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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • 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...

  • Mi Box 4 Android TV box to come to South Africa, but when?

    Xiaomi distributor MIA Group has delivered a decent variety of products recently, including the Mi A1 (review), Mi 6 and the Redmi 4X (review). But there are plenty of other products under the Xiaomi umbrella that could do with a local release, starting with the Mi Box Android TV device. We managed to nab the Mi Box 4K HDR from Gearbest, being suitably impressed with the streaming gadget. Now, an MIA Group representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the recently revealed Mi Box 4 will be coming to local shores. A launch date hasn't been nailed down just yet, but the...

  • Xiaomi’s goal? Regain top spot in China ‘within 10 quarters’

    2017 saw Xiaomi bounce back from a rather tumultuous 2016, as it clawed back marketshare and delivered a ton of growth globally and in its home of China. The last quarter saw the brand claim the number one spot in India for smartphone shipments, according to Canalys. Then there was its resurgence back home, joining Huawei in being the only major manufacturers to see growth in China in 2017. Now, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has reflected on 2017, while also outlining plans for 2018. And foreign markets will be a big focus. "While continuing to focus on technology innovation and quality improvement, we will...

  • 4 cheap dual-camera smartphones you can get in SA

    Dual cameras aren't just for expensive superphones, as we see the technology come to cheaper devices too. It's one thing to have cheap dual-camera smartphones, but another to have them in the country. Fortunately, there are actually a few devices that fit the bill... Ulefone S8 Pro Ulefone is a little-known Chinese brand, specialising in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. In other words, don't expect blazing-fast phones from this company. Nevertheless, you can buy the Ulefone S8 Pro from the Smartphone Shop on Takealot, coming in at a rather well-priced R2499. For your cash, you're getting a 13MP+5MP combo on the back (enabling depth-of-field tricks), a 5MP...

  • 6 of the most innovative Chinese smartphones ever made

    Many people tend to think of Apple and Samsung when it comes to innovation in the smartphone industry. But the landscape has changed massively in the past few years, as Chinese manufacturers achieve greater levels of popularity. Sure, there are a few brands that are content to copy existing wares, but many Chinese brands have brought innovative devices to the table. We take a look at six of the most innovative smartphones released by Chinese companies. Oppo N1, N3 - a camera on a rotating swivel 2013's Oppo N1 and 2014's N3 have both been featured on Gearburn before, but how can you not...

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 review: the mid-range device to beat?

    Pure Android joined tall screens as being another notable trend in 2017, as HMD, Lenovo and Essential refrained from skinning their devices. You can also add Xiaomi to the mix, the firm introducing the Mi A1 at the tail-end of last year. Fortunately, MIA Group has brought the device to South Africa, coming in at R4999. Now, after a few weeks with the device, we've got a verdict. So, stock Android... Boot up the Android One phone and indeed you've got stock Android here, with little in the way of preinstalled third-party apps to be had. We say "little", because Xiaomi's remote...

  • Xiaomi rolls out MIUI 9.2 to many devices, including Redmi Note 2

    You wouldn't generally place Xiaomi high on the list of brands delivering brisk firmware updates, but when it does roll out an update, it covers quite a few phones. Case in point: MIUI 9.2. Yes, the latest update for Xiaomi's Android skin is spreading to over a dozen smartphones. In fact, the list of devices extends to 2013's Mi 3 and 2015's Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note Prime. The full list is as follows: Redmi Note 5A/Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Note 5A Prime/Redmi Y1, Mi Mix 2, Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus, Redmi 4 Prime, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, Redmi 4X, Redmi Note...

  • Need an Android TV box? Xiaomi Mi Box 4, Mi Box 4C now official

    The Xiaomi Mi Box 4K (review) represented great value for money, but what if you want something a little more up-to-date? Fortunately, Xiaomi has heard you loud and clear, launching two new Android TV boxes in the form of the Mi Box 4 and Mi Box 4C. For RMB349 (R655 as a straight conversion without duties etc), the Mi Box 4 delivers 4K HDR capabilities (much like the previous model), an AI-powered "Pathwall" voice system, smart home integration, Dolby Audio and H.265 support. The Xiaomi Mi Box 4 and 4C look to continue the affordable Android TV box trend popularised by the company As...

  • Xiaomi just beat Samsung to number one in India – report

    Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying a ton of growth, although established contenders like Apple and Samsung are still ruling the roost. But there has been a massive shift in the world's second biggest market of India, as Xiaomi has reportedly pipped Samsung to the number one spot in Q4 of 2017. According to a report by tracking firm Canalys, Xiaomi shipped 8.2 million units in the quarter, compared to Samsung's 7.3 million smartphones sold shipped. It's made even more impressive by the fact that Samsung saw annual growth of 17%. "Xiaomi's persistence has paid off," said Ishan Dutt, Canalys Research Analyst, in...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...