In what could be considered a rather conservative step, Hugo Barra, the VP of Xiaomi has confirmed that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi5 will not bring a 2K display. Pretty much every upcoming flagship device in the year 2016, is expected to come with a 2K panel, with leaks around the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and even the HTC Perfume pretty much confirming this. Even last year for that matter, devices like the Galaxy S6 and the Nexus 6P, the phones that did well, came with 2K panels.
Here's a little sneak preview of my #Mi5 home screen. Can your eagle eyes spot what's new with Mi and coming to you on February 24?
Posted by Hugo Barra on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Posted by Hugo Barra on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
One excuse for not including the 2K panel on the device could be that it has proved to a battery drain on the devices, which have gone with it and that is why Xiaomi wants to keep the experience balanced. The news comes as a result of a Facebook post, made by Hugo asking Xiaomi loyalists to guess what are the new features that the fans could make out from the Homescreen screenshot that he has shared. The obvious one being that the phone will support Dual SIM, which most likely would be thanks to a hybrid tray, where you can either use a second SIM card or a Micro SD card. From the screengrab, it is also clear that the phone will come with NFC, which is another interesting piece. The Xiaomi Mi5 is expected to be announced on February 24th and will come with fingerprint scanner.
Via: BGR India
The second half of the year 2015, was slightly quieter if you go by the blockbuster presence that Xiaomi likes. The reason was perhaps, that Xiaomi was already preparing for a slew of launches that was to hit us as soon as the year changed. The first of the new devices from Xiaomi in the year 2016, is already out and is called the RedMi 3. RedMi is the line of devices from Xiaomi which focusses on low end/ budget devices and generally have their pricing well below the Rs 10,000 mark here in India. The RedMi 3 will technically serve as a successor to the RedMi 2 or the RedMi 2 Prime, depending upon where you live.
Xiaomi has been notorious for cutting and chopping down the prices of the smartphones in India in order to boost the sale and clear their stocks. We saw it with the Mi3 last year as well as with their current flagship Mi4 this year, when the 64 GB version of the phone was dropped down to Rs 17,999 from a launch price that was north of Rs 20,000. While these discounts really help Xiaomi bring new customers on board as they are able to pick up tried and tested phones for values that are lower than their launch prices, they do leave a bit of a sour taste in the mouth of those who picked it up in the launch batch.
And looks like the practice will continue as the official price of the Mi4i has now been dropped to Rs 11,999 for the 16 GB version. The new prices are live for the device at all the usual places including the Mi website, Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. So far the best price of Mi4i in India for the 16 GB version was Rs 1,000 more at 12,999. The 32 GB version of the phone interestingly is not even listed anymore on Flipkart, though the old listing on the official website still shows the phone to be at Rs 14,999.
The device comes with a 5 inch 1080 P display and is powered by Snapdragon 615 SoC. There is support for Dual SIM, both of which are capable of latching on to LTE. It comes with 13 MP rear camera and Android 5.1 out of the box running MIUI 6.
Xiaomi played a typical disrupting the market card when it announced the Mi Band early last year. The inexpensive fitness tracker is able to track your steps, calories burnt as well as sleep tracking. All of this was available at a price of about Rs 1000, which is by far and away the lowest when it comes to any reliable fitness tracker around. Several other players like Yu tried to enter the market at the same price, but were never able to match up to the accuracy of Xiaomi.
However, with the inexpensive Mi Band, with no display, the challenge always was for its successor and what will Xiaomi do in order to take the game to the next level. We now have the answer in the form of the Mi Band 1S which is everything that the Mi Band is and more. The addition here is a heart rate sensor that has been built on the underside of the tracker capsule. The new tracker is slightly heavier, by about half a gram and slightly thicker by about .9 mm. This is why you would not be able to use your current bands with the Mi Band 1S.
The battery and the IP rating of the new Mi Band 1S are the same as the previous ones but we presume that the new feature of heart rate sensor will take a substantial juice out of the battery and shortening the 30-day life. The band is available for just a shade under $16, which would give it an Indian price of Rs 1056.
Xiaomi is set to bring the third iteration to its Mi 4 lineup of devices in an event to be held tomorrow in China. The Mi 4C, comes in after the likes of Mi 4 and Mi4i were released already. The Mi 4i largely stood for Mi 4 India, so it is being guessed that by the same logic that, Mi 4c would be Mi 4 China, perhaps indicating that the phone would be an exclusive for the Chinese market. While the Mi 4i was an improvement in several departments on the Mi 4, where the phone really took the beating was performance thanks to a rather averagely powered Snapdragon 615.
This is precisely the concern that Mi 4C is aiming to solve. The phone will be powered by Snapdragon 808 which is a more capable processor than the Snapdragon 615 that came in the Mi 4i. The information was revealed on Weibo where the co-founders of Xiaomi, Li Nan and Lei Jun posted a few updates teasing the device. The phone is also expected to come in the dual SIM configuration that the Mi 4i comes with support for LTE on both the SIM slots.
It was also pretty much confirmed on Weibo that the Mi 4c will be first phone where Xiaomi will ditch its usual cardboard box packing for a more vibrant orange color retail box. On the software front, the phone will bring double tap to standby mode, something close to the double tap to sleep option we saw on several Nokia and LG devices.
A major hook to people buying Xiaomi phones, other than extremely competitive pricing and fantastic specifications was the fact that their phones always were up to date with the latest and greatest features as well as Android versions. This was very much true till about Android Kitkat release, post which it has been almost a year that Xiaomi has not updated its product line with a newer Android version. We have seen all the major OEMs embrace the Android l update at least on their flagship products if not on the entire line which means that Xiaomi has lagged behind in the version game.
