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Yesterday, Xiaomi took direct aim at the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with its flagship Mi 11 Ultra smartphone. Today, Xiaomi is targeting the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with the announcement of the Mi Mix Fold. The Mi Mix Fold is Xiaomi's first folding smartphone and takes on a similar form-factor to the Galaxy Z Fold. The primary [folding] display measures 8.01 inches across with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The display's resolution is an atypical 2480x1860 and supports Dolby Vision HDR. There's also a secondary, outer Dolby Vision display that measures 6.52 inches across (2520x840) and has a refresh rate of 90Hz. According to Xiaomi, the hinge mechanism has been tested for over 1 million cycles for those that... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra may have been one of the first smartphones to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, but Xiaomi is looking to generate some enthusiasm of its own with the Mi 11 Ultra. The Mi 11 Ultra is also powered by the Snapdragon 888 but can be configured with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 memory and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The smartphone comes with a large 6.81-inch AMOLED display featuring a WQHD+ resolution (3200x1400). The display, of course, supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate, but its AdaptiveSync technology allows that refresh rate to step down to 90Hz, 60Hz, or 30Hz to save power. But AdaptiveSync isn't the only display trick that the Mi 11 Ultra has up its sleeve; there's... Read more...
If you’re a regular HotHardware reader, or live outside the US, you’re probably somewhat familiar with Chinese giant Xiaomi. The company makes and sells a wide variety of consumer electronics from smartphones (branded Mi, RedMi, Poco, and CC), to electric scooters. It keeps prices low by subsidizing its products in several markets (like China and India) via online services -- much like Amazon does here in the US. Today, Xiaomi ranks number three in global smartphone market share. Its latest flagship, the $750 / €750 Mi 11, was the first handset to feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 when it shipped January 1st, beating Samsung’s $800 Galaxy S21 to the punch. With... Read more...
The past six months have been an exercise in frustration for enthusiasts attempting to get their hands on AMD/NVIDIA graphics cards, Ryzen processors, and even new game consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The overwhelming demand for chips now seems to be affecting the largest single supplier of SoCs for smartphones: Qualcomm. According to a new report, Qualcomm is finding it challenging to meet the demand for its Snapdragon processors, which are used not only in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets but also in automobiles. According to unnamed sources, Qualcomm has been inundated with orders for its flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC. While strong demand for premium-priced and... Read more...
When it comes to the "future" of smartphone design, some manufacturers are looking towards innovative displays to stand out from the crowd. Xiaomi has decided to plot its own course with the new Quad-curved Waterfall Display Concept Smartphone. While it's common to see flagship smartphones with gently curved displays on the sides, this new Xiaomi concept goes to the extreme with 88-degree curves. The main display spills over the left and right sides of the smartphone just like a... waterfall. This waterfall design also extends to the top and bottom of the display, which means that there is no room to include any external ports for the smartphone. There are limits to what Xiaomi... Read more...
Wireless charging already exists, in that you can juice up your smartphone without jamming a cable into its charging port. Instead, you plop it on a charging pad or stand. It's convenient, sure, but it is not the end game. Getting us closer to wireless nirvana, Xiaomi has introduced its Mi Air Charge technology, which allows you to wirelessly charge your phone without putting it down. Xiaomi says "it's not science fiction," but we say it is, and the company should own it. This is the sort of thing you might see in a Hollywood movie set in the future. Except it now exists, and it is really damn cool. There is a catch, however—the wireless charging base that makes this voodoo magic possible... Read more...
With Samsung having fast-tracked its upcoming Galaxy S21 family, we assumed that it would be among the first (if not the first) to feature Qualcomm's burly new Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform when it arrives in mid-January. Well, Xiaomi is here to steal the show with the announcement of the Mi 11, which takes claims the "first" crown when it comes to the Snapdragon 888. Besides the inclusion of Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC, which just so happens to feature an integrated next-gen Snapdragon X60 5G modem, the Mi 11 has all the trappings of a modern flagship Android smartphone. That means that it comes with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of speedy UFS 3.1 internal... Read more...
