Posts tagged with: Xiaomi
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    While it hasn’t exactly grown at a corresponding pace to domestic rivals Huawei, Xiaomi or even Vivo and OPPO, China-based Meizu still feels like a smartphone manufacturer to look out for. Wary of a proper US expansion, possibly due to ensuing risks and distribution costs, as well as physical device resemblances to much bigger names in the industry which could always be exploited, Meizu may have no problem branching out into high-end VR hardware before long. For the most part though, this slowly rising company will reportedly take a page from another local adversary’s playbook, ...

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    Xiaomi might have racked up some 1.5 million sales for its Mi Max smartphone, but all achievements are fleeting in an industry that keeps the butter churning. So, when's the next big release date? According to the company, it's to be July 27. The Redmi Weibo page posted up the existence of a Redmi Pro that will debut along with some "a mysterious sidekick" on that date. Whether it's the Redmi Note 4 or a Mi Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 7-whoops, wrong post... anyways, there's plenty of thought that could go into this. It could be an accessory or a weirdo smart surfboard — we're talking ...

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    We don’t often extensively cover pre-release gossip regarding mid-enders unlikely to reach Western shores, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is special. Its manufacturers have confirmed there will be an advanced dual camera slapped on its back, similar to the Huawei P9, Honor 8 and almost surely, the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus. It doesn’t sound very special in that context, though the Redmi Note 4 could well and considerably undercut the retail pricing of all existing and near-future dual rear cam “flagships.” Granted, it may not be quite as affordable as the Redmi Note 3 or Note 3 Pro, but ...

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    Xiaomi is huge in China, and also pretty big in Japan India already, despite only entering the latter market about two years ago. Check that, exactly two years ago this week, which is why the budget-conscious smartphone manufacturer is kicking off a 3-day carnival on Wednesday, July 20. To celebrate the company’s local 2nd year milestone, and thank Mi Fans for “being there for us”, half a dozen devices and accessories will practically be given away for free on July 20, 21 and 22. In order to qualify for a (slim) chance to pay just Re. 1 ($0.01) for a Mi 5, Redmi Note 3 or Mi Max, you ...

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    If Xiaomi indeed wants to market its next high-end phablet as a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 killer, it should really look to at least roll it out before the Note 7 debuts commercially in early August. It’s been too long since the first-gen Mi Note broke cover anyway, and while the recently launched Mi Max definitely qualifies for a big thing, it’s hardly the next big thing. Then again, Xiaomi could also choose to put a pin in flagship announcements for a while longer, further focusing on the low-cost, low to mid-end Redmi family that’s racked up monumental sales numbers in the past three ...

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    Either someone at Xiaomi's fooling around or the company has a couple of secrets to hide. Whatever the case, it continues to claim pieces of the news cycle with some Geekbench entries for some codenamed devices: the mid-range "Altun" and the stronger "Capricorn". The Altun phone has been running Geekbench tests since early May and — within the past several weeks — has been able to nail about a 20 percent improvement in its single-core score (from about 800 to the mid-900s) and a 40 percent jump in its multi-core score (from 2,800 to 4,000). This has been with the same hardware: an ...

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    Xiaomi is saying that two is greater than five. Product allegory would say that the Chinese manufacturer's upcoming Mi Note 2 will outperform Samsung's Galaxy Note 5. With such a time gap and better components available at lower prices, there's one big "duh" right there. Perhaps according to these rumors, it could even beat the Note 7. But hold the phone, if you will. From the point of view of Chinese rumor mongers, a so-called "Xiaomi Phone Pro" will be a smaller, less capable package than the regular Mi Note 2 — not like it was for an analgous Mi Note Pro last time around. This ...

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    Two is almost always better than one, and while HTC had trouble in the past convincing its shrinking fan base the One M8’s dual 4MP camera wasn’t as gimmicky as it seemed, many similar photographic setups have managed to catch on and break into the mobile mainstream lately. This technology is actually so trendy and widely accepted nowadays that Apple is believed to be fitting it on the jumbo-sized iPhone 7 Plus. But first, Xiaomi may get to do what it does best, following the suit of others and putting an irresistible price tag on a robust Android mid-ranger. The above-pictured device ...

