If you plan to buy equipment in the near future, then I recommend that you familiarize yourself with our material “Promotions and Discounts Guide No. 83” before that, suddenly you will find something interesting for yourself:

Samsung vs. Sobchak

Last week, the news spread on the network that Ksenia Sobchak received a lawsuit from Samsung Electronics in the amount of 108 million rubles for appearing on television with an iPhone X, and not with a Samsung smartphone, since she is the official face of Samsung. The press service of Samsung and Ksenia Sobchak denied this information.

Of course, the situation is interesting and for me not entirely clear in this case. If Ksenia Sobchak has a contract with Samsung, then why use the products of another company? Yes, maybe iOS is more convenient for her than Android, but then it was necessary to think about it in advance before concluding an agreement, because no one forced her to get involved in this story by force. I understand when Dima Bilan becomes a Neffos brand ambassador from TP-Link, but he does not use these products on an ongoing basis, since these are mid-range devices and they are not able to compete with flagship products. But not to use the flagship Samsung smartphone, but, at the risk of using an Apple smartphone, knowing that you have a contract, is incomprehensible to me. In order not to be attacked by fans of the apple company, I will say that I use both the iPhone and the flagship products on Android and at the same time I do not feel infringed in some way when I walk, for example, with the Sony Xperia XZ3 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Since we are talking about flagships on Android, last week we published materials about Huawei Mate 20 Pro. These are the first impressions of the apparatus in Spillikins No. 508…

… and the article "Ten reasons to buy Huawei Mate 20 Pro":

Roskomnadzor threatens to fine Google

According to the press service of Roskomnadzor, Google has not complied with the requirements of the federal law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection" in force in the Russian Federation, according to which search engine operators are required to exclude Internet sites blocked in Russia from search results. resources. The search engine did not connect to the federal state information system containing a list of prohibited Internet resources (FSIS), although it was notified by Roskomnadzor about this in advance. Now the service is threatening to go to court, which can fine the search engine in the amount of 500 to 700 thousand rubles. Knowing how laws related to new technologies are adopted in Russia, we can assume that Google simply technically cannot meet the requirement on time, so for now we will monitor the development of the situation and wait for comments from the search engine press service.

Qualcomm and MediaTek introduce new mobile processors

An American company has unveiled a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 mid-range mobile platform. New features in Snapdragon 675 include Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Spectra ISP, Qualcomm Kryo-based CPU, and Qualcomm Adreno GPU. This platform also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ fast charging technology, which provides the smartphone with a battery charge from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes. The first devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 are expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year.

Taiwan-based MediaTek has officially unveiled its new Helio P70 mobile processor, which it says features more advanced AI features, upgraded CPUs and GPUs, improved camera and image processing support, as well as enhanced gaming performance and enhanced connectivity options. The manufacturer claims that the Helio P70 is currently in mass production, and the first devices equipped with it will go on sale next month.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is official

The Chinese company Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new flagship phablet Mi MIX 3, which is made in a slider form factor and supports fifth-generation networks. This device is equipped with a large 6.39-inch Full HD + AMOLED display that fills the entire front panel, while the dual front camera and earpiece are hidden in the second half of the smartphone, which is put forward at the right time thanks to the special case design.

As it turned out, the company itself told about all the most interesting things that were prepared in Mi MIX 3 before the official presentation, without even leaving a single trump card in the end. A strange approach to the presentation of a new product, but apparently Xiaomi has its own vision of how it should be done. Of the interesting things in Mi MIX 3 - of course, the form factor, I really want to try the slider in work, since nothing like this has been released to the market for a long time. I will also note support for 5G networks, but this is still a reserve for the future and nothing more.

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Prices and sales start dates have been announced for the native Chinese market only. So, the device will cost from 475 to 720 US dollars, depending on the version, and the smartphone will be on sale starting from November 1. So far, we can only make an assumption about the Russian market, probably, the device will appear with us at the end of December or already in January, and Mi MIX 3 will cost from 35,000 to 55,000 rubles.

We have published an article on our website following the presentation of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, I recommend reading it if you suddenly missed it:

Meizu introduced its Note 8

The Chinese company Meizu has introduced its new smartphone Note 8. The device with a 6'' IPS screen with FHD + resolution and, surprisingly, without a notch, runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory with expandable with memory cards. The novelty has a dual main camera Sony IMX 362, 12 MP + 5 MP with support for portrait shooting, with f 1.9 aperture in both modules. The battery in Note 8 is 3600 mAh. Of the negative points, I note that Meizu again did not put an NFC module in their device, and I was also surprised by the use of a microUSB connector, and not Type-C. There is no official information about prices and the start of sales in Russia yet, I will assume that the device will appear somewhere in December, and the price will be about 18,000 rubles.

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We already have a first look at Meizu Note 8 on our website:

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Operator news

Sergey Potresov pleased us with two materials last week, the first is a detailed analysis of the new tariff from MTS:

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The second one is about the work of operators in the metropolitan metro, Sergey prepared it following the release from Tele2, in which the operator announced the completion of the construction of a 4G network at all stations of the Moscow metro:

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By the way, last week another interesting news arrived about Tele2, the operator provided an opportunity for its subscribers to share traffic. For example, you can transfer 1 GB (or another amount) to one of your family members or friends who are also Tele2 subscribers if they have run out of a traffic package. The only point is that the effect of the transferred traffic volume is limited to one week, after which it burns out or its effect can be extended for 50 rubles for 30 days, but this is not very profitable. In general, the proposal is interesting and in some cases it can be useful.

About Samsung A7 2018

Last week, Eldar Murtazin prepared a review of the A7 2018 smartphone, which is a bit atypical for a Korean company. The model differs in that it is the company's first product with three main camera modules. Let me also remind you that last week the company introduced the A9 model with four main camera lenses, and in addition, with a fingerprint scanner located on the side.

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Mobile Almanac 2018

Let's move on to the rumors about new devices that surfaced online last week.

Huawei has published official photos of the new smartphone Honor Magic 2, the presentation of which is scheduled for October 31st. In general, we not only know what the new Honor will look like, but, thanks to the website of the Ministry of Industry and Informatization of the PRC, we also have information about the inside of the device:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE; 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 2000; GSM, CDMA two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 157.32x75.13x8.3mm
  • Weight: 206 g
  • Platform: Android 9 Pie
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz octa-core
  • Display: 6.39-inch, 2340x1080 pixels
  • Triple main camera: 16 MP + 24 MP + 16 MP, support for 4K video shooting
  • Triple front camera: 16 MP + 20 MP + MP
  • Memory: 6 GB / 8 GB RAM, 128 GB / 256 GB ROM
  • Communications: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, GPS
  • Battery: 3400mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, proximity and light sensors

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There are no complaints about the performance of the device, and with the update to MIUI 10, the device became simply reactive, and over time the work did not slow down. As for the filling, I’ll just remind you that the Mi 8 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of permanent memory. Unfortunately, the device does not support memory cards, but for most users, 64 GB is more than enough. The battery is small by modern standards, 3400 mAh, but it lasts steadily from dawn to dusk, if necessary, you can quickly recharge it, Mi 8 supports Quick Charge 4+ fast charging, and it comes with a QC 3.0 charger.

