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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • Xiaomi’s budget Redmi 4A released in South Africa

    A few weeks ago, we were tipped off about the Xiaomi Redmi 4A being listed by Incredible Connection. Now, Afrihost has made it official, launching the budget smartphone in South Africa. The Redmi 4A packs a budget-minded Snapdragon 425 chip (quad core A53), 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, dual SIM design and 16GB of expandable storage. In other words, it's similar to the Redmi 2 Pro in many ways. This extends to the camera department too, packing a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main shooter and a 5MP selfie camera. Otherwise, you can expect an IR blaster, microUSB (not USB Type-C) and a...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • Pinecone: Xiaomi’s first in-house chip to power Mi 5c?

    All the big mobile players have their own in-house chip designs. Apple has its A-series, Huawei has HiSilicon and Samsung has Exynos. Now, it seems like Xiaomi will be joining the club too, with its Pinecone range of chips. According to My Drivers (Google Translate) and Android Headlines, Xiaomi will slap its own in-house processor into the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5c. For the uninitiated, the Mi 5c is a slightly cheaper version of the Mi 5, following in the Mi 4c's footsteps. So what kind of chip can you expect from the Chinese brand? According to the reports, the processor will be...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • Next Xiaomi phone set for SA? Redmi 4A listed by retailer

    The latest Xiaomi smartphone to hit South Africa might just be the Redmi 4A, it would appear. According to a listing on Incredible Connection's website, the metal-clad handset will be sold for R1999 -- putting it just R1300 below the Redmi 3's price tag. The Redmi 4A looks like a solid follow-up to the R1800 Redmi 2 rather than a successor to the Redmi 3 -- at least judging by the price and specifications. The handset packs a very budget-minded quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p display, 16GB expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot) and a decent 3120mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi...

  • Xiaomi-backed Yi Cam 4K+ offers 4K/60fps video [Update]

    Update: Yi Technology's Facebook page said that a South African release is in the pipeline, as the Yi Cam 4K+ is set to be a global release. But it might still take a while for the device to make its way here, a local representative told Gearburn in an emailed statement. "At the moment, the YI 4K+ is not available on the market yet and we are just planning to develop our sales in the South African market, so stay tuned!" Original: Xiaomi-backed Yi Technology has gained a cult following thanks to its Yi Cam range, being solid alternatives to GoPro....

  • CES 2017: Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is thinner than iPhone 7

    We've seen several TVs shown off at CES 2017 this week, but Xiaomi's Mi TV 4 might just be the most visually impressive set yet. The Mi TV 4 is 37% thinner than the iPhone 7, the Chinese colossus claimed, being 4.98mm thin with a "frameless" display to boot. To be fair, it's not of uniform thickness, with the bottom third of the TV being almost 40mm thick. In a rather interesting move, the motherboard, ports and sound system are in a separate "TV bar" that's attached to the actual display by a single cable. If it sounds familiar, it's because...

  • Xiaomi’s latest product? The Mi Electric Scooter

    Xiaomi is well-known for having a pretty eclectic catalogue of products, spanning everything from smartphones and tablets to rice cookers and Segway scooters. Now, the company has revealed the Mi Electric Scooter. The new scooter looks like a traditional push scooter, but packs a 280Wh lithium-ion battery and a top speed of 25 kilometres per hour, according to the official Xiaomi forum. As for range, you can expect a typical distance of about 30 kilometres before the gadget conks out. In a rather cool move, the Mi Electric Scooter also has KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), allowing you to recover energy from...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 for R999 is definitely worth a buy

    Xiaomi's Redmi 2 and Redmi 2 Pro are two of the best value-for-money smartphones in South Africa right now. At R1499 and R1899 respectively, you're getting good specs for the cash. Now, Xiaomi has revealed its Cyber Monday deals, with the standard Redmi 2 seeing a price drop to R999, the Mi 5 seeing a modest price drop to R6999 (from R7999) and the Mi 4 getting a price drop from R3799 to R2999 (as well as a Mi Band in the package). The Redmi 2 price marks the first time you can pick up a Xiaomi phone in the country...

  • 5 seriously odd things Xiaomi also sells

    From smartphones and tablets to fitness bands and streaming boxes, Xiaomi sells a wide variety of tech products. Did you know the company sells rice cookers and drones too? Well, here are a few more offbeat products the Chinese firm has in its stable. Mi Qicycle Electric bicycles (or e-bikes) are massive in China, as scores of people zip around city streets instead of walking or taking the bus. So it makes sense then for Xiaomi to release a product of its own in this regard, in the form of the Mi Qicycle range. And by far its most distinctive feature is...