[News] Xiaomi launches Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro

Mi 8 Lite inherits the powerful photography and gaming experience from Mi 8, and Mi 8 Pro takes it up a notch with in-display fingerprint technology.

CHENGDU, China, 19 September 2018—Global technology leader Xiaomi today unveiled Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro, giving users more ways to enjoy the best features from the Mi 8 series.

With a 24MP Sony IMX576 sensor on the front, and powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 660 AIE SoC with state-of-the-art gaming enhancements, Mi 8 Lite is perfect for those seeking both a powerful photography and gaming experience on their smartphones. Meanwhile, Mi 8 Pro elevates the experience of Mi 8 with the addition of pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint technology. Inspired by the works of famous French impressionist Claude Monet, whose paintings are renowned for bringing out the effect of light on natural colors, Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro feature a new glass finishing that has a mirror-like gradient finish.

Mi 8 Lite for an amazing photography and gaming experience

With 24 megapixels, the front-facing Sony IMX576 sensor on Mi 8 Lite is able to capture more details than ever before. In low light conditions, the sensor uses Super Pixel technology to combine the information of four pixels into one large pixel, resulting in improved clarity especially in indoor scenarios. As with Mi 8, the rear AI dual camera uses the Sony IMX363 as its main sensor, which comes with 1.4µm large pixels for images with less noise, along with Dual Pixel Autofocus to dramatically improve focusing speeds so you won’t miss your shot.

The high-performance camera hardware is paired with Xiaomi’s advanced AI features, including a new option that applies retouches to your eyebrows, pupils, chin and lips to achieve a nude makeup look. Meanwhile, the Mi 8 Lite display can light up in different colors to suit different scenarios when taking selfies, intelligently illuminating the face with the right color temperature for great-looking selfies.

Mi 8 Lite is powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 660 SoC with the powerful Qualcomm® Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE). It is the first 660-powered device capable of running the Chinese version of Arena of Valor with Vulkan API support, giving it a massive boost in graphics and performance. This is the result of cooperation between Xiaomi and Tencent Games on game optimization after the two sides launched a research lab in July 2018. In addition, Xiaomi also worked with Epic Games to improve the performance, graphics and power efficiency of games based on the Unreal Engine. Mi 8 Lite also adopts Xiaomi’s new Mi Sound feature with an upgraded DSP (digital signal processing) algorithm for all-around audio improvement.

Mi 8 Lite will hit shelves across the Chinese Mainland on 25 September in Aurora Blue, Sunset Gold and Midnight Black, in three versions: 4GB+64GB for RMB 1399, 6GB+64GB for RMB 1699 and 6GB+128GB for RMB 1999.

Mi 8 Pro adds futuristic pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint unlock

On top of the flagship Mi 8 features, Mi 8 Pro takes it one step further with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor. Unlike other in-display fingerprint technologies that waste energy by constantly pinging the screen to see if a finger is present, the dedicated pressure sensor only activates the unlocking process once you place your finger on the screen, which is faster and more power-efficient. Mi 8 Pro will also have a Transparent Titanium version with the same transparent design as Mi 8 Explorer Edition.


Mi 8 Pro, available in Sunset Gold, Black and Transparent Titanium, will be on sale starting 21 September in two versions: 6GB+128GB for RMB 3199 and 8GB+128GB for RMB 3599.

MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM comes!

MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM comes! The first batch devices are shown below. Check out now!
PS: the OTA update will be released successively and it will cover all by 20th Sep.

 

MIUI 10: Designed for Full Screen Experience MIUI 10 is a breath of fresh air, uplifting the user experience with its upgrades in design, speed, AI and sound.

Responsive and fast

The 14 system optimisations make MIUI 10 even faster. Two more critical system optimisations have been added, namely Lock-free critical path and Codependent prioritizing, which improves the overall responsiveness of MIUI 10 by 10 percent.

Ergonomics at its best

With a series of easy-to-use full screen hand gestures without the virtual buttons, along with new features such as more content in the tiled taskbar and improved swiping gestures (up and down for switching tasks, sideways to end current task), users will be delighted at the increase in their multitasking efficiency.