The display in Xiaomi Mi 8 with a diagonal of 6.21 inches, as mentioned above, with a notch, is made using AMOLED technology and has a resolution of FHD + (2248 x 1080). I personally didn’t have any complaints about the quality of the screen, but knowing that Xiaomi’s quality is floating, I still recommend checking the screen before buying. Yes, in MIUI 9.5, which was preinstalled on the device, there were difficulties with the “bangs”, the system did not understand it, but in the 10th version it did not come across.

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The main camera in the device is dual 12 + 12 MP, the first with optical stabilization, and the second provides a double optical zoom. I liked how the smartphone shoots, but I suggest you look at examples of pictures and draw conclusions.

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Based on the combination of all factors, I can safely say that Xiaomi Mi 8 is the best smartphone for today for 30,000 rubles. Yes, it does not have moisture protection, there is no wireless charging, there is no support for memory cards, but if this is not critical for you and you have an amount of 30,000 rubles, then Mi 8 will be an excellent choice.

If you want to know more about Xiaomi Mi 8, I recommend that you read the full review of the smartphone:

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Full tank

The section dedicated to cars, which will live in Saturday Coffee for a while, and then, I hope, will develop into a separate column. I recently talked about the Volvo XC60 crossover, but today we will talk about its competitor, the new Audi Q5. The test car was presented in a rich configuration, its price was 4,700,000 rubles, but dealers can find simpler options, prices start at 2.8 million rubles.

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Let's start with the design of the car. To be honest, the Audi Q5 has an ambiguous one, from different angles the car looks different. On the one hand, this is such a good crossover, on the other hand, it already looks like some kind of family minivan, and if you look at it from a slightly different angle, it is generally the spitting image of a Tiguan cousin. In my opinion, the car lacks aggression in design, in any body kit from angles that are unsuccessful for it, it looks like such a good guy, although this is quite strange for an SUV.

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But I liked the interior, there is no clearly defined division into driver and passenger zones, the space is large and free, visually inside the car looks larger than it actually is. The landing was disappointing at first, for two days I played with the steering wheel seat settings, in the end I chose a direct “bus” landing, which at first somehow embarrassed me, but at the end of the test I even liked it. By the way, an interesting point is that in a car for 4.7 million, the knee pad is adjusted manually, on the same Volvo XC60 it was adjusted automatically. If we are talking about the oddities of a car for this price, then I will also note the cheap plastic control buttons on the steering wheel. It is clear that the unification and cheaper production of the VW concern are affecting, but still I would like in such a car that the buttons on the steering wheel correspond to the status and price.

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Audi Q5 rides great. Yes, 249 hp they do not easily accelerate a two-ton car, but in general, everything is without complaints. The air suspension also works well, you hardly notice large and small irregularities. In the Q5, you can change the settings for the driving mode, the “Comfort” mode is great for daily driving, and on the highway, the “Drive” mode turned out to be the best choice, when the car lowers a little, and the sensitivity of the steering wheel and gas pedal increases. I read a lot at one time about the DSG box, in the case of the Q5 it is a robot with two wet clutches, but during the test I did not find anything to complain about, it works smoothly, without jerks. and you don’t feel the differences from a good classic machine. Yes, after the Volvo XC60, which ate 15 liters per 100 km, the Audi Q5 with the same power gasoline engine turned out to be much less voracious, my average consumption was 9.6 liters, which is a good result for such a car.

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The test car was crammed with electronics to the fullest, here are cameras in a circle with a panoramic view, and a projection on the windshield, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of the features, I note the possibility of installing a SIM card, then many car systems can work without being tied to a smartphone, in addition, you can distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi. And also a nice addition is the presence of wireless charging, moreover, the car will always helpfully inform you about the need to recharge your smartphone as soon as it connects to the on-board system.

Our Q5 had the option of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, a virtual instrument cluster that is a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. I liked it both in implementation and in operation, although many people say that the classic dashboard is better. Of the convenient moments, I note the ability to display a large navigation map. I would not recommend keeping it constantly, as it distracts from the road, but to take a closer look at the route, for example, at a traffic light, it is ideal.

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The head unit in this case was an MMI Navigation Plus with an MMI all-in-touch touch panel. The system is equipped with an 8.3-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels, despite the fact that the display resolution is lower than in modern smartphones, you do not notice this in the car. Here, perhaps, I note that Audi has a kind of head unit control system: you put your right hand on the armrest, then your hand should lie on the gear lever (that's why the lever in Audi is low and of such a shape), and after that the control washer should be under your fingers, with it you can control the device, just like in other cars. Behind the puck is an MMI all-in-touch touchpad that recognizes gestures similar to smartphones and also provides handwriting. At first, it was difficult to get used to the system from Audi, somehow constantly stretched down, where multimedia controls are usually located, but then I got involved, and everything fell into place.

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I would like to note such useful options as Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city, which are responsible for the safety of the driver and passenger. The first analyzes the traffic situation and, in the event of a collision threat, takes preventive measures to protect passengers: pre-tensioning the front seat belts, turning on the hazard warning system .ke/3RuEvKg2f2Nd6oPqgcV1Xjmn ">, closing side windows and sunroof. And the second recognizes cars and pedestrians at speeds up to approximately 85 km / h, in the event of a critical situation on the road, the system warns the driver and, if necessary, performs emergency braking. I experienced the work of Audi pre sense basic on myself. Too bad they didn't tell me about it beforehand. It seems that some very self-confident driver at a traffic light decided to leave the lane and walked within millimeters from my car, but I experienced not very pleasant emotions when, for no apparent reason, as it seemed to me, the belt tightened sharply and the emergency gang turned on .

In general, the Audi Q5 is a comfortable and pleasant car to drive, there were ambiguous impressions of the design, but this is a subjective thing. The unusual landing and control of the multimedia system are alarming at first, but then you realize that they are not bad, but just different.

On automotive topics, last week we published an article about the Nissan Juke by Vladimir Nimin, I recommend reading it:

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Probably the most anticipated game of recent times, Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Studios, went on sale yesterday, a third-person adventure western with an open world. The game was released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Battles have already flared up on the network over Red Dead Redemption 2, it turned out that the detail of the game for Xbox One is higher than on PlayStation 4, the owners of the latter, of course, are indignant, and Xbox users scoff at them. If you have already played Red Dead Redemption 2, share your impressions of the game in the comments.

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The period of warm autumn weather somehow ended abruptly, the forecast promises us cold rainy weather, so it's time to pour a cup of hot Saturday coffee and get acquainted with the most interesting news of the week.

Beru marketplace is fully operational

The Beru marketplace, which was launched by Yandex and Sberbank in the spring, left the testing stage last week. Since spring, more than 1,000 sellers have posted almost 100,000 items in 600 categories. Now the marketplace has children's goods, household appliances and electronics, goods for home and garden, pet products, food, cosmetics, and there is also the opportunity to order the delivery of medicines.

I once again walked through the Beru marketplace and did not see any advantages for myself over other large online platforms where I buy goods and in which I already have a certain rating, bonus points and other goodies of a regular customer. At the start of beta testing, the store had really interesting offers, albeit limited in number, now there are practically none, but, as in any online store, you need to periodically monitor the items of interest for discounts. If you have a successful, or perhaps unsuccessful experience of buying goods on "I take", then tell us about it in the comments.

