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  1. Xiaomi has unveiled its new Xiaomi MIX Fold 2, just one day after Samsung showed off its Galaxy Z Fold4. While the Fold4 was shown off first, Xiaomi’s new device will begin shipping a whole ten days earlier on August 16. Unfortunately for international Xiaomi fans, it looks like this model will be arriving in China first, and it didn’t say when or if it would launch elsewhere. There will be three versions of the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2, the 12 GB + 256 GB model will cost 8,999 yuan, the 12 GB + 512 GB model will cost 9,999 yuan, and the 12 GB + 1 TB model costs 11,699 yuan. In addition to the memory and storage options, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 will be available in two colours, Black and Gold. The full specs for the device are as follows: Design Dimensions: - Folded: 161.6mm x 73.9mm x 11.2mm¹ - Unfolded: 161.6mm x 144.7mm x 5.4mm¹ Weight: 262g¹ Colors: Black, Gold Xiaomi-developed Micro Waterdrop Hinge - Custom hinge mechanism - Durable MIM alloy - Weldless unibody technology - Carbon fiber dual hinge plates - Recessed center structure - Compact layered design Display Outer display 6.56″ AMOLED Display - Samsung E5 material - 2,520x1,080 - HBM 1,000 nits (typ) - Contrast ratio: 8,000,000:1(typ) - 10-bit color depth, P3 color gamut, JNCD≈0.29, delta E ≈ 0.34 - Dolby Vision®, HDR 10+ support - 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ Inner display 8.02″ Eco² OLED Display - 120Hz LTPO 2.0 - 2160x1914 - POL-LESS display technology - Contrast ratio: 8,000,000:1 (typ) - 10-bit color depth, P3 color gamut, JNCD≈0.29, delta E ≈ 0.34 - Dolby Vision®, HDR 10+ support Flexible Ultra Thin Glass Imaging System 50MP wide angle camera - IMX766 - 1/1.56” sensor size, 2.0 μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel - f/1.8, 7P lens, SMA actuators for OIS 13MP ultra-wide angle camera - 15mm focal length equivalent, 123° FOV, f/2.4, 5P lens 8MP telephoto camera - 2x optical zoom - 45mm focal length equivalent, f/2.6 20MP front camera Xiaomi AI Image Solution Performance Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 - 4nm power-efficient manufacturing process, up to 3.2GHz LPDDR5 (6400Mbps) + UFS 3.1 storage High performance cooling system Charging System 4,500mAh battery 67W wired turbo charging Audio Symmetrical dual speakers SOUND BY Harman Kardon Dolby Atmos® Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res Audio Wireless Connectivity Multifunctional NFC, IR Blaster Operating System MIUI Fold 13 based on Android 12 Storage Variants 12 GB+256 GB 12 GB+512 GB 12 GB+1 TB With the base model coming in at roughly $1,340, it makes the device cheaper than its blatant competitor, the Galaxy Z Fold4, which costs $1,799 in the United States. People opting for Samsung’s device, however, can knock up to a $1,000 off the price if they trade in eligible devices for, so those people the Fold4 may still be cheaper. Xiaomi unveils its new foldable flagship, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2
  2. Xiaomi is no stranger to Windows computers. The Chinese manufacturer has a solid portfolio of Windows laptops with different price tags and capabilities, and now there is one more somewhat exotic option. Xiaomi has announced the Xiaomi Book S, a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet with Windows 11 and an ARM processor. The Xiaomi Book S follows the well-established formula of hybrid tablets Microsoft first introduced with its Surface Pro devices. It is a 12.4-inch tablet with a 16:10 screen, 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, and a modest 60Hz refresh rate. The manufacturer says the display reaches a peak brightness of 500 nits and supports an active stylus. What makes the Xiaomi Book S stand out in a crowd of hybrid Windows tablets is the CPU choice. Xiaomi decided to ditch traditional Intel chips in favor of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. It is not the newest nor fastest processor from Qualcomm (it was actually announced in September 2020), but it still offers decent performance and allows reducing the final price. An older processor is not the only corner Xiaomi had to cut to lower the price to €699. The manufacturer also ditched the cellular modem, leaving Wi-Fi the only connectivity option available for potential buyers. Hence, the Xiaomi Book S falls out of the "Always Connected PC" device category. On the upside, for €699, buyers get the tablet and a keyboard, so there is no need to spend more money on additional accessories unless you want the Xiaomi Smart Pen stylus, which is sold separately. Xiaomi Book S Display 12.4-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 500 nits 100% DCI-P3, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Processor 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 RAM 8 GB LPDDR4X Storage 256 GB SSD Battery 38W with a 65W charger Up to 13.5 hours of video playback Ports 1x USB-C, 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD reader Connectivity Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1 Dimensions 294 x 197 x 8.95 mm, 720g 11.5 x 7.7 x 0.3 inches, 1.58 lb Operating System Windows 11 Would you consider a hybrid Windows tablet with a last-gen ARM processor for a lower price? Share your thoughts about the Xiaomi Book S in the comments. Xiaomi announces its first ARM-based Windows tablet
  3. Xiaomi's 80W wireless charging tech can fully charge a 4,000mAh battery in just 19 minutes Xiaomi has previously demoed a 120W fast wired charging solution and a 50W fast wireless charging solution for smartphones. The latter can wirelessly charge a phone with a 4,000mAh battery from 0-100% in just 40 minutes. Now, Xiaomi has announced an 80W Mi wireless charging technology for its smartphones which it claims is "an order of magnitude ahead of similar solutions" offered by other brands. The company claims that its 80W wireless charging tech can wirelessly charge a 4,000mAh battery to 50% in just 8 minutes. A full charge takes just 19 minutes. OPPO had announced its 65W AirVOOC wireless charging solution earlier this year that could charge a smartphone with a 4,000mAh battery to full in just 30 minutes. The company used a dual charging coil solution to achieve these speeds, though it requires users to place the device vertically on the charger. Xiaomi has not detailed its 80W wireless charging tech and has only boasted about its charging speeds. It has posted a video showing the wireless charging technology in action. There's no word from Xiaomi as to when this 80W wireless fast charging tech will show up inside its smartphones and what the company is doing to effectively manage and dissipate the heat generated by charging a device this fast. The company already offers 50W fast wireless charging and 120W fast wired charging on the Mi 10 Ultra so it is possible that it debuts this 80W wireless charging solution on the device's successor next year. Source: Xiaomi Xiaomi's 80W wireless charging tech can fully charge a 4,000mAh battery in just 19 minutes
