Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE all want to overshadow OnePlus One launch next week
Apr17

Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE all want to overshadow OnePlus One launch next week

On April 23, China-based smartphone manufacturing startup OnePlus is due to unveil its first ever device, the One. It has so far been teased extensively by its maker, and we basically already know everything about it save for one detail: what it looks like. On that front, all we’ve been led to believe is that it will come with insanely small bezels. Otherwise, the OnePlus One should sport a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a...

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Xiaomi Redmi Note will be available outside of China in May
Mar20

Xiaomi Redmi Note will be available outside of China in May

Yesterday the Xiaomi Redmi Note (or Hongmi Note) got official, and as you’d expect from this line of devices, it’s both extremely cheap and very well specced. It’s obvious then that it will sell pretty well. Yet for now it’s only going to be out in China. That grand launch will happen on March 26, which is next Wednesday. But what about other countries? Xiaomi has already started selling the original Hongmi in...

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Xiaomi Hongmi Note / Redmi Note gets official in China with decent specs, insanely low price
Mar19

Xiaomi Hongmi Note / Redmi Note gets official in China with decent specs, insanely low price

The new cheap offering from Xiaomi isn’t the Red Rice 2 (or Hongmi 2, or Redmi 2). Rather, it’s called Note. Hongmi Note in China, and, we assume, Redmi Note outside of China (whenever it becomes available elsewhere). Hongmi literally means Red Rice in Chinese, while Redmi is the recently unveiled brand under which the original cheap Xiaomi phone got launched outside of China. The Hongmi Note is, as its name sort of...

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Xiaomi Hongmi 2 / Redmi 2 / Red Rice 2 gets certified in China, pictured, has specs revealed
Mar13

Xiaomi Hongmi 2 / Redmi 2 / Red Rice 2 gets certified in China, pictured, has specs revealed

Lat summer when Xiaomi unveiled the Hongmi (which literally means Red Rice in Chinese), the smartphone basically had no competitors. No other device of similar quality and sporting similar innards was available at that insanely low price, despite the Chinese market having a propensity for cheap smartphones. But the Hongmi wasn’t just cheap, it was quality-made and for the first time brought decent specs to its incredibly low...

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Xiaomi MI3S comes in April. Red Rice becomes Redmi and makes it out of China on February 21
Feb14

Xiaomi MI3S comes in April. Red Rice becomes Redmi and makes it out of China on February 21

Xiaomi, the darling of the Chinese smartphone space for the past few years, is working on slowly expanding internationally. At the same time, the company is expected to churn out a new model in just a couple of months. Yesterday we told you about a new Xiaomi device that got caught running a benchmark. It was called MI4W, and we assumed this was the Xiaomi MI4 in the making. However, it now seems that we were actually looking at the...

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Xiaomi MI4 specs caught by benchmark?
Feb13

Xiaomi MI4 specs caught by benchmark?

Xiaomi is the real darling of the Chinese smartphone space, and it’s clearly already working on its next flagship smartphone, the successor to the MI3 that was announced back in September of last year. This may in fact turn out to be called Xiaomi MI4, unsurprisingly, and a device with that name was recently spotted in the AnTuTu benchmark’s result database. However, the listing has since disappeared, which is rather odd....

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Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet
Dec04

Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet

The debate which one is better – iPhone or an Android phone – has been raging for years, and will probably never be settled. It is common for a fan in Android camp to boldly proclaim that this latest flagship from HTC or Samsung leaves all the iPhones in the dust. Or for an Apple fan to state that the latest iPhone just announced, gives competition no chance to catch up. It is not so common for an Android OEM exec to tell...

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Xiaomi Red Rice 2 rumored to sport 5.5″ screen and 8-core MediaTek processor for December release
Nov13

Xiaomi Red Rice 2 rumored to sport 5.5″ screen and 8-core MediaTek processor for December release

Xiaomi announced the Red Rice (Hongmi) smartphone in July as its most affordable smartphone to date. Though despite its extremely low price, even by Chinese standards, the Red Rice has decent specs and feels a lot more like a midranger than a low-end entry-level device. After a few months of being sold only in the TD-SCDMA variety (for operation on China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier), the Red Rice (pictured below) is now...

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Xiaomi sells 380k items, $90 million worth of stuff on a Singles Day in China
Nov12

Xiaomi sells 380k items, $90 million worth of stuff on a Singles Day in China

November 11th is an interesting Holiday, called a Singles Day,  in China. It’s a play on date’s numbers – 11.11, and is dedicated to celebrate single people enjoying their unattached lives today, but treating special someones to dinner or by giving gifts to finally form long lasting relationships.  Started in 1990s, Singles Day has grown into a busiest shopping day of the year – kinda Black Friday of China. And who’s better to take...

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Xiaomi will sell Red Rice phone in Taiwan soon
Nov05

Xiaomi will sell Red Rice phone in Taiwan soon

Xiaomi has been incredibly successful in China in its short history of just a few years. However, lately it seems more and more that the company is intent on spreading globally (even if slowly). While we’re still waiting to see Xiaomi’s wares in stores in the so-called ‘developed world’, one of its products is due to launch in Taiwan soon. We’re talking about the Red Rice, Xiaomi’s cheapest...

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