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OnePlus 5 vs everyone else: where the upstart stands

OnePlus 5 vs everyone else: where the upstart stands

The OnePlus 5 has finally broken cover and, with that, we are almost through this year's expected roster of flagship smartphones. While still waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30, the Moto Z2, and, of course, the iPhone 8, we can take stock of what we have so far and see how they measure against the smartphone that's promised to "Never Settle". Does OnePlus still have that special sauce that helped its meteoric rise to international fame, or in some cases, infamy? Or has it already fizzled out and has become yet another "also ran" phone? Let's see how it compares with the other runners in this race.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 teardown hints at an easy to repair mid-ranger

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 teardown hints at an easy to repair mid-ranger

If you presumed that gigantic phablets have gone the way of the Dodo bird, Xiaomi tried to prove you wrong last month. It launched the Mi Max 2, a second generation giant, with surprisingly positive sales numbers. But is bigger really better, especially when it comes to repairability. To answer that very question, the folks over at MyFixGuide took a golden Mi Max 2 and pried it open. And it seems that the giant doesn’t really have any surprises hidden inside.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 tries to say bigger is still better

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 tries to say bigger is still better

Smartphone are slimming down. They're not getting smaller as far as screen size goes, but with a push for smaller bezels, they're not expanding in girth either. Of course, there will always be devices and companies that will say otherwise. Xiaomi just launched the Mi Max 2 which, like its predecessor, is big on everything, from size to screen to battery. Fortunately, the only thing it's not big on is the price.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 teardown examines waterproofing, clear back option

Xiaomi Mi 6 teardown examines waterproofing, clear back option

With the emergence, or resurgence, of glass backs on smartphones, JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson has a new calling: removing the paint behind that glass to create a "clear back" phone. Well, at least those that survive his torture tests. Sorry, HTC U Ultra. The latest to get that treatment after the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8 is the Xiaomi Mi 6. But, along the way, Nelson also tries to discover just how water resistant the thing is.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 survives, redeems its predecessor in torture test

Xiaomi Mi 6 survives, redeems its predecessor in torture test

Partly because of history and partly because of still ongoing practice, Chinese-branded smartphones are often derided not just for being knock offs but also for having cheap quality. Things have changed for the better these past years but, as JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson found out last year, that's not always the case. The Xiaomi Mi 5, or rather what was left of it, was inducted into his hall of shame. So how does a more premium, and fragile-looking, Mi 6 fare? Even Nelson was surprised.

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Xiaomi launches in North America via Mexico

Xiaomi launches in North America via Mexico

Chinese smartphone superstar Xiaomi has just set up shop for the first time in North America. But, no, it isn't in the US. True to its word, it isn't yet ready to dive head-on into the US market. Instead, it is bringing its Redmi 4X and Redmi Note 4 smartphones to Mexico, aiming for a market where its blend of mid-range specs and dirt cheap price can better work its magic than in major markets like the US.

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Xiaomi MIUI 9 could bring Nougat, O features to Marshmallow

Xiaomi MIUI 9 could bring Nougat, O features to Marshmallow

Xiaomi's phones might sell like pancakes, at least in the markets where they are sold, but the company's software hasn't been as warmly received. Those who chide Samsung for its heavy-handed changes probably hasn't seen Xiaomi's MIUI yet. Heavy customizations, while sometimes nice, means it may be harder to rollout major Android updates to devices. That is exactly why there is much fuss around the leak that MIUI 9, the next version of Xiaomi's custome experience, will be getting some features that many smartphones are already enjoying now.

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Xiaomi phones still not coming to the US, and it no longer matters

Xiaomi phones still not coming to the US, and it no longer matters

Another new Xiaomi flagship, another year of wondering when or even if the Chinese tech superstar will bring its smartphones to the US. And just as Xiaomi changed its VP for Global, so too has it changed its tone. Whereas ex-Googler Hugo Barra was more optimistic about Xiaomi phones coming to the US "soon", newly-minted SVP Wang Xiang was more cautious, reluctant even. Long story short, it's not going to happen this year. The longer story is that Xiaomi isn't even concerned about the window of opportunity that is quickly closing.

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Alleged Honor 9 photos leak, copycat accusations fly

Alleged Honor 9 photos leak, copycat accusations fly

Although there are definitely exceptions, it's quite difficult these days to come up with an original smartphone design. It has become a race to who gets to put it out publicly, with the rest left to be called imitators. Sometimes even thieves. Those will probably be the accusations and criticisms that Huawei sub-brand Honor will face when it puts out its next flagship, dubbed the Honor 9. Because, as early as now, based on an uncorroborated leak, it's already being called a Xiaomi Mi 6 copycat.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 arrives: 5″ display, USB-C, 12MP camera with OIS and more

Xiaomi Mi 6 arrives: 5″ display, USB-C, 12MP camera with OIS and more

Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi 6, a sleek Android smartphone with a bunch of high-end features, including USB-C, a ceramic back (with the Exclusive Edition), 3D curved glass, optical image stabilization, dual rear cameras, and more. This follows several leaks surrounding the handset, which Xiaomi says achieved a 184,292 AnTuTu benchmark score. Storage capacity goes up to a huge 128GB.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 launch now has a date, specs seen on AnTuTu

Xiaomi Mi 6 launch now has a date, specs seen on AnTuTu

Xiaomi has done it again. No, it hasn't yet revealed its next hot-selling smartphone. Instead, it is again building up the hype around it. How? Why by scheduling an announcement that revealed when the actual announcement will be. Needless to say, Xiaomi has revealed that by this time next week, it will finally be telling the world its vision of what a 2017 flagship means. Thanks to AnTuTu, however, we don't have to wait too long to know what's going to make it tick.

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Xiaomi Mi Panoramic Camera has two sensors for 360-degree content

Xiaomi Mi Panoramic Camera has two sensors for 360-degree content

Chinese company Xiaomi has introduced its new Mi Panoramic Camera, a slim square-shaped camera with two image sensors for capturing 360-degree content. Xiaomi designed the camera to function as something like a multi-purpose camera -- it can be used traditionally when panoramic content isn't needed, and that is joined by three other camera modes. Joining the camera is a tiny included tripod.

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