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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • India overtakes US to be second biggest smartphone market

    It's taken a little bit of time, but the latest smartphone stats from Canalys show that India has overtaken the United States for smartphone shipments. According to the tracking firm, India is now in second place, hitting the 40 million mark for the first time as well. "There are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, with more vendors arriving every quarter. In addition, India has one of the most complex channel landscapes, but with low barriers to entry. Growth will continue. Low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE are the main drivers," said Canalys analyst (heh) Ishan...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 coming to SA – report

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix caught our eyes last year, popularising the current-trend of high screen/body ratio smartphones. Unfortunately, we didn't receive the phone in South Africa, but that could change with the Mi Mix 2. In an interview with MyBroadband, MIA Group CEO RJ van Spaandonk said that the Mi Mix 2 is indeed coming to the country. It's believed that the phone will have a price tag in the R10 500 range. "That is what Xiaomi tries to do -- it offers premium features, but comes in 40% to 50% cheaper than current flagships," van Spaandonk was quoted as saying. The Mi...

  • Xiaomi Mi Box review: what to expect from cheap 4K Android TV box?

    On paper, the Xiaomi Mi Box seems like a cheap and viable alternative to the Apple TV, being equipped with 4K and HDR capabilities. Heck, Apple has only caught up now when it comes to these standards. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's streaming box has been on the market for over a year, even coming to the USA via Walmart. Unfortunately, you can't pick it up in South Africa, being one of the few major Xiaomi devices to miss our shores. Still, you can actually pick one up from online retailer Gearbest, so we got a hold of a review unit via the website, being...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A vs Redmi 4X: which should you buy?

    Xiaomi's Redmi 4X is here, but with near identical specs to this year's other release, the Redmi 4A, it may be difficult to make the final call on which phone to buy. So here's a breakdown of just how these two phones differ. The price As the newer (and slightly better-specced) phone, the 4X comes in at R2799 -- R800 more expensive than the 4A, which launched at R1999. But is the extra cost worth it? The looks As far as appearances go, the phones are pretty much the same. They both have around a 70% body-to-screen ratio, and both come in gold and black/"dark...

  • All the updates from Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Mi Note 3 event

    Chinese brand Xiaomi seems to be enjoying a very solid year, bouncing back with growing sales and some intriguing devices. Today sees the company launching the Mi Mix 2 smartphone, a follow-up to last year's global trailblazer. Check out our constantly updated article below for news from the event. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 The latest Xiaomi phone has finally broken cover, with the company claiming a 12% smaller chin. The firm also touts a hidden "sound guided speaker" and ultrasonic proximity sensor at the top of the phone. In an interesting move, the firm has maintained a single main camera (using the Mi 6's...

  • Mi A1: Xiaomi reveals SA-bound Mi 5x with stock Android

    True to the rumours, Xiaomi has launched the Mi A1 handset, being the company's first Android One smartphone. The phone, which features Android One branding on the back, will eschew MIUI in favour of pure Android. Being part of the Android One initiative means that the phone should get updates much faster than normal. "We recognise that there are some of our users who prefer a different flavour of Android," the company's Donovan Sung said during the launch event. The executive adds that Xiaomi will still be preinstalling some of its own apps on the phone, such as the camera and remote app. A...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: what do rumours, teasers suggest?

    Last year's Mi Mix was a revelation, popularising the thin bezel, high screen/body ratio trend that would be followed by Samsung, LG and countless budget manufacturers. But Xiaomi isn't standing still, as it prepares for the Mi Mix 2 launch later this month. For starters, CEO Lei Jun has taken to Weibo to post photos of the Mi Mix 2 retail packaging -- it shows us just how close we are to the release date. The company has also teased the overall design with a series of posters, showing off even thinner borders than that on the original Mi Mix and the...

  • 5 mobile brands that could be doing a better job in SA

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, there's no doubting that we've got a pretty healthy variety of smartphone brands in the country. From budget-minded devices to pricey superphones, almost all the bases are covered. In saying so, there are a few brands in the country (via distributors or directly in South Africa) that could do a better job of hawking their wares. Be it in terms of price or just actually bringing devices to the country, we'd like to see them step up. Xiaomi Local distributor MIA Group has done a good job of bringing well-priced Xiaomi phones to the country. In...

  • Is this the final design for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2? [Video]

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix is arguably one of the most beautiful smartphones released in the last 18 months, popularising the current trend of thin bezels. But it looks like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 might step things up in a big way. Phillipe Starck, the designer behind the original device (and purportedly behind the sequel) has posted a video on Facebook, showing what could be one of the designs for the Mi Mix 2. "Mi Mix 2. Conceptual product design WIP v3," reads a disclaimer in the bottom right-hand corner of the video. In the clip, we see a phone with even thinner...