Xiaomi Says It Shipped More Than 10 Million Smartphones Last Month

Xiaomi Says It Shipped More Than 10 Million Smartphones Last Month

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi sold more than 10 million smartphones in India
  • It’s a record performance for the company
  • The company also reached a milestone in India

September was a big month for Xiaomi. The Chinese smartphone maker shipped more than 10 million smartphones last month across all the markets where it operates, Xiaomi’s chief executive officer Lei Jun said.

A thrilled and happy Jun, who shared the announcement, thanked employees and partners. The company also reached a major milestone in India. Roughly three years after entering the nation, Xiaomi’s vice president and India head Manu Kumar Jain said the company had shipped more than 25 million smartphones in the country.

The big jump in sales comes as people in South Asian countries including India begin to prepare for the festival season. In India, for instance, Amazon India and Flipkart have been cashing in on the festive season, giving customers lucrative discounts with sales past and sales to come. Xiaomi said last month it had sold more than one million handsets in just two days, a major improvement over its performance in the country last year, when it took 18 days to sell one million smartphones.

Even as Xiaomi has always been known as a company which plays very aggressively, offering some of the best hardware at the price point, the company has appeared more focused in the recent months. It recently launched the Mi Mix 2, a bezel-less smartphone, and Mi A1, its first Android One smartphone for markets like India.

The recent development will help the company better compete with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, which recently posted better sales than Apple. The company shipped north of 73 million smartphones in the first two quarters of this year, averaging more than 12 million handset shipments in a month. According to marketing research firm Strategy Analytics, Huawei shipped 38.4 million handsets in Q2 2017, while Oppo shipped 29.5 million handsets. In comparison, Xiaomi had shipped 23.16 million handsets in the quarter that ended in June.

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Paytm Mall Sale, Xiaomi Mi 5X India Launch Date, OnePlus 5’s New Skin, and More: Your 360 Daily

Paytm Mall Sale, Xiaomi Mi 5X India Launch Date, OnePlus 5's New Skin, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paytm Mall sale kicked off a day before Flipkart offers and Amazon deals
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X has a dual rear-camera setup
  • OnePlus 5 buyers will now be able to choose a Soft Gold option

Paytm Mall began its Independence Day sale on Tuesday, a day before Flipkart Big Freedom Day Saleand Amazon Great Indian Sale kick off. The Paytm sale will go on for a full week leading into August 15. Discounts and cashback offers are being provided on a range of smartphones, laptops, home appliances, clothing and accessories. As part of the Paytm sale, you can get the iPhone 7 with up to Rs. 8,000 cashback, the iPhone SE at flat 15 percent discount and Rs. 3,000 cashback. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is also available as part of the sale.

There are Paytm cashback offers up to Rs. 20,000 on Apple, HP, and Lenovo laptops. DSLRs, TVs, and washing machines have a similar offer, while some watches from Titan and Fastrack are available at 40 percent cashback. If you spend more than Rs. 1,499 during the Paytm Mall sale period, you can enter to win an iPhone 7.

Xiaomi Mi 5X could be on its way to India next month, Mi Note 3 might have QHD display
The Xiaomi Mi 5X looks set to be coming to India in September, judging by a tweet put out by XiaomiIndia MD Manu Kumar Jain. Jain said it’d be Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India, which leaves the 5X as the main contender. It has two 12-megapixel sensors on the back, a f/2.2 wide-angle lens and a f/2.6 telephoto lens. The Xiaomi Mi 5X was launched at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 14,200) in China, so it should cost less than Rs. 20,000 in India.

Meanwhile, a new leak for Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has revealed that the device may come with a 2K (1440×2560) OLED screen developed by Samsung. The phone will also reportedly carry the Snapdragon 835 and have a near bezel-less display, so Xiaomi is clearly gunning for the Galaxy S8.

OnePlus 5 Soft Gold variant made official
OnePlus 5 now has a new limited-edition colour option: Soft Gold. Interestingly, the colour is only available with the lower 6GB/64GB RAM-storage variant – which costs Rs. 32,999 – and will go live on Amazon India and OnePlus’ website on Wednesday, August 9 at 12 am. This new OnePlus 5 colour option can leave buyers in a dilemma of sorts, considering Soft Gold is reserved to lower variant, and Midnight Black is locked to the higher 8GB/128GB option. The only common choice is Slate Gray.