  4. Just a few months ago, Huawei defied the blacklist odds and outsold rival Samsung for global smartphone shipments—initially for April and then for the entire second quarter. Huawei had finally achieved its ambition to reach that coveted world number one slot. But what a difference those last few months have made. The news this week that Samsung’s third-quarter profits are likely 58% up on last year, that smartphone sales have surged as markets have recovered, means that the Korean giant is likely to retake that top-spot from its Chinese rival. The two were neck and neck for sales in the second quarter, albeit Huawei edged very slightly ahead. China’s early recovery from its coronavirus shutdown proved to be the key. Now, at a headline level, Samsung is a huge beneficiary from Huawei’s U.S. woes. The latest blacklist restrictions to deny Huawei access to the chipsets needed to power its flagship smartphones looks set to decimate 2021 sales, when its current stockpiles run down. The latest of those flagships, the Mate 40, launches on October 22. Absent a U.S. U-turn, it will be the last device for some time to carry an in-house Kirin chipset—some reports even suggest there may not be enough left to meet Mate 40 demand. Huawei has already seen a sharp decline in smartphone sales to its hard-won export markets. The loss of Google software and services from its devices saw to that. It turns out that a cut-down version of Android doesn’t cut it when the full-fat alternative is available. The company’s focus on its HarmonyOS alternative to Android is the response, and that’s likely to find its way onto new (and existing) smartphones in 2021. If there are any new smartphones, of course. The cliff-edge in smartphone sales next year is pretty much a given, unless there’s a U.S. backtrack or Qualcomm secures a license and a fast platform redesign follows. Some reports suggest Huawei’s 200 million-plus devices might drop to a paltry 50 million units in 2021. And that’s some 150 million users who would be buying a Huawei device but will now go elsewhere. Huawei has survived, even thrived, through the first 18-months of the U.S. blacklist through stellar sales in its domestic market. By the second quarter this year, the company had secured a dizzying 46% share, and that was even higher in the premium segments. That has meant more than 70% of Huawei smartphones being sold in China. But this means that even if Huawei stopped exports to maintain its domestic market, it would not have enough chipsets to prevent a staggering decline in China. Hungry rivals Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are standing by with plenty of new 5G handsets—and once tens of millions of Chinese users leave, they need to be won all over again. We have already seen this play out internationally. Xiaomi’s staggering export growth coinciding with Huawei’s staggering export decline is no coincidence. Xiaomi has been quick to replicate Huawei’s effective export strategy—premium smartphones at a lower than premium price to compete head on with Apple and Samsung. And Xiaomi has no loss of Google to contend with. It has found these prized marketplaces wide open. Huawei’s answer to this is to shift strategy. The company prized for the quality of its hardware is now reinventing itself as a software player—even an ecosystem player. This despite Huawei’s software boss Wang Chenglu acknowledging at a recent Huawei conference that “developing a good ecosystem is far harder than developing good technologies... We don't have a long history of software development in China.” Huawei’s focus on HarmonyOS and its HMS smartphone framework and app store to rival Apple’s and Google’s equivalents started as an ecosystem for its own devices, putting its own smartphones front and center. But with those restrictions on new smartphones—the new news is that HarmonyOS is going open-source, an alternative to Android’s AOSP. Huawei is playing a China card here, building a bridge, it says, between China and the rest of the world, to create more TikToks, to launch a genuine alternative to iOS and Android. But there’s an obvious twist. For this to work, Huawei needs to persuade other manufacturers to opt for its ecosystem, to adopt HarmonyOS. Those would be the same Chinese OEMs set to benefit from market-leading Huawei’s imminent decline. China itself may step in here and mandate or incentivize good behaviors, but left to its own devices, the market is only going to respond one way to this kind of conundrum. And that’s a major threat to Huawei’s new ecosystem strategy. Next year is critical for Huawei’s smartphone business, to say nothing of the billions of dollars of future profits hanging in the balance. The company has been talking “survival” since the turn of the year—now that hyperbole resonates more realistically. Huawei will undoubtedly persuade China’s IoT peripherals and gadget makers to jump aboard its new strategy. But it needs a smartphone solution and fast to give itself any chance of avoiding a lengthy and costly moratorium on sales and market relevance. What wouldn’t hurt in the interim would be a Joe Biden victory in America’s November election, and a softening, even ever so slightly, in the stranglehold the U.S. now has on Huawei’s business. A couple of temporary supplier licenses—any relaxation in restrictions—may be enough to buy some time. And, right now, time is running out almost as fast as those depleting stockpiles of chipsets. Source
  5. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra stars in a hands-on video: 120X zoom and secondary screen revealed The Xiaomi Mi 11 unveiled last December in China made its global debut earlier this week. We expected Xiaomi to introduce the Mi 11 Lite and Mi 11 Pro at the event, but that didn't happen. And while there's still no word from the Chinese phone maker about the Lite and Pro models, the Mi 11 Ultra has appeared in a hands-on video. A Filipino YouTuber uploaded the Mi 11 Ultra video on YouTube channel Tech Buff PH. The video is currently set to private, but not before it was mirrored for everyone to watch. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra reminds us of the Poco M3, thanks to the huge camera bump on the back home to three cameras - 50MP primary, 48MP ultrawide, and 48MP periscope units. These are joined by the LED flash and the secondary screen, which should come in handy when trying to take selfies with the primary camera. We see two models in the video - one in White color and the other in Black. Both have periscope units with 120X written on the right side, revealing the phone will be capable of doing 120X zoom. However, the white variant has "Ultra Pixel AI Camera" written below 120X, while the black version reads “120X, 12-120mm, 1:1.95-4.1” instead. It's unclear why both units have different text, but that might be because either or both of them are prototypes. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra According to the YouTuber, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is built around a 6.81" WQHD+ 120Hz curved OLED screen, which is covered by Gorilla Glass Victus and has a punch hole in the upper-left corner for the 20MP selfie shooter. The Mi 11 Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC and runs MIUI 12.5. The rest of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs revealed by the YouTuber include 5G support, IP68 rating, speakers tuned by Harman/Kardon, and a 5,000 mAh battery with 67W wired and wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra You can watch the full video below, which is in the Filipino language. There's no word from Xiaomi about the Mi 11 Ultra, but now that it has appeared in a hands-on video, an official announcement shouldn't be far away. Source (private video) | Via Source: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra stars in a hands-on video: 120X zoom and secondary screen revealed
