Report says that the Xiaomi Mi 7 could be first Android phone with 3D sensing; Q3 release expected

A new report published today says that the first Android handset with 3D facial recognition technology won’t appear until the third quarter of 2018. That isn’t necessarily that far away considering that Q3 begins in July. There is an issue with 3D sensing vendors that is holding back Android manufacturers from including a 3D facial mapping system on their phones, similar to the process used by the TrueDepth Camera on the Apple iPhone X. With 3D mapping, Apple iPhone X users can grow a beard, wear a hat or sunglasses, grow out their hair, and the phone will still recognize them.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 3 inadvertently revealed by CEO

Xiaomi’s CEO has been spotted wearing what appears to be the Mi Band 3. The Chinese company only recently announced its newest gaming smartphone, dubbed the Black Shark, at an event in China. Here, the company’s founder Lei Jun was spotted checking the new smartphone out, but it appears he had a little extra hidden up his sleeve, literally.

As can be seen in the photos, the CEO’s wrists reveal what appears to be an entirely new wearable, similar in form factor to previous Xiaomi Mi Band devices. The device, which is rumored to be the upcoming Mi Band 3, retains the comfortable rubber band …

Xiaomi Mi 6X specs revealed: 6-inch display, dual cameras

The specs of Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 6X have been revealed in their entirety. The upcoming smartphone only recently obtained its TENAA certification, revealing a number of details and its design in the process. Now, with the Xiaomi Mi 6X’s reveal date set for April 25, the remaining specifications have appeared courtesy of XDA Developers.

As previously leaked, the new information confirms the inclusion of a large, 6-inch LCD display complete with the popular 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2160×1080 (FHD+) resolution. Furthermore, in terms of power, the smartphone will ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon …

Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone official: Snapdragon 845, liquid cooling system

The Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone is official, aiming to give the Razer Phone a run for its money. Black Shark is technically an independent company, but thanks to a large investment from Xiaomi, both companies are now hoping to compete directly with both Razer and Nubia, the latter of which is expected to announce its own gaming smartphone next week.

A unique design and powerful internals
The overall shape of the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone is pretty rounded, with the front panel being dominated by a large, 6-inch, 18:9 display complete with a 2160×1080 (FHD+) resolution …

Xiaomi Mi 6X expected to be unveiled on April 25th

Xiaomi has sent out invitations for an event to be held on April 25th at Wuhan University. Why have a new product announcement there? Because it happens to be the alma mater of Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun. And the product that is expected to be unveiled is the Xiaomi Mi 6X. Recently certified by China’s telecommunications regulatory agency, the phone will carry a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 (FHD+). That indicates that it will carry an aspect ratio of 18:9.

Under the hood will be the Snapdragon 626 mobile platform, featuring an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz. …

Huawei, Xiaomi, and Vivo have big plans for overseas territories

China’s biggest smartphone brands appear to be preparing a big push in overseas territories. The likes of Huawei have made no secret of their plans to one day become the largest smartphone maker worldwide, while competitors such as OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi are also pursuing bigger shipment volumes. And, according to sources, it appears overseas markets are key to all brands’ growth strategies in 2018.

Starting off with Xiaomi, the brand is expected to put a heavy focus on India, although other emerging markets will also be central to their strategy of reaching 125 to 150 million shipments. …

This is the video Xiaomi is using to make consumers want to buy the Mi Mix 2S

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was unveiled earlier this week, and it delivers high-end specs starting at the equivalent of $527 USD for the version with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. The top-of-the-line model, known as the “King,” comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for the equivalent of $639 USD. With a 5.99-inch display, a Snapdragon 845 mobile platform and an impressive dual camera-setup (12MP+12MP) on back, this might have been a good device to kick off U.S. sales with. However, the company says that its long-awaited U.S. landing will take place later this year, or early in 2019. …

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official; high-end specs at a reasonable price

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was unveiled this afternoon in Shanghai (early morning in the U.S.) and it is obvious that Xiaomi used the Apple iPhone X as a stalking horse. Several times during the event, Xiaomi compared its new muscle phone to Apple’s tenth anniversary handset. Of course, Xiaomi says that the Mi Mix 2S takes better pictures, runs longer on a single charge, and gives video game players a better experience than the iPhone X.

As expected, the Mi Mix 2S is equipped with a four sided ceramic body that includes Series 7000 aluminum. It will be available in Ceramic White, and …

Pair of official video teasers reveal the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s and its Smart Unlock feature

Xiaomi has released a pair of video teasers for its Mi Mix 2s handset. Mixed in with scenes that could have come from the upcoming Pacific Rim 2-Uprising movie, the teaser actually shows a young kid as he grows up and learns how to work on robotics. Near the end of the clip, he is hired to join the Mi Mix R&D team. And if you continue viewing the video until the end, you are rewarded with a quick glimpse of the near bezel-less Mi Mix 2s.

The second teaser reveals the facial recognition system that the Mi Mix 2s will use to unlock the phone. Using AI, Smart Unlock will apparently …

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s video leak touts a corner notch, wireless charging hinted

March 27 is shaping up to be a very interesting date for whose who follow the developments out of the Chinese phone industry. The world’s third and fourth handset makers are set to announce their spring crops then, and, while we know most everything there is to know about Huawei’s P20 trio, Xiaomi’s announcement is still a bit of a mystery when it comes to outer appearance.

We know that it is going to announce the bezel-less Mi Mix 2s, boosted by Qualcomm’s powerful new Snapdragon 845 mobile platform. The device is expected to feature a four-sided ceramic …