Posts tagged with: Xiaomi
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    It should be crystal clear by now that, while it fell short of overly optimistic expectations from ardent iFans, the Apple Watch sold magnificently well during its first eight or nine months in stores, acting as the main catalyst behind the global rise of wrist-worn gadgets. Granted, Fitbits and Xiaomi Mi Bands also helped put wearables on the map, but they’re likely to gradually lose steam in the next few years, not to mention they’re generating peanuts in profits. Back to the “iWatch”, this reportedly accounted for a whopping two thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, namely ...

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    Compared to Samsung and LG to a certain extent, Xiaomi managed to keep a relatively tight lid on information spills regarding its next-gen flagship device, slated to go official in Beijing and Barcelona on February 24 after an excruciatingly long waiting time. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve seen our fair share of Mi 5 renders… and then some, as well as reports on everything from prospective OS choice, premium build materials, top-shelf RAM and processor specifications, and even chromatic options. It’s just we can’t be 100 percent sure of more than a couple of features, including ...

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    In the past 48 hours, we've seen how badly a publicized distribution deal ended up working out for US Mobile. It announced that was selling Xiaomi and Meizu devices for use in the US and was rebuffed by media outlets and the former of the device manufacturers. Today, the T-Mobile virtual operator went looking for vindication in a blog post. It turns out that the MVNO was offering something up no other a la carte marketplace could: in-house warranty and support. Instead of dealing with the manufacturer, US Mobile would be using its own resources to repair the phones— given that CEO Ahmed ...

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    As last year’s most popular smartphone vendor in China continues to quietly set the stage for its next-gen flagship’s double debut showing in Barcelona and Beijing, this tiny T-Mobile MVNO called US Mobile took the nation by surprise yesterday, picking up the Redmi 2, Mi 3 and Mi 4 out of nowhere, alongside Meizu’s M2 Note. The little known carrier predictably ran out of all stocks the same day it put the four super-affordable Androids on sale, and if you hoped they’d return sooner or later, there might be a big hurdle on their way back to market. As it turns out, no one asked ...

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    GSM Nation off-shoot and T-Mobile MVNO US Mobile announced today through PCMag that it was carrying Xiaomi and Meizu phones for its subscribers to purchase. It was a curious get for the carrier as both manufacturers have yet to produce phones fully compatible with US GSM and LTE networks and as we're about to find out, we shouldn't be getting too excited at this juncture. The phones in question were: Xiaomi Redmi 2 - $119 Xiaomi Mi 3 - $139 Meizu M2 Note - $149 Xiaomi Mi 4 - $219 We say "were" because the phones have all sold out — we weren't able to pull up purchase pages on the ...

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    As part of a government initiative suggestively titled “Make in India”, a number of top-tier foreign smartphone manufacturers have been swayed to assemble their products locally by way of tax cuts and other incentives. The program was established in late 2014, and already, it’s helped significantly boost production in dozens of mobile plants recently erected in the second global market to reach a billion active handheld users. How significantly? According to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, no less than 100 million smartphones were built in India during 2015, up from “just” ...

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    After many years of constant, impressive growth in overall smartphone demand, the Chinese market hit a big stagnation point in 2015, according to at least two research firms, with new trends favoring domestic manufacturers over the rulers of the Western mobile world. Things got so bad for Samsung in the single biggest market around the globe that the Galaxy failed to make the local top five both in Q4 and as far as the whole year is concerned. Huawei won the October – December gold medal, with 15.2 percent share, followed closely by Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and OPPO, at 14.8, 13.1, 10 and 9.2 ...

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    Just when we thought there was nothing that could possibly surprise us on the Xiaomi Mi 5 gossip front any longer, the most unexpected yet also reasonable rumor crops up in China (where else?). It turns out we won’t see only one handheld unveiled simultaneously in Barcelona and Beijing on February 24, but two very different devices. At least different in terms of their pre-installed operating systems, because hardware-wise, they should be identical. That’s right, the long-rumored, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 will apparently go official in both Android and Windows 10 derivations, much like ...

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    While it was certainly pleasing to hear the long-rumored Xiaomi Mi 5 would finally go official late next month, the announcement venue sounded predictable and, frankly, disheartening. But the company’s global expansion ambitions might erupt after all, as invitations for an MWC media preview in Barcelona on February 24 have started going out to select members of the press. The simultaneous Beijing “launch event” remains set too, suggesting for once that Xiaomi sees an opportunity to spread its growing tentacles to the old continent and perhaps North America as well. At the same time, ...