Moto X4, Lenovo K8 Plus, Google Pixel 2 leaks
Lenovo’s upcoming Moto X4 is set to have a unique dual-camera design, judging by the new leaked render shared by Evan Blass. It counters the previous render he shared himself, which he said wasn’t reflective of the final product. In the new one, the two cameras sit side-by-side in a circular housing with the flash support at the top.

In other Lenovo news, the K8 Plus has been spotted on benchmark site Geekbench, ahead of the K8 Note’s launch in India on Wednesday. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 chip, and has 3GB RAM.

Lastly, the Google Pixel 2 has shown up in leaked live photos, which suggest wide bezels (ugh) and stereo speakers. A picture of the back shows a single camera and a fingerprint sensor.

Galaxy S8 Active, Samsung U Flex unveiled
Samsung has launched the rugged, more durable version of its flagship – the Galaxy S8 Active – which comes with a shatterproof screen. It can be pre-ordered for $28.34 (roughly Rs. 1,800) per month for two and a half years via AT&T Next, or $849.99 (roughly Rs. 54,100) if you are paying up-front. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be available in US stores this Friday, August 11. There’s no word on when the S8 Active will launch in other countries.

Available in Meteor Grey and Titanium Gold colour variants, the S8 Active has a metal frame and bumper that protects it against shock, abrasion, tilting or twisting. While that’s all well and good, the housing does take away from the bezel-less brilliance of the Infinity Display. The Galaxy S8 Active has passed military specification (MIL-STD-810G) testing, according to Samsung. In terms of specifications, the Galaxy S8 Active is on par with the standard version, except a battery pack that goes up to 4,000mAh.

Alongside, Samsung has also announced a pair of wireless headphones in U Flex, which gets its name from the bendable neckband. The U Flex also has a dedicated button for Samsung’s digital voice assistant Bixby, which can be reconfigured to choose from clock, timer, Samsung Health, or favourites. We don’t have pricing or availability details yet, though those will probably arrive with the launch of Galaxy Note 8 on August 23.

iPhone 8 design leaked again
The next iPhone launch is still over a month away, but the steady stream of leaks has given us multiple new looks at the upcoming models. An image shared by Evan Blass reiterated the bezel-less design we’ve seen before for iPhone 8, which includes a wrap-around display for the front camera, sensors, and earpiece. An image shared on Weibo shows that we might get a new Copper Gold colour with the new iPhone.

Meanwhile, Foxconn VP Luo Zhongsheng allegedly told reporters that the iPhone “will not be cheap” owing to supply chain issues, since yields are low on the new OLED display being provided by Samsung.

SoftBank now in direct talks with Flipkart
After the founders of Snapdeal called off merger talks with Flipkart, its biggest investor SoftBank has begun direct talks with the latter, according to CEO Masayoshi Son. “We respect the decision of Snapdeal founders and we are engaged with Flipkart,” Son said after the Q2 earnings were announced. SoftBank owns 35 percent of Snapdeal and was said to have mediated its sale during the past few months. The Japanese firm is now looking to invest $2 billion in Flipkart.

Disney apps may be spying on your kids
A class-action lawsuit filed in California last week has alleged that 42 apps made by Disney working with three companies – Upsight, Unity, and Kochava – have been collecting personal data on children, and illegally sharing it with advertisers without parental consent. US law prohibits companies from signing up those under the age of 13, as part of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In a statement, Disney said it has a “robust COPPA compliance” programme and intends to defend itself in court.

LG V30 spotted in video contest entries, launches August 31
LG may have inadvertently revealed the look of its next flagship – the LG V30 – thanks to an online competition in collaboration with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord production company. Entrants are given early access to LG products, and their videos – though not available in high-quality – paint a clear picture of what the V30 will have. The back of the phone has a dual-camera setup, a fingerprint sensor, and the moniker ‘V’ etched below it. The LG V30 is set for its pre-IFA 2017 Berlin launch on August 31.

Google rolls out YouTube’s in-app messaging to everyone
YouTube’s in-app messaging system, which allows you to share videos and chat with your friends and family right in the app itself, is now rolling out globally for both Android and iOS users. Google may have lost the social media battle, but it still owns the world’s largest open video platform, so this new addition may well help keep users on the platform they watch the most. When you tap the Share button, you’ll be able to choose from people with Google accounts. Once you do so, or if someone shares a video with you, those conversations will be available in the Shared tab.

