[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.

9 things you should know about Xiaomi’s new sub-brand POCO

Xiaomi has unveiled our new sub-brand POCO with the mission to deliver performance that matters. Prior to the unveil, we had a chat with Alvin Tse and Jai Mani, key members of the POCO team and spokespeople for the brand. They shared an inside look into their journey on POCO. Let’s dive deeper:

1.When did you decide to start this new brand? What is your ambition?

As a small outfit within Xiaomi, POCO has the freedom to start from scratch, zeroing in on the product choices that matter. For the first product, we got back to basics and focus entirely on speed. Not just peak performance speed, but actual, real world speed.

2.Why do you call your brand POCO? What does it mean?

POCO stands for “a little”—we believe in starting small but dreaming big. POCO sets out to deliver technologies that truly matter. This is why POCO has built a smartphone that delivers unbelievable performance, which we believe will resonate with tech enthusiasts and develop a strong following amongst them.

3.Why not just launch the POCO F1 as a new Xiaomi flagship. Why create a new brand?

POCO F1 has a different positioning from Xiaomi’s Mi devices. While Xiaomi’s Mi series consists of  all-rounded flagship smartphones that set industry standards, POCO zeroes in on perfecting one aspect that truly matters, providing a user experience that is set to get tech enthusiasts super excited,  while maintaining an extreme bang for the buck proposition.

At the same time, we are entirely open about being part of Xiaomi. You can even see on the device that it’s POCO by Xiaomi.

4.I saw on your product that POCO by Xiaomi. What does it mean?

It means that we are sharing Xiaomi’s supply chain and service infrastructure with us while we oversee the sales, marketing and product development.

With some of those sub-brands from other smartphone vendors, a slightly tweaked product can be given a name change and appear in both the parent and sub-brands’ lineups. With POCO F1, this phone is completely different and not available in the Xiaomi lineup.

But we do get resources and support from Xiaomi. We share their supply chain and service infrastructure which includes logistics, after-sales, customer support and quality testing.

5.The smartphone market has already been very saturated. Why have you decided to launch this brand now? Who are your target consumers?

POCO understands the core elements of a great smartphone experience and focuses on providing exactly that. We think this is what users want, instead of abundant features that aren’t crucial  and in fact add to costs. So POCO delivers a fluid, speedy and flagship experience at an irresistible price tag. Our devices offer the ultimate performance with no frills.

6.Why should people buy POCO instead of other already well-known products?

POCO F1 speaks for itself as soon as you look at its specs. You can draw a parallel to a Superbike — it’s all about sustained raw performance. We weren’t satisfied with just Snapdragon 845 as we want the phone to run very fast all day long so we added LiquidCool technology to achieve that. Face Unlock is all good but we also wanted it to unlock securely under low light conditions so we added IR. Our rear dual camera setup with 1.4um on primary camera comes with Dual pixel autofocus that further gives superfast autofocusing in any condition. And we insisted on giving this powerful engine a 4000mAh such that it could last a full day despite running at such high speed. You can see that we have pretty much not held back on anything that could add to its performance. And in addition, the price to spec ratio is jaw dropping!

7.Is the focus of your brand on speed?

I wouldn’t say so – the focus for us is on delivering a phone that goes back to basics and in the case of POCO F1 it’s all about speed. The focus of our devices is to get tech enthusiasts really excited while delivering an extreme bang for the buck proposition.


8.When will you launch your second product? Any specific plan you can share?

We have some exciting ideas but it’s too early to share at this stage. Give us time, we just launched POCO F1!

9.Do you think you can replicate the success of Xiaomi?

It’s not our intention to replicate the success of Xiaomi. We are focused on our own mission, delivering technologies that truly matter.

[News] Xiaomi debuts new sub-brand POCO to deliver performance that matters

POCO F1 sets a new benchmark in the smartphone industry by redefining flagship performance, while maintaining an honest pricing

NEW DELHI, INDIA, 22 August 2018—POCO, a new sub-brand from global technology leader Xiaomi, made its debut today with a mission to deliver performance that truly matters. Created by a highly-experienced team within Xiaomi, POCO seeks to redefine the smartphone experience by offering the ultimate performance with no frills.

