[News] Xiaomi announces next-generation Android One smartphones Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite

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[News] Xiaomi introduces 12nm-SoC based Redmi 6/6A starting at RMB 599

BEIJING, China, 12 June 2018—Global technology leader Xiaomi announced the incredibly accessible Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A today in China, starting at an amazing price of RMB 599. 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.

Sub-RMB 1,000 smartphone with SoC based on 12nm process

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. The CPU also features ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture that automatically switches between performance and power-efficient cores depending on tasks, so as to achieve balanced performance and power consumption.

See more with the 5.45-inch 18:9 display

Redmi 6 has a 5.45-inch 18:9 display with a screen-to-body ratio of 80.5%. Its polycarbonate back panel has a brushed metal surface, and is symmetrically curved and gently tapered toward the edges so it feels great in the hand.

1.25µm-pixel sensor 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. Larger pixels take in more light than smaller ones, a huge advantage for improving photo quality and reducing noise, especially in low-light conditions. It also uses phase-detection autofocus to improve focusing speed so users won’t miss capturing important moments. The 5MP front camera of Redmi 6 is supported by Xiaomi’s AI Portrait mode, which renders a realistic bokeh effect with a single lens.Xiao Ai voice assistant makes your life smarter

Redmi 6 offers many AI-enabled functions. When you pick up the phone, the screen will automatically wake and you can unlock the phone with AI Face Unlock. By integrating with the phone’s camera, Xiaomi’s proprietary Xiao Ai voice assistant can recognize plants, vehicles, living environments, as well as items  for price comparison. For certain scenarios Xiao Ai can translate English, French, Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish and Hindi into Chinese. Xiao Ai can also detect SMS messages sent by fake mobile base stations set up by scammers, protecting users against possible attacks.RMB 599 Redmi 6A offers great value

Redmi 6A adopts the same body and screen as Redmi 6, as well as all AI functions. It sports the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC that is also built on the 12nm process. Redmi 6A’s 3000mAh battery allows the phone to stay in standby mode for up to 19 days. Redmi 6A has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera—both capable of using Xiaomi’s AI Portrait mode. MIUI has also been optimized for Redmi 6A, reducing system apps’ memory usage by nearly 30%.

Redmi 6 comes in two versions: 3GB + 32GB for RMB 799 and 4GB + 64GB for RMB 999. Redmi 6A is priced at RMB 599 for 2GB + 16GB. They will be available in China on Xiaomi’s online and offline stores starting 15 June.

[News] Xiaomi debuts Redmi S2 for great selfies

Starting at RMB 999, Redmi S2 has a 16MP front camera and Xiaomi’s latest AI Beautify for amazing selfies

NANJING, China, 10 May 2018 — Global technology leader Xiaomi launched Redmi S2 today, touted as the best Redmi phone for selfies with a 16MP front camera that is powered by pixel binning technology and featuring AI Beautify. With a starting price of RMB 999, Redmi S2 also sports a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera, coupled with AI face-unlocking, and is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform.

Best Redmi phone for selfies

The 16MP front camera of Redmi S2 captures details in good light and produces high resolution images. In low light conditions, the sensor uses pixel binning technology to combine the information from four pixels and create one large 2.0µm pixel. This greatly improves the sensor’s light sensitivity, producing clearer and brighter photos in low light with less noise.

When Auto HDR is enabled, the 16MP front camera automatically detects a back-light environment and applies the HDR effect. Its Selfie-light mimics natural light, allowing catchlights to be captured, which makes for great portrait photos. The camera also supports AI bokeh that effectively distinguishes the subject from the background, even correctly identifying elements such as hair accessories and popular hand gestures as being part of the subject.

AI dual camera for clear shots day and night

Redmi S2 sports a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera on its back. The 12MP primary sensor has 1.25µm large pixels, which results in brighter images in low light conditions. The 5MP secondary sensor is dedicated to acquiring depth information, producing photos with great bokeh effects.

In Portrait Mode, both the front and back cameras support AI Beautify that can detect makeup and keep them from retouching, and the algorithm has also been optimized for popular selfie facial expressions.

5.99” full screen with great ergonomics

Redmi S2 is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform, which is based on the 14nm architecture for balanced performance and power consumption.

Redmi S2 comes with a 5.99-inch 18:9 full screen display. Its back is symmetrically curved and gently tapered toward edges, achieving great ergonomics and aesthetics at the same time.

