The time has come to stay well informed about everything that has happened most important 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 up to date with everything in one place place.
In this edition, we will highlight the implantation of a Neuralink chip in a human’s brain and also the launch of the Redmi Note 13 line in Brazil.
Other important topics include the launch of new smartphones from Motorola and realme, in addition to Samsung confirming that the Artificial Intelligence features of the Galaxy S24 line should reach high-end smartphones in 2023.
AliExpress, Shein and more: government sees drop in imports of up to US$50 and analyzes taxation
The Remessa Controle program has changed Brazilians’ international shopping habits and the government identified a drop in imports after charging ICMS on small-value shipments.
Therefore, technicians from the Ministry of Finance recommend “caution” in federal taxation of purchases below US$50, something much desired by Brazilian retailers. The preliminary diagnosis indicates a consistent drop in both the volume and revenue of imported products.
Furthermore, technicians also point out that Remessa Segundo has made consumers start buying these same low-cost products on the national market.
Therefore, a tax on purchases of up to US$50 could interfere with the regularization of foreign platforms, as they are seeing their sales fall.
Realme 12 Pro and 12 Pro Plus are announced with Snapdragon platforms and periscope sensor
At an event held in India, realme presented its two new bets on the mid-range smartphone market to the world. We are talking about the realme 12 Pro and 12 Pro Plus.
Starting with the realme 12 Pro, it has an eye-catching design with a large circle on the camera module and a vegan leather finish. The same can be seen on the realme 12 Pro Plus.
The screen of both is a 6.7-inch curved OLED with a rate of 120 Hz and Full HD Plus resolution. They also share a 5,000 mAh battery with 67 Watt charging, in addition to Android 14.
What changes is the chipset, which in the case of the realme 12 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, and it also has a 50 MP main camera with its 32 MP telephoto sensor.
The price in India starts at around R$1,530. The realme 12 Pro Plus features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 platform and the periscope lens with a 64 MP sensor.
In fact, pre-sales of the realme 12 Pro Plus started in Brazil and its price is R$2,999 for the version with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage.
Moto G24 Power is announced with a 90 Hz screen and 6,000 mAh battery
The Motorola Moto G24 Power was also launched this week abroad. The device features a simplified design to cut costs and has a 6.56-inch IPS LCD screen with HD Plus resolution and a rate of 90 Hz.
The chipset is the MediaTek Helio G85, there is a 50 MP main camera and a 6,000 mAh battery with a 30W charge, in addition to native Android 14.
Its price in India is around R$540. The version with 8 GB of RAM costs a little more. In other words, R$600. For now, there is no forecast for sales in Brazil.
Samsung confirms that AI features should arrive for Galaxy S23 and 2023 cell phones
This week, Samsung confirmed that some Artificial Intelligence features from the Galaxy S24 line should be released for older smartphones through an update, but only those launched in 2023 will be honored.
In other words, we are talking about the Galaxy S23 line, the Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, Tab S9 line and Galaxy S23 FE. Commenting on the matter, Patrick Chomet, head of customer experience at Samsung, said that the company is running tests to see how these smartphones handle AI tasks.
This is because Korean does not only take into account processing power, but also the experience as a whole, which needs to be fluid.
Interestingly, the Galaxy S22 line uses the same chipset as the Galaxy S23 FE, but only the 2023 device will be updated with Artificial Intelligence-based features at this point.
The executive says that there is a chance, yes, that this update will arrive on older models, but this will largely depend on initial tests and user behavior. In other words, nothing guaranteed yet.
Neuralink: first implant in a human’s brain has been installed, says Elon Musk
Billionaire Elon Musk has confirmed that Neuralink has successfully implanted a chip into the brain of a human volunteer. The patient is already recovering well and the implant is demonstrating promising detection of neural spikes to control devices such as a cell phone or computer with just thought.
It is worth remembering that Musk’s company received authorization from the FDA to carry out tests on humans after carrying out a first stage with animals.
Halfway through, we also had some controversies, such as investigations into animal abuse and irregular transportation of chemical materials, but now it seems that everything will work out.
Xiaomi 15 has Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, satellite connection and more details revealed
According to information shared by Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi 15 should come out of the box with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chipset, a 1.5K resolution OLED screen at a rate of 120 Hz, an updated periscope sensor and a battery in the range of 5,000 mAh with charging up to 120W.
In addition, the devices must feature bidirectional satellite connection as a novelty.
The operating system will be Android 15 running underneath HyperOS 2.0, and the launch of the Xiaomi 15 line can be brought forward to October in China.
This could also result in the devices reaching the global market as early as December this year. For now, the Chinese woman is not commenting on the matter.
Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 13 line in Brazil with three models
In an event held especially for Latin America, Xiaomi presented the new members of the Redmi Note 13 line to the local public. The devices should be sold in Brazil through the Chinese company’s official store and also at kiosks in shopping malls.
All models feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, which has a rate of up to 120 Hz, as well as batteries with a capacity of 5,000 mAh and support for 33W or 67W charging.
The Redmi Note 13 4G chipset is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 685, the Note 13 5G uses the MediaTek Dimensity 6080 and the Note 13 Pro uses the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2.
The Note 13 5G and 4G share the 108 MP main camera, but the Note 13 Pro has a 200 MP sensor. Furthermore, they come out of the box with Android 13 running under MIUI 14.
Regarding updates, Xiaomi Brasil confirmed to TudoCelular that all devices must receive four versions of Android and an extra year of security updates.
In terms of prices, the Redmi Note 13 4G starts at R$1,999, the Note 13 5G costs R$2,499 and the Note 13 Pro will be sold for R$3,299.
(updated on January 31, 2024, at 11:12 pm)