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Deal: Xiaomi smartphones, tablets, and other products on sale (up to 60% off)

GearBest, one of the biggest Chinese online retailers that ships worldwide, is having a mid-year sale on Xiaomi products. Right now you can save up to 60 percent on a number of items including smartphones, tablets, headphones, cameras, and more.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone, for example, can be yours for $ 157.99, 18 percent off its normal price. You can also pick up the Mi Mix with its bezel-less design for just $ 665.69 (11 percent off), while the Mi Note 2 is available for $ 487.69 (8 percent off), and the already affordable Redmi 4A is currently going for $ 94.99 (22 percent off).

Then there’s the company’s flagship device, the Mi 6, that you can get for $ 429.99 (28 percent off) or its predecessor, the Mi 5, which GearBest is selling for $ 222.99 (40 percent off).

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In addition to smartphones, there are a bunch of other great deals available too. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 tablet is available for $ 223.99 (27 percent off), the Mi Band 2 can be yours for $ 22.99 (21 percent off), while the PLAY2 3D VR headset is priced at $ 20.99 (30 percent off).

There are a lot more deals to choose from, far too many to list in this short post. If you’re interested in checking them out, the best thing to do is visit GearBest’s website via the button below.

Please do keep in mind that the vast majority of items on sale are shipped from China, which means that you might have to pay import fees and other charges depending on where you live. This can really increase the final price of a product, so do make sure you check your local obligations before making a purchase.

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Xiaomi reveals 64-bit Surge S1 chipset, its first-ever SoC

Xiaomi has announced the Surge S1, the company’s first ever processor, at an event in China. The company has been working on the chip for the past 28 months with Pinecone, a subsidiary Xiaomi launched to research and develop the processor, and it will launch with the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5c (release date still to be confirmed). Find out all of the details below.

The Surge S1 is an octa-core SoC with four high-performance ARM Cortex A53 cores running at 2.2 GHz and four power-efficient ARM Cortex A53 at 1.4 GHz. These are optimized with ARM’s big.LITTLE processing tech to help deliver “peak-performance capacity, higher sustained performance, and increased parallel processing performance, at significantly lower average power.”

The Surge S1 uses TSMC’s 28nm HPc process technology, and implements a Mali T860 GPU (said to be 40% more power efficient than the previous-gen Mali-T760), and a 32-bit DSP, supporting VoLTE and 16 kHz sampling.

Xiaomi is also touting the benefits of the chip’s image signal processor (ISP) which it developed in-house. The 14-bit dual ISP is said to provide superior light sensitivity by up to 150 and a “dual noise reduction algorithm” to help produce better photos in low light.

Here are some of the Surge S1’s finer details as outlined by Xiaomi:

  • Octa-core 64-bit chipset (4xA53 cores 2.2GHz + 4xA53 cores 1.4GHz)
  • 28nm high-performance Computing (HPC) process
  • Mali-T860 quad-core GPU
  • AFBC + ASTC image compression technology
  • 32-bit high-performance DSP for voice processing
  • 14-bit dual ISP; enhanced image processing capabilities
  • Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by 150%
  • Dual noise reduction algorithm reduces noise and preserves image detail in low light
  • Upgradable baseband; programmable modem, OTA upgradable
  • VoLTE high-quality call and video support
  • Chip-level security; TEE architecture, strict compliance with safety regulations
  • Up to 4K@30fps video playback
  • Video capture: 4K@30fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240/fps
  • Codec support: H.265 /HEVC(Main profile), H.264 (Baseline/Main/High profile), MPEG4 (Simple profile/ASP),
  • VC-1(Simple/Main/Advanced profile), and more
  • Supports device displays up to 2560×1600 resolution
  • Supports 9V2A fast charging

Xiaomi has become the fourth smartphone manufacturer in the world to build its own chips after Samsung, Apple and Huawei — currently the three largest global OEMs. This is a big step for the Chinese manufacturer and will have been a huge investment in resources for R&D, production, infrastructure etc.

