This Xiaomi Toy Tablet Turns into a Transformer

I don’t know about you but Soundwave is one of my favorite Decepticons, and that’s mainly because he can transform into a microcassette recorder of all things. It looks like Xiaomi and Hasbro also have some love for this particular Transformer, as they have decided to partner up and create a special tablet inspired by his unique looks. The tablet unfolds into a shiny 190mm model of Soundwave, and it features color details and textures similar to Xiaomi’s Mi Pad 2 smartphone. Assembling and disassembling the tablet requires no less than 30 steps, which means that you will need a bit of patience and maybe a passion for puzzles in order to get it right.

The bad news is that the tablet is actually no more than a toy, which means that it doesn’t actually work. To be fair, the transforming gadget costs just $26, as this was the smallest amount required from crowdfunding backers in order to receive one. Considering that the tablet’s crowdfunding campaign has managed to raise three times its original goal, we wouldn’t be surprised if Xiaomi and Hasbro would go ahead and push for a wider release. Until then, you can have a look at the Soundwave Mi Pad 2 tablet in the following video.

Xiaomi Phones to Introduce Song Recognition for Humming

While song recognition apps like Shazam and SoundHound are able to ‘hear’ a piece of music and tell you the name of the song and recording artist, they are not yet able to delve into your brain to tell you just what that earworm that has been bothering you for days is called. Emerging Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, though, hopes to bring you the next best thing: recognising a song based purely on your melodic humming.

In partnership with ACRCloud – a Beijing company that provides song recognition software – Xiaomi hopes to introduce the feature to its newest smartphones, and is already testing a beta version with the help of a few thousand users.

SoundHound has recently introduced a similar feature to its app, which requires an existing hum track to be associated with the song in question in order to work, but ACRCloud hopes that its more advanced system will require no such base track.

“To add one song into [SoundHound’s] database, it must look for at least one user to sing or hum the melody without instrumental accompaniment,” Tony Li, a representative with ACRCloud, told Mashable. Instead, ACRCloud’s technology will extract the melodies of songs in its database and compare it directly to the hummed track.

Mashable tested the humming recognition feature, reporting that it accurately detected the majority of songs within 20 seconds.

Xiaomi Announces $16 Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Watch

The fitness market is booming as people try to lose weight through calorie controlled diets, and rigorous exercise. Technological advancements have allowed consumers to better understand their eating habits and even track sleep deprivation through fitness monitors. One popular example is the Fitbit Flex, which acts a pedometer and whole host of other features to put you on the right track when trying to lose body fat.

At $99, it can seem like an expensive proposition, but this is the norm for any innovative fitness equipment. However, Xiaomi has devised an incredibly cheap, heart rate monitor for a mere $16.  According to Xiaomi’s forum, the device will feature a 45mAh battery and strong strap material to prevent the watch from breaking during intense workouts.

The fitness band, entitled, Mi Band Pulse is set to become extraordinarily popular in the Chinese market and could be a great choice for people trying to lose weight on a budget. I doubt it’s going to match the seamless user-experience of the Fitbit, but this is expected given the low price point.

Fitness trackers, are replacing traditional watches for many consumers, as mobile phones become the standard to view the time. Personally, I prefer to wear a mechanical watch, but devices like the Mi Band Pulse have widespread appeal and provides information to help us all live a better lifestyle.

Do you use a fitness band?

Is HTC About to Go Under?

It seems like an age since HTC was the world’s smartphone market leader, long since usurped by Apple, Samsung, and Chinese upstarts Huawei and Xiaomi, and a horrendous crash in its stock value seems destined to cement the company’s position as the new Nokia.

HTC’s market price plummeted to NT$47 billion ($1.5 billion) on Monday, less than the NT$47.2 billion cash it boasted in June. Though the drop seems small, it marks a massive 9.8% fall in stock, signifying that investors consider the rest of the company has no value. As Calvin Huang of Sinopac Financial Holdings Co. in Taipei puts it, “HTC’s cash is the only asset of value to shareholders. Most of the other assets shouldn’t be considered in their valuation because there’s more write-offs to come and the brand has no value.” Sinopac has put an NT$46.50 price target on HTC’s shares.

HTC’s market capitalisation has been on the decline since 2011, during which year it exceeded NT$900 billion, and efforts to revitalise its brand with the One, Butterfly, and Desire smartphone models over the last four years have failed, leaving the manufacturer outside the top-10 smartphone producers in the world for the first time. Current sales are down 75% on its 2011 heyday.

