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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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    The congestion of the worldwide smartphone market has been anticipated by analysts for a long time now, and you can almost notice it with the naked eye these days. Whether we’re talking Android devices or iPhones, upgrades happen at a slower pace than before, and driving new adoption is mission impossible, as billions of people already own intelligent handhelds. The best most major OEMs can thus hope for this year is share and sales stagnation, with perhaps a handful of rising Chinese stars looking at growth on both fronts. Overall, the market has begun to contract, and global shipments ...

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    Can China’s most popular smartphone manufacturer mount a serious challenge to Samsung, Apple or even domestic arch-rival Huawei on a global scale in the foreseeable future? It may need to if it wants to continue to grow, as overall 2015 Xiaomi sales failed to meet expectations, and things aren’t looking up just yet. Business isn’t down either, but mostly flat, with the recently launched Mi 5 flagship incapable of helping to break the 15 million barrier Xiaomi fell narrowly short of in the opening quarter of last year as well. Then again, Xiaomi Mi 5 demand apparently keeps exceeding ...

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    Naming new phones, tablets, even smartwatches and other types of gadgets can be such a pain that you have to wonder why more companies won’t listen to the voice of the people. That way, maybe it wouldn’t be so hard to distinguish between Samsung mid-rangers, and Sony could have found a better way to follow up its Xperia Z family than go back to X. Xiaomi apparently doesn’t want to make the same mistakes as its illustrious competition, running a poll on how to brand the OEM’s next high-end phablet. There were four choices offered, so the call wasn’t entirely the people’s, but ...

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    Some big superlatives have been laced into Weibo-based rumors around the Xiaomi Note 2, the top phone of the company's top-tier offerings not to be confused with the Redmi Note 2.  Yes, we're talking about a big — 5.7-inch "big" — quad HD screen. And yes, we're looking at some iPhone feature grabs including a "3D Touch"-like. Oh, and what's this Snapdragon 823 all about? Those top line numbers get tagged with some pretty amazing bottom line ones for a phone named "Note." First of all, while it's more likely that this Xiaomi Note 2 will get the Snapdragon 820, another possibility is ...

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    While it keeps you waiting for the ultimate low-cost iPhone SE contender with Android and Snapdragon 820 power, Xiaomi decided today was as good a time as any to add yet another mid-range model to the crowded Redmi 3 lineup. So far, we’ve seen the standard Redmi 3 launched back in January, followed closely by the Note 3 Pro and confusingly preceded by the Redmi Note 3 last fall. We probably shouldn’t forget about the Redmi Note Prime either, though we risk losing sight of what makes the just-unveiled Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro so great. Mainly, it’s the low, low price of 899 yuan in China, ...

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    Are smaller-than-5-inch phones passé? Not entirely, that’s for sure, but when it comes to well-equipped models from reputable OEMs, only two names come to mind – the recently unveiled iPhone SE, and the slightly older, much lower-profile Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Now it appears Xiaomi might be interested in joining the mini-flagship arena too, confirming what we already largely knew – Apple can carve out and revive new and old market segments even with its least successful products. Unfortunately, all we have on this mystery upcoming 4.3-inch Xiaomi right now is a blurry purported ...

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    Hold onto your nostalgia. It may be all we'll ever get in place of real flip phones in the future. This warning comes as Samsung gets a major take-up in curved display orders from Chinese manufacturers — in fact, those displays can be seen on a big talker of a device, the Vivo Xplay 5. Industry sources say several manufacturers will fill out their lineups for the second half of the year with those curvy-screened phones. Two OEMs spotlighted were Huawei and Xiaomi. The latter was known to have a penchant for iPhone-like hardware design. But with the Mi 5 towing in cues from Samsung, ...

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    In case you felt a 3,000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology wasn’t enough for the hugely in-demand Xiaomi Mi 5, despite the 5.2-incher snubbing the Quad HD screen resolution trend, there’s now a very convenient and cheap way to extend its endurance. Another one, that is, since the Mi 5 obviously supports any universal portable charger, with the right kind of USB adapter. The advantage of the new Xiaomi Mi Powerbank Pro is it’s fitted with a Type-C connector by default. Furthermore, it’s much slimmer than its predecessor, at only 12.6mm, and it weighs 223 grams ...

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    We all know how misleading Chinese “registrations” and “flash sales” can be. If device manufacturers want to artificially inflate buzz around new products, they only need to put a very limited batch up for grabs at first, then gloat about the hours, minutes or seconds it took for inventory to run out. Meanwhile, when you don’t ask for financial information upfront, reservation numbers are meaningless, and resulting unit sales look altogether different. Still, Xiaomi is reportedly having big trouble lining up actual Mi 5 demand and manufacturing, desperately calling for Foxconn ...