The brand’s mission is encapsulated in its very first smartphone unveiled today, POCO F1, which offers an unbelievably fluid and powerful experience like no other. It features the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 platform, the industry-leading LiquidCool Technology cooling system, up to 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 2.1 storage and a long-lasting 4000mAh battery.

Jai Mani, Head of Product, POCO Global, said: “POCO stands for ‘a little’—we believe in starting small but dreaming big. As a small outfit within Xiaomi, POCO has the freedom to start from scratch, zeroing in on the product choices and technologies that matter. This is why we have created a smartphone that delivers unbelievable performance, focusing on the core innovations that truly matter, which we believe will resonate with tech enthusiasts.

The new powerhouse will be available at an irresistible price tag, echoing Xiaomi’s mission to make amazing products available to everyone at honest pricing. It will hit the shelves in India on 29 August starting at INR 20,999, and roll out around the world gradually.

POCO F1, Master of Speed

POCO F1 is a dream come true for power users, who can enjoy gaming at high frame rates and use intensive applications without worrying about slowdowns resulting from overheating. This is thanks to the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 SoC paired with the highly efficient LiquidCool Technology cooling system, enabling it to deliver sustained peak performance for extended periods. Internal testing shows that this system is 300% more effective than conventional, non-liquid cooling solutions as it allows heat from the CPU to dissipate quickly.

Moreover, POCO F1 features a 4000mAh battery that can sustain 8 hours of non-stop gaming. Coupled with up to 8GB LPDDR4x DRAM and super fast 256GB UFS 2.1 storage, POCO F1 easily achieves an AnTuTu score that exceeds 290,000.

AI dual camera and 20MP front camera for uncompromised photography

POCO F1 churns out gorgeous images with its AI dual camera consisting of a 12MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor with Dual Pixel Autofocus, together delivering amazing photos even in low light and backlit scenarios.

 

 

On the front, POCO F1 deploys a 20MP sensor featuring Super Pixel technology that combines the information of four pixels into one large 1.8µm pixel for clearer images with less noise. Both the rear and front cameras are supported by AI features for photos, such as AI Portrait, AI Beautify, and AI Scene Detection.

POCO F1 also comes with an infrared illuminator and infrared camera on the front, allowing the AI face unlock feature to securely unlock the device both in pitch-dark conditions as well as in bright daylight.

MIUI for POCO

To fully unleash the performance beast, MIUI has been deeply customized on POCO F1 for a lighter, faster, and smoother experience.

Introducing a system optimization feature called “turbocharged engine”, POCO F1 delivers faster app startups, faster gaming performance, as well as a faster swiping experience due to enhancements in the screen response and animation frame rate.

With a new POCO Launcher, POCO F1 comes with an app drawer that can automatically categorize apps, helping users finds apps easily. In India, MIUI for POCO incorporates taxi, music, and video streaming services for an even more robust user experience.

Based on Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI for POCO also prioritizes security with regular patches and updates from Google. It will receive the Android P update in the near future.

Armoured Edition with DuPont™ Kevlar®

At the event, POCO F1 Armoured Edition with a back panel made of DuPont Kevlar® also made its debut. The super-tough, heat-resistant material is widely used in the aviation industry, the military, and high-end cycling. Its textured surface gives POCO F1 a unique appearance and provides a comfortable grip.

POCO F1 is also available with polycarbonate backs in Graphite Black, Steel Blue, and Rosso Red. POCO F1 will retail at INR 20,999, INR 23,999, and INR 28,999 for the 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB, and 8GB+256GB respectively. The Armoured Edition comes in a single
8GB+256GB configuration and will retail at INR 29,999.

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[News] Mi Max 3 makes a splash with 6.9” super-sized screen and 5500mAh huge battery

BEIJING, China, 19 July 2018—Global technology leader Xiaomi released its latest Mi Max today, which is better in every way with a larger screen, a bigger battery, a stronger SoC and a more powerful set of cameras compared to the last generation.

