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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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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro takes aim at Apple again

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro takes aim at Apple again

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is unmistakably the highlight of Xiaomi’s recent press event, but it started the show with another head turner. Following the Mi Notebook Air, the Chinese OEM is taking another shot at Apple. This time, however, it is going after the power users with its Mi Notebook Pro, whose name is an obvious reference to the MacBook Pro.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has a little more screen

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has a little more screen

Xiaomi just held its Mi event in China and, unsurprisingly, the Mi Mix 2 was one of the stars of the show, along with a new Mi Notebook Pro laptop. Much of the leaks have been spot on, not that there’s much else to be expected. But if you were expecting another revolution, you might come away disappointed. The good news is that the Mi Mix 2 has indeed more screen, even just a little, than its predecessor but at an even smaller total body size.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 brings Android One, Google Assistant to the fold

Xiaomi Mi A1 brings Android One, Google Assistant to the fold

Xiaomi and Google make for strange bedfellows. The Chinese superstar is one of those companies that have not exactly played by Google’s rules, even if that meant being officially deprived of Google’s Play Services and all its connected benefits. But Google is slowly but surely tightening its grip and making sure that OEMs fall properly in line. It seems that Xiaomi is changing, too, by playing ball with Google and announcing the Xiaomi Mi A1 in India, the company’s first Android One smartphone, and its first not to ship with its own MIUI custom Android experience.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 specs leak days ahead of reveal

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 specs leak days ahead of reveal

IFA has just begun and the dust storm of announcements has barely settled, but Weibo isn’t going to give us a breather. From the Chinese social network service comes more details about the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi’s follow up to its admittedly trendsetting bezel-less phone. But while the new details might give some reason to drool over this smartphone, it also seems to tell would be buyers to spend a little more time thinking about their next purchase.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A launches with a selfie-centric variants

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A launches with a selfie-centric variants

It may have been eclipsed by the Android Oreo reveal but Xiaomi fans will devour this new smartphone model nonetheless. The Chinese smartphone giant has just launched the latest addition to its mid-range phablet line, the Redmi Note 5A, and it’s no surprise that there’s a focus on selfies in two the three models available. What’s a bit surprising is how Xiaomi seems to be eschewing dual cameras that is in fashion, even among some cheaper smartphones.

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Xiaomi might make the next Android One smartphone

Xiaomi might make the next Android One smartphone

When Google announced the Android Go initiative at I/O 2017 last May, it made one thing clear: it wasn’t replacing Android One. Android Go is simply a set of configurations and apps designed to run on very constrained hardware while Android One remains a dwindling group of budget phones offering a pure Android experience. Google, however, never exactly shared how it planned to continue with Android One. New information has just surfaced, bringing to light the next Android One that will be made by none other than Xiaomi, an idea that is almost just as odd as the idea that there will still be an Android One phone.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 teaser shows almost no bezels

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 teaser shows almost no bezels

Xiaomi arguably started this whole bezel-less trend when it put out the Xiaomi Mi Mix last year, a smartphone that was meant to be more of a commercial concept design. Now, however, everybody (except Sony) seems to be jumping on that train. So what is Xiaomi to do? It could try to do one better. The Mi Mix 2, which could be announced in just two weeks, could break through the barriers with a phone that is perhaps only 1-2% bezels, as hinted by this teaser coming from the designer of the first Mi Mix himself.

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MIUI 9 released today – Nougat for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, too!

MIUI 9 released today – Nougat for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, too!

Today the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has begun getting an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. This is nearly the newest iteration of Android available, and has appeared in some countries in Europe, first. The update works with Xiaomi's own user interface MIUI 8.5 and has Android 7.0 Nougat at its base.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 bezels might actually be all gone

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 bezels might actually be all gone

Bezel-less is the name of the smartphone game this year. But while the Galaxy S8. LG G6, and, soon, the iPhone 8 are considered to be the poster boys of this new movement, credit has to go to Xiaomi for actually bringing the first nearly bezel-free smartphone to the public. The Xiaomi Mi Mix, launched late 2016, inspired smartphone users’ and makers’ imaginations. The Mi Mix 2, based on this latest leak, might challenge them even further with a nearly 100% screen-to-body ratio and barely any bezel in sight.

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Sharp AQUOS S2 is basically every new phone combined

Sharp AQUOS S2 is basically every new phone combined

The iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy Note 8), Essential Phone, and Mi Mix (and 2) have a bit of competition in the Sharp AQUOS S2. This phone has a full-faced display, with minimal bezels, and a forward-facing camera set in its forehead. It also has a pair of cameras on its back lined up vertically, and a set of odd colors in casings to choose from. It's as if Sharp saw the playbook for every major smartphone brand and said, "yes, let's do ALL of this."

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Xiaomi MIUI 9 launch is almost here: here’s what’s coming

Xiaomi MIUI 9 launch is almost here: here’s what’s coming

News of Lenovo giving up on its own “Pure Vibe” skin in favor of a stock Android experience is being hailed as a victory for pure Android experiences. While that may be true, it is just one of almost a dozen OEM-customized experiences available. One of them, Xiaomi’s MIUI, has just gotten its sweet version 9 late last month and will be rolling out to the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Redmi Note 4X this week. If you own one of these phones or are generally curious what it has to offer, read on for a brief survey of the MIUI 9 land.

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