  6. Xiaomi Proves That The Mi 11 Is Rather Easy To Repair The Xiaomi Mi 11 is rather easy to repair, it seems. Xiaomi has uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel. In it, the company’s employee disassembles the device, in order to show everyone that it’s not difficult to do. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is not difficult to repair, the company shows us in a video Do note that this video has been edited, though. It has been edited to make everything feel smooth, and to make it a bit shorter. Still, based on what we can see here, Xiaomi has been smart while assembling the device. The battery seems to be rather easy to remove. Some OEMs tend to overdo it with the amount of glue they use for the battery. The phone’s display may be curved, but it’s not difficult to remove either. In this video, the company also highlights features of the Mi 11, so you’ll see some of that too. That being said, if you’re more interested in the general durability of the phone, well, that video is out as well. The phone did get durability-tested quite recently The durability video hasn’t been shared by Xiaomi, of course, but by Zack from the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel. You can click here if you’re interested, spoiler alert, the phone did really well in those tests. The Xiaomi Mi 11 launched on a global scale quite recently, after landing in China at the very end of last year. The phone is already available to purchase as well, in some regions. You can even get it directly from Xiaomi’s AliExpress shop, if you want. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is considerably more affordable than most of its competition. The phone’s pricing starts at €749 in Europe, in case you’re interested. It comes in two storage variants, both with 8GB of RAM. The phone also includes the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 55W fast wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and much more. If you’d like to know more about the device, check out our ‘Everything You Need To Know’ article. Source: Xiaomi Proves That The Mi 11 Is Rather Easy To Repair
  7. Xiaomi teases Mi 11 Pro after successful first sale of Mi 11 The camera module seems to include a 108MP primary lens The entire camera assembly of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will sport a much different look compared to the Mi 11. The Mi 11 Pro will get a much bigger camera island Xiaomi recently revealed the Mi 11 in China. The new flagship from the Chinese manufacturer has been received well in its first sale in its native market. Xiaomi managed to sell over 350,000 units of Mi 11 in five minutes. However, the company is all set with the next big thing or the next ‘Pro’ thing. Xiaomi shared a teaser for the Mi 11 Pro. The company has revealed the back panel of the upcoming Mi 11 Pro. The glimpse of the rear panel suggests significant differences in comparison to the Mi 11. The entire camera assembly of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will sport a much different look compared to the Mi 11. The Mi 11 Pro will get a much bigger camera island. Going by the teaser image, we can be certain that the highlight of the new camera setup will be the 120X zoom lens. The phone will get a quad-camera seems to feature a periscope camera which gets the 120X moniker under the lens. The rest of the camera module seems to include a 108MP primary lens. The entire camera assembly of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will sport a much different look compared to the Mi 11. The Mi 11 Pro will get a much bigger camera island. In terms of other features, the screen is expected to be identical to the Mi 11 which sports a 6.8-inch display. The display might also feature the 120Hz refresh rate coupled with the 480hz touch sampling for better touch response. The display is expected to get the same resolution as well at 1440x3200. The phone is also expected to get the 1500 nits display brightness. In terms of performance, the phone will be powered by the latest and greatest from Qualcomm’s stable, the Snapdragon 888. Source: Xiaomi teases Mi 11 Pro after successful first sale of Mi 11
  8. Xiaomi unveils the Redmi 9T and Redmi Note 9T mid-range smartphones iaomi has unveiled both the Redmi 9T and the Redmi Note 9T, a pair of mid-range smartphones available for purchase globally. The Redmi Note 9T is the first 5G device in the Redmi Note portfolio, offering dual-5G SIM compatibility. The Redmi Note 9T is the same as the Redmi Note 9 5G, and the Redmi 9T is the same as the Redmi Note 9 4G — both of which launched in China in November last year. Redmi 9T and Redmi Note 9T Specifications Specification Redmi 9T (Global)/Redmi Note 9 4G (China) Redmi Note 9T (Global)/Redmi Note 9 5G (China) Dimensions & Weight 162.3mm x 77.3mm x 9.6mm 198g 161.96mm × 77.25mm × 9.05mm 199g Display 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS LCD 400 nits 60Hz screen refresh rate Waterdrop notch 6.53-inch FHD+ E3 AMOLED 450 nits 60Hz screen refresh rate Left hole punch SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 662: 4x performance Kryo 260 CPU cores (Up to 2.0GHz) 4x efficiency Kryo 260 CPU cores Adreno 610 MediaTek Dimensity 800U 7nm process 2x ARM Cortex A76 cores @ 2.4GHz + 6x ARM Cortex A55 cores @ 2GHz Mali-G57 MC3 RAM & Storage 4GB RAM 64GB (UFS 2.1)/128 GB (UFS 2.2) Expandable storage 4GB/6GB RAM 64GB (UFS 2.1)/128 GB (UFS 2.2) Expandable storage Battery & Charging 6,000mAh 18W charging 5,000mAh 18W charging Security Power-button fingerprint sensor Side-mounted fingerprint scanner Rear Camera(s) Primary: 48MP, 1/1.2″ sensor, 4in1 pixel binning, f/1.79 Secondary: 8MP Ultra-wide angle, f/2.2, 118° FoV Tertiary: 2MP, macro Quaternary: 2MP depth camera, f/2.4 Primary: 48MP, 1/1.2″ sensor, 4in1 pixel binning, f/1.79 Secondary: 8MP Ultra-wide angle, f/2.2, 118° FoV Tertiary: 2MP, macro Video: 4K @ 30fps 1080p @ 60fps, 30fps Front Camera(s) 8MP, f/2.05 13MP, f/2.25 Port(s) USB Type C 3.5mm audio jack USB Type C 3.5mm audio jack Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0 Dual-band Wi-Fi IR Blaster 5G Bluetooth 5.1 Dual-band Wi-Fi NFC IR Blaster Dual speakers Software MIUI 12 based on Android 10 MIUI 12 based on Android 10 Audio Stereo speakers Stereo speakers Colors Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange, Ocean Green Daybreak Purple, Nightfall Black Redmi 9T The Redmi 9T packs the Snapdragon 662, 4GB of RAM, and a full HD 60Hz display with a waterdrop notch. It packs a triple camera system, comprised of a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP macro camera. There is also a 2MP depth sensor. You get a charger in the box (crazy, right?), and though it’s a 22.5W charger, the device itself only supports 18W charging. There’s also an IR blaster that you can use for controlling devices remotely, and there’s a headphone jack too. It charges the massive 6,000 mAh battery via USB-C and supports reverse wired charging. Pricing and Availability The Redmi 9T starts at €159 for the base 64GB of storage variant without NFC, and €189 to double that storage and upgrade from UFS 2.1 to UFS 2.2. If you need NFC, the variants with NFC come at a €10 premium over these prices. Redmi Note 9T The Redmi Note 9T is the more powerful of these two devices, launching with the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, and it supports 5G. You get nearly all of the same storage options as the Redmi 9T — so 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB — along with a third storage option which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The camera system looks nearly identical as well, though it actually lacks a 2MP depth sensor. Just like the Redmi 9T as well, you get a 22.5W charger in the box, even though the device itself can only charge at 18W. The battery is smaller at 5,000 mAh. Finally, the front-facing camera is a left hole punch rather than a waterdrop notch in the center of the screen. There is both a headphone jack and an IR blaster, along with dual speakers too. Pricing and Availability The Redmi Note 9T costs €229 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant, and doubling up the storage to 128GB costs €269. For early-bird sales, the prices go down by a cool €20. Source: Xiaomi unveils the Redmi 9T and Redmi Note 9T mid-range smartphones
