Xiaomi to Sell GoPro Camera Clone?

Xiaomi will be revealing a new mystery product on March 2nd.

Check out their website for the teaser video which gives away a hint of an action camera, similar to the GoPro or HTC Re. The website keywords used are 极限运动,旅行,潜水,轻量级新品,新品, which means Extreme sports, travel, diving, lightweight, new. So it looks to be lightweight, waterproof, and durable. Excellent. In addition, it is definitely small as the video ends up with a picture of a matchbox filled with the video contents.

Keep refreshing the website for the various teasers.

Based on the file name, it could be called the Xiaomi Go.

Here’s one of them.

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It is most likely going to be an action camera which have been a booming business. Go Pro cameras are the undoubted market leaders now but they are definitely expensive at around $400-$500. China have produced other Go Pro competitors like the SJ4000, but has not really taken off. Xiaomi is no stranger to such a scenario and their aggressive pricing strategy as well as quality products could see them do well in this growing market.

Definitely one to watch and while it most likely wouldn’t be coming to Singapore shores soon, you could buy it off resellers on Taobao.

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Xiaomi MiPad is Coming to Singapore

The Xiaomi MiPad, which closely resembles the Apple iPad Mini, with a 7.9″ screen and 4:3 form factor would be coming to Singapore very soon. The MiPad is powered by the powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which is the same processor as that of the Nexus 9. This tablet is originally priced at 1499 RMB in China, and while current pricing in Singapore is unknown, Xiaomi is organising a giftaway for the lucky fan who guess the price correctly.

The Mi Pad — Harnessing the processing power of NVIDIA Tegra K1 and its 192 supercomputer-class GPU cores. Witness graphics come to life on it’s SHARP/AUO’s 7.9″ IPS full HD display.

  • 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash, extendible to 128GB via microSD card.
  • 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
  • 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi.
  • 6700 mAh battery.

Although it has been out for some time, it still ranks competitively as one of the better tablets in the market. A 7.9″ tablet could be a nice present to get, and perhaps just in time for a valentine’s day present.

Xiaomi Note – Competing Against the iPhone 6 Plus

Xiaomi Note or Mi Note was announced today to a well-attended product launch in Beijing which was broadcast live on Youtube. The Xiaomi Note will be competing with other flagship phones such as the iPhone 6 Plus and CEO Lei Jun waste no time in pitting the Xiaomi Note versus the iPhone 6 Plus.

Comparing the Xiaomi Note vs iPhone 6 Plus

  • Thinner
  • Lighter
  • Narrower
  • Packing a bigger screen
  • Flat camera lens as compared to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The Xiaomi Note sports a slim angular design, bearing more resemblance to the iPhone 5 than iPhone 6 which sports a rounder bezel. The Note rocks a bright IPS display and with front and back glass panels.

A lot of emphasis on the Mi Note is that it is 6.95mm slim, weighs 162 grams and has a 5.7-inch 2.5D curved glass display. The Mi Note is protected on BOTH sides with 2.5D + 3D curved Gorilla Glass 3. It’s highly resistant to scratches and shattering. Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, the Xiaomi Note would sport an all flat back with the lens flushed to the overall surface. It will be available in Black and White.

Nothing much was said on the internals though, and it would be running the Snapdragon 801. It is dual-sim 4G capable, with both a nano-sim and micro-sim slot so you do not need to worry about cutting your existing SIM card whichever variant it is.

The end of the presentation threw a surprising curve ball. The Mi Note was turning out to be a nice phone but not a super phone, and then came this. There will be special variant of the Mi Note running a Snapdragon 810, Adreno 430, 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB storage and finally, a 2K 2560 x 1440 screen. This is really a super Flagship Mi Note, dubbed the Mi Note Pro – and would be sold at 3299 RMB and around March 2015. Around S$710. Looks awesome.

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The Xiaomi Note is a 5.7″ screen, 1080p, that sports anti-glare coating and has a reading mode that produced less blue light to reduce eye stain.

With glass panel, there’s also the worry about drops and shattered glass, which interestingly, Lei Jun spent a good couple of minutes talking about the manufacuturing process. He went on to mentioned how expensive it was to replace a cracked screen and tried to explain to Mi Fans why they charge so high for screen repair. The kicker then arrived. He shared that Xiaomi would be launching an Apple care-esque warranty. This would be for China only, with 1 year special protection for drops and water damage at a cost of 199 yuan. Sounds like an amazing deal.

On a sidenote, my ears are cringing from the fake applause and cheers on every announcement.

Xiaomi Note camera is a 13MP shooter, with OIS capability and dual LED flash. It will sport something called pixel by pixel local tone mapping. It looks a lot like HDR to me, where it balances out the contrast especially for landscape type shots. The front is a 4MP lens, with HTC’s ultrapixel technology.

Audio quality is also notable – the Mi Note sports similar ESS decoder as many high end HiFi systems, complete with a 2-level amplifier, to wow you and your friends.

The Mi Note would be selling in China for 2299 RMB, which translates to around $460-$500 Singapore dollars. It would be available in China in a couple of weeks.

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Redmi 2 Announced: Should You Wait or Get the Redmi 1S Now?

Xiaomi announced the new version of it’s extremely popular Redmi, the Redmi 2 – which would start sales in China on Jan 9th. Minor improvements all around, primarily on the upgrade of the processor. The Redmi 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quadcore 64-bit 1.2 GHz processor as compared to the Redmi 1S’s Snapdragon 400 1.6GHz 32 bit processor. The Redmi 2 will also support 4G LTE, together with improved front camera and a bigger battery at 2,200 mAH. The Redmi 2 processor should be slightly faster than its predecessor thanks to an improved ARM Cortex A53, with branch prediction accuracy improvements and datapath throughput increased.

Redmi 2 Specifications

  • Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz, quad-core 64-bit SoC
  • 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2200mAh battery
  • 8GB storage with microSD card
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 4G LTE support
  • Dual SIM
  • Price: 699 RMB (China)
  • Colors: white, black, yellow, pink, and green
  • Weight: 132 grams
  • Dimensions 134 × 67.2 × 9.4mm

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Never Miss a WhatsApp Notification with the Mi Band

You can get Whatsapp notifications on your Xiaomi Mi Band, basically any notifications on your phone, with the ability to customise the number of vibration and LED colour. The Xiaomi Mi Band is an extremely value for money gadget for 2014 – offering a rich feature set at a fraction of the incumbent’s price. Read more on our initial MiBand review here.

The default app provides incoming call notification. It can be especially useful in crowded places or when you are moving about where you can’t hear the phone ring, or feel the vibration in your pocket or handbag. The vibration from the Mi Band is strong enough to alert me any incoming calls and it is also relatively discreet. Useful. But that’s only for incoming calls, if you want to use the Mi Band for other notifications, such as Whatsapp, Emails, you would have to switch to a tweaked Mi Band application that you can get from Xiaomi’s MIUI forum. Download here: http://en.miui.com/thread-53761-1-1.html

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Quick Hands on Review of the Xiaomi Mi Band

My Xiaomi Mi Band arrived yesterday. As a quick recap, the Mi Band is Xiaomi’s first foray into the fitness band wearables and will compete directly with devices such as Fitbit Flex and Jawbone. The Mi Band is not just cheap, it offers a full array of fitness tracking functionas comparable to the other market big boys and even succeed in innovating a little more.

The Mi Band is described as a fitness tracking wrist band that monitors your fitness and tracks your sleep. It features, IP67 waterproof certification, power-efficient Bluetooth 4.0 LE and can be powered for 30 days on one charge. Other functions include an alarm clock, phone call alert, and automatic unlock Xiaomi phones. The main tracker itself is made of aluminium and the the wristband is a silicone type material. It is light with a total weight of 13g.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G will be available in Singapore

The Redmi Note 4G will be available in Singapore, starting from 18 November 2014. With LTE support, 5.5″ IPS display, 802.11ac, Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB Flash ROM, 13MP rear camera and 3100 mAh high capacity battery, the Redmi Note 4G will be retailing from S$229 through Xiaomi’s website on 18 Nov, lunchtime sale.

The Redmi Note 4G would cost $30 more than the original Redmi Note, with a few other differences besides the 4G chipset. It would replace the eight-core MediaTek chip (MT6592) 1.7GHz on the original Redmi Note with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip quad-core 1.6GHz and also lose dual SIM functionality.The Redmi Note 4G is slightly lighter at 189g and would also support WiFi AC or the 5GHz band. Lastly, it would be running a MIUI variant based off Android KitKat.

If you are a benchmark junkie, the Redmi Note 4G with the Snapdragon would score around the 21-22k range for ANTUTU, which would actually pit it slower than the Redmi Note 3G. The original Redmi Note scores around 28K. That highlights the might of the MT6592 chipset, an octa-core processor that can operate all 8 cores simultaneously for the most demanding tasks (e.g. gaming) or use just one core for lightweight tasks (e.g. active standby).

The Redmi Note has been a popular seller in Singapore and if you don’t require the dual sim functionality, $229 is a great price for a 4G, relatively low cost, moderate spec, big screen phone. However, don’t overlook the original Redmi Note (3G), which remains an equally attractive option. Especially since data plans are limited and you may not require 4G connectivity all the time.