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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • 6 more offbeat products that Xiaomi bought to market

    A few months back, we took a look at some of the stranger Xiaomi or Xiaomi-backed products out there. From kettles to electric bikes, it was clear that the company has a ton of products under its umbrella. But the firm and its MiJia crowdfunding platform haven't been standing still, backing more weird, wonderful or just mundane products. Here are a few more strange devices the platform has delivered... Walkie Talkie For a company that made its name due to smartphones, selling a walkie talkie seems like a strange move. But Xiaomi has indeed backed this device. The MiJia walkie talkie is a two-way...

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 now in South Africa

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) was one of our favourite phones of last year, owing to its capable specs and wallet-friendly price tag. Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 4 in China back in January though, slowly making its way to the rest of the world. Now, after confirming their intentions to bring it to the country last month, local distributor MIA Group has quietly listed the device for South Africa. MIA's website lists the 32GB model for R3599, actually coming in slightly cheaper than the Redmi Note 3's original price. In saying so, it's worth noting (heh) that the new phone is...

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launches: so what’s new?

    The Mi Max was a ridiculously use armset handset of note, packing a 6.4-inch full HD screen and a large battery too. In any event, the company has seen it fit to deliver a sequel, in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. In keeping with the Max name, we've still got a huge 6.4-inch full HD screen. However, those on the hunt for thin bezels will be disappointed, as it's still similar to the original phone. But the company has decided to boost the battery capacity though, delivering a 5300mAh pack (from 4840mAh) that apparently lasts for two days...

  • 5 solid smartphones under R5000

    Smartphones have come a long way in the past decade, from the awkward but capable Symbian camera phones to the modern era's large-screened marvels. And nowhere is this more keenly felt than in the budget arena. It can be argued that the R4000 to R5000 arena represents the best balance of features and price, delivering some flagship-level functionality at a more wallet-friendly price. We picked a few standout picks in this bracket. Huawei P9 Lite The P8 Lite did fantastic numbers in South Africa last year, laying a claim to being the most popular handset, aside from flagship devices. Fortunately, the P9...

  • Confirmed: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 set for South Africa

    The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review) is quite possibly the best budget phablet on the market right now, owing to its large battery, snappy processor and capable camera for the price. It's been a while since the Note 3 launched locally though, while the Redmi Note 4 has launched in China and several other locales earlier this year. Fortunately, local distributor MIA Group has told Gearburn that the company will indeed be bringing the Redmi Note 4 to South Africa. "We have placed an order and are awaiting confirmation on local launch date," a representative told us in response to a query,...

  • Chinese brands are cloning Xiaomi’s Mi Mix en masse

    Xiaomi's Mi Mix is responsible for reigniting the high screen/body ratio trend sweeping the smartphone world. Featuring ever-so-tiny bezels and some innovative hardware solutions, Xiaomi's handset is more proof that Chinese brands have been hitting it out of the park. However, the design has been unabashedly cloned by at least three Chinese manufacturers in the past few months, starting with Doogee, as we reported recently. Doogee Mix Doogee's take has tiny bezels on three sides of the full HD AMOLED screen, as well as a prominent chin -- much like the Mi Mix. You've also got a not-quite-top-end Helio P25 octacore chip, 4GB/6GB RAM,...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 ‘revealed’ by online retailer

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix was one of the coolest phones of 2016, even if the camera was naff by most accounts. So we're quite keen to see whether the Chinese brand is cooking up a sequel. According to a listing on Gearbest, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is indeed coming, with the online retailer publishing a slew of supposed details. These details and the image used could very well be placeholders but, if confirmed, the specs would make for a very beefy smartphone. Gearbest claims the phone will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 6.4-inch QHD AMOLED screen, a 19MP main camera and...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 revealed: Snapdragon 835, no headphone jack

    Today is of course Xiaomi Mi 6 day and the Chinese company has finally peeled the curtain back on its latest flagship smartphone. Looking at the spec sheet, we've got a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM for all variants, a 3350mAh battery and a 5.15-inch full HD LCD screen. In the case of the latter, Xiaomi is touting a 1-nit "ultra-dark" display for night-time reading. Interestingly enough, the Chinese firm has also decided to remove the 3.5mm jack, but introduces splash resistance. It's a bit of a bitter pill to swallow, one would think, especially when you're not getting full-fledged water...

  • Doogee Mix is an unabashed Xiaomi Mi Mix clone

    For every Xiaomi and Huawei, we have an Elephone and Oukitel. In other words, there are quite a few Chinese brands flying under the global radar. Doogee is one of these manufacturers, but the company is hoping to make a splash with the Doogee Mix handset. It seems to be a blatant rip-off of the Xiaomi Mi Mix though, featuring virtually no bezels on three sides. Hell, even the wallpaper for both devices looks extremely similar. The Mi Mix does have a prominent bottom bezel (housing the fingerprint scanner and selfie camera), and leaked images of the Doogee Mix show this...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #11: Single v dual cameras

    There are plenty of smartphones coming out this year touting their inclusion of dual cameras, but is it really all it's cracked up to be? In this week's Gearburn Podcast, Hadlee Simons and Andy Walker talk through the advantages and disadvantages of single and dual cameras alike to figure out if the hype is really worth it. On the single camera side, we have one big camera instead of two small cameras -- meaning a bigger sensor, and often, higher quality results. But the dual camera allows for after-the-fact refocusing and beautiful depth of field effects. The team grapple with it all in...