  9. Xiaomi Mi 11 won’t come with charger after it mocked Apple for not including a charger Xiaomi’s CEO confirmed the decision on social media site Weibo Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge Lei Jun, the CEO of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, has confirmed that its upcoming Mi 11 phone will not come with a charger, citing environmental concerns. While that’s a legitimate argument against providing yet another hunk of plastic that resembles all the other chargers people already have, Xiaomi joined other phone makers who poked fun at Apple a few short months ago for not including chargers with the iPhone 12. Jun made the remarks on Chinese social media site Weibo, saying people have many chargers which creates an environmental burden, and therefore the company was canceling the charger for the Mi 11. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said on Weibo the Mi 11 would come without a charger Apple’s decision not to include chargers with the iPhone 12 was met with some derision, and competitors like Samsung reminded customers in an ad that charging bricks were “included with your Galaxy.” That Galaxy ad has apparently been deleted, however, as rumors continue to build that Samsung won’t include a charger with its upcoming Galaxy S21 phones. Shortly after the iPhone 12 launch, Xiaomi tweeted that it “didn’t leave anything out of the box” for its Mi 10T Pro, adding a short video clip that shows a Mi 10T box with a charger inside. Perhaps the takeaway here is that companies should keep the marketing team in the loop about future product decisions? There is, in fact, a strong environmental case for not including superfluous chargers with new phones, especially if the chargers are identical to the dozens of others most people already have. But it seems like as phone makers continue raising the price tags on their new devices, they’re somehow finding ways to give customers less — no headphone jacks, no charging bricks— than they did in the past. Is the next step to just do away with the box and hand over new phones to customers in bubble wrap, or maybe in paper bags? I guess we’ll find out. Xiaomi Mi 11 won’t come with charger after it mocked Apple for not including a charger
  10. Xiaomi announces Mi Air Charge tech capable of 5W wireless charging over several meters It's a tech demo for now, but Xiaomi says we've entered the era of true wireless charging Forward-looking: When it comes to gadgets, nothing is truly wireless unless there’s freedom of movement in the user experience. Wireless earphones accomplished this feat a few years ago, and it now seems that wireless charging has done so as well, according to Xiaomi. The company says its new Mi Air Charge technology can remotely charge multiple devices (5W each) over several meters without interference from physical obstacles. The Qi wireless charging standard that most electronics employ these days still requires the host and receiver to be in very close proximity, accepting no more than 4cm (1.6-inches) of distance for charging. And while power output has been gradually improving over the years, companies like Xiaomi have been coming up with their own proprietary fast-charging wireless solutions that have been recently touching an insane 80W, though with the distance limitation still in place. In its latest announcement, the Chinese conglomerate revealed Mi Air Charge, a technology which it says allows for true wireless charging “within a radius of several meters.” The in-house developed tech uses phased antennas for locating and steering radio waves to the receiving device that also has a built-in antenna array for converting these waves into electrical energy for charging. Xiaomi also notes that Mi Air Charge can simultaneously juice multiple devices at 5W, and that physical objects do not interfere with the tech’s charging efficiency. The company aims to make it work with smartwatches, wearables, and smart home products like desk lamps and speakers. Don't expect, however, for Mi Air Charge to appear on the market anytime soon since a Xiaomi executive tweeted in a response that the tech won't be arriving on consumer products this year. It remains to be seen how Mi Air Charge will affect Xiaomi's hardware prices going forward and whether users will trade their fast-charging equipment (cables, power banks, wall chargers) for 5W truly wireless charging. The company might also need to address concerns around safety and actually ship Mi Air Charge to prove that "it's not science fiction, it's technology." Source: Xiaomi announces Mi Air Charge tech capable of 5W wireless charging over several meters
  11. Samsung to supply foldable OLED panels to Google, OPPO, and Xiaomi Samsung is by now a veteran in the foldable smartphone space, culminating with the company’s excellent Galaxy Z Fold 2. It’s no wonder competitors would look to the company as they look to develop their own foldable devices. According to The Elec, Samsung is going to supply foldable OLED panels for devices from Google, OPPO, and Xiaomi. All of the panels are expected to be “in-folding,” with sizes ranging from 7.6 inches to 8.03 inches. As of now, all three of these companies are said to be in various prototype stages. OPPO previously used Samsung Display, BOE, and Visionox as partners to develop an “out-folding” device. But Samsung will be OPPO’s sole partner this year as the latter company looks to develop a clamshell-style device like the Galaxy Z Flip. Xiaomi, meanwhile, is also switching from out-folding to in-folding, and is rumored to be developing a foldable display with an 8.03-inch panel and 6.38-inch outer screen. The Elec claims Google has also inquired with Samsung about developing a foldable display that’s around 7.6 inches. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about Google possibly developing a foldable Pixel smartphone. Reports go all the way back to May 2019, when we learned Google was exploring foldable devices. Incidentally, Apple is also rumored to be prototyping an iPhone that folds. At least one of the devices in testing is said to feature a similar form factor to the Galaxy Z Fold. Foldable phones are still very niche, but Samsung has shown that they may be the next evolution of the smartphone. The original Galaxy Fold was hard around the edges, but devices like the Z Flip and Z Fold 2 prove that foldable devices are here to stay. Technology evolves quickly, which means there’s a good chance we’ll see even more sophisticated foldable devices over the next few years. Whether we see one from a company like Google remains to be seen. Source: Samsung to supply foldable OLED panels to Google, OPPO, and Xiaomi
