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Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC packs a 120Hz screen and huge battery

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Xiaomi has revealed its latest affordable smartphone, with the POCO X3 NFC delivering unexpectedly good specs wrapped in decent style. Based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G chipset, the 6.67-inch Android phone has high-end features like a 120Hz refresh rate display and a quad camera array on the back.

The primary camera is a 64-megapixel Sony IMX682 sensor, with an f/1.89 lens and 4-in-1 pixel binning. It’s capable of 4K 30fps video recording, too, along with RAW support. Alongside it is a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, which is f/2.4.

The third and fourth cameras are a macro sensor and a depth sensor, each clocking in at a more conservative 2-megapixels. On the front, meanwhile, there’s an in-display 20-megapixel f/2.2 camera, also with 4-in-1 Super Pixel tech.

It’s embedded in a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD display running at 2400 x 1080 resolution. Xiaomi has opted for a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate, specs that not long ago were limited to only the most expensive smartphones. The screen refresh can adjust automatically – between 50, 60, 90, and 120Hz – depending on what’s being displayed. There’s 87.4-percent DCI-P3 color coverage, and 450 nits of brightness, along with HDR10 support and TÜV Rheinland low blue light certification.

The touchscreen is covered with Gorilla Glass 5, while the rear is polycarbonate, with an aluminum alloy frame between them. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the side, and the whole thing is IP53 splash-proof. Inside, along with the Snapdragon 732G there’s 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. A hybrid SIM slot can handle up to 256GB memory cards.

Perhaps most impressive is the battery, with Xiaomi finding space for a 5,160 mAh pack. It supports 33W fast-charging, and there’s a USB Type-C 33W charger in the box with the POCO X3 NFC. Xiaomi says the phone could last for more than two days with “moderate usage,” while a 30 minute charge will take it to 62-percent. A full charge takes 65 minutes.

As for connectivity, there’s LTE, WiFi 5, and Bluetooth 5.1. You get a 3.5mm headphone jack, too. Xiaomi is particularly proud of its speakers, with dual stereo drivers – one at the top, the other at the bottom – like recent flagships.

We’ll have full pricing and availability for the Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC shortly. It’ll be offered in Shadow Gray and Cobalt Blue.

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The Price Of More Clarity

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Interestingly, the WH-1000XM5 join, rather than replace, the 1000XM4’s. The former go on sale at $399.99; the latter remain on shelves for $50 less than that, though fairly regular promotions mean you can usually find them cheaper still.

As for which you should buy, that’s not the clear answer you might expect. Yes, Sony’s newest headphones have slightly better ANC performance, but the audio changes will definitely come down to personal taste and the styles of music you listen to the most. The updated design, meanwhile, feels sleek and sturdy, but can’t match that of the old version for travel convenience. And both persist with the annoying Sony foibles, like no USB-C audio and no waterproofing.

Anyone thinking about upgrading from the fourth-generation can probably sit tight until generation six arrives, while Apple’s AirPods Max still have the edge in premium feel (even if they’re considerably heavier and more expensive in the process). Road warriors looking for the tidiest bag might want to stick with the old WH-1000XM4 for their compact folding, but if active noise cancellation is — understandably — your primary concern, then the Sony WH-1000XM5 have the edge.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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