Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Other Xiaomi Phones Now Available With Discounts Offline


Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Other Xiaomi Phones Now Available With Discounts Offline

Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a Rs. 2,000 discount, as do the Redmi Y2 and Mi A2.

Xiaomi India has announced limited period discounts and offers on the purchase of several of its smartphones in the offline market. The Redmi Y2, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi A2, and Mi Mix 2 will be sold for a discount of up to Rs. 3,000. Additionally, users can avail cashback on Paytm Mall as well as when paying with SBI cards. Gadgets 360 has learnt that the Poco F1 and several other Xiaomi phones can also be bought offline with no cost EMI plans. Additionally, information shared with us reveals that the offer period is between October 18, 2018 and November 7, 2018.

To start off, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s base 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant and 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant will get a discount of Rs. 2,000. The selfie-focused Redmi Y2 also gets a discount of Rs. 2,000 as well, as does the Mi A2. Lastly, the premium Mi Mix 2 gets a Rs. 3,000 price cut.

Apart from these instant discounts, buyers can avail a Paytm Mall cashback of up to Rs. 500 on purchase of up to Rs. 10,000 and a cashback of Rs. 1,000 when buying Xiaomi smartphones priced above Rs. 10,000. Users with SBI cards can avail a flat Rs. 500 cashback on a minimum purchase of Rs. 8,000, valid only when buying Xiaomi’s smartphones.



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Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review


Xiaomi has made a name for itself in the fitness wearables space with its affordable Mi Band series. One of the things we really like about these devices is that they have so far been accurate and have offered really good value for money. The very first Mi Band made such products available to the masses at low prices. The next iteration introduced a display and added a few more useful features. Now, Xiaomi’s latest fitness wearable, the Mi Band 3, takes things even further by introducing a touchscreen. People have high expectations for this product, but can it deliver at its Rs. 1,999 price point? We put it to the test to find out.

 

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 design

Xiaomi’s design for its Mi Bands has roughly been the same all along. You have a capsule that has all the guts of the Mi Band 3 and a strap made out of thermoplastic elastomer which latches securely onto your hand. The capsule has grown in size and the Mi Band 3 has the biggest one yet in the series. It is curved at the sides and is slightly extruded from the strap when snapped in place. The OLED display is also bigger than the one on the Mi Band 2, and it is also brighter making it more legible outdoors.

There are grooves on the side of the capsule which allow the strap to hold it in place. This also helps prevent the capsule from popping out when you are running, something the original Mi Band was notorious for. Xiaomi ships a USB charging cable in the box which can be plugged into any adapter or a laptop to charge the capsule. The Mi Band 3 has a tiny dimple below its touchscreen which is a capacitive button. This button has two functions — a single tap to go back, and a long-tap to accept. Turn the capsule around and you can see the slightly raised heart rate sensor.

The quality of the strap is quite good. The clasp latches firmly and never came undone during the duration of this review. We did notice that the strap has more adjustment holes compared to the Mi Band 2, which should help users find a comfortable fit, even those with thinner hands.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Front Xiaomi Mi Band 3 ReviewThe Mi Band 3 has a capacitive touchscreen

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 performance and battery life

The Mi Band 3 pairs with a smartphone using the Mi Fit app and Bluetooth 4.2 LE, which keeps the power consumption down. The app is available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, and it is very easy to pair the band with a phone. When using the Mi Band 3, one can swipe upwards to go through various bits of information. When there is more than one readout available, you will see a scroll indicator hinting that you can swipe right to left to see more.

The Mi Band 3 displays a lot more information than the model it replaces. Apart from the time and date, you can check the number of steps taken, distance covered, calories burned, battery level, a three-day weather forecast, heart-rate, and a stopwatch. You can also switch the ringer profile of the phone (Android only), use the band to find your phone, and start recording exercise sessions directly from the band.

The Mi Fit app remains unchanged, but the Mi Band 3 does get a few new settings under the Device tab. One of them is a night mode that dims the display automatically at sunset or a scheduled time. Select Heart-rate Detection lets you turn automatic detection off, pair it with sleep tracking for better accuracy, or just keep it on. When switched on it gives you the option to track your heart rate at set intervals, with the lowest being one minute.