  12. Xiaomi's new concept phone has a waterfall display that curves in all four corners Xiaomi likes to show out concept phones every once in a while with the last one being the Mi Mix Alpha from September 2019. Today, we get a look at a different type of curved display that melts in all four corners from top to bottom and left to right. Xiaomi is calling it a 88-degree hyper quad-curved screen and it’s the most extreme form of a curved screen we’ve seen to date. The concept device features no ports or physical buttons. The new display actually comes with four rounded cutouts in the corners which are presumably there to deter unwanted palm touches. Another interesting choice is the positioning of the status bar on the top right-hand-side. Mind you the promotional images and video are just showing off renders and not an actual device though Xiaomi representatives have confirmed to The Verge that there is a real-life prototype with the new hyper quad-curved screen. There's no word on when or if we'll see a commercially available phone with Xiaomi's new quad curved panel any time soon. Source Source: Xiaomi's new concept phone has a waterfall display that curves in all four corners
  13. Xiaomi has today launched two gaming monitors in China — one with a massive 34-inch display and another with a 23.8-inch display. With this, the company has now officially entered a new product category of gaming monitors. Mi Surface Display 34-Inch As the name indicates, the Mi Surface Display 34-inch comes with a massive 34-inch large curved screen having 21:9 aspect ratio, 3440 x 1440 pixels screen resolution, and 144Hz refresh rate, 1500R curvature. There’s also AMD Freesync and low Blu-ray mode and the color gamut is 121 percent sRGB. The curved display also comes with a bracket which allows users to make adjustments for lifting and rotating the screen. The company has said that the display and the bracket and magnetically snapped together and Xiaomi is also providing a three-year warranty for the same. While Xiaomi has not revealed this, reports indicate that the display is provided by Samsung. Xiaomi’s new Mi Surface Display 34-Inch is priced at 2,499 Yuan which roughly converts to $352. However, the pricing for those who pre-books the products is 1,999 Yuan (~$282) and will go on sale from 21st October. Mi Display 23.8-Inch Along with the massive 34-inch curved gaming monitor, the company has also launched a more traditional Mi Display 23.8-Inch, which as you expect, features a 23.8-inch screen. The Full HD screen supports wide-angle viewing of 178-degrees. It has a regular design and the control buttons hidden at the right-side bottom panel bezel under the screen. It comes with a cylindrical bracket which can adjust the angle of the viewing but doesn’t seem to support the vertical adjustment. Continuing with the Xiaomi’s minimalistic design, the back panel of the monitor is clean and simple with just the branding and a HDMI port along with a power supply port. The Mi Display 23.8-Inch is priced at 699 Yuan (~$98) and will go on sale from 21st October. Source: Xiaomi launches a massive 34-inch curved gaming monitor and a 23.8-inch monitor (via GizmoChina)
  14. Xiaomi recently submitted a design patent for a smartphone design with dual camera selfies at its corners. The patent was first spotted by TigerMobiles and features several images of smartphones sporting different placements of the dual selfie cameras at the top. As full-screen smartphones designs with pop-up selfie cameras such as the Mi 9T have somehow become the trend, Xiaomi is finding more ways to place the selfie camera. Specifically, some of the designs depict positions other than the teardrop notch or pop-up camera design. In fact, one design clearly shows the dual sensors located on opposite ends of the phone. While another other suggests that the top bezels could make a comeback. Admittedly, these designs do look odd at first glance, but given enough time, it’s likely that these designs could become the next trend. In any case, these are just patents, and at the time of writing, it’s unclear if Xiaomi will even act upon these designs for all its future smartphones. Source: 1. TigerMobiles via GSMArena // Image: TigerMobiles 2. Xiaomi Submits Patent For Dual Corner Selfie Cameras On Smartphones (via Lowyat.NET)
  15. It was only several months ago when the Redmi K20 series was introduced, featuring a pop-up selfie camera as one of its main selling points. Today, Xiaomi teased the successor to that phone with a notable twist to its front camera design that resembles that of Samsung's Galaxy S10+. The Redmi K30 will be sporting a display with a hole-punch cutout for the selfie snapper. It will also feature two lenses similar to the Galaxy S10+ front camera. Xiaomi's General Manager Lu Weibing shared a photo of the Redmi K30 during the debut of the Redmi 8 series in China after its launch in India. According to Weibing, the Redmi K30 will be the first 5G phone to be coming out of the Redmi brand. The handset will also bring support for dual 5G, meaning it will be compatible with both standalone mode (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) mode of networking. The NSA mode is said to be cheaper in terms of deployment as it uses existing LTE infrastructure for things such as communication between cell towers and servers. There are rumors as well that the device will be powered by Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 7250 SoC supporting dual 5G. For now, specific details about the Redmi K30's specs remain unknown. There's no word as well on its pricing, but Weibing said it won't be the cheapest 5G phone. That said, the Redmi K30 will still be relatively budget-friendly just like Redmi's past phones. Source: 1. Lu Weibing (Weibo) via GSMArena 2. Xiaomi teases Redmi K30 with hole-punch cutout similar to that of the Galaxy S10+ (via Neowin)
  16. So-called "smart" security cameras have had some pretty dumb security problems recently, but a recent report regarding a Xiaomi camera linked to a Google account is especially disturbing. One Xiaomi Mijia camera owner is getting still images from other random peoples' homes when trying to stream content from his camera to a Google Nest Hub. The images include stills of people sleeping and even an infant in a cradle. In the meantime, Google has entirely disabled Xiaomi integration for Google Home and the Assistant while it works out the issue with Xiaomi. This issue was first reported by user /r/Dio-V on Reddit and affects his Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP Security Camera, which can be linked to a Google account for use with Google/Nest devices through Xiaomi's Mi Home app/service. It isn't clear when Dio-V's feed first began showing these still images into random homes or how long the camera was connected to his account before this started happening. He does state that both the Nest Hub and the camera were purchased new. The camera was purchased from AliExpress and noted as running firmware version 3.5.1_00.66. When attempting to access a video feed from his connected camera (as depicted in the video above), instead of the expected local video feed, he's provided a random, occasionally partly corrupted black and white still image from another home. Among the eight or so examples initially provided to Reddit are a handful of disturbingly clear images showing a sleeping baby, a security camera's view of an enclosed porch, and a man seemingly asleep in a chair. Dio-V also believes the content of the random still images being fed to his Nest Hub, which contain Xiaomi/Mijia