Xiaomi is all set to unveil new Mi TV series in India, slated to launch on March 7.
Xiaomi recently launched a smart Mi TV in India and it seems that the company is in no mood to slow down. Xiaomi is all set to unveil new Mi TV series in India, slated to launch on March 7. Ahead of that launch, a listing on the Mi.com/in website has revealed that the company might unveil a 43-inch Mi TV 4C in the country.
The 43-inch Mi TV 4C was allegedly first launched in China last year, priced at CNY 1,849 (approximately Rs 19,000), but the listing indicates that it will cost around Rs 27,999 in India.
The 43-inch full-HD model could come with a quad-core Amlogic T962 64-bit processor, paired with 1GB of RAM/8GB of storage. As for the connectivity, the TV includes Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Dolby, and DTS Audio. The new TV is claimed to have a "blue light-reducing mode" and also supports HDR 10 and HLG.
Besides, a new model from the Mi TV 4A series is also expected to debut on Indian shores on Wednesday. Xiaomi on March 1 launched the Mi TV 4A in the 40-inch form factor in China for CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs 17,000).
The Mi TV 4A boasts a 40-inch full-HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Under the hood, it features a quad-core 64-bit Amlogic T962 processor clocked at 1.5GHz along with a Mali 450 GPU, clubbed with 1GB RAM/ 8GB of storage. It has a 60Hz refresh rate, a static contrast ratio of 5000:1. The Mi TV 4A includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, 2 HDMI ports, one component port, 2 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 S / PDIF port, Dolby Audio, DTS- HD audio dual decoding, 2x8W speakers, and runs on PatchWall OS.
A new video on Chinesewebsite, re-confirms that the upcoming phone will come with the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset.
Xiaomi is all set to launch a successor to the Mi MIX 2. The Chinese company has already confirmed that a smartphone dubbed Mi MIX 2s is arriving with Snapdragon 845 on March 27 and recently teased the phone’s AnTuTu score in the latest official poster. Xiaomi recently confirmed that Mi MIX 2S has recorded an average benchmarking score of 273341.
A new video on Chinese video sharing website MiaoPai, re-confirms that the upcoming phone will come with the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. The new phablet will join the company of the Sony Xperia XZ2 handsets, the US versions of the Galaxy S9 and the Asus Zenfone 5Z flagship.
While the teaser video does not reveal many details, some reports floating around suggest that the upcoming Mi MIX 2S could sport even thinner bezels than the Mi MIX 2.
If rumours are to believed, the Mi MIX 2S could feature the front-facing camera on the top-right cornerof the phone that will allow the company to further shave the chin of the smartphone. Previous leaks showed that it will have nearly 100 per cent bezel-less display.
The Mi MIX 2S is expected to feature a 6.01-inch full HD+ OLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The handset could have 8GB RAM/256GB of storage, and Sony IMX363 image sensors at the rear. Also, the device is rumoured to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Besides, Worldover, a lot of people speculate and imagine how the smartphones would probably look, based on several leaks. Here's one of the concept design of Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S by GizChina.
If the video above is even slightly true, the Xiaomi Mi MiX 2S could be the only phone with such a highest screen-to-body ratio.
Redmi Note 5 Pro (Rs 16,999), Note 5 (Rs 11,999), Mi LED TV 4 (Rs 39,999) launched in India
All the devices will be available from February 22. The smartphones will be available in offline stores as well.
Xiaomi has announced the Redmi Note 5 for the Indian market.
Xiaomi has also announced the Redmi Note 5 Pro:
Xiaomi has also announced the Mi LED TV 4 55-inch for the Indian market.
Xiaomi has also been officially tweeting about a new product launch that will take place in the country's capital on February 14.
Xiaomi has been in the rumour mill since a while and now a fresh report suggests that the Chinese company is gearing up to launch a Redmi Note successor in India on February 14. The smartphone is believed to be the Redmi Note 5, which will be the first major launch for the company in India in 2018. Xiaomi has also been officially tweeting about a new product launch that will take place in the country's capital on February 14, this Valentine's Day.