There's a war brewing in the smartphone world, and it has nothing to do with iOS versus Android, or who can cram 5G into the cheapest device. Rather, it's a competition to see who can deliver the fastest wireless charging solution for smartphones. To that end, it looks as though Xiaomi has thrown down the gauntlet with its latest solution, which can charge a 4,000 mAh battery in under 20 minutes. Xiaomi is currently shipping the Mi 10 Ultra, which supported 50W wireless charging. In that iteration, the smartphone's 4,500 mAh battery can be fully topped off in 40 minutes. But Xiaomi's new 80W charging system allows a 4,000 mAh battery to be charged from empty to 100 percent in just 19 minutes.... Read more...
Qualcomm made waves with its Snapdragon 865 SoC, but not just because of the performance it delivers. The Snapdragon 865 platform features support for GPU driver upgrades. This is something that is common in PCs, but not so much with smartphones. That changes today with Xiaomi rolling out the first GPU driver update for the Snapdragon 865. The driver itself pertains to the Adreno 650 GPU. It aims to bolster performance in select games, including PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, and Honkai Impact 3rd. The driver upgrade also updates OpenGL ES and Vulkan, according to XDA Developers. In a sense, this is sort of the start of a new era in smartphone gaming, or potentially, at least. "Late last year, Qualcomm... Read more...
Xiaomi has a new gaming smartphone coming called the Black Shark 3, and some details have been revealed. The tease consists of a drawing of the smartphone and an image that shows a blurry look at the camera array on the back of the device. Neither of the images gives us a particularly good look at the coming smartphone, but we only have a few days to wait for the official unveiling, which is scheduled for March 3rd Details that have been leaked so far for the smartphone include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, mechanical buttons, 120Hz display, and up to 16GB of RAM. The focus of the Black Shark 3 is gaming, but it will also offer three camera sensors on the back. While the shot of the rear of... Read more...
It's been a rough couple months for makers of IP security cameras as no one seems to be able to keep user data secure. The latest issue that has sprung up involves Xiaomi cameras that are linked to a Google account. An owner has posted to Reddit that his Xiaomi Mijia camera and Nest Hub setup is receiving still images from the homes of random people.  Images that the user claims to have found, and has offered photographic evidence of (seen here), includes a sleeping man in a room and an infant sleeping in their bed. The Reddit user goes by /r/Dio-V and says that the camera in use is a Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP Security Camera that is linked to a Google account to use with Google/Nest through... Read more...
Last week, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms that will power 5G smartphones in 2020. Surprisingly, the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G received the most attention due to that fact that they 1) include 5G integrated directly into the SoC and 2) will allow vastly cheaper 5G-enabled smartphones to come to market. Today, Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi is delivering on the promise of value-laden 5G-enabled smartphones with the Redmi K30 5G. This the first smartphone to be announced with the Snapdragon 765G, which is the gaming-centric version of Qualcomm's new mid-range 5G SoC. The Redmi K30 5G will pack in 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM... Read more...
On Tuesday, Xiaomi unveiled the world's first smartphone with a 108-megapixel rear camera sensor, the Mi CC9 Pro. Unfortunately, that handset is only bound for China, so users in other parts of the world would have to miss out on all those megapixels. Or so it seemed. Now a day later, Xiaomi has unveiled a version of the CC9 Pro that will ship outside of China. The new Mi Note 10 offers the same 108-megapixel shooter as the CC9 Pro, and it launched in Spain today. Specs are mostly the same across the board, and for good reason—the Mi Note 10 is basically the global version of the CC9 Pro, which notably includes five rear cameras. They consist of the following... 108MP ultra-high resolution: 1/1.33-inch... Read more...
Xiaomi is launching a new smartwatch that, at a glance, looks familiar to anyone who has ever spied an Apple Watch, at least when looking at the press renders from a top-down view. When doing so, the new Mi Watch bears a striking resemblance to the Apple Watch, as you can see in the press render above. However, there are some key differences, at least. Starting with the physical design, the Mi Watch offers the same look as the Apple Watch, with a rectangle face, rounded and beveled edges, and a turn dial that looks a lot like the digital crown at the same spot. And sitting below, we can see the button placement is the same as well. Where things look slightly different to me is when viewing the... Read more...
