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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro camera faces serious problems and looks like a hardware issue

Although in many scenarios the main camera of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro delivers at least good results, disaster often strikes when facing various light sources such as the sun and the moon, but not limited to them. In these cases, the results include reflections and artifacts that simply ruin the photos or videos.

While we are waiting for the full review to come out (or maybe check out the existing review of the not-so-different Xiaomi Mi 10T), it would be a good idea to take a closer look at what seems to be one of the major flaws of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. Before moving on, I have to highlight that this is my personal experience with a handset that I purchased and it could be a hardware problem that only affects my unit or a certain batch.

In most cases, mobile phone photography tests involve night shots of various buildings and landscapes, without focusing on shots that involve a single light source. Last night, when I decided to take out my new Mi 10T Pro for some night shots I wasn’t expecting to bump into such serious issues. The video embedded below should say it all, but earlier today I also discovered the presence of the ominous green dot in day shots.

The image embedded at the end of the article should say everything about the daylight impact on the camera problem. To sum it all up, I should point out the following:

  • The problem surfaces both when shooting videos and still images.
  • The ultra-wide and macro cameras are not affected by it.
  • Using the Pro mode does not help much, as long as the camera in use is the main shooter and not one of the two secondaries mentioned above.
  • The green dot is not the only artifact that I noticed, as you can see in the image above and in the movie (there is that diagonal line in both, although it only shows up briefly in the video).
  • The video/still image resolution has no noticeable impact on the artifact(s).

To make it all as clear as possible, I will conclude this article by saying that the phone runs the latest MIUI version available (Global 12.0.6 Stable, based on Android 10), the camera assembly looks all right and is perfectly clean, the phone has not been subjected to any shocks, and the usual night shots without powerful light sources come out nice, although some minor artifacts show up sometimes in the average “street at night” photos as well. Am I the only one facing this problem or we should start a club?

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro camera faces serious problems and looks like a hardware issue
The green dot artifact visible in a day shot

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Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro launched in Nigeria with non-aggressive pricing

After teasing the Mi 10T series launch for the past few days, Xiaomi Nigeria has finally debuted the smartphones in the country. We thought the company would be only bringing the regular Mi 10T to the region. However, we turned out to be wrong as the firm has announced the Pro variant as well.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T series is the second generation of Mi T series of phones. Its predecessor Mi 9T series was nothing but a rebadged Redmi K20 series. But the current-gen consists of original devices but still two of them are sold as Redmi K30S Ultra (Mi 10T) and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (a tweaked Mi 10T Lite) in China.

Having said that, Xiaomi usually doesn’t launch its expensive products in Nigeria. But despite the global economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company debuted most of its products in almost all the regions where it has a presence.

Hence, the Mi 10T series has made their way to Nigeria as well. Anyway, going by the comments on social media, people in the country seem not to be happy with the pricing.

Because Xiaomi has priced the Mi 10T (8GB + 128GB) at N231,000 ($608) and Mi 10T Pro (8GB + 256GB) at N265,000 ($697) respectively. To be fair, the Nigerian pricing is equivalent to that of European

But netizens are complaining that the same handsets cost less in countries like India and China. And it is definitely not wrong for them to criticize but at the end of day, local regulation and taxation plays a key role for any product’s price.

We hope that one day people in Nigeria could purchase Xiaomi products at a reasonable price.

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New software update rolling out for Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite [Download Link]

Xiaomi is pushing a new software update for Mi 10T Lite globally. This update optimizes the system performance of the device.

Read more: MIUI 12.5 with new features is coming soon

The new update installs the latest Android patches to improve system security and stability of the Mi 10T Lite. Although, there’s no additional feature and changes noted.

The software version of this update is V12.0.6.0.QJSMIXM and updated package size of 4.5GB for Global variants. You can check the download link and changelog of this update mentioned below.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite changelog:

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  • Optimized system performance
  • Improved system security and stability

Users of this device can download the update from the link mentioned below.

Mi 10T Lite (Global) – Download Link

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Redmi Note 9 Pro Max receiving November 2020 security update [Download Link]

Xiaomi has started to rollout a new software update for Redmi Note 9 Pro Max users in India. This update improves system security by installing the latest Android patch released in November 2020.

Read more: MIUI 12.5 with new features is coming soon

Back in October, this device received MIUI 12 update with a set of new features and optimizations.

The software version of this update is V12.0.2.0.QJXINXM and an updated software package size is 367MB. Below you can check the download link and changelog of this update.