If you are planning to buy equipment in the near future, then I recommend that you familiarize yourself with our material “Promotions and Discounts Guide No. 83” before that, suddenly you will find something interesting for yourself:

Samsung vs. Sobchak

Last week, the news spread on the network that Ksenia Sobchak received a lawsuit from Samsung Electronics in the amount of 108 million rubles for appearing on television with an iPhone X, and not with a Samsung smartphone, since she is the official face of Samsung. The press service of Samsung and Ksenia Sobchak denied this information.

Of course, the situation is interesting and for me not entirely clear in this case. If Ksenia Sobchak has a contract with Samsung, then why use the products of another company? Yes, maybe iOS is more convenient for her than Android, but then it was necessary to think about it in advance before concluding an agreement, because no one forced her to get involved in this story by force. I understand when Dima Bilan becomes a Neffos brand ambassador from TP-Link, but he does not use these products on an ongoing basis, since these are mid-range devices and they are not able to compete with flagship products. But not to use the flagship Samsung smartphone, but, at the risk of using an Apple smartphone, knowing that you have a contract, is incomprehensible to me. In order not to be attacked by fans of the apple company, I will say that I use both the iPhone and the flagship products on Android and at the same time I do not feel infringed in some way when I walk, for example, with the Sony Xperia XZ3 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Since we are talking about flagships on Android, last week we published materials about Huawei Mate 20 Pro. These are the first impressions of the apparatus in Spillikins No. 508…

… and the article "Ten reasons to buy Huawei Mate 20 Pro":

Roskomnadzor threatens to fine Google

According to the press service of Roskomnadzor, Google has not complied with the requirements of the federal law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection" in force in the Russian Federation, according to which search engine operators are required to exclude Internet sites blocked in Russia from search results. resources. The search engine did not connect to the federal state information system containing a list of prohibited Internet resources (FSIS), although it was notified by Roskomnadzor about this in advance. Now the service is threatening to go to court, which can fine the search engine in the amount of 500 to 700 thousand rubles. Knowing how laws related to new technologies are adopted in Russia, we can assume that Google simply technically cannot meet the requirement on time, so for now we will monitor the development of the situation and wait for comments from the search engine press service.

Qualcomm and MediaTek introduce new mobile processors

An American company has unveiled a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 mid-range mobile platform. New features in Snapdragon 675 include Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Spectra ISP, Qualcomm Kryo-based CPU, and Qualcomm Adreno GPU. This platform also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ fast charging technology, which provides the smartphone with a battery charge from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes. The first devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 are expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year.

Taiwan-based MediaTek has officially unveiled its new Helio P70 mobile processor, which it says features more advanced AI features, upgraded CPUs and GPUs, improved camera and image processing support, as well as enhanced gaming performance and enhanced connectivity options. The manufacturer claims that the Helio P70 is currently in mass production, and the first devices equipped with it will go on sale next month.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 officially presented

The Chinese company Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new flagship phablet Mi MIX 3, which is made in a slider form factor and supports fifth-generation networks. This device is equipped with a large 6.39-inch Full HD + AMOLED display that fills the entire front panel, while the dual front camera and earpiece are hidden in the second half of the smartphone, which is put forward at the right time thanks to the special case design.

As it turned out, the company itself told about all the most interesting things that were prepared in Mi MIX 3 before the official presentation, without even leaving a single trump card in the end. A strange approach to the presentation of a new product, but apparently Xiaomi has its own vision of how this should be done. Of the interesting things in Mi MIX 3 - of course, the form factor, I really want to try the slider in work, since nothing like this has come to the market for a long time. I will also note support for 5G networks, but this is still a reserve for the future and nothing more.

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Prices and sales start dates have been announced for the native Chinese market only. So, the device will cost from 475 to 720 US dollars, depending on the version, and the smartphone will be on sale starting from November 1. So far, we can only make an assumption about the Russian market, probably, the device will appear with us at the end of December or already in January, and Mi MIX 3 will cost from 35,000 to 55,000 rubles.

We have published an article on our website following the presentation of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, I recommend reading it if you suddenly missed it:

Meizu introduced its Note 8

The Chinese company Meizu has introduced its new smartphone Note 8. The device with a 6'' IPS screen with FHD + resolution and, surprisingly, without a notch, runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory with expandable with memory cards. The novelty has a dual main camera Sony IMX 362, 12 MP + 5 MP with support for portrait shooting, with f 1.9 aperture in both modules. The battery in Note 8 is 3600 mAh. Of the negative points, I note that Meizu again did not put an NFC module in their device, and I was also surprised by the use of a microUSB connector, and not Type-C. There is no official information about prices and the start of sales in Russia yet, I will assume that the device will appear somewhere in December, and the price will be about 18,000 rubles.

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We already have a first look at Meizu Note 8 on our website:

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Operator news

Sergey Potresov last week pleased us with two materials, the first is a detailed analysis of the new tariff from MTS:

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The second one is about the work of operators in the metropolitan metro, Sergey prepared it following the release from Tele2, in which the operator announced the completion of the construction of a 4G network at all stations of the Moscow metro:

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By the way, last week another interesting news arrived about Tele2, the operator provided an opportunity for its subscribers to share traffic. For example, you can transfer 1 GB (or another amount) to one of your family members or friends who are also Tele2 subscribers if they have run out of a traffic package. The only point is that the effect of the transferred traffic volume is limited to one week, after which it burns out or its effect can be extended for 50 rubles for 30 days, but this is not very profitable. In general, the proposal is interesting and in some cases it can be useful.

About Samsung A7 2018

Last week, Eldar Murtazin prepared a review of the A7 2018 smartphone, which is a bit atypical for a Korean company. The model differs in that it is the company's first product with three main camera modules. Let me also remind you that last week the company introduced the A9 model with four main camera lenses, and in addition, with a fingerprint scanner located on the side.

Saturday Coffee #25

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Mobile Almanac 2018

Let's move on to the rumors about new devices that surfaced online last week.

Huawei has published official photos of the new smartphone Honor Magic 2, the presentation of which is scheduled for October 31st. In general, we not only know what the new Honor will look like, but, thanks to the website of the Ministry of Industry and Informatization of the PRC, we also have information about the inside of the device:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE; 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 2000; GSM, CDMA two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 157.32x75.13x8.3mm
  • Weight: 206 g
  • Platform: Android 9 Pie
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz octa-core
  • Display: 6.39-inch, 2340x1080 pixels
  • Triple main camera: 16 MP + 24 MP + 16 MP, support for 4K video shooting
  • Triple front camera: 16 MP + 20 MP + MP
  • Memory: 6 GB / 8 GB RAM, 128 GB / 256 GB ROM
  • Communications: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, GPS
  • Battery: 3400mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, proximity and light sensors

Samsung made a note on her official Twitter account in which she hinted (both in words and in a short video) that at the Samsung Developer Conference, which will be held from November 7 to 8 of this year, perhaps the same smartphone with a folding screen will be presented.

