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Samsung and Xiaomi will build ARM-powered Always Connected Windows 10 PCs

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Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled the first Always Connected PCs from Asus and HP at Qualcomm’s Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii. At the same event, Microsoft said Lenovo would be announcing its own ARM-powered Windows 10 PC at CES in January.

A new report now claims that Samsung is also working on a Always Connected PC and the device is expected to be announced next year. Chinese tech company, Xiaomi, best known for its smartphones is also planning to launch a new Windows 10 device with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset.

Xiaomi recently entered the PC segment with the launch of its first laptop Mi Notebook Air and the company is still producing new Windows 10-powered laptops under its Notebook series that directly competes with Apple Mac. Xiaomi and Microsoft’s partnership should help Windows 10 on ARM project since the smartphone maker Xiaomi enjoys a large amount of popularity in China.

At Qualcomm’s Technology Summit, Microsoft detailed the features of the Always Connected Windows 10 PCs, this new generation of PCs is “instantly on, always connected, with incredible battery life.” It goes without saying that Windows 10 on ARM project is pretty impressive.

“For the last few months, I have been using an Always Connected PC, running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. In the last week, I watched the movie Moana with my daughter, worked in PowerPoint, browsed the web every day, reviewed budgets in Excel, checked email while waiting to pick up my son from soccer, marked up a few PDFs with Ink, played some games on the plane – all of this without plugging in my power cord all week,” Myerson said at the Qualcomm Technology Summit.

HP and Asus are the only two companies that launched Always Connected PCs this year. The latest Always Connected PCs are powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor and Microsoft claims that these devices offer incredible battery life. Microsoft is very confident about the Always Connected PCs project, do you think the ARM-powered Windows 10 devices will be a hit? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Huawei and Xiaomi Aiming to Rival iPhone in United States With AT&T and Verizon Sales Partnerships

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi are reportedly in discussions with carriers ATT and Verizon, who may begin selling each company’s flagship Android smartphones in the United States as early as next year.


The negotiations are still in progress, and it’s possible no final agreements will materialize, according to Bloomberg News.

The news echoes an earlier report from The Information that claimed ATT has tentatively agreed to sell at least one Huawei smartphone, which was believed to be a high-end model resembling the company’s flagship Mate 10 handset.

A partnership with ATT and/or Verizon would be a major win for Huawei, already the world’s third largest smartphone maker by market share behind Samsung and Apple, which dominate the smartphone market in the United States.

Huawei is the most popular smartphone maker in China, and it has aggressively pushed into Europe and Canada, but it has considerably less brand awareness in the United States since no major carriers sell its smartphones in the country. American customers currently have to resort to retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, or Amazon to purchase a Huawei smartphone.

If it wants to achieve its lofty goal of becoming the largest smartphone maker in the entire world by 2021, Huawei will almost certainly have to secure these types of agreements with ATT, Verizon, and other carriers.

Huawei remained in third place with an estimated 39.1 million smartphone shipments worldwide last quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, while Apple reported sales of 46.7 million iPhones over that period. In the United States, Huawei held just a 0.2 percent share of the smartphone market as of June 2017, according to Counterpoint Research.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi said it aims to roll out smartphones in the United States within two years. Xiaomi is also considering opening retail stores in the country to increase its brand presence, according to the report.

Reports: Samsung and Xiaomi to launch Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices

Asus and HP are the first two companies to unveil upcoming Windows 10 computers powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors. But we already know that Lenovo is working on its own Snapdragon-powered Windows PC. And now Fudzilla reports two more companies want in on that Windows-on-ARM action.

Samsung and Xiaomi are both said to be working on Windows devices that use Qualcomm’s flagship processor.

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There aren’t a lot of details about what those Samsung or Xiaomi devices will look like. But it’s safe to assume they’ll be thin, light, and possibly fanless devices with long battery life, instant-on functionality, and 4G LTE support for always-connected capabilities, since those are the primary strengths of the Windows on Snapdragon platform.

In terms of raw horsepower, early benchmarks suggest Windows devices with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor tend to perform about as well as a machine with an Intel Apollo Lake low-power processor in terms of raw horsepower, while models with Qualcomm chips are expected to sell for higher prices than computers with their Intel counterparts. So the emphasis will be on the always-on, always-connected, ultraportable features.

