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Richard Lai

Hong Kong
Senior Editor — Engadget
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Engadget Chinese's Editor-in-chief and Engadget's Senior Editor. I produce quality tweets.

Native Union made a USB hub that blends into your home — The Eclipse offers three standard USB ports -- one of which can be flipped to USB-C -- which total up to 7.8A of current, and each standard port can go up to 2.4A while the USB-C port maxes out at 3A.

Xiaomi's Mi MIX is all about its gorgeous edge-to-edge display — According to Global VP Hugo Barra, the Mi MIX was kept under wraps before launch, to the point where CEO Lei Jun didn't even use the relevant slides during rehearsal. It's no wonder, then, that were no leaks about the device.

Xiaomi's curved Note 2 has a striking yet familiar look — As a flagship phone, the specs should come as no surprise: Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 821 chipset (2.35GHz; same as the Mi 5s Plus), from 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, from 64GB of UFS 2.0 storage, NFC, Quick Charge 3.0 and HD audio playback (192kHz/24 bit).

You can still buy the Note 7 in Hong Kong, but you shouldn't — Before I go further, I should probably explain why the amusing sight was only tweet-worthy to me at the time. You see, Sincere Podium is also occupied by several scapler shops -- stores that let people trade in their practically new, fully boxed devices (usually iPhones and flagship Samsung phones) for cash, and then the devices are smuggled into Mainland China, earning a profit by dodging the heavy import tax.

Australia gets first dibs on Gigabit LTE network and router — For the rest of us outside of Down Under, we're told that many more mobile devices -- especially smartphones -- will come packed with the same connectivity in the very near future, as the next-generation Snapdragon 800 series processor will integrate the same awesome X16 LTE modem, as teased by President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Cristiano Amon on the stage.

Qualcomm-powered 5G devices may arrive in first half of 2018 — Furthermore, we're told that X50-powered devices "are expected to be available during the first half of 2018." The timing makes sense as the finalized 5G standard should arrive in the same year, and operators like Verizon will certainly be needing test devices soon -- especially since it's been trialling the 28 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) band which is what the X50 will support initially (on top of 4G LTE).

Kello trains your sleeping habits without using sensors — Admittedly, I was skeptical at first, because surely the more tracking data the better? Antoine Markarian, Kello's CEO and Deezer's former Head of Devices, disagrees. "You have this connected mattress, you know that you woke up six times, but what are you going to do with [this data]?"

The foldable, fully-enclosed Passport drone is yours for $549 — For those who aren't already familiar, the Passport is an ultra-lightweight and ultra-compact quadcopter powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform. It comes with a 13-megapixel still camera that can shoot 4K video, and there's a foldable carbon-fiber enclosure for the propellers -- the drone is about the size of a VHS cassette tape when folded, if you know what that is.

Full-body 3D scanning is about to get faster and cheaper — On the inside, the Shun'X model at CEATEC is powered by eight Nikon DSLRs plus an ASUS Xtion Pro Live depth camera accompanying each of them, and these are split into two pillars -- with another four filled with high-performance LEDs -- that spin around a person.

Xiaomi's Mi 5s hides a fingerprint reader under its glass — At today's launch event, CEO Lei Jun spent a good amount of time explaining the merits and challenges of integrating ultrasonic fingerprint technology into his phones. Xiaomi had actually been exploring this option since October 2014 while planning for the Mi 5, in the hopes of avoiding the need to cut a hole on the glass for the fingerprint sensor.
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Oct 27, 2016

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