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Mi Max 2 Launched, Xiaomi Sale, Jio’s Data Claim, Nokia 8 Leaks, and More: Your 360 Daily

Mi Max 2 Launched, Xiaomi Sale, Jio's Data Claim, Nokia 8 Leaks, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 costs Rs. 16,999 in India
  • Nokia 8, leaked via images, expected to launch July 31
  • Reliance Jio claims to be biggest mobile data network in the world

Xiaomi launched its 6.44-inch Mi Max 2 in India on Tuesday carrying a price tag of Rs. 16,999. The highlights of the smartphone include a 5,300mAh battery, 12-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera with Sony’s IMX386 sensor, and 4GB of RAM. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, accompanied by a full-HD 2.5D curved glass screen that’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, and Adreno 506 GPU. In addition to the 12-megapixel sensor on the back, there’s a 5-megapixel f/2.0 front camera. Internal storage on the Mi Max 2 is 64GB, which is expandable via microSD card.

Xiaomi’s newest smartphone will be available first on July 20 at 12pm via Mi.com and Mi Home stores. Check out details of further sale dates of Xiaomi Mi Max 2. Reliance Jio has launch offers for the phone, which provides 10GB additional data on every recharge of Rs. 309 for a total of 10 recharges.

July 20 will also mark Xiaomi’s three-year anniversary in India, and it announced a two-day sale during the Mi Max 2 launch. The hard to buy Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 will be in stock during the anniversary sale, alongside new power banks and discounts on accessories. Xiaomi is also bringing back the Re. 1 flash sale, which will be offered on Redmi 4A, Wi-Fi Repeater 2, and the 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2.

At the Mi Max 2 launch event, Xiaomi also talked about expanding the number of Mi Home stores across India, with two new outlets opening in Bengaluru later this month. First on Saturday, July 22, one will open in LIDO Mall, and the second in Orion Mall on the following Saturday, July 29.

Meanwhile in China, Xiaomi will launch the Mi 5X – a variant of the Mi 5 – on July 26, as per a teaser posted on its Weibo account. The phone is expected to have MIUI 9 running atop Android Nougat. In terms of hardware, per leaks, you can expect the Xiaomi Mi 5X to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 625 SoC, and 4GB RAM. It’s expected to cost around CNY 1,999 (about Rs. 19,000).

Nokia 8 shows up in all its glory
The Nokia 8 has shown up in leaked press renders, which gives us the first good look at the premium device ahead of its launch on July 31. Expected to cost EUR 589 (about Rs. 43,400), the Nokia 8 is seen to have a vertical dual rear camera setup courtesy of HMD Global’s partnership with Carl Zeiss for optics. Beyond that, the phone is tipped to have a 5.3-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835, 4/6GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. Check out the leaked images of the Nokia 8.

Reliance Jio claims it’s the biggest mobile data network in the world
Reliance Jio is now the largest mobile data network in the world, carrying 15 percent of world traffic, the company’s President Devices Sunil Dutt claimed at Xiaomi’s event in New Delhi on Tuesday. Dutt added that Jio is the only exabyte network in the world, and it commands 85 percent of India’s mobile data consumption needs. He also brought up the previously mentioned statistic of data consumed per month, which has apparently gone up from 0.2 billion gigabytes to 1.2 billion gigabytes, with Jio contributing heavily to the rise.

Amazon and Flipkart host laptop sales
With college semesters in full swing, Amazon India and Flipkart are both hosting Back to College sales, providing deals, exchange offers, and No Cost EMI options on a variety of laptops. Amazon has seen fit to categorise laptops by student majors, such as Humanities, Engineering, MBA, and so forth. The cheapest option is Lenovo’s 15.6-inch Ideapad at Rs. 18,990. You can get Rs. 10,000 off on exchanging an old laptop, and two-year warranty for Rs. 1,499.

On Flipkart, the sale will run from July 18-20. You can get the 6th-gen Core i3-equipped HP Imprint for Rs. 35,964, and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 has 3-5 percent off. You can get up to Rs. 7,000 on exchange offer with the Imprint, and up to Rs. 20,000 on some gaming laptops.

iPhone 8 power button might house Touch ID, coming in November?
Apple might put Touch ID on the power button with iPhone 8, according to a new report. Owing to that implementation, which was revealed from a design file provided to a case-maker, the power button will apparently be slightly larger on the tenth-anniversary iPhone. The renders also add fuel to the vertical dual rear camera setup fire, along with the removal of the Home button from the front.

