Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone was launched back in August earlier this year. Initially, the Redmi 4 smartphone was made available in Gold, Silver, and Grey colour variants but Xioami has now announced two new colour variants – Blue and Black.
The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 colour variants have been only made available for the models with 3GB of RAM/32GB of inbuilt storage and 3GB of RAM/64GB of inbuilt storage, as per a report by GizmoChina. However, the company has maintained the price tag on both Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 variants at CNY 999 and CNY 1,199, respectively.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with a pixel density of 401ppi. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC coupled with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. This Xiaomi smartphone comes with support for expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).
In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and f/2.0 aperture. At front, the Redmi 4 features a 5-megapixel camera, which company claims can click 85-degree wide angle shots.
Further, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot, which means users can choose to go with a combination of either dual-SIM cards or one Micro-SIM and one microSD card. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back panel right below Xiaomi Redmi 4’s rear camera.
In terms of connectivity options, Xiaomi Redm 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and Glonass. The Redmi Note 4 houses a large 4100mAh battery.
After the successful launch of the top-end Mi MIX concept smartphone with 6.4-inch display, Xiaomi seems to be working on a mini-flagship called Mi S, featuring a 4.6-inch screen. The rumoured Xiaomi Mi S is said to sport the top-end Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Mi S smartphone, as per renders leaked on Weibo, is under development at present, reports AndroidPure. Even though the authenticity of the Xiaomi Mi S leak remains to be verified, the renders on the Chinese website provide detailed hardware specifications of the smartphone.
The 4.6-inch display of the Xiaomi Mi S smartphone is reportedly complemented by full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution. The Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM are likely to make the Mi S smartphone a capable performer.
In terms of optics, Xiaomi Mi S is expected to sport a 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 rear camera and a 4-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies. The device is tipped to house a 2600mAh battery tagged with support for quick charge. Xiaomi Mi S has been tipped to be 8.2 mm thick and weigh 138 grams. In terms of connectivity options, the Mi S is expected to offer NFC, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
There is a very good chance that the current name Xiaomi Mi S name may be a codename and the phone can eventually be called something else altogether. As we advise you to do with every leak, take this leaks with a pinch of salt until an actual announcement by Xiaomi.
Xiaomi has announced that it will offer discounts on products such as the Mi 5 smartphone, Mi Power Banks, and Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro Gold as part of the Mi Christmas sale. The discount offers on these Xiaomi products will be available on the company’s online store, Mi.com/in, from December 19 to December 21.
Under the Mi Christmas offer, interested consumers can buy the flagship Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone at Rs. 19,999 after a flat discount of Rs. 3,000. Similarly, the Xiaomi 20000mAh Mi Power Bank will be available at Rs. 1,899 with a flat discount of Rs. 600, 10000mAh Mi Power Bank will be available at Rs. 999 with a flat discount of Rs. 300, and Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro Gold will be available at Rs. 1,599 with a flat discount of Rs. 200.
Xiaomi is also offering discounts on the purchase of accessories for Redmi 3S Prime and Redmi Note 3 – Redmi 3S Flip Case Blue will be available at Rs. 199 (flat discount of Rs. 400), and Redmi Note 3 Flip Case White available at Rs. 99 (flat discount of Rs. 300).
Along with these, Xiaomi is providing a free one-year Hungama Music membership alongside a free three-month Hungama Play membership exclusively for 1 million Mi users. Xiaomi smartphones that are eligible to get the free Hungama membership which include Redmi 3S (and Redmi 3S Prime), Redmi Note 3, Mi Max, and Mi 5.
Under Mi Christmas, Xiaomi is also kicking off the sale of its new Mi VR Play virtual reality headset, which will be available at Rs. 999.
Additionally, Xiaomi is offering discount on the purchase of the old Mi Band which will be available at Rs. 799 with a flat discount of Rs. 1,200, Mi USB Fan available at Rs. 149 (flat discount of Rs. 100), and Mi LED Light available at Rs. 199 (flat discount of Rs. 50).
Xiaomi officials have confirmed that the Android Nougat update is coming for its smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi 4c, Xiaomi Mi 4S, and Xiaomi Mi Note will be among the first to receive the update followed by the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus and Xiaomi Mi Max. The company confirmed the update through Weibo.
The company says the beta testing for the Nougat update is already underway. The MIUI operations manager who posted on Weibo did not mention any specific date from when the update will begin rolling out for the phones.
