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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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    While I/O’s main goal has always been to inform software developers of Google innovations in various operating systems, apps and platforms, the search giant diversified the scope of San Francisco announcements in recent years, also focusing on hardware. But yesterday’s conference was different, not only by taking place in Mountain View. At the same time, there was nothing new to show off on the Nexus front, and Android Wear’s biggest update yet came without a single revamped smartwatch. The Amazon Echo-rivaling Google Home thus flew solo to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in terms of ...

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    More Chinese manufacturers are on their way to the US, though it's still all for show at this point. ZTE has a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, while Huawei's still holding off on whatever improvements it may or may not have for the Nexus 6P. More relevant to this week's events, Meizu is said to be bringing the loudness over to Google I/O. And now, we can count Xiaomi in. Global vice president Hugo Barra teased what the company had in store for San Francisco on Twitter. Beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be a part of Google I/O. A sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at ...

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    CEO Tim Cook may try to shine a bright light on Apple’s recent financial numbers, spinning them in such a way that sales decline signals forthcoming growth, and weak China penetration beats yesteryear’s even lousier box-office scores in the world’s largest smartphone market. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is still considered a hit, and future generations will only make naysayers realize how they can’t live without an iPhone-compatible wearable. Then again, it’s impossible to deny the massive sequential drop in global demand, despite discounts seizing the timepiece its fair share of ...

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    A phone called the Xiaomi Mi Max officially launched last week and the starting gate has since been rendered invisible. The company has been giving away a few lots of the phone to some lucky Weibo users, but the real roadshow is still set for May 17 — and that's only to sell 100,000 units of the lower-speccd version with a Snapdragon 650, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Kinda sad to see that the masses will have to keep waiting. And by masses, we mean 10 million pre-orders. The pre-order tally was up to 8 million within the first couple days of availability last week, so we've seen the ...

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    While unsurprisingly choosing to put the spotlight on the remarkably affordable Mi Max upper mid-range phablet first and foremost at a Beijing press event earlier today, Xiaomi also took the wraps off its latest Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 OS, the iHealth Box, and Mi Band 2 fitness tracker. Well, technically, the Mi Band 2 wasn’t properly announced and fully detailed during said keynote address, as an unexpectedly complicated manufacturing process pushed back the commercial release by a month or so. That obviously didn’t stop CEO Lei Jun from prancing around on stage with the ...

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    We’ve been witnessing in recent months a full-scale invasion of stellar budget-conscious handhelds from Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei, Meizu and LeEco, with the icing on the cake served up today by the $230 and up Mi Max. That’s right, this premium Xiaomi-made monster will only cost RMB 1,500 in China when packing hexa-core Snapdragon 650 power, 3GB RAM and a 32GB ROM. Meanwhile, 1,700 Yuan ($260) shall score you an octa-core SD652 SoC, 3 gigs of memory and 64GB internal storage, with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 652/4GB RAM/128GB ROM configuration fetching the equivalent of $305 ...

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    While Xiaomi is unlikely to be able to properly release the Mi Band 2 fitness tracker very soon, which may also push back the long overdue Mi Watch, we still expect the OEM to take the Beijing stage on Tuesday to at least fully unveil its latest ultra-low-cost wearable piece, as well as the Mi Max phablet. This latter device is a relatively new entry in the rumor mill, but already, we’ve heard a number of conflicting reports on some of its specs, with visual leaks clashing on buttons and fingerprint sensor placement too. Ultimately, China’s telecommunications equipment certification ...

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    Xiaomi's second nifty and cheap fitness band will have to wait a bit longer before it gets officially released. That's according to Huang Wang, CEO of Xiaomi-associated Huami. Responding to a netizen's question on when and how the Mi Band 2 will be sold, Wang said that mass-production process has been pretty stressful and that there isn't enough inventory to put out for proper sales. He didn't give a timeline, but we assume that we should have to wait a little while before stock gets to where it needs to be. Source: Weibo Via: PhoneArena

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    Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5's fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices coming soon. One Weibo user is reporting that Xiaomi and Huawei are working on such phones with the former's possibly taking on the "Mi Edge" name and the latter's likely flowing with "Mate Edge." Original, right? Here's the rub: Xiaomi is apparently turning to LG Display for ...

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    It’s only been a little over two months since Xiaomi’s first big 2016 product introduction event, and although the Mi 5 and Mi 4S phones remain largely exclusive to Chinese shores, the Android OEM cooks up another shindig, this time in Beijing, to take the wraps off a couple extra high-profile gadgets. Well, on paper, the Mi Max or just Max phablet and Mi Band 2 activity tracker look slightly lower-profile than the Mi 5 flagship handheld, but then again, the reimagined wearable is likely to roll out worldwide and match or perhaps exceed its predecessor’s mind-blowing sales numbers. ...

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    Remember that redesigned, vastly improved Mi Band 2 activity tracker Xiaomi’s CEO so casually showcased well in advance of its formal announcement a few days ago? It turns out it’s not the only new wearable device cooked up by the “Apple of China”, which clearly needs to make some big changes and bold moves after exiting the top five smartphone manufacturer ranks for Q1 2016. A high-end Xiaomi Max phablet and LCD screen-sporting Mi Band 2 sound like a good start, with a full-fledged Xiaomi Mi Watch following sometime in the year’s second half in a bid for extra diversity and ...

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    When we're looking at the biggest smartphone brands around, it's almost not even worth paying attention to the top two: Samsung dominates the market, and Apple's got itself a reasonably comfortable second-place spot. But move a little further down the list, and the fight starts getting interesting. Huawei's been a distant third for a while now, but could the company ever get to the point where Apple needs to be worried? And while Xiaomi and Lenovo filled out the top five last time we looked, will their fortunes hold? The latest global shipment figures are out, and they show some big ...

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    While Xiaomi currently covers plenty of price points with numerous smartphones and tablets, some going for as much as $400 or $500, one of the company’s most successful products yet has been a super-basic $15 activity tracker. The Mi Band even got a small upgrade last fall, with an optical heart rate monitor in tow and the same stupid low price, but there comes a time in any gadget’s life cycle that extreme affordability is simply not enough. You have to give the buyer more, at the risk of needing to ask more. Enter the long overdue Xiaomi Mi Band 2, capable of displaying various ...

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    Despite what most recent reports appear to suggest, you may want to hold off on branding the iPhone SE a box-office lemon. After all, while 4-inchers used to be all the rage, you can’t just turn back the clock to 2013, and expect a repackaged iPhone 5s to sell hundreds of millions of units. Instead, the SE has to be judged first and foremost by its penetration of key markets that aren’t typically very warm to overpriced, jumbo-sized iPhones. Like India and China, the latter being said to have generated 3.5 million pre-orders last month. As usual, we’re guessing someone mixed ...

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    One of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers appears stuck in a rut of late, incapable of further boosting its domestic numbers, and possibly even looking at a sales decline this year if it doesn’t pursue its American dream. But perhaps the solution to Xiaomi’s “problems” lies in its willingness to change… something. You have to admit the OEM’s product roadmap has become a little boring and predictable recently, not to mention all the ultra-low-cost brand dilution. Meanwhile, the upcoming Xiaomi Max at least sounds different and relatively original, especially after the ...

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