Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Mi A2 and Redmi Y2 Price Cuts During ‘I Love Mi’ Amazon Sale This Week


Xiaomi India will be running a promotional sale on Amazon from December 6 to December 8. The Xiaomi sale will offer deals on smartphones available on Amazon India. Xiaomi has revealed two offers while teasing a third ‘special surprise’ that will be revealed on Thursday. The Mi A2 will be available with discounts worth up to Rs. 3,500 while the Redmi Y2 will be discounted by up to Rs. 2,000.

The ‘I love Mi’ sale will offer discounts on the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Redmi Y2. The Redmi Y2 (3GB, 32GB) will be available at Rs. 8,999 (MRP Rs. 10,499) while the Redmi Y2 (4GB, 64GB) will be down to Rs. 10,999 (MRP Rs. 13,499) during the sale.

On the other hand, the Mi A2 will also be available at a discounted price from December 6 to December 8 on Amazon India. The 4GB RAM, 64GB variant of the Mi A2 will be available at Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,499) while the 6GB RAM and 128GB variant will be available at a discounted price of Rs. 16,999 (MRP Rs. 20,500).

Apart from these two phones, the Redmi 6A will also receive discounted pricing during the sale. The Redmi 6A (2GB, 16GB) will be down to Rs. 5,999 while the Redmi 6A (2GB, 32GB) variant will be available at Rs. 6,999.

Xiaomi will also reveal another deal which will go live during its ‘I love Mi’ sale on Amazon on Thursday, which could be the discount on the Redmi 6A. Amazon India will also offer bundled deals including exchange discounts and no-cost EMI options on the Mi A2 and Redmi Y2.

Xiaomi’s ‘I Love Mi’ sale will be running alongside the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale which is scheduled to start from December 6. Meanwhile, the Poco F1 will be available with discounts worth up to Rs. 5,000 during Flipkart’s sale this week. The offers on Xiaomi’s phones will also be available on the company’s own online store apart from Amazon and Flipkart. 

We will be covering the best deals from both the sales, so make sure you tune in to Gadgets 360 on Thursday.

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Xiaomi President Shares Image of Mi Mix 3 Running on 5G Network, Launch Imminent


Xiaomi President Shares Image of Mi Mix 3 Running on 5G Network, Launch Imminent

Photo Credit: Weibo

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was launched in October

Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix 3 smartphone in October this year, and the device comes with quite a few highlights including the magnetic sliding front camera, a dual vertical camera setup, two cameras at the front, and a true bezel-less display with no notch. At the time of launch, the company had confirmed that a 5G variant of the device will arrive next year, and now Xiaomi President Lin Bin has shared an image showing off the Mi Mix 3 running on a 5G network.

The Xiaomi president has shared the image on Weibo, hinting at an imminent launch soon. If you look closely at the image, the top right edge displays a 5G logo suggesting that the phone is connected to a 5G network. At the left edge, there’s also an Android Pie logo indicating that the smartphone will get an Android Pie update soon as well. To recall, at the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 launch, the company had announced a 5G variant of the smartphone would be launched for the European market in 2019.

Apart from the image, the Xiaomi executive hasn’t shared any other details of the smartphone. The Mi Mix 3 5G variant is expected to be identical to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 in design and specifications. The smartphone sports a rear fingerprint scanner, a 6.4-inch (1080×2340 pixels) full-HD+ OLED panel, 10GB RAM, Snapdragon 845 SoC, a 3,850mAh battery, and dual cameras at the front and back.

Apart from Xiaomi, OnePlus has also confirmed that it will launch a 5G smartphone next year. OnePlus spokesperson earlier confirmed that the OnePlus 7 won’t have 5G enabled to keep the costing competitive. Instead, the company will keep its promise of 5G by launching a separate series early 2019. It is still a mystery whether OnePlus will launch this phone alongside the OnePlus 7 or launch it earlier on in a separate event. It is speculated that OnePlus could launch the 5G device at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.



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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Y2, Mi A2 Price in India Cut by Rs. 1,000


According to the latest IDC report, Xiaomi is the number one smartphone brand in India for Q3 2018. This makes Xiaomi reign in on the top position for the fifth consecutive quarter, and to celebrate this milestone, the Chinese giant has dropped the prices of three phones in India. India head Manu Kumar Jain has announced that Xiaomi is dropping the prices of the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Redmi Y2, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro by Rs. 1,000. The company says that the price cut has been possible due to the price reduction of some of its component costs.

