirty telephones, how do you make the customer understand the differences in the catalog?

Today, virtually any area of ​​our life can be improved through technology. However, as you say, the spectrum of people who, currently, seek innovative solutions to solve these issues on a daily basis is very diverse. So why bring the same solution to everyone? Offering consumers a wide portfolio of innovative devices with a careful design, high quality and honest and accessible prices has been key for us. This was the philosophy that gave birth to this company and to which it remains faithful. A philosophy that I think fits perfectly with the needs of many Spanish consumers.

Mi 10 ultra.

Is Spanish faithful to its phone brand or are you just looking for features and price no matter what mobile it comes from?

As in any other field, consumers are loyal to those products and services that meet or exceed their needs and expectations. In a year as complicated as this, and only two and a half years after arriving in Spain, we began the first quarter of 2020, reaching for the first time the first position by volume of smartphone shipments, according to data from Canalys. Despite the circumstances, we have managed to maintain that position for three consecutive quarters, leading the smartphone segment (at the expense of year-end data).

Offering a wide portfolio with carefully designed, high-quality devices at honest and accessible prices has been key for us.

With this reflection, I seek to reinforce that becoming the favorite brand of mobile devices for Spaniards has been the result of the effort to stay close to our users, to give them what they need but, above all, to innovate and explore around us.

And, in addition to being faithful to the products and services that meet their needs, Spaniards are a consumer who is passionate about technology, constantly seeking to be up-to-date, always wanting the most recent innovations. And in that sense, they have seen in Xiaomi a facilitator of these innovative technologies.

Are mobiles the door to the product ecosystem or is it the other way around?

I would say that they are areas that provide feedback, that coexist, that generate synergies with each other. I believe that our day-to-day life and our way of interacting with the environment has evolved enormously towards interconnection: technology permeates everything around us. And we want to implement this natural tendency to make life easier for our users. It is something that, in addition, we have been doing practically since our origins and that supports us. Without going any further, by 2020 our world-leading consumer IoT platform has reached the figure of 289.5 million devices connected to it, excluding, in fact, smartphones and laptops.

Becoming the favorite mobile brand of the Spanish has been the result of the effort to stay close to the user.

Obviously, it is also a line on which we are not going to stop betting; We have already made it clear that our model is evolving towards a ‘Smartphone x AIoT’ strategy, an area in which we are going to invest 50 billion yuan in the coming years and which will be our strategic focus. As smart connectivity becomes more integrated into our lives, the ‘Smartphone x AIoT’ strategy will obtain great benefits and synergies for the company and we are convinced that it will facilitate the transition to the hyper-connected life that will come from the hand of 5G for our users. and Mi Fans. The relationship between our smartphone business and the AIoT ecosystem will be very positive. But, I insist, always from a feedback key, because the AIoT area will help our smartphone business to expand to more application scenarios, winning the hearts of more users.

In Spain they have almost everything, what kind of products do you plan to bring that are in other markets?

Spain is a priority market for us. Consumers demand a great variety of solutions from us and we have been working very hard for the last three years to expand as quickly as possible our offer of innovative solutions for both devices and our Internet services (which we hope to bring to Spain as soon as possible. ). However, we cannot forget that this process requires a series of standards that we must comply with to ensure that the user experience is the best possible: from expanding our presence in retail to reach the largest number of users to strengthening our after-sales network.

In 2020, the strengthening of our strategy of New Retail (which allows us to have, in addition to our own physical stores and our e-commerce mi.com, a network of official points of sale both offline and online) has been a priority and I am convinced that it will help us to be more agile when bringing new technological solutions to Spain.

Xiaomi scooter.

Xiaomi scooter.

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In addition, continuing to expand our product catalog in this market requires us to continue strengthening, in parallel, the knowledge we have of the Spanish consumer, their tastes, habits and needs, with respect to technology and smart devices.