WHAT’S NEW:

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  • Optimization: Updated Android Security Patch to November 2020. Increased system security

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Users of this device can also download the update from the link mentioned below.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (India) – Download Link

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Apart from this, Xiaomi is preparing the next version of MIUI, MIUI 13. Before MIUI 13, Xiaomi is going to introduce MIUI 12.5. In MIUI 12.5, the company will further upgrade and optimized animation design, security, and privacy.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is receiving MIUI 11-based August 2020 security update

Xiaomi has begun to rollout an MIUI 11-based new update for Redmi Note 8 users in India. This update comes with the August 2020 security patch to improve the system security update.

Currently, this update is based on the MIUI 11, and the MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 8 expected to rollout by the end of October with the other remaining devices.

The software version of this update is V11.0.6.0.PCOINXM for Redmi Note 8 in India. You can also download this update from the link mentioned below.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (India) – Download Link

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Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro specs leak in full

Xiaomi is bringing three Mi 10T smartphones on September 30 – Mi 10T Lite, Mi 10T, and Mi 10T Pro – and the specs sheet of the latter two just leaked giving us a much better idea of what to expect. As previously speculated, the key difference will be that the vanilla version will come with a 64MP camera, while the Pro option will come with the larger 108MP sensor.

The only other difference, according to these sheets, is the Mi 10T Pro will have a 256GB storage option in addition to the 128GB that will be available on both phones.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specs, some of them already from previous leaks – a Snapdragon 865 on the inside, coupled with a 5G modem at some markets. The RAM will be 8 GB LPDDR5, with the storage also being the latest on the market – UFS 3.1.

The screen will be a 6.67” LCD with 1080p resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio, meaning the fingerprint scanner will be on the side, doubling as a power key. The display will come with 144Hz refresh rate.

The batteries on the Xiaomi Mi 10T and Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro will also be identical at 5,000 mAh with 33W fast charging support. Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6 will be on board, as well as an IR blaster, but no 3.5mm audio jack.Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10T renders

The prices rumors are all over the place for now – from €550 to €700 – those might be explained with version or market variances, but we’ll know for sure come Wednesday.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro: Xiaomi’s upcoming mid-range champ could feature the new Snapdragon 750G

The Redmi Note 10 series draws closer. Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9 back in April; if the company follows a six-month release interval between generations as it appears to, that means the Redmi Note 10 will likely be launched sometime next month. More details of the phone have now potentially been revealed ahead of launch.

According to tipster Abhishek Yadav, the Redmi Note 10 Pro could feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 750G. The source appears to be unsure if the device in question will be the Redmi Note 10 or the Redmi Note 10 Pro but the Snapdragon 750G is one of Qualcomm’s most powerful chipsets and is unlikely to be used on the cheaper Redmi Note 10. If there’s any substance to this rumor, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is the more feasible option.

At this point, it’s unclear exactly what SoC will underpin the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro. There have been rumors indicating either a MediaTek Dimensity 820, Snapdragon 732G, or Snapdragon 750G. Supposedly, the Redmi Note 10 or Redmi Note 10 Pro could be a rebadged Mi 10T Lite, so we may not have to wait for much longer to find out.

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Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro billed to star the show in third phase of MIUI 12 rollout

After ending the second phase of its MIUI 12 rollout last week, Xiaomi is slated to set its sights towards the third phase, with phones like the Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max likely to finally receive the MIUI 12 update in the coming weeks.

Xiaomi has been sending out MIUI 12 updates for well over three months at this point. In that period, the company has rolled out MIUI 12 to most of its premium phones, including the previously-ignored Mi Mix 3 5G. For some reason, however, the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 9 Pro series remain on MIUI 11. But not for much longer. 

Just last week, Xiaomi finally rolled the credits on the second phase of its MIUI 12 rollout. The second phase of the rollout saw updates sent out to phones like the Mi Mix 2, Redmi Note 9, and Redmi Note 7. The company has now entered the third phase, and going by previous information, should see devices like the Mi Max 3, Mi CC9e, and Mi Note 3 get the update. Even more importantly, the update should finally arrive for the Redmi Note 8.

Older information indicates that the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, and Redmi Note 9S will all get the MIUI 12 update in the fourth phase of the rollout. However, there’s official confirmation that the Redmi Note 9 Pro will start getting the stable MIUI 12 update in certain regions this month. It’s logical to assume that the other Snapdragon 720G-powered phones will also get the update at the same time—and likely as part of the third phase.

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New Apple leak reveals iPhone 12 Pro

Apple’s redesigned iPhone 12 line-up is getting more troubled with every new leak. And now the alarm bells are ringing.