The Asus NovaGo, for instances, is a 13.3 inch convertible laptop with up to 22 hours of battery life and a $599 starting price, while the HP Envy x2 is a 12.3 inch 2-in-1 tablet that weighs 1.5 pounds, measures 0.3 inches thick, and offers up to 20 hours of battery life (and pricing TBA).

Fudzilla speculates that Xiaomi, which has made a name for itself by selling low-cost, high-quality electronics will undercut some of its competitors on price. What remains to be seen is whether Xiaomi’s Windows on ARM devices will be sold in the US and Europe or if they’ll be confined to other markets where Xiaomi does business such as China and India.

 

 

Xiaomi is working on Snapdragon on Windows 10

Xiaomi started to make its laptops last year and got quite a lot of traction with its thin and light machines powered by Intel processors. Since there is a market and a value proposition with the Snapdragon on Windows 10, Xiaomi started working on its own design.

Qualcomm is betting on great battery life and an “always connected” strategy. Carriers around the world have an interest in connected PCs as data plans got very much more affordable than ever before and data consumption is booming.

Both wireless carriers as well as the standard retail / etail channels can sell always connected PCs with great battery life and no fan noise. Xiaomi has a gigantic retail presence in China and sells even more in etail.

The company just made its baby steps in Europe and it definitely sells its amazing phones at a much cheaper rate than anyone else. Needless to say, Xiaomi Snapdragon on Windows 10 will be more affordable than the Asus, HP, Lenovo and soon to be announced Samsung machines.

Android Oreo Beta Rolling Out to Xiaomi Mi A1 Beta Testers

The Xiaomi Mi A1 launched in September as the manufacturer’s first Android One smartphone, and it almost single-handedly revitalized interest in Google’s entry-level hardware platform. That’s because of specifications that include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip, 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, and 12MP+12MP dual rear cameras. It’s powered by nearly stock Android 7.1 Nougat, with only a few modifications such as the MIUI camera app.

Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 would get Android Oreo before the end of the year, and last week announced it was looking for beta testers. Now, Xiaomi’s started rolling out the update, and GSMArena managed to obtain a few screenshots of it.

 

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Source: GSMArena

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The Android Oreo Beta of the Xiaomi Mi A1 is 1104MB in size and includes the December 1, 2017 security patch. It’s expected to roll out to all users by the end of this year, which would make the Mi A1 one of the first phones in its price bracket to receive official Android Oreo.

Separately, the Mi A1 has gotten a semi-functional LineageOS port. That’s despite the fact that we still haven’t seen the phone’s kernel sources, which is a bit worrisome considering Xioami promised it’d make them public within the first few months of the phone’s launch date. Custom ROM development is progressing at a snail’s pace as a result, which doesn’t bode well for the Mi A1’s future.

Still, we found the Mi A1 to be a great device for stock Android enthusiasts in our review — especially at its price tag. It’s made all the more appealing by its recent Rs. 1000 price cut, which improves its value-for-money proposition against new competitors such as the Honor 7X. At Rs. 13,999, the Mi A1 is still one of the best devices out there (even if we take the lack of kernel sources into account), and the Oreo update is sure to improve its user experience.


Via: GSMArena

Xiaomi backed Huami announces Amazfit 2 smartwatch; offers everything apart from Android Wear at CNY 999

While there is plenty of variety when it comes to smartwatches these days, it’s getting harder to offer something new unless manufacturers step away from the norm, which it Google’s Android Wear and its hardware limitations.

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The Huami Amazfit 2

So it’s no wonder that Xiaomi backed Huami has launched yet another smartwatch called the Amazfit 2 that offers a stylish, activity tracking smartwatch that does not let you down when it comes to battery life either.

The Amazfit Smart Sports Watch 2 as it’s called was announced in China alongside an Amazfit Smart Sports Watch 2S Premium Edition model well, which basically offers a premium quality strap over the standard model.

The regular Huami Amazfit 2 is priced at CNY 999 (or approximately Rs 9,700), while the premium model that ships with an additional leather strap is priced at CNY 1,499 (or approximately Rs 14,500). That leather strap sure seems mighty expensive considering that the rest of the hardware is identical to the standard model.

Starting with build quality, the smartwatch seems to made of premium quality materials, but that’s when you compare it with the first generation Amazfit smartwatch.

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The Huami Amazfit 2

The Amazfit 2 offers a case or chassis that’s made of carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate with a bezel that is made of polished ceramic. The buttons are built from 316L stainless steel, while the 2.5D curved screen is made of sapphire crystal.