Users will seamlessly be able to switch to Full screen gestures. Besides, MIUI 10 will provide a much more productive experience with a completely redesigned recent apps menu showing up to 5 apps in one screen.

Single-lens portrait photos

Users of MIUI 10-supported Xiaomi smartphones with single cameras will be delighted to know that MIUI 10 will bring its popular AI Portrait photos to these devices, which means users will be able to take portrait shots without having a dual-lens camera.

In a nutshell, portrait photos will be possible on both, single- and dual-rear camera phones running MIUI 10.

Rediscover the sounds of nature 

MIUI 10 brings with it a completely new system of sounds. From notifications, to audio feedback and ambient sounds from an app like the timer — MIUI 10 aims to deliver more signal than noise. MIUI is also designed in a way that will reduce the aural clutter.

[News] Xiaomi and NTT DOCOMO Sign a Cellular Wireless Patent License Agreement

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[News] Xiaomi Indonesia debuts its first smart TV Mi TV 4A 32″, launches Redmi 6 and 6A

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 4 September 2018—Global technology leader Xiaomi marks a significant milestone in Indonesia today with the launch of its first smart TV in Indonesia, the Mi TV 4A 32″, alongside two new smartphones Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. The incredibly accessible Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are available in Indonesia starting from IDR 1.999.000 and IDR 1.249.000 respectively. Redmi 6 features the latest MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, based on a 12nm process for a great balance between power and battery performance, as well as a 12MP + 5MP dual camera for beautiful photos.

Redmi 6

Redmi 6A

Mi TV 4A 32”, company’s first TV in the Indonesian market, is set to deliver  a smart TV experience to everyone with amazing quality at an honest price. Offering a sleek design with powerful hardware, as well as an incredibly user-friendly interface packed with a vast library of multimedia content, Mi TV 4A 32” raises the bar in the local TV industry.

Steven Shi, Head of Xiaomi South Pacific Region, Xiaomi Indonesia Country Manager said, “It is a very special day for us in Indonesia. We are happy to introduce three new products, with Redmi 6 and 6A carrying on the Redmi tradition of delivering high quality, amazing products at honest prices. In addition, we are also very excited to bring Mi TV 4A 32” as we believe it will truly disrupt the TV industry in Indonesia and bring a new wave of adoption for smart TVs.”

Redmi 6: fast, efficient and great for photography

The 5.45-inch Redmi 6 sports the latest MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. Its octa-core CPU is built on 12nm process and consumes about 48% less power than comparable 28nm chipsets. For beautiful photos day and night, Redmi 6 has a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup. The main sensor has 1.25µm large pixels—the largest among popular smartphones in this price range. The 5MP front camera of Redmi 6 is supported by Xiaomi’s AI Portrait mode that renders a realistic bokeh effect with a single lens.

Redmi 6 comes in two versions: 3GB + 32GB for IDR 1.999.000 and 4GB + 64GB for IDR 2.399.000. Redmi 6 will be available during Xiaomi Lazada’s Super Brand Day event on 6 September 2018.

Redmi 6A offers great value
Redmi 6A sports the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC that is also built on the 12nm process. Its  3000mAh battery allows the phone to stay in standby mode for up to 19 days. Redmi 6A has a 13MP rear camera featuring phase detection autofocus and a 5MP front camera—both capable of using Xiaomi’s AI Portrait mode. Redmi 6A is priced at IDR 1.249.000 for 2GB + 16GB, and is  exclusively available on Blibli.com on 10 September 2018. Additionally, customers can now use the “Click & Collect” feature that allows for online purchase with an offline pick up at Authorized Mi Stores.

Mi TV 4A 32”

Mi TV 4A 32” comes with Xiaomi’s own PatchWall interface specially designed for Indonesia, bringing together more than 12 different content partners, both local and global, resulting in over 700,000 hours of content, across the largest library of Video-On-Demand providers. PatchWall’s universal search makes it easy to find content, along with personalized recommendations and smart categorizations. Backed by Android TV, users will be able to install their desired apps on Google Play, watch YouTube videos and fully utilize features such as Chromecast built-in and Google Voice Search.

