Xiaomi Says It Sold Over 2 Million Smartphones in India in Q3 2016

Xiaomi Says It Sold Over 2 Million Smartphones in India in Q3 2016
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Xiaomi claims over 2 million smartphones sold in India in Q3
Redmi 3, Redmi 3 Note are some of the popular phones from Xiaomi
Xiaomi claims it achieved over 150 percent year-on-year growth
Xiaomi has claimed that it has sold over 2 million smartphones in India in the third-quarter of 2016. The Chinese company revealed the news via a tweet. Xiaomi also claimed that it achieved over 150 percent year-on-year growth from Q3 2015 to Q3 2016.

The figures claimed by the Chinese company are impressive considering that the third-quarter is yet to be over. In October, the company sold 1 million smartphone units in just 18 days. This was announced by CEO Lei Jun in an open letter to employees.

A recent IDC report had claimed that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3S series “fuelled the online shipments” to a large extent for the company. The IDC report had also claimed that Xiaomi for the first time made it to the top five smartphone vendors list based on shipments. The research firm had said that Xiaomi grew over 2.5 times over the same period last year.
Xiaomi soon after its Diwali sale had announced that it managed to sell half a million smartphones in just three days. The Redmi 3S (along with Redmi 3S Prime), on the other hand, was also the top-selling product on Flipkart during its Big Billion Days Sale while Redmi Note 3 was the best-selling smartphone of Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale.
Recently, Flipkart, one of the online retail partners of Xiaomi, had claimed that it managed to sell one million Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime smartphones in India. The smartphone was launched in the country in August this year, and was made available on Mi.com and Flipkart online.

Tags: Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mobiles, Mobiles, Android, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi Redmi 3S

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Xiaomi Mi VR Headset With 9-Axis Inertial Motion Controller Launched

Xiaomi Mi VR Headset With 9-Axis Inertial Motion Controller Launched

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi’s Mi VR headset supports ‘ultra-low latency’
  • It comes with a motion controller that supports touch controls
  • It’s priced at CNY 199 (roughly Rs. 2,000)

At its ‘Curved to Impress’ event on Tuesday, Xiaomi launched its flagship smartphone Mi Note 2 with dual curved glass, that looks somewhat like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. But there was a bunch of other products that were showcased in the event – a concept phone named Mi MIX and Xiaomi’s latest VR headset called Mi VR. Xiaomi’s new virtual reality wearable Mi VR is priced at CNY 199 (roughly Rs. 2,000).

Back in August, Xiaomi brought its rumoured Mi VR headset into reality that comes with ‘two-way zipper design’ and a launch for beta tester. Now it has launched an upgraded version, with what the Chinese tech giant called ‘a whole new world of VR’. Xiaomi has launched its new virtual reality headset with 16 millisecond ‘ultra-low latency’, which means that the delay between a user’s action and the response to what they see in virtual reality is really short and is presumably less detrimental in terms of motion sickness.

The Mi VR headset has 9-axis inertial motion controller that supports touch-controls as well, and a built-in dedicated motion sensor. It couples with the user’s Xiaomi smartphone’s system level optimisations to yield higher performance, that in turn results in Xiaomi’s ‘ultra-low latency’ feature. It will support only a select Xiaomi handsets for now – Mi Note 2, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, and Mi 5 in the Chinese region.Xiaomi also says that there would be less inconvenience caused to the VR user related to motion sickness. The Mi VR headset has its own user interface with Xiaomi’s own VR store that consists of many Chinese games and China’s YouTube-like video streaming website, Youku’s VR app.

Tags: Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi VR, Mi VR, Wearables
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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 With Bezel-Less Display Likely to Launch on October 25

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 With Bezel-Less Display Likely to Launch on October 25

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 With Bezel-Less Display Likely to Launch on October 25
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The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is likely to launch on October 25
Leak suggests an edge-to-edge display
The smartphone was previously tipped to sport 6GB of RAM
Xiaomi has scheduled an event in China on October 25, where it is expected to announce the Mi Note 2 smartphone. The company is finally unveiling the smartphone after many leaks and speculations about the launch. Additionally, the latest leak hints that the Mi Note 2 will have an all top display, with no sensors or front camera on top, giving it a very different look from the current models in the market, but no dual-edge display as rumoured earlier.