In this sense, in addition to smartphones, we will continue to strengthen the lines of mobility, wearables, smart TV and smart home that have been so well received by the Spanish public.

The commitment to the connected home is strong, what are the products that have interested the most in Spain?

As we detailed in our latest financial results (corresponding to the third quarter of 2020), in markets outside of China, revenue from our IoT platform and its connected devices increased 56.2% annually, reaching an all-time high. In this context, some of the most prominent product categories have been sports bands, electric scooters and mobility solutions, and robot vacuum cleaners.

We will continue to strengthen the lines of mobility, wearables, smart TV and smart home that have been so well received

These results lead us to continue expanding, in an increasingly diverse way, our portfolio of products in the ecosystem: not in vain, just a few days ago we just expanded it with the arrival in this market of three new very different devices such as Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini, Mi 65W Fast Carger and Mi 23.8 “Desktop Monitor.

2020 has been the year in which many have changed their television, they have a TV division that has established itself, what can we expect from it in the future?

Yes, television has been an element that has accompanied us a lot in 2020 and that, in addition, from Xiaomi, we internally perceive as a device of enormous importance due to its potential to become the smart hub of our connected home. The Mi LED TV 4S family has had a wide reception in Spain and we hope to be able to announce, very soon, news in this segment to continue surprising local consumers.

Xiaomi's smart speaker.

Xiaomi’s smart speaker.

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In addition, we also strive to make the experience as complete as possible: not in vain, this year we have launched other innovations such as Mi TV Stick (the first distributed in Spain by Xiaomi) or Mi Smart Compact Projector (to ensure an even more immersive experience ).

They have reached an agreement with BBVA so that the banking app is on the phones, what are they looking for with it? How is the mark you want to leave in the Spanish market?

In order to consolidate our leadership position in Spain, it is a priority for us to establish long-lasting and trustworthy connections and relationships with the local ecosystem. Since our arrival, we have always sought to forge relationships and explore joint opportunities and are open to establishing new alliances. Furthermore, with collaboration agreements like this one, we want to demonstrate the company’s willingness to think and act like a local company.

This collaboration in particular demonstrates once again our desire to make the best user experience available to consumers and we trust that it marks the beginning of a fruitful relationship, focused on improving the lives of the users of our devices through the latest innovations. .

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the wristband smart watch

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Smart watches and bracelets have been become one more technological complement how can he be smartphone. Millions of units distributed on the wrists of users who have found these small devices helpful in their daily lives. In Spain, the Apple Watch in the most expensive field and the Xiaomi Mi Band in the cheapest are the stars, but there is a lot of life between those two poles.

One of the most important brands in this sector is Honor, the company created in the heat of Huawei, has been in the sector of wearables several years with devices so iconic like the Honor Band. One step above is the Honor Watch ES (99 euros), the protagonist of the analysis that has left us a great taste in our mouth.

Because you do not have to leave several hundred euros for a smart watch to be useful on a daily basis and offer interesting extras beyond pure sports for which the first versions were designed.

Easy and simple

If there is something that characterizes both Honor and Huawei, it is the simplicity in the synchronization and configuration of the devices. The link, through the Health application developed by Huawei, is really good and it does not take more than a minute to have the watch connected to the mobile phone.

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Once everything is configured, the stability of the connection is perfect and communication between both devices is not lost at any time. Surely that chosen standard is Bluetooth 5.0 it helps if the smartphone, as has been my case, it also has him.

The lines of the watch are committed to the minimalism that we find in smart bracelets, but transferred to a much more useful and complete clock format in everyday life. The chassis, made of plastic, is of the highest quality and has withstood the challenges of day to day without much novelty.

The exact same thing happens with the screen. He 1.64 inch AMOLED panel and 456 x 280 pixel resolution has outstanding quality even in direct sunlight. This section has been one of the ones that, personally, has surprised me the most considering the price of the device.