Xiaomi Mi band 3 Software Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Review

Xiaomi Mi Fit app on Android

 

The Mi Band 3 can also handle notifications and phone calls. We had paired it with a Samsung Galaxy S9 (Review) and found that it displayed the telephone number for an incoming call instead of the caller’s name, even when the contact was in our address book. It gives you the option to mute incoming calls or reject them entirely, using the capacitive button. The band manages notifications quite well and also saves these notifications until you clear them.

Activity tracking with the Mi Band 3 is very accurate. To check the accuracy of the step counter we went for a walk and counted 1,000 steps manually. The band reported 1,004 steps, which is very good, and the minor deviation can be accepted. We went for a walk for a distance we knew was exactly 1km, and the Mi Band 3 recorded the distance to be 1.12km. This is because non-GPS trackers like the Mi Band 3 can only estimate the distance you cover, so if accurate distance tracking — and not just steps — is important, you should look at more expensive alternatives.

The deviation was even larger when we used the Mi Band 3 on a treadmill with the exercise mode enabled. After we finished 2km on the treadmill, the band displayed 1.68km. This is primarily because the band cannot gauge stride length when on a treadmill, but we did have the option to calibrate distance after finishing a run.

While in exercise mode, the band displays the time and constantly tracks your heart rate. You can also use it for outdoor runs, where it uses GPS data from your paired phone for better distance tracking.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Excercise mode Xiaomi Mi Band 3 ReviewExercise mode on the Xiaomi Mi Band 3

 

Sleep tracking is also supported on the Mi Band 3, and we found it to be accurate compared to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2. It also has a vibrating alarm, which we liked. It’s powerful enough to wake you up without disturbing anyone else in the room.

Xiaomi’s smart bands are known for their battery life but the Mi Band 3 has lower battery life than its two predecessors. With notifications switched off and the band only tracking steps and sleep, the battery reported 50 percent remaining after 8 days of use. With more features enabled, including heart-rate monitoring while sleeping, notifications, and the exercise mode while working out, we saw a faster dip in the battery level. To charge the Mi Band 3 you will need to remove the capsule from the band and use its proprietary charging cable with any computer or USB adapter.

Verdict
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is the latest in a series that has already made a name for itself in the fitness tracker space in India. It is accurate for step tracking, and the touchscreen helps in navigating through the options that this device has to offer. The battery life is lower than that of the Mi Band 2, but is still better than what most other fitness bands in the market deliver. Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing of Rs. 1,999 makes it a good value-for-money offering as well.

Pros

  • Accurate steps and sleep tracking
  • Good battery life
  • Bright display

Cons

  • Proprietary charger
  • Inconsistent distance tracking

Ratings

  • Design: 3.5
  • Tracking: 4
  • Software and ecosystem: 4
  • Battery life: 4
  • Overall: 4



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Xiaomi Poco F1 Rosso Red Colour Variant to Go on Sale in India for the First Time Tonight


Xiaomi Poco F1’s latest Rosso Red colour option is all set to go on sale in India for the first time tonight at 9pm IST for Flipkart Plus members as part of the e-commerce site’s its Big Billion Days sale, and 12am IST (Midnight – October 11) for non-members. It will also become available via Mi.com from 12am IST. To recap, it was launched in India last week. Notably, all storage configurations of the Xiaomi Poco F1 will go on sale simultaneously. Key highlights of the Poco F1 include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, a vertical dual rear camera module, and a value-for-money price tag. However, the phone has had its fair share of bugs in terms of screen bleeding, missing Widevine L1 certification, and more.

Xiaomi Poco F1 Rosso Red price in India, availability

Xiaomi Poco F1 price in India is set at Rs. 20,999 for the base 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. The 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model is priced at Rs. 23,999, and the top-end 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage variant comes in at Rs. 28,999. The sale will be held across Flipkart and Mi.com at 12am IST Midnight on October 11, but as we mentioned, Flipkart Plus members will have early access from tonight, at 9pm IST.

