China’s prolific handset maker (or maker of all things sellable, really) may not be the first to tout bezel-less display, but it was among the first to recognize the potential and hopped onto the bandwagon fairly swiftly with the Mi Mix introduced last year. Nearly a year on, a second iteration was born and like the first, the Mi Mix 2 is beautiful, lent to it by an incredibly expansive display and a unibody ceramic construction. It is again, a product touched by contemporary design maestro, Philippe Starck. Xiaomi may have started out imitating others, but along the way, the company has matured, developing its own vision in the area of innovations. Continue reading Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Is ‘Edgeless’, Smaller But Packs Higher Resolution
Now that Google Nexus is officially dead and Android One has mysteriously gone quite for a while now, your only hope for pure Android experience, i.e. Android without bloatware, would be Google-sanctioned devices such as the Pixel line is your only hope. That said, unlike Android One or even the Nexus line, pure Android experience is not for the budget-conscious. Right now, Pixel is premium and alternatives like OnePlus, Motorola and more recently the Essential Phone, which are the closest you can get to pure Android experience, aren’t cheap as well. Continue reading Xiaomi’s First Pure Android Phone, The Mi A1, Is Certainly Not A Budget Phone
Yes. There is a ‘transforming’ Xiaomi tablet, but it is not kind of transformer tablet you may have imagined. It’s a toy, which is what makes it so interesting. Seriously, I don’t know how we managed to miss this exciting news when it was out last year. But hey, you know what they say? It’s better late than never. Anyways, last year, U.S. toy giant Hasbro and China handset maker Xiaomi jointly released a toy inspired by the iconic Decepticon robot, Soundwave, from the Transformers franchise. Kids of the eighties will remember Soundwave as the robot that masquerade as a cassette tape recorder that commands a bunch of cassette tape robot minions. Continue reading Did You Know Xiaomi Has A Tablet That Is Also A Transformers Robot?
It is well known fact that China’s prominent maker of handset, Xiaomi, makes more than just handsets and tablets. Fitness tracking shoes is one of the many other things it makes. It is listed on the company’s website, but this pair you see here, called Xiaomi ‘Intel Inside’ Ultra Smart Running Shoes, is a tad different. But before we dig in more, there’s something that I think we need to clear the air first. On contrary to what other blogs perceived, this pair of smart sneakers is not called “90 minutes.” Yes. It does have what read like “90 minutes” in Chinese at the beginning of the product name, but it can also interpret as 90 points, as in a score, but anyways, that’s not the point. Continue reading Xiaomi ‘Intel Inside’ Smart Sneakers Rolled In $640K On Mi ‘Crowdfunding’
I don’t think Apple did pull off the no headphone jack thing. Some users are still sore about it and despite so, it is not going to stop China handset maker, Xiaomi, from doing the same. Yes. You heard that right. Xiaomi’s latest flagship, the Mi 6, has no headphone jack. I don’t know if it go down well with China users, so, I guess we just have to wait it out and see how the masses react to this ‘devastating news’. The shock of no headphone jack aside, Mi 6 does bring some good news to those tight on budget but still wanting the latest in mobile processing because the Mi 6 is the first Chinese handset to flaunt Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 System-on-Chip, a much sought after chip that has so far seen on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium with 4K HDR display. Continue reading Guess What? Xiaomi’s New Mi 6 Has No Headphone Jack Too
It is true that the smartphone world has become rather dull and not-so-innovative. Even giants like Apple who has the financial muscle to flex when it comes to R&D failed to turn out anything mind-blowing. Xiaomi, one of China’s bigger player, on the other hand, is determined not to stop innovating. Granted the real innovation did not quite started until last month when it introduced the Mi 5s with ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and today, the handset maker did it again with the world’s first edgeless display called Mi Mix with a designed conceived by, surprise, surprise, the legendary French designer, Philippe Starck. Yes. The Philippe Starck. Continue reading Xiaomi Surprises The World With “World’s 1st” Edgeless Display
As much as I hate to admit, I do have a thing for Xiaomi’s products, in spite of its lack of creativity and originality (until of late, that is). And why not? After all, most of its product are functional, sleek and most importantly, very affordable. The Xiaomi Mi Box 4K Android TV Set-top Box is one such examples. Since its unveiling back in May at Google I/O, folks from Stateside can only dream about an affordable 4K Android TV box. Well, not anymore cos’ the China electronics maker has make good on its promise to bring this little black box to the U.S. Continue reading Xiaomi Mi Box 4K Android TV Set-top Box Lands In The USA, Priced At $69
Started out as a low-cost smartphone, Xiaomi have since venture beyond mobile phones, dabbling in a host of gadgets and even appliances like rice cooker and air purifier. While its portfolio may have expanded, some industry watchers and consumers can’t help but to call out copycat as many, if not all, its designs do have uncanny resemblances to big brands like Apple, Samsung and the likes. So, you could say Xiaomi is never really an innovator. However, that changes today, as it brings forth its new flagship, the Mi 5s (see what we mean?). Continue reading Who Says Xiaomi Has No Innovation? It Has Invisible Fingerprint Reader!
Xiaomi has taken to this year’s Mobile World Congress to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5. Fronting the device is a 5.15-inch energy saving 1080p display and on the back, there’s a 3D ceramic or glass design. Also on the front, the Chinese handset maker ditches touch sensitive home button in favor of a physical home button with fingerprint sensor. Three models, namely two models of standard and a pro model, will be offered with the major differences being the processor and GPU clock speed, RAM capacity and type, and inbuilt storage capacity. Continue reading Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Unveiled, Packs Some Serious Flagship Features
Barely two months after the announcement of Redmi Note 3, China handset maker Xiaomi, is again announcing another Note device. However, this time it is not a brand new device per se; it is actually the same Note 3, referred to as Redmi Note 3 Pro, with some significant changes under the hood, most notably the processor, which is now the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chip that packs a 64-bit 1.8GHz hexacore processor (2x ARM Cortex A72 + 4x ARM Cortex A53) along with Adreno 510 GPU (with DirectX 12 and OpenGL ES 3.1 support, and 4K video playback), integrated X8 LTE with Cat 7 speeds and support for VoLTE (Voice over LTE). Continue reading Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Gets Snapdragon Chip And 16MP Camera