Honor Watch UK

Honor Watch UK

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Special mention also has the straps since uses standard 20 millimeters and pin to be able to put others that are more in line with the user’s tastes. On the Internet there are thousands of compatible models of this type of all kinds of materials at very low prices.

Made for sport

Without a doubt, the rise of smart watches has come hand in hand with sports activity and the Honor Watch ES was not going to be less. Highlights the “personal virtual trainer”, as they call it in the company.

Sports on the Honor Watch ES

Sports on the Honor Watch ES

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A series of step-by-step guided exercises on the clock screen that range from an energy recharging routine to more complex ones such as leg exercises. The screen shows step by step how to carry out the movements and for how long.

In total, there are 12 animated training courses and 44 standard body movement animations. To which must be added a total of 95 training modes with built-in automatic recognition capable of detecting when the user is running, walking, rowing or on the elliptical.

Guided exercise on the Honor Watch ES

Guided exercise on the Honor Watch ES

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Out of the 95 training modes, the Honor Watch ES comes with 10 pro modes where we can find running, cycling or swimming (yes, you can swim with the watch). The only ‘but’ we find is the GPS absence, forcing you to carry your smartphone to correctly trace your outdoor exercise.

And for more

The daily ‘operation’ with the watch is carried out through the touch screen and a button located on the right edge of the device. The user experience is smooth When it comes to navigating the interface and the customization options are triggered by choosing the sphere to display.

Health application required for Honor Watch ES

Health application required for Honor Watch ES

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The Honor Watch ES has some spheres pre-installed We can access them from the smartwatch itself, but within the Health application there are dozens – perhaps hundreds – of them. Some even paid. From the most basic ones with a black background to colorful ones that change every time we unlock the clock. It will be difficult not to find one that we like.

In addition to the classic applications that we have in all watches, such as a flashlight (which turns the screen blank at maximum brightness), the weather, a function to search for the phone (which makes it ring in case we have lost it) or another to do the remote shutter function of the camera, there are some very interesting health extras.

Honor Watch UK

Honor Watch UK

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Huawei and Honor have been working on various algorithms for sleep detection for a long time. The result of all this effort is reflected in TruSleep, a technology that is able to differentiate the different stages of sleep (deep, light and REM) and to analyze the breath. A very fine monitoring of the quality of sleep.

Along the same path of health functions, the Honor Watch ES includes the heart rate monitor TruSeen 4.0. The latest generation that improves precision through the application of algorithms and is capable of monitoring 24 hours a day.

One of the great novelties of these last generations of wearables is he blood oxygen monitor. Saturation measurement has become one of the most closely watched values ​​in the coronavirus pandemic and Honor has seen fit to include this sensor.

Stress on the Honor Watch ES

Stress on the Honor Watch ES

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Extra functions are completed with a stress monitor which offers a series of relaxation exercises and a female cycle tracker, to have a detailed follow-up of menstruation.

Worth?

Finally, it remains to comment that autonomy is somewhat far from the 10 days announced by Honor. In a more or less usual use with activated messaging notifications, it is more common to stay around 5 or 6 days.

The second point, and as with all Huawei smart watches, applications cannot be installed nor answer messages or emails. In this aspect, it is a ‘mere viewer’ of notifications, very useful on the other hand if we do not want to remove the smartphone out of your pocket every time something arrives.

Honor Watch UK

Honor Watch UK

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Sometimes is easy to find the Honor Watch ES for about 79 euros. This places it in a very interesting field somewhat above the typical smart bracelets for less than 50 euros and the large watches for which you must necessarily pay more than 120 or 130 euros. If the absence of GPS is not a problem, it may be a candidate to take into account.

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Apple launches an exclusive version of the AirPods Pro

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New Year New Life. OR New AirPods Pro, if we get technological. Although 2021 has already arrived in Spain, in China it is yet to happen the New Year of the Ox. Apple, unexpectedly, has been one of the first firms to honor this event with the launch of an exclusive edition of its AirPods Pro.

