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Xiaomi's Q2 2018 financial results show international revenue up 151.7% year over year

Xiaomi's Q2 2018 financial results show international revenue up 151.7% year over year

Xiaomi has published its financial results for the second quarter of 2018. Turns out, as you'd expect from a company that recently became more valuable than LG, things are going pretty well for the Chinese manufacturer.

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Gaming smartphones are the industry’s next pointless fad

Gaming smartphones are the industry’s next pointless fad

If you follow smartphone news closely, chances are you've read about handsets “designed” specifically for gaming (or gamers). There's the ASUS ROG phone, the Xiaomi-backed Black Shark, one from ZTE sub-brand Nubia, and this really weird thing from a Chinese company called Doogee. There have been others in the past as well, including the recent Razer Phone and the long-forgotten Sony Xperia Play. While they've all taken slightly different approaches in defining what exactly a gaming smartphone is, all but the Sony have squarely targeted the PC gamer demographic - and for good reason.

In the world of PCs, gaming-oriented products have a long and storied history.

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Poco F1 by Xiaomi could be a true flagship killer: $300 for SD845 and LiquidCool technology

Poco F1 by Xiaomi could be a true flagship killer: $300 for SD845 and LiquidCool technology

Earlier in the month, we reported on rumors that Xiaomi was preparing to launch a subbrand offering flagship specs at affordable prices in an overt attempt to compete with OnePlus. Pocophone's first device is now official after an event in New Delhi, India, streamed live on YouTube.

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TWRP support arrives for HTC U12+, Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and more

TWRP support arrives for HTC U12+, Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and more

About a month has passed since our last TWRP installment, and several more Android devices have joined the ranks since then. This time around, new entrants include the HTC U12+, Xiaomi's Mi Max 3, the minuscule Unihertz Jelly Pro, as well as some Samsung and ZTE Nubia phones.

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Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi set to rival OnePlus with flagship specs, speedy performance, and affordable pricing

Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi set to rival OnePlus with flagship specs, speedy performance, and affordable pricing

We've been hearing a bunch of rumors the past few days about a new sub-brand from Xiaomi, and a series of leaks have spilled pretty much all there is to know about the upcoming Pocophone F1. Now, the Chinese company's SVP Wang Xiang has tweeted to offer support to his colleagues working on the new project, who themselves have released a statement outlining their intentions.

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ARCore v1.4 adds support for its first Chromebook, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and many more [APK Teardown]

ARCore v1.4 adds support for its first Chromebook, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and many more [APK Teardown]

Every month or so, an update to ARCore rolls out to add the augmented reality framework to a whole new set of phones, tablets... and now Chromebooks? Yes, the first Chrome OS device has been found among the list of profiles included in the ARCore APK, and that is the recently released Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Also joining the list are the codenames associated with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, blueline and crosshatch, which are due out this Fall.

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Up-close look at Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition 'mainboard' confirms see-through chicanery

Up-close look at Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition 'mainboard' confirms see-through chicanery

A few months back, Xiaomi attracted attention for the transparent Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Of course, it wasn't all positive attention. The phone has an improbable window on the back with components neatly arranged in a grid. We were skeptical from the start because that's not how real circuit boards look, and now a picture of the actual component confirms this is just a fake model of a PCB.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 and A2 Lite are official, both Android One with dual cameras and mid-range specs

Xiaomi Mi A2 and A2 Lite are official, both Android One with dual cameras and mid-range specs

The Android One program has been somewhat revitalized in the last year or so, with HMD Global, in particular, releasing a number of Nokia branded phones with the purest form of Android. Xiaomi's Mi A1 led the way, however, launching with impressive specs for a phone costing just $230.

Not content with simply announcing one follow-up to its budget champion, the Chinese OEM is back with two new phones: the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite. Both devices will get the two years of guaranteed platform updates and regular security patches that make Android One phones so attractive.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 pairs huge screen with even huger battery, starting at $250 in China

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 pairs huge screen with even huger battery, starting at $250 in China

It’s getting harder and harder to justify the utility of tablets, especially 7 to 8-inchers, when rising mobile industry stars like Xiaomi keep releasing bigger and bigger phones. The Chinese company’s latest sports an almost ridiculous 6.9-inch screen, and to prove how far it’s come in the war against bezels, the gargantuan Mi Max 3 is illustrated alongside an old 4.7-incher. Next time you complain there’s still a "chin" on your new device, take a look at that side-by-side picture, and marvel.

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[Update: Rollout resumes with July patch] Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update, but it might wipe your SMS history

[Update: Rollout resumes with July patch] Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update, but it might wipe your SMS history

We're big fans of the Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 here at AP. Its combination of a handsome design, top-of-the-line software, great performance, and solid battery life makes it one of the best budget phones out there (even if it's not officially sold in the US). The phone received Android 8.0 Oreo just before 2018 kicked off, but it's taken until now for 8.1 Oreo to roll out. Unfortunately, it comes with two pretty major bugs.

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