Lei Jun, the co-founder, and CEO of Xiaomi just traveled to India recently along with many other executives, for the opening of their new headquarters in India. During an interaction with the media at Xiaomi’s new Indian Headquarters at Bangalore, he shared his thought regarding how Xiaomi is planning to disrupt the market, how the company is expanding its offline presence and many other things.
First of all, he talked about the demand of Redmi phones running stock Android and he said that as many of the Mi Fans love stock Android, he has planned to bring more Redmi Phones into the Indian market, under the Android One program. So, it is quite obvious that we will see the Mi A2 soon, suggested by the rumors that the Mi 6X, which has been launched in China recently will arrive in India as Mi A2 running stock Android.
Xiaomi CEO also acknowledged the issues with products getting out of stock very fast and being mostly unavailable, Mr. Jun cleared this by saying that Xiaomi doesn’t consider the ‘out of stock’ label as a medal of honor and the company is working hard to meet the demands. He specifically pointed out that Xiaomi is finding it tough to fulfill the demand of two of its latest products- the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi TV 4.
He also pointed out they Xiaomi has ramped up the production capacity by three times in the last one year, but with Redmi Note 5 Pro, there is a supply issue with a ‘light assorting chip’ which is part of the camera module on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. He also said that demand for RAM has increased a lot and crypto-mining is making the situation worse.
At this point, Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi India Head and Global VP added that all products except the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi TV 4 are on open sale and have no availability issues. He also added they Xiaomi is using machine learning to keep away resellers. While he was asked about the premium amount that some Mi Preferred partners and resellers are charging, Manu said that Xiaomi is cutting off the relationship with such dealers.
Mr. Jun is hopeful regarding manufacturing plants for televisions in India and he said that Xiaomi is now paying 20% import duties, so setting up plants for manufacturing televisions in India will help them.
While he was asked an obvious question regarding how tough it is for Xiaomi to sell phones that are priced above Rs. 15,000, he didn’t even try to avoid it and reply in a straightforward way, he said,
“We are still in our fourth year of operations in India. We have managed to be successful in five categories – Redmi 4A/5A (Rs 6,000), Redmi 4/5 (Rs 7,000 ~ Rs 10,000), Redmi Note 5/Pro (Rs 10,000 ~ Rs 15,000), Redmi Y1 (< Rs 10,000) and Mi A1 (< Rs 15,000). We want to take this step by step. We want to only introduce products which will be a hit in the Indian market. In the next two years, we want to have successful products in < Rs 20,000, < Rs 30,000 and Rs 30,000+ categories.”
And he explained why Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 didn’t sell well when compared to other phones from Xiaomi. He pointed out that many people demand phones like the ones OnePlus brings, and in the case of OnePlus a lot of the features are decided specifically for India, whereas the Mi Mix wasn’t designed specifically for India and hence, Xiaomi will try to bring some premium phones focused towards India, and he joked saying that probably he won’t have to answer to this question next year.
Question regarding the latest design trends was thrown at Mr. Jun and he was asked about the idea of having a notch on a smartphone. And he replied,
“Somehow the media in China doesn’t like the idea of the notch on display. What do you think? It’s indeed a very high-pressure move for all smartphone vendors. People want a full-screen display, but we need to make space for camera, sensors, etc. There is no perfect solution yet.”
He also talked about Xiaomi’s plan for offline expansion, he seemed to be quite happy with the present data as, according to IDC, Xiaomi has 11-12% share in the offline market right now. He said that though the figure is not as good as 56% share in the online smartphone market, he assumes that Xiaomi would be able to capture 30% of the offline market by next year.
Xiaomi, Oppo & Vivo joins hands to develop Fast File Sharing Service
Chinese smartphone giants have come together to develop a service that will let users transfer files, without installing any other apps or signing up for any services. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have officially announced a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance today. Smartphones mace by these three brands would soon be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20 MBps without any third-party app. This is a step that may turn out to be a nice way to provide a seamless experience like AirDrop on Apple devices. Color OS, Funtouch OS and MIUI announced the same on their Weibo accounts as well.
File sharing between Android phones is a mess. Android users had the ability to use Wi-Fi Direct to share files. With a similar approach, developers brought apps like Xender, ShareIt. But those apps were soon flooded with ads and annoying notifications. Xiaomi joined the league later with Mi Drop, an ad-free app that users can download for free and transfer files easily. Recently, the app was renamed to ShareMe. Google also brought File Go, a file manager which also lets users transfer files between phones. However, the problem isn’t solved. As Xender has established itself as one of the most popular file-sharing apps, most people use it. As of now, there are no apps that support file sharing between phones that have different apps installed. So, to address the issue and solve a big problem like this.
