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Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Oculus Go specs: Xiaomi-made with Snapdragon inside

Even before Google had a chance to make good its promise of a standalone Daydream VR headset, Oculus last year announced the Oculus Go, a $199, at least back then, VR headset that needed no phone or PC to function. Now at CES 2018, the Facebook-owned virtual reality pioneer has revealed even more juicy details about the device as well as its market plans. Surprisingly, it won’t be making the headset itself but has, instead, employed the assistance of Xiaomi, China’s biggest smartphone maker, and Qualcomm to turn it into reality.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Oreo beta adds fast charging feature

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Oreo beta adds fast charging feature

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is notable for being the first Xiaomi device to be enrolled in the Android One program. It isn’t, however, notable for having the latest Android version, despite being part of that said program. That said, Xiaomi has already gotten the ball rolling to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to the mid-range device and it even threw in one unexpected treat. The smartphone can now charge from zero to full in one and a half hour, becoming Xiaomi’s first device to use Qualcomm’s Quick Charge tech.

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Get AR Stickers on rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi 5

Get AR Stickers on rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi 5

Having a bit of Star Wars or Stranger Things envy from those with the Google Pixel phones? Worry not for the Force is strong with the Android community. Especially if, like a true Rebel, you have rooted your phone. If you are one of the Chosen few with a rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3 or 3T, or a Xiaomi Mi 5, you can also join in on the whimsical fun of having Storm Troopers and very imaginative kids invade your world with Google’s latest AR Stickers.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Since Xiaomi’s phones have never officially touched markets in the West, its camera prowess has never really put to the test. So it’s not exactly usual for DxOMark to put Xiaomi’s phones through its battery of benchmarks but now that it did, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3, the late 2017 flagship, has achieved a rather high score that puts it nearly on par with the last year’s Google Pixel and even this year’s HTC U11.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 6-inch FHD+ display for $150

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 6-inch FHD+ display for $150

The Redmi 5 Plus suggests that Xiaomi continue to lead the pack when it comes to high-value, low-cost smartphones. Both the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, actually, roll with surprisingly high-end specs - not the best in the market, but certainly good for the cash. Both devices will be released at the same time and will quite easily be amongst the most sought-after devices in the low-cost market right out the gate.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official for 2018

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official for 2018

Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 845, its latest mobile chipset. Set to appear in smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018, the new mobile platform will be at the heart of new AR and VR experiences, as well as promising Gigabit LTE connectivity and better power management.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5 Plus pop up at TENAA, announcement next week

Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5 Plus pop up at TENAA, announcement next week

Just because the year is almost over doesn’t mean the smartphone train has to stop. Indeed, it’s a year-round journey and while some have pre-determined stops, others, don’t. Take for example Xiaomi, who is set to announce its latest Redmi models next week. And just in time, we’re seeing both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus hit China’s TENAA, revealing almost everything there is to know about the two.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 unofficially pops up again with 18:9 screen

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 unofficially pops up again with 18:9 screen

You can definitely tell that 18:9 is the new black when even mid-range smartphones are starting to sport them. The latest to join that group is Xiaomi, whose Redmi Note 5 has yet to be even announced. But like many smartphones these days, almost everything about the phone has been leaked, one way or another. The latest comes from e-tailer Oppomart, who doesn’t exactly have a track record of accuracy in pre-release information. But, together with what we’ve seen so far, it is pretty much what you can expect.

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Xiaomi Redmi Y1 puts the focus on your face

Xiaomi Redmi Y1 puts the focus on your face

Xiaomi is definitely on a roll, trying to make good the remaining time before the year ends. Following its first Android One phone, the Xaomi Mi A1, it has adopted another single letter to kickstart its new line of smartphones. The Redmi “Y” stands for “You”, because it can’t use the already taken “Yu”. It also stands for “Youth” and “Young You”, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that its first ever model, the Redmi Y1, is designed to cater to that favorite youth pastime: taking selfies.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 shows up at TENAA with 18:9 screen

Xiaomi  Redmi Note 5 shows up at TENAA with 18:9 screen

Xiaomi has had a pretty busy few months, which included the a new bezel-less Mi Mix 2, a Mi Notebook Pro MacBook Pro competitor, and its first ever Android One phone, the Mi A1. It seems, however, that it’s far from over. Popping up at TENAA, which implies an announcement in the next few weeks, is a certain MET7 and MEE7, which may possibly be the Redmi Note 5. What’s peculiar about this more or less official info is how it defies some previously accepted leaks, including having an 18:9 screen.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first in a wave of Android One smartphones to take advantage of Google's new price point target. That might not sound exciting to the average citizen, but to the future of low-cost, high-end smartphone enthusiasts like myself, that's something to get pumped up about. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is essentially a rebranded Mi 5X, this time coming with the most basic Google-approved Android on the market, meaning it's already market-tested and its hardware is solid enough to be taken out a whole new door.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is like the Mi 6, only bigger and slower

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is like the Mi 6, only bigger and slower

While Xiaomi had two superstars at its press event, it also had something prepared for those with less dazzling needs in a smartphone. Those that don't really care for having almost no bezels but do want the second camera that the Mi Mix 2 wasn't able to deliver. But these users also need a large screen, more than Xiaomi's flagship, the recently launched Mi 6, can provide. For them, the company has put out the Mi Note 3 to address all those needs. It does, however, come at a price.

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