Xiaomi is celebrating a strange milestone today. According to a tweet by the company’s global VP, Xiaomi has 700,000 users, which presumably means the company has seen about as many sales. It’s an odd milestone to be celebrating — 700K in “over three months” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue — but it’s a good indicator of the company’s success in its Pocophone experiment, especially when compared to OnePlus.
Boom! We’ve got 700,000 #POCOF1 users across the globe. Read MoreXiaomi sells 700k Pocophone F1s in a little over three months was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
There’s no denying that there are plenty of amazing Black Friday weekend deals floating around this year, but the best overall deals that we’d been about to spot are a $250 discount on the OnePlus 6T and a $300 discount on the Xiaomi Mi 8. Both of these devices typically sell for pretty cheap when compared to flagship devices from Samsung, LG, Huawei and most other big brands, which means that the final price for the OnePlus 6T is $299.99 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 is going for a mere $199.99.
While we’d like to say that anyone will be able to pick up these phones at these incredibly low prices, there’s a catch. GearBest is only selling 10 of each device at their highly discounted prices. If you want to be among the lucky few to pick up these amazing steals, you’ll need to be ready to add the devices to your cart and check out as quickly as possible at 10:00 UTC (5AM Eastern, 2AM Pacific).
OnePlus 6T – $299.99
Xiaomi Mi 8 – $199.99
If you don’t manage to snag the OnePlus 6T or Xiaomi Mi 8 during the flash sale, GearBest has quite a few other amazing discounts that you might want to consider:
OnePlus 6 (6GB RAM) – $389
OnePlus 6 (8GB RAM) – $439
Xiaomi Mi 8 – $369 (30% discount)
Black Shark Gaming Smartphone – $499 (28% discount)
Pocophone F1 – $329 (23% discount)
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – $20.79
Yeelight SMart LED Bulb (white) – $14.99 ($35% discount)
Yeelight Smart LED Bulb (RGBW) – $16.99 ($31% discount)
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 – $165.99 (33% discount)
Some may argue that the OnePlus 6 flash sale which has discounted the phone to $389.99 is the best deal your find this year, GearBest has another incredible deal which could be even better – the Pocophone F1 for $309.99. For those who don’t know the Pocophone F1 comes with a spec sheet which matches everything that the OnePlus 6 has to offer, but Xiaomi has somehow managed to keep the phone’s price even lower than that of the OnePlus 6.
While we’ve seen Pocophone F1 go for as little as little as $350 in the past, this is the first time that we’ve seen the phone’s price drop this low. GearBest only has about 100 units left in stock at this incredible price, so you should act fast if you’ve been keeping an eye out for a great deal on Xiaomi’s new flagship smartphone.
Xiaomi released its gaming phone, the Black Shark, in China last April. The black and neon green device packs some impressive specs for its modest price, including a Snapdragon 845 and either six or eight gigs of RAM. At the time, there was no word on whether it’d be coming to the rest of the world, but now, the company has announced that it’ll release in Europe on November 16. Read MoreXiaomi is bringing its Black Shark gaming phone to Europe on November 16 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Xiaomi is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers on the planet, but the company is still trying to make a name for itself in Europe. The company hopes to change that by introducing the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming smartphone to nearly 30 countries across Europe starting on November 16.
For those not familiar with the Xiaomi Black Shark, the gaming-centric smartphone features a dedicated gamepad accessory and an internal liquid cooling which is able to keep the Snapdragon 845 SoC running 8 degrees Celcius cooler than other phones do. This unique internal hardware allows the Xiaomi Black Shark to run a peak performance, allow users to play 3D games at their maximum frame rate. The phone is also equipped with 6 or 8GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of internal storage, a 6-inch 1080 x 2160 display, a dual camera on the back with 12MP and 20MP sensors, a 20MP selfie camera and a 4,000 mAh battery.
The most surprising thing about the Xiaomi Black Shark is that it runs Stock Android with only a few minor tweaks. Xiaomi has included a custom gaming mode called “Shark Space” which turns off those pesky notifications and cleans up the RAM on the phone before launching your game. If you’re not impressed with the specs or the stock build of Android, the phone’s base price of $480 (in China) may change your mind. Xiaomi has not revealed the price for the European debut of the Xiaomi Black Shark, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the phone does on sale for less than €500.
