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    Look at the companies that have created Nexus-series smartphones to date: HTC, Samsung, LG, and now Motorola. All big names on the international market, and all familiar brands to smartphone shoppers in the West – particularly the US, on Google's home turf. But now a new rumor suggests that Google could be thinking about going in a different direction for the manufacturer it partners with to build this year's Nexus phone (which, since we clearly can't call it the Nexus 7, has its name still up in the air), working with a Chinese OEM. The source doesn't say just who that might be, but it ...

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    Xiaomi has found itself become one of the biggest names in the smartphone game, though to many users in the West it's still a mystery. Considering how you won't see any Xiaomi phones at your local Best Buy or Verizon store, that's hardly surprising. So when we heard earlier this month that Xiaomi was planning a US press event, our interest was piqued: was the company actually considering bringing its phones to the States. Alas, that hope was quickly shut down, as a representative clarified that Xiaomi wasn't about to announce its forthcoming entry into the US smartphone market. Today, ...

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    I’ve been experiencing a lot of firsts of the past few months. I’ve had my first smartwatch review, first time carrying a BlackBerry, and first time testing a device from overseas. It’s the latter I want to discuss today. The fine folks over at Efox-shop hooked us up with a recently released Xiaomi Mi Note and are allowing us to play with it. I’ve had the device in hand for a few days, and been using it as a daily driver for just a couple of days, since saying goodbye to the Galaxy Note Edge. So I wanted to share with you a few first impressions of this device. First of all, the ...

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    Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been positively exploding upon the market, seeing a huge expansion in sales and attracting heavy investments from firms looking for a piece of its success. With models featuring cutting-edge tech like the Mi Note Pro with its Snapdragon 810 SoC, it's no surprise that we'd love to see access to the company's phones spread to new areas, so when we got word last night that Xiaomi was planning a US event, we were understandably excited. Could the firm be working to get some of its phones onto the shelves of US carriers? We hold out hope that it could ...

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    Xiaomi is currently the one of the worlds leading smartphone manufacturers, and that's commendable considering that the company hasn't really left the Chinese market. We've reviewed a few of the company's products and have found an impressive approach to the market so far, but that doesn't mean that we're not left wishing that the company would bring some extra competition to the United States, and that's apparently about to change. Xiaomi has just sent out press invitations for an event to happen on February 12, and if you're wondering what the purpose of the event is for, well the ...

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    The Chinese smartphone market is one of the largest in the world. As a matter of fact, in 2012, the Chinese smartphone market was the number one market in the world, followed by the US, and, according to trends and additional data, that ranking doesn't seem to change any time soon. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that according to a recent DigiTimes research, smartphone shipments in China grew 10.8% in the last quarter of the 2014 compared to the previous one, and 13.2% compared to 2013. Translating that into numbers, more than 100 million units were shipped on the Chinese ...

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    We've been waiting for smartphone news from China to happen this week, and phone-maker Xiaomi has just introduced its latest flagship. The Xiaomi Mi Note announced today is, according to the company, "the most epic flagship device of the year", which might very well be true, as the year is in its infancy (and if you disregard the LG G Flex 2 introduced at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show). At 6.95mm thin, the Mi Note weighs 161 grams and is 155.1 mm tall, and 77.6 mm wide. The screen is one of 5.7 inches, so we can definitely call this one a phablet, if that wasn't clear from its ...

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    Last night we shared with you a teaser from Xiaomi, hinting at the upcoming launch of a very thin smartphone in one week. We looked at some theories for what the hardware might consist of, as well as some evidence that seemed to support the idea of an exceedingly thin design, but didn't have a ton to go on. This morning the picture seems to be getting quite a bit more clear, as new leaks arrive concerning the Xiaomi Mi5, now believed to be the very thin phone in question. The Xiaomi Mi5 (or possibly Mi4s – the branding isn't yet clear) should measure just 5.1mm thick, right down there ...

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    Don't think that just because the Consumer Electronics Show is winding down that we're suddenly going to be without new phones to talk about. Even short of MWC in a couple months, other new hardware is on our radar, and one of the next to arrive could be a new model from Xiaomi. And by the looks of things, the manufacturer may be trying to raise the stakes when it comes to producing stunningly thin handsets. First up, we've got this teaser from Xiaomi, revealing plans to introduce a new phone on January 15. You can see from the imagery how the finger placement suggests a very slim ...

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    Xiaomi isn't exactly a staple brand name here in the United States, but the company has racked up quite a reputation for itself in Asia (and especially China), primarily because of the budget phones it creates which are even pretty usable, as our impressions of the company's Redmi 1S smartphone evidenced. Now, there's a sequel available for that phone, and it's called the Xiaomi Redmi 2. It's got a few marginal improvements, but hey, improvements are improvements. The specs include a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (up from the Snapdragon 400 that was used in the 1S) clocked at 1.2 GHz, a ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has had itself a very good year, and we've got our eyes out for what's coming next from the manufacturer. While the flagship Mi5 has been the focus of the majority of rumors, it's not the only new hardware we're hearing about. We remain curious about what Xiaomi will bring to CES, but now the latest rumor is looking to what could be happening a slight bit further out, with word that Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 may be launched on January 15. From what we've heard, the Redmi Note 2 could strike a nice value/performance balance. It's supposed to be a 5.5-inch 1080p ...

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    What's being the number-three smartphone manufacturer in the world worth to a company? Over the past year, Xiaomi's exploded out of the gate and went from a 1.5 percent share of total smartphone shipments to a healthy 5.2 percent, neck-and-neck with Huawei for third place (heck, what with the scant handful of phones separating some of these places and the sheer momentum of sales involved, Xiaomi may already be ahead) and within sight (especially with that massive growth) of Apple's number two spot? If you said “billions and billions of dollars,” you're in the right ballpark, and the ...

