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OnePlus 10 series tipped to reuse predecessors’ design

While we’re patiently awaiting the debut of the rumored OnePlus 9 RT in October, some are already looking into next year. Our first OnePlus 10 series speculation focuses on the design aspect of next year’s flagships.

So OnePlus is working on series 10 phones which are being pitched as polished series 9 models. Apart from this a bunch of Nord series models are on the roster as well. They are expected to announce some new accessories at the next launch.— Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh) September 2, 2021

Tipster Yogesh Brar is confident that the OnePlus 10 series will be advertised as…

Xiaomi Celebrates Successful First Film Festival

A look at “The New Normal” shot on Xiaomi smartphones, featuring multiple global directors and creators

Beijing, CHINA, September 3, 2021 – This week, Xiaomi premiered their first-ever film festival consisting of short films shot entirely on Xiaomi smartphones, each film giving a unique perspective of life in “The New Normal” following the global pandemic. A variety of filmmakers from all over the world were invited to showcase their short films at the inaugural film festival, furthering Xiaomi Studios’ initiative of providing a global platform to creatives to help inspire creativity at all levels.

The festival showcases works from filmmakers including mega tech influencer Arun Maini aka Mrwhosetheboss, Xiaomi Creators Vincenzo De Caro and Eduardo Ohara, Spanish student Oscar Villarroya from the TAI Escuela Universitaria de Artes Film, as well as the renowned Italian and Thai directors Gabriele Muccino and Nattawut Poonpiriya. A cornerstone of the festival is a contribution by Academy Award winning director Chris Overton, an English filmmaker. The short film “Leader” examines the question of creativity in an ever-changing world.

Despite their unique approaches to answering this question of “The New Normal”, the unifying message is that they aim to face this uncertain yet exciting time with optimism and hope that “something wonderful is about to happen”.

Introductory Short Film: “One Billion View” by Arun Maini aka Mrwhosetheboss

Xiaomi partnered with mega tech influencer Arun Maini, also known as Mrwhosetheboss. Arun produced and starred in the film “One Billion Views“, which shares his ten-year journey towards becoming a major tech influencer and his milestone moment of reaching over a billion views. Arun talks about his journey from humble beginnings to where he finds himself now—creating content in a world deeply impacted by the pandemic. In this new world, advances in smartphone technology have enabled any user to create and share content, despite the challenges we now face.

For more details on the film, please visit this post.

Premiere Film: “Leader” by Academy Award winning director, Chris Overton

In “Leader“, Overton explores “The New Normal” through the eyes of the protagonist Donnie, an artist who lives on a remote beach collecting washed up plastic and making sculptures in his makeshift workshop. Like many others around the globe, his life is then suddenly interrupted when the garbage suddenly stops washing ashore and masked strangers begin visiting him—causing him to inspire a “New Normal” in those around as the sea salvage returns.

Student Film: Twenty Summers by Oscar Villarroya

Xiaomi Studios set out to provide a global platform for upcoming filmmakers to share their vision of “The New Normal”, particularly for students heavily affected by the pandemic. As a result, Xiaomi Film Festival partnered with the prestigious Spanish film school TAI Escuela Universitaria de Artes.

This unique partnership enabled student Oscar Villarroya to create a film about the anxieties that students like him face as they come to grips with the repercussions of the pandemic and the transition to “The New Normal”. His film “Twenty Summers” follows three best friends on one last road trip around the Spanish countryside before they go their separate ways, but one of them is not ready to face “The New Normal” just yet.

Regional Showcase Films by Xiaomi Creators and Renowned Directors

As part of its aim to provide a global filmmaker platform, Xiaomi Film Festival has been actively working with renowned directors and Xiaomi Creators in different regions to present the emergence of smartphones as “The New Normal” of filmmaking for both upcoming and established directors around the world.

“The Reels Deal” from acclaimed filmmaker Nattawut Poonpiriya.
Break the fourth wall together with us in “Living in a Movie” produced by Xiaomi Italy and Italian director Muccino Gabriele.
“Renaissance” from Xiaomi Creator Vincenzo De Caro in Italy redefines work from home life
“Simply Co.” from Xiaomi Creator Eduardo Ohara in Brazil leads you to live a simpler life.

