Xiaomi’s Mi 4 is finally here. Offering its trademark combination of high-performance hardware with exceptionally low retail prices, the Mi 4 looks set to be yet another winning product from the Chinese company. After the launch event, Xiaomi invited members of the media to the experience zone, where we could see, touch and feel the Mi 4 for ourselves.
Read more for our first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi 4.
The main event of The International Dota 2 Championship 2014 ended with Chinese team NewBee securing a 3 – 1 win over compatriots ViCi Gaming. NewBee’s aggressive strategy during the main event paid off greatly as they managed to dismantle the opposition with less effort after each round; a feat that cumulated in a 15 minute romp to victory.
The International Dota 2 Championship 2014 concludes tonight with two Chinese teams vying for the US$5 million grand prize. Both ViCi and NewBee have already clashed during the first round of the main event in the winners bracket, with the outcome favouring the dream team line up that is NewBee. ViCi managed to stage an impressive comeback from the loss and carve a path the grand finals through the lower bracket.
Valve’s The International Dota 2 Championship, often abbreviated to TI4, is continuing to drive eSports to the same recognition as other sporting events. The company has now announced that the main event for TI4 will be streamed live on ESPN, with a special preview show scheduled to be broadcast before the finals.
Xiaomi should be announcing its next flagship smartphone, called the Xiaomi Mi 4, on 22 July 2014, but it looks like some online retailer, www.xiaomiworld.com, has already listed out the device as “coming soon”. The listing shows not only the price of the device, which is a whopping USD$599.99, it also unveils the design and full specifications of the smartphone.
Chinese team NewBee were on fire during the final phase three qualifying matches. The team stomped to the top of the winners bracket of the main event with convincing wins over Titan eSport, Na’ Vi, and 2012 champions Invictus Gaming (iG). Despite losing some ground during the early stages of the phase two qualifiers, NewBee have finally settled and are now living up to their ‘dream team’ moniker.
Phase two of the playoff round concluded over the weekend with mixed fortunes for the Malaysian representatives. There were few surprises as to which teams qualified for the phase three playoff. ViCi and Evil Geniuses ended the weekend with 12 and 11 wins respectively, allowing them to top the table and immediately qualify for the main event that begins on 18 July. Arrow Gaming failed to lift themselves off the bottom of the pack, going as far as failing to beat any team since last Thursday.
The third day of TI4 has ended with Arrow Gaming still firmly at the bottom of the table, while Team Liquid’s early charge to the top ran into some trouble. Each team has played at least eight games at this point, and the fatigue should beginning to set in to affect the capabilities of the players. The First day leaders Cloud9 lost three matches in a row to drop out of the top two, surrendering the lead to ViCi Gaming.
Earlier this year, AMD has revealed its own take on dynamic refresh rate for displays through a project that the company called FreeSync. In general, its main objective is similar to NVIDIA G-Sync which is to solve screen tearing and stuttering but instead of using propriety technology, AMD choose to utilize a VESA open standard called Adaptive-Sync.
We managed to catch it in action at AMD booth during our recent adventure at Computex 2014 in Taiwan last month and while FreeSync is still not yet in its final form, all we can say is that seeing is believing. Expect to hear more from AMD regarding Project FreeSync within the next few months as the company is gearing up to bring the technology to the market.
Look at what Bin Lin, the co-founder of Xiaomi just shared on his Facebook page: a teaser to the company’s annual product launch event happening on 22 July 2014. The teaser consists of an image with a big number 4 on it, and accompanying text that says “July 22nd, Xiaomi’s annual product launch event. We will tell the story about “The journey of a piece of steel metal”. Any thoughts?”.