The Mi Max series is highly popular because of its amazing battery, touted to be “as powerful as a power bank”. Mi Max 3 features a 6.9-inch full screen display and a 5500mAh battery n. It is equipped with a 12MP+5MP AI dual camera, an 8MP front camera and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC. Mi Max 3 will come in Black, Gold, and Blue, and will be available in China at RMB 1699 and RMB 1999 for the 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB versions, respectively.

6.9” super-sized screen offering great one-handed use

The 6.9-inch, 18:9 screen of Mi Max 3 has a 2160 x 1080 FHD+ resolution with a screen-to-body ratio of 85.19%—6.5% higher than Mi Max 2. This means Mi Max 3 offers a larger screen than its predecessor without significantly increasing the body size. The large screen is ideal for GPS navigation, stock trading, and office productivity apps—it’s especially convenient for tasks such as editing documents and spreadsheets.

Mi Max 3 has a metal body with hidden antenna lines for a clean aesthetic. The back panel is tapered naturally towards the four sides, giving the body a slim profile. Thanks to the 18:9 screen aspect ratio, Mi Max 3 can be held in one hand and is very pocketable.

Massive 5500mAh battery that can be used as a power bank

Mi Max 3 has the largest battery among all Xiaomi phones and offers extraordinary battery life. The 5500mAh battery can sustain up to 10 hours of non-stop gaming, 17 hours of local video streaming and 233 hours of music playback. Complementing the massive battery, Mi Max 3 supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and parallel charging—which means multiple charging streams charge the battery at the same time—for a fast charging speed that also  avoids excessive heat. A 9V/2A 18W charger is shipped with every unit that can refuel the 5500mAh battery from 0 to 71% in just one hour.

With MIUI optimizations such as the Smart Scenes function, Mi Max 3 can learn user habits and automatically activate Sleep Mode at bedtime, which closes background apps and restricts unnecessary Internet connections, greatly improving the power mileage of Mi Max 3.

Moreover, Mi Max 3 can be used as a power bank, with an upgraded output of 5V/1.2A. This makes it almost twice as efficient as the previous generation when giving friends an emergency recharge.

14nm Snapdragon 636 platform provides AI gaming boost

Mi Max 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 platform that is built on 14nm technology. Its four big Qualcomm Kryo 260 cores ensure an excellent gaming experience. Thanks to Xiaomi’s special optimizations for popular games, the platform can smartly detect game scenes and allocate system resources to maximize performance. Mi Max 3 can run popular games such as Arena of Valor and PUBG at high FPS without lag.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi further tweaked MIUI for better gaming with the Mi Max 3’s huge screen, including the detection of unintended screen touches, auto phone answering during gaming, one button hiding of screen notifications, and picture-in-picture display of instant messages.

Flagship-level AI dual camera and a soft Selfie light for front camera

Mi Max 3 is equipped with a flagship-class rear AI dual camera. The 12MP main sensor has 1.4µm large pixels that can capture more light, rendering better details and at the same time reduce noise. It is also powered by Dual PD autofocus technology that has two photodiodes per pixel to calculate the light hitting the sensor—resulting in much faster autofocusing, even in low-light conditions.

Mi Max 3 also sports the AI Scenario function, which can detect 206 scenarios in 25 categories, applying instant retouching on photos for great shots.

Even with a single lens, the front 8MP camera can create a realistic depth-of-field effect thanks to AI bokeh. The camera is coupled with a soft Selfie light for taking better selfies. Mi Max 3 also offers AI Face Unlock for fast unlock.

[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 launches Redmi Y2 and MIUI 10 in India

Redmi Y2 boasts a 16MP selfie camera powered by Xiaomi’s latest AI Beautify

MIUI 10 launches globally in India, designed for an immersive full screen display experience 

NEW DELHI, India, 7 June, 2018 — Xiaomi, India’s number 1 smartphone brand, today announced Redmi Y2 in India, a new iteration of the Y series that is designed for the young at heart with its exceptional selfie experience. It also announced MIUI 10, the latest update to its operating software which is built for a more immersive full screen experience.