Redmi S2 has three slots for two SIM cards and one microSD card of up to 256GB. Redmi S2 also features an IR blaster, and comes with AI face unlocking and Xiaomi’s very own Xiao Ai voice assistant.

Redmi S2 comes in three colors: Gold, Rose gold and Dark grey. The 3GB + 32GB version will retail for RMB 999, while the 4GB + 64BG version is priced at RMB 1,299. A simple, elegant TPU case will be shipped in the box with every Redmi S2. The phone will be available in China starting 17 May, 2018.

[News] Xiaomi announces Mi 6X with 20MP front and back cameras for exceptional portrait photos

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The AI powered Mi MIX 2S – with an S for smarter

Smartphones are becoming even more integrated into our everyday lives with new and developing Artificial Intelligence-powered features. We leveraged our expertise in AI, cloud computing and big data to improve the IQ of our smartphones. Our newest smartphone, Mi MIX 2S includes exciting AI-powered features for photography, face detection, voice recognition and more.

This update from the award-winning Mi MIX 2 is a reflection of our exploration and growth in the area of AI. The powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform supports advanced on-device AI processing, with optimized CPU and GPU, achieving a 300% improvement in AI performance compared to its predecessor.

Let’s dive deeper into the amazing on-device AI features in Mi MIX 2S.

The AI-powered “mind” of Mi MIX 2S in photography

The dual camera on Mi MIX 2S is able to make photos look better without you having to take any action, because of the AI scene detection that automatically offers retouching effects. This function works for the primary rear camera, as well as the single front camera.

When taking a portrait, for example, Mi MIX 2S quickly identifies the human face and most of the surrounding objects to automatically apply different effects to each item, according to the specific conditions.

In the photos above, you can see that the AI scene detection (photo on the right) makes the buildings brighter while the environment around them is more saturated, rendering a vivid and balanced output. Usually, non-AI supported smartphones can only adjust the brightness of the whole photo, beautifying the main object, but at the same time, losing minute details.

Moreover, AI deep learning helps the camera accurately detect the edge of the subject, creating a depth-of-field effect. It can also recognize small details, such as hair accessories, detect the edge of the accessories and keep them from being blurred, generating a more realistic bokeh result.

The AI scene detection also works great for backlight and scenery photos, offering a filter-like effect in high-contrast environments. 

AI voice assistant – a phone that understands you better 

Apart from AI photography, the intelligent Mi MIX 2S has built-in features including the Xiao AI voice assistant, which is integrated in our Mi AI Speaker that was announced in July 2017.

In just eight months, “Xiao Ai” has been summoned 1.1 billion times, activated 11 million times daily, and commanded smart device features 310,000 times. Mi AI Speaker has become the hub of a smart home supporting over 40 different products.

The built-in AI voice recognition in Mi MIX 2S can understand more than 100 commands in six categories, including system control, lifestyle, smart home, social, entertainment and knowledge.

You can ask your phone to show your photos taken last October, text your friend, and check the weather, just to name a few examples. If you have a smart home, it can control smart devices that are integrated into the Mi Home app, such as Mi TV and Mi Bedside Lamp.

With an improved AI performance, Mi MIX 2S can understand you better and make your life more convenient and efficient. We are excited to bring our enhanced AI technology to more users around the world, and open more possibilities for a ‘smarter’ life in the future.

[News]Xiaomi announces Redmi Note 5 in China

Featuring flagship-level photography capabilities for great photos

BEIJING, China, 16 March 2018 — Global technology leader Xiaomi officially announced Redmi Note 5 in China today, which features flagship-level photography capabilities. With a dual camera featuring a large 1.4μm-pixel sensor, AI camera features, and an LED Selfie light for its front camera, Redmi Note 5 is a powerful device that takes amazing photos anywhere, at any time.

Redmi Note 5 also marks the debut of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 platform in China. It will be available in China on 20 March starting from RMB 1099.

Clearer images and faster focusing even in low light

Redmi Note 5 sports a dual camera setup, a combination usually adopted only in flagship smartphones. The main 12-megapixel sensor features large 1.4μm pixels, which can capture more light and deliver better results under low-light conditions.

The camera is also armed with 2PD (dual photodiode) autofocus — a technology commonly seen in professional dSLR cameras, which results in a much faster autofocus speed. Every single pixel of the main 12-megapixel sensor contains two photodiodes (which convert light into current that can be measured) – resulting in 24 million photodiodes in total, which is nearly 30 times more than the number of photodiodes of traditional PDAF-enabled sensors of the same resolution. This allows the sensor to measure phase differences effectively, improving Redmi Note 5’s autofocus speed dramatically.