There’s a 1.34-inch colour touch display (320×320 pixels) that is not entirely round and looks more like the first Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear offerings with a notch at the bottom.

Under that sleek exterior lies a 1.2 GHz dual core SoC paired with 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Powering it all, is a 280 mAh battery, which Huami claims can deliver up to 5 days of battery life, with the GPS turned off or 35 hours of intense usage with the GPS and full heat-rate monitoring switched on.

And this is exactly where the talk of software and features begins. Clearly, Huami is able to pull this off because it does not run the power hungry Android Wear OS from Google. This also means that the Amazfit 2 can do plenty of other stuff that your regular Android Wear-powered smartwatch can’t.

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The Huami Amazfit 2

It already packs in a plethora of sensors which include a PPG hear rate sensor, Triaxial Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic Sensor, Barometer and an Ambient light sensor. Also part of this assembly is low-powered GPS chip.

As for the features, it is water resistant up to 50 metres and with that comes with plenty of tracking options for a variety of activities including swimming. The smartwatch can also measure VO2 max, TE, TD and recovery time, making it really useful for those who are serious about measuring their fitness performance.

At the moment, there are no indications of an international variant as the device is currently on sale only in China.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo beta update is rolling out to select users: Report


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It looks like Xiaomi Mi A1, the Android One smartphone is getting the Android Oreo beta update. However, the update is limited to those who had signed up for beta testing, according to GSMArena, which has also shared screenshots of the update. The Mi A1 Android Oreo beta is around 1104 MB in size, and comes with the promising of improving the fingerprint scanner on the back.

Other features are not yet revealed, and Xiaomi has promised a stable Android Oreo update before the end of 2017. Google and Xiaomi have said the Mi A1 will get updates till Android P version, which will launch next year. The Mi A1 is a rebranded version of the Mi 5X that was originally introduced in China, though this also has the Android One logo on it.

Unlike other Xiaomi phones, Mi A1 runs stock Android with the exceptions being the Mi camera app, Xiaomi’s Mi Community app and Mi Feedback app which is pre-loaded on the device. Mi A1 has a 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is expandable.

On the dual rear camera front, Mi A1 has a 12MP+ 12MP combination with a wide-angle and telephoto lens being used by the company.  The rear camera also comes with support for 2X optical zoom feature and the dual lens supports ‘bokeh’ style images where the background is blurred, while the object is in sharp focus.

The front camera on the Mi A1 is 5MP and the battery is 3080 mAh. Xiaomi Mi A1 has also got a permanent price cut from the company and now starts at Rs 13,999. Mi A1 is currently retailing on Flipkart and Mi.com in the online space.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5A review: Unmatched value

On the hardware front, the Redmi 5A is packing the Snapdragon 425 — the same chipset that powered the Redmi 4A. In fact, the only major change when it comes to the hardware is the battery size, which is a downgrade from the 3120mAh unit on the Redmi 4A. That said, you won’t have any issues getting a day’s worth of usage from a full charge.

Elsewhere, you’re looking at 2GB/3GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and FM radio. The phone comes with MIUI 9 out of the box, and all the optimizations carried out by Xiaomi in terms of reducing app load times and improving stability make a significant difference when it comes to using the Redmi 5A on a day-to-day basis.

The Redmi 5A has rock-solid build quality and reliable performance.

I’m using the variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and even on the base model performance is generally snappy. That said, the phone isn’t ideal if you’re looking to play visually-intensive games. There’s also the odd stutter when transitioning from one app to another.

The Redmi 5A retains the same 5.0-inch 720p display that was used in the 4A, and while the panel won’t win any awards, it is perfectly serviceable. Like all other Xiaomi phones, you get the option to adjust the color balance and use a blue light filter to reduce glare at night.

The full loadout of MIUI 9 features is available on the Redmi 5A, including the Dual Apps feature that lets you run two instances of an app at the same time, new themes and sticker packs, notification pane that has bundled notifications and in-line replies, and so much more.

With the advent of Jio, the number of people using two SIM cards simultaneously has increased. Xiaomi offered a hybrid SIM card slot in its early 2017 phones, with the secondary SIM tray doubling up as the microSD slot. However, with a sizeable portion of the audience requesting a standalone microSD slot, Xiaomi has switched out the usual tray for one with a dedicated microSD slot in addition to two SIM card slots.