The crossroads between the present and the future – Samsung Developer Conference is where you’ll meet the knowledge needed to stay on tech’s cutting edge. #SDC18
Learn more: https://t.co/t66edOWIUi pic.twitter.com/bDZHuZVWee

— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) October 18, 2018

A week with Xiaomi Mi 8

Today we will talk about the flagship smartphone of the Chinese company Xiaomi model Mi 8, the best device that you can buy today for 30,000 rubles. Yes, I also did not think that I would ever call the Xiaomi smartphone the best, but in the case of Mi 8 it really is.

In terms of design and materials, Mi 8 does not present us with anything new: metal and glass, a dual main camera module, like the iPhone X, and a screen with a notch. The device looks like many on the market today, and in black it can even get lost among its own kind. In terms of assembly, everything is in order, the parts are fitted closely, nothing creaks or backlash. My sample of the device also passed the drop test, falling out of the open pocket of the backpack onto the asphalt from about a meter high. Apart from small marks on the sidewall, there are no other damages.

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There are no complaints about the performance of the device, and with the update to MIUI 10, the device became simply reactive, and over time the work did not slow down. As for the filling, I’ll just remind you that the Mi 8 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of permanent memory. Unfortunately, the device does not support memory cards, but for most users, 64 GB is more than enough. The battery is small by modern standards, 3400 mAh, but it lasts steadily from dawn to dusk, if necessary, you can quickly recharge it, Mi 8 supports Quick Charge 4+ fast charging, and it comes with a QC 3.0 charger.

The display in Xiaomi Mi 8 with a diagonal of 6.21 inches, as mentioned above, with a notch, is made using AMOLED technology and has a resolution of FHD + (2248 x 1080). I personally didn’t have any complaints about the quality of the screen, but knowing that Xiaomi’s quality is floating, I still recommend checking the screen before buying. Yes, in MIUI 9.5, which was preinstalled on the device, there were difficulties with the “bangs”, the system did not understand it, but in the 10th version it did not come across.

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The main camera in the device is dual 12 + 12 MP, the first with optical stabilization, and the second provides a double optical zoom. I liked how the smartphone shoots, but I suggest you look at examples of pictures and draw conclusions.

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Based on the combination of all factors, I can safely say that Xiaomi Mi 8 is the best smartphone for today for 30,000 rubles. Yes, it does not have moisture protection, there is no wireless charging, there is no support for memory cards, but if this is not critical for you and you have an amount of 30,000 rubles, then Mi 8 will be an excellent choice.

If you want to know more about Xiaomi Mi 8, I recommend that you read the full review of the smartphone:

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Full tank

The section dedicated to cars, which will live in Saturday Coffee for a while, and then, I hope, will develop into a separate column. I recently talked about the Volvo XC60 crossover, but today we will talk about its competitor, the new Audi Q5. The test car was presented in a rich configuration, its price was 4,700,000 rubles, but dealers can find simpler options, prices start at 2.8 million rubles.

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Let's start with the design of the car. To be honest, the Audi Q5 has an ambiguous one, from different angles the car looks different. On the one hand, this is such a good crossover, on the other hand, it already looks like some kind of family minivan, and if you look at it from a slightly different angle, it is generally the spitting image of a Tiguan cousin. In my opinion, the car lacks aggression in design, in any body kit from angles that are unsuccessful for it, it looks like such a good guy, although this is quite strange for an SUV.

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But I liked the interior, there is no clearly defined division into driver and passenger zones, the space is large and free, visually inside the car looks larger than it actually is. The landing was disappointing at first, for two days I played with the steering wheel seat settings, in the end I chose a direct “bus” landing, which at first somehow embarrassed me, but at the end of the test I even liked it. By the way, an interesting point is that in a car for 4.7 million, the knee pad is adjusted manually, on the same Volvo XC60 it was adjusted automatically. If we are talking about the oddities of a car for this price, then I will also note the cheap plastic control buttons on the steering wheel. It is clear that the unification and cheaper production of the VW concern are affecting, but still I would like in such a car that the buttons on the steering wheel correspond to the status and price.

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Audi Q5 rides great. Yes, 249 hp they do not easily accelerate a two-ton car, but in general, everything is without complaints. The air suspension also works well, you hardly notice large and small irregularities. In the Q5, you can change the settings for the driving mode, the “Comfort” mode is great for daily driving, and on the highway, the “Drive” mode turned out to be the best choice, when the car lowers a little, and the sensitivity of the steering wheel and gas pedal increases. I read a lot at one time about the DSG box, in the case of the Q5 it is a robot with two wet clutches, but during the test I did not find anything to complain about, it works smoothly, without jerks. and you don’t feel the differences from a good classic machine. Yes, after the Volvo XC60, which ate 15 liters per 100 km, the Audi Q5 with the same power gasoline engine turned out to be much less voracious, my average consumption was 9.6 liters, which is a good result for such a car.

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The test car was crammed with electronics to the fullest, here are cameras in a circle with a panoramic view, and a projection on the windshield, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of the features, I note the possibility of installing a SIM card, then many car systems can work without being tied to a smartphone, in addition, you can distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi. And also a nice addition is the presence of wireless charging, moreover, the car will always helpfully inform you about the need to recharge your smartphone as soon as it connects to the on-board system.

Our Q5 had the option of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, a virtual instrument cluster that is a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. I liked it both in implementation and in operation, although many people say that the classic dashboard is better. Of the convenient moments, I note the ability to display a large navigation map. I would not recommend keeping it constantly, as it distracts from the road, but to take a closer look at the route, for example, at a traffic light, it is ideal.

Saturday coffee #25

The head unit in this case was an MMI Navigation Plus with an MMI all-in-touch touch panel. The system is equipped with an 8.3-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels, despite the fact that the display resolution is lower than in modern smartphones, you do not notice this in the car. Here, perhaps, I note that Audi has a kind of head unit control system: you put your right hand on the armrest, then your hand should lie on the gear lever (that's why the lever in Audi is low and of such a shape), and after that the control washer should be under your fingers, with it you can control the device, just like in other cars. Behind the puck is an MMI all-in-touch touchpad that recognizes gestures similar to smartphones and also provides handwriting. At first, it was difficult to get used to the system from Audi, somehow constantly stretched down, where multimedia controls are usually located, but then I got involved, and everything fell into place.

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I would like to note such useful options as Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city, which are responsible for the safety of the driver and passenger. The first analyzes the traffic situation and, in the event of a collision threat, takes preventive measures to protect passengers: pre-tensioning the front seat belts, turning on the hazard warning system .ke/3RuEvKg2f2Nd6oPqgcV1Xjmn ">, closing side windows and sunroof. And the second recognizes cars and pedestrians at speeds up to approximately 85 km / h, in the event of a critical situation on the road, the system warns the driver and, if necessary, performs emergency braking. I experienced the work of Audi pre sense basic on myself. Too bad they didn't tell me about it beforehand. It seems that some very self-confident driver at a traffic light decided to leave the lane and walked within millimeters from my car, but I experienced not very pleasant emotions when, for no apparent reason, as it seemed to me, the belt tightened sharply and the emergency gang turned on .