Hopes of a recovery look increasingly slim, with third-quarter forecasts suggesting sales could fall to below 48% of estimates, leaving HTC taking a 35% cut to its projected earnings. Analysts are now predicting that the company’s bad luck will continue until at least 2017, forecasting two years of no profit.

“We think these efforts are not enough to turn HTC around in the next two years,” said Birdy Lu, analyst with Deutsche Bank AG. “HTC has little chance to compete with iPhone and Samsung given limited resources, and might continue to lose shares to Chinese brands in mid/low-end segment.”

If current trends continue, HTC could be not long for this world.

Thank you Bloomberg for providing us with this information.

Xiaomi Enters Europe and US Markets

Xiaomi, world’s third largest smart phone distributor which also sells mobile apps, and consumer electronics is entering a non-Asian market space. It is very popular smartphone brand in south Asia lately because of their offerings. They are going to open sales for residents in UK, France, Germany and US in 4 days on May 19th. They will be selling Mi products from their e-commerce website Mi.com. They are considering this one as a ‘Beta Test’  and are going to offer only Mi accessories (No Smartphones yet) in the sale which are 5000mAh and 10400mAh Mi power banks, Mi Band and Mi Headphones.

The sale will take place on May 19th at 1:00 pm CEST that is 12:00 PM UK Time sharp. Go ahead and create a new Mi account here and make sure to stay logged in at least 15-20 mins before the sale begins. There is going to high demand so keep you mouse and internet connection ready. They offer high-end flagship hardware devices for mid-end device price range. However, Xiaomi has not announced any plans to sell mobiles device via their website in the western market.

This step was expected for a quite a long time. Availability of mobile devices for sale isn’t very far.

Thank you Mi for providing us with this information.

Smartphone Shipments in China Faced with First Decline in Six Years

We’ve all been super hyped with the latest smartphones these past years, haven’t we? I mean, since Steve Jobs revealed the first iPhone back in 2007, every manufacturer went crazy and started expanding this industry, building all sorts of smart devices in an attempt to draw more customers.

During this time, the smartphone industry has flourished from all the hype. However, nowadays we have smartphones that pretty much handle most stuff we do on our PCs or laptops. So does this inspire you to upgrade as you were eager to do in the past? Yeah… I thought so.

The same results seem to show in a study made by research firm IDC, indicating that Chinese smartphone shipments have dropped for the first time in six years. They noted that Q1 2015 shipments have dropped 4% since Q1 2014 and 8% since Q4 2014. Figures show only 98.8 million units shipped this Q1, which is the first time since Q4 2013 that shipments fall below the 100 million mark.

Apple is still the top smartphone vendor in China with 14.7% market shares, which is not surprising at all, followed by Xiaomi and Huawei with 13.7% and 11.4% respectively. IDC expects a flat growth for the Chinese smartphone market this year, but some good can come of all this (at least for the consumer).

Given the figures, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo might switch from their usual entry-level smartphones to more higher-spec devices to give customers a reason for upgrading their phones.

Also, the latter companies would be pushed to strongly consider expanding beyond the Chinese border and into markets that are now dominated by Samsung, HTC and others. So if you wanted to see that Xiaomi smartphone that caught your eye in stores outside of China, I don’t think you need to wait very long.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

SD Cards will Disappear Says Xiaomi

The world’s 3rd largest smartphone distributor, Xiaomi recently launched a budget friendly smartphone, Mi4i in India. Unlike its offerings in that segment, this one didn’t sport a removable SD card slot for storage expansion. This step can be seen in most flagship devices’ case. Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra came on record to clarify the speculations. In an interview, he made it clear that they are fundamentally against an SD card slot in high performance devices like Mi3, Mi4, Mi4i and Mi Note lineups. They did not want to sacrifice the area covered by SD card slot in a device. It can be used for other important components like increasing battery capacity, another Micro SIM slot, appearance and ergonomics and that is how Mi4i with 5″ display carries 3150 mAh battery. SD cards are also “incredibly prone to failure and malfunctioning of various different sorts”. These memory storage cards are slow, unreliable and when crashes cause OS corruption, Data loss.

“It is a trend: SD cards will disappear,” Barra added. “You should basically not expect SD card slots in any of our flagships.” Hugo said. Devices like Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge doesn’t support removable SD Card storage. Samsung did incredible job by replacing standard eMMC 5.0 by UFS 2.0 storage which boast ‘Command Queue’ tech used in SSDs. That is how it blows away the competition.

