Xiaomi’s launches its Mi 11 flagship globally with Snapdragon 888


Xiaomi is announcing the international version of its Mi 11 flagship phone after an earlier release in China. This device is very much in keeping with the Mi series’ MO of offering high specs at a competitive price. The Mi 11 has a Snapdragon 888 processor, making it the first phone to launch with Qualcomm’s latest high-end chip. The 888 has 5G connectivity built in, and has 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. It’s a slightly curved 6.8-inch 1440p OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and peak brightness of 1,500 nits. The Mi 11 has a 108-megapixel primary camera backed by a 13-megapixel ultrawide and a 5-megapixel “telemacro” camera. The selfie camera is 20 megapixels and tucked inside a small holepunch cutout at the top left of the screen. The battery is 4,600mAh and can be charged at up to 55W with a cable and up to 50W wirelessly. It also features reverse wireless charging at up to 10W. Mi 11 will be priced at €749 for the 8GB/128GB model. XDA Developers notes the 8GB/256GB model will retail for €799.

Sony filed a patent for its PlayStation 4 Back Button Attachment accessory

Sony has applied for a patent for its Back Button Attachment, the add-on accessory for the DualShock 4 announced back in 2019 that adds programmable buttons to the underside of the controller. The filing doesn’t call the device by its existing name, but rather describes the product as an add-on with buttons that “may be mapped to controller buttons using customised button mapping pre-sets” and features a number of diagrams showing off how it works. The application, which has not yet been granted, was first filed in US in 2019, before Sony filed it internationally. It offers no indication this device could be coming to the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller, as the diagrams depict what looks to be an older DualShock 4 device and do not describe any corresponding functions with the new console’s gamepad or any of its unique features. It is a smart idea for a company to patent its intellectual property in a competitive space, especially if they want to protect their product line and any future releases. The Back Button Attachment is Sony’s low-cost alternative to a proper pro controller. It costs just $30 and adds programmable buttons to the underside of the DualShock 4.