A second report reiterates the delay in the phone’s release, owing to the protracted development schedule. Apparently the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, featuring minor upgrades to last year’s phones, will ship as usual, the iPhone 8 – which is expected to be more expensive – won’t be available until November.

Google Allo brings message reactions to its platform
A new update for Google Allo has added support for message reactions, with a heart emoji being your only option for now. That means the next time you wish to agree with someone, or send your love, you won’t have to head into the keyboard’s emoji drawer. There’s no word on when the new feature will be available to iOS users.

Huawei takes on Fitbit with Band 2 and Band 2 Pro
Huawei unveiled two new fitness trackers on Tuesday – the Band 2 and Band 2 Pro – which look a lot like the Fitbit Charge 2, right down to the dual-tone finish of the metallic centre. But unlike their Fitbit counterpart, the Huawei wearables are waterproof, and the Band 2 Pro has built-in GPS. Two additional features include Firstbeat – which helps assess VO2 max – and Breathing Coach, which is like Fitbit’s Relax and Apple Watch’s Breathe. Compatible with Android 4.4 or later, and iOS 8.0 or above, the Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro will be available in Blue, Black, and Red band colours, though they have no release date or pricing info yet.

Flipkart reportedly ups Snapdeal acquisition offer by $100-150 million
After Snapdeal rejected Flipkart’s $800-850 million initial bid earlier in July, the latter is back with an upgraded buyout offer between $900-950 million, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The revised offer includes Snapdeal’s marketplace and solutions provider Unicommerce, but excludes logistics arm Vulcan Express, and digital payments firm Freecharge. Infibeam has apparently made a proposal for acquiring Snapdeal as well, and the company is expected to reach a decision in the next 10 days.

Remix OS is no more, as Jide switches lanes
The Android-based Remix OS has been discontinued after its maker Jide decided to switch priorities from consumer to enterprise markets. In a post on its website, the company said that it sees “huge potential” with businesses, and it has decided to focus solely on that going forward. This also affects the all-in-one entertainment device Remix IO, which went up on Kickstarter last year. Jide said that it’d start refunding pre-orders from August 15.

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BSNL Plans Take on Jio, Samsung Galaxy S8 India Launch, Xiaomi Mi 6 Unveiled, and More News This Week

BSNL Plans Take on Jio, Samsung Galaxy S8 India Launch, Xiaomi Mi 6 Unveiled, and More News This Week

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Samsung Galaxy S8 is up for pre-orders in India
  • The Xiaomi Mi 6 launched in China this week
  • BSNL has announced a Rs. 333 plan with a 270GB data limit

BSNL is taking the fight to Reliance Jio with a new plan that offers 270GB data at just Rs. 333. Entitled the Triple Ace plan, BSNL is giving 3G data, up to 3GB per day, for 90 days at Rs. 333. After crossing 3GB, the speed gets throttled to 2G for that day.

You can also choose BSNL’s Rs. 349 plan, which gives unlimited local and STD calls and 2GB of data per day on 3G for 28 days, if you use less data and make more calls. Finally, there’s a Rs. 395 plan, which offers 3,000 minutes of BSNL to BSNL calls, and 1,800 minutes of calling other networks, with 2GB data daily at 3G speeds, for 71 days. BSNL has also increased daily data usage limit in its Rs. 339 plan to 3GB from 2GB offered earlier.

Reliance Jio meanwhile has started disconnecting numbers that have not signed up for any recharge plans. The network has been fully free since its launch in September, and now Jio has started to disconnect people who aren’t paying, in a phased manner. New TRAI data was released this week that showed Jio has managed to stay ahead of the likes of Idea, Airtel, Vodafone, and others in terms of 4G download speeds. Opensignal’s report meanwhile said otherwise, rating Airtel’s 4G speeds higher than Jio.

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One of the biggest items this week was definitely the India launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. The launch event in New Delhi took place less than a month after the smartphones were unveiled globally in March, and the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ go on sale in India in line with the global rollout. Samsung Galaxy S8 comes to India a price of Rs. 57,900 (MOP) and will be available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colour options, while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is priced at Rs. 64,900 (MOP) and will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold colour variants. Pre-bookings are now open and the phones will be available from May 5.