Xiaomi Poco F1 Rosso Red specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Poco F1 runs MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 500-nits brightness, pixel density of 403ppi, and 84 percent NTSC colour gamut. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X dual-channel RAM and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of onboard UFS 2.1 storage.

Poco F1 Review

In the camera department, the Xiaomi Poco F1 sports a vertically aligned dual rear camera setup that contains a primary 12-megapixel, with 1.4-micron pixel size, f/1.9 aperture, and dual pixel autofocus, and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor, with 1.12-micron pixel size and f/2.0 aperture. On the front, the smartphone gets a 20-megapixel selfie camera with AI portrait mode, selfie timer, and face recognition. There is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for Quick Charge 4.0.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v5.0 with aptX-HD, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with IR face unlock capabilities. Sensors onboard the Poco F1 include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Dimensions of the phone are 155.5×75.2×8.8mm and weight is 182 grams.



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Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Pro 55-Inch, Mi Home Security Camera 360, Mi Luggage to Go on Sale for First Time in India Today


Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch model, launched in India last month, is set to go on sale for the first time in India today via Flipkart and Mi.com, at 12pm IST. Alongside, the company’s Mi Home Security Camera 360 and Mi Luggage have also go on sale in the country today, with the former being made available via Amazon India, Flipkart, and Mi.com, and the latter being made available via Amazon India, Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home, and offline partners. To recall, both the Mi Home Security Camera 360 and Mi Luggage were launched on the same day as the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch model last month.

Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch price in India, specifications

The Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch price in India has been set at Rs. 49,999. Xiaomi notes that the price is introductory in nature, and valid only for a month. While the smart TV will initially be available via Flipkart and Mi.com, it will be made available to buy via Mi Home stores and offline channel partners soon after.

As for the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch model’s specifications, it features a 55-inch 4K HDR frameless display, a thickness of just 4.9mm, 20W stereo speakers with DTS-HD, an AmLogic 64-bit quad-core processor with 7th-gen imaging technology, Mali-450 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of inbuilt storage, three HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, an S/PDIF port, Bluetooth v4.2 support, as well as a new 11-button remote with a dedicated voice search button. It also has access to the Google Play Store, and features Chromecast support built-in. To recall, at its launch event last month, Xiaomi had also announced new content partners in India – including Eros Now, Jio Cinema, Hooq, and Epic – adding that support for Amazon Prime Video on PatchWall UI will come soon as an OTA update.

Mi Home Security Camera 360 price in India

The Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360 price in India has been set at Rs. 2,699. Apart from Amazon India, Flipkart, and Mi.com, it will become available to buy via Mi Home stores and offline retailers soon.

mi home security 360

The Mi Home Security Camera 360 features 360-degree viewing angles and uses AI to detect motion in the room. It allows users to record video in full-HD resolution, supports 2x zoom, and features infrared night vision to capture the feed in the pitch darkness. The Mi Home Security Camera 360 has a microSD card slot for up to 64GB and has two-way radio talkback function to let users communicate with each other. Users can control the camera using the Mi Home app.

Mi Luggage price in India
The Xiaomi Mi Luggage price in India starts at Rs. 2,999 for the 20-inch variant, and goes up to Rs. 4,299 for the 24-inch variant – they are both available via Amazon India, Flipkart, and Mi.com, apart from Mi Home stores and offline retail partners. The trolley travel bags feature a honeycomb design, and are built out of Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate that’s said to make them scratch-resistant.

mi luggage

They also feature a TSA approved lock, while the wheels at the bottom of the bags support 360-degree rotation, have dual-spinning capability, and are shock absorbent and wear-resistant. Xiaomi also says the handle to drag the Mi luggage is adjustable at four stops as well. While the 20-inch Mi Luggage comes in Blue, Grey and Red colour options, the 24-inch Mi Luggage comes in Blue and Grey colour options.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Allegedly Explodes While Charging, Mi A2 ‘Fingerprint Sensor Bug’ Said to Impact Battery Life