Xiaomi says that it has reduced the prices of three phones – Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Redmi Y2, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro – by Rs. 1,000. Therefore, the Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, which was earlier priced at Rs. 14,999, is now priced at Rs. 13,999. Similarly, the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, which was earlier priced at Rs. 16,999, is now priced at Rs. 15,999.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, which was earlier priced at Rs. 16,999, is now priced at Rs. 15,999. The Xiaomi Mi A2 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, which was earlier priced at Rs. 19,999, is now priced at Rs. 18,999. And lastly, the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 4GB RAM + 64GB variant also sees a price cut from Rs. 12,999 to Rs. 11,999. Xiaomi notes that all of these new prices will come into effect from 12pm IST today, across all sales platforms.

To recall, Xiaomi had increased the price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro variant in May this year, due to changes in PCBA import taxes and the rupee depreciation. The price of the 4GB RAM variant was increased back then by Rs. 1,000, and now the new price introduced by Xiaomi today brings it back to the original launch price.

Apart from the price drops, Jain separately also announced that Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India on November 22.



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Mi A2 Android P Update Release Spotted in Beta, Download Link Available


Mi A2 Android P Update Release Spotted in Beta, Download Link Available

Photo Credit: XDA Developers

Mi A2 Android P update is up for download, but it’s still in beta — proceed with caution

Android Pie updates have been slowly but surely rolling out to select devices, and Mi A2 by Xiaomi seems to the latest in line. Xiaomi Mi A2 Android Pie update beta has been spotted on the XDA Developers forums, hinting at an imminent stable release for the device in the near future. Xiaomi’s Mi A series, unlike any of its other phones, runs on stock Android and doesn’t have any MIUI customisations like the other phones, apart from the camera app on the device.

Mi A2 Android P update beta download

XDA Developers has spotted the Android Pie beta release for the Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphone. Screenshots of the beta release running on a Xiaomi Mi A2 surfaced on the XDA Developers forums, and it comes with features like navigation gestures, adaptive battery, revamped navigation buttons, and more. The screenshots suggest that it is very much like stock Android Pie found on other phones. A beta ROM download link is also available, though we don’t recommend users install it – they should wait for the official beta release.

The report claims that although the beta ROM is official, it may be filled with bugs and issues. This beta release isn’t arriving via OTA yet, and therefore TWRP and Fastboot methods need to be used, the report suggests. This means that the Mi A2 will need to be flashed, for you to be able to run Android Pie beta release. Of course, you’ll need an unlocked bootloader as well. If you don’t wish to do that, then just wait for an OTA rollout, or the eventual stable release to come in.

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In terms of pricing, the Mi A2 costs Rs. 16,999 in India, for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant in India. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant costs Rs. 19,999, and the device comes in Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold, and Red colour options. The 6GB RAM variant was made available for Rs. 17,999 during the festive season as part of its introductory offer.



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Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 Price in India Hiked; Mi TV 4C, 4A, and Mi Power Bank 2i Too Become Costlier


Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 Price in India Hiked; Mi TV 4C, 4A, and Mi Power Bank 2i Too Become Costlier

Redmi 6A price in India will now start at Rs. 6,599

Xiaomi India on Saturday announced price hikes for two its most affordable smartphones — the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 — as well as select TV and powerbank models. Xiaomi said in a statement on Twitter that the price increase was necessary due to “a significant rise in input cost” thanks to rupee that has “depreciated against the dollar by nearly 15 percent”.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A (2GB+16GB) will now retail at Rs. 6,599, a price increase of Rs. 600 from its introductory launch price of Rs. 5,999. Xiaomi said the 2GB RAM and 32GB storage variant of the Redmi 6A will now retail at Rs. 7,499, an increase of Rs. 500.

It’s worth pointing out that Xiaomi had indicated at the time of the launch of the Redmi 6A in India in early September that the pricing of the smartphone may be revised upwards in a couple of months if rupee’s slide continues, so the move is hardly unexpected. However, the increase in price of other products may come as a bit of surprise to Mi fans.

The entry-level variant of the Redmi 6 will now retail at Rs. 8,499, an increase of Rs. 500 as compared to its launch price of Rs. 7,999. As of now, the price of the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the Redmi 6 remains unchanged at Rs. 9,499.

Two of the recently launched Mi LED TVs have also seen their prices increased. The Mi LED TV 4C Pro 32 and Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 will now retail at Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 31,999 respectively, an increase of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 2,000 respectively.

Finally, the 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i continues its up-again, down-again pricing trend with a new price tag of Rs. 899, an increase of Rs. 100.

All new prices will be effective from midnight, November 11.



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Xiaomi Launches in the UK With Mi 8 Pro, Redmi 6A, and Mi Band 3


China’s Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 8 Pro smartphone in London Thursday, making a UK debut as the tech giant ramps up its European presence before an expected American launch next month.

Xiaomi, which is looking to gain ground on rivals Apple, Huawei, and Samsung, revealed the flagship product at a launch event at the Barbican Centre.

The Mi 8 Pro will go on sale in Britain on Friday, the group announced, marking the first time that the device has been available outside China.