In a shocking new report, Fast Company has revealed that the iPhone 12 Pro will come with lower grade 5G capabilities usually reserved for midrange 5G smartphones, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max will only get premium 5G functionality in a handful of countries.

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro concept rend

Considering the increased prices already leaked for these models, Apple’s design decision may backfire.

Breaking this down, Fast Company explains that Apple only intends to offer premium (mmWave) 5G with iPhone 12 Pro Max models sold in Korea, Japan and the US.

Everywhere else, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be sold with the cheaper, slower Sub-6Hz 5G while the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Plus and iPhone 12 Pro will only ship with this standard.

As Fast Company notes, “If Sub-6 5G is a Camry, millimeter-wave 5G is a Mercedes S-Class.”

So what could’ve prompted this baffling decision?

I suspect another poor decision: Apple is downgrading the batteries in all iPhone 12 models.

mmWave increases power drain, so it looks set to be just the latest feature culled after equally power-hungry 120Hz ProMotion displays were also placed on the chopping block.

But there is one big upside. And that is Fast Company’s source has corroborated earlier leaks that Apple will release a 4G-only iPhone 12 Pro, early next year.

Not only will that model now have a smaller cellular speed gap than expected, but it will also have considerably better battery life on 4G while Apple is understood to be pricing it at up to $200 less than its 5G counterpart.

Throw in the fact that the 4G iPhone 12 Pro will enjoy every other benefit (including the new chassis design, big performance gains and a radical camera upgrade) and it looks like the standout upgrade option.

Especially with Apple’s iPhone 12 release date slipping further and further.

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Samsung pushes out urgent security fixes for phones: Update now

Samsung is already pushing out the September Android security updates to its flagship phones, just after Google disclosed the patches Tuesday (Sept. 8).

Android Police reports that some versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Note 9, Note 10, Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, S10, A21, A51 and A70 had as of Tuesday already received the updates, which vary from country to country, as part of Samsung’s general software updates.

Bleeping Computer reported yesterday (Sept. 9) that some Galaxy S10 5Gs were also getting the update.

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Google’s September Android security bulletin lists fixes for more than 50 security bugs, several of which are deemed “critical.” The “most severe” one, according to the bulletin, is a Media Framework flaw that could let a malicious file hack into the device. Five other critical flaws affect phones using Broadcom chips.

Many of Samsung’s top-end phones receive monthly security updates, including all Galaxy S, Galaxy Z and Galaxy Note phones released in the past three years. Midrange phones get the updates quarterly, and some flagships older than three years get relegated to quarterly updates for an additional year of support. The Samsung Mobile website has a full list of which Samsung models are on which update schedule.

However, no Samsung phones will get the upgrade to Google’s next mobile OS, Android 11, right away. That rolled out Tuesday to Google’s own Pixel phones. Certain OnePlus, Oppo, RealMe and Xiaomi phones get an all-but-final beta version, but no Samsung models do.

Your Samsung phone should flash a screen notification that a software update is available. If you’d like to check manually, go to Settings > Software Update or Settings > About Device > Software Update, depending on your model.

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Apple iPhone And Samsung Galaxy Beaten By Another Radical New Smartphone

Apple and Samsung should watch out. Yet another rival smartphone manufacturer has announced a significant breakthrough in camera technology – and this time there’s video.

Popular smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, has revealed a new version of its flagship Mi 10 Ultra smartphone featuring an invisible under-screen selfie camera, and the phone could be ready for release as soon as early next year.

In a video tweeted by perennial leaker, Ice universe, Xiaomi shows off the unreleased smartphone alongside the current model which features a punch-hole style camera in the top-left of the display.

Xiaomi's new selfie camera in action.
Xiaomi’s new selfie camera in action. XIAOMI

Maintaining the quality of the camera and display are two huge challenges when developing an under-screen camera. However, other than the obvious lack of punch-hole on the new model, there appears to be little visible difference between the two displays other than a small variation in brightness and color temperature. The video also makes it impossible to judge the quality of the new camera. A demonstration selfie is taken and the results look fine, but no direct comparison is made to the current punch-hole version.

However, from what we can see, the results look promising for anyone waiting to try out the new technology, although it remains to be seen how the new model will perform in the real world.

Xiaomi currently owns 10% of Global smartphone market share, according to Mobile Devices Monitor, and its Mi 10 Ultra holds the No.1 spot in Dxomark’s camera rankings at the time of writing.