That’s not the only customization for the Indian market — Xiaomi started bundling a custom wall charger for phones sold in India to withstand the wildly varying voltages seen in most parts of the country, and the Redmi 5A comes with the charger in the box.

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Xiaomi’s first-ever Android One smartphone Mi A1 gets a price cut

Robin Sinha | Gadgets Now | Updated: Dec 11, 2017, 12.26PM IST

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Xiaomi launched its first-ever Android One smartphone, the Mi A1, in September this year in India. The company launched the handset at Rs 14,999. But now, the company has slashed the price of the smartphone by Rs 1,000, making new price cost of the device at Rs 13,999.

The company’s global vice president and India managing director, Manu Kumar Jain announced the price cut on micro-blogging website Twitter. Interested users can buy the device from Mi.com and Flipkart websites.

Xiaomi Mi A1 price cut announcement comes just few days after the announcement of the smartphone’s Rose Gold colour variant in the country. It was already available in Black and Gold colour versions.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and comes with pure Android UI onboard. The company is already testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the smartphone. Running Android One on the Mi A1 is likely to receive quick OS updates, bug fixes and a clean interface. Xiaomi says the device is also get Android P.

Sporting a 5.5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, the Xiaomi Mi A1 features a full metal body with rounded edges. Under the hood, there is a mid-range octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU.

The smartphone comes with 64GB inbuilt storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

The dual-rear camera of the smartphone consists of a 12MP wide angle and a 12MP telephoto lens for an improved bokeh effect in portrait shots. The telephoto lens enabled 2x optical zoom. This pairs with Mi A1’s 10x digital zoom. Some of the camera features users will get include Beautify 3.0, Portrait Mode, HDR and more. At the front, the smartphone has a 5MP camera.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 supports 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, hybrid SIM card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS and Bluetooth. It is backed by a 3080mAh battery and has a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Xiaomi Mi A1 specifications

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus come with 18:9 displays, big batteries, and prices starting at 799 CNY ($121 USD)

Few tech companies offer better bang for the buck than Xiaomi. That trend continues with the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, which were just announced. Both the 5 and 5 Plus sport 18:9 displays with rounded corners, larger-than-average batteries, and low, low prices. These phones are virtually indistinguishable from flagships on the exterior, and the internals aren’t half-bad either.

Here’s a table of all of the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus’s specifications.

Specs

The first thing you’ll notice about the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus are probably their screens. Xiaomi has chosen to follow the trend of 2017 flagships and add an 18:9 display with rounded corners. That’s pretty unique for such cheap devices, and the longer aspect ratio definitely makes the phones more modern-looking. The Redmi 5 sports a 5.7″ 720p panel, while the 5 Plus gets a 6.0″ 1080p unit. Both are IPS panels that max out at 450 nits.

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On the performance end of things, the 5 Plus is superior. A Snapdragon 450 is aboard the Redmi 5 with options for 2GB RAM/16GB of storage and 3GB RAM/32GB of storage, whereas the Plus gets a Snapdragon 625 with 3GB RAM/32GB of storage or 4GB RAM/64GB of storage. There’s also a hybrid dual-SIM/microSD slot. Both devices have the same 12MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera.

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Both the 5 and 5 Plus have beefy batteries inside. The 5 gets a 3,300mAh cell, whereas the 5 Plus gets a 4,000mAh unit. These are squarely above average, and they should allow for some great endurance. However, when you do have to refuel, you’ll be forced to do so with a microUSB cable. But hey, at least there’s a headphone jack. It’s also worth noting that the 5 doesn’t have support for 5GHz WiFi, which is a bummer.

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The Redmi 5 starts at 799 CNY ($121 USD) for the 2GB/16GB model and goes up to 899 CNY ($136) for the 3GB/32GB variant. The 5 Plus starts at 999 CNY ($151) for the 3GB/32GB model, and makes a big jump to 1299 CNY ($196) for the 4GB/64GB model. A complimentary clear case will be included in every box. Thus far, availability has only been announced for China, which will get this duo on December 12th.

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Xiaomi’s $120 Redmi 5 and $150 Redmi 5 Plus are now official with 18:9 displays

The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are the cheapest smartphones with 18:9 displays.

After offering up an early preview of the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus a few days ago, Xiaomi has unveiled the budget devices in China. The Redmi 5 starts off at just ¥799 ($120), with the Redmi 5 Plus set to go on sale for ¥999 ($150).