branded date/timestamps, depict a different time zone than his own. It's technically possible this could be an elaborate hoax, but the video evidence is pretty damning. Whatever feed is trying to be accessed is clearly something that is actually integrated with Google Home/Assistant, and the fact that it's intermittently corrupted and showing still images rather than the expected video is also pretty high-effort for a fake. It's also possible these could be some sort of test images and he's inadvertently accessing a debug mode/feed, among other potential explanations. Google isn't taking any chances, though. We reached out to the company and were provided with the following statement after our story was initially published: "We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix. In the meantime, we’re disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices." We reached out for further confirmation that this would mean a blanket disabling of all Mi Home product integrations or commands for the Assistant, and we have confirmed that this is the case. Our own subsequent attempts to use Mi Home integrated devices through Google Home/Assistant show that Google has already disabled this functionality at the time of our update, and Dio-V (the Reddit user with the original report) has confirmed for us that his camera is no longer working on his Nest Hub. We've reached out to Xiaomi for comment, as well as additional details surrounding how an issue like this could occur, but the company did not immediately respond. This isn't the first time that smart home security cameras have has this sort of problem before. Memorably, some used Nest cameras would remain linked to an original owner's account, providing them a glimpse inside the new purchaser's home. More recently, Wyze, who makes smart security cameras, also recently suffered a "mistake," storing unsecured user data in a publicly accessible manner and requiring all customers to pair/set up devices again. Google says it's disabling Xiaomi integrations A Google spokesperson has provided us with the following short statement: "We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix. In the meantime, we’re disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices." We have further confirmed and verified that this is a blanket disabling of all Mi Home product integrations for Google Home and the Assistant. Our coverage above has been updated with this information. Source
  17. After announcing its penta-camera smartphone, Xiaomi has also introduced its first smartwatch that’s simply called the Xiaomi Watch. It looks identical to the Apple Watch and it runs on Google’s Wear OS with MIUI for Watch skin on top. The Xiaomi Watch comes in a single 44mm size with a 1.78″ AMOLED display that pushes a 368×448 pixels resolution. This is similar to the Apple Watch Series 5. It even gets a digital crown and a physical button on the right, but it looks more boxy and chunkier than the Cupertino version. Powering the watch is Qualcomm’s 3100 wearable platform with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The new wearable is offered with eSIM connectivity as standard and it supports a variety of FDD-LTE bands such as band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 26 and TDD-LTE bands such as band 39, 40 and 41. You can even make calls with it via its built-in speakerphone and mic. The watch also supports 802.11n 2.4GHz WiFi as well as Bluetooth 4.2. As you would expect, the Xiaomi Watch has an array of sensors for fitness tracking which include a heart rate sensor, 6-axis gyroscope, GPS, compass and barometer. It is also water-resistant and you can use it for swim tracking as well. The watch lets you pay for public transport via NFC and it also supports both Alipay and WeChat pay. One of the biggest highlights is its 36-hour battery life, which is double of a typical Apple Watch that is rated to last 18 hours on a single charge. The watch has a 570mAh battery that charges via a magnetic charging base. Instead of Siri, it also supports Xiaomi’s “Xiao Ai” AI assistant and you can also use the watch to control Xiaomi’s smart home appliances. In China, the standard version that uses Gorilla Glass 3, aluminium alloy case and a rubber strap is priced at CNY 1,299 (about RM770). Meanwhile, the premium edition that features sapphire glass, stainless steel case and stainless steel strap is going for CNY 1,999 (about RM1185). Both editions share the same hardware and the premium edition is heavier due to different materials used. Considering it has eSIM support built-in, the Xiaomi Watch is quite a bargain with a third of the price of an equivalent Apple Watch with LTE. In Malaysia, the Apple Watch Series 5 44mm aluminium variant with cellular support is priced at RM2,349, while the stainless steel version with a link bracelet is going for RM4,449. It isn’t clear if the watch will be sold outside of China and at the moment, it supports a decent number of apps that are catered for the Chinese market. It is still possible for Xiaomi to offer an international variant since it runs on Wear OS. Source: Xiaomi Watch costs a third of the price of an Apple Watch and offers 2X battery life (via SoyaCincau)
  18. Xiaomi today launched the Mi CC9 Pro in China with not one, two, or three, but five different camera sensors at the back. The Penta-camera setup includes a primary 108MP HMX sensor that Xiaomi has developed in collaboration with Samsung. By default, photos captured from the 108MP Samsung sensor will output photos at 27MP using pixel binning technology. This will be the first phone in the world to go on sale with a 108MP camera. Xiaomi had previously announced the Mi Mix Alpha with the same camera sensor but that phone will go on sale only in December. Samsung is also rumored to use a similar setup with a 108MP camera sensor on the Galaxy S11 next year. The penta-camera setup also includes two different telephoto sensors, one ultra-wide angle lens, and a macro lens. Below are the full camera specs of the Mi CC9 Pro: 108MP 1/1.33-inch Samsung HMX sensor, f/1.69 aperture, OIS 12MP 1/2.6-inch sensor, 50mm focal length, f/2.0 aperture 8MP 1/3.6-inch sensor, 94mm focal length, f/2.0 aperture, OIS, 5x optical, 10x hybrid, and 50x digital zoom 20MP 1/2.8-inch sensor, 117-degree field of view, 16mm focal length, f/2.2 aperture 2MP macro lens, f/2.4 aperture Dual-LED flash 32MP front camera Xiaomi is also selling a Premium Edition of the Mi CC9 Pro featuring an 8-element plastic lens. The company boasted about the phone's DxOMark score of 121 at the event which is on par with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and better than the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro, Google Pixel 4, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10. As for the other specs, the Mi CC9 Pro is decidedly an upper mid-range handset rather than a flagship. Its full specs are as follows: 6.47-inch FHD+ curved Super AMOLED display Octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset Adreno 618 GPU 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM 128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 storage Wi-Fi ac, Dual-4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Headphone jack, Hi-res Audio In-display fingerprint sensor IR blaster 5260mAh battery, 30W fast charging MIUI 11 The Mi CC9 Pro will be available in three colors: Midnight Black, Aurora Green, and Snow Aurora colors. Pricing starts from 2799 yuan (US$400) for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage and goes all the way up to 3499 yuan (US$500) for the Premium edition with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Xiaomi will launch the Mi CC9 Pro as the Mi Note 10 Pro for the European market at an event in Madrid, Spain tomorrow. Source: The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro features a 108MP Penta-camera setup and $400 price tag (via Neowin)