Xiaomi is hosting an event in China at the Peking University Gymnasium on October 25, where it is likely to launch the Mi Note successor. Xiaomi has also announced that Hong Kong-based actor Tony Leung will be the host for the event.

Separately, a few photos of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 have been leaked on Weibo, which show that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will have very thin bezel on all four sides. The bottom chin usually used for navigation buttons, and the top part used for front camera as well as sensors is not seen in these images, and the Mi Note 2 instead sports an edge-to-edge display. The images also show the smartphone running MIUI OS, adding more credibility.
This images contradict previous leaks that speculated the Mi Note 2 will come with a dual-edge display. However, the leaked images only show the smartphone from the front, hence the dual camera setup rumour leaked recently could still be true.

The Mi Note 2 was expected to arrive on several occasions throughout the latter part of the year, the latest one being September 14, but the launch hasn’t happened yet. We were about to give up hope, when CEO Lei Jun himself reignited launch expectations by saying that the Mi Note 2 will “have a surprise” whenever it launches. However, Xiaomi is now finally looking to put all rumours to rest on October 25.

As mentioned, the Mi Note 2 has been leaked on several occasions revealing key specifications. The smartphone is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC, and pack a 3600mAh battery. It’s anticipated to sport two speaker grilles at the bottom, and have a fingerprint sensor at the front. Lastly, the Mi Note 2 is expected to come in 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage bundles and be priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000) and CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 28,000) respectively.

Tags: Xiaomi, Mobiles, Android, Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Features, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Price, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Specifications, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Launch

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Leak Tips Dual-Edge Curved Display, Dual Camera Setup

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Leak Tips Dual-Edge Curved Display, Dual Camera Setup

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It is expected to support a USB Type-C port
  • The Mi Note 2 is pegged to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC
  • Xiaomi will offer 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to launch on Friday, but before that happens, we already know quite a bit about the smartphone. The Mi Note 2 has been subjected tovarious leaks, and the latest comes in the form of more images. These new images testify to the old rumours of a dual camera setup, and the dual-edge curved display.

The latest Mi Note 2 images were leaked by tipster @kjuma (and were picked up by Gizmochina). The images aren’t as clear as the render images we were treated to a while back, but they still clearly show the much talked about dual-edge display. In the meanwhile, Xiaomi has taken inspiration from Huawei, LG and HTC to introduce the dual camera setup in the Mi Note 2. However, this isn’t the first smartphone that Xiaomi has introduced with two cameras at the back. TheXiaomi Redmi Pro launched in July also sported the dual camera module.

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One of the images also give away some of the specification details, and the Mi Note 2 is expected to feature an all metal body, a 5.5-inch Oled screen, 6GB RAM, 128GB inbuilt storage offering, and a Snapdragon 821 chipset.

Past leaks suggest that the Mi Note 2 will come with a USB Type-C port, 3600mAh battery, two speaker grilles, and a fingerprint sensor at the front. There’s another 6GB RAM/64GB storage bundle expected alongside the above mentioned configurations. The 64GB is expected to be priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000) and the 128GB variant should be priced at CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 28,000).

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Tags: Xiaomi, Mobiles, Android, Mi Note 2, Mi Note 2 Leaks, Mi Note 2 Features, Dual Camera Setup, Dual Edge Display

 

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Xiaomi MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM Is Here: Top 10 New Features

Xiaomi MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM Is Here: Top 10 New Features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Mi Cloud Photo Sync feature keeps original files on cloud
  • It also allows two WhatsApp accounts to run simultaneously
  • It also brings the ability to take long screenshots.

Xiaomi first unveiled MIUI 8 in May, and launched the Global ROM in June at an event in New Delhi. After releasing developer previews, the Chinese manufacturer has now started rolling out MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM build for all eligible devices.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi Note 3 Qualcomm, Redmi Note 3 Special Edition, Redmi Note 3G, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note Prime,Redmi 3, Redmi 3S, Redmi 3S Prime, Mi 2, Mi 2S, Mi 3, Mi 4,Mi 4i, Mi 5, Mi Note, and Mi Max (32GB variant) are all worthy of an MIUI 8 update.

A few devices will receive the update over-the-air (OTA) gradually over the coming week, while some are set to receive it in the ‘near future.’ In any case, all eligible devices can install MIUI 8 right now, byfollowing the steps here.

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MIUI 8 was unveiled alongside the Xiaomi Mi Max in India, and the company had then promised for the stable build to release in August. Keeping its promise, the MIUI 8 with all of its new features is rolling out, and here is everything new that is arriving with the MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM.

