Posts tagged with: Xiaomi
  • by |

    Xiaomi's physical footprint is set to expand exponentially through 2020 after spending most of its incorporation doing business online. CEO Lei Jun said that the company will expand from 25 retail stores to 1,000 by 2020. All of them will sell the televisions, drones, routers, air purifiers, kitchenware and, yes, smartphones that the company has made itself known for. We're not sure if that total will include foreign stores as other OEMs, like ZTE, claim to be building. "We want consumers to touch and test our products with the core technologies in the stores," Jun said. It's fighting off ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    There’s been a lot of chatter lately about every imaginable ultra-high-end feature possibly gracing Xiaomi’s not-so-iterative Mi 5 upgrade, and except for a big one, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus indeed incorporate them all, albeit not at once. Sorry, dual-edged smartphone fans, you’ll have to make do with a couple of conventional flat-screened gadgets here, each available in two different configurations. Both are the textbook definition of premium elegance, don’t get us wrong, with all-metal constructions, curvy corners, as well as your choice of four snazzy colors: dark gray, silver, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We’re only four days away from Xiaomi’s increasingly thrilling next-gen flagship phone announcement, and thanks to mixed official signals, as well as the typically jumbled gossip on Weibo, nothing’s certain until it’s certain. What we’re pretty sure of is an affordable Xiaomi Mi 5s powerhouse will break cover on Tuesday, despite recent speculation of a last-minute name change to Mi Note S, with Snapdragon 821 inside either way, 6GB RAM, and most likely, one of those trendy dual camera setups slapped on its rear. You can probably count on the Mi 5s borrowing and upgrading the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    AnTuTu is widely recognized as one of the most fickle, least trustworthy mobile device performance testing tools, and yet, everyone keeps paying attention to its reports, especially prior to and shortly after various flagship model releases. Even OEMs will sometimes flaunt unusually high benchmarking scores as ultimate evidence of their products’ imposing raw speed, as seems to be the case for the Xiaomi Mi 5s. This bad boy has practically been confirmed for a September 27 announcement a couple of days back, and its makers now also practically corroborate persistent Snapdragon 821 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Subtlety isn’t very high on Xiaomi’s list of corporate qualities, it seems, with the up-and-coming Android device manufacturer far from shy in terms of revealing exactly what will be on display at a press conference in China (where else?) on September 27. While the oft-rumored Mi 5s name is technically not spelled out in full in the Chinese OEM’s event invites and teaser image, we’re pretty sure that ginormous S doesn’t stand for Superman… or Mi Note 2 or Pro. But the Mi Note 2’s umpteenth “delay” (remember, the first Mi Note came out in January 2015) isn’t necessarily ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Unless Xiaomi has to deal with a Galaxy Note 7-level recall this holiday season, which remains unlikely, you have to figure the fast-rising Chinese OEM will unveil at least one more flagship Android phone by the end of the year. The question is are we looking at a long overdue Mi Note sequel here, possibly dubbed simply Xiaomi Pro, or an incremental upgrade for the early 2016 Mi 5, fittingly named Mi 5s? The latter is again our best guess, following a purported pre-release visit to benchmarking authority AnTuTu. Still pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and still only ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If it can happen to one of the world’s most successful and, until recently, trusted smartphone manufacturers, it can definitely happen to any other OEM as well. In fact, it did happen several times before the global scandal of chain Galaxy Note 7 explosions blew up (pun intended), to companies as diverse as LG, Apple and Xiaomi. Fortunately for them, the incidents were isolated and seemingly unconnected, occasionally having the owners of hazardous devices to blame for mishandling fickle components like batteries and accessories including cables and chargers. Still, Xiaomi should start ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Xiaomi has a basket of social media accounts to promote not just its brands, but its sub-brands as well. For example, as a lifestyles technology company, Xiaomi's smartphone division gets its own Weibo page. Redmi has one. Huami, too. But what does a Xiaomi Pro page mean for future releases? Could the Mi Note 2 actually be the first Xiaomi Pro? Vigilant screencappers caught the newly-sprouted page without any posts and, yet, with official Weibo verification on the account. It was hidden from the public shortly after reposts started landing on the feeds. Where "2 > 5" might be ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    No matter which Xiaomi Mi 5 you buy, you're getting the same Snapdragon 820 as anyone else with an Adreno 530 GPU. The same 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM are there. But man, can things