  19. The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has been in the rumor mill for the past month and the device is allegedly coming with 30W fast-charging. Another rumor saying the phone will have a 108 MP camera appears to be true, according to a poster by Xiaomi, saying the phone will arrive on November 5. The image also reveals the Mi CC9 Pro will have a total of five cameras, lined up vertically. The setup also shows two dual-LED flashes next to a sign, saying “5X Optical”, giving heads up about the telephoto camera. Xiaomi is pushing its CC lineup for “creative and curious” people that love to take photos, and with such a smartphone fans will be able to shoot all kinds of images - wide-angle landscapes, 5x zoomed images, impressive shots in the dark courtesy of the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor, macro shots and portraits with background blur. The 108 MP camera is not going to be a first - it is the same main shooter that can be seen in the Mi Mix Alpha - after all it was developed jointly by Xiaomi and Samsung. The event will also be the launching ground for a new Xiaomi Mi TV and a new Xiaomi smartwatch. Source: Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro will have five cameras, arriving on November 5 (via GSMArena)
  20. There’s been a lot of news in the Wear OS world this week from Alphabet possibly buying Fitbit to a new Moto 360 and even a new chipset too. Now, we’re getting a better look at Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Watch which is expected to run on Wear OS including a first look at its design. XDA-Developers spotted a few posts on Weibo which confirm the design and several details of the upcoming Mi Watch. First and foremost, let’s take a look at the design here. As hinted at in an earlier teaser, it’s clear Xiaomi’s first Wear OS smartwatch, the Mi Watch, is going to steal the design of Apple Watch. That means we’re getting a square design and display with a button along the right side which doubles as a rotating crown. There’s another button underneath that again, just like the Apple Watch. In another teaser image, Xiaomi shows the internals of the watch which includes Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. There’s also a “high-performance” CPU. There’s a Qualcomm chip specifically shown in the image which XDA speculates will be the Snapdragon Wear 3100. The other components detailed include a vibration motor, speaker, and an eSIM for cellular connectivity too. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Xiaomi Mi Watch, including how the company is going to build on Wear OS, but we’ll get more details on November 5th. Source: Xiaomi shows off design and specs for its Wear OS smartwatch in more teaser images (via 9to5Google)
  21. The Mi Note 10 is an upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi. It recently got certified alongside a Pro version in Thailand, hence confirming it will be available outside China. Now, Xiaomi has revealed the first official teaser for the phone and it looks pretty familiar. The teaser which was posted on Twitter by the official account not only confirms the Mi Note 10 is coming but it reveals it will be the world’s first 108MP penta camera phone. Does that sound familiar? Of course, it does. The Mi CC9 Pro which Xiaomi also teased today and is scheduled to launch on November 5 also has a 108MP penta camera. Based on this similarity, the Mi Note 10 might be the international version of the Mi CC9 Pro. However, Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) tweeted that the Mi Note 10 and the Mi CC9 Pro will share a lot of features but will differ with respect to processor. Leaks say the Mi CC9 Pro will have a Snapdragon 730G processor which is currently the most powerful mid-range processor. If the Mi Note 10 will have a different processor, it will either have a less-powerful chipset than the Snapdragon 730G or a more powerful one (Snapdragon 855). This is just speculations though and the outcome may be different. The Mi Note 10’s release date has not yet been announced but it should also be in November. Source: Official teaser reveals Mi Note 10 will have 108MP penta camera (via GizmoChina)
  22. If you use a Xiaomi phone then you would be familiar with the barrage of in-app ads that pop up randomly. Xiaomi prides itself as an internet company and the ads help bring in the revenue, keeping the phone prices down while maintaining the quality of its products. MIUI also brings several pre-installed apps which are usually the main rallying point for pushing the in-app ads. One of such apps is Quick Apps but it seems to have hit stormy waters with Google. A number of Xiaomi phone users who have the Quick apps installed on their models have come out to alert us that the app is now being flagged by Google Play Protect even on the Poco F1. Apparently, the app has got a new update but Google is blocking the update with a pop-up message warning users that “this app could potentially collect data and use it to track you”. While the safety of users data in custody of Xiaomi is not in doubt, the data will likely be used to deliver targeted or relevant ads to users which is one of the major sources of Xiaomi’s revenue – MIUI ads. Funny thing is, the app just like most pre-installed apps on Mi phones, can’t be uninstalled. Xiaomi has issued a statement which shows the company is aware of the issue with Quick Apps. The company also hinted that it is in touch with Google regarding the matter but opined that it was likely happening due to a revision in Google Play Protect’s algorithm. Finally, Xiaomi reassured fans that the system app was absolutely safe. Source: Google Play Protect blocking update for Xiaomi’s Quick Apps (via GizmoChina)
  23. Xiaomi just announced an aggressively priced 75-inch QLED Android TV Who needs cinemas when you have a 75-inch screen at home? Xiaomi announced the Mi 11 for international markets today and detailed its MIUI 12.5 rollout plans, but that isn't the only thing the company took the stage for. It's also expanding its Mi TV lineup with one of its biggest products yet, the 75-inch big Mi TV Q1. The QLED Android TV set will come to Europe first and cost from €1299 (~$1560). The Mi TV Q1 has a sleek metal finish and bezels so small they might as well not be there. It comes with an HDR+ capable 4K screen with quantum dot technology. Gamers and streamers can take full advantage of the TV's 120Hz refresh rate via HDMI 2.1 and an auto-low latency mode. Thanks to 192 zones of full-array local dimming, the set reaches a contrast of 10,000:1. If you don't want to hook up a soundbar to the TV, you can use the integrated 30W stereo system comprised of two tweeters and four woofers. It supports Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. Display 75-inch QLED 4K, 192 full array dynamic local dimming zones, 10,000:1 contrast, 120Hz, 178° viewing angle Software Android TV 10 Speakers 30W stereo speakers, Dolby Audio, DTS-HD Miscellaneous Mic for hands-free Google Assistant (with off switch), Amazon Alexa compatible Price €1299 On the software side, the set runs Android TV 10, giving you access to all the usual apps, streaming services, and smarts you'd expect. The Mi Q1 has a built-in microphone that allows you to use it as a Google Assistant-equipped smart speaker without having to reach for a remote. The microphone can be turned off with a switch, and if you don't like the Assistant, the TV is also compatible with Amazon Alexa. The Mi TV Q1 75'' will be available in Europe starting in March 2021 and will cost €1299 (~$1560), which seems extremely competitive compared to other QLED TVs. It'll first be available in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain on Mi.com and authorized resellers. As part of early bird sales, you'll only have to pay €999. Quantity is limited and store availability may vary. The TV will come to other markets soon. Source: Xiaomi Source: Xiaomi just announced an aggressively priced 75-inch QLED Android TV