This is a good step, but it will take time for consumers to accept. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comment section.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Xiaomi Tackles the Battery of Smartphones Head-on

Xiaomi is renowned for producing cheap technology. Hailing from China, the firm produces some amazing pieces while keeping a close eye on cost and functionality. In this case, Xiaomi have produced what could be claimed as an iPhone 5c clone, but better.

The Mi 4i hosts a 5″ 1080p LCD screen, an octo-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, dual SIM support and a massive 3,120mAh battery; oh wait, it also costs just $205 (Rs. 12,999).

Most of the tech giants seem to be fixated on offering the latest designs, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for example, or the slimmest designs and leave the battery to the very end; only fitting in what will fit over what it needs to run for a useful period of time. Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S6, massive specification list, but a mere 2550mAh battery, seeing a little over 8 hours of conservative usage, but a step backwards from the Galaxy S5 with its beefier 2800mAh battery.

Xiaomi stated it “put considerable effort into fitting the highest battery capacity possible”, which is something all companies should aim to do early on. It measures in at a reasonable 7.8mm, not too far off the iPhone 6 7mm.

On the construction side of things, we are informed that it uses a plastic, wrap around case, but with a matt, soft-touch finish; cheap and cheerful for a $200 phone. The place where most manufacturers seem to claw the money back is on the screen, using cheap materials to get 1080p or lowering the quality to 720p. The Mi 4i seems to debunk the trend and use a reasonable 1080p sharp screen protected by Gorilla Glass.

Operation is powered by a custom skin of Android operating system, but unlike older devices, the Mi 4i uses Androids latest version 5.0 with a Xaiomi custom skin.

The phone will release in India at the end of April. Would you be interested in buying the Mi 4i or are you loyal to a certain phone brand? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing this information

Xiaomi Enters Guinness World Record for Selling 2.11 Million Phones in a Day

Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics company and world’s 3rd largest smartphone distributor, appears to have recently set a new Guinness World Record in terms of smartphone selling. The company managed to sell 2.11 million phones during a 24h period.

Xiaomi also appears to have made $335 million worth of revenue from selling smartphones, Mi Bands, Mi TVs and various other gadgets. Though the 2.11 million smartphone figure seems a lot, even if it was made in a day, it represents only a fraction of Xiaomi’s intentions, having the company announcing that it wants to sell well over 100 million smartphones this year.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Xiaomi Launches 40-Inch Android-Powered Smart TV for Only $320

Rising Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has launched a new Android-powered 40-inch smart TV at a very affordable price.

The Xiaomi Mi TV 2 is available for the bargain price of $320, and boasts a 1080p Sharp LED display with 5000:1 contrast ratio, Cortex-A9 quad-core 1.45GHz CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage and a MIUI TV OS running through Android 4.4 KitKat.

The TV is capable of playing H.265, H.264, MPEG4, REAL, RM, FLV, MOV, AVI, MKV, TS, and MP4 formats.

The thin display – 14.5mm, front to back – also doubles as an Android gaming console.

With Xiaomi is making strides into the US and European markets this year, it seems likely that this impressive (and impressively cheap) television will be available in the West very soon.

Source: Gizmodo

Android Phones Could Be ‘Converted’ into Windows-Powered Handsets with Custom ROMs

Microsoft has revealed that it will provide its Windows 10 OS to a select group of Xiaomi Mi4 users in an initiative to expand the Windows-powered mobile OS beyond its Lumia handsets. Sources say that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services.

“As part of the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft will partner with Xiaomi to offer Windows 10 free downloads to a select group of Xiaomi Mi4 users. Xiaomi Mi4 users will get the ability to flash their phones with the new Windows 10 OS and provide feedback to Xiaomi and Microsoft on their experience. This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China. Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.

Xiaomi is a leading phone manufacturer in China undergoing significant global expansion. We are excited to partner with them in China and jointly gather feedback from Chinese users on their experience with Windows 10 to jointly collaborate on product and services development for the platform.

Availability will be announced in the months to come.”

The install is done by flashing the device’s ROM, effectively removing the possibility of a dual-boot, an approach similar to the Cyanogen OS project. Also, Xiaomi was Microsoft’s first option due to the fact that it has a strong community of users who provide feedback on the company’s weekly software updates.

It looks like Microsoft has big plans in offering the customization to a wider variety of devices, should the trial prove to be a success.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

Xiaomi Introduce iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 Rival Mi Note

Xiaomi is entering the high-end ‘phablet’ market, aiming to compete with both Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has revealed details of its new flagship phone, the Mi Note, available in two versions, both set for release in the coming months.