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Both phones have 18:9 displays with minimal bezels, and Xiaomi is focusing on the camera experience by bundling a 12MP imaging sensor with 1.25-micron pixels and a front-facing flash module for taking selfies in low-light conditions.

Xiaomi Redmi 5

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The Redmi 5 is the more affordable option, with the phone featuring a 5.7-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 1440 x 720. There’s a Snapdragon 450 under the hood, along with a 3300mAh battery. Xiaomi says that the device will be able to deliver a two-day battery life, and standby time of 12 days.

The phone will be available in two configurations: a base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for ¥799 ($120), and a variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for ¥899 ($135).

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

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The Redmi 5 Plus, meanwhile, features a 5.99-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2160 x 1080. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625, the same chipset behind the Redmi Note 4, Mi A1, and the Mi Max 2. The Redmi 5 Plus comes with a 4000mAh battery that Xiaomi claims will provide 17 days of standby time and over two days of usage.

The phone will be sold with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which will retail for ¥999 ($150), and a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for ¥1,299 ($195).

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Common specs include a 5MP front camera, Bluetooth v4.2, 3.5mm headphone jack, and rear fingerprint sensor. The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will be available in Black, Gold, Light Blue, and Rose Gold color options, with sales kicking off in China from December 12.

The budget category is vital for Xiaomi’s ambitions as it looks to scale up the global smartphone charts, and a lot of the burden rests on the Redmi 5 as we head into 2018. No word as of now regarding availability in India, but with the brand focusing on consolidating its position in the subcontinent, the Redmi 5 series should make its debut shortly.

What do you think of Xiaomi’s latest budget phones?

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Xiaomi’s next flagship will use the Snapdragon 845

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Xiaomi has announced at the Snapdragon Summit that its next flagship will use the Snapdragon 845. The summit, held in Hawaii, is being used to show all new devices using Qualcomm processors. Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845 earlier on Tuesday, and will release specific details about the processor on Wednesday, December 6.

Qualcomm officially announces the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform

While not exactly surprising, this move reaffirms Qualcomm’s leading role in the mobile silicon industry. At the summit, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun said, “Six years ago, we launched the Xiaomi Mi 1 using Qualcomm’s processor, which was the best at the time. Over the years, the flagship phones all adopted the top-tier Qualcomm processor.” Given Xiaomi’s position in the global smartphone market, this is reassuring news for Qualcomm and Android users alike who want the best of the best in their new phone.

Other smartphone manufacturers will undoubtedly follow in Xiaomi’s footsteps. Qualcomm’s current top-of-the-line chip, the Snapdragon 835, is used in most of the top Android devices today, from the US variant of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 to the Pixel 2 and the LG V30.

Currently, we don’t know any other details on the 845, other than the fact that Samsung will be manufacturing it, as they have all of Qualcomm’s 10-nanometer chips.

Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 845 will focus on six main areas: creating and sharing content, mobile VR, artificial intelligence, data security, the global wireless experience, and more power in terms of performance as well as battery life.

We can expect 2018 flagships to use the Snapdragon 845, and we will share new details on it as they are released.

Xiaomi seeks beta testers for Mi A1 Android Oreo update

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When we reviewed the Xiaomi Mi A1 in November, we said it came very close to being the perfect midrange phone. The Mi A1 is powered by stock Android, meaning it avoids one of the arguably least desirable aspects of regular Xiaomi phones (MIUI) and gets one of the most desirable of others (stock Android).

Xiaomi’s usage of stock Android also suggested that the handset would see fast updates, even though the manufacturer typically lags behind other OEMs when it comes to major Android version rollouts. And the good news is that it looks like this will be the case.

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In a post in its MIUI forums, Xiaomi has asked Mi A1 smartphone owners to come forward to take part in an Android Oreo beta program. The beta is open to Mi A1 users in all regions, so long as they speak English, and they will have to submit an application to enter. This involves downloading the MIUI Forum app and providing their phone’s IMEI number.

Further, Xiaomi also says that those wishing to apply should:

  • Have an interest in device testing and some knowledge of ROMs
  • Be active on forum
  • Be willing to discuss the beta with other members in both the QQ group and forum

Those who are accepted into the program will then have the chance to play with the Android Oreo software on their device before it rolls out officially sometime later. For those of you who are interested, the application deadline is midnight (Beijing time) on December 11; head over to MIUI.com for more information.

