US Mobile brings Xiaomi and Meizu to the US market

Xiaomi and Meizu are finally and officially on the US market thanks to US Mobile. The Chinese smartphone manufacturers have become some of the most popular in the world but they want to conquer the US as well. Now they have a bigger chance, especially since one of the biggest US carriers is offering them support.       Xiaomi is one of the most popular OEMs globally and the second most popular manufacturer on the Chinese market at the moment. Its “low cost, high end” offerings are hard to resist, and the spec sheets prove it. The US market has been uninfluenced by the Chinese offerings, but that is going to change as US Mobile is finally letting Xiaomi and Meizu in.   US Mobile has promised to offer support and service for the devices it sells and this should assure users that they will not have to fear the need for after-sales support from China. The bad part of the deal is that the devices will not support LTE bands for the US. They are imported from China and not created specifically for the USA networks, which makes them unoptimized. They will be unlocked, however.   The devices are not the most recent smartphones that Xiaomi and Meizu have launched on the Asian market either, but they don’t lag too far behind. Among the offerings you will find Meizu Note 2, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi 3 and Redmi 2.   Even if the news itself may not be very exciting, it does […]

Xiaomi Redmi 3 versus Lenovo Lemon 3: who wins?

  Xiaomi versus Lenovo: who done it best?   The new year brings about new mobile world wars and new devices to choose from. As we step into 2016, new flagships start to sprout and new companies choose to become rivals. One such case is the Xiaomi-Lenovo “dispute”, where the two Chinese manufacturers are trying to dethrone each other with new and affordable devices.       The first to launch a device was Xiaomi, who released the Redmi 3 at the beginning of the week. It is one of the sub-$150 devices but it looks much better than that. It has a metal body and a patterned diamond finish at the back. It is already available in China at the price of $106 and it does not have a fingerprint scanner, like many of the other Xiaomi devices.   Xiaomi Redmi 3 specs:   5-inch 720p display Snapdragon 616 SoC 2GB of RAM 16GB of storage plus microSD slot 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and phase detection auto-focus 5MP front camera LTE connectivity 4100 mAh battery with fast charging MIUI 7.   The other side brings us Lenovo Lemon 3, a competitive device with a similar price. For roughly $105, you will be getting a similar device with a different finish. Lemon 3 looks just a tide bit like an iPhone, but only if you squint your eyes enough. Almost same specs tho.   Lenovo Lemon 3 specs:   5-inch full HD display Snapdragon 616 SoC 2GB of RAM 16GB of storage 13MP […]

[The rumor mill] Xiaomi Mi 5 to have physical button with fingerprint sensor

  Xiaomi Mi 5 will launch next year and this promises to be the first Xiaomi device to have a physical home button attached to a fingerprint sensor. Rumors are starting to run amok and it appears that Mi 5 will have a Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint scanner attached to it. Even if this sensor can usually be used via the display, Xiaomi chose to use the sensor in a physical home button because the vendor may have alerted the OEM of stability issues. The rumors also suggest that the device will have a Force Touch display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to launch running on some form of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. A leak suggests that the device will launch on January 21st and it will become available in February. A Plus variant could also launch sometime soon and it should have a bigger screen than Mi 5. Source: Weibo via Androidcentral

[The rumor mill] Xiaomi said to work on Linux-powered laptop

Xiaomi is rapidly becoming one of the most popular OEMs on a global level, and it is accordingly spreading its wings outside the mobile spectrum. It appears that the Manufacturer is seriously planning to get on the laptop business with a Linux OS powered device that should launch in 2016.     The rumor mill does not go in deep detail yet, but it appears that Xiaomi will get a laptop out in the second quarter of 2016. It may be a Chromebook or a Windows-powered laptop but it could have an all-metal build for all we know. The image above shows a possible device similar to Apple’s MacBook Air. It will probably be targeted at the budget spectrum of the niche market since that would be the best move the manufacturer could do right now.   The Xiaomi laptop is rumored to have a 12.5 to 13.3-inch display and it should be an ultra-thin portable laptop with a metal finish. Some rumors say it will run on a Linux OS version , but things can change. The Chrome-OS laptop could be a better choice since it would appeal to a larger audience.   In the meantime, Huawei, Xiaomi’s biggest Chinese rival, is said to work on its own laptop destined for business professionals. We are not sure these rumors about laptops coming from OEMs renowned for their mobile devices are real but we can only wait and see. We shall know for sure when either of the two companies decides to make some official […]

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 – new cheap tablet to upgrade the first Mi Pad

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is a new tablet coming from this Chinese manufacturer, and it was shown off for the first time earlier this week, along with the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. This is an upgrade from the previous Mi Pad device, a 7.9-inch tablet launched a while back.       What makes Mi Pad 2 so special? Well, for starters, its price! This tablet will sell for $156 in China, where it is available at the moment. It looks pretty good for a cheap Android tablet, but it has nothing out of the ordinary aesthetically speaking. There is one thing though, you can upgrade the storage space from 16GB to 64GB (this model sells for $203) and this model will also let you choose between the Android OS variant and the Windows 10 one. Although many may want to try the Windows 10 interface in order to be able to stream Xbox One games from the living room, most still prefer Google’s mobile alternative because of its functionality (and lack of keyboards or styluses could factor in).   Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 specs:   7.9-inch 1536 x 2048p display quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor 2 GB RAM 16/ 64 GB storage with microSD slot Android OS/ Optional Windows 10; with MIUI 7 8 MP primary camera 5MP secondary camera 6190 mAh battery.   Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 will be available in dark grey and champagne gold color variants. We have no info on when the tablet will be available in the western […]

Redmi Note 3 launched – mid-range specs with premium finish

A few months after launching Redmi Note 2, Xiaomi is already back on the horse and it launches the Redmi Note 3, a different mid-range smartphone with decent specs. The best thing about this devices is its price: $141, but it is only sold in China at the moment.       Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a pretty cool device, with a big-ish screen and upgradeable RAM. Below, you can check out the specs:   5.5-inch 1080p display octa-core MTX Helio X10 processor (same as Redmi 2) 2/ 3 GB of RAM 16/ 32 GB storage 13 MP primary camera 5MP front camera Android 5.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7 skin fingerprint sensor on the back fast battery charging function 4000 mAh battery.   Redmi Note 3 will be available in gray, silver and gold options and its coat is made of metal. Overall, it looks very good, especially for its price. Let’s see what price tag it will have when it launches in the western world.   Source: GSM Arena