get different. At least one online retailer in China is selling a modified version of the Mi 5. The original Mi 5's Snap 820 was apparently hard-limited at 1.8GHz while this version brings it up to its max potential of 2.15GHz. The Adreno 530 is stepped up from 510MHz to 624MHz. Lastly, RAM speeds jump by 40 percent to 1866MHz. Everything's a tad snappier, a tad chipper and just a tad more likely to run into an early ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Still not convinced a second-generation Apple Watch will finally break cover later today, alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, thinking perhaps Cupertino might take even more time to substantially upgrade the rudimentary original model? One look over the International Data Corporation’s global wearable shipment numbers for Q2 2016, and you’ll understand why the Apple Watch 2 needs to launch yesterday. The OG’s post-holiday slump continued, despite a “reduced price strategy” on the Sport variant, with 1.6 million units sold worldwide between April and June, massively down from 3.6 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Huami, Xiaomi's lifestyle brand, has made some fairly simple fitness trackers, including one that's been plagued with delays. But maybe a whole new crowdfunded beast can paper over sins of the past. Meet the Amazfit. The case is made from ceramic and houses a 1.34-inch circular display with a 300 x 300 resolution. It's rated for IP67 water and dust protection and takes 22mm bands. There's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Other parts include a heart rate monitor, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Plus, the GPS is said to be the first one in a 28nm form factor. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Today’s crowded global smartphone landscape continues to see many great rivalries unfold, the most captivating of which opposes Apple and Samsung. But a host of smaller OEMs, the vast majority based in China, are having their own interesting battles for fame, often prompting them to copy one another so as not to risk getting left behind. Case in point, Xiaomi recently went big (literally) with the relatively affordable 6.44-inch Mi Max, while Meizu apparently intends to follow suit exactly one week from today. September 5 is likely when an aptly (and unimaginatively) titled M3 Max will ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Nougaty goodness could be what's in store for those who also like their starch. We're talking about the company known to Google Translate as "millet," Xiaomi. It supposedly will be cranking out a smartphone called the Mi Note 2 soon with a big screen and more than enough ambition to call out the Galaxy Note 7's predecessor — because of course, the Mi Note 2 is going to be better than Samsung's Note 5, we're just not sure if we can match them head-to-head. Anyways, we have a Chinese-sourced benchmark that has a bunch of giveaways to take away about the Mi Note 2 — all of it with a grain ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Xiaomi’s wildly successful low-cost Redmi smartphone roster is getting a little crowded and confusing with all the recent Pro, Prime and Note releases, not to mention Pro Mini rumors. But it’s the good kind of confusing, as every new Redmi installment is special in some way, shape, or form, as well as absurdly cheap for what it brings to the table. Case in point, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, priced at $135 and up as the new leader of the large-screened Note lineup. That’s $135 in Chinese currency, of course, i.e. 900 Yuan, or CNY 1,200 ($180) as far as the upper-tier 3GB RAM/64GB ROM ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Xiaomi CEO Hugo Barra said that his company will be pushing more of its electronics to the US this year. While thought to be a quite seasoned player in China, it's a six-year-old "lifestyle technology" upstart to the rest of the world, which is why Barra is on an introduction mission. "We are looking forward to introducing our brand to US consumers," Barra said to Bloomberg. "We're going to do it in the same way that we've done it in other markets. The company's targeting the young crowd (as is Huawei's competing sub-brand, Honor) through social media. India is the largest target at this ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Despite reaching a tremendous historical milestone with the low-cost Redmi smartphone lineup, Xiaomi is expected to encounter great difficulty in its mission to beat last year’s sales numbers, as the Chinese OEM remains reluctant of a proper global expansion. But at least domestically, the “Apple of China” looks finally ready to take some chances, tackling a few fledgling industry segments which could prove immensely profitable down the line. The Xiaomi VR “Toy Edition” is one such intriguing experiment, while the public beta launch of Xiaomi Mi Pay was first rumored way back in ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    China's largest card issuer, UnionPay, has crossed the Pacific to spread its mobile payments system, QuickPass, to the Great White North. Over 70,000 Canadian merchants take UnionPay cards as well as over 85 percent of ATMs. While Chinese students and other contingents continue to flock east to not just Vancouver, but most of Canada, the move is good news for