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Xiaomi Patents New Smartphone With “Waterfall Display” (Tech Report)

Earlier, the company also patented a new a dual-display smartphone with quad rear cameras setup

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Earlier, the company also patented a new a dual-display smartphone with quad rear cameras setup. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has patented a new smartphone with waterfall display.

The patent was filed back in September 2019 with the Chinese Patent Office, CNIPA and was published on April 3.

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Now, the patent has been included in the Global Design Database of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). This new UI reveals a smartphone with a waterfall display on either side, in other words, a curved edge display that completely covers the sides.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has patented a new smartphone with waterfall display. Wikimedia Commons

It is possible that the company aims to create a cheaper alternative to the Mi Mix Alpha.

Earlier, the company also patented a new a dual-display smartphone with quad rear cameras setup.

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According to the patent, the primary display is like any other phone with ultra-slim bezels and earpiece up top. The secondary display on the new Xiaomi-patented phone is as small in size as the quad-camera housing on the back. (IANS)

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MediaTek to Launch Improved 5G-Integrated Chip for Smartphones

Improved 5G-integrated chip for smartphones unveiled by MediaTek

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Improved 5G-integrated chip unveiled by MediaTek. Pixabay

Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has unveiled an improved version of its flagship 5G chipset called Dimensity 1000+ with upgraded features for gaming, video and power efficiency.

The Dimensity 1000+ is based on the same core hardware as the Dimensity 1000 and showcases an incredible, flagship-grade user experience for smartphone users globally.
“The single chip integrates in a suite of world-leading innovations in 5G connectivity and power-efficiency, plus unique display, video and gaming technologies that make it stand out,” Yenchi Lee, Assistant General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless communications business unit said in a statement.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ supports 144Hz refresh rate screens with resolution maxing out at 1080p+ and up to a 21:9 aspect ratio.

It uses the latest MiraVision technologies to improve per frame picture quality.

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Improved 5G chip introduced by Mediatek. Pixabay

Similar to its predecessor, the Dimensity 1000+ is built on a 7nm process and features an identical 5G modem.

MediaTek has added something called “5G UltraSave”, a built-in power saving mechanism that can dynamically switch between different power states to maximize the battery life.

There are also new technology additions to HyperEngine 2.0 to optimise the phone for a more fluid and immersive gaming experience.

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It comes with a Resource Management Engine to intelligently manage CPU, GPU and memory resources, an upgraded Networking Engine for call and data concurrency, an intelligent switch between 5G and 4G networks based on application needs. (IANS)

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Smartphone Users Beware! You May Reveal Personal Information Online

Smartphone users more likely to reveal personal info online

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Smartphone users know this effect well -- when using their phones in public places, they often fixate so intently on its content that they become oblivious to what is going on around them. Pixabay

People are more willing to reveal personal information about themselves online using their smartphones compared to desktop computers, says a study.

The study, published in the Journal of Marketing, suggests that the device people use to communicate can affect the extent to which they are willing to disclose intimate or personal information about themselves.

For example, tweets and reviews composed on smartphones are more likely to be written from the perspective of the first person, to disclose negative emotions, and to discuss the writer’s private family and personal friends.

Likewise, when consumers receive an online ad that requests personal information (such as phone number and income), they are more likely to provide it when the request is received on their smartphone compared to their desktop or laptop computer, said the study.

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Using both automated natural-language processing tools and human judgements of self-disclosure, the researchers found robust evidence that smartphone-generated content is indeed more self-disclosing. Pixabay

“Writing on one’s smartphone often lowers the barriers to revealing certain types of sensitive information for two reasons; one stemming from the unique form characteristics of phones and the second from the emotional associations that consumers tend to hold with their device,” said the co-author Shiri Melumad from University of Pennsylvania

First, one of the most distinguishing features of phones is the small size; something that makes viewing and creating content generally more difficult compared with desktop computers.

Because of this difficulty, when writing or responding on a smartphone, a person tends to narrowly focus on completing the task and become less cognizant of external factors that would normally inhibit self-disclosure, such as concerns about what others would do with the information.

Smartphone users know this effect well — when using their phones in public places, they often fixate so intently on its content that they become oblivious to what is going on around them.

The second reason people tend to be more self-disclosing on their phones lies in the feelings of comfort and familiarity people associate with their phones.

“Because our smartphones are with us all of the time and perform so many vital functions in our lives, they often serve as ‘adult pacifiers’ that bring feelings of comfort to their owners,” Melumad added.

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The downstream effect of those feelings shows itself when people are more willing to disclose feelings to a close friend compared to a stranger or open up to a therapist in a comfortable rather than uncomfortable setting.

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When consumers receive an online ad that requests personal information (such as phone number and income), they are more likely to provide it when the request is received on their smartphone compared to their desktop or laptop computer. Pixabay

“Similarly, when writing on our phones, we tend to feel that we are in a comfortable ‘safe zone.’ As a consequence, we are more willing to open up about ourselves,” said study co-author Robert Meyer from University of Pennsylvania.

The findings are based on analyses of thousands of social media posts and online reviews, responses to web ads, and controlled laboratory studies.

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Initial evidence came from analyses of the depth of self-disclosure revealed in 369,161 tweets and 10,185 restaurant reviews posted on TripAdvisor.com, with some posted on PCs and some on smartphones.

Using both automated natural-language processing tools and human judgements of self-disclosure, the researchers found robust evidence that smartphone-generated content is indeed more self-disclosing. (IANS)

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Huawei Files New Patent For MatePad With Dual Speakers

The company filed a design patent in China on July 12, last year and the patent was granted on April 28, this year

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Huawei had filed a new design patent with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) back in 2019. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has filed a new patent for an 8-inch MatePad with dual speakers.

Huawei had filed a new design patent with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) back in 2019. This was finally published recently and revealed 15 coloured renders of the yet to be announced tablet, reports GizmoChina.

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Going through the patent images, the device may be the Huawei MatePad T, which is an affordable tablet under the 5G tablet the Chinese tech giant launched previously.

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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has filed a new patent for an 8-inch MatePad with dual speakers. Wikimedia Commons

The tablet is expected to run Android 10 out of the box with EMUI 10 custom skin, and again without the official Google services support. However, the details like internal specifications are currently unknown regarding the MatePad. Recently, Huawei filed a new patent for a foldable smartphone with a zoom lens.

The company filed a design patent in China on July 12, last year and the patent was granted on April 28, this year.

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Looking at the images, the upcoming device can be unfolded to reveal a larger tablet size. The device bends inwards features no selfie camera, with most fo the front being covered by the display. (IANS)