In some respects, smartphone design has stagnated, save for a few attempts to dish up new form factors and innovative features, such as folding displays. Xiaomi did not go that route, though it did just unveil the Mi Mix Alpha, a beautifully rendered concept handset described as a "bold imagination for the future of phones in the 5G era." Obviously 5G connectivity is a big part of this concept phone. At the same, 5G is almost uninteresting next to the standout feature of the Mi Mix Alpha, which is an innovative Surround Sound screen. The wraparound display is not an entirely new concept, of course, but in this case Xiaomi says the screen-to-body ratio is a staggering 180.6 percent. It is essentially... Read more...
Samsung on Monday introduced its new ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor for smartphones, and it is capable of capturing a staggering 108 megapixels. It is the industry's first mobile image sensor to top the 100 million pixels mark. Interestingly, the nifty new shooter will make its debut in a Xiaomi smartphone before it finds its way into a Galaxy device. While the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor belongs to Samsung, the company says it was designed in "close collaboration with Xiaomi," which announced last week that an upcoming Mi handset will feature the new 108MP shooter. "For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted... Read more...
With the release of Qualcomm’s surprise Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC comes the announcement of new gaming smartphones using the new chip. The first out of the gate was the ASUS ROG Phone II, and today we’re seeing the announcement of the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro. In addition to the Snapdragon 855 Plus – which includes loftier CPU and GPU speeds – is a generous 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage (128GB is standard). Speaking of storage, the Black Shark 2 Pro makes use of the incredibly fast UFS 3.0 interface which should further improve performance when opening apps and navigating the Android UI. When it comes to the display, the Black Shark 2 Pro... Read more...
We've already heard about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC that is aimed at high-end gaming smartphones. We also know that the ASUS ROG Phone II will sport that high-end chipset and have seen that smartphone in a leak. One thing that has been unknown is what levels of performance the SoC will provide to gamers. Geekbench scores for the Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone that uses the 855 Plus SoC have surfaced, and now we know what to expect. The benchmark results show a single-core score of 3623 and a multi-core score of 11367. The device used in the test was the Black Shark 2 running Android 9.0 with 11,506 MB of RAM. Breaking the performance out by category, the Geekbench results give a crypto... Read more...
It's amazing how fast the industry is moving with regards to addressing selfie cameras and the increasing desire for minimal bezels on smartphones. The Essential Phone and iPhone X introduced us to notches in 2017, while we got slider mechanisms and punch-hole cutouts in 2018. This year, we've seen flip cameras from ASUS. Now, the rubber is really starting to hit the road with under-display selfie cameras, as witnessed by new technology demos from Chinese smartphone OEMs Oppo and Xiaomi. Oppo first showed off its new technology in a Weibo post that was first noticed by the folks at Engadget. The video was later posted to Twitter, and shows a prototype device with a full display... Read more...
At this point, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X are known quantities in the folding Android smartphone realm. But one other top Android OEM, Xiaomi, is also looking to throw its hat in the race. We’ve previously seen the company’s folding smartphone on video, and now the device has returned in newly released footage. The video posted to YouTube is just 10 seconds long, and shows the device first being used in a tablet configuration. Then, the device is rotated 90 degrees and two “wings” of the display fold under, giving it a more compact frame. This “double fold” design is a bit trickier than the “single fold”... Read more...
Xiaomi has unveiled its pair of new flagship smartphones at MWC 2019 with the Mi 9, which we've already covered a bit, and the new Mi Mix 3 5G breaking cover today. The Mi Mix 3 5G, as the name would suggest, is a flagship, high-end smartphone and the first from Xiaomi to support 5G networks. Xiaomi says that the Mi Mix 3 5G will launch in May and will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with a Snapdragon X50 modem on board. The smartphone maker says that it has had a team of people working on 5G since 2016 and during the launch event for this new device, it provided a live demo with a 5G phone call using a network provided by Orange Spain. The Snapdragon 855 platform has an... Read more...
As older devices age, many smartphone shoppers are simply forgoing the big boys like Apple and Samsung and going for much cheaper alternative flagship devices from reasonably priced makers like Xiaomi. Xiaomi has rolled out a new flagship device that is impressive on paper and very affordable. The new device is called the Xiaomi Mi 9, and it has officially debuted packing a Snapdragon 855 under the hood and a 48MP rear camera with a price that is up to a third less than what you would pay for some flagship Galaxy or iPhone devices. Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9 starting at $445, and for that price you get a base Mi 9 packing 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Xiaomi offers an upgraded version... Read more...
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