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  1. Xiaomi is finally announcing the new Xiaomi Mi 8. Featuring a notched display and Qualcomm’s best chipset yet, the Mi 8 is unsurprisingly a high-end flagship smartphone – it’s also said to boast a very good dual-camera system. For starters, the Mi 8 has a 6.21-inch Full HD+ 2248 x 1080 AMOLED display. Yes, it has a notch at the top, and there’s still a small chin at the bottom of the phone. It’s not quite as sizeable as, say, the Huawei P20 Pro’s bottom bezel, but it’s a chin nonetheless. Aside from that, the Mi 8 also features a 12MP + 12MP dual-camera system, and it seems to be pretty darn promising. The camera has a large 1.4µm sensor, as well as four-axis optical image stabilisation. According to Xiaomi, DxOMark also gave the Mi 8’s camera a total score of 99, ranking it at the same level as Samsung’s excellent Galaxy S9+. As is the case with some phones in the market now, the Mi 8 comes with AI scene recognition too. Based on what the camera is pointed at, the phone will automatically choose a suitable setting to make the shot look more appealing.
  2. Shares of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi fell below the initial offer price on their much-anticipated trading debut in Hong Kong, as investors questioned the valuation of the company and worried over risky tech stocks amid an unfolding US-China trade war. Xiaomi had already priced what was once billed as the world’s largest initial public offering this year at HK$17, the bottom of an initial HK$17 to HK$22 price range, after a lukewarm investor response. The shares opened on Monday at HK$16.60, before sliding as much as 6 per cent to HK$16. The stock closed at HK$16.80, off 1.2 per cent, while Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index ended up 1.3 per cent. “I think the core concern facing many investors is still the company’s valuation and how it positions itself,” said Ronald Wan, chief executive for Partners Capital. “Opinion is divided over whether it’s a smartphone maker or an internet firm. Many still see it as a consumer electronics firm without much of a hi-tech element … they still see it expensive, especially compared with Apple.” Lei Jun, who founded Xiaomi in 2010 and currently holds nearly one third of the company’s stock, has been presenting Xiaomi as an internet company rather than a hardware maker, saying it should be valued as hybrid of Apple and Tencent because it is “driven by innovation”. Companies billed as manufacturers, like tech giant Apple, tend to achieve much lower valuations than those categorised as internet firms, for example China’s Tencent. Investors were not the first to question Lei’s categorisation. In mid June, the company shelved a plan to issue Chinese depositary receipts (CDRs) in Shanghai after the market regulator demanded answers to 84 questions, including why Xiaomi positioned itself as an internet firm. Subsequently, Xiaomi cut its valuation to US$54.3 billion, about half of the US$100 billion it had originally sought. Lei remained upbeat however, after attending the trading debut. “Although the macroeconomic conditions are far from ideal, we believe a great company can still rise to the challenge and distinguish itself,” Lei said in a brief speech at the start of trading. “From day one, innovation has been an integral part of Xiaomi’s DNA,” he said, adding that the listing would be “a brand new start for Xiaomi”.
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    Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

    https://blogs-images.forbes.com/bensin/files/2017/09/20170908_105854_960x.jpg?width=960 At 5.99 inches, the screen is quite a bit smaller than the colossal 6.44-inch panel used in the original. It’s likely to feel a little smaller than those numbers would imply, too, because it uses an 18:9 aspect ratio compared to 17:9, meaning the display will be even narrower across. The “chin” below the screen has been shrunk by 12 percent, and the corners are also more obviously rounded. The phone in general is more obviously rounded, actually, in a break from the sharp lines used previously. The aluminum frame surrounds a ceramic back panel, and Xiaomi is also releasing a special edition Mi Mix 2 that it claims will be the first ever phone to use a full unibody ceramic design. The Mi Mix 2 now uses an actual speaker rather than a piezoelectric ceramic driver on the rear; sound is now piped through a tiny slit on the top edge, which should be an improvement but is still likely to represent a compromise of sorts. Another compromise is the front-facing camera, which has been more seamlessly integrated into the bottom panel but will still require you to hold the phone upside-down for selfies. The rear-facing camera, meanwhile, uses the same 12-megapixel sensor with 4-axis OIS as the Mi 6, but pairs it with a single f/2.0 lens — no dual-camera action here. Otherwise, the Mi Mix 2 has what you'd expect from a high-end flagship phone in terms of specs. Here’s the critical info: 5.99-inch 2160x1080 LCD at 401ppi 151.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.7mm, 185g Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 6GB of RAM (8GB on ceramic special edition) 64/128/256GB storage options (special edition is only 128GB) 3400mAh battery USB-C No headphone jack Bluetooth 5.0 MIUI 9, based on Android Nougat 43 LTE bands That last spec might be the most important if you’re considering this phone, as it means the phone should work properly on US LTE networks. Xiaomi itself still won’t be selling the phone in the US, however — it’s just saying that it’ll work if you find a way of getting one over there. It’ll also be available in most of the global markets where Xiaomi has a presence after an initial launch in China. As for how much that’ll cost you, Xiaomi is pricing the Mi Mix 2 from 3299 yuan (SGD 677)
