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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi have suffered a bit of a blow after it was announced that one of their bigwigs and their primary English spokesperson, Hugo Barra.

The Brazilian-born computer scientist joined Xiaomi 3.5 years ago from Google in what was at the time a major coup and now his departure has raised more than a few eyebrows.

This year, for the first time, Xiaomi declined to provide annual sales figures and admitted it grew too quick, raising doubts about whether it can continue the impressive growth that gave it a $45 billion valuation two years ago.

Barra in announcing his departure on Facebook stated that homesickness was a major factor in his decision. He also said he plans to head back to California.


He said, What I’ve realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I’ve left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return.
He added that the company’s global footprint, which was his primary responsibility, is “in a very good place.”

Barra changed a lot for Xiaomi, when he first arrived, Xiaomi was limited to Greater China. What he achieved was to help them expand across Asia and beyond to reach more than 20 countries making them one of the biggest players in the Asian market.

All the success hasn't come without a few slip ups as Xiaomi lost its crown as China’s top smartphone maker losing to Huawei.

Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin, also a former Google executive, said senior vice president Xiang Wang would lead Xiaomi’s international business going forward. Wang, a former head of Qualcomm China, joined Xiaomi in 2015 and previously led its supply chain and intellectual property teams.

Lin lauded the departing Barra saying, "When Hugo joined us 3.5 years ago, we started an amazing adventure to turn Xiaomi into a global player. We have come a long way since, and I couldn’t thank him enough for contributing so much to Xiaomi’s journey. As much as we would love to have Hugo stay with us in Beijing for a much longer time, we understand his personal challenges and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Barra has said he has plans to get some rest before embarking on an exciting adventure back to Silicon valley.

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Chinese Smartphone company Xiaomi released their highly popular and successful Mi Mix just last month and it was perhaps the closest we’ve gotten so far to a near bezel-free smartphone. 
It was great, but it had a slight drawback; its size. So naturally when rumours that there was a smaller Mi Mix Nano possibly in the works people got excited.
Unfortunately though, Xiaomi marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm that the Nano does not in fact exist.
The Mi Mix was really popular due to the minimalistic bezel presence. There are still some, especially at the bottom, but the Mi Mix boasted of a 91.3% screen to body ratio that no other smartphone has. It didn’t hurt that it also had high-end hardware, like a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage.
So the major drawback was the screen as it made it really hard to hold due to its size, so a Mi Mix Nano leak was naturally welcomed by many especially as it promised a 5.5-inch screen with almost the exact same specs, though the storage is capped at 64 GB. 
But according to Zhiyuan, there is no such product called a Mi Mix Nano. He further clarifies that this leak came from another brand using shady marketing tactics. In other words, it’s most likely a clone that is riding on the Mi Mix popularity and the Xiaomi name to sell their product.
So sorry guys, no Nano Xiaomi Mi Mix exists, but it's possible the company could still go ahead to do it or if you don't mind knock offs or clones, then you might find a smaller Mi Mix in the market, just not from Xiaomi.

The Chinese company have been doing rather well in recent times with the flash sale held for their bezel-less Xiaomi Mi MIX phablet was sold out in only 10 seconds, so a lot of users didn’t get a chance to purchase this phablet from the company. 
The company then decided to hold another flash sale to make it up to their consumers and fans, how long did it take to sell this time? 30 seconds.
The site was quite slow due to all the traffic, and it took it a while to refresh at first, so it is possible that the devices were sold out even sooner than that, but these are approximate numbers. 
How many units were sold in the course of this sale is unknown and it is suspected that there weren't many to begin with. Xiaomi did not say how many Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX units did they have lying around this time around. The Xiaomi Mi MIX is made out of ceramic, and Xiaomi did not manufacture that many units to begin with so it is believed that not too many were sold.
For fans who missed out of the flash sale, another chance will come up on November 11th when the third flash sale will take place.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX are both Xiaomi’s flagship phablets, but the two devices are quite different. The Mi Note 2 sports a 5.7-inch fullHD curved AMOLED display, comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, while the Mi MIX features a 6.4-inch panel, and sports basically no bezel around that display, except on the bottom. The Xiaomi Mi MIX comes with a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio, and looks really stunning, both in pictures and in real life.