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    The Android 5.1 Lollipop-running Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 variant was reportedly a raging success, exhausting its initially allocated inventory in 60 seconds (though no one knows what that means in actual unit sales), so naturally, the up-and-coming device manufacturer hopes the Windows 10 configuration will be met with similar enthusiasm. This one was obviously unveiled alongside its Google-backed sibling, but only goes on sale in China tomorrow, January 26, with no word on a prospective global expansion just yet. The quality-pricing ratio feels absolutely mind-blowing, as the equivalent of $200 ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S7 is supposedly coming soon, but what is definitely coming soon is the Xiaomi Mi 5. And it can't come soon enough for a company that's been through a cooling in sales and a gap year in flagship iteration. So, it came time for Li Wanqiang, co-founder and senior vice president of Xiaomi, to set things straight. Li announced February 24 to be the day that the company will introduce the Xiaomi Mi 5, right in the middle of its spring conference. Interestingly, there have been leaks on the conference semantics — location, logistics, timing, etc. — with a scheduled main ...

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    2015 wasn’t the year of the great PC comeback, as iPhones managed to eclipse the popularity of traditional Windows computers by themselves, but something must be telling two of the most successful handheld manufacturers in the world there’s still money to be earned in devices sized over 10 inches. Beside the looming Huawei MateBook (weird name, we know), a sub-13-inch hybrid of sorts could be coming soon from Xiaomi, which is currently putting the finishing touches to the Mi 5 flagship phone too. What’s interesting is that, according to Digitimes and the publication’s hit-and-miss ...

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    You know what would have made the Redmi 3 even harder to resist, practically perfect? Pre-installed Marshmallow software goodies, which Xiaomi made its fans wait for even on the high-end Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. But the waiting may finally be (almost) over, at least as far the Mi Note is concerned, with weeks of beta testing reportedly set to conclude on Friday, when an official, fully polished Android 6.0 package should roll out OTA to the 1080p 5.7-incher in China. Meanwhile, the “Pro”, Quad HD/Snapdragon 810/4GB RAM variant looks destined to stay on Lollipop for a few days or ...

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    So much for a collapse. The PC market may be on the slopes, but with Microsoft making its own (convertible) laptop and Apple totally owning it with its MacBooks, Huawei seems to be puffing up its chest for a major Mate move. That's if the ever-grinding Chinese rumor mill gets its facts right. Swimming around in the muck is news that Intel had given Xiaomi a BOGO deal on chips, reportedly giving the OEM a tablet processor per notebook processor the company bought or possibly vice versa. That tablet processor could be the Atom x5 that we saw on the Mi Pad 2 late last year. We haven't seen a ...

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    Just when we thought all the pieces of the Xiaomi Mi 5 puzzle had fallen neatly into place, a couple of fresh visual leaks seem to contradict one another, as well as past renders, starring the front part of an ivory model, and the rear cover of the looming black variant. It’s of course possible we’re dealing with the same exact phone, but it’s more likely the Mi 5 will come in two configurations different not only as far as internals go, but also build quality. The pricier, punchier version could be made entirely out of metal, while the lower-cost, lower-end config will trade ...

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    Overall 2015 global smartphone sales numbers are in, at least from research firm TrendForce, and the single-digit growth predicted by IDC just last month was exceeded. Not by a lot, but it’s pleasing to hear almost 1.3 billion intelligent handhelds were shipped worldwide in the past 12 months, despite mature markets reaching saturation and many formerly emerging countries looking to follow suit. That represents a year-on-year progress of 10.3 percent, and it was all mostly due to fast-rising Chinese brands, which reportedly seized no less than seven of the top ten manufacturer slots. ...

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    China might still be the largest smartphone market on the globe, but not even it can grow eternally, at the same steady pace, propelling its key domestic players among the world heavyweights by itself. Huawei’s impressive rise to 108 million handheld shipments in 2015 was due to its regional success, as well as surging ambitions on the Western hemisphere, particularly stateside, where the Google-backed Nexus 6P is “living” proof the brand’s reliability has greatly progressed. Meanwhile, although Xiaomi sensed the Chinese market reached its peak and saturation point last year, the ...