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    Samsung finds itself in an enviable position in the smartphone industry, large enough a company to develop a number of its own hardware components, while secure enough in its standing to not just hold its most desirable parts back for exclusive use in its own devices. In addition to Exynos chips, the curved-screen displays Samsung first used on its own Edge-series hardware have subsequently begun to appear in third-party phones, like BlackBerry Priv. Last year we heard that the Priv could just be the start of that expansion, with manufacturers like Huawei reportedly interested in using ...

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    Although it doesn’t break new ground in the memory department, “barely” packing 3 gigs of the good stuff in non-Pro configurations, and sports a Full HD display some Westerners might deem short of high-end material, Xiaomi’s hugely anticipated Mi 5 flagship phone is already in great demand. Only in China for the time being, but Xiaomi promises “global markets” will eventually follow suit. On that note, it’s probably no coincidence the handheld can theoretically work on literally all US networks, including those using CDMA technology. Before you get a chance to activate the ...

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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    Aside from boosting its domestic sales to unprecedented levels, Huawei proved over the course of last year you can also achieve (moderate) Western success even when hailing from China. Xiaomi should really be next in pursuing its American and European dream, the first step being made yesterday in Barcelona, where the flagship-grade but relatively affordable Mi 5 took MWC 2016 audiences by storm. Still, the “Apple of China” remains fearful of trumpeting a truly global expansion effort, merely confirming the Mi 5 for a March 1 commercial debut in the company’s homeland, followed ...

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    Xiaomi finally looks just about ready to take on the mobile industry’s heavyweights on a global scale, simultaneously unveiling the Mi 5 flagship in Barcelona and Beijing, but at the same time, the Chinese OEM remains focused on offering its domestic fans what they like best. Impressively powerful, remarkably elegant devices at unusually low prices, that is, and the Mi 4S takes it all to thrilling new heights. Despite what the name suggests, this is a substantial upgrade over the 2014 Mi 4, both in terms of build quality and specifications. Just as compact and easy to handle as its ...

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    No, it’s not the world’s first smartphone with 6GB RAM, and it doesn’t follow the Quad HD display trend either. But the highly anticipated, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 is pretty much as high-end as it could have been while keeping the price tag way lower than Samsung, LG and Sony’s newest flagships. Let’s start with the retail cost aspect, as it was always up for contention. The cheapest Mi 5 configuration will go for 2,000 RMB in China, which converts to roughly $305. That one is the “Standard” edition, powered by an underclocked Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB RAM and merely ...

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    Although it’s technically set to run for a couple more days, the 2016 Mobile World Congress pretty much concluded before it actually started, as Samsung and LG completely stole the show on Sunday, unveiling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, plus the LG G5 and its “Friends.” Tradition now calls for the GSM Association (GSMA) to honor the gadgets and technologies that shaped and transformed the industry last year, in order to smooth the path for the next generation of mobile innovators. After a presumably fierce battle with the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and LG G4, among others, the Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    Fitbit has had sustained success in selling electronics designed to keep people interested in exercise. It's probably not going to sustain that success much longer unless there's some inspiration going on. IDC reported wearable shipments for the fourth quarter of last year totaling 27.4 million for the industry, a 127 percent jump from the same time the previous year. Full-year figures amount to 78.1 million devices, besting 2014 by about 172 percent. The fitness tracker manufacturer was deemed the leader for both measurement periods with 8.1 million shipments tallied for Q4 (29.5 percent ...

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    It isn't happening. Take a chill pill and sit down. With the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 5 arriving on February 24, we're looking for some sense of closure when it comes to our expectations. Have we agreed upon what we'll settle for in terms of internals? That usually happens shortly before showtime. Weibo's been a hive about this sorting this business out and one rumor stoker from a Chinese mobile tech blog put out some specs: a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, 16-megapixel camera on the back, 4 megapixels on the front, Snapdragon 820, USB Type-C, NFC and a 2,910mAh power pack. There are two configs ...

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    If you had hoped Android Pay would bring harmony and ubiquity in an otherwise deeply fragmented mobile ecosystem, there’s bad news to report out of China, with the nation’s leading smartphone manufacturers purportedly intent on taking Apple and Samsung on as far as digital wallet platforms are concerned. It’s unclear whether the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE will join forces to provide a single alternative for rapidly rising Apple Pay and Samsung Pay services, as well as established local solutions from WeChat and Alibaba, or each go their own way and flood the market with a bunch ...

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    Benchmarks aren't everything. But there aren't any benchmarks in skipping rope. Xiaomi CEO Hugo Barra has posted the first of several teaser videos to promote the upcoming launch of its long-awaited next flagship, the Mi 5. The company recruited 12-year-old Cen Xiaolin, the current world record holder for the most skips in three minutes of skipping rope. Here's the first video teaser for #Mi5. Just how fast is fast? Record holder Xiao Lin Cen, who can skip rope 1096 times... Posted by Hugo Barra on Wednesday, February 17, 2016   Imagine Hugo Barra skipping rope on-stage at the launch ...

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