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Google just announced its latest 360° VR camera, the “Yi Halo”, which is reportedly the company's “next generation Jump camera”. The Yi Halo is the brainchild of Google and Yi, a company owned by Xiaomi. Google had previously collaborated with GoPro to make the Odyssey, but turned to one of GoPro’s competitor for its latest creation. Google and Yi also worked with film creators from the get-go in order to get their input. The Yi Halo boasts seventeen different Yi 4K cameras with sixteen along the circumference and one in the middle. The cameras can produce 8K x 8K stereoscopic VR content at 30fps... Read more...
Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has earned a reputation for building attractive handsets with capable hardware at attractive price points, and it has done it once again with the Mi 6. Announced at an event in Beijing today, the Mi 6 draws comparison to Apple's flagship iPhone 7 device, though not in price—the Mi 6 starts at 2499 RMB, or just over $360 in U.S. currency, versus a starting price of $649 for the iPhone 7 and $769 for the iPhone 7 Plus.Like the Mi 5 that came before it, the Mi 6 sports a 5.15-inch display and has a curved rear edge. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC... Read more...
Xiaomi founder and chief operating officer Lei Jun previously confirmed that his company is prepping a new flagship smartphone, the Mi 6, but until there is a formal announcement the specs remain a mystery. Well, officially speaking, anyway. Unofficially, we may already known what the Mi 6 is toting underneath the hood thanks to a benchmark entry in GFXBench's database.It appears that someone put the unreleased flagship phone through its paces on GFXBench. If what the database shows is correct, the Mi 6 will wield Qualcomm's newfangled Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC), which is the same processing... Read more...
Although the brand isn't very well known here in the U.S., Huami is actually the second largest manufacturer of smart wearables in the world. As such, it was only a matter of time before the Chinese manufacturer, which provides wearable technology to Xiaomi, made its way onto our shores. Huami and Xiaomi established their partnership in 2014 and have since sold over 24 million Mi Bands. Huami recently purchased Amazfit, an American wearable technology company. Amazfit was launched in 2016 and was quickly scooped up by Huami. They were best known for the Moon Beam and Equator fitness trackers,... Read more...
Xiaomi is taking a page from some its competitors by announcing a new smartphone that is powered by its own silicon. The new Mi 5C, as Xiaomi has named its new phone, features a Surge S1 processor inside. The Surge S1 is Xiaomi's first in-house produced System-on-Chip (SoC). According to Xiaomi, the Surge S1 offers better performance than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset. This is the same approach that companies such as Apple and Huawei take. The same goes for Samsung, though it often uses two different processors for its smartphones, based on region. In this case, the Surge S1 is built by Pinecone,... Read more...
Many people in the tech industry were shocked when former Android executive Hugo Barra decided to abandon Google 3.5 years ago to take a position at Chinese firm Xiaomi. At the time, Barra said that he was ready to start a “new career chapter”, coming aboard Xiaomi as the company’s International Vice President. Now, however, Barra says that he is ready to return home. Although he is very proud of his tenure at Xiaomi, being 6,500 miles from home has taken its toll on him personally. What I've realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on... Read more...
Chinese OEM Xiaomi regularly makes headlines for its feature-packed smartphones that battle the competition with oftentimes bargain basement pricing. It’s also hard not to look at devices like the Mi MIX and not be impressed by its innovative and bezel-less design. However, industry watchers have been wondering how Xiaomi can offer such impressive hardware at [relatively] low prices while still maintaining a profit. The quick answer is that it can’t — the company simply isn’t making any profit on the hardware sales of its smartphones. "Basically we're giving [handsets] to you without making any... Read more...
Attention all smartphone makers, there is a market for bezel-less displays. For be it for this humble technology news and review site to say exactly how big the market exists, but make no mistake, there are buyers out there. Proof of this can be found in the fact that Xiaomi sold off its entire first batch of Mi MIX handsets in just 10 seconds.Try wrapping your head around that for a moment. If you had tried to buy one of these things and made the mistake of blinking, you would have been too slow on the draw. Even without blinking you probably would have been edged out everyone else hammering the... Read more...
Don't tell Xiaomi that smartphones must have bezels. If you do, the Chinese phone maker will respond, "Bezels? We ain't got not bezels? We don't need no bezels! I don't have to show you no stinkin' bezels!" For you young folk, that's a reference to a famous quote from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but back to the point, Xiaomi's Mi Mix smartphone is a bezel-free handset with a killer spec sheet. The interesting thing here is that the Mi Mix looks like a concept device and is even called a concept phone by Xiaomi, yet it has a release date that's just around the corner (November 4 in China)... Read more...
Xiaomi is stepping into the laptop arena for the very first time, and its new Mi Notebook Air series is a strong entry into a very competitive market. Xiaomi, which is mostly known for its feature-packed and affordable smartphones, is using that same formula with its 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch laptops. The 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air ships with a 1080p display, an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB RAM, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU and a 256GB SSD. A smaller 12.5-inch model comes with an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB RAM, integrated Intel graphics and a 128GB SSD. It also retains a 1080p screen... Read more...
Xiaomi is working on a rather interesting laptop that, according to some leaked photos and slides, looks like a thin and light professional machine with gaming chops. And just like Xiaomi has a history of doing in the smartphone sector, its forthcoming notebook will offer an impressive amount of hardware and features for the price. The folks at GizmoChina managed to wrangle a few real-life photos of Xiaomi's unreleased Mi Notebook, including a side view that shows a unibody design and overall aesthetic that's similar to a MacBook. There's a full-size USB port visible in the photo, presumably USB... Read more...
Microsoft has found a new partner in the smartphone sector in Xiaomi, a major player in China that's looking to expand its reach into other territories. To help it do that, Microsoft sold Xiaomi around 1,500 of its patents for an undisclosed sum. The two also entered into a cross-licensing deal as part of what they're describing as a long-term pact. Here's the thing—Microsoft doesn't have anywhere near the same level of market share in the smartphone segment as Google with its Android platform or Apple with iOS, but it's still managed to make a few bucks from the category. One way is through royalties... Read more...
Applying the same strategy it used against Apple and other high-end handset makers in the smartphone sector, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is getting ready to participate in the fast growing drone wars with a model that undercuts the competition in price. It will be Xiaomi's first drone to date, though not its last. Built by FIMI Technology, Xiaomi's introductory drone will be capable of recording in 4K Ultra HD, an anonymous source told Bloomberg. Xiaomi's giving it a price tag of around 4,000 yuan, or about $610 in U.S. currency. That's a fair less than DJI's popular Phantom 3, which sells for... Read more...
Xiaomi is such a tease. MIUI forum moderator “Nanana” intimated that a Mi Drone is “flying to town on May 25th”. "I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky."The hint stated, “The surprise doesn't just end here. Something wonderful and cool is flying to us very soon. A Bamboo-copter? In China, it's the earliest flying toys consisted of feathers at the end of a stick, which was rapidly spun between the hands and released into flight. Shall we discover the world with Mi- ?” Patent sketches for the Mi Drone were released in 2015, but were quickly dropped because they closely resembled the... Read more...
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