In general, the Audi Q5 is a comfortable and pleasant car to drive, there were ambiguous impressions of the design, but this is a subjective thing. The unusual landing and control of the multimedia system are alarming at first, but then you realize that they are not bad, but just different.

On automotive topics, last week we published an article about the Nissan Juke by Vladimir Nimin, I recommend reading it:

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. and dessert

Probably the most anticipated game of recent times, Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Studios, went on sale yesterday, a third-person adventure western with an open world. The game was released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Battles have already flared up on the network over Red Dead Redemption 2, it turned out that the detail of the game for Xbox One is higher than on PlayStation 4, the owners of the latter, of course, are indignant, and Xbox users scoff at them. If you have already played Red Dead Redemption 2, share your impressions of the game in the comments.

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The period of warm autumn weather somehow ended abruptly, the forecast promises us cold rainy weather, so it's time to pour a cup of hot Saturday coffee and get acquainted with the most interesting news of the week.

Beru marketplace is fully operational

The Beru marketplace, which was launched by Yandex and Sberbank in the spring, left the testing stage last week. Since spring, more than 1,000 sellers have posted almost 100,000 items in 600 categories. Now the marketplace has children's goods, household appliances and electronics, goods for home and garden, pet products, food, cosmetics, and there is also the opportunity to order the delivery of medicines.

I once again walked through the Beru marketplace and did not see any advantages for myself over other large online platforms where I buy goods and in which I already have a certain rating, bonus points and other goodies of a regular customer. At the start of beta testing, the store had really interesting offers, albeit limited in number, now there are practically none, but, as in any online store, you need to periodically monitor the items of interest for discounts. If you have a successful, or perhaps unsuccessful experience of buying goods on "I take", then tell us about it in the comments.

Qualcomm and MediaTek introduce new mobile processors

An American company has unveiled a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 mid-range mobile platform. New features in Snapdragon 675 include Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Spectra ISP, Qualcomm Kryo-based CPU, and Qualcomm Adreno GPU. This platform also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ fast charging technology, which provides the smartphone with a battery charge from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes. The first devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 are expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year.

Taiwan-based MediaTek has officially unveiled its new Helio P70 mobile processor, which it says features more advanced AI features, upgraded CPUs and GPUs, improved camera and image processing support, as well as improved gaming performance and enhanced connectivity options. The manufacturer claims that the Helio P70 is currently in mass production, and the first devices equipped with it will go on sale next month.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 officially presented

The Chinese company Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new flagship phablet Mi MIX 3, which is made in a slider form factor and supports fifth-generation networks. This device is equipped with a large 6.39-inch Full HD + AMOLED display that fills the entire front panel, while the dual front camera and earpiece are hidden in the second half of the smartphone, which is put forward at the right time thanks to the special case design.

As it turned out, the company itself told about all the most interesting things that were prepared in Mi MIX 3 before the official presentation, without even leaving a single trump card in the end. A strange approach to the presentation of a new product, but apparently Xiaomi has its own vision of how this should be done. Of the interesting things in Mi MIX 3 - of course, the form factor, I really want to try the slider in work, since nothing like this has come to the market for a long time. I will also note support for 5G networks, but this is still a reserve for the future and nothing more.

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Prices and sales start dates have been announced for the native Chinese market only. So, the device will cost from 475 to 720 US dollars, depending on the version, and the smartphone will be on sale starting from November 1. So far, we can only make an assumption about the Russian market, probably, the device will appear with us at the end of December or already in January, and Mi MIX 3 will cost from 35,000 to 55,000 rubles.

We have published an article on our website following the presentation of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, I recommend reading it if you suddenly missed it:

Meizu introduced its Note 8

The Chinese company Meizu has introduced its new smartphone Note 8. The device with a 6'' IPS screen with FHD + resolution and, surprisingly, without a notch, runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory with expandable with memory cards. The novelty has a dual main camera Sony IMX 362, 12 MP + 5 MP with support for portrait shooting, with f 1.9 aperture in both modules. The battery in Note 8 is 3600 mAh. Of the negative points, I note that Meizu again did not put an NFC module in their device, and I was also surprised by the use of a microUSB connector, and not Type-C. There is no official information about prices and the start of sales in Russia yet, I will assume that the device will appear somewhere in December, and the price will be about 18,000 rubles.

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We already have a first look at Meizu Note 8 on our website:

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Operator news

Sergey Potresov pleased us with two materials last week, the first is a detailed analysis of the new tariff from MTS:

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The second one is about the work of operators in the metropolitan metro, Sergey prepared it following the release from Tele2, in which the operator announced the completion of the construction of a 4G network at all stations of the Moscow metro:

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By the way, last week another interesting news arrived about Tele2, the operator provided an opportunity for its subscribers to share traffic. For example, you can transfer 1 GB (or another amount) to one of your family members or friends who are also Tele2 subscribers if they have run out of a traffic package. The only point is that the effect of the transferred traffic volume is limited to one week, after which it burns out or its effect can be extended for 50 rubles for 30 days, but this is not very profitable. In general, the proposal is interesting and in some cases it can be useful.

About Samsung A7 2018

Last week, Eldar Murtazin prepared a review of the A7 2018 smartphone, which is a bit atypical for a Korean company. The model differs in that it is the company's first product with three main camera modules. Let me also remind you that last week the company introduced the A9 model with four main camera lenses, and in addition, with a fingerprint scanner located on the side.

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Mobile Almanac 2018

Let's move on to the rumors about new devices that surfaced online last week.

Huawei has published official photos of the new smartphone Honor Magic 2, the presentation of which is scheduled for October 31st. In general, we not only know what the new Honor will look like, but, thanks to the website of the Ministry of Industry and Informatization of the PRC, we also have information about the inside of the device:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE; 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 2000; GSM, CDMA two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 157.32x75.13x8.3mm
  • Weight: 206 g
  • Platform: Android 9 Pie
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz octa-core
  • Display: 6.39-inch, 2340x1080 pixels
  • Triple main camera: 16 MP + 24 MP + 16 MP, support for 4K video shooting
  • Triple front camera: 16 MP + 20 MP + MP
  • Memory: 6 GB / 8 GB RAM, 128 GB / 256 GB ROM
  • Communications: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, GPS
  • Battery: 3400mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, proximity and light sensors

Samsung made a note on her official Twitter account in which she hinted (both in words and in a short video) that at the Samsung Developer Conference, which will be held from November 7 to 8 of this year, perhaps the same smartphone with a folding screen will be presented.

The crossroads between the present and the future – Samsung Developer Conference is where you’ll meet the knowledge needed to stay on tech’s cutting edge. #SDC18
Learn more: https://t.co/t66edOWIUi pic.twitter.com/bDZHuZVWee

— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) October 18, 2018

A week with Xiaomi Mi 8

Today we will talk about the flagship smartphone of the Chinese company Xiaomi model Mi 8, the best device that you can buy today for 30,000 rubles. Yes, I also did not think that I would ever call the Xiaomi smartphone the best, but in the case of Mi 8 it really is.

In terms of design and materials, Mi 8 does not present us with anything new: metal and glass, a dual main camera module, like the iPhone X, and a screen with a notch. The device looks like many on the market today, and in black it can even get lost among its own kind. In terms of assembly, everything is in order, the parts are fitted closely, nothing creaks or backlash. My sample of the device also passed the drop test, falling out of the open pocket of the backpack onto the asphalt from about a meter high. Apart from small marks on the sidewall, there are no other damages.