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Indeed, it will have been costly, but it stands to reduce expenditure going forward (Xiaomi no longer has to pay Qualcomm and MediaTek for their chips) and, crucially, allows Xiaomi to pursue a more holistic approach to its smartphone design and hardware integration. Xiaomi is now in the driving the seat as far as its chip development is concerned and it stands to help the company achieve higher-quality and more technically consistent products.

What are your thoughts on Xiaomi’s new chip? Let us know in the comments.

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Xiaomi MIUI 8.2 Global Stable ROM rolls out with all-new features and improvements

Xiaomi is now rolling out the MIUI 8.2 update to a whole bunch of devices. The upgrade will progressively become available via Xiaomi’s dedicated Updater app in the coming days, with more devices being added to the rollout list from February 20.

MIUI 8.2 introduces a number of new and improved features, like new toggles for the notification shade, new system sounds, and an antivirus feature for apps downloaded outside of the Play Store. Here’s the list of device’s due for the upgrade:

And other additions outlined in the changelog are:

  • New – Swipe to delete Lockscreen notifications
  • New – UI adjustments for toggles
  • New – Battery saver toggle can be added to the Notification shade
  • Optimization – Lock screen PIN layout
  • Optimization – Changed icons for USB charging and switching keyboards
  • Optimization – Floating notifications won’t appear in DND mode
  • Fix – Notification shade issues during incoming call floating notifications
  • Fix – Wi-Fi page made the device freeze when it was opened for the first time
  • Fix – Notification shade issues
  • Fix – Issues with opacity after using third party themes
  • Fix – The first notification couldn’t be removed by a swipe
  • Fix – Landscape mode issues with third party themes

It’s not a small update from Xiaomi and it’s rolling out (almost) simultaneously to many devices, but some fans might still be disappointed not to see Android Nougat yet, especially given that Xiaomi began testing it almost three months ago and most of the other major OEMs have delivered it to some of their handsets.

Look out for MIUI 8.2 via the Updater app on your handset soon or install the ROM manually by following the instructions over at the MIUI website.

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Xiaomi gives us a sneak peak at the Mi Max

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If size doesn’t matter, why is the whole industry wondering how big the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Max will be? Large screen lovers are said to be in for a treat, with a rumored display size of 6.4 inches, but Xiaomi is not giving us the exact details quite yet. What they are giving us is a sneak peak at the device, which is displayed poking out of a regular sized pocket.

We have seen both renders and leaked images, and while we can’t say the 6.4-inch screen size is legitimate, we can definitely tell it’s larger than the conventional phablet. MIUI continues to beat around the bush, telling us the “Mi Max is a brand new product line for Xiaomi meaning that the size of 4.7 inches , 5.0 inches, 5.15 inches, 5.5 inches and 7.9 inches are out of choice.”


There is one new piece of news coming from this teaser blog post, though. Now we know the Xiaomi Mi Max won’t have a Mi logo in the front. Not a big deal, but definitely nice to hear for those of us who worry about aesthetics.

Another rumor says it should come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, so be prepared to be blown away. And in usual Xiaomi fashion, expect it to easily undercut the competition in terms of price.

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As we can see in the image, the phone will be able to fit in a pocket, but we do have to wonder just how comfortable it will be. One-handed operation is probably out of reach… literally. Unless you have huge hands or something. Would you purchase a 6.4-inch phone? I happen to like large screens, as they are easier to type on, so I would definitely consider it if all the other components are right.

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Xiaomi: past, present & future


Xiaomi is taking the world by storm. Only five years after its inception, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has managed to take the #1 spot in its home country, as well as the #5 spot in the world (according to the IDC). Their smartphones go out of stock within minutes wherever they are made available, which makes it no surprise that they managed to sell $ 61 million handsets in 2014. And these numbers are not going down, as their growth is estimated at 30% in 2015. Valued at $ 46 billion, Xiaomi has been called the most valuable tech startup in the world.