1) Photos
The MIUI 8 brings in a host of new improvements to the Gallery like the introduction of Mi Cloud Photo sync. It keeps low resolution images locally, and uploads the original full size image to the cloud. Xiaomi also tweaked the way panorama shots are seen on the smartphone, and instead of the cropped square version, MIUI 8 displays them horizontally across the screen. It has also introduced a new video editing option where users can trim videos easily and add video effects. MIUI 8 brings quick sharing to the Gallery app, where the user can share a picture on different platforms by just swiping up.

(Also see: Xiaomi India on the Redmi 3s, MIUI 8, and Mi VR India Launch)

2) Quick Ball
The Quick Ball is nothing but a hovering button that stays on the display screen at all times. Users can customise five shortcuts into the ball, and it reminds you very much of Apple’s Assistive Touch. The Quick Ball button also shows up on the lock screen, enabling users to use to shortcuts even on a locked smartphone.

3) Dual apps
Dual apps is a very nifty feature as it brings the ability to have two instances of any app running on the smartphone – such as two instances of WhatsApp. This essentially means you can run two separate WhatsApp accounts on one smartphone.

miui8_dualapps.jpg4) Second Space
The Second Space feature lets you do the work of two smartphones on one. It lets you have two Google accounts that you can switch whenever you please. By switching on the Second Space feature, and setting up a new account, users can keep their business and personal accounts separate, but on one smartphone. It allows users to switch between accounts through a Switch app, that shows up once the Second Space feature is enabled.

5) Scrolling screenshots
This should come in really handy for all the screenshot lovers out there. A screenshot is typically restricted to capture what is visible on the screen at that particular time, cropping out all the other content on a webpage. With MIUI 8, an entire webpage, no matter the length can be taken as a screenshot. To use this feature, press the Volume down and the power key at the same time. An animated icon pops up on the top right for five seconds. Click it immediately, and options to expand, edit or share show up. Click on expand, scroll up the space you want to screenshot, and press stop when you’re done.

miui8_screenshots.jpg(Also see: How to Manually Download and Install MIUI 8 Right Now)

6) Caller ID and Dialler
With MIUI 8, Xiaomi has integrated caller ID into the system, thereby eliminating the need for third-party apps to perform the function. The dialler now lets you type in T9 Hindi directly from the dial pad, and it even enables T9 Business Search. This feature shows contact information of popular businesses around the area, irrespective if the number is stored or not.

7) Calculator
The Calculator app also sees a major redesign. Apart from doing the math, the app now will even convert weight, currency, and temperature.

miui8_calculator.jpg8) Messages
The caller ID integration expands into text messaging as well. MIUI 8 will detect a message, and if a text arrives from your bank (for example), it will show the name of the bank with a profile photo to make it look prettier. For example, HDFC Bank’s SMS won’t show up as VM-HDFC, but will instead show up automatically as just HDFC complete with a contact photo icon. The Messages app also introduced third-party integration, which means it will prompt users to do various functions depending on the message. A movie ticket confirmation from BookMyShow will allow users to add a reminder, and a low data alert from a carrier should prompt the user to recharge using one of the installed recharge apps. For this to work, Xiaomi has currently partnered with MobiKwik in India.

9) Notes app
The new Notes app in MIUI 8 sees a slight change in design, and can be seen in a grid format. It has a new Memo template feature that gives you a better design to work with, and even allows you to share on micro-blogging sites as is. It also allows users to set a password, or fingerprint access to a note for better privacy.

miui8_notesapp.jpg10) Ringtones and Themes
Xiaomi has partnered with Hungama to introduce latest soundtracks as ringtones for users. The ringtones will be made available free of cost. The company has also partnered with many other companies to provide many new wallpaper options, and because of its Theme Contest held in India, MIUI 8 will also see many new themes as well.

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Tags: Dual Apps, Global Stable ROM, MIUI 8, Mi 5, Mi Cloud Photo Sync, Mi Note, Quick Ball, Redmi 3, Redmi 3S,Redmi Note 3, Second Space, Xiaomi
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Xiaomi Expected to Launch VR Headset on Monday

Xiaomi Expected to Launch VR Headset on Monday

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi is expected to release its first VR headset on Monday
  • Headset will be compatible with Google’s Daydream, an executive confirmed
  • The company has posted teasers on social media for a VR launch

Is there anything that Xiaomi cannot do? The company has a range of devices in its portfolio, from a portable mosquito repeller and an electric toothbruth to laptop – and that’s just in the last month. Now, the company is expected to launch a VR headset on Monday.

