Xiaomi Mi Mix review

Previously a concept phone, Xiaomi has entered its Mi Mix into production. At its November unveiling this revolutionary new Android phone entirely overshadowed the amazing Mi Note 2, with a design quite unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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We’ve been reading rumours for months that the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 could come with a bezel-less display, and Xiaomi just beat both to the punch with the Mi Mix. Although the screen is huge at 6.4in, the loss of the top bezel means the phone itself isn’t much larger than most 5.7- to 6in phablets. The Mi Mix has an incredibly high screen-to-body ratio of 91.3 percent.

Strictly speaking it’s not entirely edgeless – there is still a bottom bezel, plus a thin black border around the screen as is common on Xiaomi phones – but the Mix is the first phone we’ve seen where the screen runs right to the edge on top, left and right sides.

This has presented some logistical problems for Xiaomi, now needing to relocate the selfie camera, proximity sensor and earpiece from their usual homes. It’s moved the selfie camera to the bottom right corner below the screen, which admittedly takes some getting used to, but getting around its poor shooting angle is a simple matter of turning the phone on its head.

For the proximity sensor and earpiece Xiaomi has been more intelligent in its workarounds. The Mi Mix uses an ultrasonic distance sensor that sits behind the display rather than a standard proximity sensor, and instead of an earpiece there is ‘cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology’ to transmit sound. We have no idea what is cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology, but we can tell you that mid-call the Mi Mix’s audio is just as clear as any other phone we’ve tried.
The gorgeous design extends beyond the edgeless screen with a full ceramic body designed by Philippe Starck. Turn it over and on the rear you’ll find 18K gold trims to the camera and fingerprint scanner surrounds – a fancy finishing touch for a very fancy phone.

Performance is staggering, with what is currently the best flagship smartphone processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 running at 2.35GHz (also see our piece on the forthcoming Snapdragon 835, which should make an appearance in the Galaxy S8). This is paired with a very generous 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a massive 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage. There’s no microSD support but, honestly, do you really need it?

Battery life is also amazing, and even with heavy use the 4,400mAh cell inside the Mi Mix showed more than 50 percent capacity remaining when we went to bed at night. This phone would easily last us two days, and for some users potentially even longer. Quick Charge 3.0 support means it’s also very fast to recharge when required.

A second version of the Mi Mix is identical save for smaller helpings of memory and storage, at 4GB and 128GB respectively, and the loss of the 18K gold detailing. Both phones come only in black – for now. At CES 2017 last night Xiaomi announced a new white version of the Mi Mix, but unfortunately it wasn’t unveiled in a Global edition and is exclusive to China – see Mi CES 2017 recap.

The lack of a Global edition of the Mi Mix is a real shame. Up until the release of the Mi Note 2 (for which there are standard and Global editions), all Xiaomi phones lacked support for 4G FDD-LTE Band 20, aka 800MHz or the one band used by O2 and any virtual mobile operators that piggyback its network (GiffGaff and Sky Mobile, for example) for 4G connectivity in the UK.

This rules out customers of those networks being able to receive anything faster than 3G connectivity, but it may at times also present problems for users of other mobile networks – Vodafone and Three both use the 800MHz frequency alongside either 1800MHz or 2600MHz. Only EE uses all three. (For more see How to tell whether a phone is supported by your network.)

The Global Mi Note 2, by comparison, supports 37 bands including full UK 4G support.

However, while we’d like to see 800MHz 4G on the Mi Mix, I can tell you I haven’t experienced any loss of connectivity on the Vodafone network, and have always been able to get online and make calls or texts. It does feel as though I haven’t been connected to 4G as often as I would on my previous phone, although this is difficult to prove without having two Vodafone accounts and carrying both phones with me at all times.

Xiaomi is looking to enter the global market, and in 2017 we should see its phones begin to go on sale in the US. However, for now the UK is not on its list. Xiaomi phones are not officially sold here, which means you need to import them via Chinese grey-market sites such as GearBest, which supplied our Mi Mix for review.

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This presents a number of issues, which means some UK consumers will choose to look elsewhere for their next mobile phone. The brave among you will be rewarded, though, provided nothing goes wrong and your device is delivered in full working order. And this has been the case for us with every Xiaomi phone (and other Chinese phones) we’ve reviewed.