How did a tiny little Chinese startup manage to blow up like this in only five years, beating plenty of veterans that have been around for generations? Xiaomi is now a leader in the industry, and they were part of our post on Chinese manufacturers to keep an eye on. It’s time to give you the rundown of their past, present and future. Let’s jump into all the details.

In the beginning

Xiaomi’s founding dates back to April 6th, 2010, when the startup was created by eight partners, including ex-Kingsoft CEO Lei Jun. Their initial plan didn’t really include building smartphones (at least that’s what publicly available info tells us). Instead, Xiaomi’s focus was making a ROM that would soon become one of the most popular in the world – MIUI.


Though based on Android, the MIUI ROM was highly associated with Apple’s software. The interface was simple, there was no app drawer and icons were playfully colorful. It also touted interesting features that other ROMs lacked, including its own app store, an enticing music player and even cloud backup. It was a breath of fresh air and people absolutely loved it.

As of February 2015, Xiaomi has over 100 million MIUI users. This is definitely nothing to scoff at, and it’s true testimony of the company’s success.

Then there was hardware

Xiaomi simply wasn’t satisfied with its success in the software world; it came to a point when the company also wanted to make its own hardware. And so the Chinese startup jumped into this industry with both feet in. In 2011, the company launched the Xiaomi Mi 1. This device became the first Xiaomi smartphone to sell in record times. It took only 34 hours for the company to go out of stock (pretty much every Xiaomi product sells out in seconds, nowadays).


This Mi 1 had a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4-inch 854 x 480 display, 8MP/2MP cameras and a 1930 mAh battery. To put things into perspective, we named the Samsung Galaxy S2 the best phone of 2011, and the Korean device wasn’t really that much better than the Mi 1. Where Xiaomi beat everyone (and still does) is the price, though. The Xiaomi Mi 1 costed 1999 Yuan, which currently equals to about $ 314 USD. Those prices were unheard of back then!

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So how did Xiaomi manage to go from nothing to becoming one of the biggest tech manufacturers in the world, in just a matter of a few years? For starters, the company makes great-looking devices, puts great hardware in them and undercuts the competition in pricing. The value they offer is nearly unbeatable, even by major manufacturers. The real question is – how do they manage to make their products so cheap?

No, this is not only because Xiaomi is a Chinese company. The startup was also among the first to adopt a more modern business strategy that has put it ahead of competitors. First, Xiaomi is focusing on long-term profits, not immediate gratification. They don’t make too much cash from their sales, instead they aim to reach a wider audience, strengthen their brand and build a foundation for future profits.


Another important factor is that Xiaomi keeps very tight control on its stock. They always have a much higher demand than supply, which is why units sell out in a matter of minutes every single time. They are never sitting on unsold products, so there’s no need to worry about losses or overstocked devices.

Lastly, the Chinese phone maker highly depends on social media and word of mouth for its advertising needs. You won’t see their product ads in TV, billboards or magazines, which cost a fortune to promote your brand on. Instead, they harness the power of the internet and transfer those millions in savings to you.

Multiple companies have adopted Xiaomi’s business model since then. One of them happens to be OnePlus, another very popular Chinese startup. Even Chinese tech giants like Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo have swallowed their pride and launched unabashed Xiaomi clones, in the form of sub-brands like Honor, Axon, and ZUK.

Where Xiaomi now stands

As mentioned above, Xiaomi is currently no small player. They are #1 in China and #5 in the world, which is no small feat for a startup. And today they are doing better than ever. Expectations to increase sales by 30% in 2015 don’t seem unrealistic, considering the company has already moved 34.7 million smartphones during the first half of 2015. They are on their way to becoming a technology powerhouse, and certainly have the necessary weapons at their disposal.

