Xiaomi iPhone 8 Design

Xiaomi’s edgeless ‘iPhone 8’ is nowhere near as impressive as you thought

October 26th at 6:04 PM

Xiaomi’s edgeless ‘iPhone 8’ is nowhere near as impressive as you thought

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, often referred to as the Apple of China, surprised the world on Tuesday with a brand new phone design. The Xiaomi Mi Max has an all-screen front side and a ceramic back, but the phone is labeled as a “concept” device. Xiaomi likely can’t make enough units to meet demand, and it probably announced the phone just so that it can one day say it beat Apple by more than a year with a device like this. Anyone following the smartphone business closely already knows that Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to feature new design with a screen that occupies most of the phone’s front side.

But it turns out that Xiaomi’s Mi Mix phone looks a lot better on paper than in real life when it comes to that edgeless design. More →

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Xiaomi Mi Mix Video

Xiaomi Mi Mix hands-on video shows off smartphones’ crazy edgeless future

October 26th at 10:54 AM

Xiaomi Mi Mix hands-on video shows off smartphones’ crazy edgeless future

Xiaomi cut its teeth in the smartphone market by ripping off every single Apple product it could. In fact, the company went beyond copying Apple products and even copied Apple’s marketing strategies. One time, the company hilariously had an executive in jeans and a black mock turtleneck unveil a smartphone at a virtual press conference. Seriously, that’s how ridiculous Xiaomi was.

The company still copies Apple products all the time, and it has now widened its reach to copy Samsung devices as well. But every so often the company gets out ahead of the curve, and such is the case with the gorgeous new Xiaomi Mi Mix, a practically edgeless smartphone with a display that occupies an insane 91.3% of the phone’s face. More →

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Xiaomi Mi Mix vs. iPhone 8

Xiaomi just announced the iPhone 8 we’re expecting next year

October 25th at 7:45 AM

Xiaomi just announced the iPhone 8 we’re expecting next year

Next year, Apple will come out with an iPhone design that will be unlike any iPhone the company made to date. That is if current reports are accurate. The iPhone 8 should have an all-screen design, complete with a virtual home button that will replace the iconic physical home button, and an OLED screen. The display may be curved, in which case the side buttons could also disappear. Some people expect Apple to move from metal to ceramic for the phone’s exterior shell, although Apple surely can’t manufacture ceramic cases to meet actual iPhone demand. Moreover, the wildest iPhone 8 rumor yet says Apple will launch a clear all-screen iPhone next year.

But until that happens, there’s already a company that came out with a smartphone concept that looks very much like an iPhone 8 prequel, one that you’ll be able to buy in November for just over $500. More →

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One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company

September 27th at 10:33 AM

One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company

Xiaomi is a name that smartphone users in the United States likely aren’t very familiar with. The company makes stunning Android phones that feature flagship power and specs, and it sells them at shockingly low prices. Why haven’t you ever seen one of Xiaomi’s phones in the US? Because the company built a multi-billion dollar smartphone business based on shamelessly copying everything Apple does, so it would likely be sued into oblivion if it had tried to sell its phones in the US market. One time, Xiaomi even had an executive in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone at a press conference. No, seriously.

Outside the US, Xiaomi just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone. It looks like it will instantly become a smash hit when it’s released, featuring a sleek design and killer specs. But the most interesting thing about the new Xiaomi Mi 5s may very well be the fact that it touts one of the hottest new features expected to come to next year’s new iPhone 8. More →

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Galaxy Note 7 Explosions

The company that copies everything Apple and Samsung do has a problem with exploding phones

September 13th at 2:19 PM

The company that copies everything Apple and Samsung do has a problem with exploding phones

Safety implications aside, this has to be the greatest and most hilarious story of comeuppance we’ve seen in a long time in consumer tech.

Xiaomi, for those unaware, is a China-based smartphone startup that has found tremendous success in the cell phone market. In the company’s early days, it launched inexpensive, relatively high-quality Android phones that looked like iPhones. In fact, it shamelessly copied every move Apple made. It even once launched a phone by having an executive in jeans and a black mock turtleneck host a press conference. Seriously, we’re not joking.