Xiaomi Mi A1 Allegedly Explodes While Charging, Mi A2 'Fingerprint Sensor Bug' Said to Impact Battery Life

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Xiaomi has marked the fingerprint sensor bug with a “need more information” tag on its MIUI forums

Xiaomi Mi A1, the company’s first Android One smartphone, is now in reports for having allegedly exploded while it was being charged. The owner of the affected handset was reportedly jolted out of his sleep when the Mi A1 exploded. In addition to the Mi A1, Xiaomi is facing outrage for a reported fingerprint sensor bug within the Mi A2, the successor to the Mi A1, that brings a sudden battery death issue. Both Android One models by the Beijing-based company are currently anticipated to receive an update to Android 9.0 Pie. Unlike other Xiaomi smartphones that have MIUI on top of Android, the Mi A-Series models run stock Android out-of-the-box.

As posted in an MIUI forum post, a Xiaomi Mi A1 exploded while it was being charged overnight. The owner of the affected phone often put it on charging overnight. But one day, it is said that he was jolted out of his sleep after hearing an explosion from his phone. He ignored the blow and went back to sleep, but in the morning, he found the Mi A1 in an “extremely [damaged] condition.”

It is unclear whether the user was charging the affected Mi A1 using a genuine charger. Also, the MIUI forum post says that the user reached the customer care. The damaged Mi A1 unit is claimed to be eight months old and used with a protective case. Importantly, this was the first such case reported for the Mi A1.

Alongside the alleged explosion of the Mi A1, Xiaomi has come in the headlines for a Mi A2 bug that is impacting its battery life. Several users on the Linus Tech Tips forums have reported that the fingerprint sensor of the Mi A2 is using all the eight cores of the Snapdragon 660 SoC at maximum speed. This results in the sudden death of the battery and reduces the screen-on time to three or four hours.

Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any details around the bug, but on its MIUI forums, it has marked the bug as “need more information”, as spotted by Android Authority. The user reports suggest that the problem exists on a large number of Mi A2 units for over last one month. However, the company has neither pushed any bug fix nor acknowledged any issue.

We’ve reached out to Xiaomi for clarity on the alleged Mi A1 explosion as well as the reported Mi A2 battery issue and will update this space accordingly.



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Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale: Xiaomi, Samsung, Moto, Asus, Vivo, and Others Preview Smartphone Discounts


Flipkart is set to kick off its Big Billion Days sale next week, where it will be offering deals and discounts on smartphones as well. The Big Billion Days sale 2018 will commence on October 10 and will continue till October 14. However, the offers on smartphones will not be available on the first day, but will open on October 11. As a part of the sale, Flipkart will be offering deals on handsets from brands such as Xiaomi, Samsung, Motorola, Asus, Vivo, and more. While the e-commerce giant has provided a teaser of the upcoming offers, it will reveal more deals in the next few days.

In its mobile app, Flipkart has listed a number of deals and discounts that will be available during the Big Billion Days sale. Huawei sub-brand Honor has already detailed the offers that will be available for smartphones such as Honor 7A, Honor 9N, Honor 7S, Honor 10, Honor 9i, and Honor 9 Lite. Besides that, there are several other smartphones that will be offered with discounts during the Flipkart sale. For instance, Flipkart has promised that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro will be “coming at an incredible price”. Currently, the price of the smartphone starts at Rs. 14,999. Similarly, Samsung’s flagship from last year – Galaxy S8 – will be available at “an unbelievable price”. Interested buyers can ‘guess the price’ of the Galaxy S8 by filling up a form. However, Flipkart has not announced a reward for guessing the correct price.

Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale 2018 Next Week: Everything You Can Expect

The listing of mobile phone deals on the Flipkart app shows promises some “crazy deals” on select smartphones. The Moto Z2 Force, originally priced at Rs. 34,999, will be available with a minimum discount of Rs. 15,000. Currently, the listing shows a price tag of Rs. 1_,999. Similarly, the Lenovo K8 Plus, originally priced at Rs. 9,999, will be available with a minimum discount of Rs. 1,000 as the listing shows the price tag of Rs._,999. Meanwhile, Flipkart noted that the ‘crazy deals’ will also be available on the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt and the 3GB RAM variant of Oppo A71.