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There are no complaints about the performance of the device, and with the update to MIUI 10, the device became simply reactive, and over time the work did not slow down. As for the filling, I’ll just remind you that the Mi 8 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of permanent memory. Unfortunately, the device does not support memory cards, but for most users, 64 GB is more than enough. The battery is small by modern standards, 3400 mAh, but it lasts steadily from dawn to dusk, if necessary, you can quickly recharge it, Mi 8 supports Quick Charge 4+ fast charging, and it comes with a QC 3.0 charger.

The display in Xiaomi Mi 8 with a diagonal of 6.21 inches, as mentioned above, with a notch, is made using AMOLED technology and has a resolution of FHD + (2248 x 1080). I personally didn’t have any complaints about the quality of the screen, but knowing that Xiaomi’s quality is floating, I still recommend checking the screen before buying. Yes, in MIUI 9.5, which was preinstalled on the device, there were difficulties with the “bangs”, the system did not understand it, but in the 10th version it did not come across.

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The main camera in the device is dual 12 + 12 MP, the first with optical stabilization, and the second provides a double optical zoom. I liked how the smartphone shoots, but I suggest you look at examples of pictures and draw conclusions.

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Based on the combination of all factors, I can safely say that Xiaomi Mi 8 is the best smartphone for today for 30,000 rubles. Yes, it does not have moisture protection, there is no wireless charging, there is no support for memory cards, but if this is not critical for you and you have an amount of 30,000 rubles, then Mi 8 will be an excellent choice.

If you want to know more about Xiaomi Mi 8, I recommend that you read the full review of the smartphone:

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Full tank

The section dedicated to cars, which will live in Saturday Coffee for a while, and then, I hope, will develop into a separate column. I recently talked about the Volvo XC60 crossover, but today we will talk about its competitor, the new Audi Q5. The test car was presented in a rich configuration, its price was 4,700,000 rubles, but dealers can find simpler options, prices start at 2.8 million rubles.

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Let's start with the design of the car. To be honest, the Audi Q5 has an ambiguous one, from different angles the car looks different. On the one hand, this is such a good crossover, on the other hand, it already looks like some kind of family minivan, and if you look at it from a slightly different angle, it is generally the spitting image of a Tiguan cousin. In my opinion, the car lacks aggression in design, in any body kit from angles that are unsuccessful for it, it looks like such a good guy, although this is quite strange for an SUV.

Audi Q5 rides great. Yes, 249 hp they do not easily accelerate a two-ton car, but in general, everything is without complaints. The air suspension also works well, you hardly notice large and small irregularities. In the Q5, you can change the settings for the driving mode, the “Comfort” mode is great for daily driving, and on the highway, the “Drive” mode turned out to be the best choice, when the car lowers a little, and the sensitivity of the steering wheel and gas pedal increases. I read a lot at one time about the DSG box, in the case of the Q5 it is a robot with two wet clutches, but during the test I did not find anything to complain about, it works smoothly, without jerks. and you don’t feel the differences from a good classic machine. Yes, after the Volvo XC60, which ate 15 liters per 100 km, the Audi Q5 with the same power gasoline engine turned out to be much less voracious, my average consumption was 9.6 liters, which is a good result for such a car.

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The test car was crammed with electronics to the fullest, here are cameras in a circle with a panoramic view, and a projection on the windshield, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of the features, I note the possibility of installing a SIM card, then many car systems can work without being tied to a smartphone, in addition, you can distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi. And also a nice addition is the presence of wireless charging, moreover, the car will always helpfully inform you about the need to recharge your smartphone as soon as it connects to the on-board system.

Our Q5 had the option of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, a virtual instrument cluster that is a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. I liked it both in implementation and in operation, although many people say that the classic dashboard is better. Of the convenient moments, I note the ability to display a large navigation map. I would not recommend keeping it permanently, as it distracts from the road, but to take a closer look at the route, for example, at a traffic light, it is ideal.

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The head unit in this case was an MMI Navigation Plus with an MMI all-in-touch touch panel. The system is equipped with an 8.3-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels, despite the fact that the display resolution is lower than in modern smartphones, you do not notice this in the car. Here, perhaps, I note that Audi has a kind of head unit control system: you put your right hand on the armrest, then your hand should lie on the gear lever (that's why the lever in Audi is low and of such a shape), and after that the control washer should be under your fingers, with it you can control the device, just like in other cars. Behind the puck is an MMI all-in-touch touchpad that recognizes gestures similar to smartphones and also provides handwriting. At first, it was difficult to get used to the system from Audi, somehow constantly stretched down, where multimedia controls are usually located, but then I got involved, and everything fell into place.

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I would like to note such useful options as Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city, which are responsible for the safety of the driver and passenger. The first analyzes the traffic situation and, in the event of a collision threat, takes preventive measures to protect passengers: pre-tensioning the front seat belts, turning on the hazard warning system .ke/3RuEvKg2f2Nd6oPqgcV1Xjmn ">, closing side windows and sunroof. And the second recognizes cars and pedestrians at speeds up to approximately 85 km / h, in the event of a critical situation on the road, the system warns the driver and, if necessary, performs emergency braking. I experienced the work of Audi pre sense basic on myself. Too bad they didn't tell me about it beforehand. It seems that some very self-confident driver at a traffic light decided to leave the lane and walked within millimeters from my car, but I experienced not very pleasant emotions when, for no apparent reason, as it seemed to me, the belt tightened sharply and the emergency gang turned on .

In general, the Audi Q5 is a comfortable and pleasant car to drive, there were ambiguous impressions of the design, but this is a subjective thing. The unusual landing and control of the multimedia system are alarming at first, but then you realize that they are not bad, but just different.

On automotive topics, last week we published an article about the Nissan Juke by Vladimir Nimin, I recommend reading it:

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. and dessert

Probably the most anticipated game of recent times, Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Studios, went on sale yesterday, a third-person adventure western with an open world. The game was released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Battles have already flared up on the network over Red Dead Redemption 2, it turned out that the detail of the game for Xbox One is higher than on PlayStation 4, the owners of the latter, of course, are indignant, and Xbox users scoff at them. If you have already played Red Dead Redemption 2, share your impressions of the game in the comments.

Saturday coffee №25

The period of warm autumn weather somehow ended abruptly, the forecast promises us cold rainy weather, so it's time to pour a cup of hot Saturday coffee and get acquainted with the most interesting news of the week.

Beru marketplace is fully operational

The Beru marketplace, which was launched by Yandex and Sberbank in the spring, left the testing stage last week. Since spring, more than 1,000 sellers have posted almost 100,000 items in 600 categories. Now the marketplace has children's goods, household appliances and electronics, goods for home and garden, pet products, food, cosmetics, and there is also the opportunity to order the delivery of medicines.

I once again walked through the Beru marketplace and did not see any advantages for myself over other large online platforms where I buy goods and in which I already have a certain rating, bonus points and other goodies of a regular customer. At the start of beta testing, the store had really interesting offers, albeit limited in number, now there are practically none, but, as in any online store, you need to periodically monitor the items of interest for discounts. If you have a successful, or perhaps unsuccessful experience of buying goods on "I take", then tell us about it in the comments.

