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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • 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...

  • 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...