iPhone 8 Rumors

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

By on September 27, 2016 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

By on September 13, 2016 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

By on July 27, 2016 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

By on June 1, 2016 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

By on May 25, 2016 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

By on February 24, 2016 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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Xiaomi Ninebot mini Segway

Xiaomi is introducing a $300 hoverboard that looks like a mini-Segway

By on October 19, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Xiaomi is introducing a $300 hoverboard that looks like a mini-Segway

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.
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Xiaomi Apple

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

By on August 22, 2015 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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BlackBerry Xiaomi Merger Xiaomi President

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

By on June 4, 2015 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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Apple Vs. Xiaomi Event Invitations

Xiaomi even copies Apple’s event invitations

By on April 21, 2015 at 12:51 PM.

Xiaomi even copies Apple’s event invitations

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 →

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Xiaomi Counterfeiters

Oh, the irony: Xiaomi is fuming about rivals ripping off its designs

By on April 13, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

Oh, the irony: Xiaomi is fuming about rivals ripping off its designs

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.

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Windows 10 on Android Video

Video: See what Windows 10 looks like running on an Android phone

By on April 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Video: See what Windows 10 looks like running on an Android phone

Windows Phone hasn’t been a serious contender in the mobile world for quite some time, but reports that arose last month indicated that Microsoft was going to be focusing on more than just Windows 10 in 2015. In fact, it looked like the software developer was about to declare war on Android.

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