The phone, which retails from GBP 499.99 ($657, EUR 573), uses Google’s Android operating system and has a fingerprint sensor in its 6.2-inch screen. It will be available from various outlets including operator Three Mobile.

Xiaomi also announced it will open an official Mi Store on November 18 at London’s Westfield shopping centre in White City, having opened in Paris earlier this year.

‘Milestone product’
“Mi 8 Pro is a milestone product and that’s why we think it is perfect here today at a global debut here in London,” said Donovan Sing, director of product management.

He added: “We are going to be bringing Mi 8 here to the UK market.”

The group will also sell other hi-tech gadgets, including a fitness-tracking band and an electric scooter.

The entrepreneur behind Xiaomi, Lei Jun, describes the business he has built as a “new species” of company with a “triathlon” business model combining hardware, internet and e-commerce services.

Products range from home gadgets like smart air purifiers to non-tech items such as pillows and ballpoint pens.

Smartphones have remained at its core since its 2010 founding in Zhongguancun — China’s Silicon Valley – and sales have skyrocketed, making Xiaomi the world’s fourth-largest smartphone vendor at the end of last year, according to International Data Corp.

As some European consumers have pulled back from expensive outlays for an iPhone or Samsung, Xiaomi’s more affordable product has proved a hit in countries like France, Italy and Spain.

“Europe is our next focus,” Lei Jun told investors this summer, noting the company’s explosive growth in the region had already made Xiaomi the number four smartphone seller in western Europe.

International sales now bring in more than one-third of the company’s revenue.

In India, Xiaomi has cornered roughly 30 percent of the market, although growing pains there show how it can be difficult for Chinese companies to expand abroad.

Its phone chargers initially faced a relatively high defect rate because of India’s power supply problems and required a redesign to increase voltage.

Scepticism
Xiaomi should avoid such issues in the United Kingdom, but could encounter scepticism over its Chinese origins and concerns over data security.

Even after its Chinese competitor Huawei built a cyber-security centre for UK officials to review its code, controversy about the company’s operations and potential national security threats has continued.

Still, unlike Huawei, Xiaomi was not founded by a veteran of China’s armed forces and sells handsets instead of telecom infrastructure so there may be less cause for concern.



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Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S Get Mi Mix 3’s Night Scene Feature With MIUI 8.1.1.8: Report


Chinese phone maker Xiaomi’s two premium smartphones – Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2S – are borrowing the Night Scene photography feature from the Mi Mix 3 in their latest MIUI 8.1.1.8 software update. This feature is similar to Night Sight found on the latest Google Pixel 3 range, and essentially boosts low light shots using AI and computational tricks to increase the amount of light. This comes just days after Xiaomi had confirmed that photography features of the Mi Mix 3 would trickle down to the Mi 8 and the Mi Mix 2S.

Certain photography-based improvements are coming to the two above-mentioned Xiaomi smartphones, part of which is the Night Scene feature from the Mi Mix 3. The features are now rolling out in a closed beta MIUI China Developer ROM with version MIUI 8.1.1.8, as per a report by XDA Developers. Considering this update has been released in China, a global beta ROM might be on its way out soon enough.

Other than Night Scene, the update also brings things like an enhanced low light mode which will probably work in a similar way. The update also restores portable hotspot to be turned off after saving new password. Both phones are now getting the update in the Chinese closed beta, and you might need to wait some time for the stable beta to roll out in China and, subsequently, in international markets.

Xiaomi Mi 8 specifications

Launched in May this year, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 10 on top of Android Oreo, and sports a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2248 pixels) AMOLED panel with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and 88.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage.

In the camera department, the Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a dual rear camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors with dual pixel autofocus, four-axis OIS, and 1.4-micron pixel size. On the front, the handset bears a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. There is a 3,400mAh battery under the hood, with support for Quick Charge 4+.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 403ppi pixel density. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with an Adreno 630 GPU, 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of internal storage.

As for optics, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S bears a dual rear camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors. One of the sensors has f/1.8 aperture while the other one has f/2.4 aperture with optical zoom. It bears a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling, with HDR and Face Unlock capabilities. There is a 3,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.



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Xiaomi Mi AirDots Youth Edition Wireless Earphones Launched to Take on Apple AirPods


Xiaomi Mi AirDots Youth Edition Wireless Earphones Launched to Take on Apple AirPods

Xiaomi Mi AirDots Youth Edition comes with true wireless stereo (TWS) technology

Taking on Apple AirPods, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Mi AirDots Youth Edition truly wireless earphones. The new offering from the Chinese giant is designed with Bluetooth v5.0 support. There is also a dedicated touch zone that is featured on each earbud to let you perform actions such as enable or disable voice assistant, play or pause music, or answer or reject a call using your finger. Similar to AirPods, the Mi AirDots have true wireless stereo (TWS) technology that splits audio in both earbuds to deliver a truly wireless experience.