The Mi Note has a 5.7-inch 1080p display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16-64GB of storage, 13-megapixel camera, 4-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. It launches on 27th January in China, priced 2,299 yuan ($370).

The Mi Note Pro, slate for a March release, has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display (2560×1440), 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, 13-megapixel camera, 4-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3,090mAh battery. The handset will cost 3,299 yuan ($520).

Both Mi Note versions boast 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 at the front, and 3D curved glass on the rear, and will feature dual-SIM support.

Source: BGR

Android Device Profits Down 50%

Hardware carrying the Android operating system suffered its  “most significant ever” fall in profits over 2014, with sales down 50% from projections, according to analysts Chetan Sharma. This comes despite Samsung earning over $100 billion in smartphone sales across the year, and Chinese company Xiaomi breaking into the top-five handset manufacturer in the world.

The previous year, Apple had a 56% share of smartphone sales, with Samsung taking 53% (the 109% total factors in losses from other sellers). Projections for 2014, though, suggest that Apple has taken at least 60% of total sales, with Samsung falling off significantly.

Source: Electronista

Xiaomi Becomes the World’s Most Valuable Technology Startup

Who is the world’s most valuable tech startup? That would be the Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi.

The company has just jumped over LG and Lenovo to becom the third-largest smartphone maker in the world, but it has just recently raised $1.1 billion from its latest funding round. This had the company valued at a huge $45 billion, impressive considering Xiaomi is only four years old. Some of the new investors included All-Stars Investment, DST, GIC, Hopu Fund, and Yunfeng Capital.

Xiaomi is often referred to as the “Apple of China” but becoming the world’s most valuable technology startup is only going to help that. This means that Xiaomi has leapfrogged Uber, which just raised $1.2 billion on a total valuation of $41 billion, and many other tech startups. Xiaomi co-founder and president, Bin Lin, said in a post on Facebook that the company will unveil its new flagship handset next month. He also added “We will strive to continue bringing innovation to everyone, with a goal of producing high-quality, high-performance devices with great user experience.”

Source: TechSpot.

Xiaomi Working On Apple MacBook Air Clone, Priced At Under $500

It looks like Apple could have competition against its MacBook Air, with Xiaomi working on a new device that could fool pretty much anyone into thinking it was indeed an Apple MacBook Air – just look at that photo above.

This is Xiaomi’s upcoming 15-inch notebook that features an orange key in the top right hand corner, a changed touch pad and other than that, it looks pretty identical to an Apple MacBook Air. Inside, we have Intel’s Core i7-4500U processor from its Haswell range of chips, 16GB of RAM and it will feature a variation of Linux that was developed by Xiaomi specifically for this device.

Xiaomi will brand it as an Mi device, and price it at a very, very affordable $500 or so. We don’t know when this is coming, but when it does you can be sure we’ll be all over it.

Source: TechSpot.

Xiaomi Arch Rumoured to be World’s First Dual Curved Edge Phone

Xiaomi, not to be outdone by Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge, which boasts a curved edge to the right of its screen, could be releasing a new handset with a curved screen on both edges.

An image for a new phone called Xiaomi Mi Arch has emerged, boasting that the device will be the world’s first dual curved screen. The curves are rumoured to feature shortcut menus, much like the Galaxy Note Edge. There is no confirmation yet that the device is real but, if it is, it would likely be a limited run – like Samsung’s Note Edge – since curved edge screens are difficult and expensive to manufacture.

Source: Gizmochina

Xiaomi Now in Top Five Global Smartphone Manufacturers

Xiaomi is now the fourth most successful smartphone manufacturer in the world, according to researchers at Gartner. During the third quarter of 2014, Xiaomi sold 18.8 million handsets. Over the same period in 2013, it only sold 3.6 million. Total smartphone sales between July and September were 301 million units, up 20.3% on last year, Gartner’s report lists. Over the third quarter of 2014, the top five smartphone manufacturers sold the following number of units:

  1. Samsung: 73.2 million
  2. Apple: 38.1 million
  3. Huawei: 15.9 million
  4. Xiaomi: 18.8 million
  5. Lenovo: 15.01 million.

The bottom three of the top five phone companies are Chinese. Roberta Cozza, Research Director of Gartner, spoke about the rise of Chinese manufacturers, saying, “With the ability to undercut cost and offer top specs Chinese brands are well positioned to expand in the premium phone market too and address the needs of upgrade users that aspire to premium phones, but cannot afford Apple or Samsung high-end products.”