Touted as the best Redmi phone for selfies, Redmi Y2 sports an AI-powered 16MP front camera powered by pixel binning technique and Xiaomi’s own AI Beautify features. With a starting price of ₹9,999, Redmi Y2 also comes with a 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera. It has a 5.99-inch 18:9 Full Screen Display and is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform.

“I believe the key reason for the growth which Xiaomi has witnessed is our belief of building innovative products keeping the customer at the heart of everything. Last year, we saw a need for a device which could relate to the young at heart, and were looking for a device for self-projection. Redmi Y1 was the answer to that gap in the market. In a short span of 6 months, Redmi Y1 became the bestselling selfie phone in the country. It was found that 57% of the user base of the Redmi Y series was under the age of 24, the highest any Xiaomi device has witnessed – which is a proof point of the success of our Y series,” said Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

The best Redmi for selfies

The 16MP front camera on Redmi Y2 is able to capture fine details in daylight and produces high-resolution images. In low-light conditions, the sensor uses pixel binning technique to combine information from four pixels and create one large 2.0µm pixel. This greatly improves the resulting picture quality, producing clearer and brighter photos in low light with less noise. Another addition to its low-light repertoire is the Selfie-light, which produces a 4500K colour temperature making it easier to take selfies in low-light conditions.

When Auto HDR is enabled, the 16MP front camera automatically detects a back-light environment and applies the HDR effect. Selfie-light on Redmi Y2 mimics natural light, allowing catchlights in the eyes 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 Y2 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. AI Beautify 4.0 is designed keeping in mind specific needs of users in India, and can detect elements such as makeup, beards, nose rings, etc. and keep them intact (besides popular selfie facial expressions). 

 

5.99” full screen with great ergonomics 

Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch 18:9 full screen display that allows users a large-screen experience while being ergonomic at the same time. Its metallic-finish back is symmetrically curved and gently tapered toward edges, achieving a great handfeel.

Redmi Y2 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 platform, which is based on the 14nm FinFET architecture for balanced performance and power consumption.

Face unlock out of the box, and more

Redmi Y2 features face unlock out of the box, in addition to having a fingerprint scanner. Keeping in mind specific needs of users, Redmi Y2 features a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion by up to 256GB. Users will also be able to control a lot of their home electronics with the included IR blaster using the Mi Remote app.

Availability and pricing 

Redmi Y2 comes in three colors: Gold, Rose gold and Dark grey. The 3GB + 32GB version will retail for ₹9,999, while the 4GB + 64GB version is priced at ₹12,999. A simple, elegant TPU case will be shipped in the box with every Redmi Y2.

Redmi Y2 goes on sale 12PM 12th June at Mi.com, Amazon.in and Mi Home stores across the country. It will also be available across offline partners at a later date.

Offers*:

  • ₹1800 instant cashback and up to 240GB data free with Airtel
  • Buyers that make the purchase on June 12 via ICICI credit or debit cards on Mi.com and Amazon.in will get an instant cashback of ₹500

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Key features of Redmi Y2:

  • 99-inch 18:9 display
    • 1440 × 720 resolution (HD+)
    • 450nit maximum brightness
  • 16MP front camera
    • Selfie-light (flash)
    • 8° wide-angle lens and 5-element lens
    • f/2.0 aperture
  • 12MP + 5MP rear camera
    • 25 micron pixel size
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625
    • Octa-core, up to 2.0GHz
    • Qualcomm Adreno™ 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM / 4GB + 64GB ROM
  • Dual SIM + dedicated microSD card slot expandable upto 256GB
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IR blaster
  • Face unlock
  • Dimensions: 160.7 × 77.2 × 8.1mm
  • 3080mAh high-capacity battery
  • MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1

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.

Customized for India 

MIUI 10 has been customized keeping in mind its large user base in India. Subtle features like the camera app doubling up as a Paytm QR code scanner, a local service page in the in-built browser with full support for PWA (progressive web apps), and the content-rich libraries of Mi Music and Mi Video ensure a great, entertaining and an ergonomic experience. MIUI 10 adds a quick menu tab to all business messages, which allows users to explore more about the service with one tap.

MIUI 10 beta starts rolling out out mid-June onwards, and stable versions will start September.

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[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.

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