The Xiaomi Mi AirDots Youth Edition are presently available for pre-orders in China at CNY 199 (roughly Rs. 2,100). However, their sale will begin starting November 11 through Xiaomi Mall, Xiaomi Youpin, Tmall, Jingdong, and Suning.

The earphones have 7.2mm audio drivers, touted to produce deep bass and high-quality stereo audio. There isn’t any physical button to control your playback. However, the Xiaomi Mi AirDots Youth Edition earphones have a touch zone that lets you work with a voice assistant, play or pause music, or simply attend or reject a voice call with a touch. You can also touch the earbuds to mute an ongoing voice call – without using your connected phone.

Xiaomi has provided Bluetooth v5.0 on the Mi AirDots Youth Edition. The latest Bluetooth connectivity support is backwards compatible; it can work with devices having Bluetooth v4.2 or older connectivity options. Also, it consumes less power and offers a longer operating range with lesser impact from Wi-Fi signals over previous Bluetooth versions.

The Mi AirDots Youth Edition additionally come with a charging case that delivers 12 hours of power. You can put the headphones within the case to charge them, without using any external charging source. This works similar to how AirPods charge using their native case. The earphones are claimed to deliver four hours of playback time on its stereo mode, while five hours of usage can be gained in the mono mode on a single charge.



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Xiaomi Mi TV 4 With 65-Inch 4K HDR Display, 2GB RAM Launched


Xiaomi Mi TV 4 With 65-Inch 4K HDR Display, 2GB RAM Launched

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 65-inch 4K model runs Android-based PatchWall UI

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 65-inch 4K HDR LED model has been launched in China with a price tag of CNY 5,999 (roughly Rs. 63,300). The new Mi TV 4 model comes months after Xiaomi brought its 75-inch option in China. It runs Android-based PatchWall UI and features an ultra-thin metal body that is 7.5mm thick. The new television has Dolby+DTS audio integration and 4K HDR video support. Also, it comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. There is additionally an artificial intelligence (AI) backed voice control system.

Unlike the previous Xiaomi Mi TV 4 models, the new Mi TV 4 has a 65-inch fullscreen panel that supports 4K HDR playback. The TV has minimal bezels and a metal body, similar to the other models in the Mi TV 4 range. Also, it comes with a quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. The TV has Dolby+DTS audio decoding support to deliver an enhanced sound experience.

On the software side, the Mi TV 4 65-inch 4K HDR model runs Android operating system with PatchWall UI on top. There is also an AI-powered voice system that works with the bundled remote control.

The new Mi TV 4 65-inch 4K HDR model is already available for purchase in China. However, there isn’t any word on its availability in other markets, including India.

Back in May, Xiaomi launched the Mi TV 4 75-inch 4K model with AI voice system and 2GB RAM. The 75-inch variant debuted in China at CNY 8,999 (roughly Rs. 95,000) and had a thickness of 11.4mm.



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Xiaomi Mi TV Shipments in India Touch the 1-Million Mark in Less Than a Year


Xiaomi Mi TV Shipments in India Touch the 1-Million Mark in Less Than a Year

Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4 was launched in India in mid-February this year

Chinese technology giant Xiaomi on Friday announced that it had shipped more than 1 million television units in its Mi TV range of smart LED TVs in India thus far. To recall, the Mi TV 4 was first launched in India in mid-February this year and has since seen the launch of Mi TV 4A, Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro, and Mi TV 4C Pro. Offering high-end specifications and features at affordable, value-for-money price points have possibly been factors in helping the brand leverage the online market and get to the one million mark in such a short span.

Back in August this year, Xiaomi had announced that it sold 500,000 units in its Mi TV range. However, with an impressive 100,000 units sold in the festive online sale held from October 9-11, coupled with the company’s rapidly growing offline presence, Xiaomi has been able to hit the 1 million mark within about 2 months of that announcement. The success can also be owed to three new Mi TV models with Android TV launched in September this year. Notably, Xiaomi says it has achieved the feat of shipping 1 million units in over 9 months, by our calculations, it is under 9 months, with the first sale held on February 22, though the launch was on February 14.

To celebrate this achievement and the combined Diwali 2018 festive season, Xiaomi is offering a Rs. 1,000 discount on purchase of the 32-inch and 43-inch Mi TV 4A models on Flipkart and a 43-inch Mi TV 4A model on Mi.com, as part of the Big Diwali sale and the Diwali with Mi sale, respectively.

Raghu Reddy, who heads category and online sales at Xiaomi India, said, “We are extremely proud to be sharing another Mi TV milestone with our fans and thankful for all the love. It took us years of planning to get the hardware design, smart Patchwall User Interface, and software partnerships to deliver a truly smart TV experience for India and we are glad that over a million Indians put their faith in our product. Based on what we know, no other brand has ever achieved this in India.”



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