While in the US Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (2.35GHz quad-core + 1.7GHz quad-core), the smartphones launch in India are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC with an octa-core processor (2.35GHz quad-core + 1.9GHz quad-core). Samsung says the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature the “industry’s first 10nm processor, enabling heightened speed and efficiency”, and the highlight of the smartphones has to be their edge-to-edge “infinity display”.

Meanwhile, in China, the Xiaomi Mi 6 – which is Xiaomi’s new flagship device for 2017 – has been officially launched. The phone, which packs eye-catching specifications such as 6GB RAM and 12-megapixel dual-rear cameras, starts at CNY 2,499, or roughly Rs. 25,000.

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The phone comes with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, with 6GB RAM, a 5.15-inch display, and a fingerprint scanner under the glass in front. Xiaomi has also decided to forego the 3.5mm audio jack. The Xiaomi Mi 6 has a 3350mAh battery, and as mentioned, a dual rear camera setup with 12-megapixel cameras, to delivery 2x optical lossless zoom. There is no word on the India launch yet.

Incidentally – if you’re running a WhatsApp group, keep an eye on what your members are saying, or you might end up in real trouble. WhatsApp group admins could face an FIR for offensive posts, as per an order by Varanasi DM. WhatsApp group admins must deny offensive posts and remove the member, and inaction can result in legal action.

Speaking of WhatsApp, Siri can now read out your latest messages, with the newest update to the iPhone application. With the new update, WhatsApp messages can now be read by Siri, apart from allowing it to compose and send messages, which was already possible. This will only work for unread messages.

ALSO SEEWhatsApp Looks Set to Get New ‘Change Number’ Feature

Launches this week included the Zopo Color M4, with 4G VoLTE support, launched at Rs. 4,999. The budget phone has 16GB of storage, a 1450mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel camera. We also got the Honor Bee 2, also with 4G VoLTE support launched at Rs. 7,499. The all-new Honor Bee 2 features a ‘Rainbow’ light which is a circular ring around the rear camera, and which glows when there’s a call, message, or any other notifications on the device.

Also launched this week was the Swipe Elite Star 16GB variant, priced at Rs. 3,999. It had originally launched at an 8GB variant. The Videocon Elite 11+ with 4G VoLTE support also launched this week, at Rs. 5,800. The phone, which has a 5-inch display and a 2-megapixel front camera, includes a front flash, 3000mAh battery, and 8GB inbuilt storage.

The Sharp Aquos R with Emop AI assistant, running the Snapdragon 835 SoC was also launched this week. The device has currently only been launched in Japan, and pricing and availability in other international markets is unknown at the moment. The Sharp Aquos R joins the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi MI 6 to offer the Snapdragon 835.

There were also a lot of non-phone launches. We got the Panasonic Lumix TZ90 with 30x optical zoom and a tiltable display for selfies, and also the Sony A9 full frame mirrorless camera with 20fps burst and 4K video recording. There was also the GoPro Fusion 360-degree camera, expected to release at the end of the year, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick is finally in India. In case you had imported one of these earlier, then check for the latest update, and if necessary, make sure that your region is set to India.

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The Moto C and Moto C Plus were spotted on a certification site, which usually points to an imminent launch. The phones are being touted as entry-level smartphones that are said to be even cheaper than the Moto E series. These smartphones are also expected to support 4G with VoLTE and may sport polycarbonate bodies with removable back panels, based on recent renders. The Moto E4 was also spotted on benchmark sites, packing 2GB of RAM.

We also picked up some rumours about the price of the LG G6 in India – Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom has leaked that the LG G6 will be launched starting at Rs. 51,990 (MOP) and it will go on sale from April 29. Pre-bookings for the smartphone have already begun and this week we detailed some pre-booking offers as well. It will officially launch in India on Monday.

HTC’s upcoming ‘squeezable’ smartphone – which is set to launch on May 16 – meanwhile might have a name – the HTC U 11. The naming scheme works in two ways – the first being that the flagship comes under the U series which includes the U Ultra and U Play, and second the number 11 makes it a straight up successor to the HTC 10.

VR fans – we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The HTC Vive is officially confirmed to launch in India, as Gadgets 360 had exclusively reported. The bad news is that – as we had said – it’s priced at Rs. 92,990. In the US the Vive sells for $799.99, or around Rs. 52,000.

And finally, although there are still a few months to go, if you’re jonesing for a Game of Thrones, then you should check out the first pictures of season 7.

Those are all the biggest news highlights of this week. What really caught your eye? Sound off about it via the comments below.

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