The rubric “Made in China” contains weekly news from the Middle Kingdom, not included in the main stream of 4PDA: announcements, rumors and simply interesting events from the life of the main supplier of electronic goods in the world. From this release you will learn about the interesting updates Xiaomi; unusual bans in the gaming industry and the mysterious explosion of a Tesla electric car.
Xiaomi has released an electric moped and 5G version of Mix 3
This week, Xiaomi officially announced at the conference of the local telecom operator China Unicom about the start of sales of Mi Mix 3 5G, presented in February at the MWC 2019 . As the name implies, the main feature of the smartphone has become the support of fifth-generation networks.
Mi Mix 3 5G is different from the usual Mi Mix 3 Snapdragon 855 processor with a Snapdragon X50 modem that supports fifth-generation networks. According to Xiaomi, the novelty is already working with China Unicom's 5G network, and the download speed can reach 2 Gbps. In addition to the fresh chipset, the 5G version has an increased battery capacity – from 3200 to 3800 mAh.
The new Mi Mix 3 5G will be available in Europe for May at a price of € 599.
Also this week, the Mi Himo Electric Bicycle T1 electric bike was introduced. Outwardly, it looks like a moped, but it also has traditional bicycle pedals. According to Xiaomi, a special patented design is used in the novelty.
The bike is equipped with a 350 W brushless motor capable of accelerating it to a maximum speed of 25 km / h. Inside is a battery of 13 lithium-ion modules with a total capacity of 14,000 mAh, providing a power reserve of 120 km. Also in the Mi Himo Electric Bicycle T1 there are hydraulic disc brakes on the front wheel, a low and high beam switch system and a large screen on the steering wheel, where speed, battery charge and other useful information are displayed.
Now Mi Himo Electric Bicycle T1 is available on Xiaomi crowdfunding platform for only $ 447. In case of a successful fundraising, it will go on sale on June 4
In China, banned the game about poker and blood
After a break of almost a year in China, they started licensing new games, but at the same time, publishers and developers had another headache. The PRC State Department for Press and Publishing, which has recently been involved in video games, has adopted a number of new requirements.
The agency decided to limit the number of games coming out in the year. In addition, some genres were banned altogether. In particular, licenses will not be issued for mahjong and poker. Authorities fear that such projects contribute to the prosperity of illegal gambling. Among developers, such titles are very popular, as they are inexpensive in production and generate huge income. According to available information, 37% of the 8561 games approved in 2017 are poker and mahjong.
New restrictions are mainly aimed at small developers, focused on earnings through gambling. At the same time, there is nothing to fear from large and well-known publishers and studios.
“This will not affect us much because we entered the market earlier and accumulated a large collection of licenses,” said the manager of one of the largest Chinese publishers of online poker and mahjong games.
In addition, China will stop licensing games that mention the country's imperial past, as well as titles that show corpses and blood. Previously, the developers changed the color of the latter to green in order to circumvent the restrictions, but now it is prohibited in any form. However, Chinese developers quickly find ways to solve such problems.
Tesla electric car exploded in Shanghai
On the evening of April 21, a strange incident occurred at one of the park grounds in Shanghai – a parked Tesla Model S caught fire and exploded, damaging nearby cars. The incident was filmed on a surveillance camera, the video from which instantly scattered on the social network Weibo. Fortunately, there was no one in the cabin of the electric vehicle and the nearest cars, so there were no casualties.
“We immediately sent specialists to the scene of the incident. At the moment, we only know that no one was hurt, ”said representatives of Tesla.
Now the company is busy investigating what happened to find out the cause of the fire. Prior to this, only 14 cases of Tesla electric car fires were recorded, most of which occurred after accidents. In this case, the manufacturer noted that the risk of ignition of electric cars is about 10 times less than that of cars with internal combustion engines.
If it turns out that the explosion was due to a marriage or for another reason from Tesla, then it could hit sales in China, where the company's products are very popular. However, analyst Alan Kang from LMC Automotive is confident that if it was an accident and no serious malfunctions were found, then the corporation’s reputation would not suffer.