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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite in for review

The Mi 8 lineup has gotten a little complicated – there are five major variations. The focus now is on the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, the latest addition. How it compares to the other members of the Mi 8 line is just one of many questions to be answered by our upcoming review.

For starters, it’s the only one without an AMOLED display, opting instead for an IPS LCD panel. It’s larger than the Mi 8 SE’s display, however, and the notch cut out into it is the smallest out of the five displays.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and its retail package • Dual camera and a fingerprint reader on the back

The Mi 8 Lite has the same dual camera on its back as the SE model – a 12MP main shooter with large pixels (1.4µm) and a fairly bright aperture (f/1.9). That camera performed quite well in our tests, helped by the AI, which did a better job of toggling the HDR mode than Auto HDR. The 5MP depth sensor helped create decent bokeh, though not perfectly accurate.

The selfie camera on this phone is a 24MP shooter, up from 20MP, so we don’t quite know what to expect from this one.

Checking out the main camera • 24MP selfie camera

Anyway, the Mi 8 SE has a limited availability while the Mi 8 Lite is easy to get in the west. The €270 price tag in Europe is almost half what Xiaomi is charging for the premium Mi 8 (going by MSRP). Even the SE costs more.

With that in mind, the Snapdragon 660 feels like a solid pick. Sure, the 710 would have been more exciting, but benchmark show little difference in CPU performance between the two. The GPU inside the 660 chipset isn’t as powerful, but that’s not to say you can’t game on the Mi 8 Lite. It should handle PUGB on High settings, for example.

The 3,350mAh battery isn’t huge, but the other Mi 8 phones managed an Endurance rating in the mid-80s with similar capacities (admittedly, with 10nm chipsets instead of 14nm). So, we’ll see how that turns out, but we expect a competitive result.

That about covers it – judging by its cover (and price tag), the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite offers solid hardware at a great price.

Xiaomi reports profitable Q3, lead by good performance in India

Xiaomi has beaten analysts estimates with its Q3 performance. The Chinese maker ended the September quarter with CNY 2.48B (€312.6M) profit – a big step up from Q3 of 2017’s CNY 11B loss.

Xiaomi’s revenue in Q3 of 2018 rose 49.1% to CNY 50.85B (€6.4B).

Xiaomi’s positive quarter was spearheaded by the maker’s top-notch performance in the Indian market, where it was leading the smartphone sales.

Xiaomi has set itself up for success by expanding its market presence in Europe by entering the United Kingdom but analysts don’t expect its profits to expand until it manages to boost its flagship sales. Currently Xiaomi ships phones with smaller price margins, which yield great market share but not as great profit.

Xiaomi opens 500 Mi Stores at once, sets Guiness World Record

Xiaomi opened its first Mi Store in India back in 2017. The company kept expanding its network little by little, but the latest push is a big one. Today Xiaomi India announced the opening of 500 stores simultaneously, setting a Guiness World Record.

The event actually happened on October 29, but the company needed everything to be cleared by GWR before announcing the achievement.

In a follow-up tweet, Xiaomi India explained the expansion is part of a “New Retail” model for India where it aims to provide “flagship store experience” to customers in rural areas.

The company is setting even bigger goals for 2019 – to open 5,000 new brick-and-mortar stores and to employ over 15,000 people across the whole country.

The picture for Xiaomi sure is looking fine and dandy. The company has just beaten analysts’ expectations with its Q3 performance and is leading the Indian smartphone market by sales.

These 500 new stores might be a way to reach villagers in India, and a pretty neat strategy for the company to have even bigger outreach at its most successful market.

Xiaomi is now pushing MIUI 10 to Redmi 6 Pro and 1st gen Mi Max

The second wave of devices getting the MIUI 10 update began two weeks ago and we are now receiving reports in our mailbox for various Xiaomi smartphones with the new user interface.

Both the Redmi 6 Pro and the Mi Max (along with Mi Max Prime) are now receiving an update that brings full-screen gestures and other functional improvements.

MIUI 10 for Redmi 6 Pro and Mi Max

While the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro package with model number V10.0.1.0.ODMMIFH is 609 MB in size, the Mi Max patch is half of that – just 307 MB, numbered V10.1.1.0.NBDMIFI. Both versions bring new UI that removes the software trio of buttons (although you can turn it back on in Settings).

The notifications now have a natural sound system, meaning notifications adjust to your environment. Other improvements include AI optimizations, redesigned notification panel and volume slider.

Xiaomi Mi MaxWhile the Redmi 6 Pro is receiving its package over-the-air, the update for the 2016 phablet must be side-loaded and the zip files can be found in our Source link below.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 may be headed to Europe soon

Xiaomi unveiled the almost entirely bezel-less Mi Mix 3 in China in October, and now it looks like the sliding smartphone might be ready to finally become available in other markets – such as Europe.

The Mi Mix 3 was certified by both the Bluetooth SIG and the EEC recently. What’s more, a Reddit user posted a screenshot of a chat with a customer support rep from Amazon Germany, who told him to expect the Mi Mix 3 to be in stock on December 1.

If that is indeed the planned release date for Europe, we assume that Xiaomi will announce the expanded availability of its newest flagship smartphone at some point before that – so within the next few days.

The Mi Mix 3 got rid of the top bezel by employing a manually sliding mechanism for the entire phone, which reveals the front-facing camera and depth sensor used for bokeh effects. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and has a ceramic back, up to 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, Android 9 Pie on board with MIUI 10 on top, and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Don’t miss our hands-on review of the Mi Mix 3 if you want to learn more about it.

Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 6 Pro in India

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India at an event in New Delhi.

The phone will be available in two variants, 4/64GB and 6/64GB. It will be priced at INR 13,999 and INR 15,999, respectively and will be available through Mi.com and Flipkart.

First Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro hands-on photos from IndiaThe Redmi Note 6 Pro will be replacing the Redmi Note 5 Pro that was launched in India earlier this year in February. This is perhaps the quickest Xiaomi has replaced a model with a successor, possibly due to increasing competition in the market.

Having said that, the Redmi Note 6 Pro isn’t remarkably different from its predecessor. The design sees a slight revision, and is a bit thinner. The display is slightly taller but now has a notch. The rear cameras have been upgraded with a new 12MP primary sensor.

The rest of the phone, however, is pretty much identical to the old Redmi Note 5 Pro. So if you have that phone, there’s very little to consider upgrading to this one.