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    Sapphire is definitely not new on smartphones, as you might remember Kyocera launch a smartphone sporting a sapphire display a few months ago. Still, you might not remember it as well as you might remember Apple's failed attempts to bring sapphire to its existing smartphone lineup. If you're wondering when you'll be able to get sapphire on your next smartphone, it seems another company is planning to beat Apple. Xiaomi is now reported to include a 5.7-inch sapphire display in its new Xiaomi 5, which we are expecting to see launched at CES 2015 in the next few weeks. The source claims that ...

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    This year's been a bumpy one for smartphone giant Samsung. While the company is still selling a crazy number of handsets, little by little it's seen its market share shrink as competition starts chipping away at the Samsung's dominance. We've already seen companies like Xiaomi really step-up their smartphone sales, joined by other rising Asian manufacturers like Lenovo. Back at the end of October, we took a look at the state of the market in Q3 2014, reflecting on just what had shifted over the course of the prior year. Today, some new Q3 figures are available from a different source, and ...

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    Earlier today, we talked to you about rumored plans for Xiaomi to reveal its next flagship Android at CES 2015 in January, the Mi 5. With specs like a quad HD display and Snapdragon 810 SoC, it sure sounded like quite the thing to look forward to. But will we even have to wait that long? Xiaomi has just started sending out press invites to an event it's holding next Tuesday; what could it have to reveal? Truthfully, while the Mi5 remains a possibility for next week's event, it's a very distant one. Much more likely, we'll see the manufacturer introduce something a little less high-end. As ...

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    It's not often Xiaomi is talked about here in the States, but the brand has quickly gained popularity in Asian markets for its affordable yet powerful smartphones. We even came to enjoy our time with its current flagship, the Mi4, as we noted in our full review, which is exactly why the possibility of the Xiaomi Mi5 launch date landing in just a few short weeks has us excited. Analyst Sun Changxu expects the phone to feature praise-worthy specs such as a 5.7-inch 2K display, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, and a 20.7MP camera. Considering that the second item is currently facing some ...

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    There's a big power shift going on right now in the smartphone market, as once-giants start to see their sales slip from between their fingers and previously second-string players step up to play with the big boys. New analyst reports on global smartphone shipments reveal some incredible growth from Xiaomi, blowing past the competition to land at the number three spot, behind only Samsung and Apple. Unsurprisingly, it's sales in Asia that are driving Xiaomi's success, where phones like the Mi4 are being eagerly snapped-up by shoppers looking for a great value. In the Mi4, they find a ...

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    Our review of the Xiaomi Mi4 went up earlier this week. In short, it's a really nice piece of hardware with some serious software issues. However, MIUI has been around for some time and a major update – MIUI version 6 – is just around the corner. It's always been known for its deep customization options and putting the power in the hands of the user. While we did talk a lot about the software on the Mi4, we had to skip over some of the more nitty gritty features. That's just the way it goes with time-sensitive review periods. As such, we've picked three of our favorite Xiaomi Mi4 ...

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    Xiaomi is a company we didn't have a lot of experience with before last month, and understandably so. The Chinese company is only four years old and didn't start expanding its business internationally until last year. Clearly, the company is doing something right, though. Its Mi3 handset from earlier this year has reportedly sold out in mere minutes on more than one occasion and Xiaomi replaced LG as the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world earlier this month. Back in July, Xiaomi announced the newest addition to its high-end smartphone lineup, the Mi4. The specs and pricing ...

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    When we reviewed the HTC One M8, we were discovered it was one of the best looking and feeling Android handsets around. In fact, very few other Android smartphones even come close in build quality and design. Not only is its hardware impressive, though, it's a great smartphone through and through. It's camera isn't mind-blowing, but it's far from the worst; the Sense 6 software is actually very nice; the BoomSound speakers provide a one-of-a-kind, pocket-sized multimedia experience; and things like battery life and network performance are great. Xiaomi, being a company based on many of ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section. One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs ...

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    Xiaomi is making waves in the smartphone industry. It's ousted LG as the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, sold out of its Mi3 in mere seconds countless times, and created compelling product after compelling product. Still, not everyone is convinced Xiaomi is deserving of all the praise and success it has earned seemingly overnight. The four-year-old company sometimes uses some pretty sheisty tactics. It's accused of ripping off the late Steve Jobs' style – from his wardrobe to his presentation style. The company is said to have been built on similar principles as ...

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    Just last week, Xiaomi kicked LG off the list of top smartphone manufacturers as it took fifth place for itself. And more than once, it's managed to sell out of its Mi3 handset in record time. Clearly, it's doing something right amidst all the controversy it's leaving in its wake. The question now is, can its newest handset, the Mi4, compete with what many have declared the best smartphone of the year thus far, LG's G3? With the G3, LG has managed to woo tons of consumers. The 5.5-inch QHD display is packed into a remarkably small package, the LG UI is actually a pleasure to use, and it's ...

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    Xiaomi has been turning a lot of heads of late. The four-year-old company recently became the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but not without causing a good bit of controversy first. It's been the target of constant criticism over taking a lot of inspiration from none other than Apple and even caught flak for stealing copyrighted images on its Mi3 product page. However, the company is maturing and its most recent smartphone lends a great deal of credence to that. The Mi4 comes with some of the best specifications found in most flagships today, and its stainless steel ...

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