All of the short films included in the festival are scheduled to premiere online and the festival will culminate in an offline event with the TAI Escuela Universitaria de Artes in Madrid, Spain. Student director Oscar Villarroya is expected to attend.

Steven Senshan, Head of Xiaomi Studios comments, “Xiaomi hopes with the Xiaomi Film Festival, filmmakers from around the world can continue to come together and be inspired by the content that can be created with the phone in your pocket. In the years to come, Xiaomi Studios look to continue to expand on the message of the inaugural film festival by creating more opportunities for excellent filmmakers worldwide to participate, as well as to hold possible offline events in the future.”

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About Xiaomi Studios

Xiaomi Studios is a filmmaking initiative created by Xiaomi Global. It is a platform for talented “Xiaomi Creators” from around the world, built on the company’s mission of “Innovation for Everyone” and providing an opportunity to unleash their creativity via mobile filmmaking.

For more information about Xiaomi Film Festival, please visit https://event.mi.com/global/xiaomi-film-festival/

Xiaomi Studios Website: https://event.mi.com/global/xiaomistudios

Xiaomi Global Twitter: https://twitter.com/xiaomi

Xiaomi Global YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/XiaomiChina

Xiaomi Global Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/XiaomiGlobal/

About Xiaomi Corporation

Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core.

Embracing our vision of “Make friends with users and be the coolest company in the users’ hearts”, Xiaomi continuously pursues innovations, high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology.

Xiaomi is one of the world’s leading smartphone companies. The company’s market share in terms of smartphone shipments ranked no. 2 globally in the second quarter of 2021. The company has also established the world’s leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, with 374.5 million smart devices connected to its platform (excluding smartphones and laptops) as of June 30, 2021, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. In August 2021, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the third time, ranking 338th, up 84 places compared to 2020.

Xiaomi is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, Hang Seng TECH Index and Hang Seng China 50 Index.

For more information about Xiaomi as a company, please visit https://blog.mi.com/en/

Microsoft Surface Go 3 specs leak ahead of September 22 event

A Microsoft Surface hardware event is taking place on September 22 at 11 AM ET time as confirmed by the company earlier this week and we now have a detailed spec leak on one of the possible new devices said to arrive thanks to the folks over at WinFuture.de.

You’re invited.Learn more about the #MicrosoftEvent: https://t.co/tpK3TB8Xxb— Microsoft (@Microsoft) September 1, 2021

The Microsoft Surface Go 3 will allegedly bring the same 10.5-inch form factor like its predecessor with a magnesium alloy casing and optional keyboard cover.

Surface Go 2 (image: Microsoft)

The big…

Canalys: Smart wearables shipments grew in Q2 2021 thanks to smartwatches

The global smart wearable market has been growing for many consecutive quarters now but there’s a noticeable shift in the smart bands/smartwatches dynamic that started in Q4 2020 when smartwatches became the main driving factor for growth.

The overall shipments grew 5.6% year on year in Q2 2021 while the basic bands’ sales fell 23.8%. The decline was offset by the full-fledged smartwatches as they grew an impressive 37.9% year-over-year and now account for 62% of the global sales.

In the wristwatch segment, Apple is still leading the pack with a massive 31.1% market share and…

Android 12 has a cool system-wide feature that isn’t active yet

While some Android makers have implemented system-wide search on their devices, it is not part of the core OS. That is about to change with Android 12 as beta 4 for the Pixel phones does support it, even if it this feature hasn’t been officially released yet. It looks like work on it is still ongoing as it appears incomplete.

Right now you can only access it through the search bar in the app drawer, the search widget on the homescreen still uses the old search feature. For the app drawer, a neat new option can make the keyboard pop up every time you open the app drawer, allowing you to…

HarmonyOS 2.0 reaches 90 million users, 8 new users are added every second

Huawei set an ambitious goal for HarmonyOS 2.0 – to reach 300 million devices by the end of the year. That’s a big number, but doesn’t sound impossible as the new OS is expanding quickly: it was at 10 million users in early June, 70 million at the end of August and days later it has shot up by another 20 million users.

That brings the total to 90 million. Okay, we should clear some things up. First, these numbers actually count the devices running HarmonyOS, which may not correspond to users one to one (i.e. someone may have multiple devices). Still, that’s quite impressive.

Also, 100…

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