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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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 ...

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    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

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi continues investigating one of its Mi 4i devices after it exploded right in its owner's hands in India. The company has given a replacement device to that customer, but the damage control has only just begun as another reported explosion has rocked a Xiaomi device. One Weibo user relayed a customer's pictures of their Mi 5 with its back cover melted off and its battery post-mortem. The rest of the device appears to be fine, but we don't have any idea what happened to it nor what conditions the explosion took place. The Weibo user only described the incident as ...

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    It’s pretty rare to schedule product announcement events and start teasing big releases in trendy tech industry segments as VR on such short notice, but for all we know, Xiaomi could have initially planned to unveil this device that’s being hyped up right now alongside the Redmi Pro phone and Mi Notebook Air. Perhaps the company felt it was too much action for one day, or maybe its first ever virtual reality headset won’t be ready to launch commercially for a while longer. Either way, it’s definitely seeing daylight (formally) on Monday, August 1, roughly 24 hours before arguably ...

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    Xiaomi's more price-aggressive brand, Redmi, has a new phone out simply called the Redmi Pro. It starts at the equivalent of about $225, but it also has a full HD OLED screen — something rare at this price point. Samsung, which produced the Xiaomi Mi 5's OLED panels, did not produce the Redmi Pro's screens, though. Not even LG got the job. Instead, Xiaomi Today is reporting that two Chinese firms, EverDisplay and BOE, made the grade. It's not known how the order split down. The two companies are heading off Samsung's reported 95 percent share of the OLED market with more orders from ...

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    “The Apple of China” may have been overshadowed of late by the local Samsung equivalent (i.e. Huawei), as well as LG’s counterpart (OPPO), but it’s still managed to beat the Cupertino-based giant it was once accused of emulating to the dual rear camera punch. Even better, the just-unveiled Xiaomi Redmi Pro looks about three times as cheap as the iPhone 7 Plus, aka 6SE Plus, kicking off sales, at least domestically, as early as August 8. Granted, at RMB 1,500 ($225) and up, this Android-powered 5.5-incher can’t possibly hide 3D Touch tricks up its sleeve, or pack Qualcomm’s ...

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    Every so often, a device will light up. Spark. Smoke. Explode. Often, it will be on the charger. But this is a rare occasion. A Xiaomi customer has posted CCTV video to the company's Indian Facebook page showing him using a Mi 4i at his office in Noida. At 12 seconds in, Ajay Raj Negi tosses his phone onto his desk and backs away from it as sparks start shooting out from the device. Co-workers clear the area as smoke billows into the room. A person extinguishes the flames with some water — not a recommended suppressant for electrical fires. "I could have lost my life or my arm or maybe ...

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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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