Chief among the risks of buying from China is the fact you are not protected by the same consumer laws as you are when buying from the UK or Europe. That’s not to say you won’t be able to get a refund on a faulty product, but you should know that obtaining one may require you to jump through some hoops. GearBest recommends that people take advantage of the insurance option when buying from its site.
And while delivery to the UK may be free, there will likely be import duty to pay before you can receive the item. This is calculated using whatever pricing information is given on the shipping paperwork (20 percent), plus an admin fee of £11 (via DHL). You should factor this into the total purchase price. Check out our advice on buying grey-market tech.

All these phones, including the Mi Mix, are sold SIM-free, which has both its advantages and disadvantages. You can add whatever SIM you like and won’t be tied down to a 24-month contract where you pay over the odds for the phone but in more manageable monthly payments (also see Best SIM deals). However, it also means you must pay for the phone in full up front. And that could be an issue here.
Chinese phones are well known for undercutting their western rivals, offering similar specifications at a much lower (sometimes half) the price. Don’t get your hopes up just yet, though…

Consider that you would pay £919 for the iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage. That phone comes with just 2GB of RAM, no edgeless display and no gold. The Xiaomi Mi Mix does undercut the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus, but not by as much as you might have hoped. The 6GB RAM, 256GB storage model we’ve reviewed here costs £799.91 ($887.78) from GearBest.

Until 31 May 2017 GearBest is offering 13 percent of the 6GB RAM/256GB storage Mi Mix with 18K gold, though unfortunately it is listed as out of stock at the moment. This takes the price down from, £799.91 to £695.92. Use the code GBMBP at checkout to claim.

With the Mi Mix out of stock at GearBest, here are some other places to try:

Where to buy Mi Mix with 4GB RAM/128GB storage
• £594.49/$724.99 at TomTop
• £613.45/$739.99 at Coolicool
• £658.87/$799.99 at Geekbuying

Where to buy Mi Mix with 6GB RAM/256GB storage
• £655.99/$799.99 at TomTop

Where to buy Mi Mix 6GB RAM/256 storage/18K gold detailing
• £654.90/$789.99 at Coolicool
• £683.58/$829.99 at Geekbuying

Where to buy white Mi Mix
We haven’t found anywhere the Mi Mix is available in white just yet, although GearBest has published an arrival notice for both the entry-level and standard models in white. You can opt to get an email when the phone is available to pre-order, at which point pricing will be available. Click here to pre-register your interest in the white Mi Mix.

Although you’ll need to have deep pockets to purchase the Mi Mix, we must point out that right now there is no other phone like it on the market. If you want to own the type of phone where people look over your shoulder and say “Ooh, what’s that?” or “Wow, that’s cool!” then this is absolutely it.


The upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 will be available in three distinct versions

In 2016, Xiaomi’s most notable smartphone release was that of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. The Mi Mix and its massive 6.4-inch bezel-less display certainly is a sight to behold, and while the Mi Mix is the phone that most people will remember Xiaomi for in 2016, another handset that the company released last year was the Mi 5. The Mi 5 aimed to offer all of the features of a flagship smartphone at a considerably lower price, and while trying to get the phone imported into the States isn’t the easiest process in the world, we still called the Mi 5 a “great all-around smartphone” …

Xiaomi admits it doesn’t make money on smartphone hardware sales

Xiaomi’s business model isn’t about selling handsets, except insofar as those handset sales lead to recurring service revenue later on. So said Xiaomi global VP and former Android VP Hugo Barra in an interview with Reuters. The executive for the device maker was commenting on a drop in its smartphone sales in China, explaining that they wouldn’t impact the company’s long-term profit growth.

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Barra explained that Xiaomi “could sell 10 billion smartphones and [the company] wouldn’t make a single time in profits,” speaking to Reuters, adding that Xiaomi is essentially giving away its smartphones “without making any money,” because ultimately it “care[s] about the recurring revenue streams over many years” rather than immediate margins on hardware.

Xiaomi is also focusing increasingly on other categories, including smart home device sales, and, as suggested by Barra, revenue drive by software and services. Smartphone sales, once its core strength, dropped 12 percent globally last year, and IDC stats suggest its Q3 sales in China for the devices will be down 45 percent.

The company doesn’t need to IPO or even raise funds privately, however, Barra told Reuters, and is looking forward to CES where it’s participating for the first time, and where it’ll unveil a new product.

It sounds like Xiaomi’s approach has more in common with Amazon’s hardware strategy than with Apple’s, even though when it debuted it seemed poised to threaten the latter, especially in markets like China. Dwindling hardware sales also aren’t great for service revenue potential long-term, it’s worth noting, but Barra and Xiaomi are probably hoping other device categories and overall installed base can carry that weight regardless of smartphone device sales performance.