The Android based update will be called MIUI 9, a leaked image of which was spotted a while back. As of now, only the Xiaomi Mi 5 has received the Nougat update and now the rest of Xiaomi’s devices can expect the update soon enough.
Interestingly, Xiaomi’s official did not mention whether the Nougat update will be available for the Redmi series. Users of Xiaomi devices mentioned above can expect the Nougat update some time during Q1 of 2017.
Xiaomi introduced its 20000mAh Mi Power Bank late last year, which was launched in India earlier this year. The Chinese manufacturer on Friday launched an updated version of the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank which is priced at CNY 149 (roughly Rs. 1,451) and is available in White. The new power bank could be Xiaomi’s last product for the year, which will go on sale starting December 19.
The new 20000mAh Mi Power Bank is similar to the previous version in terms of look and feel, going with the same ABS plastic body instead of an aluminium body seen in Xiaomi’s other power banks. However, there are some changes to the dimensions of the new version. The new power bank measures 135.5×67.6×23.9mm making it more compact but slightly thicker than its predecessor.
On the inside, the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank comes with a high density lithium-polymer batteries with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and two-way fast charging. The power bank offers two USB ports with 5.1V / 3.6A rating for two connected devices and supports 5V/2.4A-9V/2A-12V/1.5A. The power bank will charge most phones, tablets and even supports the latest Apple MacBook.
There is no word yet as to when Xiaomi will launch the new 20000mAh Mi Power Bank globally and in India.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c is tipped to be powered by in-house processor Leaked live images show the smartphone from all angles It is now expected to launch on December 6 in China
The Xiaomi Mi 5c has been rumoured for quite a while, and now new leak hints that the launch could happen as soon as a week from now – on December 6. Furthermore, live images of the Xiaomi Mi 5c have cropped up online once again, giving us a full blown view of the smartphone from all angles.
According to a report by AndroidPure, the Xiaomi Mi 5c is expected to launch at an event in China on December 6, and the price of the smartphone is pegged to be around CNY 1,000 (roughly Rs. 9,900). An earlier report hinted at a December 12 launch, with a slightly higher price tag of CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 14,800). Which of these launch and price details is true, will only be known once Xiaomi makes an official announcement.
Furthermore, live images of the Xiaomi Mi 5c have again been spotted, but this time the smartphone is caught on camera from all angles. The images reiterate all the same things as seen in previous leaks. It sports a sleek frame with round edges, and the fingerprint scanner is housed under the Home Button at the front. The volume and power buttons are both housed on the right edge, and the camera module with the flash is housed on the top right edge at the back. The speaker grille is situated at the bottom, and the Black-coloured Mi 5c is seen running on Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 operating system.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c aka Xiaomi Meri smartphone is tipped to feature a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD display with 403ppi pixel density. It may be powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM and ARM Mali-T860 GPU. It is expected to be powered by Xiaomi’s in-house Pine Cone processor. The smartphone will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based on MIUI 8 out of the box and support NFC-based payments. Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi 5c is expected to come in Rose Gold, Gold, and Black colour variants.
Xiaomi has claimed that it has sold over 2 million smartphones in India in the third-quarter of 2016. The Chinese company revealed the news via a tweet. Xiaomi also claimed that it achieved over 150 percent year-on-year growth from Q3 2015 to Q3 2016.
The figures claimed by Xiaomi are impressive considering that the third-quarter is yet to get over. In October, the company sold 1 million smartphone units in just 18 days. This was announced by CEO Lei Jun in an open letter to employees.
A recent IDC report had claimed that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3S series “fuelled the online shipments” to a large extent for the company. The IDC report had also claimed that Xiaomi for the first time made it to the top five smartphone vendors list based on shipments. The research firm had said that Xiaomi grew over 2.5 times over the same period last year. Xiaomi soon after its Diwali sale had announced that it managed to sell half a million smartphones in just three days. The Redmi 3S (along with Redmi 3S Prime), on the other hand, was also the top-selling product on Flipkart during its Big Billion Days Sale while Redmi Note 3 was the best-selling smartphone of Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale.
Recently, Flipkart, one of the online retail partners of Xiaomi, had claimed that it managed to sell one million Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime smartphones in India. The smartphone was launched in the country in August this year, and was made available on Mi.com and Flipkart online.
Sharp drops in smartphone sales for China’s Xiaomi Inc will not have a major impact on the company as profit growth will be driven by sales from smart home devices as well as revenue from its software eco-system, a senior executive said.
Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion (roughly Rs. 3,14,938 crores) in its last fund-raising in 2014 – making it briefly the world’s most valuable start-up at a time when it was China’s best-selling smartphone maker and looked set to make a splash worldwide.
But last year it missed its global smartphone targets by 12 percent, while its third-quarter China smartphone sales have tumbled 45 percent, according to research firm IDC – raising doubts that the valuation is still warranted.
Xiaomi’s global vice-president Hugo Barra said the company’s business model was not based on money made from handset sales per se and that it did not need to raise more funds or see any point in doing so at a valuation of less than $46 billion.
“Basically we’re giving [handsets] to you without making any money… we care about the recurring revenue streams over many years,” he told Reuters in an interview.
“We could sell 10 billion smartphones and we wouldn’t make a single dime in profits,” he added.
Xiaomi, which discloses little of its profit and revenue figures, has increasingly emphasised its range of home appliances such as air and water purifiers, and rice cookers as key earnings drivers.
In April, Xiaomi Vice President Liu De said the firm expects sales of smart home devices to double to 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) this year.
The company has invested heavily in India and Southeast Asia and is making its first forays into the US market – launching next month its first device capable of roaming on the country’s 4G networks.
Barra said they are first targeting Chinese users travelling in the US, but are laying the groundwork for direct sales to US consumers.
In January, Xiaomi will also make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, launching a new product during the event, he said.
Xiaomi’s tentative first steps in the US smartphone market come as cash-strapped rival LeEco faces a crippling shortage of funds, which were revealed in a public letter by CEO Jia Yueting months after the company launched its first flagship phones in the United States.
“There’s no pressing need to do an IPO or even a private round,” said Barra brushing off concerns that Xiaomi could face a similar funding shortage. “We are not a flash in someone’s PR pan.”
Xiaomi Meri aka Mi 5c has been leaked on several occasions, and is tipped to be the first smartphone from the Chinese smartphone maker to sport an in-house processor. Now, in fresh leaks, the smartphone has been snapped roaming in the wild before its official release, hinting at its imminent arrival.
The live images of the Xiaomi Mi 5c were spotted on Weibo and they pretty much speak the same story as previous leaks. It sports a sleek frame with round edges, and the fingerprint scanner is housed under the Home Button at the front. The volume and power buttons are both housed on the right edge, and the camera module with the flash is housed on the top right edge at the back.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c smartphone is expected to come in Rose Gold, Gold, and Black colour variants. It is tipped to feature a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD display with 403ppi pixel density. It may be powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM and ARM Mali-T860 GPU. The smartphone will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based on MIUI 8 out of the box and support NFC-based payments.
The Xiaomi Meri smartphone is rumoured to be priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 14,800), and as mentioned above, it is expected to be powered by Xiaomi’s in-house Pine Cone processor. The company has been reportedly working on its own processor for quite some time, and now the Chinese electronics company seems to be finally ready to launch it in the market. The in-house Pine Cone chipset is set to compete with other companies’ in-house chips like the Huawei-made Kirin chipset, and even Samsung’s Exynos chipset. It is largely expected to launch at an event in China on December 12.
Multiple reports of a smartphone called Mi MIX Nano being released soon have been doing the rounds lately. As the name suggests, the Mi MIX Nano is tipped to be the mini variant of the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi MIX launched last month. However, now an employee from the company refutes rumours, saying that no such product is in the making.
Xiaomi’s marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm that “there’s no such product as Xiaomi Mi MIX Nano”. This pretty much douses all the fired rumours around the smartphone, and claims that a mini variant of the Xiaomi Mi MIX is not in the offing. To complicate matters, the comment was soon deleted by Zhiyuan so we can’t be sure what Xiaomi is really planning.
It could be possible that Xiaomi may still be looking to introduce a mini Mi MIX variant, but have decided against calling it Mi MIX Nano. The company may still release the smartphone with a different name in place. The Mi MIX Nano is largely rumoured to release early next month.
Xiaomi’s Mi MIX Nano is tipped to sport a 5.5-inch screen with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, which will be slightly less than the Mi MIX. It is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset is expected to come with 4GB of RAM and will pack 64GB of storage. Even the price of the smartphone has been leaked, and the Mi MIX is tipped to be priced at CNY 3,000 (approximately Rs. 30,000).
Just to recap, Xiaomi launched its Mi MIX smartphone with near bezel-less display and touting a 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio last month. It bears a 6.4-inch display, Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB RAM and 16-megapixel rear camera.