The company’s General Manager Tang Mu has reportedly confirmed that Xiaomi is working on a virtual reality headset that will be compatible with Google’s Daydream platform, which was announced at Google’s I/O event last month.

Android Headlines reports that Mu said he thinks that this is the best way to provide a VR experience that’s optimised for MIUI users. There has been no word about the pricing of this VR headset. The headset is expected to be launched on August 1 as per a teaser posted by the company on Chinese website Weibo, reports Android Headlines.

If the company does launch a virtual on August 1, it will join the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Google, who have developed their own VR headsets – in this case, to optimise for its MIUI ecosystem. Virtual reality is a fairly new category but has already seen products that are made out of just cardboard to advanced piece of hardware like on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Xiaomi on Wednesday announced its first laptop – the Mi Notebook Air – featuring an all metal body and finally forayed into the category that it was long expected to. The company’s laptop has some resemblance to Apple’s MacBook Air in terms of design and is seen as its direct competition.

Tags: Google Daydream, Virtual Reality Headset, Wearables, Xiaomi VR Headset
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Xiaomi Redmi 3S Set to Launch in India Soon

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Set to Launch in India Soon

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Redmi 3S is priced at roughly Rs. 7,000 for the 2GB/16GB variant
  • 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at roughly Rs. 9,000
  • The Redmi 3S also packs a fingerprint scanner at the back

Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi is all set to bring its new Redmi 3 variant, the Redmi 3S, to India. Gadgets 360 has learnt that the Xiaomi Redmi 3S is coming soon to the market though there no clarity on exactly when the handset will be launched.

The Redmi 3S smartphone was launched in China back in June and came in two variants based on memory and inbuilt storage – with the 2GB of RAM with 16GB of inbuilt storage model priced at CNY 699 (approximately Rs. 7,000), and the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage model priced at CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 9,000).

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S has been so far available in the homeland country and India may be its first overseas market.

For specifications, the Redmi 3S packs an all-new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.1GHz clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU. The smartphone supports expandable storage expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The dual-SIM handset (Micro + Nano) comes with hybrid SIM slot which means the second slot also acts as a microSD slot. One of the biggest improvements over the original Xiaomi Redmi 3 is the Redmi 3S features a fingerprint scanner at the back panel.

The Redmi 3S features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and runs MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), f/2.0 aperture, HDR mode, 1080p video recording, and LED flash. The handset also packs a 5-megapixel front camera with 1080p video recording capability.

Connectivity options on the handset include 4G, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth, Glonass, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Micro-USB. The handset is backed by a 4100mAh battery just like the original Redmi 3. It measures 139.3×69.6×8.5mm and weighs 144 grams. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S is expected to be available in Grey, Silver, and Gold colours.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

Xiaomi Redmi 3S

DISPLAY

5.00-inch

PROCESSOR

1.1GHz

FRONT CAMERA

5-megapixel

RESOLUTION

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

STORAGE

16GB

REAR CAMERA

13-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

4100mAh

See full Xiaomi Redmi 3S specifications
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Tags: Mobiles, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mobiles, Xiaomi Redmi 3S Price, Xiaomi Redmi 3S Specifications
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Xiaomi Redmi Pro: 5 Things You Need to Know

Xiaomi Redmi Pro: 5 Things You Need to Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It packs a 4050mAh battery
  • The Xiaomi Redmi Pro runs on MIUI 8
  • It is priced starting at roughly Rs. 15,100

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Pro smartphone in China on Wednesday. The new Redmi Pro is the first smartphone from Xiaomi company to sport a dual camera setup, and it comes bearing a premium design with three colour options.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs Redmi Note 3)

The two camera lens modules were first seen on HTC smartphones, but have recently garnered ‘premium’ status since rumours of the iPhone 7 with a dual camera setup started doing the rounds. Not to be left behind, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Pro, a month ahead of Apple’s traditional launch event in the hopes to get some leverage from the buzz. The dual-SIM smartphone supports 4G, packs a 4050mAh battery, and weighs 174 grams. Apart from these, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro has many other big features that are worth talking about, and we highlight some of the best ones below:

1) Dual camera setup
As mentioned, Xiaomi is using this dual camera setup feature as a selling point of the Redmi Pro. It sports a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor with a 5-lens module, an f/2.0 aperture, PDAF autofocus and supports dynamic depth of field, coupled with a 5-megapixel Samsung sensor for the secondary depth-sensing camera. The dual-tone flash module sits between the two lenses. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel camera with an 85-degree wide-angle lens and an f/2.0 aperture.