XiaoMI Make a Flexible Display

Flexible displays is still an unoccupied territory. In 2014, Samsung showed off its flexible displays and it was rumored last year that Samsung is preparing a flexible Galaxy device.

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In January, a university actually came up with some sort of a flexible phone called ReFlex. Now, it’s the Apple of China, Xiaomi. GizmoChina has reported a video published by Youku) featuring a flexible display which is said to be made by the Mi-maker.

The fact, Xiaomi is making a bendable display, is strengthened by an indication that the device in the video is running the MIUI 8. The rumor has surface prior to the launch of Mi Note 2. But the flagship device from Xiaomi is expected to feature a curved display, not the flexible one.

According to GSMArena, the Mi Note 2 is expected to launch with a price tag of CNY 5699 (USD 846 approx) for the high-end version and CNY 4999 (USD 742 approx).

With various companies coming up with their own version of the flexible display, though, currently a concept, it marks an important point in the timeline of smartphones. In the last decade , there has been a sudden outburst of similar devices from various brands and a change in the leadership in the smartphone market.

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Nokia and its Symbian OS faded away in the darkness and Android has almost become omnipresent but facing a challenge from iOS. Recently, Nokia has been preparing for a comeback in an Android costume. Also, a major Android adversary Cyanogen has changed its focus. Yet, above all, the smartphone industry has reached its saturation point and people are waiting for an unhackneyed technology.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2016

Xiaomi Launches Edgeless “Mi Mix” — The Most Beautiful Smartphone Of 2016

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At its launch event in Beijing, Xiaomi rolled out the Mi Note 2 with a curved display, resembling the screen of deceased Galaxy Note 7. It comes with a 5.7-inch 3D QLED display and impressive 77.2% screen-to-body ratio.

The same event became a witness of another smartphone launch that left the smartphone enthusiasts spellbound. Xiaomi launched its latest premium smartphone Mi Mix. This edgeless smartphone has the looks that can make the biggies like iPhone 7 and Pixel jealous.

The company has managed to create this look by removing the physical earpiece speaker and sensors. Mi Mix features under-the-display piezoelectric ceramic driver for the earpiece and an ultrasonic proximity sensor. The front of Mi Mix sits at the bottom of the device.

Mi Mix specifications

Talking about the technical specifications, the phone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip clocking at 2.35GHz. It also features 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB internal storage. The display is 6.4-inch 2040×1080 pixel. You also get a powerful 4,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. For shooting pictures, in the front, there’s a 16MP sensor. For selfies, there’s a 5MP camera.

Mi Mix also arrives in a Pro avatar with 6GB RAM and 258GB storage space. Another notable feature of the Pro version is an 18k gold trim around the rear camera and fingerprint sensor.

Mi Mix price and availability

The Mi Mix smartphone will be available for purchase from November 4 in China. The buyers will need to pay $516 for the 4GB/128GB version. The 18K Pro version will cost $590.

Mi Mix looks like a breath of fresh air in the smartphone market. Don’t forget to tell your views in the comments below.

XiaoMI is Working on FleXible Screen Technology

A few days ago we reported on a new patent from LG that appears to show a transparent, foldable display to work on a device similar to a book. That news wasn’t new for LG, as we knew at CES this year that the company expects to be producing flexible screens by 2017.

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Both Samsung and Lenovo have showcased similar technology, but now it looks like Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has the same idea.

A concept from the company has leaked that appears to show a display that bends in all directions, not unlike paper. Two separate renders were leaked on Baidu.

The screen appears to be flexible and can be bent up or down, left or right.

While these bendable and foldable concepts are interesting, it isn’t something you should expect to see anytime soon. It’s one thing to spend tons of money and time to produce an awesome proof of concept, but if there’s no way to bring that technology to mass production in a cost-effective manner, it’ll remain out of the hands of the general public for a while longer.

2016 Xiaomi M5 custom phone skins

In the year 2016, Xiaomi released it’s new generation of smartphone Xiaomi M5. DAQIN immediately made a custom phone skins for Xiaomi M5 as below. The custom skins for MI M5 are made from vinyl papers that printed with custom picture. DAQIN offers the necessary sticker papers and equipment for producing MI M5 phone skins, as well as mobile skin for any other brand and model mobile phone, such as iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC One 10, LG G5…etc.