Due to the lack of a native file sharing service on Stock Android as well as due to the fact that brand modifies Android as per their wish, there weren’t such service available to consumers. However, this alliance will make it a bit easier for Android phone users to transfer files. The service will let users transfer files in multiple file formats such as photos, videos, songs, documents, etc.
This alliance makes so much sense right now because these three brands, i.e. Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi collectively hold 50% of the smartphone market share in China. Also, we may see OnePlus joining the alliance as both Oppo and Vivo, as well as OnePlus are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics. As of now, it is known that the service will be offered to the public under the open beta program, by the end of this month.
Nokia 7.2 Spotted in GeekBench. Comes with Snapdragon 660!
HMD is expected to launch the Nokia 7.2 later this month in China and a global release at IFA in September. Ahead of the official unveiling, the mid-range Nokia smartphone is spotted on the benchmarking site Geekbench. The benchmark result reveals key details about the phone ‘s specs including its chipset.
The smartphone was benchmarked in Geekbench as the “HMD Global Nokia 7.2”. According to the listing, the device has 6GB RAM and runs on Android 9 Pie. We can expect other RAM variants too but this should be the highest RAM option. The predecessor Nokia 7.1 was available in 3GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.
The Geekbench listing doesn’t mention the chipset and the motherboard says “Daredevil” which is the phone’s codename. However taking its base frequency of 1.84GHz and comparing to other benchmarked devices, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 660. So, the rumours about the Nokia 7.2 being powered by the SD 660 turned out to be true. This is a fair upgrade considering the Nokia 7.1 came with a Snapdragon 636 chipset.
As for its performance, the device managed to score 1604 and 5821 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. They are similar to the score of Redmi Note 7 which have the same SD 660 chipset. The handset is said to sport a triple rear camera setup stacked in a circular housing. The configuration of the cameras is unknown but we can expect it to have ZEISS lens. Moreover, it should come with a FHD+ display and a rear mounted circular fingerprint sensor.
HMD is yet to reveal the remaining specifications of the Nokia 7.2. We have to wait till the launch event to known the full specs, price and availability of the device. Till then, keep tuned.
Xiaomi reveals it’s 64MP Smartphone Camera! Also teases 100MP Smartphone Camera!
Xiaomi and Realme rivalry is at its peak and looks like though Realme has an edge over Xiaomi in terms of a 64-megapixel camera, the Chinese smartphone giant isn’t leaving any stones unturned. We are already aware that Xiaomi is already working on a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel sensor. As of now, there are no words regarding which phone would get the massive 64-megapixel camera, the company has revealed more details about the 64-megapixel camera, along with a few more exciting updates.
Xiaomi held a presentation regarding its camera technology at the Xiaomi Future Image Technology Communication Conference in Beijing, China. At the event, the company has finally revealed that it is using the 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera sensor and a lot of features of the sensor were highlighted. It is believed that a Redmi phone may come with the 64-megapixel camera, hinting towards the Redmi Note 8. It is believed that the Redmi Note 8 would be powered by MediaTek’s latest flagship chipset, the Helio G90T.
In terms of the 64-megapixel sensor, the new Samsung ISOCELL GW1 64-megapixel sensor holds 38% more pixels than a 48-megapixel camera and with this sensor, Xiaomi claims that pictures would turn brighter, vibrant and more detailed. The Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor is a large 1/1.7″ sensor with a 0.8μm pixel size. The upcoming Redmi Phone will also pack features like ISOCELL Plus for improved color reproduction, Smart ISO and Hybrid 3D HDR. The images captured using the camera will have a resolution of 9248 x 6936 pixels. That’s huge, but that’s not the end. Images captured using the camera can take a lot of space, as high as 19 MB.
At the event, Xiaomi also teased an upcoming Mi Series smartphone which will feature a massive 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung. As per the company, this sensor can capture images with dimensions up to 12,032 x 9,024 pixels. There are some rumors going on regarding this sensor as some sources suggest that the sensor will be first used on the upcoming Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi’s premium flagship lineup! Here’s the teaser by the way!
And yes, Manu Kumar Jain was quick to share the teaser in English on Twitter. We are expecting another Twitter fight between Xiaomi and Realme soon! 😉
WHOA! #100MP camera 😮
Yes, we've been working on 100MP camera flagship phone!
And then #100MP 📸
— #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 7, 2019
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