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Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro review: Putting OnePlus on notice

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is a jack of all trades. It makes a variety of connected gadgets, including TVs, toothbrushes, scooters, and even kettles. Yet, we know it mostly as a smartphone maker, and it’s now the fourth-largest in the world. It’s reached those lofty heights thanks to a simple promise: quality hardware at rock-bottom prices, and its flagship Mi 8 lineup is a prime example of that.

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Xiaomi enters UK market with Mi 8 Pro, Band 3, and much more, targeting budget-conscious consumers

Considering it was only founded in 2010, Xiaomi's rise has been meteoric. It's now the fourth largest smartphone maker in the world, leading the field at home in China and in the second largest market, India. This year has seen the company's expansion into Western Europe, where it's already reached number four in sales despite only selling in a handful of countries so far. That position is set to be bolstered by Xiaomi's official launch in the UK.

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Xiaomi adds Mi 8 Lite and Pro to the increasingly crowded Mi 8 family

Xiaomi is looking to really flesh out the Mi 8 family. Joining the regularly-named one, the Explorer Edition, and the SE, the Chinese manufacturer announced the Mi 8 Lite and Pro. Yes, that means that we have five different versions now. But as always, both of these new phones pack insane value.

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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]

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

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 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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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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