This special edition of the New Year of the Ox will only be launched in China, of course. The headphones will have specific serigraphs who will praise the event with inscriptions in red.

Apple has always been sparing in releasing special editions of its products, except on specific and very rare occasions. This edition, unless we import it, will stay alone in China and a fairly limited run will be sold, presumably going to be sold out in no time.

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Special edition of the new AirPods Pro.

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These AirPods Pro do not differ too much from the standard ones that we can buy here in Spain. In fact, they are strikingly similar; the only differences come in the packaging of the device and the case. The price, meanwhile, is still slightly similar to that of the normal AirPods Pro.

In the package and on the case of the AirPods Pro special edition we see a logo designed by Apple that imitates that of an ox, although it remembers to the apple cow emoji. Therefore, we could consider it as a small self-homage by Apple to itself.

The rest of the device it is exactly the same, and it does not change any of its characteristics. The price in China is about 1,999 yuan, that is, about 250 euros to change. It is not far from the 279 euros that AirPods Pro cost in Spain. However, let’s remember that it is a special edition, so it could have been more expensive. Apple’s AirPods Pro have been unveiled on WeChat.

Along with this launch, Apple has launched a promotional campaign in which it recommends buying some of its products for gifts, among which are the iPhone 12, Apple Watch, MacBooks M1 and others. Additionally, Apple has created New Year of the Ox themed playlists on Apple Music.

The most extreme special editions of Apple do not come from the company, but usually come from specialized brands more related to luxury, like caviar. This is responsible for launching editions only available to a few users.

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In the first three quarters of 2020, 18.1 million smartphones were sold in Mexico; MediaTek managed to grow 18% in Mexico.

The smartphone industry grew 2.4% in Latin America in terms of units in the third quarter of 2020, although in Mexico there was a decline of just over 8% compared to the same quarter of last year, revealed the study “Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker ”presented by IDC and MediaTek.

MediaTek led the smartphone chipset market in Latin America for four consecutive quarters, with 39.85% share in the region as of the third quarter of 2020. In Mexico, the manufacturer’s market share was 43.7% in the third quarter of this year .

During the first three quarters of 2020, 18.1 million smartphones were sold in Mexico, with a reduction of 22.7% compared to the 23.4 million devices of the previous year. In terms of brands, the smartphone companies with the highest penetration in the region were Samsung, Motorola, LG, TCL, Huawei, Xiaomi and BLU.

In 2020, MediaTek focused on offering better products so that consumers take advantage of the use of better and better cameras, have greater and more reliable connectivity, as well as having excellent performance in games and applications in general, such as the use of Artificial Intelligence to help get better images and videos on ever higher quality screens.

Hugo Simg, Director of Business Development for Latin America at MediaTek, specified that thanks to the trust of their customers, coupled with the good performance of their products in conjunction with the brand’s chipsets, they managed to offer the best value proposition for the consumer region of. “We continue to have the confidence of the main brands in the market and throughout 2020, MediaTek is present in more than 300 smartphone models throughout Latin America and in more than 100 models in Mexico.”

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how it affects you and what can you do

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Among all the rumors of the iPhone 12 that reached Spain, without a doubt the one that most worried users (and that later became a reality) was the initiative of Apple removing the included charger with their smartphones. What until now had become an almost obligatory fact had been history.

A decision that at first may seem completely illogical. How the hell are we going to charge our mobile devices? Apple, in addition to hiding behind environmental reasons, assured that this could be alleviated thanks to the fact that many users (especially those of Apple) have chargers in their homes.

This week we have verified that this, as many of us had, is not an isolated event; top-tier companies such as Xiaomi or Samsung have already decided not include the charger in its box, arguing the same reasons.

What about the charger?

New iPhone 12 case.

Everything comes as a result of the presentation of the iPhone 12 in 2020. These phones would be the first of the company not to come with a charger in the box, just with the cable. This decision has been transferred to other products of the Cupertino brand, such as the new Apple Watch.