Additionally, Flipkart is promising ‘lowest ever prices’ on a number of smartphones. This list includes the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Asus ZenFone 5Z, Samsung On6, Vivo V9, Google 2 XL, and Yu Ace. Coming to offers on Apple iPhone, Flipkart claims that all the models will come with “lowest prices”. Also, there will be flash sales on Realme C1, Redmi 5A, Realme 2, and Poco F1, whose prices start at Rs. 6,999, Rs. 5,999, Rs. 8,999, and Rs. 20,999 respectively.

Apart from the discounts, users can also purchase buyback plans at Rs. 99 to get up to 90 percent reselling value on every smartphone. Buyers will also be able to use bundled exchange offers to get an instant discount on smartphones and other electronics. Flipkart says that customers will be able to own the LG G7+ ThinQ for less than Rs. 4,000. It will offer a flat discount of Rs. 15,000 and you can avail the buyback offer on that smartphone that is originally priced at Rs. 25,990. Similarly, the Oppo F9 Pro (MRP Rs. 25,990) will be offered with a flat discount of Rs. 2,000. Buyers will additionally be able to avail an extra exchange discount of Rs. 3,000 and 70 percent buyback value on the smartphone.

Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale and Amazon Great Indian Festival: How to Make Sure You Get the Best Deals

Flipkart will offer mobile protection plans priced at Rs. 99 during the Big Billion Days sale. Additionally, there will be theft coverage with its mobile protection plans exclusively during the sale. It is worth noting that the e-commerce giant is also offering several payment options to for customers. Flipkart has also partnered with HDFC Bank to offer 10 percent instant discount on its debit and credit cards.

The e-commerce site will reveal all the smartphone deals in Big Billion Days sale gradually between October 3 and October 7. While today Flipkart has listed the deals on Honor smartphones, tomorrow it will unveil some of the ‘crazy deals’. Offers on smartphones under Rs. 7,000, under Rs. 15,000, and above Rs. 15,000 will be revealed by Flipkart in the three days after that, respectively.



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Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 Now Receiving MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM: How to Download and Install


Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are now receiving MIUI 10. Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, carrying version 10.0.2.0.OCBMIFH and 10.0.1.0.OCGMIFH respectively. To recall, both the smartphones had been launched with MIUI 9 in India last month with an MIUI 10 update promised – both smartphones were launched side-by-side in China in June. Also announced in June, the MIUI 10 Global ROM is the global version of MIUI 10 ROM that was launched in China in May. Download link to Recovery and Fastboot ROMs were also provided by the company, so users can decide to flash their devices if they’re too impatient awaiting the update rollout.

Earlier this month, the Chinese manufacturer had started rolling out the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM to a number of its devices. Last week, Xiaomi had confirmed that the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 along with a list of other devices that will get the update sometime in mid-October and in November. To recall, Xiaomi had recently released the update for the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. Besides, Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi Mix 2S, Mi 8, and Redmi Y2 have also received the MIUI 10 stable update.

The MIUI 10 Global Stable build for the Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are rolling out as an over-the-air (OTA) package. The official changelogs posted on the company’s Mi Community forums confirm that the new update includes all the latest features of MIUI 10. It includes full-screen gestures and a new UI tailored for full-screen devices. Additionally, the update brings a natural sound system that comes with simplified system sounds and applied smart filters as well as ambient sounds. Also, MIUI 10 brings AI-backed Portrait mode that blurs the background on portrait shots using software tweaks.

Additionally, with the MIUI 10 update in Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, Xiaomi has updated the preloaded Clock and Notes app and has offered a new Recents view that stacks all the recent apps in the form of cards, inspired by the Notes app. Apart from the changes, the latest update also brings other improvements and optimisations.

To check the availability of MIUI 10 Global Stable update on your Redmi 6A and Redmi 6, go to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates.

