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The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is finally here, and it's a beauty. The Android device features a bezel-less design with a lofty 93 percent screen-to-body ratio. Xiaomi was able to achieve this by ditching the display notch that has become increasingly popular with Android flagships (to the chagrin of many). In its place, Xiaomi has designed a slider mechanism in which the entire back panel of the smartphone slides up revealing dual selfie cameras. The primary camera uses a 24MP Sony IMX576 sensor, while a secondary 2MP sensor is used for depth of field effects. The slider is not motorized, so it slides up and down with a thumb push similar to the old candy bar-style sliders (which hid the keyboard) that... Read more...
The stakes in the gaming smartphone arena are getting higher as more players enter the field. Razer got the ball rolling with the Razer Phone, and since then we've seen entries from the likes of Xiaomi and even ASUS. Back in April, Xiaomi revealed the original Black Shark gaming phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 6-inch Full HD+ display. Now, the company is teasing the release of the Black Shark 2. Xiaomi isn't giving us many details on what to expect with the smartphone other than to say that all will be revealed on October 23rd, which is next week. However, a TENNA listing for the smartphone reveals that the dual-camera setup on the rear has... Read more...
Xiaomi is apparently very excited about its upcoming Mi Mix 3 handset. it is launching soon, but in the meantime, Xiaomi's executives are chomping ("champing," if you're a stickler for grammar) at the bit to let consumers know what is coming their way. We say this because Xiaomi has posted yet another photo of the unreleased phone. The first product shot (shown above) appeared on Weibo last week, and is actually a press render. It was uploaded by Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin, who went on to tip an October launch. You can clearly see in the render that Xiaomi is going for a bezel-less design. Rather than put the selfie camera on the bottom, as with past Mi phones, the render shows it... Read more...
Qualcomm is very much an active player in the mobile space with its Snapdragon chipsets, which are commonly found in Android phones and tablets. At present, the Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm's flagship mobile processor. It is built on a 10-nanometer manufacturing process, is fast (for a mobile part), and has been around for several months. The chip might also be old news pretty soon—there is a listing on Geekbench that suggests Qualcomm is already mass producing its next flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855. The database entry points to an unnamed Xiaomi handset with an "SDM855 for ARM64" underneath the hood. That suggests a Snapdragon 855 processor, and if that is really the case, then it stands... Read more...
Among a bevy of product announcements during a press event in Senzhen, China today, Xiaomi unveiled its newest flagship Android phone line, the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. All three look strikingly similar to Apple's iPhone X, which is to say they sport rounded corners and a full-size front display with a prominent notch along to the top to house a 20-megapixel selfie camera. Xiaomi has a history of, uh, taking inspiration from Apple when designing its own brand phones, the Mi 8 is no exception. What's different, of course, is that Xiaomi is entrenched in Google's Android ecosystem. The detailed specifications are different too—the Mi 8 sports a 6.21-inch AMOLED display sourced... Read more...
Xiaomi is on the verge of launching its initial public offering (IPO), and the company is also looking to extend its reach into the U.S. market. No, we’re not talking about Xiaomi’s smartphones, which are incredibly popular in its home market of China, but smart home products. At Google I/O 2018, Xiaomi announced that it will introduce a family of smart home devices that will integrate fully with the Google Assistant. The Mi LED Smart Bulb plugs into to a standard light socket and can be configured to output nearly any color that you prefer (over 16 million colors are supported). With the Google Assistant, you can simply use your voice to change the color temperature, brightness levels... Read more...
Many smartphone makers have seen China as their key market for growth over the last few years. Chinese consumers have been gobbling up smartphones despite the booming black market in the country for devices like iPhones. That black market is so robust that smugglers had taken to flying iPhones in by drone. Canalys has some numbers that look at the Chinese smartphone market and they aren't good. Smartphone shipments in China had their worst ever decline in Q1 2018, with shipments down 21% annually to 91 million units. Shipments haven't been that low since Q4 2013. The numbers also show that eight of the top ten smartphone vendors in China saw shipments decline. The hardest hit were Gionee, Meizu,... Read more...
Xiaomi has taken the wraps off its new Blackshark handset that was teased earlier this week, thereby giving Razer some competition in the Android smartphone gaming space. It's a niche category for sure, though the specs on these devices rival (and in many cases surpass) flagship phones from other manufacturers that are not necessarily aimed at gamers, but boast high-end hardware nonetheless. In this case, the Blackshark does not match the 120Hz refresh that is a standout feature of the Razer Phone's display. However, it does boast a 5.99-inch IPS Pixelworks panel will a Full HD+ resolution and 97 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, and an impressive 550 nits brightness level. Xiaomi is... Read more...
Smartphones aimed specifically at gamers are few and far between. The most recent device to make such a claim is the Razer Phone, now available in a limited gold edition model, which sports a sleek design and an impressive collection of hardware and features. Sometime in the near future, however, Chinese outfit Xiaomi will launch a gaming phone through its Blackshark subsidiary, and a leaked photo shows what is in store. The photo originates from Weibo, a popular social media site in China. It appears the phone is in a case of some sort, perhaps one that offers up gaming controls, and it is a bit difficult to see where the phone ends and the case begins. Nevertheless, we can make out a bulky... Read more...
The iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ might get the bulk of the attention when it comes to flagship smartphones, but Xiaomi is looking to show those two rivals a thing or two with the release of the Mi MIX 2S. The Mi MIX 2S is an iterative upgrade over its predecessor and is quite the looker we might add. Xiaomi decided to go with minimal bezels around the top and sides of the smartphone, while there's still a noticeable "chin" at the bottom which houses the front-facing camera. To our eyes, it looks better and more uniform than the "notched" displays found on the iPhone X and the army of Android copycats that are incoming. The smartphone is constructed from a mix of ceramic materials and Series... Read more...
Over the past few years, Xiaomi has risen to become one of the top smartphone manufacturers on the planet. According to IDC, Xiaomi doubled its Q4 2017 sales compared to the prior year, and currently sits in fourth place in global smartphone shipments with 7 percent of the market. However, if all goes according to plan, Xiaomi could further expand its reach with a big push in the United States. Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun said in a recent interview, “We’ve always been considering entering the US. market. “We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.” The Chinese company has a number of products that it currently sells in the U.S., but it's relegated... Read more...
Now that production is ramping up for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor, the next round of flagship Android smartphones are being announced (or leaked) at a quickening pace. Late last month, Xiaomi announced that its next flagship, the Mi Mix 2S, will launch on March 27th. Now an alleged leaked image of the upcoming smartphone shows that it may be one of the first devices to hit the market with an in-display fingerprint sensor. We've seen such technology in development from both Synaptics and Qualcomm, but it's too early to know at this point which solution Xiaomi is adopting for the Mi Mix 2S. Putting the fingerprint reader in the display frees up space on the front of device (although previous... Read more...
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona officially kicks off tomorrow (Monday, February 26), but as is often the case with these kinds of events, companies are anxious to reveal what new products and services they have in store. Count Xiaomi among the them. The Chinese smartphone maker is planning to announce a new flagship smartphone, the Mi MIX 2S, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. According to a Twitter post by Donovan Sung, Xiaomi's global spokesperson, the new phone will launch on March 27, 2018. In addition to the Snapdragon 845 SoC that the Mi MIX 2S is rocking underneath the hood, Sung praised the phone's all glass front side, saying it is the "world's most... Read more...
Oculus has made a big announcement at CES 2018 with the unveiling of details on its partnership with Xiaomi and Qualcomm Technologies for the Chinese market. Oculus says that the deal will "deliver the next generation of VR products at accessible prices to people worldwide." One of the fruits of that partnership won’t be for the people of the world. It will be for a standalone VR headset based on Oculus technology that is exclusive for the Chinese market. The headset is called the Mi VR Standalone, which happens to look very much like the Oculus Go that will be launched globally. There is good reason that the Mi VR Standalone and the Oculus Go look the same, they are both powered by the... Read more...
Xiaomi is taking aim at one of the most popular notebooks families on the market with its newest offering, the Mi Notebook Pro. In fact, Xiaomi called out the MacBook Pro by name when announcing its latest computing powerhouse, and made many comparisons to Apple's bestseller. At first glance, the Mi Notebook has a lot going for it. It features a 15.6-inch display, backlit keyboard, and enough ports to make a MacBook Pro user blush. You'll find two USB-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, HDMI port and a headphone jack. For comparison, the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports. You can now forget about carrying port extensions just because.. you know, we've got it all!... Read more...
It appears to be both a good day and a bad day for Xiaomi fans. The Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched today at 2 p.m. CST (China Standard Time). The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched right on schedule and details gleaned from the Chinese launch presentation are now available. The specifications that the device has might be a disappointment to some fans out there. A bit over a week ago we talked about Xiaomi's plans to launch the device on September 11 and noted that rumors suggested that the smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 836 processor. One notable deviation from rumors earlier this month is that the processor running the show is called out as a Snapdragon 835 paired with 8GB of RAM... Read more...
Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone maker that has found some success in the U.S. and much greater fortune around the world with its smartphones. The next flagship device from Xiaomi is due to launch in the U.S. on September 11 and it is called the Mi Mix 2. But before that new flagship device launches, it has another new smartphone that debuted in India called the Mi A1 and it is a pure Android device lacking the Xiaomi MIUI software over the top. Mi A1 buyers will get a smartphone running the entry-level Android One software platform. The thought of a non-Pixel device running nothing but Android is probably appealing to a lot of people out there in the market for a new smartphone. Along with... Read more...
The 2017 Android flagship wars are starting to heat up. Just yesterday, we gave you a hands-on preview of LG’s all-new V30 flagship which features a 6-inch nearly bezel-free OLED display, an excellent dual camera system and Snapdragon 835 power. Now, Xiaomi is looking to muscle through with the successor to its revolutionary Mi Mix. The aptly named Mi Mix 2 is set to arrive on September 11th and will be powered by the [currently unannounced] Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor. As is the case with the current crop of Android flagships and its predecessor, the Mi Mix 2 comes with minimal bezels surrounding its 6.2-inch display (which is down from 6.4 inches). Display resolution jumps to 2960x1440,... Read more...
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 and 6K x 6K content at 60 frames per second. The camera in the center is placed as low as possible... 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 featuring a 64-bit octa-core processor, a surprising inclusion at this price point. It joins Samsung's... 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 engine driving Samsung's recently announced Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets. The sought-after... 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, but Huami and Amazfit together launched the smartwatch we will be looking at today, the Amazfit... Read more...
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