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Xiaomi is by no means scared of entering new markets, and so far they have been successful in all their endeavors. Their smartphone business is thriving. Affordable devices like the Redmi Note 2 and Mi 4i happen to offer amazing value. Higher-end handsets like the Mi Note Pro and Mi 4 do the same, while also providing top-of-the-line performance. Xiaomi has also proven to be a main player in the wearable market. The Mi Pad competes only with the best of the best, but costs only about $ 200. The company also makes TVs, power banks, headphones and even air purifiers.

Entering new markets

An announcement hit the interwebs on August 2013, letting us know former Google Android team member Hugo Barra was to join Xiaomi as vice president of product management. This move was said to help the company expand into new markets. And so the preparations began.

We know these guys are here to stay, but what will the future hold for them? If Xiaomi is good at anything, it is at being patient. They will always wait for the right time to make any move, but be sure they are also adamant about their expansion.

One of the main factors holding Xiaomi back is availability, which is why the startup plans to enter new markets soon. They are currently dipping their toes into western waters by launching official accessory stores in the US, UK, Germany and France.

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Don’t get overly excited, though. Hugo Barra was quick to say that they are taking it easy on US device launches, as Americans have different needs, purchasing habits and different carrier models. The company would first need to address those factors, so they are not rushing to bring their main products here just yet. Right now it’s all about brand awareness.

Xiaomi does want to take its business to another country in the Americas, though. They want to pierce into Latin America by first conquering Brazil. In addition, a new partnership with Leadcore may signal Xiaomi supplying its own chipset, and rumors suggest they even have plans for making a laptop.

Xiaomi in the future

Some say Xiaomi is the “next big thing”, while others claim it’s “China’s Apple”. The truth is it’s neither, and we must give them credit for that. Their business and pricing model is nothing like Apple’s, Samsung’s or any other manufacturer’s. Some of their devices might have certain similarities to others, but a Xiaomi product is hard to be mistaken.


It is companies like Xiaomi that are changing the way we look at technology. This is why I don’t see them going anywhere, at least anytime soon. The startup sure has its complications, but I feel like these are being taken into account by Xiaomi. Only time will tell, but so far it all seems to point towards a successful future for Xiaomi.

What do you think? Will Xiaomi raise to the top and compete more closely against the big guys? Will they just get stuck at some point? Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

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Xiaomi Mi 4c specs leaked, packing a Snapdragon 808 and USB Type-C


Xiaomi probably surprised a number of its home-grown fans in China when it announced that its new Mi 4i would be heading to India first, but such is the company’s focus on the fast growing Indian market. However, it looks like Chinese customers are in for a new low cost device of their own called the Mi 4c, complete with some beefed up specifications.

A picture from China of the back of the box has given away pretty much all of the specifications for the Mi 4c, which appears similar to the Mi 4i in many regards. There’s the same 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and similar 3,080mAh battery as the Indian handset.

However, the Xiaomi Mi 4c is expected to ship with a high performance Snapdragon 808 SoC, the same chip found in the LG G4. This SoC features two high power Cortex-A57 CPU cores, four lower power A53 cores and an Adreno 418 GPU. For comparison, the Mi 4i ships with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, which is built solely from lower performance Cortex-A53 cores and an Adreno 405 GPU. This should give the Mi 4c considerably more grunt in demanding scenarios and while gaming.


The Mi 4c also apparently comes with a USB Type-C connector, another first for a Xiaomi smartphone. Although not listed on the back of the box, the smartphone is also expected to ship with a 5-inch 1080p display and Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 7 operating system. A 32GB variant is also likely in the works.

We don’t have any official details regarding the handset’s price tag yet, but the Mi 4c is expected to cost around 1,299 Yuan, which is almost exactly the same price as the Mi 4i. That’s potentially a very good deal, even for a Xiaomi handset, given the extra processing hardware on board. A release announcement is expected sometime in the first week of September.

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