Source: Android Central

Apple Accuses Xiaomi of Being All Talk

Apple has responded petulantly to the idea that Xiaomi, the best-selling smartphone retailer in China, could be the world’s biggest phone manufacturer within ten years.

Xiaomi’s CEO and founder, Lei Jun, boasted about his company’s quick ascent, asserting, “I believe that no one thought the Xiaomi from three years ago, which just made its first phone, would later rank as the third largest player,” calling Xiaomi a “small miracle”. Bruce Sewell, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, belittled Lei’s posturing, saying, “It is easy to say, it is more difficult to do.” He added that there are “many good competitive phones in China.”

Xiaomi’s Android smartphones are competing with both Apple and Samsung for market domination, offering similar functionality but at a much lower price than its two competitors.

Source: The Guardian

Xiaomi Aims to Raise $1.5 Billion in Venture Capital Funding

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi aims to raise US$1.5 billion in venture capital funding. If it achieves its target it will become the largest investment ever secured by a Chinese company. DST Global, an investment firm based in the UK, have been credited with an interest. Their investment portfolio includes Facebook and Alibaba.

Xiaomi increased its smartphone shipments by 18% in the third quarter of 2014, and more than doubling its profits to 27 billion yuen (US$4.39 billion) over the last two years. Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO, states that 44 million handsets were shipped over the first three quarters. Market researcher IDC puts the company’s global market share at 5.3%, as a relative newcomer comparing favourably Samsung and Apple, at 23.8% and 12%, respectively.

Xiaomi intends to use the funding to further develop its internet TV service, producing content for Xiaomi TV.

Source: ZDNet

China’s Xiaomi Smartphone Sales Booming, Quadrupled in One Year

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has enjoyed a busy first half of 2014, shipping 26.1 million units during the first two quarters.  It’s an impressive sales figure considering the company shipped just 7 million units year-over-year – as Chinese smartphone manufacturers are finding success selling lower-priced models.

In all of 2013, Xiaomi shipped 18.7 million units, according to company spokespeople, indicating a significant sales and marketing effort is finding success.

Xiaomi wants to ship 100 million units in 2015, as the company expands to Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, and other select markets not yet controlled by Apple and Samsung.  The company is No. 3 inside of China and No. 6 worldwide, focusing on expanding its product portfolio as device technology increases.

Here is what Nicole Peng, Canalys analyst, said regarding Xiaomi:

“They are starting to sort out their supply chain issues.  When they launched their first phone, Xiaomi had very high pre-orders, but it was doubtful whether they could fulfill them.  Consumers would just be forced to order something else.”

To cater to international phone users, Xiaomi recruited former senior Google executive Hugo Barra to drive sales outside of China.

Although Apple and Samsung dominate in the United States and in Western Europe, there is great potential in China, South America, Africa, and select countries where a demand for affordable smartphones is rising.

Thank you to PC Advisor for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of 9 to 5 Mac

Which New Tablet Sold 50,000 Units In Under 4 Minutes?

There’s no question that certain brands of products are incredibly popular and sell out very fast, Apple is often the  typical example of this: people will queue up outside their stores on launch day and empty the stores of new releases. However, the most recent example wasn’t Apple but the Asian brand Xiaomi whose “Mi Pad” tablet sold out in 3 minutes 59 seconds. You might think that there were only a few available…nope, there were 50,000 units up for grabs at $241 each. Xiaomi will do it all again on July 8th when the next round of sales begin.

What makes the Xiaomi Mi Pad so special? Well for just $241 you get 2GB of RAM, Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip, a 6700 mAh battery, a retina 1536 x 2048 7.9 inch display, 16 or 64GB of storage and Wireless AC. Not bad for $241, maybe more tablet vendors should take a leaf out of Xiaomi’s book.

Source: Tablet-News

Image courtesy of Xiaomi

Xiaomi Mi3 Has Sold Out In Under 90 Seconds

One of China’s largest and most popular phone makers, Xiaomi, have announced today that their new flagship Smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi3, was sold out in under 90 seconds. The record time is actually 1 minute and 26 seconds, or 86 seconds, to be exact. In case you’re wondering as to how many Mi3s were sold within the same period, the number is a mind-boggling 100,000. Perhaps this is why Chinese phone makers price their flagship products at relatively affordable prices, somewhere around the $300-$400 mark, since it attracts more customers and ultimately leads to more sales, and more profit in the process. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

“100,000 Xiaomi MI3s are sold out in one minute and twenty-six seconds,and 3000 MITVs are sold out in one minute and fifty-eight seconds.” Xiaomi tweeted.

