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There was a time when the Chinese OEMs were called out for copying Apple and sometimes Samsung, but how the times have changed! Instead of being followers, Chinese OEMs such as Vivo, Oppo, Huawei and Xiaomi have now established themselves as trendsetters. They have in-display fingerprint scanners, true bezel-less displays, best camera tech and mechanized cameras modules! The latest phone to join this list of elite and innovative smartphones is the Mi Mix 3 which has pretty much everything that a phone in 2018 is expected to have and then some.


Key specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB/8GB/10GB of RAM,128GB/256GB storage, a 6.39-inch truly bezel-less AMOLED display (2,340x1,080), 24mp + 2mp front cameras, 12mp + 12mp rear cameras and a 3,850mAh battery. If you thought the 10GB of RAM was crazy, wait till you see how the two front cameras actually slide out of the display! Although the Vivo Nex and the Oppo Find X already did the same with motorized camera modules, Xiaomi believes that the manual slider which it has incorporated to hide the front cameras will actually be more durable than motorized modules. So, do you think that these specs are impressive enough for you to be interested in the Mi Mix 3 from Xiaomi? Personally, I think that it's where smartphones in general are headed towards in 2019 -2020, but there's no need to upgrade right now, if you have any SD 845 or similarly powered phone. Just wait till they perfect the technology next year. But just in case you are planning to upgrade in the near future, there's really no reason you shouldn't be interested in the Mi Mix 3 either!


Saikat Kar  



While it is true that Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and OnePlus had already closed the gap between their flagship products and that of their big-name competitors like Samsung and Sony by a lot, the cameras were still better on the higher priced devices till last year, albeit by a somewhat small margin in some cases. However, it looks like the Mi 8 has just managed close off that gap as well.


DxOMark Image Labs is the standard for camera benchmarks that is accepted by experts and consumers alike and it has just given the Xiaomi Mi 8 the same score as the Galaxy S9 Plus. At 99, both smartphones are tied for the fourth spot, with the Pixel 2 and the iPhone X following close behind with 98 and 97 respectively. In case you are wondering which smartphones are filling the positions of 1,2 and 3, they are the Huawei P20 Pro (109), HTC U12+ (103) and the Huawei P20 (102). We guess the excuse for buying similar hardware with double the price is starting to look weaker and weaker with every passing year.


Saikat Kar 



The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sold better and faster than any other smartphone ever in the history of online flash sales last year in India, and now Xiaomi has recently unveiled the successors to the Redmi Note 4 in the country. Instead of just one Redmi Note 5 though, the Chinese OEM has unveiled a more premium version of the Note 5 as well, aka the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Read on to find out the key specs on both before they go on flash sale come February 22. If you are in India, a piece of advice; just spend the extra cash and get the Note 5 Pro because it's just a better deal in every way possible.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Key Specs

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC

5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 Full-screen display at 18:9 ratio, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 and rounded corners

3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage (expandable storage)

12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera (with selfie flash)

OS: MIUI 9 over Android 7.0 Nougat

Headphone jack included,

Color Options: Gold, Black, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue

Price: Rs 9,999 ($155 approx.) and Rs 11,999 ($185 approx.)

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Key Specs

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC

5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 full-screen display at 18:9 ratio, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 and rounded corners

4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/64GB storage (expandable storage)

12-megapixel + 5-mgapixel rear camera and 20-megapixel front camera (with selfie flash)

OS: MIUI 9 over Android 7.0 Nougat

Headphone jack included

Color Options: Gold, Black, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue

Price: Rs 13,999 ($217 approx.) for the 4GB/64GB variant

 

If you are in India, take my advice and just spend the extra bit of cash to get the Note 5 Pro because it's really the better deal.

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The second generation Mi Mix is finally here as it was launched a few hours earlier by Xiaomi during an exclusive press conference at home. Now that we know everything that there is to know about the handset, we can assure you that there are quite a few good things about it, as well as a few confusing decisions that we are not exactly a fan of.


The Good


·         Full-screen, near-borderless 5.99-inch display

·         Latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 6GB of RAM

·         Affordable pricing; $506/RMB 3299 for 6 GB + 64 GB, $552/3599 for 6 GB + 128 GB and $614/RMB 3999 for 6 GB + 256 GB

·         Curved on all four sides

·         Global antennae band support

·         Larger availability

·         Easier to handle

·         Has dedicated earphone for clear phone calls, unlike its predecessor

·         It looks gorgeous


The Bad


·         The display is not OLED

·         The resolution is still not QHD but just FHD+ or 2160 x 1080 resolution (18:9 aspect ratio)

·         Doesn't have the dual camera sported by the Xiaomi Mi 6

·         No headphone jack


There is nothing ugly about the Mi Mix 2 fortunately and if you can live without some of the somewhat controversial decisions, the Mi Mix could be that unique flagship phone you always wanted! If you are willing to shell out as much as $720 though, a rarer all-ceramic version of the smartphone with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will also be available for grabs soon.


Via: Android Authority


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It would not be the first time that a Chinese OEM has beaten the likes of Samsung and LG in being the first smartphone to sport the most powerful flagship chip from Qualcomm for the year. LeEco had done it before and it looks like Xiaomi could be doing the same in 2018. According to a latest rumor on Weibo, the Mi 7 will be released in January and probably before the S9 or the LG G7. Now, one needs to keep in mind that a separate rumor has predicted that both the flagships form LG and Samsung will also be making appearances in January-February. Yes, things are getting very confusing right now, but what can be said for certain is the fact that all the three handsets will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (unannounced) SoC.


According to the rumor, the Xiaomi Mi 7 could also be sporting a 6-inch OLED panel and 6GB/8GB of RAM. Since traditionally, Mi flagship range phones have all been rather small, we would have to guess that either the rumor is misinformed or Xiaomi is going for a borderless display, just like the S8 or Xiaomi's own Mi Mix 2!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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