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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, a subsidiary of Xiaomi that was created in October 2014. It took until now to build a fully functioning... 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 my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are... 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 money… we care about the recurring revenue streams over many years," said Xiaomi Global VP (and former... 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 site to order Xiaomi's first ever smartphone with an edge-to-edge display.There were two variants... 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) and a price tag (¥3,499, or about $516 in U.S. currency). By all means, it looks as though XIaomi is... 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 resolution. Both laptops feature an internal slot to accept an additional SSD, but it can only be... 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 3.0 or USB 3.1, along with a USB Type-C port for charging the laptop. Have a look: Based on previous... 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 and the other is by making its cloud-based programs and services available on other platforms.... 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 $799 and is also capable of recording in 4K resolution. Beyond those tidbits, not much is known about... 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 DJI done. According to the patent, the drone was 350mm long and could be controlled by a Mi Band fitness... Read more...
Someone must have sent Xiaomi a memo to go big or go home, and it chose the former option. The company's new Mi Max phone is a monster-sized handset that falls squarely into phablet territory. It has a 6.44-inch display, which is quite a bit bigger than what Samsung's Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to be, and a massive capacity 4,850 mAh battery to keep it running throughout the day.The Mi Max is one of the largest handsets to date, though Xiaomi makes no mention of the phone's display resolution. Looking at the other specs, which is a mix of mid-range and high-end parts, along with Xiaomi's history, it's tough to guess what resolution the Mi Max might be running at. Another of Xiaomi's phablets, the... Read more...
Over the past couple of years, the availability of smartwatches has simply exploded. There's no shortage of good watches out there that suit a variety of purposes, with a major overall focus being on fitness. In fact, the selection that's out there might prove so overwhelming, that choosing one could feel like an "exercise" in patience. However, with as popular as smartwatches over on these shores have become, there's one market that Asian vendors are tackling that seems to be largely ignored over here: smartwatches for children. Why would a kid ever need a smartwatch? That's simple: when children are too young for a smartphone, a simpler smartwatch can be given to them instead. With it, they... Read more...
Chinese handset maker Xiaomi unveiled a new smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, called the Mi 5 and it underscores why the company is the third largest phone maker in the world (and No. 1 in China) behind only Samsung and Apple. The Mi 5 is a flagship device with a low-end price tag.It's also a premium looking handset, resembling Samsung's new Galaxy S7. The Mi 5 sports a 5.15-inch Full HD display—same resolution as Apple's iPhone 6s Plus handset—powered by a burly Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC) and 4GB of RAM. That's not a bad foundation to build on top of.More than ever, smartphones are used in place of point-n-shoot cameras, and the Mi 5 looks up to... Read more...
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 QHD display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4. The Mi 5 can be had in 16GB or 64GB variants, although there... 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 generation Redmi 2 came with a 2200mAh battery. But Xiaomi doesn’t stop there; it also has managed... 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 off-contract (roughly $370), will make a bigger splash in China. First and foremost, you’ll find a 5.5-inch... 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 6s Plus, a flagship device that costs hundreds of dollars more (we'll get to that in a moment).This... 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 sensor is as accurate as the one in Apple's Apple Watch.The Mi Band Pulse also does a "far better job... 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 specific market share data. If looking back at the second quarter, Xiaomi held a slim lead over Huawei... 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 or any representative of any kind of special promotion.Other specs include a 5-inch Full HD 1080p... 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 iPhone products, and you have to wonder if Xiaomi find itself the target of litigation someday.... 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 concerns. The bigger issue is whether or not the sagging sales means it's losing momentum.The... Read more...
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