The Xiaomi Black Shark will be available in the following countries through the Xiaomi Black Shark website: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
At an event held in the depths of the historic brutalist Barbican Centre in London yesterday, Xiaomi formally announced its entry into the UK market. Numerous devices were introduced on stage, including various smart home products, but the Mi 8 series and Mi Band 3 were the main attractions. Everything here had already been unveiled in China and some of it is already selling in other regions, too.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition caught our eye previously, largely due to its semi-transparent rear cover with insides made to look like internal components. Read MoreXiaomi Mi 8 Pro hands-on: IR face unlock and extra RAM for the same price as a OnePlus 6T was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In the smartphone world, Xiaomi is the epitome of value for money. Now ranked fourth worldwide, it sells nearly one of every ten smartphones. But when companies start operating at such a large scale, the start-up mentality takes a backseat to more important considerations, and innovation can be stifled.
Oppo circumvented it with the “independent” OnePlus, Huawei spun off Honor for Western markets, and Xiaomi is taking an approach somewhere in the middle. Read MoreXiaomi Poco F1 review: Mucho phone for un poco price was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/10/26 1:17pm PDT
The UK isn’t alone in this next leg of Xiaomi’s European expansion, as it turns out that Ireland is also on the agenda, with a launch event planned
It’s the fourth largest smartphone brand on the planet, and yet Xiaomi doesn’t directly sell devices in some of the biggest markets such as the US and the UK. There have been rumors about an entry into the US market late this year or in early 2019, but before that, the Chinese company is officially launching in the UK on November 8th. Read More[Update: Ireland, too] Xiaomi is expanding into the UK market from November 8th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Ever since the original Xaoimi Mi Mix was introduced about two years ago, Xiaomi has used the line smartphones to usher in new technology and design concepts. If you’re looking for a smartphone with futuristic characteristics, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will definitely fit the bill. Unveiled today in China, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is dominated by its edge-to-edge 6.39-inch 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED display. Unlike previous Xiaomi Mi Mix devices, the Mi Mix 3 has done away with the bottom chin which was previously used to house the front-facing camera and other sensors. But the phone still has a front-facing camera which is revealed by sliding the screen down. That’s right, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is a slider phone. Xiaomi claims that the magnetically assisted sliding mechanism should hold up just fine for more than 300k slides.
The phone’s other specs include a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6/8GB of RAM, 128/256GB of storage and a 3200mAH battery. Xiaomi is also planning a special edition variant of the phone which will come out in November with 10GB of RAM which could be the first device to hit the market with 10GB of RAM. The main camera on the back sports two sensors, a 12 MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens with 4-axis OIS and a second 12MP sensor with an f/2.4 telephoto lens. Up front, you also get a 24MP camera that’s paired with a 2MP depth sensor so that you can capture portrait-style selfies as well. As you’d expect, sliding the screen down to reveal the front-facing camera will automatically launch the camera app in selfie mode.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be available black, sapphire blue or jade green, all featuring a metal frame and ceramic back panel. While the phone could easily go head-to-head with most other $1,000 Android smartphones, the base model of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with 6BG of RAM and 128GB of storage is quite affordable at 3,299 yuan ($475 USD). If you want 8GB RAM with 256GB storage, you’ll be asked to pay 3,999 yuan ($580 USD) and then there’s the special edition model with 10GB of RAM which will set you back 4,999 yuan ($720 USD).
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will go on sale in Asia and select markets in Europe in the coming weeks. Xiaomi isn’t planning to officially sell the Mi Mix 3 in the US, but you should be able to import it from GearBest and other sites sometime in November.
Xiaomi announced the Black Shark gaming phone just a few months ago, and it’s already time for a sequel. The Black Shary Helo makes a few minor changes to the hardware, but it still has that distinctly “gamer” aesthetic. By which I mean it glows.
Like the previous Black Shark, this phone has a Snapdragon 845 with vapor chamber cooling and a big 4,000mAh battery. There’s a customizable glowing logo on the back of the phone along with a fingerprint sensor and two cameras (12+20MP). Read MoreXiaomi Black Shark Helo gaming phone sports OLED display and 10GB of RAM was written by the awesome team at Android Police.