Xiaomi to add iPhone X-like "full display gestures" to Mi MIX and Redmi 5 series phones

Xiaomi is testing new gesture controls for some of its smartphone models. The so-called “full display gestures” have been included in the latest beta build of MIUI 9, the company’s custom Android-based firmware.
Swiping up from the bottom of the display will get you to the home screen. Add a short pause to the same motion and you’ll activate the “Recents” screen. Lastly, swiping from the left or right of the screen to the middle will return you to a previous page. 
It looks like Xiaomi has drawn inspiration …

Android Oreo beta brings fast charging to Xiaomi Mi A1

It’s always great when a software update adds a feature that makes your handset so much better. That is the case with the Xiaomi Mi A1. The Android Oreo closed beta that Xiaomi has the phone running on, apparently adds a fast charging feature that was not available with the version of the phone that launched with Android Nougat on board. One user, after installing the Android Oreo beta on his Mi A1, discovered that it takes only 92 minutes for the battery to go from 0% to 100%. Before the update, it took more than two-hours to do the same thing. One note of interest. This was accomplished using …

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 rumored to carry a 7-inch display and a 5500mAh battery

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was released this past June, carrying a 6.4-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution, powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. That is a pretty big screen for a handset, but not close to the size of the display that is rumored to be featured on the Mi Max 3. If the latest rumor is right, the Mi Max 3 will be encroaching on tablet territory with a screen size of 7-inches. The aspect ratio will weigh in at 18:9, and the panel will sport thinner bezels than those seen on the first two models in this series. The early betting line has the 1080 x 2160 FHD+ resolution the favorite …

Xiaomi in talks with carriers to launch flagship smartphones in the US

Apparently, Apple lost significant market share in China to local smartphone markers, and things aren’t going to improve in the near future, quite the contrary. Huawei is reportedly negotiating with US carriers the launch of its newest flagship, the Mate 10 Pro.

Huawei’s high-end smartphone is likely to arrive in the United States at AT&T and Verizon, but only if talks end successfully for all part involved. The Mate 10 Pro is meant to compete with Samsung and Apple at the top-tier, which means fewer sales for these companies.

Now, rumor has it that Xiaomi …

The Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition features a vivid red color

Back in September, we told you all about the Xiaomi Mi A1. As an Android One handset (that’s what A1 stands for) this device features stock Android and will be among the first Android phones to receive updates from Google. In fact, before the ball drops in Times Square in a little over two weeks, the phone is supposed to receive Android Oreo. But that’s not the big news today.

A Special Edition of the Xiaomi Mi A1 has been introduced by the manufacturer. What makes it so special? Glad you asked. This variant of the phone is wearing a vivid red color. Outside of the new color, nothing about …

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are here: 18:9 displays, excellent battery life, ultra-affordable pricing

Major Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi just announced its two newest affordable troopers, the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus. Ushering a whole new era for Xiaomi’s aggressively-priced and pleasantly affordable lineup, the two new devices aim to bring the flashy new trend of tall displays  to the masses. Granted, the two devices never step into Mi Mix 2-levels of streamlined bezel-less design.
We’ve already seen what the two phones look like, with the rear on either one literally unchanged from what we saw on the Redmi Note 4 and a front that allows Xiaomi …

Xiaomi Redmi 5

The Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7″ HD+ screen that boasts a resolution of 720 by 1440 pixels and has a Snapdragon 450 chipset ticking alongside a 3,300mAh battery, which should provide an admirable battery life. This one could be paired with either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The beefier Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99″ Full HD+ display that boasts a resolution of 1080 by 2160 pixels and has the more-than-capable Snapdragon 625 chipset that will be drawing power form a 4,000mAh battery and will easily last you 2 days of intensive usage. The phone will be available with 3GB of RAM/32GB of storage and a top version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Black Ceramic version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 goes on sale

The all ceramic version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 won’t scratch as much as the standard model, which features an aluminum frame (and some ceramic as well). It also has just the right amount of heft to it. A version of the all ceramic Mi Mix 2 in white was released last month, and today the same model in black is being offered in China, priced at ¥4699. That is equivalent to $702 USD at current exchange rates.

While the original Mi Mix was more of a proof of concept, it did kick off the current so-called bezel-less phone era that has spawned handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Essential …

Xiaomi confirms its next flagship will be equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset

In case you’re wondering, Qualcomm has just taken the wraps off its new Snapdragon 845 chipset during a Tech Summit held in Hawaii earlier today. However, not many details are available about the insides and performances of the new chipset, but we did catch some newsworthy information from the event.

Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO confirmed on the stage at the Snapdragon Tech Summit that the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. He didn’t name the device, but previous reports claim the flagship will be launched on …