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    Xiaomi turned six a few months back, and will soon celebrate half a decade since its first ever handheld went on sale, but Global VP and former top Googler Hugo Barra wants to draw attention today to a slightly younger, super-successful family of low-cost smartphones. Apparently, no less than 110 million Redmi devices were sold around the world between August 2013 and now, equating to an average of 1.21 units per second. So, yeah, in the time it took you to read my headline and these introductory words, Xiaomi hawked another four or five Redmi-series phones. And an extra one just now. Of ...

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    Want to know what's hot? The sun. Fire. Takes. Hot takes. What else seems to be hot for the Chinese developers behind benchmarking app AnTuTu are smartphones and plenty of them. So, the team over there has decided to compile a list of the ten most popular smartphones benchmarked on its app in the first half of the year. Here's the big view for some major geographies: [table] Popularity,Global,China,Korea,US 1,Samsung Galaxy Note 5,Redmi Note 3,Galaxy Note 5,Galaxy Note 5 2,Galaxy S6,Galaxy S7,LG G3 Pro,Galaxy Note 4 3,Galaxy S6 edge,LeEco 2,Galaxy S6,Nexus 6P 4,Galaxy S7,Xiaomi 4C,LG ...

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    With iPhone popularity reaching an inherent peak stateside, as well as in many other Western territories, where there’s simply no more room for growth, Apple continues to struggle finding its footing on the all-important Chinese and Indian shores. Among the trouble encountered by the world’s most profitable corporation in the two largest smartphone markets, the refusal of the latter’s government to permit refurbished handheld commercialization and the SE’s prohibitive pricing nowadays headline the list. It’s also not helping that the 6s has rapidly lost its charm with the recent ...

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    When you're talking about a value proposition, — even just on a hardware aspect — Xiaomi is probably one of the leaner, meaner players out there giving up the goods. Its Mi Max phones have put up good mechanics for a hard bargain. And then we saw a Mi Max with 2GB of RAM on TENAA. And we had to wonder how much it would have to go for to be any good. The answer? Xiaomi thinks it's ¥1,199 ($179). It has 16GB of storage and is likely running a Snapdragon 650 on a 6.44-inch screen. The standard 3GB of RAM version goes for about $230. 2GB of RAM making it down into the $100 range sounds ...

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    A few months later than many probably expected, Xiaomi appears to gear up for a sequel to the early 2015-released Mi Note. The Mi Note 2 will no doubt one-up the recently unveiled Mi Max, which towers above the vast majority of its rival flagship phablets in terms of screen size, but falls short of high-end standards when it comes to resolution, processing power or RAM. Think of the looming 5.7-incher or so as a direct competitor for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and its number-skipping successor, while the Xiaomi Mi 5 tries to keep the GS7 at bay, at least on Chinese shores. Sounds logical, ...

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    Relatively compact and straightforward until a few months ago, Xiaomi’s smartphone portfolio is about to get mighty crowded and confusing later this year, with the introduction of a Mi Note 2 in three decidedly high-end configurations. This will finally follow in the footsteps of the original, early 2015-released Mi Note, though in a way, the Mi Max already did just that. There’s also the Mi 5 to consider if you’re in the market for a premium Android device, while the Redmi Note Prime and Note 3 are far humbler, cheaper affairs. Still, it sounds tricky for the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 to ...

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    It wasn't long ago that we saw the Xiaomi Mi Max bring another edge to its mid-range offerings. Low cost, high impact. What could be better? Well, we don't know what this "markw" device could be, but the person that tested it on Geekbench purports for it to be a Xiaomi make. It seems to have 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 625 to put on some plain decent core scores. It's a pretty capable chipset, but unfortunately, this isn't the benchmark that gives much of anything away. New Xiaomi "markw" showing up on Geekbench with Snapdragon 625 1.4g octa core, 3 GB RAM and Android 6.0.1 ...

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    A bubbling of Xiaomi rumors have us excited for the company's next announcements for this half of the calendar. It's not just the Mi 5's heftier sibling as mentioned above, you see, but there's talk about the Mi Note 2 and a notebook as well. Unfortunately, Chinese internet chatter about the notebook is limited to just talking about the existence of one. The big things about the Mi Note 2 so far is the possibility of it having two cameras on the back and two curves on the sides of the screen — you know, like all these phones we have today. The Xiaomi Mi 5s, though, has a little more ...