tech-enabled immigrants to tap-and-go with their chip-equipped cards or phones (brands mentioned in the press release include Huawei, [Xiao]MI, ZTE and Lenovo), paying online and in stores — though we're not sure how many merchants ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    While OPPO and Vivo are proving to be the insurgent forces — technically separate, but under one umbrella — in China, we still see Huawei lead the pack for total shipments. Digitimes is reporting some room for growth on what's thought to be a super-saturated market for smartphones this past Q2 — a 2.7 percent sequential increase and a 14.3 percent annual jump to 149 million phones. Local vendors seem to be packing in more deliveries of mid-range and budget models. Huawei logged a 14 percent share of the pie or about 20.9 million shipments. OPPO came second with 12.7 percent, ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Despite the generally bleak picture painted by most market research companies and industry analysts when it comes to recent iPhone box-office numbers and Apple’s realistic expectations going forward, it’s not all doom and gloom for the world’s enduring top mobile OEM in terms of actual financial gains. Not only does Cupertino continue to make way more money than Samsung or Huawei on higher device prices and a refusal to compete in the low-end segment, with the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showing an iOS comeback in the US and Europe’s five largest ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    A break from the downtrodden developments today to tell you about a mid-range Xiaomi device. Hey, we thought we're all hardware fans here? Well, the so-called "Redmi 4" is making the rounds on Geekbench, sporting Android Marshmallow, a Snapdragon 625 and 3GB of RAM. It scores a 929 in single-core tests and 4,751 in multi-core tests, which isn't too bad in itself and a big improvement over all the variants of the Redmi 3. And all of those phones were introduced in the front half of the year. The counter keeps up and so does Xiaomi. Source: Geekbench Via: PhoneArena

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    In a market already dominated by low-cost smartphone brands, where Apple continues to foolishly pursue profits rather than sales volumes, you don’t see a retailer like Amazon slash prices on Android handhelds quite as often as stateside. But from today through Wednesday, August 10, India-based mobile consumers looking for the best doorbuster deals can get popular OnePlus, Xiaomi, Samsung, YU, Motorola, HTC and Honor models even cheaper than usual. Granted, the discounts may not sound massive to American ears, generally ranging from 10 to 50 percent. What we can’t stress enough is the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It looks like Samsung could stand in the way of OPPO's goals to breach 100 million shipments in 2016. No, not because it wants to protect its own Galaxy products... well, not directly. You see, Samsung Display churns out hundreds of millions of AMOLED panels for not only Samsung Electronics's own phones, but other manufacturers as well — China's Xiaomi is one notable example and, of course, we're also talking OPPO. But as the displays maker gets set to expand its facilities to support a future iPhone with an OLED screen, many of Samsung Display's customers are finding their orders slow ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Well, this is a bitter disappointment. But it’s probably our fault for getting our hopes up, despite Xiaomi’s obvious intentions of limiting expectations and keeping pre-release buzz to a minimum here. No words on Google Daydream compatibility in the MIUI forum post officially previewing the very first Xiaomi VR headset, or on the product’s dedicated webpage, while the design is just as minimalistic as that fugly leaked pic from a few hours ago suggested. We’re looking at an almost primitive device, closer in appearance to Google Cardboard viewers than any of the two consumer ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It's rumored that Xiaomi has another big product launch scheduled for tomorrow (well, today in Chinese terms) and part of that expected lineup includes a VR headset. It's apparently one foamy little piece of kit, according to a well-known Weibo entity. Okay, other than the padding, there's nothing much to see here, to be honest. Rumors remain that this headset and the Xiaomi Mi 5s that may go along with it will be Daydream-compatible. MIUI8 gets a little tease as well on a smartphone that has a curved screen. If you haven't been paying attention, this is expected to be the Mi 5s. The ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    While one-third of an inch can make all the difference in smartphone usability, when a screen port steps down that kind of increment and the device takes an apparent decrease in power, you'd expect to pay less for that derivative as compared to the original product. Instead, one Weibo user is suggesting that it won't happen that way. He leaked out a sketchy sketch-art poster promoting the octa-core processor of the Redmi Pro Mini. Such a phone is listed to have a 5.2-inch full HD OLED screen (0.3 inches smaller than the Redmi Pro's screen to be precise) with 2.5D glass atop it, a 4Ah ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version