The front camera of Redmi Note 5 sports a 13-megapixel sensor, complemented by an LED Selfie light. When Portrait Mode is engaged, both the front and rear cameras come with Xiaomi’s latest Beautify 4.0 mode, which has different effects enhanced by AI calculations for a natural look similar to having an expert makeup session. Even without a second sensor, the front camera achieves a great bokeh effect in Portrait Mode thanks to AI technology that helps to isolate the subject from the background.

Redmi Note 5 also uses facial recognition for unlocking the device, which is based on AI technology, enhancing the accuracy of identification for a more secure system.

China debut of Qualcomm Snapdragon 636

Redmi Note 5 uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 636 platform based on the 14nm manufacturing process. Its Kryo 260 architecture, 1.8GHz maximum clock speed, and the Adreno 509 GPU ensure amazing performance. Compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 636 has a 40 percent increase in performance — gamers can enjoy demanding 3D games on Redmi Note 5 with no worries.

Redmi Note 5 is the first device in the Redmi family to use up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM, usually only found on flagship devices. With more RAM, Redmi Note 5 can run more apps simultaneously and switch between programs even more smoothly.

Other features of Redmi Note 5 include a 5.99 inch FHD+ 18:9 full screen, large 4000mAh battery and support for fast charging. Equipped with the latest MIUI 9 operating system, Redmi Note 5 also comes with full screen display gestures so users can maximize the display area by completely hiding the navigation bar.

Redmi Note 5 comes in three versions: 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 64GB, at RMB 1099, RMB 1399 and RMB 1699 respectively. It is available in four colors — Lake blue, Rose gold, Gold and Black. A simple and elegant TPU case will be included in the box with every Redmi Note 5.

Redmi Note 5 is the counterpart of Redmi Note 5 Pro, first launched in India in February. Redmi Note 5 features slight differences in specifications, and it will be available globally at a later date, with details in local markets to be announced individually.

Dual Cameras Come of Age

Smartphone devices with a dual-camera feature aren’t new by any stretch of imagination. However, only recently have dual cameras started to grab consumers’ attention.

Dual-camera phones have become much more powerful and affordable in the past few years. That said, it’s important to note that there are variations in the kind of implementations on the market. With an array of options at camera makers’ disposal, we have spotlighted the different dual-camera features available.

1. Color + Color

The advantage of the color + color camera setup is that it allows the smartphone to capture more light data than a single camera would; it’s basically built on the idea that “two is better than one.” Our first dual-camera smartphone, the Redmi Pro utilized this arrangement.

Another popular case for this arrangement was 3D pictures and video, which again didn’t happen to be a favorite with consumers.

Other smartphones offer a color + color sensor arrangement which leverages narrow- and wide-angle lenses to offer some flexibility to consumers.

2. Color + monochrome

Another popular dual-camera design is a color + monochrome lens. The main advantage of this arrangement is the level of detail captured in every picture; data from both sensors is combined, resulting in pictures with a higher level of detail than standard single camera phones. Most phones with this set-up also allow the user to use the monochrome sensor as a standalone feature.

Until about a year ago, the color + monochrome feature was only found on high-end phones, but is now becoming increasingly popular on phones that are affordable to a greater number of people, for example, Mi 5S Plus.

3.Wide angle + telephoto

While other arrangements couldn’t quite satisfy consumers in producing good enough photos, this wide angle + telephoto implementation helped deliver what consumers really want—pictures that can get thousands of likes on social media.

This arrangement allows smartphones to focus on subjects in the foreground while blurring the background, giving pictures an effect that was previously only possible on a DSLR. The result is achieved by the combination of a wide-angle lens along with a telephoto, which work in conjunction to bring out pictures with a blurred background. Other implementations do achieve this effect mainly through software, but the wide angle + telephoto setup will produce a more natural look.

Because of the hardware involved, this implementation is also the most expensive between the three, and generally produces images that are most pleasing (out of the arrangements mentioned here) to consumers’ eyes. Mi 6 and Mi A1  as well as iPhone 8 Plus are some examples of phones that use the aforesaid arrangement.

Without a doubt, advancements in mobile photography technology will result in even better dual camera solutions in smartphones. The possibilities are endless, and we will continue pushing boundaries in this area.