  4. BEIJING (Reuters) - Hugo Barra, the most prominent global executive at China's Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] and the face of the smartphone maker's global expansion, has left the company citing health concerns and a new role. In a social media post on Monday, Barra, Xiaomi's vice president in charge of global operations, said he was leaving the company after three-and-a-half years for a new project based in Silicon Valley. Xiaomi was briefly the world's most valuable startup and had hopes to be China's equivalent of Apple Inc . But the firm has recently grappled with slowing smartphone sales and fell out of the top five in China for smartphone vendors in 2016, after reaching No. 2 in 2015. "The last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health," Barra said in the statement on Facebook. "Seeing how much I've left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return." Barra, who became synonymous with the company's international expansion efforts, was based in Beijing, though often traveled to other strategically important markets including India and his home country of Brazil. In a letter released to employees earlier this month, Xiaomi Chief Executive Officer Lei Jun said "the worst is over", referring to the company's recent struggles to keep up with an ever increasing number of local competitors. For Barra, the role has involved many roadblocks, including a halt of production in Brazil due to the country's economic instability, and a temporary ban in India in 2014 over patent infringements. Barra said he would officially leave the role after Lunar New Year, which runs until Feb. 2, and take time off before embarking on a new role. He did not specify the role.
  5. Xiaomi Officially Responds To Recent Backdoor Accusations September 16, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic Xiaomi is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. This company was founded back in 2010, and they’ve managed to become one of the largest Chinese smartphone manufacturers in only a couple of years. That being said, Xiaomi releases quite a few devices a year, and various reports in the past accused the company of pre-installing adware, spyware and all sorts of other malicious software on their devices. Now, the company basically always responds to such accusations and explains the situation, so it’s not exactly wise to jump to conclusions. Well, we’ve actually had a similar situation today, read on. Earlier today, we’ve stumbled upon a report claiming that Xiaomi can install any app on their devices without you knowing it. This information came from Thijs Broenink, a Computer Science student from Netherlands. He basically figured out that Xiaomi’s AnalyticsCore.apk constantly runs in the background, and reappears even if you decide to delete it. This app, according to Broenink, checks for updates from Xiaomi every 24 hours, and sends all kinds of information to Xiaomi’s servers. This app also automatically installs the update from Xiaomi’s servers, if it finds it there, the update’s file is named ‘Analytics.apk’. Now, the update will get automatically installed on your device, without your knowledge, which is what makes this quite weird, and what seemingly scared Mr. Broenink. Well, we didn’t want to go ahead of ourselves and write about this until we contact Xiaomi to get an official explanation of what is going on here. The company was kind enough to offer an official response to Mr. Broenink’s post, here’s what they had to say: “AnalyticsCore is a built-in MIUI system component that is used by MIUI components for the purpose of data analysis to help improve user experience, such as MIUI Error Analytics. As a security measure, MIUI checks the signature of the Analytics app during installation or upgrade to ensure that only the APK with the official and correct signature will be installed. Any APK without an official signature will fail to install. As AnalyticsCore is key to ensuring better user experience, it supports a self-upgrade feature. Starting from MIUI V7.3 released in April/May, HTTPS was enabled to further secure data transfer, to prevent any man-in-the-middle attacks.” Now, according to Xiaomi’s statement, this app functions more or less as Mr. Broenink described, but in addition to sending usage reports (which are used to improve user experience), the app also pulls updates from the server if they’re available. Now, Xiaomi also said that MIUI (Xiaomi’s user interface pre-installed on every single one of their devices) check the signature of the AnalyticsCore app before installation in order to make sure that the update is official, otherwise it won’t install it. So, all in all, the AnalyticsCore app does support the auto-update feature, though Xiaomi claims that this only improves user experience, nothing else, and it seems like this ‘issue’ was blown way out of proportion. Xiaomi Officially Responds To Recent Backdoor Accusations | Androidheadlines.com
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