Comparatively speaking, teenagers and young people prefer to get their Xiaomi M5 customized with the custom phone skins, especially when they managed to buy a new MI M5 from panic buying though online platform. Compare to the cases, the phone skin is much more thinner and lighter, even though it’s less protective than the cases. Most importantly, the vinyl phone skin keeps the original appearance of the device, while the mobile case inevitably make the phone bulky.

In order to make their Xiaomi M5 personalized and appears gaudy, people decorate their mobile phone with custom mobile skin which can be manually applied on the surface of the smartphone by themselves. Some prefer to apply both the front and back side of the phone sticker, while others prefer to apply single side such as only front side or back side. Made by high-quality sticker materials from DAQIN, the mobile skin can be easily apply and remove. There will be no residue left on the mobile phone while tearing off the mobile sticker.

Wise merchant see the business opportunity of custom mobile skin, and then import the DAQIN DIY mobile skin designing software, machines and special vinyl sticker papers from China, start providing the service of making and applying customized mobile skin for all models mobile phone in their physical store and online store.

DAQIN as a global leader of mobile phone sticker machine, provide all things necessary to start the business of producing custom mobile skins all by yourself. The packages include the English language training video, mobile skin printer, lamination machine, sticker cutting plotter, multiple types of lamination effect film and special vinyl printing design film, as well as tools for sticking the mobile skins. So far, there are over 3,000 customers all over the world bought the package from DAQIN, and successfully start their own small business of customized phone stickers. DAQIN provide life-time free update service of the mobile skin designing software, in this way, all customers can get the latest model of mobile phone template for free, such as the latest model of HTC One M10, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge…etc.

Custom Cellphone stickers, custom skins and custom phone skins are the popular Mobile Phone Skin Design System and these deals are available on DAQIN MOBILE PRINK.

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Lenovo Vibe X2 v/s Xiaomi Mi3

The Lenovo Vibe X2 smartphone with 5.00-inch 1080×1920 display powered by 2GHz processor alongside 2GB RAM and 13-megapixel rear camera. It is listed for a price of 19999 INR on Flipkart. All eyes are now set on its market performance as Lenovo is counting highly and has huge expectations from this particular handset. The Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone with 5.00-inch 1080×1920 display powered by 2.3GHz processor alongside 2GB RAM and 13-megapixel rear camera has been creating ripples in the smartphone market for quite some time now. After its tremendous success, the smartphone has been ‘smartly’ discontinued in a sort of permanent manner on Flipkart. Mi3 it although still available with many merchants such as ebay and is listed for about 23,999 INR instead of the initial 13,999 rupees.

Take a look at the below mentioned comparative points.

* The Lenovo Vibe has got a brilliant true colour Display. With an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. The phone has over 16 Million colors and a truly beautiful touch screen that is easier to use. Capable of 1080 x 1920 pixels, the screen size is of 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density). The Xiaomi Mi3, on the other hand, features a screen of the same size with the same resolution. However, the Xiaomi Mi3 also features of the Corning Gorilla glass 3.

* Super powerful Processor: Octa-core 2.0 GHz has been embedded in this chipset. Fast and reliable and is capable of almost every task without and delays. The GPU- Power G600 whereas Xiaomi Mi3 is based on 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and the Adreno 330 GPU.

* The only con of the Lenovo Vibe as there is Memory No External Memory slots available. Internal memory of 32GB, the Vibe has got 2 GB RAM that is again powerful enough of multitask that too inclusive of hardcore gaming. Same Case applies for Mi3 as well, even that particular smartphone also is not inclusive of the expandable memory slot. Internal memory for Mi3 can be varied from 16-64 GB with the same RAM.

* The Camera of both Lenovo Vibe and Mi3 is simply amazing and they click bright clear images even in the dark. Both are furnished with a 13 MP primary camera and quality of 4160 x 3120 pixels for Vibe and 4128 x 3096 for the Mi3. Both include features like autofocus, LED flash. Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR and video playback of 1080@30fps with Mi3 boasting HDR as well. A front Camera of 5MP for those selfie-addicts is also present in the Vibe and Mi3 is provided with just a 2MP” instead.

* Both the kinds i.e. Micro-SIM and Nano SIM are compatible with the Lenovo Vibe X2. Dual SIMs are always a go for feature in the Indian market especially. (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual standby) The Xiaomi Mi3 only includes Mini-SIM.

* The all capable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery with a talk time backup of about 25 hours is provided with the Xiaomi Mi3. For the Lenovo X2 also, a very powerful battery that is of course non-removable has been provided. The Li-Po 2300 mAh battery, capable of providing a talk time of about 18 hours however the extra battery layer that is available for backup could even act as very useful source of power in a crisis.

* The Operating System is v4.4 (KitKat) with regular updates is available with the Lenovo Vibe X2. The Xiaomi Mi3 has the Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean) that is upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat) also.

* The exteriors of both the phones are sturdy dust and have water resistance body. Lenovo Smartphones in India early creation Lenovo Vibe X2 is extremely aesthetically far more appeasing to the eye than some of the phones predecessor. Xiaomi Mi3 also has a simple and sleek design that is pleasing and not very loud in terms of the modelling. Both the phones possess immense potential potential of being the top phones are surely marked onto countless of ‘Bucket List’ across the country.

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Custom cellphone skins for Xiaomi Mi3

Xiaomi Mi3 is hot not only in China, but also all around the world. The anticipated sales volume of Xiaomi Mi3 in 2014 is 60 million sets. With high performance cost ratio and comparatively lower price, and most of all, the “hunger marketing strategy”, Xiaomi Mi3 quickly becomes the new idol of the customers.

Now that millions of customers own the Xiaomi Mi3, isn’t it boring to own a same smartphone with everyone out there? With the increasing of the sales volume, soon the Xiaomi company notice this, and then soon release colorful versions for the Xiaomi Mi3, such as the white, black, silver, yellow, pink and blue. Those colorful versions Mi3 add different characters for this smartphone, however, only the color difference is far from been enough for the customers. As a result, there are still many customers buy mobile phone case for decoration.

Thanks to Daqin, now the business of making custom cellphone skins for Xiaomi Mi3 is easy and with huge profit. All below custom cellphone skins for Xiaomi Mi3 are produced by the Daqin 3D mobile skin designing & making system.The following picture shows the custom cellphone skins with various materials. The cost of each custom cellphone skin below is ranging from 0.2 to 0.7 US dollars, while the sales price is ranging from 5 to 20 US dollars.

The Daqin is a Chinese supplier of software and machines to make custom stickers for any brand or model of cellphone all around the world. Below picture shows the kit to make the custom cellphone skins. It includes the software, printer, laminator and cutter. It only requires 1 table to put everything necessary to start this business. 1 person is enough for the whole operation process.

This kit called the Daqin 3D mobile skin designing & making system. It is especially for those who plan to open a store for selling custom cellphone skins, or for those who want to produce custom cellphone skins for other purpose such as give as a bonus to those customers whose expense amount exceed a certain level.

The Daqin 3D mobile skin designing & making system is not only suitable for Xiaomi Mi3, but also any other brand or model. Such as Samsung, HTC, iPhone, LG, Coolpad, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE…and many many other brands. Also it will keep updating monthly, to add the newest models in the market, so that it will always capable of producing custom stickers for the latest smartphones.

Custom Cellphone stickers, cellphone skins and custom stickers are the popular Mobile Phone Skin Design System and these deals are available on DAQIN MOBILE PRINK.

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Brand Refurbished Sounds Good! Surpluss To Offer Such Phones From Samsung And Xiaomi

Surpluss.in would at present sell brand-Refurbished smartphones from popular brands such as Samsung and Xiaomi in the preliminary stage. These smartphones drive be revamped and evidently marked as ‘Refurbished’ to separate them from new phones.
Buyers need not fear about the quality of the product such as these smartphones will remain as good as the new phones. They will come with 6 months or higher warranty phases beginning the marques and customers be able to be respite certain of their strength and functionality, conveyed the Economic Times.

Consumer Electronics (CE) and Mobile Phones segment occupies one of the top three slots on Surpluss.in with smartphones emergent as the fastest growing category in the segment.

During the last six months, the total CE selection available for purchase has grown significantly, that is nearly 150% and the customer demand too has spiraled northwards by similar percentage points in the last one year. The Samsung tab price in India is totally different at Surpluss.in

Today over 82 smartphone brands including leading universal and domestic ones, are accessible to customers for purchase from across the county on this ecommerce platform.

Surpluss India, director group of management – media, said: “Our consumer insights give us enough reason to believe that there is a market in India for quality-assured, brand-refurbished smartphones at value prices. It’s a value plus deal for customers.”

The phones would be marked differently in order to help customers make an informed choice.Refurbished xiaomi now available in best deal with us. Grab the deal today and get cash back and EMI facility for limited period.

The pilot is currently limited to a few brands and models. Customers can look forward to more brands and models in the smartphone segment in the coming months.

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