Xiaomi Mi Max 2 announced in China: 6.44″ Screen, Full Metal Body, 5300mAh battery and more

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Here are the specs that have been confirmed via the stream so far. We will update full specs once spec sheet is out on the website. UPDATE: Specs are live. Scroll down for full spec sheet (in Chinese).

  • 6.44″ 1080p Screen (342PPI)
  • Full metal body
  • 5300mAh battery (QuickCharge 3.0 enabled)
  • Snapdragon 625 (14nm FinFET)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64 or 128GB of Storage
  • IR Blaster
  • USB Type-C
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Stereo sound (front grill and bottom speakers when in landscape mode)
  • Dual-SIM or SIM+MicroSD combo
  • 12Mp SONY IMX386 Camera sensor f2.2 (Same as Mi6 primary sensor)
  • 53% thinner “black edges” around the screen
  • Headphone jack (!)
  • Price: 1699 RMB ($250) for 4+64, 1999 RMB ($290) for 4+128
  • Bands supported: FDD-LTE (B1/B3/B5/B7/B8), TD-LTE (B38/B39/B40/B41), TD-SCDMA (B34/B39), WCDMA (B1/B2/B5/B8), GSM (B2/B3/B5/B8), CDMA1X/EVDO (BC0)

Official announcement coverage can be found here.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 announced in China: 6.44″ Screen, Full Metal Body, 5300mAh battery and more

Xiaomi Mi6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera test from Forbes

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Thanks to Forbes, now we have first ever head-to-head camera comparison of the Xiaomi Mi6 and Galaxy S8. While short, it gives plenty for you to get the basic idea on which camera is better and are they on par despite the insane price difference. Spoiler: Mi6 is great for almost 40% the price of S8 and it does not perform as well as S8 in low-light.

Xiaomi Mi6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera test from Forbes

Xiaomi Mi 5c announced, to come with the new Surge S1 Chip made by Xiaomi

Along with the new processor, the Mi 5c arrives as well.

Mi 5c Specs:

  • TL;DR version: cheaper version of the Mi5 with upgraded camera and new processor
  • The brand new Surge S1 chip
  • 3GB of RAM + 64GB of storage (dual challen LPDDR3 + eMMC5.0)
  • 5.15″ display
  • 2860mAh battery, 9V/2A quick charging support
  • 12MP 1.25 micron pixel size camera
  • Front facing fingerprint scanner
  • Price: RMB 1,499
Xiaomi Mi 5c announced, to come with the new Surge S1 Chip made by Xiaomi

In Shanghai, Hands-on with the 256GB Mi MIX

I went to the Xiaomi Home store in Shanghai in Joy City mall, and loved it.

Some hands-on impressions:

  • Extremely well built. Feels like a tank, and ceramic gives you a reassuring impression that this thing will not scratch easily. Don’t trust me? Here’s a video from Jerry Rig Everything.
  • Definitely heavier than your average big phone.
  • Fingerprint magnet on the back as clearly indicated with photos.
  • Option to hide software buttons at the bottom and make all menu items float makes the whole screen even bigger.
  • Camera was not extremely impressive in terms of quality, but shutter speed and responsiveness overall were outstanding.
  • Selfie experience was fun and worked very well when you flip the phone upside down. UI had no issues changing up and it all worked like a normal phone.
  • Fingerprint scanner and camera are completely flat with the phone and it feels really good. Speaking of fingerprint scanner – it is lightning fast.
  • Edges are soft and smooth so it does not really dig into your hand at all, but either way this is a 2-handed phone unless you’re Hulk.
  • Overall TL;DR? Phone is extremely impressive in terms of both design and performance.
In Shanghai, Hands-on with the 256GB Mi MIX

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, IMX318, 4070 mAh and Xiaomi MIX concept revealed

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Xiaomi just announced their new flagships – the Mi Note 2 in China. Specs:

  • Snapdragon 821 processor (2.35GHz)
  • LPDDR4, 4GB or 6GB of RAM
  • 22,5MP (IMX 318) Sony front Camera
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor (video explanation)
  • 64GB or 128GB of Storage (UFS 2.0)
  • 5.7″ HD (1920 x 1080) OLED Flexible Screen
  • Dual-Sim (nano)
  • 4070 mAh Battery
  • USB C with Quick Charging 3.0
  • NFC (reading, writing, virtualization)
  • 8MP Front-facing autofocus camera
  • Supported LTE bandsAll of them (37 bands, same as iPhone 7 and 3xCA, 4G+ up to 600Mbps)
  • MIUI 8 (built on top of Android 6.0)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual-curve display similar to the one on the S7 Edge
  • Available on November 4 in China

Price:

2799 RMB ($413) for 4GB + 64GB
model,
3299 RMB ($489) for 6GB + 128GB (local bands) and
3499 RMB ($516) for 6GB + 128GB (global bands) model.