For now, all eyes will be on fellow Chinese manufacturer, ZTE, which has already announced plans to launch the world’s first smartphone with an under-screen camera on Sep 1.  These significant advances come at a time when Samsung is yet to reveal its own under-screen camera and Apple continues to deploy a large ‘notch’ in its latest iPhones. So will the quality be good enough? We’ll know very soon.

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MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 delayed yet again

The Redmi Note 8 was tipped to receive the MIUI 12 and Android 10 update in August. That doesn’t look to be feasible anymore, though, with official channels announcing that the MIUI 12 update for the phone, alongside those of the Mi Max 3, Mi 8 SE, and Redmi K20, has now been suspended.

For some reason, the Redmi Note 8 remains stuck on Android Pie and MIUI 11 an entire year after it was launched. Word from months ago claimed the phone would likely receive the MIUI 12 update in August but it appears a wrench has now been thrown into the works.

According to a report by PiunikaWeb, the MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 has now been suspended. This isn’t the first time it’s happened either. The source, the Xiaomi/MIUI update channel, claims the suspension of the rollout is due to stability issues. Business as usual with Xiaomi. This rollout suspension isn’t particular to the Redmi Note 8, though, as the Mi Max 3, Mi 8 SE, and Redmi K20 are getting a similar treatment.

It’s unknown when the Redmi Note 8 will finally receive the MIUI 12 update—which should also bring Android 10. Both the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 9 have already received stable MIUI 12 updates, leaving Redmi Note 8 owners in limbo. 

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and Mi Mix 2S receive new MIUI 12 updates

Xiaomi has begun rolling out MIUI 12 for the European edition of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, just days after it started issuing a new Beta Stable update for the handset. The new MIUI 12 update brings European devices in line with those on the global and Indonesian branches of MIUI.

The update is called V12.0.1.0.QGGEUXM and it is rolling out to handsets now. According to a post on r/Xiaomi, the OTA is a 794 MB download and upgrades the European version of the Redmi Note 8 Pro from V11.0.3.0.QGGEUXM. Xiaomi typically rolls out updates like these in batches, so your device may not yet be eligible to upgrade to MIUI 12. However, you could try to install the recovery ROM manually by downloading it via the link below. Please note that this file is hosted on Xiaomi’s servers.

Similarly, Xiaomi has extended the rollout of MIUI 12 for the Mi Mix 2S. Previously, the OS upgrade had only reached Mi Mix 2S handsets on the China branch of MIUI, but Russian devices can now be upgraded to MIUI 12 too. The update is called V12.0.1.0.QDGRUXM and it should be rolling out as an OTA now. V12.0.1.0.QDGRUXM upgrades the Mi Mix 2S from V11.0.2.0.QDGRUXM. In terms of the global version of the Mi Mix 2S, the timing of previous global and Russian updates for the device suggests that Xiaomi will update global models before the end of this week. Again, you can download V12.0.1.0.QDGRUXM via the link below should you like to install it manually. 

V12.0.1.0.QGGEUXM is rolling out to the Redmi Note 8 Pro now. (Image source: r/Xiaomi)
V12.0.1.0.QGGEUXM is rolling out to the Redmi Note 8 Pro now. (Image source: r/Xiaomi)

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update

A new MIUI 12 update has reached the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. The update should be an encouraging sign for the handsets that remain on MIUI 11, like those on the European and Russian branches of MIUI.

Xiaomi is continuing the MIUI 12 rollout for the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Earlier this month, MIUI 12 reached the Redmi Note 8 Pro on the global and Indonesian branches of MIUI with V12.0.2.0.QGGMIXM and V12.0.1.0.QGGIDXM, respectively. Xiaomi has not rolled out its latest OS upgrade to all Redmi Note 8 Pro handsets yet, though. The Chinese company has been testing some builds on the Mi Pilot program, for example, along with the likes of the Pocophone F1.

Now, Xiaomi has begun issuing a new Beta Stable update to select Redmi Note 8 Pro handsets. According to a Mi Community post, the new update is only available for devices that have been enrolled on the Indian branch of MIUI. However, the release of a new MIUI 12 update, albeit a Beta Stable one,  is encouraging for Redmi Note 8 Pro models on other branches of MIUI. Currently, the European and Russian versions of the Redmi Note 8 Pro are yet to be upgraded to MIUI 12.

Previously, Xiaomi had tested V12.0.0.3.QGGINXM on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. That update was rolled back, but now the company has moved onto V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM. If you would like to try V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM before MIUI 12 reaches your Redmi Note 8 Pro you can download the Recovery or Fastboot ROMs via the links below.

V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM is rolling out to select handsets now. (Image source: Mi Community)
V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM is rolling out to select handsets now. (Image source: Mi Community)