Xiaomi 13 Ultra is released, Lula criticizes violence in games and more | TC duty

 Xiaomi 13 Ultra is released, Lula criticizes violence in games and more |  TC duty
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It’s time to stay well-informed about everything that happened in the last few days in another edition of Plantão TC, our weekly “newspaper” where we separate the best news of the week so that you can stay on top of everything in one place.

In this week’s edition we will bring the launch of Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Xiaomi Band 8, in addition to the Huawei Nova 11 and Huawei Band 8 family.

In addition, the Galaxy A24 had more details revealed before launch, while the Motorola Razr line is ready to go official.

Finally, and not least, there is still the repercussion of President Lula’s speech on violence in games.

Huawei Nova 11 and Band 8 launch in China

Huawei held a big event to present the Nova 11 line and the Huawei Band 8. In general terms, we have three smartphones in the Nova 11 family, and they share a number of specifications.

Thus, the Nova 11, 11 Pro and 11 Ultra feature a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a rate of 120 Hz, Snapdragon 778G processor with 4G connection only and a 50 MP main camera.

The difference is that the standard Nova 11 only has a 60 MP front lens, while the others add a portrait sensor to more than 8 MP.

Everyone’s battery has 4,500 mAh and supports fast charging of 66W in the standard model and 100W in the others, while the operating system is HarmonyOS.

The Nova 11 costs the equivalent of BRL 1,700, the Nova 11 Pro costs BRL 2,450 and the Nova 11 Ultra costs BRL 3,200.

The Huawei Band 8 hits the market with an updated design that features flattened sides, rounded corners and a more premium look. The OLED panel is 1.47 inches and we have a series of health-oriented features on the bracelet.

The price is equivalent to R$ 193 in the common version and the one with NFC costs R$ 220.

Government retreats and maintains exemptions for international purchases

The federal government backed down and will maintain the exemption of up to US$ 50 for international purchases made by individuals. According to the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad, the decision came from the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, after a meeting held at the Alvorada Palace last Monday.

With this, purchases of up to US$ 50 dollars made on AliExpress, Shein and Shopee will be able to enter Europe without paying the 60% tax. It is clear that the government will expand enforcement. So no buying $150 USD at Shein and having it shipped in three $50 packages, for example.

So much so that Haddad himself said that the Federal Revenue Service will expand inspections and will implement a system that obliges Chinese retailers to declare everything that is sent to Europe.

Motorola Razr Pro and Lite have launch forecast and leaked renders

The new Motorola Razr Pro and Razr Lite are expected to launch on June 1st. The information came from leaker Max Jambor, but has not yet been confirmed by Motorola. This week we also had leaked renders of the Razr Lite.

In the images it is possible to notice that the folding smartphone must have a similar design to its bigger brother. Perhaps the biggest difference of this device is its simpler processor and also the smaller external display.

That is, a kind of intermediate folding developed for the masses.

On the other hand, the Razr Pro or 40 Ultra – you name it what you want here – should hit the market with an enlarged external screen and powerful specifications.

To refresh your memory, the Razr 40 Ultra should be announced with a 6.7-inch foldable OLED screen that has FHD + resolution and 120 Hz rate, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor with up to 12 GB of RAM and 3,640 mAh battery with 33W charging.

Galaxy A24 undergoes several certifications and may be announced soon

Apparently, the Galaxy A24 should be Samsung’s next affordable smartphone to hit the market. That’s because the device passed certification on the Google Play Console this week.

Of course, this type of certification does not confirm the complete technical sheet of the cockroach, but we already know that it should be announced with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen that has FHD+ resolution and a rate of 90 Hz.

The processor is the MediaTek Helio G99, and it works with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage by default.

The A24 should still have a 50 MP main camera, a battery of around 5,000 mAh and native Android 13.

For now, Samsung still does not inform an official release date.

Galaxy S24 and S25 may have versions with Snapdragon and Exynos

New information released this week shows that the Galaxy S24 and S25 lines should return to the scheme where Samsung launches versions with Snapdragon and Exynos.

