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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi debuts in London

LONDON: 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 £499.99…

Xiaomi brings flagship Mi 8 and Mi Band 3 to Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan, 10 August, 2018 — Further cementing its commitment to introduce more amazing products at honest pricing in Pakistan, Global technology leader Xiaomi brings its flagship Mi 8 and Mi Band 3, an all-round upgrade on Xiaomi’s wildly popular fitness tracker in Pakistan, along with its incredibly accessible Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. Mi 8: Xiaomi 8th Anniversary Flagship Driven by its bold innovative culture, Xiaomi has rolled out a number of groundbreaking technologies making their world debut in its latest…

Xiaomi announces Redmi S2 and Redmi Note 5 in Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan, 5 July 2018- Global technology leader Xiaomi announces the launch of Redmi S2,  touted as the best Redmi phone for selfies with a 16MP front camera that is powered by pixel binning technology and featuring AI Beautify.It also sports a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera, coupled with AI face-unlocking, and is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform. Best Redmi phone for selfies The 16MP front camera of Redmi S2 captures details in good light and produces high resolution images. In low light…

Xiaomi puts indefinite delay on CDRs in blow to China’s plans for tech listings

HONG KONG: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said on Saturday there is no time frame for a mainland share offering, casting doubt on Beijing’s efforts to lure foreign-listed Chinese tech giants back home. Xiaomi had been expected to raise up to $10 billion, split between its Hong Kong and mainland offerings. But in a surprise move this week, it postponed its mainland share offering until after it completes its scheduled July 9 listing in Hong Kong. It did not say when it would restart its China depositary receipts (CDRs)…

Apple wins EU trademark case against Xiaomi

LUXEMBOURG: Apple succeeded on Tuesday in preventing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from registering its “Mi Pad” tablet computer as an EU trademark because the name was too similar to Apple’s “iPad”. The European Union’s second-highest court, the General Court, ruled that Mi Pad should not be registered as a trademark because consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity of the signs. Xiaomi’s Mi Pad and Apple’s iPad are both tablet computers. Read More: Apple loses trademark fight over ‘iPhone’ name in…

Huawei surpasses Apple to become second largest smartphone brand

Huawei has surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales consistently for June and July, and the momentum is likely to continue, says a report from global research firm Counterpoint. “This is a significant milestone for Huawei, the largest Chinese smartphone brand with a growing global presence,” noted Counterpoint’s Research Director Peter Richardson while discussing this key competitive development. “It speaks volumes for this primarily network infrastructure vendor on how far it has grown in the consumer mobile…

Xiaomi unveils flagship Mi6 smartphone

BEIJING: Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has unveiled its newest flagship smartphone — the Mi 6 — at an event in Beijing on Wednesday. The much-hyped and stunning phone has drawn comparison to iPhone, the most notable being that it comes without the 3.5mm headphone jack similar to iPhone 7 which launched last year. The phone comes with a battery that can last for one day, a great camera with a brilliant portrait mode, a lot of storage and a powerful 10-nm processor. The phone packs a 2.75GHz octa-core…

Xiaomi unveils in-house chipset to streamline production, cut prices

BEIJING: Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi announced its first in-house designed chipset on Tuesday, as it works to streamline production, lower prices, and gain greater control over handset design to counter the impact of slowing sales. The Surge S1, deployed in Xiaomi's newest smartphone, the Mi 5c, is the first chipset - which manages data flow - from the company's wholly-owned chip research subsidiary, Beijing Pinecone Electronics. "We need to master the core technologies of our industry and tightly integrate the…

Xiaomi executive Barra joins Facebook to lead virtual reality business

Facebook has hired Hugo Barra, the most prominent global executive at Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, to lead its virtual reality business including the Oculus unit, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said. The 32-year-old Facebook founder has spoken about virtual reality as an important part of the company's future business, especially as the technology becomes less expensive and its uses clearer. Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014, believing it to be the next major computing platform. Joining Facebook as VP of virtual…

Xiaomi says shrinking smartphone sales won’t hit the company

BEIJING: Sharp drops in smartphone sales for China's Xiaomi Inc will not have a major impact on the company as profit growth will be driven by sales from smart home devices as well as revenue from its software eco-system, a senior executive said. Xiaomi was valued at $46 billion in its last fund-raising in 2014 - making it briefly the world's most valuable start-up at a time when it was China's best-selling smartphone maker and looked set to make a splash worldwide. Last year it missed its global smartphone targets by…