Qualcomm: Forget Samsung! All These Other Huge…Errr…Awesome Manufacturers Love the Snapdragon 810!

What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside.  (more…)

Xiaomi Announces the Mi Note Pro, Mi Note, Mi Box Mini, and Mi Headphones

Xiaomi sure had a fun Thursday morning. The Chinese electronics manufacturer unwrapped four new products today that all are worth mentioning, even if none of them will ever arrive in the US. From new oversized Galaxy Note-like phones, to a mini Android-powered box that is no bigger than a wall adapter, to audiophile-grade headphones, they sort of dropped a little bit of everything.  (more…)

Xiaomi Valued at $45 Billion, Higher Than Sony and Nokia

Xiaomi is in the news quite a lot these days, and for good reason; the company that Hugo Barra left Google for has undergone explosive growth since the debut of its first smartphone in 2011. And it shows no sign of stopping. The Beijing-based smartphone maker was valued at $45 billion in a fundraising round today, ahead of veritable startup Uber, and even established companies like Sony and Nokia.  (more…)

Xiaomi Announces the Mi 4, 5″ Full HD Display and Snapdragon 801 for $320

Xiaomi announced their latest smartphone early this morning, the Mi 4. Before you go getting excited for a new contender on US shores, make note that Xiaomi has stated that it will not make the phone available for US buyers, as our buyers are not in their plans as of right now. In the chance that you do import one from overseas, without knowing if it features the proper radios to work on our networks, the phone likely will not have access to Google Play for all of your apps and services. It’s a downer, but it is what it is.

Regardless of where the phone will land, the Mi 4 features a good spec list, especially considering its price of approximately $320 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 64GB variant. The device features a 5″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing shooter (Sony sensor), 8MP front-facing camera, 3,080mAh battery, stainless steel frame, and comes running Android 4.4+ with a bit of MIUI tweaks on top.  (more…)

Xiaomi Announces Mi Pad, Android-powered Tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1 Processor

Late last night, Xiaomi announced a new Android-powered tablet, the Mi Pad, featuring specs that will make you turn your head. Xiaomi’s iPad Mini look-alike, is headlined by NVIDIA’s newest Tegra K1 processor, as well as a design which is sure to stir up Apple’s legal team.

As if the quad-core Tegra K1 wasn’t enough to keep our interest, the Mi Pad comes packed with 2GB of RAM, 16GB (up to 64GB) of on-board storage , a microSD card slot, 7.9″ IPS display (2048 x 1536), 8MP rear-facing shooter, and a 5MP front-facing camera.  (more…)

CyanogenMod Teases “New” Hardware Partner, Not Quite Ready to Reveal Though

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This afternoon, CyanogenMod took to its official Google+ page to tease a new piece of info to anxious fans, claiming that they do in fact have a new hardware partner. Previous speculation has pointed to OPPO unveiling another CM-powered device, but other guesses are leaning towards OEMs such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, and even HTC. Given the post clearly states “new” partner, it is anyone’s best guess at this point.  (more…)