As we mentioned, alternatively, you can flash the latest MIUI 10 update on your Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 through a Recovery ROM or Fastboot ROM. Here are the links:

Fastboot ROM Links
Redmi 6A
Redmi 6

Recovery ROM Links
Redmi 6A
Redmi 6

For more details on how to install the MIUI 10 update for the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A via Fastboot and Recovery ROMs, you can refer to our previous guide. As always, before downloading MIUI 10 through any of the above links, ensure that your device is charged up to 80 percent to prevent accidental power off in between flashing process. Do also backup your smartphone, you can learn more about that here, as the manual installation process wipes data.



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Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Now Receiving MIUI 10.0.4 With Improved Portrait Mode


Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is now receiving MIUI 10.0.4 update that brings an improved Portrait mode. The latest maintenance update also improves camera stability and fixes an issue that was affecting the portable hotspot. It comes weeks after Xiaomi released the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the Redmi Y2. This was the first MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM rollout. The Redmi Y2 is the India variant of the Redmi S2 and was launched in June with MIUI 9.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Its key highlights are the 5.99-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 625 SoC, and 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear cameras.

As confirmed through an announcement on the MIUI forums, Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM V10.0.4.0.OEFMIFH build for the Redmi Y2. The latest update isn’t as major as the previous MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM. However, it improves background blur for the front-facing camera of the Redmi Y2 to deliver an enhanced selfie-taking experience especially while using the Portrait mode. The smartphone also has received an improved camera stability. Further, the new MIUI 10 update fixes an issue that was affecting the portable hotspot option in the Second space.

The official changelog shows that the MIUI 10.0.4 update for the Redmi Y2 also addresses the problem that could restrict users from unlocking the device after tapping a lock screen notification in MIUI 10. Plus, there is a switch to enable the deletion sound.

Like any other software update, the MIUI 10.0.4 for the Redmi Y2 is rolling out in batches. It may, therefore, take some time to reach every unit. Nevertheless, you can check its availability on your Redmi Y2 by going to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates. You can also look for update’s availability on your device through the Updater app.

Alternatively, Xiaomi has provided Recovery ROM and Fastboot ROM packages to help you get the new experience instantly. It is recommended to back up your data before beginning the update process.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Y2 runs MIUI 9.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and features a 5.99-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU and 3GB as well as 4GB RAM options. There is a dual camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that come with a 1.25 micron pixel size and AI-based features. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel Super Pixel sensor along with an LED flash, AI Beautify 4.0, and Face Unlock support.

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 Review

The Redmi Y2 has 32GB and 64GB onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB 2.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is an infrared sensor as well as a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. Besides, the smartphone packs a 3,080mAh battery and measures 160.73×77.26×8.1mm.

Redmi Y2 price in India has been set at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant and Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB onboard storage model.

 



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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: What’s New and Different?


Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is the company’s latest affordable smartphone that has been launched in Thailand. Key highlights of the new Redmi Note 6 Pro include a 19:9 display with a notch up top, a Snapdragon 636 SoC, dual cameras at the back as well as the front, and AI-based camera functionality. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in India back in February this year alongside its younger sibling, the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was the first smartphone in the Indian market to sport the Snapdragon 636 SoC. Let’s find out the difference in price and specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro price

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price is set at THB 6,990 (roughly Rs. 15,700) for the lone 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. The phone will be sold in Black, Blue, and Rose Gold colour options in Thailand from September 27. Other variants, if any, and their pricing have not been announced yet. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage, and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model. Colour options include Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold. It is available across Mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Home stores, and Xiaomi offline partners.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro specifications

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) IPS LCD panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a display notch. On the other hand, Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with a tamer 18:9 aspect ratio. Both of these smartphones run custom MIUI ROMs on top of Android Oreo.

Both the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC. While only a 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro has been unveiled yet, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is sold in 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage models. Storage on both phones is expectedly expandable via microSD cards.

Once again, a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup is common among the two smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with features like Dual Pixel autofocus, AI portrait 2.0, and 1.4-micron pixel size. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, sports a similar setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor that has f/2.2 aperture and 1.25-micron pixel size, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size.

