The Redmi Note series is what really put Xiaomi on the map, and it played an instrumental role in making competitors like Samsung step up their game. The 10th generation of the lineup sticks with the company's ethos of offering oodles of value for money and is probably the most significant generational jump we've seen in the series so far.
We only recently reported that Google was working on its own smartphone chip, but it looks like the company isn't the only one in the Android world wanting to go independent. A new report from DigiTimes (via Android Authority) claims that Xiaomi and Oppo are working on their own 5G-compatible chips.
Xiaomi's phones have long been known for their exceptional value proposition. You can always find the latest specs and features in a Xiaomi flagship phone, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. It's something you don't often see these days when $1,000 has become the standard price for high-end hardware. That's not how Xiaomi rolls, though. With the Mi 11, Xiaomi has one of the best flagship phones on the market, offering killer specs and a great value, unless you happen to be in the US.
Following Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, and Co., Xiaomi has finally joined the foldable club. During the second part of its annual mega event, the company introduced the Mi Mix Fold, its very first folding phone. The manufacturer went with a more traditional design (if you can call it that already) first established by the Galaxy Fold, with a big 4:3 screen on the inside and a smaller 27:9 display on the outside for use like a regular smartphone.
Among the Apple faithful, the "drop it anywhere" AirPower charger has a semi-mythical status, as it was announced and delayed seemingly indefinitely before being unceremoniously dumped. Rumors of compatibility and heat issues plagued its prolonged development cycle. The AirPower's "any device, any position" selling point hasn't been replicated yet, but Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is giving it another go.
Xiaomi's Mi Bands are known and loved for their incredible value, and today, the company is raising the bar yet again. It has just launched the Mi Smart Band 6 during its Mi 11 Ultra launch event, and it's quite the upgrade over its predecessor, sporting a 50% bigger display stretching across the whole front and SpO2 tracking.
Xiaomi is on a roll this month: The company just launched a true successor to the Poco F1 last week, and before that, it raised the value-for-money bar yet again with the new Redmi Note 10 series. Now the manufacturer is wrapping up March 2021 with a new addition to its flagship series, the Mi 11 Ultra — an absolute beast of a phone with incredible charging speeds and a camera combination that's unheard of. There's also the Mi 11 Lite for those who are more budget-minded, an new Mi Band, and a new projector with Android TV and Google Assistant.
Gaming phones are getting more and more popular, and Xiaomi is keeping up the pace with its Black Shark series. The latest iteration, the Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro, have popped up on the Chinese store. You can pre-order one today, with the phones set to release to China on Thursday the 25th. An international release has not been set.
Lenovo is one of a few companies to ever launch dedicated smart alarm clocks with Google Assistant, so there's never been loads of competition in the market. Xiaomi is looking to change that with its new Mi Smart Clock, a cute little gadget that should fit well with almost any bedroom design.
Unfortunately, the device is held back by the same issues that made the Lenovo clocks hard to recommend. Smart clocks are much more limited than smart displays, but they don't cost much less. They're not compatible with most video streaming apps, and they don't display some of the useful visual elements full-fledged smart displays offer.