2) Mediatek Helio X25 Processor
Xiaomi claims that this deca-core processor makes the Redmi pro ‘the most powerful Redmi ever’. The Xiaomi Redmi Pro is powered by the 2.5GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 SoC, coupled with a Mali-T880 GPU, that’s available on the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while the 3GB RAM + 64GB storage variant has the same processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It is worth noting that the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant is powered by a 2.1GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs iPhone 6)

3) Xiaomi Redmi Note price
Most of Xiaomi’s success is attributed to its reasonable pricing coupled with great specs on its smartphone offerings. With Redmi Pro, Xiaomi keeps the tradition alive and make the three variants available at reasonable price points. The Helio X20 (3GB RAM + 32GB storage) is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,100), the Helio X25 (3GB + 64GB) variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,100), and the Helio X25 (4GB + 128GB) variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,200).

4) MIUI 8
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro runs on Android Marshmallow-based the latest MIUI 8. The new OS, which wasunveiled last month, comes with a new interface design, new Calculator app, a Smart menu for editing test, and the new App lock feature that unlocks all apps at once.

(Also see: Xiaomi Redmi Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Max)

5) Xiaomi Redmi Pro design
Even with its reasonable price offering, Xiaomi Redmi Pro comes with a unibody metal design. It comes with a 5.5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass protection. There are two speaker grilles at the bottom, and a USB Type C port. The home button comes integrated with a fingerprint scanner, and the 3.5mm audio jack is situated on top. The power button, and the volume button are situated at the top right end of the smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.1GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

4050mAh

See full Xiaomi Redmi Pro specifications
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Tags: Android, MIUI 8, Mobiles, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Redmi Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Pro Features, Xiaomi Redmi Pro Price,Xiaomi Redmi Pro Specifications
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Xiaomi Mi Max First Flash Sale Today

Xiaomi Mi Max First Flash Sale Today

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Mi Max has been launched at Rs. 14,999 for 3GB RAM model
  • The Mi Max will be available in its first flash sale via Mi.com
  • The sale kicks off at 2pm IST today

Xiaomi Mi Max, which was launched in India last week, will be available via a flash sale, its first, at 2pm IST on Wednesday via Mi.com.

Priced at Rs. 14,999, only one variant of the Xiaomi Mi Max with 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage/ Snapdragon 650 SoC will be available in the first flash sale. The company has already confirmed that the Snapdragon 652 variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage will also be available soon in India, priced at Rs. 19,999. But there’s no word yet on when this will be.

Some of the bundled offers available with the Mi Max include 3 months of free movies on Hungama Play and 1 year of unlimited music on Hungama Music for the first 1 million Mi Max, Mi 5, and Redmi Note 3 users users. The Chinese company also announced Free Batman vs. Superman movie streaming for the first 10,000 Mi Max users.For specifications, the Xiaomi Mi Max features a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with a pixel density of 342ppi. The display is the biggest attraction of the Mi Max. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera that offers phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. The phablet also bears a 5-megapixel front camera also on board with 85-degree wide-angle view. Both cameras have an f/2.0 aperture.

The dual-SIM Xiaomi Mi Max supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs in at 203 grams. The smartphone sports an infrared emitter to act as a universal remote control, apart from an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.

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Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Mi Max

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Pleasing aesthetics and build quality
  • Vivid display
  • Good performance
  • Strong battery life
  • 4K video support
  • Bad
  • Unwieldy
  • Low-light camera quality is average
  • Hybrid SIM slot
Read detailed Xiaomi Mi Max review
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Tags: Android, Mobiles, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi Max, Xiaomi Mi Max Price, Xiaomi Mi Max Price in India,Xiaomi Mi Max Specifications
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Xiaomi Mi Max Launch, Freedom 251 Delayed, and More News This Week

Xiaomi Mi Max Launch, Freedom 251 Delayed, and More News This Week

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Freedom 251 continues to draw controversy
  • The Xiaomi Mi Max launched this week, and caused a riot
  • Android N stands for Nougat, bad luck Nutella

It’s been a big week in tech news with a lot to take in. There were some interesting launches – not all of which went well – and there were a lot of developments that got a lot of attention this week. One piece of news that you might have heard – Android N is officially Android Nougat now – a decision that is going to leave a lot of people here looking for the pronunciation guides.