According to industry sources, Samsung has been working to accelerate the development of the Exynos 2400, while strengthening its partnership with Qualcomm for early access to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

Finally, the source of the leak still says that the Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus should have main cameras with the 50 MP ISOCELL GN3 sensor. The Galaxy S24 Ultra would abandon its telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and would have a new variable lens with dual focal length that would allow 3x and 10x optical zoom on a single sensor.

Lula talks about violence in games

The President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, criticized the wide exposure of violent games for children and adolescents at an event held this Tuesday with ministers, governors and heads of the Legislative and Judiciary powers.

The meeting took place at the Planalto Palace and dealt with the use of social networks for hate speech, in addition to educational challenges in the face of recent violent attacks on schools in the country, which resulted in several deaths.

Lula criticized the attitude of parents who expose their young children to violent games and make that particular context become something normal for these children. The president also pointed out the wide range of titles of the genre available on the internet.

Let’s open quotes to quote the president’s speech – There’s no game, there’s no game talking about love. There is no game talking about education. It’s a game teaching kids to kill. It is getting much more dead than in the Second World War – unquote.

Of course, Lula’s criticism generated a wide reaction from the gaming public on the web, with the president’s own son also defending the games industry.

Luis Cláudio Lula da Silva said that his father generalized. Let’s quote one more time – My dad watched his kids and grandkids grow up playing video games, he knows that didn’t make us violent, he made a statement about a controversial subject live and ended up generalizing. Video game is much more than violence, it’s art, it’s leisure, it’s entertainment – unquote.

Finally, the government has been looking for ways to combat school violence. This week, the Ministry of Justice confirmed that 756 different profiles from digital platforms were taken offline in the last ten days.

In all cases, the government identified the stimulus for violent actions in schools.

iPhone 15 Pro: new concept brings a button instead of the silent switch

After the reliable Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple may have given up on the capacitive buttons project on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, a new concept has tried to reimagine smartphones.

This time, the folks at MacRumors set aside the previous idea, but kept a small button in place of the traditional key that activates the silent mode.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain report that the company has dubbed this new button the “action button.” With this, the company can allow the user to customize their experience so that it can be used to activate other smartphone features.

Another detail that is present in the rendering, and that deserves to be mentioned, is the change in the volume buttons. This is because they were unified into a large “capsule”, something that is in line with what has been released by the main sources.

However, as Kuo says, Apple has yet to test various solutions in its engineering labs. Thus, there are chances that the final design of smartphones will be changed once again.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Band 8 are officially launched

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra was officially presented in China with a design similar to the previous generation, but with several internal improvements. The device has a 6.73-inch AMOLED screen with a variable rate of up to 120 Hz, 2K resolution and brightness that reaches 2,600 nits.

In addition, there is a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM with 1 TB of storage, a 32 MP front camera and four more 50 MP cameras at the rear.

The main sensor is the Sony IMX989 and it features variable aperture, something unheard of for this sensor. The other lenses are ultrawide, telephoto and super telephoto and all use the Sony IMX858 sensor.

Finally, we have a 5,000 mAh battery with 90W wired, 50W wireless and reverse charging, IP68 certification and Android 13 running under MIUI 14. The most basic Xiaomi 13 Ultra costs the equivalent of BRL 4,300, while the model with 1 TB it costs R$ 5,200.

Formerly known as the Mi Band, the Xiaomi Band 8 received an unprecedented design change so that it can be worn as a necklace. Thus, the user can hang his Xiaomi Band around his neck and walk around. In addition, it is also possible to attach the bracelet to the shoe using a clip.

Xiaomi guarantees water resistance and says that the exercise sensors should work normally in the two new modes of use. It is clear that it will not be possible to record the heartbeats.

In addition, we have a 1.62-inch AMOLED screen with Always on Display mode, an option to see blood oxygen and a variant with NFC for approximation payments.

The price of the new Xiaomi Band 8 is equivalent to R$ 175 without NFC and R$ 200 with NFC, and both it and the Xiaomi 13 Ultra do not have a launch forecast here in Europe.

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