So fans of the Chinese smartphone, Xiaomi can be get excited as their new offering the Redmi 4 is set to launch today.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 will feature a metal body design and come with a 2.5D curved glass display. The Redmi 4 is definitely a phone for the masses and will be relatively affordable for most people.
So with the release set for today, what can we expect the phone to feature?
The Redmi 4 should feature a 5-inch full HD display. Beneath the pretty surface lies a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. 
According to some online reports, the Redmi 4 might be powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core chipset. If the Redmi 4 is launched in China and India simultaneously, we can expect that the Qualcomm processor will be housed for the Indian market while the MediaTek processor will run on smartphones in the home country.
Beyond that, what we have are leaks and based on those leaks the Redmi 4 will come with a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF support and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera. The smartphone will further feature a rear fingerprint scanner. It is expected to come powered by a 4,000mAh battery with some reports hinting at a slightly boosted 4,100mAh battery, just like the Redmi 3s and Redmi 3s Prime. The Redmi 4 is likely to be available in gray, silver, and gold color choices. 
It is believed that beyond the Redmi 4, another phone called the Redmi 4A is also set to be launch. The 4A is set to be the even more affordable variant of the Xiaomi Redmi. The 4A is expected to come powered with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The Redmi 4A will also have same camera specifications as the Redmi 4 with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. It will draw its juice from a 3,030mAh battery with connectivity options such as dual-SIM support, 4G LTE compatibility, Bluetooth, and GPS. On the software front, both the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A will run the latest MIUI version on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Rumors are also rife that there will be a variant of the Redmi 4A, which will offer storage expansion capability. However, there is no concrete evidence about the same. 
So there you have it, are you excited about this? Would you like to get yourself a Xiaomi Redmi 4? Let us know what you think. 

Till Later.

Xiaomi has just launched a new phone that looks just like the "late" Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it's called the "Xiaomi Mi Note 2". This phone is the Galaxy Note 7 reincarnate.


Display: The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors which guarantees a very sharp and clear display, 5.7 inches (~74.2% screen-to-body ratio) and 1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density).

Camera: The primary camera has 22.5 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,1/2.6" sensor size, 1 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama and the secondary camera has 8 MP, f/2.0, autofocus.

Memory: With no availability of a memory card slot the phone has two in-built memory types,the cheapest version with 64 GB, 4 GB RAM which cost 2799 yuan (about $410, £330, AU$540) or the 128 GB, 6 GB RAM which cost 3299 yuan (about $490, £400, AU$640).

There's also a "Global Version" which is said to have global LTE bands coverage and might be the version that would be sent out to the rest of the world and cost 3499 yuan (about $520, £420, AU$680).

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 also features a fingerprint sensor right beneath the home button, an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer and a Non-removable Li-Ion 4070 mAh battery, it's available in black and silver colors.

But the bad news is the phone might not circulate just yet,according to reports from the company's spokesman, he said,
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is currently planned to go on sale in China only. We don’t have any more information about its availability in other markets.

For those who use Xiaomi devices or have plans to purchase one, know that your device will be coming with man pre-installed Microsoft apps including Office and Skype on its phones and tablets. 
Microsoft announced in a blog post that Xiaomi will begin preinstalling Office and other software and services on devices including the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3, and Redmi 3 starting September 2016. 
The companies have refused to disclose the financial details of the agreement.
The companies have already partnered to launch Windows 10 on Mi Pad and fuel Mi Cloud service using Microsoft Azure.
“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership,” said Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi. 
“As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.”

With the launch of the Redmi Note 33 done and dusted, Xiaomi seems to be working on another Redmi series smartphone with a massive 4000 mAh battery.
Rumours indicate that the phone could be called the Xiaomi Redmi 3A. It was spotted on the website of Chinese certification agency, TENAA.
According to the listing, the Xiaomi Redmi 3A has a 5-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor and Adreno 505 GPU. 
It has 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and expected to have an expandable storage slot. It will come with a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 5 megapixel front facing camera and a 4,000 mAh battery. Xiaomi Redmi 3A comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back.
The phone purportedly runs on an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and the images reveal that it comes in Gold and Silver colours. Connectivity options of the device include dual SIM, 4G-LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS/A-GPS and a micro USB 2.0 port.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3A is rumored to be priced around $91.

Chinese company Xiaomi today released their rather ambitiously sized Mi Max today at an event in China.

They had yesterday released a couple of teaser videos to whet the appetite of potential users highlighting the sheer size of the phone, it's powerful battery and all the other cool stuff it's supposed to be able to do.

The videos are in mandarin, but you can get the basic gist of what they are trying to say.

See them below.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

The teasers take on a very humorous hue to give fans something to cheers about.

What does the phone actually promise though,

The new Xiaomi Mi Max is set to feature ridiculously huge 6.44-inch full-HD (1080x1920) 342ppi display which will conveniently make it the company's largest phone yet.

It's also to come in an all-metal body and will features colours such as Dark Grey, Gold, and Silver. The new phablet from Xiaomi also features a fingerprint scanner which is located at the rear panel.

The Chinese company announced that the Xiaomi Mi Max come in three models with three price ranges: $230 gets you the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor, $261 will springboard you to the 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage model powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, and a third model priced at $307 for the 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage and powered by Snapdragon 652 processor.

The dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery. It features a hybrid SIM tray. It measures 173.1x88.3x7.5mm and weighs 203 grams.

All in all, it looks like a pricey yet handy phone to have around.

The key specs of the phone look something like this.

The get a look at the sleek phone check out these photos.

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