Then, Xiaomi moved on and started to copy everything Samsung did, too. It launched nice big phones that mirrored Samsung’s nice big phones, and it even has a line of phablets with built-in styluses. But now, Xiaomi has taken things a step too far. More →

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Xiaomi Notebook Air

This Macbook lookalike promises insane power for $750

July 27th at 2:00 PM

This Macbook lookalike promises insane power for $750

Xiaomi is a Chinese tech company best known for making cheap-and-cheerful Android phones which offer flagship-phone specs for half price. So it’s not surprising that the company is applying the same formula for its first laptop.

What is surprising is how much it looks like a Macbook, but also how good the specs are for $750. Laptops this cheap aren’t meant to have integrated graphics, an inch-thick aluminum body and 8GB of RAM, but clearly Xiaomi didn’t get the memo.

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Xiaomi US Launch

A hot new smartphone brand might finally be coming to America

June 1st at 3:15 PM

A hot new smartphone brand might finally be coming to America

Xiaomi certainly wasn’t the first smartphone company to unashamedly copy Apple, but it likely did the most thorough job of it following the company’s launch back in 2010. At one point, the Chinese smartphone startup even had a man in a black mock turtleneck and jeans unveil a new smartphone on stage as a press conference. The tech media pointed and laughed, but Xiaomi laughed all the way to the bank — the company’s valuation climbed to as high as $46 billion in late 2015, and it has enjoyed faster growth than any other smartphone maker in recent years.

Like Samsung before it, Xiaomi dialed down its blatant copying of Apple’s iPhone line once it began to see commercial success, and its phones now barely resemble the iPhone. Now, it looks like the company is preparing to sell its smartphones in the United States for the first time. More →

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Xiaomi Mi Drone Price Specs

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

May 25th at 11:52 AM

Xiaomi’s new drone is insanely cheap

A couple years ago, DJI made quadcopter drones easy to fly, and just about affordable — its top-end models have always hovered around $1200.

Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics manufacturer best known for its cheap-and-cheerful Android smartphones, which offer top-end features for about half the price. With a $500 drone that looks to rival DJI’s flagship model, it looks like Xiamoi is trying to do for drones what it did for handsets.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 Release Date Price Specs

The cheapest Android flagship that you won’t be able to buy

February 24th at 6:50 AM

The cheapest Android flagship that you won’t be able to buy

Handset makers made this year’s Mobile World Congress edition one of the best in recent years. Samsung, LG and Sony all came up with compelling, high-end smartphone propositions, and HTC and Lenovo stepped up to the plate with some interesting mid-range devices that will hit various markets soon. That’s just to name a few of the more established brands out there, whose products you’re used to seeing in stores. So it’s really not surprising to see Xiaomi, the Apple of China, coordinate a Chinese and International launch event for a brand new flagship handset. The Xiaomi Mi 5, which appeared in various leaks preceding the show, is now official.

The phone is a beast in terms of sheer power and has a price that makes it the most affordable flagship handset from MWC 2016. However, don’t be too thrilled about it, as Xiaomi will start selling it in China initially, and it’s not even clear whether the phone will make it to other international markets. More →

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Does Xiaomi pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone empire? Not even close

August 22nd at 6:10 PM

Does Xiaomi pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone empire? Not even close

Though not a household name in the United States, there’s still a good chance you’ve heard of Xiaomi, a Chinese electronics company that designs and manufactures smartphones, tablets, HDTVs, and an wide assortment of other consumer products.

Since releasing its first smartphone in 2011, Xiaomi’s popularity has increased substantially, in part because the company is generally shameless about copying hardware designs from other companies, and from Apple in particular. Over the past two years or so, there have been no shortage of examples where new Xiaomi products seem to be borderline carbon copies of existing Apple products; the company has even copied Apple event invitations.

That aside, the key aspect to Xiaomi’s success is that the company operates on razor thin margins and offers compelling devices at much cheaper pricepoints than the competition.

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Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

June 4th at 9:50 AM

Xiaomi’s president did not actually say Xiaomi ‘will acquire BlackBerry’

A post on Weibo from Xiaomi’s president seems to be saying that his company “will acquire BlackBerry,” although it turns out that is not the case at all. G for Games points us to remarks made by Xiaomi president and cofounder Bin Lin in which he flat-out states that Xiaomi will buy BlackBerry. Skeptical of a Google translation of the Xiaomi president’s remarks, G for Games looked at the original text and broke it down word by word and, lo and behold, it seems he really did say that his company would be buying BlackBerry. However, a closer inspection reveals this is not what the Xiaomi exec actually said. More →

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