If you plan to buy equipment in the near future, then I recommend that you familiarize yourself with our material “Promotions and Discounts Guide No. 83” before that, suddenly you will find something interesting for yourself:

Samsung vs. Sobchak

Last week, the news spread on the network that Ksenia Sobchak received a lawsuit from Samsung Electronics in the amount of 108 million rubles for appearing on television with an iPhone X, and not with a Samsung smartphone, since she is the official face of Samsung. The press service of Samsung and Ksenia Sobchak denied this information.

Of course, the situation is interesting and for me not entirely clear in this case. If Ksenia Sobchak has a contract with Samsung, then why use the products of another company? Yes, maybe iOS is more convenient for her than Android, but then it was necessary to think about it in advance before concluding an agreement, because no one forced her to get involved in this story by force. I understand when Dima Bilan becomes a Neffos brand ambassador from TP-Link, but he does not use these products on an ongoing basis, since these are mid-range devices and they are not able to compete with flagship products. But not to use the flagship Samsung smartphone, but, at the risk of using an Apple smartphone, knowing that you have a contract, is incomprehensible to me. In order not to be attacked by fans of the apple company, I will say that I use both the iPhone and the flagship products on Android and at the same time I do not feel infringed in some way when I walk, for example, with the Sony Xperia XZ3 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Since we are talking about flagships on Android, last week we published materials about Huawei Mate 20 Pro. These are the first impressions of the apparatus in Spillikins No. 508…

… and the article "Ten reasons to buy Huawei Mate 20 Pro":

Roskomnadzor threatens to fine Google

According to the press service of Roskomnadzor, Google has not complied with the requirements of the federal law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection" in force in the Russian Federation, according to which search engine operators are required to exclude Internet sites blocked in Russia from search results. resources. The search engine did not connect to the federal state information system containing a list of prohibited Internet resources (FSIS), although it was notified by Roskomnadzor about this in advance. Now the service is threatening to go to court, which can fine the search engine in the amount of 500 to 700 thousand rubles. Knowing how laws related to new technologies are adopted in Russia, we can assume that Google simply technically cannot meet the requirement on time, so for now we will monitor the development of the situation and wait for comments from the search engine press service.

Qualcomm and MediaTek introduce new mobile processors

An American company has unveiled a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 mid-range mobile platform. New features in Snapdragon 675 include Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Spectra ISP, Qualcomm Kryo-based CPU, and Qualcomm Adreno GPU. This platform also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ fast charging technology, which provides the smartphone with a battery charge from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes. The first devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 are expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year.

Taiwan-based MediaTek has officially unveiled its new Helio P70 mobile processor, which it says features more advanced AI features, upgraded CPUs and GPUs, improved camera and image processing support, as well as enhanced gaming performance and enhanced connectivity options. The manufacturer claims that the Helio P70 is currently in mass production, and the first devices equipped with it will go on sale next month.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 officially presented

The Chinese company Xiaomi has officially unveiled its new flagship phablet Mi MIX 3, which is made in a slider form factor and supports fifth-generation networks. This device is equipped with a large 6.39-inch Full HD + AMOLED display that fills the entire front panel, while the dual front camera and earpiece are hidden in the second half of the smartphone, which is put forward at the right time thanks to the special case design.

As it turned out, the company itself told about all the most interesting things that were prepared in Mi MIX 3 before the official presentation, without even leaving a single trump card in the end. A strange approach to the presentation of a new product, but apparently Xiaomi has its own vision of how this should be done. Of the interesting things in Mi MIX 3 - of course, the form factor, I really want to try the slider in work, since nothing like this has come to the market for a long time. I will also note support for 5G networks, but this is still a reserve for the future and nothing more.

Prices and sales start dates have been announced for the native Chinese market only. So, the device will cost from 475 to 720 US dollars, depending on the version, and the smartphone will be on sale starting from November 1. So far, we can only make an assumption about the Russian market, probably, the device will appear with us at the end of December or already in January, and Mi MIX 3 will cost from 35,000 to 55,000 rubles.

We have published an article on our website following the presentation of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, I recommend reading it if you suddenly missed it:

Meizu introduced its Note 8

The Chinese company Meizu has introduced its new smartphone Note 8. The device with a 6'' IPS screen with FHD + resolution and, surprisingly, without a notch, runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory with expandable with memory cards. The novelty has a dual main camera Sony IMX 362, 12 MP + 5 MP with support for portrait shooting, with f 1.9 aperture in both modules. The battery in Note 8 is 3600 mAh. Of the negative points, I note that Meizu again did not put an NFC module in their device, and I was also surprised by the use of a microUSB connector, and not Type-C. There is no official information about prices and the start of sales in Russia yet, I will assume that the device will appear somewhere in December, and the price will be about 18,000 rubles.

We already have a first look at Meizu Note 8 on our website:

Operator news

Sergey Potresov pleased us with two materials last week, the first is a detailed analysis of the new tariff from MTS:

The second one is about the work of operators in the metropolitan metro, Sergey prepared it following the release from Tele2, in which the operator announced the completion of the construction of a 4G network at all stations of the Moscow metro:

By the way, last week another interesting news arrived about Tele2, the operator provided an opportunity for its subscribers to share traffic. For example, you can transfer 1 GB (or another amount) to one of your family members or friends who are also Tele2 subscribers if they have run out of a traffic package. The only point is that the effect of the transferred traffic volume is limited to one week, after which it burns out or its effect can be extended for 50 rubles for 30 days, but this is not very profitable. In general, the proposal is interesting and in some cases it can be useful.

About Samsung A7 2018

Last week, Eldar Murtazin prepared a review of the A7 2018 smartphone, which is a bit atypical for a Korean company. The model differs in that it is the company's first product with three main camera modules. Let me also remind you that last week the company introduced the A9 model with four main camera lenses, and in addition, with a fingerprint scanner located on the side.

Mobile Almanac 2018

Let's move on to the rumors about new devices that surfaced online last week.

Huawei has published official photos of the new smartphone Honor Magic 2, the presentation of which is scheduled for October 31st. In general, we not only know what the new Honor will look like, but, thanks to the website of the Ministry of Industry and Informatization of the PRC, we also have information about the inside of the device:

  • Support for communication standards: 4G/LTE; 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 2000; GSM, CDMA two slots for SIM cards
  • Dimensions: 157.32x75.13x8.3mm
  • Weight: 206 g
  • Platform: Android 9 Pie
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz octa-core
  • Display: 6.39-inch, 2340x1080 pixels
  • Triple main camera: 16 MP + 24 MP + 16 MP, support for 4K video shooting
  • Triple front camera: 16 MP + 20 MP + MP
  • Memory: 6 GB / 8 GB RAM, 128 GB / 256 GB ROM
  • Communications: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, GPS
  • Battery: 3400mAh
  • Other: In-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, proximity and light sensors

Samsung made a note on its official Twitter account in which it hints (both in words and in a short video) that the Samsung Developer Conference, which will be held from November 7 to 8 this year, may the most folding screen smartphone.

