Look at that thing. It’s hideous. But it’s also very affordable and smarter than its peers. We’re talking about the Mi QiCycle Electric Folding Bike that’s going to cost around $455 when it launches in China. More →
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 →
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.
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 →
Xiaomi has made its name by producing consumer tech products with high specs and shockingly low prices and now it’s released its most ambitious product yet: A $300 hoverboard that looks like a mini version of the Segway.
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.
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 →
For many years, Samsung has been slammed for allegedly copycatting Apple. However, whatever transgressions Samsung has committed in this regard pale in comparison to Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics company that has in the past performed such shameless copycatting that we’ve dubbed them the “Apple Ripoff Master.” Business Insider’s Steve Kovach on Tuesday posted a new picture showing that Xiaomi doesn’t just rip off Apple’s smartphone designs — it rips off the company’s event invitations as well. More →
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has a rich history of blatantly copying both Apple software and hardware, a skill it has perfected to such an extent that it’s become quite the profitable entity — to the tune of $45 billion. In fact, in China, Xiaomi is now sells more phones than both Samsung and Apple.
Anyone looking for a new Smart TV, possibly one powered by Android, should definitely check out the new Mi TV 2. There are two models, including a 40-inch version and a 49-inch version, with the former being a brand new addition to Xiaomi’s TV lineup. Not only do the Mi TV 2 models offer impressive specs, but they’re also extremely affordable, especially the new 40-inch Full HD version.
Too bad buyers outside of China won’t be able to get one anytime soon. More →
Recent reports have revealed that Microsoft has come up with a clever plan to steal Android users even if they never by Lumia devices by offering them a Windows 10 ROM that can be installed on existing Android hardware. In fact, Microsoft has already announced a first partner for this endeavor, the extremely popular Chinese company that’s been selling devices like hot cakes. But things aren’t as easy for Microsoft as it might seem. More →
Microsoft has a daring but very clever plan to turn Android users into Windows 10 customers without any of them having to actually buy new phones. Instead, Google has figured out a way to install Windows 10 on an Android device, and this plan could soon help it convince certain smartphone fans to try out its mobile operating system on their existing Android handsets. More →