As of now, it isn't clear whether Xiaomi might launch the Redmi Note 5 or Redmi 5/Redmi 5 Plus (which was debuted in China late last year). However, the Chinese smartphone maker has not launched the Redmi Note 5 in China, which indicates that the handset could be a rebranded version of Redmi 5, was launched in China. Xiaomi is keeping the product's details under wraps, but e-commerce giant Flipkart has recently showcased a teaser hinting at the upcoming Xiaomi smartphone which is an alleged Redmi Note 5 design. Also, the report suggest that the upcoming phone will be exclusive to Flipkart.
The photo on the teaser suggests that the 'Redmi Note 5' could have a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and narrow bezels. Moreover, a report by GizmoChinaindicates that the handset in the video does not look identical to the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and could be a different device.
"In the teaser video, we can read that “5 lets you see more, 5 gives you the widest perspective, 5 is an all-rounder device, and 5 makes colours come alive”. From these words, it seems that the midrange will have a very wide screen and a high resolution as well," the report stated.
If rumours are to be believed, the Redmi Note 5 could sport approximately 6-inch, full HD+ IPS LCD display. The device is also touted to launch in two storage variants — 3GB RAM/32GB and 4GB RAM/64GB. The handset is also expected to be powered by Snapdragon 625 chipset while some reports indicated that the Redmi Note 5 might come with newer octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset.
As for the camera, the smartphone is expected to feature dual rear camera setup — 16MP+5MP sensor and an 8MP front shooter. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 might be the first phone from the Redmi Note series to sport a dual camera. The smartphone will draw its power from a 4100mAh battery.
As for the pricing is concerned, the Redmi Note 5 could be priced a bit higher than its predecessor. However, we will have to wait and watch till Xiaomi unveils the phone this Valentine's Day.
Xiaomi could be readying itself to launch the modular Mi TV 4 in India on 14th of February.
In what comes as surprising news, Xiaomi could probably be launching their first Television for the Indian market. The company has released a teaser on its social media channels that suggests a TV with ultra-thin frame and is expected to launch the TV on 14th February.
The teaser shows a big glossy display with a neon blue frame, which is a feature of the Mi TV 4. The Mi TV 4 is already available in China and boasts of an ultra-thin narrow-bezel frame. It is equipped with Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound. The Mi TV is a modular television, which means that motherboard and the speakers are housed in a separate unit while the display is a separate unit, which helps Xiaomi achieve an ultra-thin profile. The Mi TV 4 is expected to be available in India in the 65-inch frame size. Expect Xiaomi to price the Mi TV 4 competitively.
Apart from the TV, the company is also expected to launch a new Redmi smartphone. Rumours have been indicating at the company readying to launch the Redmi Note 5 for the Indian market, which is expected to be a repackaged Redmi 5 Plus. Xiaomi is also rumoured to launch a more powerful ‘PRO version’ of the Redmi device at the event. All the Xiaomi products will be unveiled on 14th February. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Xiaomi products.
The Mi A1 is receiving Android Oreo 8.0 in batches across the world.
Xiaomi created a lot of hype in the market last year with their first smartphone running a stock version of Android. Falling under Google’s revamped Android One programme, the Mi A1 got a lot of positive response from the consumers, acknowledged for bringing good hardware with slick software. Xiaomi also promised timely updates with the phone, with Oreo 8.0 before the end of 2017. and, they did deliver, rolling out a stable version of Oreo for the Mi A1.
The company officially rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo for the Mi A1 on 31st December 2017. The stable version is made available with the December 2017 security patch as of now, which should have been coming out with the January security patch. Since this is an Android One phone, all the new features associated with stock Android 8.0, such as Picture-in-Picture mode, notification dots and more, will be available straight off the go.
