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Xiaomi wants to come to America, but it feels more stuck in China than ever

For all the traction China’s many smartphone brands have gained globally in the past decade, it’s in China itself where they remain most popular. And for good reason: because Chinese consumers don’t have access to many Western products or services. Xiaomi is one of the most popular smartphone brands in China, and while the unique market in that country has encouraged the company to think differently than its more global rivals in some ways, its latest smartphone strikes me as one built by China, for China. There’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but it makes me question just what Xiaomi’s pitch to the rest of the world will be, or if the company’s phones will ever matter outside a few, select regions.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6/6A official with 5.45" display and dual cameras, starts at ~$94

Xiaomi has just taken the wraps off of the Redmi 6 and 6A, the latest devices in its budget Redmi line. As usual, both offer great bang for the buck, with the 6A priced at just RMB599 (~$94 USD) and the 6 priced at RMB799 and RMB999 depending on spec.

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TWRP now supports OnePlus 6, Huawei P20 Pro, and more

TWRP is by far and away the most popular custom recovery out there. It has hundreds, if not thousands, of supported devices by now. Since we last posted about this back in late April, seven additional devices have joined the ranks, including the OnePlus 6, the Huawei P20 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi Max 2.

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There's something fishy about the transparent Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition [Update]

Xiaomi announced some new phones today, which I'm sure will sell in huge numbers (just not in the US). Among the new devices was the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. This phone is like the regular M8 except it has a transparent glass back that shows off suspiciously pretty internal components. Really, there's a little Snapdragon logo on what purports to be the SoC. This could all be smoke and mirrors.

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Xiaomi unveils new Mi 8 series with MIUI 10 and Mi Band 3

It's a good day to be a Xiaomi fan. The Chinese company today unveiled its new Mi 8 smartphone series powered by MIUI 10, plus the new and ultra-affordable Mi Band 3. The Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE go on sale next month, while the transparent Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be available at a later date.

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S now supports ARCore in China via the Xiaomi App Store

Xiaomi's latest bezel-less phone, the Mi MIX 2S, was first announced in late March with a 5.99" 1080p IPS LCD panel. Starting today, that panel can be used for ARCore apps. Despite the phone being sold in China, this support has been accomplished thanks to Google's partnership with the Xiaomi App Store, the first of its kind.

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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo now available for the HTC One A9 and Redmi Note 4

The most popular custom ROM available, LineageOS, keeps on getting better and better. Since we last covered the project, two more devices are now supported, and a number of great features have been added. The project recently posted a new changelog, highlighting recent improvements and device changes:

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Xiaomi lands in Italy, first store opens in Milan on Saturday

Though we knew it was coming soon, Xiaomi is officially launching its products in Italy just after landing in France a few days ago. From phones like the Mi Mix 2S and Redmi Note 5 to the Mi Electric Scooter, Italians can now join the Mi family. According to Wang Xiang, Senior Vice President of Xiaomi, the first authorized store opens on Saturday in Milan.

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Xiaomi is now selling its products in France

Xiaomi is now slinging phones (and scooters) in France. Senior Vice President Wang Xiang announced on Twitter today that a number of outlets in the country now carry Xiaomi's products, specifically mentioning the Mi Mix 2S, Redmi Note 5, and Mi Electric Scooter.

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Assistant support coming to Xiaomi's smart home products, U.S. launch soon

Xiaomi has been working on smart home products for some time now, but the company announced that it will be adding Assistant support soon. But, in equally interesting news, it also said it will be launching some of those here in the U.S. in the near future.

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