  24. Xiaomi Launches Mi 11 Globally: Starting at 749€ Today Xiaomi is launching their new Mi 11 flagship for the global market, following their domestic launch of the phone in China almost 6 weeks ago. The Mi 11 is an interesting device as it really balances out its features as a affordable flagship device. The European prices for the new phone start at 749€, featuring the new Snapdragon 888 SoC, and what seems to be a top-of-the line 1440p 120Hz OLED display, all while featuring a high-end 108MP camera module, though the phone compromises on its other cameras. Xiaomi Mi Series Mi 10 Mi 11 SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz 3x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz 4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz Adreno 650 @ 587MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.84GHz 3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.42GHz 4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz Adreno 660 @ 840MHz DRAM 8GB LPDDR5-5500 8/12GB LPDDR5-6400 Display 6.67" AMOLED 2340 x 1080 (19.5:9) 90Hz Refresh 6.81" AMOLED 3200 x 1440 120Hz Refresh 480Hz Touch HDR10+ / 10-bit panel Size Height 162.58mm 164.3mm Width 74.80mm 74.6mm Depth 8.96mm 8.06mm Weight 208g 196g Battery Capacity 4780mAh (Typical) 30W Charging 4600mAh (Typical) 55W Charging Wireless Charging 30W 50W Rear Cameras Main 108MP 1/1.3" 0.8µm 4:1 Binning to 27MP / 1.6µm f/1.69 w/ OIS 108MP Module f/1.85 w/OIS Telephoto - 5MP 50mm eq. f/2.2 Extra Telephoto - - Ultra-Wide 13MP 1.12µm f/2.4 117° FoV 13MP f/2.4 123° FoV Extra 2MP Depth Camera 2MP Macro Camera - Front Camera 20MP 0.8µm f/2.3 f/2.2 Storage 128 / 256GB UFS 3.0 128 / 256GB I/O USB-C Wireless (local) 802.11ax (Wifi 6), Bluetooth 5.1 Cellular 4G + 5G NR NSA+SA Sub-6GHz Special Features Under-screen fingerprint sensor Full-range stereo speakers Splash, Water, Dust Resistance No rating Dual-SIM 2x nano-SIM Launch OS Android 10 w/ MIUI Android 11 w/ MIUI Launch Price 8+128GB: 799€ 8+256GB: 899€ 8+128GB: 749€ 8+256GB: 799€ The new Mi 11 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 which we had a deeper dive into earlier today. The new chip’s CPU setup is definitely more powerful, as well as its GPU, however it can also be quite power hungry. I’m expecting Xiaomi’s implementation to be more aggressive than Samsung’s, allowing for higher power dissipation levels under sustained workloads – we’ll confirm this soon enough as we prepare for a review of the phone. The design of the Mi 11 looks to be quite attractive, and it’s definitely a sleeker phone than the Mi 10, as Xiaomi was able to thin the phone by 0.9mm and also make it 12g lighter – doesn’t sound like much, but such differences can make for a substantial change in feel. The phone features a 6.8” 3200 x 1440 OLED display that’s able to reach 120Hz refresh rates, as well as a staggering 480Hz touch input sample rate. Xiaomi advertises extremely high brightness levels; however, the company hadn’t commented on the OLED generation of the panel so as of right now we’re not sure if this is using one of Samsung Display’s newer emitter panels or if it even has VRR/LFD capabilities – but as of right now I’m assuming that it doesn’t. On the camera side, the Mi 11 features their signature 108MP sensor, binning down to 27MP in regular photos. This generation Xiaomi has opted for different optics, going from f/1.69 to a new f/1.85 system – which in my view is absolutely the right choice as the previous generation did suffer from optical underperformance on the part of the main camera. The module here also has OIS. Alongside the main sensor, we see a 13MP ultra-wide with 123°V FoV and f/2.4 optics, as well as a 5MP “telemacro” module with 2x magnification. I’m curious to see what this last module does, but I think most people should treat the phone as a dual-camera phone, which is absolutely just fine as well. 749€ - A great price The big news today was the reveal of the global/European price of the new Mi 11: 749€ for the 8+128GB variant. This is actually a pretty great price, considering it’s competing against the likes of 999€ Galaxy S21+. The Xiaomi has some drawbacks in the camera department, though we’ll have to see how they compete against each other, but also has notable advantages such as a higher quality display, and the superior Snapdragon 888 in most global markets, which outperforms the new Exynos 2100. In that regard, Xiaomi’s pricing seems to be spot-on, and of great value. We’ll be review the Mi 11 in the coming future. Source: Xiaomi Launches Mi 11 Globally: Starting at 749€
  25. Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite missed the global Mi 11 launch, but it’s still coming The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite has passed through the Bluetooth SIG website. The filing points to Bluetooth 5.2 support and global availability. Bluetooth 5.2 suggests it won’t come with a Snapdragon 730-series chip as rumored. The Xiaomi Mi 11 launched in Europe yesterday (February 8), marking the flagship’s first foray outside China. Rumors from the likes of Gizmochina also pointed to the arrival of the budget-focused Mi 11 Lite model at the event, but this clearly didn’t happen. Now, Xiaomi’s Lite phone has surfaced on the Bluetooth SIG website, confirming that the device is indeed still in the pipeline. The listing also reiterates the previously spotted M2101K9AG model number, with the “G” at the end pointing to a global/European device rather than a Chinese or Indian model. Another detail gleaned from the Bluetooth SIG listing is Bluetooth 5.2 support, and this makes us question rumors that the device could pack a chipset based on the Snapdragon SM7150 platform (Snapdragon 730/730G/732G). This is because the aforementioned processors all lack Bluetooth 5.2 support, topping out at Bluetooth 5.1 for the Snapdragon 732G. This suggests that if the Mi 11 Lite is indeed using a processor based on the SM7150 platform, then it’s likely an unannounced chipset in the family. Another possibility on paper is that the global variant and Indian variant differ in terms of chipset and/or cellular connectivity, with an SM7150 series processor for the Indian model. Last year’s Mi 10 Lite offered 5G and used the Snapdragon 765G chipset, so it stands to reason that any 5G-enabled Mi 11 Lite model would offer an upgraded chipset in this regard. Either way, it seems like the Mi 11 Lite is close to a launch date. So presumably we’ll see the phone in the coming weeks. Source: Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite missed the global Mi 11 launch, but it’s still coming
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