Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specs leak, Samsung's foldable smartphone price leak, Apple takes another step to guard privacy, and more: Daily News Wrap

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  • Published: June 14, 2018 7:42 PM IST

Good Thursday Evening. Are you ready for the FIFA World Cup 2018? Ok, one more day for weekend, so cheer up. I am not sure whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will win World Cup this year but it is expected to be exciting for sure. The opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 6.30PM and the first match will be played between host Russia and Saudi Arabia starting at 8.30PM. Sony Pictures Network holds the broadcasting rights for the World Cup.

Now, lets get on speed with everything from the world of technogy. A leak reveals that Xiaomi Mi Max 3 could be a huge upgrade while another leak pegs Samsung’s foldable smartphone to cost a whopping $2,000. OnePlus’ Bullets Wireless earphones will go on sale from June 19 in India. Yes, Samsung is working on a Bixby-based speaker that will rival Google Home and Amazon Echo devices. Here is a rundown of everything you need to know:

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 could be a major upgrade

Xiaomi recently launched its flagship Mi 8 and entry-level Redmi 6 smartphones in China. These devices are expected to be followed by Mi Max 3 smartphone and if a new leak is anything to go by then it will be a big upgrade.

The Mi Max 3 is said to feature a large 7-inch display and massive 5,500mAh battery under the hood. While it was initially tipped to use a Snapdragon 660 SoC, a new leaks claims it will go with Snapdragon 710 instead, which could make it a premium mid-range performer.

Samsung’s foldable smartphone will cost a lot

Samsung’s first foldable smartphone is said to debut at Mobile World Congress 2019. DJ Koh, Samsung’s mobile division chief has already confirmed that the company is working on a foldable smartphone.

The first foldable from Samsung is expected to pack displays in a clamshell design. While we don’t know much about the device, the price is said to be a whopping $2,000.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Earphones sale date revealed

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Earphones will go on sale starting June 19. The device is the first foray from OnePlus into wireless audio segment. It was announced last month alongside company’s flagship OnePlus 6 smartphone in London.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Earphones are priced at Rs 3,999 and they offer 5 hours of music playback with 10 minutes of charge. It has a magnetic control where the audio will stop as soon as you clip the Bullets together. The full charge will last for around 8 hours.

Samsung’s Bixby smart speaker to rival Amazon Echo Spot

Samsung has been rumored to be working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker for sometime. While the company has not shared any official timeline, a new leak sheds more light on its key features.

The Bixby smart speaker is said to feature camera, mic and display similar to Amazon’s Echo Spot. It is not clear what will be the primary use case but Samsung seems prepared to challenge Amazon, Google and Apple in the smart speaker race.

Facebook debuts Blood Donations in India

Facebook is partnering National Blood Transfusion Council and Giants Welfare Foundation to set up 2,000 blood donation events across the country to facilitate blood donation. The social media giant has announced a new initiative called ‘Blood Donations’ that will help connect recipients with donors.

Facebook is the most dominant social media platform in the country and it is now trying to spread awareness about blood donation.

Apple will update iOS to block police hacking tool

Apple is planning a new feature for iOS that will make it impossible for cops to sidestep Apple’s default disk encryption. The company is planning to restrict access communication through the USB port if the device has not been unlocked in the past hour.

This is set to spark a lot of debate but Apple is further showing how much it cares about the privacy of its users.

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  • Published Date: June 14, 2018 7:42 PM IST