As for the selfie cameras, the Redmi Note 6 Pro features a dual camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary unit, both paired with 4-in-1 super pixel and AI face unlock. The Redmi Note 5 Pro only has a single selfie camera with a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor, accompanied by an LED selfie light and Beautify 4.0 mode.

In terms of battery capacity, both of these smartphones get the same 4,000mAh unit. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a rating of 5V/2A or 10W, Xiaomi has not yet specified power output for the Redmi Note 6 Pro. Both the Redmi Note 6 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pro have rear-mounted fingerprint sensors and software-based face unlock capabilities.

Connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also offers 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, a Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5 Pro comparison

  Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro Redmi Note 5 Pro
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Dimensions (mm) 157.90 x 76.38 x 8.20 158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000 4000
Colours Black, Blue, Rose Gold Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Release date February 2018
Launched in India Yes
Body type Metal
Weight (g) 181.00
Removable battery No
SAR value 1.19
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.26 5.99
Resolution 1080×2280 pixels 1080×2160 pixels
Aspect ratio 19:9 18:9
Protection type Gorilla Glass
HARDWARE
Processor octa-core 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM 4GB 4GB
Internal storage 64GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Dedicated microSD slot No
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128
CAMERA
Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.9, 1.4-micron) + 5-megapixel 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Rear autofocus Yes Phase detection autofocus
Rear flash Yes LED
Front camera 20-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.8-micron) + 2-megapixel 20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)
Front flash LED
SOFTWARE
Operating system Android Android 7.1.1
Skin MIUI MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes Yes, v 5.00
Micro-USB Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n/ac
NFC No
USB OTG Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SENSORS
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No



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Xiaomi Wants to Enter Your Home (Spoiler: Not With Its Smartphones)


Xiaomi may be best known as India’s leading smartphone brand, but the Chinese company doesn’t want to be just a smartphone company. The Beijing-headquartered company at its “Smarter Living” event in Bengaluru on Thursday launched a list of connected devices that aim to become an essential part of your daily life. To recall, among other products, Xiaomi launched the Mi Band 3, Mi Purifier 2S, and Mi Home Security Camera 360 to expand its presence in the consumer IoT market. The company also brought its first line of Android TV-based Mi TV models to bring Google services such as Google Play and YouTube to a large number of TV viewers in the country. Raghu Reddy, Head of Category and Online Sales, Xiaomi India, tells Gadgets 360 that the aim of launching new devices is to make its customers’ lives “a lot simpler.” However, the ultimate objective is to go beyond smartphones.

“We’re taking a phased approach in India,” asserts Reddy. “We started with smartphones and are now getting into the other categories. By 2014, we laid out our vision that we’re never going to be just a smartphone company, we are going to get into a lot of different categories. We started with the adjacent categories and then moved to more complicated categories.”

Xiaomi entered the Indian smart TV market in February by launching the Mi TV 4. After the first Mi TV model, the company expanded its presence by bringing the cheaper Mi TV 4A. The original models came with a proprietary PatchWall interface. But to bring Google services on board, the company has now moved to Android TV. Sudeep Sahu who heads the Mi TV product lineup in India tells Gadgets 360 that bringing Android TV to Mi TVs was like building product from scratch.

Sahu at the company’s event in Bengaluru showcased the Google Assistant integration that comes through Android TV support. “The way the voice search is integrated, you’ll not find it in any other smart TV,” he claims. “We are calling it Google voice search [instead of Google Assistant] because we thought it’s much more relatable and recognisable for common people over Google Assistant that is more suitable for geeks like us who are in the industry or understand what the Assistant is.”

While Android TV on the new Mi TV models make them look similar to other Android TV offerings, PatchWall helps Xiaomi deliver a unique experience. Notably, both experiences come under one roof, and users can switch from Android TV to PatchWall with a press of a button. “It’s a win-win situation for both platforms,” affirms Sahu. “For Android TV, we didn’t want to just take a stock experience as what will be the difference in that case between a Mi TV and any other TV that runs Android TV. So PatchWall for us is going to be the differentiator.”