This implies that, unlike what happened in each and every iPhone of previous generations, if the user wants to charge their iPhone 12 device and does not have a compatible charger, you will have to charge it using the cable. You will have to use an alternative power source such as a USB-C charger (detail that we will talk about later) or, failing that, a charging socket that is compatible with the Lightning port of the iPhone 12.

Consequently, Apple has decided to sell the charger separately and the wired headphones that until now were included in his shop. Thus, the buyer can choose one of these chargers separately. Apple kills two birds with one stone with this measure; It saves production costs and also avoids the numerous criticisms that some previous generations of iPhone have raised for including the controversial 5W charger that we all know.

Thanks to all this, Apple has been able to use fewer materials for the shipping of its boxes and will also avoid the waste of a considerable amount of technological waste. Industry personalities such as the CEO of Anker, a famous cargo accessories sales company, have made it clear that this measure would save waste of more than 300,000 tons of electronic waste.

If we want to get the official Apple charger, we will have to buy it for 25 euros. This one has a USB-C input and will charge a compatible iPhone 12 at 20W charging; other iPhone models will charge at lower speeds if they are not supported.

USB-C and USB-A

Charger and Lightning cable included with iPhone 11

Charger and Lightning cable included with iPhone 11

Apple, faced with the controversy, has been responding to statements from its users. The most repeated argument is simple: many iPhone users they stay in the Apple ecosystem, which means that they will have a charger with a Lightning port in their homes, so it is not necessary to include a charger that they probably do not use.

We have no doubt that Apple’s environmental intentions are true; the problem of garbage and technology waste is a serious matter, and it is reasonable that Apple is anticipating a more than necessary response to climate change. The problem resides in the jacks of your chargers.

The cable that the iPhone 12 includes in its box is Lightning and USB-C, standard that Apple implemented in its iPad Pro 2018. That is, to use that cable, we will have to connect one of these ends to a USB-C port. One that, although increasingly common, is not nearly as standardized as the classic wide-format USB-A. USB-A which, in addition, It is the port used by older Apple chargers.

Here is the problem. The argument of the old chargers remains on wet paper, at the same time we remember that a user who has one of these chargers will not be able to use the cable included in the iPhone 12, since they need to connect it to a USB socket- C. If you have one, you will have to use the old cable associated with that same charger, leaving it practically useless.

This not to mention that these chargers have a ridiculous power of 5W, which will imply that not only the user will be able to take advantage of the fast charge of their phone, but that this it will be tremendously slow.

An upward trend

As prophesied, some brands are already following in Apple’s footsteps. Xiaomi has presented its new Xiaomi Mi 11, its latest Android phone that is the first of the brand in not include the charger in its box. A fact that has been criticized for the publicity taunts proffered by Xiaomi to its American antagonist.

Something very similar seems to happen with Samsung. The Korean firm also took advantage of the charger controversy to advertise the best benefits of its Galaxy phones. As of this writing, that advertising content has been deleted And the future Galaxy S21 is rumored not to include the charger for the same environmental reasons.

What I can do?

There are several avenues to take to deal with this situation. The most obvious is to buy the charger separately; In the end, it makes sense that if we are going to spend a lot of money on a phone, we do not mind spending a little more to take advantage of all its benefits. However, in this regard, we have more options in sight.

We can either choose Apple charger and take advantage of the device’s 20W load or buy a cheaper one from the competition. It is important that this have compatible fast charging technology with the iPhone. Not just any charger or any technology is worth it, so it is important to look for one with technology Power Delivery compatible with iPhone, like this.

It is especially important that we choose a quality charger And let’s not go for a cheap charger that does not have poor performance, as this could damage our new iPhone 12. These two tips apply to future mobile phones that do not include the charger in the box.

The last option is to use an old charger that we have at home, although as we have said, knowing that we will not be able to access all the charging benefits of our smartphone.

