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US Mobile on Xiaomi phones: we’re just doing what Amazon does

US Mobile on Xiaomi phones: we’re just doing what Amazon does

Yesterday, there was news that almost delighted Xiaomi fans in the US. Almost. A carrier, who you may or may not have heard before, that rode on T-Mobile's network, started offering Xiaomi and Meizu smartphones. Suddenly, the Internet was ablaze with two pieces of news, in rapid succession. First was the unexpected, and totally unannounced arrival of Xiaomi phones in the US. And the other was to point out that it was not legit at all. Now both Xiaomi and US Mobile are putting in their two cents each.

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Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Xiaomi enters the US market via carrier but there’s a catch

Technically, it's not a formal entry. Heck, it's not even "legit", but Xiaomi fans in the US will probably take what they can. The Chinese superstar OEM has, for a long time, signified its desire to enter the US smartphone market but hasn't made any concrete steps to do so. Sensing a business opportunity, carrier US Mobile, which uses T-Mobile's network, has just added a couple of Xiaomi's, as well as Meizu's, smartphones to its shelves. But in a blink of an eye, they were gone, probably because of their shady nature.

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Hugo Barra confirms Xiaomi Mi 5 on 24th Feb, gets leaked first

Hugo Barra confirms Xiaomi Mi 5 on 24th Feb, gets leaked first

Given Xiaomi's high profile status in the mobile industry, both in China and elsewhere, whenever it is scheduled to announce a new flagship device, people take note. Especially considering the OEM's speculated move into new territory, like the US market. The upcoming Mi 5 is, of course, no different. Finally putting rumors to rest, Xiaomi's Hugo Barra, formerly a Google exec, has taken to Twitter to confirm the announcement date of the smarpthone, scheduled to debut on February 24. But even before that happens, we aret treated to another batch of leaked photos of the alleged Mi 5.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks hint at laser guided AF, IR blaster

Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks hint at laser guided AF, IR blaster

Althought literally dozens, if not hundreds, of smartphones come out of China every year, few ever reach international distinction, even if not internationally available, as Xiaomi's flagships. The Chinese manufacturer's fatal combination of mid to high range specs and dirt cheap prices produces devices that sell out in just minutes. Every year, Xiaomi gets closer and closer to premium specs, and the upcoming Mi 5 might not disappoint. That said, it is also getting closer and closer to premium pricing, which might turn off a few fans.

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Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi set up a very ambitious goal for itself in 2015. It would ship 80 million phones in that year, a big jump from 2014's 61 million. That, however, might have been too high a jump even for the wildly popular Chinese manufacturer. It only reported "over 70 million" devices shipped, which is still good considering the global smartphone market. That said, it does raise questions on whether Xiaomi's rising star has finally started to fall and whether it can still do its magic for the years to come and in other, more competitive markets.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3 is out, cheap, and still out of reach

Xiaomi Redmi 3 is out, cheap, and still out of reach

It's devices like these that earn Xiaomi all the hot reviews and praises back in China, and sometimes in other Asian countries, but the manufacturer continues to be wary of trying its luck in the US. Xiaomi has just revealed the Redmi 3 and while the specs are decent at best, the $100 price tag really hits the mark. And it doesn't look too shabby either, with a full metal body that some might too easily compare with another but even hotter smartphone that sits at the opposite end of the price spectrum.

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Xiaomi’s Yi Home Camera makes its way to Amazon

Xiaomi’s Yi Home Camera makes its way to Amazon

Just two weeks after it made available its own version of a budget-friendly action camera, Xiaomi is launching another one of its products in the US. And no, not yet a smartphone. It is yet another camera, but this time with a focus on home security than heart stopping footage. The Yi Home Camera, like many security cameras nowadays, advertise motion detection and smartphone alerts. But unlike your conventional DIY home cam, Xiaomi advocates local storage over storing those crucial security videos over the insecure cloud.

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