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    The Xiaomi Mi Max, as affordable and (ergo) popular as it is, could be just a little more affordable. Not sure how popular it'll be, though. On what looks like a recent AnTuTu benchmark log, we find what could be a Mi Max with MIUI 7.3 on Android 6.0.1, a hexa-core processor running at 1.8GHz tops — looks to be a Snapdragon 650 — backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. This as we see orders flow in for the currently-existing 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 32GB and 64GB of storage, respectively. The base model currently available runs a tab of ¥1,500 ($230). The big question, if ...

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    How serious and dangerous is China’s offensive on Korean and Western mobile hardware brands? Extremely, according to research conducted between January and March by IC Insights, which predictably positioned Samsung and Apple atop the smartphone manufacturer hierarchy, only followed by a flurry of handheld vendors based in the Middle Kingdom. Huawei naturally won bronze during Q1 2016, with 28.9 million units sold, still considerably behind the gold and silver medalists’ 81.5 and 51.6 mil scores respectively. But OPPO exceeded its most optimistic expectations, leaping from eight place ...

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    Action and immediate reaction. Xiaomi couldn’t bear the thought of arch-rival Meizu hogging the domestic ultra-low-cost spotlight for more than a day, hitting back at the m3s with an “s” phone of its own. This one’s called Redmi 3s, and compared to the original Redmi 3, it’s largely superior. No longer decorated with fancy patterns on its back, the 5-incher is still made of premium metal, and measures a remarkably slim 8.5mm in depth considering it also packs a massive 4,100 mAh battery. The biggest upgrade comes in the form of a top center, rear-positioned circular fingerprint ...

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    A quick follow-up to our story yesterday about Xiaomi topping the market share pie chart in China — apparently, one chart doesn't tell the whole story. An OPPO representative clarified to us that while Xiaomi did take a win in Sino Research's April report, OPPO got another one. Xiaomi led the market in online-based sales while OPPO had the most offline sales for the month. Here's how those numbers stack up: [table] OEM,Share (%) OPPO,13.3 Apple,11.9 vivo,11.7 Huawei,10 Samsung,6.8 Gionee,4.6 HONOR,3.9 Coolpad,3.4 MI,2.9 Meizu,2.6 [/table] Though listed, brands of western interest that ...

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    How much is an arguably tiny and low-res but super-convenient nonetheless OLED display worth? Apparently, under 10 bucks, as that’s the pricing difference between the first-gen Mi Band and lightly revised 1S on one side and the radically redesigned and upgraded Xiaomi Mi Band 2 on the other. Well, perhaps “radically” is a bit of an exaggeration, since the non-touch screen is the only important new feature brought to the table. But boy, is it important, transforming the way you interact with the world’s cheapest activity tracker by putting the time on your wrist, plus step count, ...

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    The “Apple of China” is looking to consolidate its relationship with not only Google, but rival tech colossus Microsoft as well. After selling the Mi Pad 2 in both Android and Windows 10 flavors, and allowing Mi 4 phone users to participate in W10M’s Technical Preview, Xiaomi just reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that will pre-install some of Redmond’s mobile apps on devices like the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3. These are wildly popular in China and a couple of them are making headway in India, the two being the world’s largest smartphone markets. ...

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    Is it still fair game to call Xiaomi a startup? It's had the typical meteoric rise that successful firms have had and it's getting out of its first major rut in sales with the release of a new flagship or two. The Chinese manufacturer's CEO, Lei Jun, is thanking supporters for helping it top the home market in April. Specifically, the Sino Market Research report said that Xiaomi got 26 percent of the market. It didn't signify whether the numbers were for sales or shipments. Huawei and Honor, while technically separate, come within striking distance of Xiaomi at a combined 23.7 percent. ...

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    In addition to expanding its global presence in the smartphone landscape, Xiaomi clearly intends to diversify its product portfolio this year in order to return to growth after a couple of stagnating quarters as far as both sales and profits were concerned. Following the kiddie-oriented Mi Bunny smartwatch, Xiaomi recently confirmed a mainstream intelligent timepiece with more than just LED indicator lights or a basic display is in the pipeline. Also, a 4K-supporting Mi Box with Android TV for Western markets, iHealthBox wellness monitor, and mystery VR headset. But the wildly successful ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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