The beginning of September was very busy for many Chinese companies. First, Xiaomi unexpectedly held an event in India, where it announced its first smartphone on the Pure Android - Mi A1, and then a few days later made a presentation in China, where it showed the long-awaited Mi Mix 2, which became more accessible, Mi Note 3, and even updated the Mi Notebook Pro. We have tried to collect all the main things that are known about the novelties, especially some of them can be bought today.Important!
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New and affordable - Mi Mix 2
Let's start, perhaps, with the most interesting - “frameless» Mi Mix 2, which is considered the main competitor of the iPhone 8 that has not yet come out. Besides the fact that the smartphone has become even more attractive in appearance, the manufacturer has updated the “stuffing” and made the device more accessible than its predecessor. First, Xiaomi reduced the diagonal of the display of the novelty - now it is 5.99 inches against 6.4 inches, which occupy as much as 93% of the front panel. The case has already become, the aspect ratio of the screen is 2: 1, which makes the smartphone even more interesting for the Galaxy S8 +.
Under the "hood" was an 8-core Snapdragon 835 processor, a company that accounted for 6 GB of RAM. Apparently, Xiaomi decided not to wait for the 836 chip to release the smartphone before Apple, but with the 835 processor, there will be no performance problems with the Mi Mix 2.
The good thing is that Xiaomi decided to make Mi Mix 2 more accessible and for this they reduced the amount of ceramics used in the assembly process. Therefore, the smartphone has an aluminum frame, but at the same time a curved 2.5D back cover, made of ceramic. As a result, the price of the device has become much lower, and the marriage percentage has decreased several times.
The rear camera is still one, contrary to the general trend, with a Sony IMX386 20-megapixel sensor, 4-axis optical image stabilization and dual flash and ... an 18-karat gold lens, so that, apparently, no one would forget about the "premium" devices. Immediately below it - a fingerprint scanner. The speaker with bone conduction was replaced with a normal one (probably, the interlocutor will be heard better), the front camera with 5 megapixels is still at the bottom for the simple reason that there is no room for it at the top.
The number of supported LTE bands has been expanded to 43 countries, the usual 3.5 mm audio jack is expectedly sunk into oblivion, but it still cannot yet boast of wireless charging of Mi Mix 2. The battery capacity is 4,400 mAh, the smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo under the MIUI shell. Several versions are available with 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB of memory. Xiaomi will be engaged in the production of a premium version of ceramics, though it will most likely cost as the wing of an airplane.
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Apple used to be a face scanner in Mi Note 3
Immediately after Mi Mix 2, Mi Note 3 also saw the light on the stage in Beijing. In fact, this is an enlarged version of Mi 6 (for those who had little screen size) with some hardware changes. The diagonal of the Mi Note 3 display is 5.5 inches, while due to the thinner frames it noticeably wins in size from the same iPhone 7 Plus.
First of all, I would like to note the presence of a Snapdragon 660 processor - not 835, of course, but also a good chip, which managed to positively establish itself in many other devices. This time, the battery capacity was limited to 3,500 mAh, despite the fact that in the Redmi smartphones this figure exceeds 4,000 mAh. But the novelty boasts the presence of a face scanner and stereo speakers, complements this multifunctional NFC.
The smartphone has aluminum side frames, while the device case is rounded around the perimeter. The fingerprint scanner is located on the front panel, there is an infrared port on the upper end. The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of Full HD, the amount of RAM is 6 GB, it is possible to choose a modification with 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory. The camera migrated from Mi 6: this is absolutely the same module, a dual 12-megapixel camera with dual zoom and improved portrait mode.
Here are a couple of photo examples:
The front camera has a 16-megapixel module, which will surely appreciate the lovers of self. And the rest is a USB Type-C port and a face recognition system that works very well. In general, a very interesting smartphone for fans of devices with large screens (besides inexpensive, you can pre-order here
Mi Notebook Pro - Maximum Performance
In addition to two smartphones, at an event in Beijing, Xiaomi showed an updated Mi Notebook Pro laptop. This time the manufacturer focused all his efforts on performance, but did not forget about compactness: thanks to the thin frames around the screen, this computer is considered one of the smallest in its segment. The weight in the magnesium alloy body is less than 2 kilograms.
It is based on the eighth generation Intel Core processor. If the core version comes with a dual-core Core i5 8250U, then the quad-core Core i7 8550U chip is already installed in the advanced model. The processor is complemented by 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB solid state drive. The graphics rendering on the Full HD display provides the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of memory. Speaking of the screen - here it is protected by Gorilla Glass, the display gives 72% of the NTSC color range. Symmetrical cooling system consists of two fans for maximum efficiency. The laptop is equipped with speakers Harman Infinity.
Separately, it is worth noting the keyboard. Besides the fact that it is almost 20% more than the MacBook Pro, the keyboard is equipped with a backlight. The touchpad, located under the keyboard, boasts the presence of a fingerprint scanner.
Unlike Apple laptops, Mi Notebook Pro is pleased with the variety of ports. Here and two ports USB-C, and two ports USB 3.0, and even full HDMI. In addition, there was a place for a memory card slot and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. Charging is also carried out using USB-C, and fast charging allows you to fill up the charge level up to 50% a little more than half an hour.
Since the sales of the laptop have not yet begun, you can subscribe to updates and be the first to find out
not only the price, but also the delivery dates, because the characteristics and description are very attractive.
Dancer from India - Xiaomi Mi A1
About the Android One platform, Google told back in 2014. Xiaomi joined her only three years later in New Delhi, but did it very effectively, announcing a new generation of devices. The first was the smartphone Mi A1.
The main difference of the device from other Xiaomi smartphones is that there is no MIUI shell, it was replaced by the so-called “pure” Android. From Xiaomi in the device, only a few pre-installed applications, otherwise there are almost no differences from, for example, Google Pixel. Within a few months, Mi A1 will receive an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.
As for performance, the smartphone is equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, protected by Gorilla Glass. The processor is not the newest - Snapdragon 625 with a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz, but the price of this device is appropriate. The chip is made on a 14-nanometer process technology, Adreno 506 chip is responsible for the graphics. The amount of RAM is 4 GB, the internal is 64 GB, and there is the possibility of expansion with microSD memory cards. The weight of the device is 165 grams, the battery - at 3 080 mAh.
At the presentation, Xiaomi focused on the camera. The Mi A1 has two lenses - a 12-megapixel 50-mm telephoto and the same wide-angle. The double optical zoom allows you to take pictures with an approximation without loss of quality, and two camera modules do great photos with blurring the background.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the back panel, in front is a 5-megapixel front camera and touch navigation buttons under the display. The owners of Mi A1 will receive as a gift an endless storage of photos in Google Photos.
But the main thing, perhaps, is the price. The Mi A1 is already inexpensive, and with the coupon A1GBCJ it
will be even cheaper - only $ 209.99 for the version in gold color
(and A1GBCJ for $ 199.99 for pink
). Yes, the Gearbest new product is already available! The quantity is limited, therefore we advise to hurry, especially the price of the device in Russian stores will be much higher.
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