Featuring a 32-inch LED display with a 1366 x 768 HD panel, Mi TV 4A 32” adopts a minimalist design, with thin 12.7mm bezels and a depth of just 10.8mm at its thinnest edge. Mi TV 4A 32” produces vivid images with vibrant colours and  comes with a dual 8W stereo speaker set-up boasting DTS surround sound for an immersive cinematic experience.

Supporting its powerful performance is an Amlogic 950x quad-core SoC and a Mali-450 GPU with 1GB DDR RAM + 8GB eMMC storage. Along with this, Mi Remote is incredibly easy to use, with just 12 buttons, which is a stark contrast to traditional remotes full of buttons. Mi TV 4A 32” offers great connectivity—it has three HDMI ports, two USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet port. Wireless options include dual-band Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 4.2 to connect to various supported devices.

Mi TV 4A 32” is priced at Rp 1.999.000 and will be available with pre-orders starting on 6 September exclusively on Lazada. From 20 September onwards, Mi TV will be available online via Mi.com and Lazada, and from 29 September onwards, it will be available offline at Authorized Mi Stores.

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Download images here: Redmi 6; Redmi 6A

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[News] Xiaomi India migrates its local data to India cloud infrastructure

BENGALURU, INDIA, 30 August 2018 — Xiaomi, India’s number one smartphone brand, today announced that it is migrating its Indian data to cloud service providers with infrastructure in India. The data migration would cover all Indian user data across Xiaomi e-commerce platform (www.mi.com/in/), Mi Community (in.c.mi.com), Mi Cloud, MIUI (Xiaomi Market, feed, Mi Video, advertising, Mi Messaging, push notifications, etc) and Mi TV.

Xiaomi is migrating its local data to highly secure Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure infrastructure in India and all the existing data would be migrated by the end of 2018. All new Indian user data since 1 July is already being stored in local servers and all existing user data on mi.com/in/ will be fully migrated to servers in India by mid-September 2018.

Prior to this, all Indian user data used in mi.com/in/, in.c.mi.com, Mi Cloud, MIUI (Xiaomi Market, feed, Mi Video, advertising, Mi Messaging, push notifications, etc) and Mi TV were stored in AWS servers across Singapore and the United States.

With the migration of local user data to Indian cloud service provider infrastructure based in India, users can expect a jump in access speed.

Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India: “At Xiaomi, data privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. We are taking one more step towards user data security and privacy by bringing our cloud services to India for all local data needs. It’s something our teams have been working tirelessly on and I am glad we have been able to turn this around for our India users. With the data stored locally and encrypted end to end, users will be able to enjoy greater access speeds.”

He continued, “Xiaomi is committed to India and data protection and using cloud servers in India is another step in that direction for us. We will continue to work on this aspect and ensure a heightened user experience for all our users in India.”

Xiaomi India continues to be the market leader in India for four consecutive quarters – from Q3 2017 to Q2 2018, as per IDC’s latest Quarterly Smartphone Tracker, Q2 2018. With a market share of 29.7%, approximately one out of three smartphones sold in India were Xiaomi devices in Q2 2018. The quarter also marks the first time a smartphone brand shipped nearly 10 million units within a single quarter.

About Xiaomi Corporation

Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 9 July, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is an internet company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core.  With the vision of being friends with its users and being the “coolest company” in the hearts of its users, Xiaomi is committed to continuous innovation, with an unwavering focus on quality and efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology. Xiaomi is currently the world’s fourth-largest smartphone brand, and has established the world’s largest consumer IoT platform, with more than 100 million smart devices (excluding smartphones and laptops) connected to its platform. Currently, Xiaomi products are present in more than 70 countries and regions around the world and have a leading foothold in many markets.

Xiaomi India is the number one smartphone player for four consecutive quarters since Q3 2017, as per IDC.