To their justification, Xiaomi has always maintained that most of the lollipop features are already a part of MIUI 6 so they have taken their own sweet time with the update rolling. However, with Android M already official and set for a public release in the coming months, the pressure has been fairly intense on the team of Mi to release Android l for their devices.
The wish is just about set to be granted with MIUI 7 just around the corner. The latest iteration to MIUI is set to be built upon Android Lollipop 5.1 which would bring some of the missing features like colored status bars, animations and general smoothness of Android 5.1. According to a report in MyDrivers it has been reported that on August 16th will be the date when the update will be announced. There is no clear indication on whether the update will start rolling out on the same day, but in most likely circumstances that will not happen. It is also interesting to note that it was on August 16th 2014 when Xiaomi had announced the MIUI 6 update which pretty much points out towards an annual release cycle for software updates.
It is not clear what will be the features of MIUI 7 or whether it will indeed be that big an update, as barely any screenshots of the same have made it online yet. It is not clear whether the update will be rolled out for all the devices in the current lineup or not. Guess, we will have to wait till the middle of August to find that out.
Xiaomi has announced its first present for its followers as it prepares to turn 1 in India. The Chinese giants have enjoyed a bit of a cult success in India with a massive following. Right from the Mi3 which was a hit, to the likes of RedMi Note, Mi4 to the recently announced Mi4i, the company has definitely tickled the decision making of anyone who is looking to pick up a new smartphone.
Xiaomi has today announced that its popular device, the Mi4i, which is popularly known as the Mi for India will now be selling in the new 32 GB variant. The device will be available directly from Mi’s India website via a flash sale model, which will see the registration open right away for a sale to be held on July 28th.
The device will be priced at Rs 14,999 which is just Rs 1,000 more than the base 16 GB version that was announced. interestingly, this is the first Mi device with 32 GB storage in India with the preference always being with the 16 GB or a 64 GB version. The configuration, other than the internal memory remains the same for the Mi4i, including a 5 inch full HD panel, Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2 GB of RAM as well as 13 MP camera with support available for Dual SIMs.
It was only last month that Xiaomi was putting up artwork on their social media sites claiming to have sold x number of Mi4i devices in y number of seconds, like it has become a practise for most of the brands that are pursuing the flash sale model. However, it looks like even incredible specs at a real good price point have not been enough to convince the people of the Mi4i, which is a slightly downgraded version of the original Mi4. As a result combined with the new launch on the horizon, Xiaomi has decided to bring the Mi4i out of the flash sale and make it available at any time, over on Flipkart, Amazon and its own site.
There have also been rumours doing rounds that the device will also ditch its present configuration which sees the Snapdragon 615 at the heart of it for a more able Snapdragon 808. The reason for the change has been the inability of Sandragon 615 to stand up and deliver quality performance when it comes to gaming and other intensive tasks. Although to make up for it, Xiaomi did introduce an update which helped things strut along better, it is being guessed that they are looking for a more permanent solution.
It would be interesting to see whether the general sale specifically has been put up out there to get rid of the older 615 models, and if Xiaomi does go back to flash sales in case a 808 version is launched.
Xiaomi is set to refresh its current lineup with the Mi 5 and Mi 5 Plus in the coming weeks. While the company has remained silent on any teasers or anything, the price drops in the Mi4 in recent days, clearly suggest that the Chinese powerhouse is looking to clear out any stocks in the anticipation of a refresh. While we have no clue about the device and how would it look in comparison to the Mi4, the specifications of the phone have already surfaced. As the name suggests, the Mi5 would be the smaller and the more ergonomic device, while the Mi5 Plus is the larger phablet device.
The Mi5 will pack a 5.2 inch, 2K display with Gorilla Glass protection. The camera combination will be 16 MP on the back and 13 MP on the front. Other than this, you will have 3,000 mAh battery on board with quick charge capability that will see the phone gain 30% of the battery in 40 minutes. The SoC on board will be Snapdragon 810 which will be optimised for better heat dissipation like we saw on the Note Pro.
The Mi5 Plus, on the other hand will come with a 5.7 inch display with the same 2K resolution, though to support the bigger display, you have the Snapdragon 820 SoC on board which would be able backed by 3500 mAh battery with quick charge that claims that the phone will be fully charged in 50 minutes. The camera on board is expected to be 23 MP with a 12 MP front facing shooter. The device will also pack in OIS and laser auto focus like we have seen on the likes of LG G3 earlier.
If you are looking to pick up the next flagship device for yourself, this is not a bad time at all. While there are great options in the market with the likes of the Galaxy S6, LG G4 and the HTC M9+ as the next generation flagships, the devices from last year are getting some very tasty price points. In fact, if you look at it objectively, there is not a lot that is different between the flagship killers of last year and the flagship devices of this year other than a 2K display and a slightly better processor. If you can look beyond that 2K panel and be okay with what is a legitimately awesome 1080 P panel, you are in for some good news.
After the Motorola Moto X Second generation was dropped to Rs 22,000 on Flipkart last week, two of the other competing killers have been given a price cut. For today, the OnePlus One on Amazon has seen the 64 GB version dropped to 19,998, which is Rs 2,000 lower than its official price. There has been no price drop on the 16 GB variant though, which still is retailing for the old price of Rs 18,998.
Xiaomi’s Mi4 too has been given a hefty price cut with the 16 GB model retailing for Rs 14,999 now on the official Mi website in a celebration for 10 million Mi 4 devices being sold. The 64 GB variant of the device will continue to retail on Flipkart at the price point of Rs 19,999. While, both OnePlus One and Mi4 come with very similar sets of configurations and problems such as lack for expandable storage, you would believe that eventually it will come down to the fact which screen size do you prefer and if you want to go the route of MiUI or remain with largely stock Android experience.