The device’s specification, for those of you haven’t heard of the Xiaomi Mi3 up until now, are the following:

  • 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display with 441 PPI resolution with Corning Gorilla glass protection
  •  1.8 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor / 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM 8974AB) processor
  • Dimensions – 114mm×72mm×8.1mm, weight: 145g
  • MIUI V5 on top of Android
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony Exmor BSI sensor,  f/2.2 aperture, 1080p full HD video recording
  • 2MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor,  f/2.2 aperture, 1080p full HD video recording
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16 / 64 GB internal memory
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz),   WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC
  • 3050mAh battery

The 16 GB version of the Xiaomi Mi3 commands a price of 1999 Yuan (roughly $330), whereas the 64 GB version costs 2499 Yuan (just $410). I bet that most people would like to have the Xiaomi Mi3 available in their country as well.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of NextPowerUp.

ZTE Nubia Z7 NBA Edition Leaked

Both the ZTE Nubia Z5 and ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini have been released in the United States a few weeks before and the Chinese telecommunication giant signed a partnership with NBA team  Houston Rockets. ZTE’s  latest handset, Nubia Z7 has been leaked through the Chinese social network.

The press shot of ZTE Nubia Z7 was spotted on Public Relation manager of ZTE Nubia’s Weibo page . He posted the rear look of the Nubia Z7 and asked his followers whether they like the design of Nubia Z7.

The image shows that there is a camera, Nubia logo and NBA logo on the rear-side of the Z7. It seems like the Nubia Z7 has NBA edition and will launch in the American market. Sources mentioned that a NBA star is going to be the product ambassador of ZTE Nubia Z7 NBA Edition.

According to sources, the Nubia N7 NBA Edition is powered by the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB SoC, with faster graphics and memory bandwidth, which would make it the second device in the market to feature Qualcomm’s superior Snapdragon 800 variants, such as Xiaomi who announced the Mi3 already, but the device won’t go on sale until next year, according to reports.

Thank you NextPowerUp and GSM Insider for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of GSM Insider.

 

Introducing Xiaomi’s MI3, the ‘fastest smartphone ever’

It’s not been long since Hugo Barra, former Vice President of Global for Google, teamed up with Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi and already, the first smartphone is announced to roll out soon.  The new MI3 smartphone will be released in two variants, the first is a WCDMA model, with the second being a CDMA2000 model. These two models will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz each.

The TD-SCDMA version has been reported to run on an NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC, having all variations of the MI3 featuring 2GB of RAM. But when Xiaomi’s claim “the fastest smartphone ever” it is referring to the MSM8974AB model which features the Snapdragon CPU, boosting the clock speeds for the memory interface and Adreno 330 GPU.

All MI3 models feature a 5-inch 1080p LG-supplied display, 13-mega pixel rear-facing from Sony, and a non-removable  3050mAh battery. There is also a wide range of colours it will be shipped in: black, white, pink, yellow and blue, but the most amazing aspect is that it’s only 8.1 mm thick.

The Xiaomi MI3 will feature the MIUI 5 operating system, a modified version of Android 4.1, which features Xiaomi’s infrastructure and replaces the Google Play Store. The MI3 is priced at just $327 (around £204) for the 16GB version, and $408 (around £255) for the 64GB version. Sadly the MI3 is limited to the Chinese market, whereas if it would be available worldwide, the MI3 could have competed with the latest Apple, Android and Windows Phone 8 smartphones on the market.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with the information.

Images courtesy of TweakTown.

XiaoMi Will Launch 8 Core Smartphone This Year

Chinese smartphone vendor XiaoMi is apparently preparing an eight core smartphone for launch this year. The company is renowned for its high performance smartphone solutions at relatively affordable price points. The new 8 core smartphone will possess a MediaTek MT6592 8 core processor if Zol are to be believed.

Additionally, GSM Insider has stated that other smartphone vendors in China such as Lenovo, Oppo, Gionee and Vivo are all preparing smartphones based on the same 8 core MediaTek CPU.

News on when the phone will arrive is sparse but it makes logical sense that it will be unveiled towards the end of the year after XiaoMi unveil their Mi3 flagship smartphone next month. It will be interesting to see how XiaoMi’s new 8 core smartphone can compete with current 8 core smartphone giant – the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Image courtesy of XiaoMi