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Pro models with Android TV support

 

Having said that, Xiaomi is set to continue its focus on improving PatchWall interface as well. “In PatchWall, we’ve already done the work for content partners. Hence, PatchWatch is important,” states Sahu. The company is also in plans to bring the new Android TV experience to older Mi TV models. Sahu tells Gadgets 360 that the move for existing TV models would be harder than bringing the fresh experience on new hardware as there are some technical challenges. “The first major challenge is chip support,” he notes. “The chip in the existing Mi TV models is not certified from Google. But we’re trying to get exceptions for that. It will be an industry-first. Also, if you want Android TV, you need to have Bluetooth, minimum RAM capacity, and minimum storage. As we go around, we have to change the rules. This will be something like the Mi Mix.”

Sahu tells Gadgets 360 that the existing 32- and 43-inch Mi TV models are likely to receive the Android TV experience sometime early next year. This will sit alongside the existing PatchWall experience.

However, for Xiaomi, it is not Android TV update that is the major focus to take its TV game in India to the next level. The company is in plans to bring more local content on board. “We have about 15 language support — but there are some languages in which we have not enough content. So our next goal is not just to increase the count but the quality also,” says Sahu. The content team at Xiaomi India has eight people who all help manage building partnerships and relationships around local content.

Local manufacturing could also come as the second big change over time to bolster the existence of the Mi TV family in India. Sahu refused to give clarity around the manufacturing of Mi TV models in the country, though. “We don’t have any update on that,” he says, adding, “But of course, at some point of time, we’ll do the localisation from the manufacturing point as well.”

A greater push into homes
Alongside having major plans towards Mi TV models, Xiaomi is venturing into home automation and bringing a smarter living experience, starting with the Mi Purifier 2S and Mi Home Security Camera 360.

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Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360

 

“The consumer IoT market in India is still in its nascent stage,” says Reddy, “You’d expect only the advance set of customers who are online all the time and using everything online. But as you bake in more and more convince and usability, it will start populating down towards a lot many more customers. The trick is in how do you make it usable.”

With Experience Stores, Xiaomi Wants You to Decide What Products It Should Launch in India

Xiaomi is set to explore different avenues to create awareness around its new connected devices. “Mi Homes will obviously be the channel where we are set to showcase the entire bit,” says Reddy. “In the past, we did do a few mall activities to show people the effectiveness of our products. We’ll continue to evaluate all those opportunities in different ways.”

As data security is a prime concern in case of connected devices, Xiaomi late last month announced that it has started migrating data of its Indian users to local cloud infrastructure backed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. “We take user privacy very seriously and hold ourselves accountable to the highest standard possible and leaving no stone unturned,” Reddy tells Gadgets 360.

Market analysts are optimistic about Xiaomi’s latest move. “In India, Xioami is amongst the initial brands who are exploring their space in the consumer IoT category,” says Jaipal Singh, Associate Research Manager, IDC. “This surely provides a first mover advantage to them. As India grows further in adopting the consumer IoT devices, they can add more products to this market. Also, they are known as a value for money brand and brand which with a young fan following, this provides an added advantage to experiment with more categories.”

According to a recent report by IDC, Xiaomi has tripled its shipments in the Indian smart TV market in the second quarter of 2018 and became the leader in the market category that includes smart TVs, streaming sticks, and smart set-top boxes.

Independent analyst Faisal Kawoosa, who recently founded technology research and consultancy firm TechArc, believes that Xiaomi’s outlook with the latest launches is “future proofing and forward-looking thinking”.

“Smartphones have reached their summit, the market has plateaued, and it is business prudence to go beyond a single device of opportunity,” Kawoosa tells Gadgets 360. “This will help the company in ultimately creating services and gradually shift towards an Internet Company, which is what Xiaomi always has been saying it is up to.”

Counterpoint Research Associate Director Tarun Pathak points out that one of the key challenges for Xiaomi is that some of its IoT devices need to be tweaked as per local needs and preferences. “This will require dedicated local strategy going forward to scale it up,” he says. “Moreover, as the segment is fragmented there should be efforts involved in educating users about the benefit of such devices.”



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