With the Oreo update, Xiaomi has made the Mi A1 one of the very few phones to get the latest version of Android. Their own flagship model Mi MIX 2 has only started seeing beta builds testing as of now in limited numbers in the Chinese market. The midrange smartphone segment hasn’t seen many smartphone models tasting Android Oreo, thus making the Mi A1 a better proposition for those looking to get the latest software on a budget.
The Mi A1 is built on a Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is backed by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. It sports a 12MP dual rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The phone was recently unveiled in a limited edition Red colour for the festive period.
The current beta build of MIUI 9 brings gesture-based navigation from the iPhone X.
If we are to convey our honest opinion about Xiaomi, the company takes a lot of inspiration from Apple products for its entire product lineup. Right from the MacBook ‘inspired’ Mi Notebook to the iPad ‘inspired’ Mi Pad to the iOS ‘inspired’ MIUI, every product and service in Xiaomi’s lineup smells ‘so-Apple’. If you adore this idea, then good news for you — Xiaomi is again taking inspiration for its next MIUI 9 update, this time from their flagship iPhone X.
The latest beta build for MIUI 9 brings iPhone-X-like gesture-based navigation for selected Xiaomi smartphones, namely the Mi MIX, MI MIX 2, Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus models. If you are a Mi fan, then you will notice that all the devices mentioned here sport an 18:9 display with no physical buttons on the front. The gestures include swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go back to the home screen, swiping from the bottom and then holding for one second to open up the Recents tab, and swiping left or right from the screen to the middle to switch between apps.
All of these gestures are currently present on the iPhone X. However, it will be interesting to see how Xiaomi manages to integrate these gesture-based control on Android, a platform that natively supports navigation through software-based buttons at the bottom. Will the new gestures require app developers to adapt their apps accordingly for MIUI 9-powered handsets? Will it work as flawlessly as iOS? We will have to wait for until the stable ROM rolls out to find out.
court ruled that Mi Pad should not be registered as trademark as consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity with iPad.
Apple Inc has succeeded in preventing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc from registering its “Mi Pad” tablet computer as an EU trademark because the name was too similar to Apple’s “iPad”.
The European Union’s second-highest court, the General Court, ruled that Mi Pad should not be registered as a trademark because consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity of the signs.
“The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of ”Mi Pad“, is not sufficient to offset the high degree of visual and phonetic similarity between the two signs,” the Court said in a statement.
Xiaomi filed an application in 2014 with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to register Mi Pad as an EU trademark.
Apple subsequently lodged a complaint that the EUIPO upheld in 2016 on the grounds that consumers would think Mi Pad was a variation on Apple’s iPad trademark.
The court agreed with the EUIPO’s decision and said English-speaking consumers were likely to understand the prefix “mi” as meaning “my” and therefore pronounce the “i” of Mi Pad and iPad in the same way.
Xiaomi can appeal against the ruling at the EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The next generation of Redmi devices will come with taller 18:9 display and reduced bezels.
Xiaomi’s next generation of Redmi 5 devices are on their way. In a Twitter post, its director of product management Donovan Sung has just shown off the devices named Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. The pictures suggest considerably reduced bezels and a taller aspect ratio, presumably 18:9 which is in line with recent releases from other smartphone makers. The devices will be formally unveiled on 7th December at China.
While the Redmi range isn’t the flagship line of the Chinese maker, it does contribute significant numbers to its sales and it's especially important in price sensitive market like India.The Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 are the two most popular phones in the country right now, according to an IDC report which has put Xiaomi just behind Samsung to claim the title of most selling smartphone brand.
Sung hasn’t revealed any information about pricing though. For comparison’s sake, the Redmi 4 pricing starts at Rs 6,999 in India, which gets you a phone with a metal build, a fingerprint sensor, a 5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, a 13MP camera, and a 4100mAh battery.
We expect Xiaomi to continue its aggressive pricing stance for the foreseeable future and price these devices competitively. Stay tuned for coverage when they're revealed in full on December 7th.