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a vacuum cleaner that also inflates wheels

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2020 has been an important year for Xiaomi, which has become the brand of smartphones best-selling in Spain; has been able to take advantage of the problems of other compatriots, such as Huawei, in addition to the demand for devices with a better quality / price ratio.

The new Xiaomi Mi 11 is the best example of a Xiaomi mobile, with leading features such as the new Snapdragon 888 processor, but at a very competitive price. But Xiaomi is much more than mobile.

Xiaomi is a gigantic company, covering all technological sectors. It is something more notable in China, with launches such as lamps that take care of the eyes or smart mixers; but we are also seeing it in Spain with products such as the Xiaomi scooter.

Xiaomi vacuum cleaner

But perhaps one of the rarest products Xiaomi has released, and which shows just how far it has expanded, is the new Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaner Mini. As they point in XiaomiAdictosThis is more than just a small handheld vacuum cleaner as the name says, and it hides a feature that can save us the day.

Xiaomi’s new vacuum cleaner fits anywhere

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At first glance, this handheld vacuum cleaner only stands out for its cylindrical design, without a handle or handle; This is because it is designed to be stored anywhere, such as in the glove compartment of the car. This example is no accident, because in reality, this vacuum cleaner can not only suck in air, but also expel it.

The Xiaomi vacuum cleaner has a mode to inflate wheels

The Xiaomi vacuum cleaner has a mode to inflate wheels

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Thanks to this, just by connecting it to a different nozzle it is possible to inflate the wheels of our car, with a pressure of up to 150 psi and up to 10 liters of air per minute. In this way, this can be one of the most useful devices to carry in the car. It can also be useful for inflating balls or bicycle wheels.

Very useful

As a vacuum cleaner, this device has a motor that reaches 80,000 revolutions per minute. It includes two filters and we can get rid of dust and vacuumed objects thanks to the opening at the end that sucks.

The screen of the new Xiaomi vacuum cleaner

The screen of the new Xiaomi vacuum cleaner

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The built-in battery is 2,500 mAh, and can be recharged with the built-in USB-C connection. The package includes the cable to USB-A, plus a different nozzle with a brush to thoroughly clean seats, for example. The various functions, such as switching from aspirator to inflator, are controlled from a screen at one end, which shows pressure information.

Getting this Xiaomi vacuum cleaner will be difficult, at least at first. For now it is only available by crowdfunding in China, although as is often the case with this type of product, it would not be surprising if it were sold in Chinese import stores.

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LG implements AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for its 2018 Smart TVs

Users will be able to stream songs, videos and other files from iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to LG Smart TV

After a long wait, LG finally added compatibility of AirPlay 2 y HomeKit on their 2018 TVs. Now, these models have full support of Apple functions, since last September the Apple TV application arrived on these models when it was only available for the 2019 and 2020 LG OLEDs.

According to various reports, multiple users enabled AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on their LG TVs 2018. However, there are other users that are not yet supported, so these features are being rolled out in a phased manner and could be available in all regions in the coming days.

With AirPlay 2, users will be able to stream songs, videos, and other files from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac directly to an LG Smart TV without the need for an Apple TV. As for HomeKit, it allows users to control the TV through the Home app or Siri, with options to turn the TV on and off or change the volume.

If you have an unsupported LG television, you can access these Apple tools with an Apple TV or you can opt for Roku or Fire TV devices to access the Apple TV application and thus view the content offered by the apple brand.

With information from MacRumors

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The new Xiaomi lamp will take care of our eyes

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Xiaomi has returned to the fray with a new gadget that, as usual in the brand, enjoys a twist to its concept. The new one xiaomi lamp It is not yet in Spain, but it is one of those products that are likely to end up in our country.

The Xiaomi Mijia Philips Table Lamp 3 It is the third generation of a lamp that has been very successful both in China and the rest of the world. In this case, the improvements lie in their ability to protect our eye health.