The crossroads between the present and the future – Samsung Developer Conference is where you’ll meet the knowledge needed to stay on tech’s cutting edge. #SDC18Learn more: https://t.co/t66edOWIUi pic.twitter.com/bDZHuZVWee

— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) October 18, 2018

A week with Xiaomi Mi 8

Today we will talk about the flagship smartphone of the Chinese company Xiaomi model Mi 8, the best device that you can buy today for 30,000 rubles. Yes, I also did not think that I would ever call the Xiaomi smartphone the best, but in the case of Mi 8 it really is.

In terms of design and materials, Mi 8 does not present us with anything new: metal and glass, a dual main camera module, like the iPhone X, and a screen with a notch. The device looks like many on the market today, and in black it can even get lost among its own kind. In terms of assembly, everything is in order, the parts are fitted closely, nothing creaks or backlash. My sample of the device also passed the drop test, falling out of an open pocket of a backpack onto the asphalt from about a meter high. Apart from small marks on the sidewall, there are no other damages.

The main camera in the device is dual 12 + 12 MP, the first with optical stabilization, and the second provides a double optical zoom. I liked how the smartphone shoots, but I suggest you look at examples of pictures and draw conclusions.

Based on the combination of all factors, I can safely say that Xiaomi Mi 8 is the best smartphone for today for 30,000 rubles. Yes, it does not have moisture protection, there is no wireless charging, there is no support for memory cards, but if this is not critical for you and you have an amount of 30,000 rubles, then Mi 8 will be an excellent choice.

If you want to know more about Xiaomi Mi 8, I recommend that you read the full review of the smartphone:

Full tank

The section dedicated to cars, which will live in Saturday Coffee for a while, and then, I hope, will develop into a separate column. I recently talked about the Volvo XC60 crossover, but today we will talk about its competitor, the new Audi Q5. The test car was presented in a rich configuration, its price was 4,700,000 rubles, but dealers can find simpler options, prices start at 2.8 million rubles.

Let's start with the design of the car. To be honest, the Audi Q5 has an ambiguous one, from different angles the car looks different. On the one hand, this is such a good crossover, on the other hand, it already looks like some kind of family minivan, and if you look at it from a slightly different angle, it is generally the spitting image of a Tiguan cousin. In my opinion, the car lacks aggression in design, in any body kit from angles that are unsuccessful for it, it looks like such a good guy, although this is quite strange for an SUV.

But I liked the interior, there is no clearly defined division into driver and passenger zones, the space is large and free, visually inside the car looks larger than it actually is. The landing was disappointing at first, for two days I played with the steering wheel seat settings, in the end I chose a direct “bus” landing, which at first somehow embarrassed me, but at the end of the test I even liked it. By the way, an interesting point is that in a car for 4.7 million, the knee pad is adjusted manually, on the same Volvo XC60 it was adjusted automatically. If we are talking about the oddities of a car for this price, then I will also note the cheap plastic control buttons on the steering wheel. It is clear that the unification and cheaper production of the VW concern are affecting, but still I would like in such a car that the buttons on the steering wheel correspond to the status and price.

Audi Q5 rides great. Yes, 249 hp they do not easily accelerate a two-ton car, but in general, everything is without complaints. The air suspension also works well, you hardly notice large and small irregularities. In the Q5, you can change the settings for the driving mode, the “Comfort” mode is great for daily driving, and on the highway, the “Drive” mode turned out to be the best choice, when the car lowers a little, and the sensitivity of the steering wheel and gas pedal increases. I read a lot at one time about the DSG box, in the case of the Q5 it is a robot with two wet clutches, but during the test I did not find anything to complain about, it works smoothly, without jerks. and you don’t feel the differences from a good classic machine. Yes, after the Volvo XC60, which ate 15 liters per 100 km, the Audi Q5 with the same power gasoline engine turned out to be much less voracious, my average consumption was 9.6 liters, which is a good result for such a car.

The test car was crammed with electronics to the fullest, here are cameras in a circle with a panoramic view, and a projection on the windshield, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of the features, I note the possibility of installing a SIM card, then many car systems can work without being tied to a smartphone, in addition, you can distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi. And also a nice addition is the presence of wireless charging, moreover, the car will always helpfully inform you about the need to recharge your smartphone as soon as it connects to the on-board system.

Our Q5 had the option of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, a virtual instrument cluster that is a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. I liked it both in implementation and in operation, although many people say that the classic dashboard is better. Of the convenient moments, I note the ability to display a large navigation map. I would not recommend keeping it constantly, as it distracts from the road, but to take a closer look at the route, for example, at a traffic light, it is ideal.

The head unit in this case was an MMI Navigation Plus with an MMI all-in-touch touch panel. The system is equipped with an 8.3-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels, despite the fact that the display resolution is lower than in modern smartphones, you do not notice this in the car. Here, perhaps, I note that Audi has a kind of head unit control system: you put your right hand on the armrest, then your hand should lie on the gear lever (that's why the lever in Audi is low and of such a shape), and after that the control washer should be under your fingers, with it you can control the device, just like in other cars. Behind the puck is an MMI all-in-touch touchpad that recognizes gestures similar to smartphones and also provides handwriting. At first, it was difficult to get used to the system from Audi, somehow constantly stretched down, where multimedia controls are usually located, but then I got involved, and everything fell into place.

I would like to note such useful options as Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city, which are responsible for the safety of the driver and passenger. The first analyzes the traffic situation and, in the event of a collision threat, takes preventive measures to protect passengers: pre-tensioning the front seat belts, turning on the hazard warning light system, closing the side windows and sunroof. And the second recognizes cars and pedestrians at speeds up to approximately 85 km / h, in the event of a critical situation on the road, the system warns the driver and, if necessary, performs emergency braking. I experienced the work of Audi pre sense basic on myself. Too bad they didn't tell me about it beforehand. It seems that some very self-confident driver at a traffic light decided to leave the lane and walked within millimeters from my car, but I experienced not very pleasant emotions when, for no apparent reason, as it seemed to me, the belt tightened sharply and the emergency gang turned on .

I would also like to note such useful options as Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city, which are responsible for the safety of the driver and passenger. The first analyzes the traffic situation and, in the event of a collision threat, takes preventive measures to protect passengers: pre-tensioning the front seat belts, turning on the hazard warning system , closing the side windows and sunroof. And the second recognizes cars and pedestrians at speeds up to approximately 85 km / h, in the event of a critical situation on the road, the system warns the driver and, if necessary, performs emergency braking. I experienced the work of Audi pre sense basic on myself. Too bad they didn't tell me about it beforehand. It seems that some very self-confident driver at a traffic light decided to leave the lane and walked within millimeters from my car, but I experienced not very pleasant emotions when, for no apparent reason, as it seemed to me, the belt tightened sharply and the emergency gang turned on .

In general, the Audi Q5 is a comfortable and pleasant car to drive, there were ambiguous impressions of the design, but this is a subjective thing. The unusual landing and control of the multimedia system are alarming at first, but then you realize that they are not bad, but just different.

On automotive topics, last week we published an article about the Nissan Juke by Vladimir Nimin, I recommend reading it: