Xiaomi Redmi 4 Goes on Sale in India Today via Mi.com, Amazon India

Xiaomi Redmi 4, the popular budget smartphone from the popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer, will go on sale in India on Tuesday via Mi.com and Amazon India at 12pm IST.

Xiaomi’s Mi.com online store gives 5 percent cashback to Redmi 4 buyers who use an SBI credit card with an EMI plan. Amazon India offers for the Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review) include free Hungama Music subscription for 12 months and Hungama Play for 3 months; 45GB free data from Vodafone; and Rs. 200 promotion credit for Kindle books if you download and sign in to the Kindle app on your Redmi 4.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 price in India on Amazon India and mi.com

Xiaomi Redmi 4 is available in three variants: one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage at Rs. 6,999; a model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage at Rs. 8,999; and the top-end variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with a price in India of Rs. 10,999.

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The Redmi 4 launched in India is powered by the Snapdragon 435 SoC, making it closer to the Redmi 4X that was launched in Xiaomi’s home market. The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The smartphone bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it packs a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Xiaomi Redmi 4’s inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

Lenovo’s Struggling Mobile Business Sets Sight on High-End Market

After a bruising fall from its spot as the world’s third-largest mobile phone maker following its acquisition of Motorola three years ago, China’s Lenovo Group is counting on a push upmarket to stop the bleeding in its smartphone business.

While the company, which vies with HP as the world’s largest PC maker, returned to profit in the year to March, losses in its smartphone business worsened as marketing expenses for new products and key component costs increased.

The group’s phone problems started after it acquired Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9 billion (roughly Rs. 18,728 crores) in 2014 but struggled to integrate the assets. That, combined with fierce competition from lower-end manufacturers in its home base of China such as Xiaomi and Oppo, saw its global position fall to eighth in 2016.

Lenovo's Struggling Mobile Business Sets Sight on High-End MarketA recently announced reorganisation of its China business aimed at sharpening the PC brand’s consumer focus comes amid an ongoing effort to tighten its mobile branding and shift the focus to pricier models under its Moto brand.

“Our strategy is to prioritise mature markets … which need brands and innovative products, whereas emerging markets need efficiency,” Chairman Yang Yuanqing said of Lenovo’s mobile business at a press conference in Hong Kong on Thursday.

“So we will have two teams catering to the two kinds of markets with different product lines.”

Lenovo faces its toughest battle in its home base of China, where it has slipped out of the top 10 smartphone vendors. Shipments domestically declined 80 percent year-on-year or 55 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter of 2017, according to data from Canalys.

The company currently has three phone brands in China – the premium Moto brand, the cheaper Lenovo series, and an online-focused Zuk brand launched in 2015.

A Lenovo spokeswoman said its global mobile strategy would focus on the Motorola brand, although it would continue to support its other lines, such as Zuk.

Moto products, including a premium series of modular phones designed with detachable components that can be replaced or upgraded, helped propel Lenovo to be the second-biggest vendor in Brazil, after Samsung, Yang said.

Shipments in Brazil rose 56 percent in the first three months of the year according to Lenovo, overtaking India as its biggest market, where volume grew 34 percent.

The average selling prices of Lenovo’s mobile products rose 15.1 percent in the past year, according to its financial report.

Mature market competition, where Yang said Lenovo’s main rivals are Samsung and LG, is less fierce than in emerging markets, where the low entry barrier allowed in “too many Chinese vendors, some of which compete irrationally”.

He added Lenovo will have three more telecom partners in the US this year, while its performance in Western Europe is improving.

New priorities
Yang said Lenovo is on track to meet its goal of turning around the mobile business by the second half of the fiscal year starting in April.

At the same time, some analysts say the company should cut its mobile losses in China and focus on building its strength in other markets.

“I think they should deep-six their China mobile business. Their non-China probably has a chance if it’s very narrowly geographic and product focused,” said Bernstein analyst Alberto Moel.

Lenovo is the fourth-biggest smartphone seller in India, with a 9.5 percent market share, which compares with Samsung in top place with 28.1, according to IDC.

While it faces increasing competition from new entrants Oppo and Vivo, it enjoys good brand loyalty.

“I like Lenovo phones for their good battery backup, smart looks and the overall experience,” said Bhaskar Kotian, a Mumbai businessman who has purchased at least six Lenovo smartphones for friends and family in the past two years.

Despite calls to write off its China problems, Yang insists there are no plans to walk away from its domestic mobile business.

“We would never give up our China mobile business, because it is 30 percent of the world market,” he said.

Xiaomi Mi 6c ‘Jason’ Spotted on GFXBench Listing With Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM

A new Xiaomi smartphone dubbed Jason has been spotted in benchmarks tipping that another device might be on the cards. The rumoured Xiaomi Jason has been spotted on GFXBench benchmark, and is believed to be a variant of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 6, called the Mi 6c.

The Chinese company has in the past launched different variants of its flagship smartphone in various markets. Some of the previous flagship variants include Xiaomi Mi 4c and Xiaomi Mi 5c among others.

One of the biggest highlights of the new alleged Xiaomi Jason aka Mi 6c is said to be the all-new Snapdragon 660 processor and the smartphone could very well be among the first few devices sporting the new chipset. Announced earlier this month, the all-new Snapdragon 660 mobile platform is based on a 14nm FinFET process and provides 4K video capture and playback capabilities, along with 8GB maximum memory and Vulkan API support. Additionally, the Snapdragon 660 mobile platform supports displays up to QHD (2K) resolution, whereas the 630 supports FHD/QXGA (1080p).

Xiaomi Mi 6c 'Jason' Spotted on GFXBench Listing With Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAMAccording to the leaked benchmark, the alleged Xiaomi Jason aka Xiaomi Mi 6c will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 6GB RAM and will pack 64GB on-board storage. The smartphone can be seen featuring a 5.1-inch full-HD display and run MIUI based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. On the camera front, the alleged Jason device is said to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera alongside a 4-megapixel front camera. It’s worth pointing out that the alleged Xiaomi Jason could very well launch with a different name. The GFXBench listing was first spotted by GizmoChina.

Xiaomi is yet to announce a launch date for its flagship Mi 6 in India though if the company’s India chief Manu Kumar Jain is believed then it may be announced in July. We, however, have to wait for an official confirmation on the launch of Mi 6 from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 With Massive 6.44-Inch Screen, Two-Day Battery Life Launched

Xiaomi Mi Max 2, the successor to last year’s Mi Max phablet, has been launched in China. At the Mi Max 2 launch event, Xiaomi announced the variants, price, key specifications, and release date of the smartphone in its home country, but did not mention anything about other markets, including India. Like the original model, the new Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a massive screen and big battery as its highlight features, but has also added stereo speakers to the mix, updated the design, and made improvements to the one-handed mode.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 price, variants

The new Xiaomi Mi Max 2 will be available in two storage models: 64GB priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 16,000) and 128GB storage priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 19,000). The phone will be going on sale in China from June 1.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specifications

The all-new Xiaomi Mi Max 2, much like its predecessor, features a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display which is yet again the biggest highlight of the smartphone. Apart from a massive screen, the Mi Max 2 also packs a large 5300mAh battery.

Xiaomi at the China launch claimed that the Mi Max 2 comes with improved one-handed use which means that the phone will come with software feature that improve usability. The company has also opted for a discreet antenna lines on the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 which look reminiscent to iPhone 7. For a better hand feel, the new Mi Max 2 also comes with rounded edges.

It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Mi Max 2 comes in 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage models. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the back of the handset. The phone also features an IR blaster, which the company says can act as an universal remote for televisions and air conditions. It runs MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat.

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Similar to the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 packs an all-metal body, and Xiaomi claims that it follows a symmetrical design with charging port and speaker grilles placed at the bottom panel. The Mi Max 2 also supports Quick Charge 3.0, rated to charge the massive 5300mAh battery up to 68 percent in just one hour. The Chinese company is claiming a two-day battery life for the Mi Max 2.

The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with PDAF support and dual-LED flash. The company is using a Sony IMX386 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels for better handling of different lighting situations. Xiaomi says that the Mi Max 2 comes with an identical primary image sensor to the one seen on the Mi 6. There’s also a 5-megapixel front camera on board.

Xiaomi India Announces ‘Reward Mi’ Programme With Discounts, Early Access to Products, and More

Xiaomi on Thursday announced its Mi.com reward programme in India that will let registered users earn reward benefits on purchasing Xiaomi products via the online store. Interested users can join the Reward Mi programme by visiting the Xiaomi website and they will receive 50 Mi Tokens as a “welcome gesture”. The Mi Tokens are points acquired on Mi Store through shopping as well as participating in Mi events and performing other activities.

Xiaomi says users will receive 10 percent of the value of transactions done on Mi.com as Mi Tokens. For example, users who purchase a Mi device worth Rs. 10,000 will get 1,000 Mi Tokens. Tokens will be credited to the user account upon successful delivery of the product. By performing other activities like sharing a product page or its review on social platforms, users can earn 5 Mi Tokens every day.

Xiaomi India Announces 'Reward Mi' Programme With Discounts, Early Access to Products, and MoreUsers can then redeem the Mi Tokens against their next purchase on Mi.com. Users can also redeem Mi Tokens to get F-codes, which is a priority code that will let users add a Mi product to their shopping cart even when it is not in stock for other customers. The Mi Tokens can also be redeemed for Discount Coupons which will help users get a discount on a product being sold via Mi.com. Detailed terms and conditions are available on the Xiaomi website.

Xiaomi says that the first phase of the reward programme starts today, where registered users can earn Mi Tokens as explained above. The second phase of the Mi.com reward programme starts from the first week of August, and will be a referral-based affair, which will allow the current registered users to earn Mi Tokens by inviting their friends to sign-up.

Xiaomi says that the third phase of the programme will “begin later and will include tier privileges” like including express delivery, early access to sales, products, and more.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launched – Key features you want to know

New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched the Mi Max 2, the successor to Mi Max at an event Beijing.

Mi Max 2 comes in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB or 4GB RAM + 128GB storage.

The one with 64GB comes at RMB 1699 while the one with 128GB storage is priced at RMB 1999.

Here are the key features of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2

6.44 inch large immersive display

5300mAh two-day battery, with power bank-like capacity

Quick Charge 3.0 + Parallel charging, 68% charge in one hour

Full metal unibody improved one-handed use

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launched – Key features you want to knowSony IMX386 1.25-micron camera, same primary rear as Mi 6

Snapdragon 625 with 14nm FinFET technology

4GB RAM + 64GB or 128GB storage

Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage

Stereo speakers intelligently switches to stereo in landscape orientation

Rear fingerprint sensor and IR blaster

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 to go on sale today: Here’s how you can buy

New Delhi: Xiaomi’s recently launched smartphone Redmi Note 4 is once again up for grabs on Flipkart on Friday.

Redmi Note 4 is available via Flipkart and Mi.com, from 12 pm. The phone was sold out within minutes of sale last time.

The phone comes at a starting price of Rs 9,999. The price will vary depending on the variants of the phone. All the three variants were available for sale.

Here are the price details along with the variants.

2GB +32GB = Rs 9999

3GB +32GB = Rs 10,999

4GB + 64GB = Rs 12,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 to go on sale today: Here's how you can buyRedmi Note 4 is also part of the “Make in India” initiative with most units proudly made right here in India. The phone ships with MIUI 8.

Redmi Note 4 supports 4G Dual SIM. When two SIM cards are used simultaneously, the primary SIM can support 4G+/ 4G / 3G / 2G calls and data while the secondary SIM can support 3G calls only.

Redmi Note 4 ships with full LTE band support, and of course also VoLTE out of the box. Including band 5, which is basically essential for indoor VoLTE calls.

Every Mi phone ships with an IR sensor, and the Mi Remote app, which supports hundreds of home appliance models. The infrared remote function is compatible with thousands of TVs,set-top boxes, air conditioners, speakers and more.

Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 4 Blue and Black Colour Variants

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone was launched back in August earlier this year. Initially, the Redmi 4 smartphone was made available in Gold, Silver, and Grey colour variants but Xioami has now announced two new colour variants – Blue and Black.

Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 4 Blue and Black Colour VariantsThe new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 colour variants have been only made available for the models with 3GB of RAM/32GB of inbuilt storage and 3GB of RAM/64GB of inbuilt storage, as per a report by GizmoChina. However, the company has maintained the price tag on both Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 variants at CNY 999 and CNY 1,199, respectively.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with a pixel density of 401ppi. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC coupled with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. This Xiaomi smartphone comes with support for expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and f/2.0 aperture. At front, the Redmi 4 features a 5-megapixel camera, which company claims can click 85-degree wide angle shots.

Further, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot, which means users can choose to go with a combination of either dual-SIM cards or one Micro-SIM and one microSD card. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back panel right below Xiaomi Redmi 4’s rear camera.

In terms of connectivity options, Xiaomi Redm 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and Glonass. The Redmi Note 4 houses a large 4100mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi Car Air Purifier Launched Alongside New Anti-Pollution Air Mask

Chinese mobile manufacturer Xiaomi long ago jumped into the business of non-mobile products under its crowdfunding platform Mijia and its Mi Ecosystem sub-brand with manufacturer partners. From electric scooters to rice cookers and jackets, Xiaomi has launched a range of products including air purifiers. Now, the company has launched a new compact air purifier – Mi Car Air Purifier – in China that can be used inside a car. It’s priced at CNY 449 (roughly Rs. 4,400) and will hit the Chinese market starting Tuesday, December 27. Alongside, Xiaomi has also introduced a new anti-fog and haze air mask priced at CNY 69 (roughly Rs. 675).

Xiaomi Mi Car Air Purifier Launched Alongside New Anti-Pollution Air MaskAs per a report by Gizchina, the motivation to launch the new compact air purifier according to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun was the reception of the Mi Air Purifier Pro and Mi Air Purifier 2, which were so portable that Chinese people were carrying them around even in transit. With winters around and a rise pollution in China, people are readily inclining towards using more air cleaning devices. Thus, the Xiaomi CEO directed the company’s engineers to come up with something that can be more portable, which led to the idea of Mi Car Air Purifier. Talking about its design, the Mi Car Air Purifier looks somewhat identical to Xiaomi’s previous air purifiers, but in a more compact shell.

The Xiaomi Mi Car Air Purifier has a filter for PM2.5 particulate matter, and a CADR (clean air delivery rate) of 60 cubic metres per hour, which is capable of cleaning the average car’s air in about 3-7 minutes. It consists of two-wheel mirror fan circulation system that expels clean air in all directions, and comes with a silent mode so that you don’t hear noise while on a call inside your car. It also includes a headrest strap that will let you fasten it to the car’s headrest. As with its other air purifiers, the new Mi Car Air Purifier can be controlled with the Mi Home app.

In addition to that, Xiaomi has started selling its new anti-pollution air masks that the company claims can remove 99.8 percent of particles. The new anti-fog and haze masks will cost CNY 69 (roughly Rs. 675).

Xiaomi Mi TV 2’s New 40-Inch Full-HD Variant Launched

Xiaomi on Tuesday launched a new 40-inch variant in its Android-based Mi TV 2 lineup in China at CNY 1,999 (approximately Rs. 20,000). The first sale of the television is scheduled for March 31 on Xiaomi’s China website.The new Mi TV 2 model from Xiaomi features a 40-inch Sharp SDP X-GEN full-HD panel with a ‘Radiant’ LED backlight module, a 14.4mm bezel, and 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Similar to the previous Mi TV 2 model, the new 40-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 2 runs MIUI OS based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Xiaomi says it is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but did not provide a time-frame for the update. It packs a 1.45GHz quad-core MStar 6A908 Cortex-A9 CPU coupled with Mali-450 MP4 GPU and 1.5GB of DDR3 RAM. The onboard storage for apps on the television is 8GB.

Xiaomi says that the new Mi TV 2 features support for H.265, H.264, MPEG4, and REAL video decoding, apart from 10-bit hardware decoding. The supported video formats include rm, flv, mov, avi, mkv, ts, and mp4. Notably, the last Mi TV 2 model featured a 49-inch 4K UHD display.

Last year in December, Xiaomi made a move in the Internet of Things (IoT) sphere with the launch of Internet-connected Mi Air Purifier. Priced at CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 8,900), the Mi Air Purifier can connect to the user’s smartphone and alert them if the filter has reached end-of-life and needs to be replaced. Xiaomi says that the air purifier can produce up to 406 cubic metres (14,000 cubic feet) of clean air per hour and sends pollution readings to connected smartphones.

Meanwhile, the company is reportedly also planning a water purifier on the same lines. The company is said to have shown a prototype of the new water purifier at an investor meet earlier this year.