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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 features no notch, tiny bezels, and a sliding selfie camera

    In a busy week for smartphone lovers, Xiaomi may have just introduced the highlight. The Mi Mix 3 is now official, and is possibly one of the more classically beautiful phones of 2018. If you dislike the notch, you'll love the Chinese company's thin top and bottom bezels. Because of the lack of real estate above or below the screen, the selfie camera duo -- a 24MP snapper and a 2MP depth sensor -- is located on a sled behind the screen. But it doesn't use a motor like the Oppo Find X. "Once the screen is pushed down, the magnetic mechanism...

  • Watch JerryRigEverything mildly destroy a shiny new Pocophone F1

    I guess someone has to do it, right? The Pocophone F1 is a remarkable device. Beneath its US$300 skin lies the same chipset you find in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Sony Xperia XZ3, devices three times more expensive than it. But with that price reduction comes some sacrifices. JerryRigEverything, the reason why we can't have nice things, took his usual bevy of "surgical" instruments to the Pocophone F1, to see just how durable Xiaomi's latest flagship killer is. The answer? Quite. The body is decidedly polycarbonate and easy to cut into, but the glass up front should resist keys and wayward...

  • Huawei’s phones are now more popular than Apple’s

    Huawei now sells more smartphones globally than Apple, this according to data released by research firm Gartner. The firm's Q2 2018 reports suggests that the Chinese manufacturer sold in excess of 49-million devices within the quarter, around 13.3% of total market share. For Huawei, that's a gain or more than 13-million units year-over-year. Apple in comparison sold 44.7-million units, just over 400 000 more than the same quarter last year. Samsung remains the biggest selling smartphone manufacturer with 72.3-million units. Notably, that's a drop of some 10-million year-over-year. The Chinese onslaught continues further down the table. Xiaomi cements its place in fourth position, reclaiming it...

  • This is the Xiaomi Poco F1, a flagship-spec phone at a basement price

    In a world where flagship smartphones rocking the quickest Fortnite-supporting chipsets can cost in excess of R20 000, Xiaomi has this week launched a device for a little over R4300 (directly converted from Rupees). Introducing the Chinese company's latest brand and device: the Pocophone F1. Now, Poco isn't the strongest name to lead the line of new, affordable but stupidly quick devices, but at that price, anything will do. The F1 launched in India earlier this week and will sell there for Rs. 20 999 -- less than a quarter of the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X. Best...

  • Xiaomi teases Mi A2 on Twitter

    The Xiaomi Mi A2 may be closer than you think. The successor to the Chinese brand's first Android One smartphone is set to be unveiled on 24 July in Spain. "Are you a big fan of #MiA1? You will love this..." the company teased on Twitter. Are you a big fan of #MiA1? You will love this...#Xiaomi #AndroidOne #2isbetterthan1 pic.twitter.com/aLlfothn9g — Mi (@xiaomi) July 16, 2018 Notably, the phone pictured is the Xiaomi Mi A1, hinting that the "next gen" of the device is on its way. Like the Mi A1, the A2 will be run stock Android software instead of the MiUI-laden OS...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6X spanks more premium phones with a solid spec sheet

    The Xiaomi Mi 6X is now a thing, an official thing. After the surprise was spoiled by the official Android store a few days ago, the Xiaomi flagship's specs are now concrete. In what must've been a heartbreaking move for the company, it ditched the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 that it uses in practically all of its phones (and the Mi 5X) in favour of the 660. The emotional sacrifice does ensure a notable performance bump, and will likely be needed to power its 20MP and 12MP rear camera array. This too is "further supported by AI software," providing the savvy needed...

  • Notch a chance: Xiaomi’s ‘work of art’ Mi Mix 2S debuts for $530

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official, and not sporting a notch (thank the phone gods). Instead the Chinese marque has remained true to the original Mi Mix, waging an even greater war on the bezel. But it's quite a beautiful war, even if it's not much of an aesthetic step-up from 2017's Mi Mix 2. Shirking Apple's trendsetting quirks, the Mi Mix 2S flaunts an 82% screen-to-body ratio, sporting a 5.99-inch LCD display slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with a 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a fingerprint reader located in the middle of the device, flanked by a...

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 3 review: do you need a flagship phone?

    The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 might not be officially available in South Africa, but prominent online retailer Gearbest has them in stock. At around R5000, it makes for a very favourable comparison to the locally available Mi A1 (review). Is it worth the grey market import though? Let's get on with the review... Design I'll get this right out of the way: if you want a headphone jack, you'll need to avoid the Mi Note 3. Much like the Mi 6 flagship, this device follows that divisive trend, making the Mi A1 the winner by default if it's super high on your list of...

  • MIUI 9 hits devices this week, bringing a few new features

    Whether you like it or detest it, you can't argue that Xiaomi doesn't pay some attention to MIUI. The Android skin's features are heavily driven by the community, so Xiaomi owners will be glad to hear that the stable version of MIUI 9 (i.e. not a beta) launches this week. The news (spotted by TechRadar) was delivered by Xiaomi global vice-president and Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter. As promised, #MIUI9 is now available for all devices!@XiaomiIndia is committed to bringing the best and the latest OS to all our Mi Fans. That's why we're even updating the phones that...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is indeed real – report

    Xiaomi is no stranger to MWC, having launched the Mi 5 flagship (review) in Barcelona in 2016. The past few weeks have seen rumours swirl that the Mi Mix 2S is coming to MWC, being an upgraded version of the Mi Mix 2. Now, XDA Developers has managed to confirm the existence of this device along with several specs, after obtaining the Mi Mix 2S firmware files. The publication sifted through the files, finding that the device will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 3400mAh battery and Android Oreo. XDA also confirmed that the device would pack a 2160x1080 display, while finding evidence...