Xiaomi is Looking for Beta Testers for the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Update

Xiaomi works very closely with the community and often time recruits some dedicated fans to test out a brand new Android update. The company recently began recruiting Xiaomi Mi 6 owners who wanted to test a close beta version of Android Oreo based on MIUI’s China Alpha ROM. Today, they are looking for people who own the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One smartphone to test a stock version of Android Oreo that they are currently working on.

Beta testing unreleased versions of Android is something that has become more and more popular these days. This wasn’t something that was common a few years ago until Google started delivering developer preview builds to the community. Since then, we’ve seen companies including Samsung, LG, Nokia, Xiaomi, OnePlus and many others following Google’s example. This allows customers to get their hands on new versions of Android while also helping the OEM out by reporting some bugs and glitches that they come across.

Xiaomi recently joined the Android One program with the release of the Mi A1. They’ve been recruiting beta testers for unreleased versions of MIUI for a while now so it makes sense that they begin doing the same for their first Android One smartphone. If you own the Xiaomi Mi A1, then Xiaomi would like you to submit an application to see if you’re eligible for the beta test. This requires that you provide them your IMEI number and then download the Xiaomi MIUI Forum application from the Play Store.

Once installed, go ahead and open it up and then launch the Recruitment page. You’ll be asked to fill out a few things including your IMEI number, what times you use the device, your region, and  a reason why you feel you would be a good beta tester. With that done, just tap the submit button and your application will be sent in.

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Source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi is Looking for Beta Testers for the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Update

Xiaomi works very closely with the community and often time recruits some dedicated fans to test out a brand new Android update. The company recently began recruiting Xiaomi Mi 6 owners who wanted to test a close beta version of Android Oreo based on MIUI’s China Alpha ROM. Today, they are looking for people who own the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One smartphone to test a stock version of Android Oreo that they are currently working on.

Beta testing unreleased versions of Android is something that has become more and more popular these days. This wasn’t something that was common a few years ago until Google started delivering developer preview builds to the community. Since then, we’ve seen companies including Samsung, LG, Nokia, Xiaomi, OnePlus and many others following Google’s example. This allows customers to get their hands on new versions of Android while also helping the OEM out by reporting some bugs and glitches that they come across.

Xiaomi recently joined the Android One program with the release of the Mi A1. They’ve been recruiting beta testers for unreleased versions of MIUI for a while now so it makes sense that they begin doing the same for their first Android One smartphone. If you own the Xiaomi Mi A1, then Xiaomi would like you to submit an application to see if you’re eligible for the beta test. This requires that you provide them your IMEI number and then download the Xiaomi MIUI Forum application from the Play Store.

Once installed, go ahead and open it up and then launch the Recruitment page. You’ll be asked to fill out a few things including your IMEI number, what times you use the device, your region, and  a reason why you feel you would be a good beta tester. With that done, just tap the submit button and your application will be sent in.

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Source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi is looking for Mi A1 Android 8.0 Oreo update beta testers

Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 running stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat (and the stock part makes perfect sense considering that it’s part of the Android One program). It’s received a couple of updates since, but it still hasn’t tasted Oreo.

That’s about to change real soon, however. Xiaomi has announced that it’s currently looking for eager Mi A1 owners to beta test its upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo software release. You have until December 11 at 11:59 PM Beijing time to enter, which you do by following the steps outlined at the Source linked below.

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Long story short: you need to use the MIUI Global Forum app on your device, and then fill in some info (including the phone’s IMEI numbers in the Comments box of the application form). Note however that to participate in the beta you will be required to use QQ for communicating with other members. You should also have been active on the MIUI global forum, and that’s where you’ll receive a PM if you’re selected.

The good news is that you can join regardless of where you’re located, and the language of all communication will be English. Obviously, you should also be able to tolerate bugs – an inherent part of any beta software release. For now it’s unclear when to expect the first build to roll out to testers, or when Xiaomi will feel confident enough about the software to send it out to all Mi A1 owners.

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Xiaomi is looking for Mi A1 Android 8.0 Oreo update beta testers

Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 running stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat (and the stock part makes perfect sense considering that it’s part of the Android One program). It’s received a couple of updates since, but it still hasn’t tasted Oreo.

That’s about to change real soon, however. Xiaomi has announced that it’s currently looking for eager Mi A1 owners to beta test its upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo software release. You have until December 11 at 11:59 PM Beijing time to enter, which you do by following the steps outlined at the Source linked below.

