Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro review: Bloatware and a hefty price tag make it hard to love this phone

Xiaomi’s Mi 10 Pro has an inconspicuous front-facing 20-megapixel camera on the left side of the screen.


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The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G costs roughly $1,100 when converted from its price in Europe (999 euros, which is about £890 or AU$1,660). It’s stuffed with pretty much everything you’d expect from a premium 5G phone, including a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 90Hz refresh-rate display, a 4,500-mAh battery and even a 108-megapixel rear camera.

Like

  • Fast-charging
  • Fast performance
  • Smooth 90Hz display

Don’t Like

  • Not available in the US for now
  • Too much bloatware and ads
  • Not rated for water-resistance

For the most part, those specs allow the Mi 10 Pro to deliver the goods. But it has its shortcomings. The most obvious one is that the Mi 10 series lacks an IP rating for water resistance. The phone does have some degree of water resistance, but an IP rating would have given me more peace of mind. The other drawback is the phone comes with a dizzying array of preloaded apps and annoying advertisements. It just feels cluttered compared to, say, a Google Pixel or even a Samsung Galaxy phone. Depending on what carrier you get the phone through or

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SpaceX’s first astronaut flight: All you need to know about the Demo-2 mission

This artist’s impression shows Crew Dragon docking to the ISS.


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In July 2011, NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from Florida to the International Space Station with four astronauts on board. That was the last time humans traveled to space from US soil. The long drought should soon be over as SpaceX prepares to send two NASA astronauts to the ISS inside a purpose-built Crew Dragon capsule on May 27. 

The mission, known as Demo-2, was originally planned to launch in 2019, but has had its fair share of setbacks. With safety checks on the capsule complete, however, NASA and SpaceX are finally ready to fly. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the historic launch and when and where you can tune in.

Demo-2: The basics

Demo-2 is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves two commercial spaceflight companies, SpaceX and Boeing, building and launching crew capsules designed to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS. 

SpaceX has a history of cargo and payload launches, but this will be the company’s first time sending humans off this rock. 


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Anker Soundcore Motion Plus review: This bulked-up $100 Bluetooth speaker sounds excellent

Anker’s Soundcore Motion Plus came out in 2019 and managed to slip beneath my radar, which is a shame because it’s arguably one of the best-sounding speakers under $100 (£90, $AU175), if not the best. A little larger than many mini Bluetooth speakers, it’s still compact and manages to sound quite a bit fuller than much of the competition under $100, with bigger bass, more volume and better clarity. It’s also fully waterproof (IPX7 rated) and has support for the aptX streaming codec for devices like Samsung’s Galaxy phones that support it.

Like

  • Great overall sound for the price.
  • More volume, bigger bass and better clarity.
  • Fully waterproof.
  • Up 12 hours of battery life.
  • USB-C charging.

Don’t Like

  • Not as compact as the top mini Bluetooth speakers.
  • Some colors inexplicably cost more.

Weighing 2.31 pounds (1.05 kg), the speaker is equipped with a 6,700-mAh lithium-ion battery (Anker is known for its portable chargers and battery technology) that gives you up to 12 hours of playback time at moderate volume levels. You can also tweak the speaker’s sound using a companion app for iOS and Android, as well as wirelessly link two Motion Plus speakers to create a stereo

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