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This week also saw the first known death from a crash using Tesla’s Autopilot feature. Fears over the safety of autonomous vehicles might be overstated, but with the technology at such a nascent stage, incidents like this will certainly not help in the court of public perception. Earlier this week, it was announced that BMW and Intel are teaming up to make self-driving cars.

And in India, Freedom 251 maker Ringing Bells continues to raise controversy, this time over workers’ conditions. The phone, which looked dubious to start with, was first going to be delivered from June 28, then it was pushed to June 30, and now it’s going to be delivered from July 6.

In terms of actual launches, it’s been an eventful time though not as busy as some recent weeks were. The Vivo X7 and X7 Plus were launched. There’s also the confusingly named iBall Andi 5G Blink 4G launched at Rs. 6,299, and of course, there was the Xiaomi Mi Max launch. Another launch this week is the Intex Aqua 3G Pro Q entry level Android phone launched at Rs. 2,999, and at the other end of the spectrum, the ZTE Nubia Z11 with 6GB of RAM and Snapdragon 820 SoC was launched as well.

(Also see: Xiaomi Mi Max Review)

Other launches this week included the Lyf Flame 5 with VoLTE, the Lyf Earth 2, the Intex Aqua Classic, and the Micromax Unite 4 and Unite 4 Pro with Indus OS 2.0

(Also see: With Indus OS 2.0, Micromax Wants to Tap Non-English Speaking Consumers)

Apart from the usual spate of launches, there were some other interesting developments this week.

For one, is Apple following anti-competitive practices? That’s what Spotify alleged saying its app was unfairly rejected to protect Apple Music, though Apple responded saying Spotify was looking for preferential treatment. Meanwhile, Facebook is killing the Paper app on July 29, so the fantastic Paper by fiftythree is once again the only one with that name. Now, if Apple renames the Pencil, fiftythree will be really thrilled.

The Xiaomi Mi Max launch in India was a bit of a disaster, as angry ‘fans’ caused chaos at the Xiaomi event and things became calm only after police intervention. That’s not the only Xiaomi related development this week either. Xiaomi said it doesn’t need government exemptions to open retail stores in India. The company had reportedly applied to open retail stores in April seeking an exemption from local sourcing norms, but Xiaomi’s India Head Manu Jain said that the company is manufacturing devices locally and so does not need an exemption. This is contrary to the news earlier that Xiaomi had sought an extension but retracted its application.

In India, Google now officially rolled out an option to let you quickly switch between Hindi and English search results. In Bangalore, Team Indus, the only Indian entrant for Google’s X-Prize, launched a competition for space enthusiasts, giving students a chance to send a project to the surface of the moon. Another piece of news that sounds promising is that the Supreme Court dismissed a PIL seeking WhatsApp’s encryption key.

Amazon Web Services got a new region, it’s 13th globally, in Mumbai this week. AWS India head Bikram Singh Bedi told Gadgets 360 that this will help with latency and data sovereignty concerns; this could signal a new focus on public sector customers in India.

On the global stage, a lot of people have been speculating about how the British referendum on its EU status, “Brexit”, will affect businesses. There’s still not too much clarity, but Google at least seems to be staying put. Eric Schmidt says the Brexit vote is unlikely to shift investment which will leave some people sighing with relief. A man in the US claims that Apple owes him a fortune for coming up with the iPhone, and a former US secret service agent is suspected in Bitcoin thefts.

Another interesting development this week was when Nasa’s Juno mission entered Jupiter’s magnetic field. The Jupiter-bound spacecraft has entered the planet’s magnetosphere, which is the largest structure in the solar system, and the boundary into Jupiter itself. And do you remember the Philae lander? Well, the Rosetta spacecraft with reunite with the robot lab Philae on the surface of a comet on September 30, according to a statement from the European Space Agency. Meanwhile, a study says that the presence of Manganese Oxide indicates that Mars was once Earth-like.

And in headlines that we never thought we’d ever type – a man has married his smartphone – in, where else, but Las Vegas.

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