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Long story short: you need to use the MIUI Global Forum app on your device, and then fill in some info (including the phone’s IMEI numbers in the Comments box of the application form). Note however that to participate in the beta you will be required to use QQ for communicating with other members. You should also have been active on the MIUI global forum, and that’s where you’ll receive a PM if you’re selected.

The good news is that you can join regardless of where you’re located, and the language of all communication will be English. Obviously, you should also be able to tolerate bugs – an inherent part of any beta software release. For now it’s unclear when to expect the first build to roll out to testers, or when Xiaomi will feel confident enough about the software to send it out to all Mi A1 owners.

Source | Via

Apple’s iPad wins EU trademark case against Xiaomi’s ‘Mi Pad’ tablet computer

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Apple Inc. succeeded on Tuesday 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.

Xiaomi’s Mi Pad and Apple’s iPad are both tablet computers.

“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 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.



Xiaomi Redmi 5A review: The truly affordable Android phone raises the bar

When it comes to budget smartphones around Rs5,000 there are very few good options for buyers. Xiaomi Redmi 4A, launched in April 2017, stood out due to its good display and steady performance. Now the Chinese phonemaker has come with its successor, Redmi 5A. It starts at Rs5,999 for the 2GB RAM+16GB storage variant, but the first five lakh units of the will be available at Rs4,999. The slightly more powerful 3GB+32GB variant will cost Rs6,999. The first round of sales on Amazon.in and Mi.com starts from 7 December 2017.

Here are the seven critical elements that you need to know about the new Xiaomi Redmi 5A before you decide to spend on one:

■ Like most of the recent Xiaomi smartphones, the Redmi 5A has a metal body. It is a refreshing change from phones with plastic exterior which still dominate the segment. The physical buttons are made of metal too, but feel a bit stiff. The closest competitor to it in terms of looks is another Xiaomi smartphone, the Redmi 4, which starts at Rs6,999.

■The Redmi 5A weighs just 137g, which is impressive for this screen size, and would fit comfortably into small hands due to its compact size. The other good news is that the phone has dedicated microSD slot, so you can use the two nano SIM trays and the microSD card side by side. Most unibody smartphones have hybrid SIM trays which club microSD slot on one of the SIM trays.

■ There is no finger-print sensor on the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, which means one will have to type the password or draw the pattern to unlock the phone. Finger print sensor is no longer unusual in sub Rs5,000 smartphones. The likes of Karbonn K9 Kavach (Rs4,749) and Reach Allure Secure (Rs4,999) have it. Also, we don’t like the position of the speaker on the Redmi 5A. It is placed on the back which suppressed sound when you are holding the phone in hand or placed on the bed.

■The Redmi 5A has a good looking display with resolution of 1,280x720p, which makes it a better bet than rivals, many of which still offer resolution of 800x480p at most. Texts in webpages look crisp enough for casual reading, while colours in videos and games look slightly oversaturated, but not the point where it would hurt your eyes. At this price point, most screens look washed out, unrealistic and suffer from visibility issues from add angles. That is not the case with the Redmi 5A.

■ Xiaomi hasn’t used a new processor in the Redmi 5A. It runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, clocking at 1.4GHz, that was seen in the predecessor. It is clubbed with 2GB RAM in the 16GB variant and 3GB RAM in the 32GB variant. This is not a very powerful processor but has proved to adequate for casual users with limited requirements. We would still recommend the 3GB variant as the MIUI is a resource intensive user interface and can get sluggish if there are many apps open in the background. Gaming is not its strong point. We noticed frame drops with games such as Shadow Fight 3.

■ This is the first smartphone in India to offer Xiaomi’s new MIUI 9 interface out of the box. It runs on top of Android 7.1.2 (Nougat). It is a bit disappointing to see a new smartphone being launched with an older version of Android, but Xiaomi has never been the early adopters of the latest version of Android. Some of the promised features of MIUI 9 such as the App Vault is still not available, though.

■ The camera quality in most budget smartphones is abysmal. The Redmi 5A’s 13-megapixel snapper is slightly better placed. It lacks the detail that a mid range smartphone camera can muster, but impresses with its clarity and colours in well-lit conditions. Also, it offers plenty of options for users to play around with such as the Beautify, Tilt shift, audio in photo and timer modes.




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