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Should this phone come to the west, we could easily assume that it would support Daydream as well. The question is – will it be available globally soon enough?

In addition to the Note 2, Xiaomi announced their own Daydream-like Mi VR headset in China with very similar controller and experience in general with additional head-strap that’s resembling PSVR headset. The whole thing is only $30, compatible with Mi5s, Mi5s Plus, Note 2, and Mi5.

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They also showed their concept phone: Xiaomi MIX (Full Specs)

  • 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Snapdragon 821, very similar specs to the Note 2, and also 4400 mAh battery
  • Full ceramic body with almost no bezels
  • Bottom right front facing camera
  • A ton of innovations regarding the port and sensor relocation
  • Phone costs a lot more right now due to its components, materials, and tech
  • MIX “Pro” 18K (real) gold edition as well available (camera ring and fingerprint sensor are 18K) with 6GB of RAM and 256GB Capacity.
  • Designed by Philippe Starck
  • Price: 3499 RMB for 4GB + 128GB and 3999 RMB 6GB + 256GB
  • Available on November 4 in China

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You can see the whole VOD of these announcements here:

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, IMX318, 4070 mAh and Xiaomi MIX concept revealed

Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s Plus announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader, 3800mAh, and more

Xiaomi just announced their new flagships – the Mi5s/Mi5s Plus in China. Specs:

  • Snapdragon 821 processor
  • LPDDR4, 4GB of RAM on Mi5s and 6GB of RAM on Mi5s Plus (with 128GB)
  • 12MP IMX 378 f2.0 Sony Camera (sample images) on Mi5s
  • 13MP + 13MP Sony Dual-Camera setup (not IMX 378, has dedicated monochrome sensor) on Mi5s Plus (RAW capable too)
  • World first phone with Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor (video explanation)
  • Up to 128GB of Storage (starting from 64GB on both, UFS 2.0)
  • 5.15″/5.7″ 1080p LED (600 nit) Screen
  • Dual-Sim
  • 3800 mAh Battery on Mi5s Plus
  • 3200 mAh Battery on Mi5s
  • USB C with Quick Charging 3.0
  • NFC (reading, writing, virtualization)
  • 4MP Front-facing camera on both
  • Supported LTE bands: FDD-LTE B1, B3, B5, B7 and B8, TDD-LTE B38, B39, B40 and B41
  • MIUI 8 (built on top of Android 6.0)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack on both
  • Available on September 29 in China on Jd.com and Mi.com
  • Available in other countries soon as well (no timeframe given yet, India most likely to get it first)

Mi5s: $300 (RMB 1999) for 3GB + 64GB and $345 (RMB 2299) for 4GB + 128GB
Mi5s Plus: $345 (RMB 2299) for 4GB + 64GB and $390 (RMB 2599) for 6GB + 128GB

Xiaomi upped their game once again with their flagships. Now they need to bring it outside of China and India if they want to make a bigger splash in the west. Let’s hope Hugo is still working on that.

There is also a case sold separately, working almost exactly like the HTC M8 Dot View case.

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On top of Mi5s, Xiaomi also announced today their new Mi TV 3S 65″ (again, only in China for now). Xiaomi worked on a massive partnership with all major video streaming companies in China. The TV also features AI built into the TV that has computer vision, evolving speech recognition and deep learning. We are however yet to test this in China and see how it really behaves in day-to-day use.

Price of the Mi TV 3S in China will be 4999/5999 RMB ($750/$900) for the TV or TV+Home Theater combo respectively. There is also a smaller 55″ version for 3,499 RMB. Specs/details below:

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Oh, and a wireless microphone $90 for all your KTV needs.

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Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s Plus announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader, 3800mAh, and more