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Yesterday, we were treated to the Xiaomi Redmi 3, a mid-range smartphone that some pretty stellar specs with a $107 price tag attached. Today, we’re getting a first look at Xiaomi’s latest flagship which costs 6 times at much as the Redmi 3 — but do the specs warrant the significant jump in price? Well, you be the judge. The Mi 5, which is set to be unveiled on January 20th, has been leaked by retailer GearBest. The specs aim to impress, as you’ll find a Qualcomm’s latest powerhouse SoC under the hood: the Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) with 4GB of RAM. Display duties are said to be handled by a 5.2-inch... Read more...
While companies like Apple are actually reducing the battery capacity across the board for its flagship smartphones (and in the process, maintaining the status quo with respects to battery life), we’re happy to see that other manufactures are willing to give customers more when it comes to runtimes. One such company is Chinese smartphone OEM Xiaomi, which recently took the wraps of its Redmi 3. The most impressive feature about the Redmi 3 is that it seems to be mostly battery — inside, you’ll find a massive 4100mAh lithium-ion power source with quick charging support. For comparison, the previous... Read more...
HTC has found itself under attack from all sides in the smartphone sector, and it really shows. The company has taken fire from Samsung and Apple at the high-end and is under immense pressure at the low-end from Chinese competitors Xiaomi and Huawei. The company's earnings have plummeted and some analyst suggest that the brand has no value.  HTC is now looking to fight Xiaomi and Huawei on their home turf with a fresh smartphone entry: the One X9. While the One X9 isn’t likely to get the blood pumping of an American audience, HTC is hoping that the device, which will retail for 2,399 yuan... Read more...
Xiaomi may have forfeited the top spot to Huawei as China's largest smartphone player, but that doesn't mean the company is throwing in the towel and conceding defeat. Just the opposite, Xiaomi has come out swinging with the Redmi Note 3, a premium-looking handset with some high-end features and a budget price tag.The Redmi Note 3 follows the modern design philosophy of top-tier competitors like Samsung and Apple with a metallic and glass construction that's thin (8.65mm) and light (164g). It also boasts a sizable 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display, which is the same size and resolution as the iPhone... Read more...
Xiaomi's original fitness band was easy on the wallet but short on features. Most noticeably, it lacked a hear rate sensor, an amenity that's become pretty standard in the wearables category. Xiaomi addressed that shortcoming with its newly announced Mi Band Pulse while adding other features and keeping the price tag low."We heard you!," Xiaomi said when announcing the Mi Band Pulse's ability to keep track of your heart rate. The oft-requested features comes courtesy of an optical sensor that sits smack dab at the bottom of the device where it meets your hand head-on. Xiaomi says the heart rate... Read more...
For the first time ever, Huawei is China's largest smartphone player, having surged to the top spot to replace Xiaomi in the third quarter of 2015, according to data presented by market research firm Canalys. Huawei's ascension to the top was fueled by a staggering 81 percent year-on-year shipment growth. Meanwhile, Xiaomi saw its phone shipments slide 8 percent in the third quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which read the full report by Canalys (it hasn't yet been published). That caused Xiaomi to slip into second place in China's smartphone market, though Canalys hasn't disclosed... Read more...
Xiaomi is a major force in the Chinese smartphone market and, in time, the company envisions being a dominant player in the U.S. Should Xiaomi attempt to do that, it could prove a major headache for Samsung and Apple, especially if it brings with it devices like its new Mi 4c, a flagship mobile phone without the top end price tag.There are two models of the Mi 4c, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that will sell for 1,299 Chinese yuan (around $200 in U.S. currency) and another with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for 1,499 Chinese yuan (~$235). Those are retail prices, not subsidized... Read more...
Does Xiaomi's Mi 4 handset bear a resemblance to Apple's iPhone 5? You betcha, and Xiaomi boss Hugo Barra isn't ashamed to admit as much. However, he's not willing to concede that Xiaomi is stealing Apple's designs, as famed design chief (for Apple) Jony Ive once alleged when stating the similarities between products isn't "flattery," but "theft." Chinese startup Xiaomi has risen in the ranks as a maker of premium Android smartphones that sell for less than what Samsung charges. And like Samsung, Apple takes issue with Xiaomi's designs. Samsung was once sued for copying the look and feel of Apple's... Read more...
The mobile sector is a funny business. One minute you're red hot, the next you're ice cold. We've seen it happen to HTC, a pioneer in the Android space that's now struggling to compete with Samsung and Apple, and speaking of which, we've seen Samsung have its ups and downs, too. Same goes for Xiaomi, only it's recent troubles are pretty minor in comparison.Xiaomi, the top smartphone player in China, reported semi-annual sales that for the first time ended up being lower than the previous six-month period. As such, the company's full-year forecast might not be met, which would be the least of Xiaomi's... Read more...
It still remains to be seen whether there's a lasting, lucrative market for smartwatches, though when it comes to devices like fitness trackers, there are plenty of buyers. This is evidenced by Fitbit taking the lead in a wearables segment that's just seen its eight consecutive quarter of steady growth around the globe, according to data compiled by International Data Corporation. Fitbit maintained its momentum from the fourth quarter of 2014 right on into the first quarter of 2015, the latter of which was boosted by the release of three new devices -- Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge. There also... Read more...
In mid-March, we first brought you news that Microsoft and Xiaomi were looking to get Mi 4 smartphone owners the opportunity to leave Android behind and test out the Windows 10 operating system for smartphones (now known as Windows 10 Mobile). “This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China,” said Microsoft at the time. “Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.” It looks a though Microsoft... Read more...
Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has a penchant for putting out great looking smartphones, and that talent is once again on display with the Mi 4i, a sleek looking device with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080; 440 pixels per inch) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display that boats 95 percent coverage of the NTSC color space. Launched today in New Dehli, the Mi 4i is a mid-range handset that costs 12,999 Indian Rupees, or around $205 in U.S. currency. It sports a pretty decent spec sheet for the price -- second generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core 64-bit processor clocked at 1.7GHz with Adreno 405... Read more...
This has truly been a great week for those that are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Windows 10. We’ve learned about efforts to more efficiently store data through the use of file compression and new ways to unlock your devices using biometric hardware. Today, we’re learning that a tiny slither of the Android community will get a chance to test our Windows 10 on their smartphones. Microsoft announced today that a “select group” of Xiaomi Mi 4 “power users” will given the opportunity to help test Windows 10. What makes this intriguing is that the Windows 10 will apparently overwrite the existing... Read more...
Apple was late to the phablet game with the launch of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014. Samsung arguably created the phablet category three years prior, when it introduced the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. But despite its late arrival to the party, manufacturers are painting a big red target on the iPhone 6 Plus, and Xiaomi is the latest to take aim. The hard-charging Chinese OEM today announced its new Mi Note flagship smartphone that features a 5.7-inch 1080p display in its standard configuration. Other features include a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera... Read more...
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