How? This lamp, in addition to having a cold color tone of 3,700K, enjoys the RA90 certification, which will allow us to use it for long periods of time without suffering the adverse effects of artificial light on our eyes.

A smart lamp

Its design is unmistakable.

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The lamp continues to bet on an extremely minimalist design, with a weight of 1.1 kilos and a size of 150x420x410 millimeters. The chassis is made of plastic, and is made up almost entirely of a folding swivel arm. The LED light that crowns the lamp is 10W.

The base is a touch control that will allow us to regulate the intensity up to 10 levels, and by sliding the finger we can regulate its intensity. Like any other Xiaomi product, have you got Wi-Fi which will allow us to control it through our mobile phone and regulate its light, as well as being able to turn it off and on at will through voice commands.

Xiaomi lamp.

Xiaomi lamp.

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The lighting is AA level, with a high color rendering index. The maximum central illuminance is 1900Ix, and according to Xiaomi this lamp has undergone a series of inspections by international institutions to verify that it does not have blue light or flicker. It has an eye protection mode to perceive changes in ambient light and adapt to them using a dimming algorithm.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Mijia Philips Table Lamp 3 has a starting price of 199 Chinese yuan, that is, about 25 euros to change. It can be found in Chinese stores and of course it can be imported, although that will imply a price increase and shipping problems, especially in times of pandemic.

In addition, if we buy the Chinese model, we must bear in mind that the voice connection will be made through Xiaomi’s assistant, Xiao Ai, who only speaks Chinese. We will not be able to use your voice commands, unless we speak Chinese. However, it is expected that Xiaomi will bring this product to Spain, given its price and its extreme popularity.

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Apple Watch prototype leaks and reveals how Apple develops its devices

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The launch in Spain of the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE further diversifies Apple’s range of smart watches, which is already the most popular range of wearables on the market.

Interestingly, the Apple Watch hasn’t changed much since its inception, and even the first functional prototypes retain much of what has made them special. wearables From the beginning.

It is something we know thanks to a new leak published by Apple Demo on Twitter and YouTube, in which he reveals the operation of a prototype Apple Watch running a preview version of watchOS 1.0.

Prototipo del Apple Watch

This is one of the most interesting discoveries in recent months for many reasons. It is very rare to find this type of prototype, and much more that they work perfectly; The very box in which this Apple Watch was transported says it all: it includes a return order, which was obviously not fulfilled.

Apple takes great care in sharing its prototypes with developers, resellers, and other partners, even if they don’t always work. It’s obvious to the naked eye: this Apple Watch prototype looks nothing like a watch.

The prototype of the Apple Watch, inside a special case

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The device is housed in a black casing, which makes it look more like a media player like the iPod than a watch. It even has buttons, including a home button like the iPhone and iPod Touch. That is surprising, because the great novelty of the Apple Watch was the ‘digital crown’ that allows to control the interface in a simple way; but in this prototype a couple of buttons are still used on the left, in addition to the start one.

References to the past

Speaking of the interface, this device already includes many of the details that made the Apple Watch unique; but what is really important is what we will not find anywhere else: the exclusive applications for testing and development.

For example, you may have seen an icon with Lisa Simpson in the images; It is not that the clock came with a pre-installed Simpsons game, but that this app is called ‘Lisa Tester’. It is a reference to the Apple Lisa, one of the first computers with a graphical interface (although not the first) and the daughter of Steve Jobs.


Leaking an Apple Watch prototype

This program allowed changing the elements of the graphical interface, providing a way to test different configurations without having to change the system. Within Lisa Tester we also find an interface very similar to the one that was finally chosen for the first Apple Watch.

The very existence of this prototype is already interesting, but it also serves to understand a little better how a company like Apple works. The device is defined as a PVTe, which can stand for ‘Prototype Validation Testing engineering. In other words, it would be a device created in order to perform the necessary tests for the final validation, before creating the product.

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