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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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    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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