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    Xiaomi has been fighting the contraction of its sales for some time now as it struggles to find pathways out of China. We've been talking about US expansion for that same bit of time, but there's little fruition on that front. At least, though, the Chinese OEM is getting somewhere. Take the United Arab Emirates as electronics distributor Task FZCO and carrier Etisalat are partnering to sell four phones. The Redmi 2 Pro for AED449 ($122) The Redmi Note 2 for AED719 ($196) The Mi 4i for AED899 ($245) The Mi Note for AED1699 ($463) Task FZCO also plans on introducing Xiaomi devices to ...

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    Samsung may have got its ducks in a row these days, moving from a convoluted, confusing product lineup to a more organized roster featuring Galaxy S, A, E, and J families, but companies like Xiaomi often seem to be finding inspiration in the market leader’s erstwhile tactics. Case in point, the Redmi clan, composed of eerily similar devices including the Redmi 3, Note Prime, Note 3 and now Note 3 Pro or Note 3 Snapdragon. First of all, let us stress none of the Note-series handhelds supports pen input. Weird, huh? Also, they’re all designed for China or India (or both), obviously ...

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    A price tag and a release date. It’s essentially all that’s missing for the Xiaomi Mi 5 puzzle to fully come together, following an onslaught of rumors dating back to September. Yes, four months ago is when all this started, yet the long overdue Mi 4 sequel continues to lurk in the shadows, waiting patiently for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor to be ready for primetime. Several November, December and, it’s safe to say, January ETAs were missed by the purported Quad HD 5.2-inch Android, which may ultimately break cover dangerously close to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 introduction. ...

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    Premium design, decent overall specs, massive battery, and an economical price point. Can you truly have it all in an Android-powered package from a well-known manufacturer? Not if you insist on only buying aggressively advertised gear in the West. But if your mobile world view is wider than Apple and Samsung, and if you’re lucky enough to live in China, it’s time to meet the Xiaomi Redmi 3. Not to be confused with the Redmi Note 3, this bad boy puts most of today’s high-profile flagships to shame when it comes to endurance, tipping the scales at a whopping 4,100 mAh in the battery ...

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    Stagnating domestic sales apparently brought out the best in Xiaomi, which continues to carefully set the stage for its eventual American expansion with a series of exciting budget-friendly gadgets. The final few weeks of 2015 saw the rapidly rising Chinese OEM unleash the Redmi Note 3, Android 5.1 and Windows 10-running Mi Pad 2, as well as the Redmi Note Prime for India. Next up, and before the Snapdragon 820-powered Mi 5 goes fully official at last, January 12 should reportedly welcome the Xiaomi Redmi 3 in the ultra-low-cost Android handheld arena. There are no words on exactly how ...

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    The floodgates have officially opened with Qualcomm’s indirect announcement of the LeTV Max Pro, and unless the Snapdragon 820 processor suffers the same miserable fate as its predecessor, basically every high-end smartphone released from here on out should pick up the 14 nm-based silicon. Forget initial Samsung exclusivity too, as we may not know when LeTV’s second-gen powerhouse phablet commercially sees daylight, but Xiaomi just broadcasted on Weibo loud and clear its Mi 5 flagship shall go on sale shortly after the Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival of next month. The precise ...

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    Xiaomi smartphone sales have been suspended by South Korea's second largest carrier, KT Corp. The move comes just two days after the network operator started sales through online shopping site Interpark Corp. on Monday. It also market the first time a South Korean carrier started distributing Xiaomi smartphones. According to unnamed sources familiar with the matter, there were "legal matters related to sales" at the core of the decision. Meanwhile, South Korea's third mobile carrier, LG Uplus Corp., has started selling the Huawei Y6 smartphone, mostly due to the increasing ...

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    Some tech companies would do anything for a favorable headline or good free publicity, including intentionally limiting inventory of a new product to make it seem like demand is out of control. We can’t be 100 percent certain that was the strategy employed by Xiaomi upon releasing the 64GB Mi Pad 2, but exactly how many orders do you think a seller can physically rack up in 60 seconds? Millions? Out of the question, even for a giant like Apple, and a super-high-profile iPhone launch. Hundreds, tens of thousands? Also unlikely when talking increasingly undesirable tablets. Mere thousands ...

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