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Xiaomi did something interesting with Snapdragon 810

Xiaomi did something interesting with Snapdragon 810

If you're a smartphone company that doesn't make its own mobile processors, you're at a disadvantage. Xiaomi isn't at the scale to follow Apple and Samsung and dive into quite silicon yet - though the increasingly popular manufacturer is growing rapidly - but that doesn't mean the latest Mi Note Pro doesn't have a performance edge over Snapdragon 810-powered rivals like the HTC One M9. Usually they're rarer than hen's teeth in North America, so you can consider me curious when I had the opportunity to do some benchmarking with the fettled phone.

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Xiaomi’s Mi online store launches in the US and Europe

Xiaomi’s Mi online store launches in the US and Europe

Back in February we reported that Xiaomi was eyeing the United States with plans to sell devices, and that it would be through their Mi.com website. It was official that it would be happening, but details on when exactly we'd be getting it weren't so definite at that point. Now we know -- later today if you're in the US and soon after in various parts of Europe. The Mi store is live online, hawking the maker's smartphone, tablets, and other assortments of gadgets...though the maker's more oddball gadgets seem to be absent.

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IDC on China: Apple topples Xiaomi, market slowing down

IDC on China: Apple topples Xiaomi, market slowing down

Market research firm IDC has just released smartphone numbers for the first quarter of the year, focusing particularly in the Chinese market. The figures reveal two very interesting "first time" facts. For the first time, Apple has unseated Xiaomi, believed to be the forever king of the Chinese smartphone market. And also for the first time, that market is starting to show signs of contracting, if not decelerating, due to the saturation of the market. If it becomes a trend, it could very well change the way foreign brands look at the Chinese market.

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Xiaomi’s new phone is great – you still can’t have it

Xiaomi’s new phone is great – you still can’t have it

Just like every other Xiaomi product released thus far, the Mi 4i will not be coming to the United States. Instead, this device has been revealed in India, and will bring the same "sell high quality smart devices cheap" tactic Xiaomi is employing in China. They'll sell a lot of phones. They won't be selling any phones to you. Working with presentation aesthetics we've only otherwise seen used to such effect by Apple, this new Mi phone will have to remain a dream to you reading this article from the USA.

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Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Looks like things are about to get real and about to get messy. At least as far as Google and Microsoft are concerned. It's no secret that Microsoft is going to provide a way for Xiaomi Mi 4 owners to wipe Android off their device and install a preview of Windows 10 for phones instead. And while there a few caveats to that story, it does practically mean that Microsoft is trying to take a nibble out of Google's pie in China. Now just a few weeks later, this video appears showing that exact setup, and the result might give Google reason to worry.

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Hugo Barra clears up Xiaomi/Microsoft Windows 10 program

Hugo Barra clears up Xiaomi/Microsoft Windows 10 program

With news Microsoft was working on a ROM for a handset that was known only as an Android phone, ears perked. A few “power users”, in cooperation with Xiaomi, were given the opportunity to check out a Windows build for the Mi 4. One report cited the Windows-for-Xiaomi build as being used to take the place of Android on handsets. Now, Xiaomi boss Hugo Barra is clarifying what Xiaomi and Microsoft are up to. While he didn’t quite refute any prior claims, he did set the record straight.

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Microsoft working on ROM to supplant Android with Windows

Microsoft working on ROM to supplant Android with Windows

In announcing their Windows 10 platform would go on sale this Summer, Microsoft also announced they were working on a few tests in cooperation with Xiaomi. More to the point, Microsoft was testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s Mi 4 handset — which runs Android. The world thought little of it; tests like these happen often, right? Maybe not these kinds of tests. According to a new report, Microsoft is looking to replace Android with Windows 10 — on Android devices.

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Smart running shoes inbound courtesy of Li Ning, Xiaomi

Smart running shoes inbound courtesy of Li Ning, Xiaomi

After watches and fitness bands (and bras), smartness might soon be coming even to footwear. That is certainly the proposition that Chinese athletic shoes and sporting goods maker Li Ning is trying to make when it revealed that "smart" running shoes will soon be the talk of the running community, at least in China. It won't be doing it all by itself however. For this quest, it has enlisted the help of Huami Technology, which is part of the Xiaomi family and is responsible for the latter's own Mi fitness bands.

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Xiaomi solves Mi 4 malware dustup: device was counterfeit

Xiaomi solves Mi 4 malware dustup: device was counterfeit

Yesterday, news surfaced that the Xiaomi Mi 4 came preloaded with malware. While we can handle a little bloatware, malware is just — no. Even more subversive than straight-up malware, some of the apps installed were disguised as Google apps. Security company Bluebox, who released the report, even suggested Xiaomi handed their handset off to a third party to get the malware installed, which is about as low as you can get. Now, Xiaomi has their say, and comfortably quashed any thought of malware on their devices.

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