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Best Android-compatible fitness trackers money can buy: December 2015

Whether you prefer to call them fitness trackers, activity trackers, fitness bands or perhaps smart bands, these poor men’s smartwatches are spreading like wildfire. According to the International Data Corporation, three of the four wearable industry-leading manufacturers in Q3 2015 were specialized in such basic, low-cost gadgets, with Fitbits somehow managing to even beat the trendy Apple Watch.

Fitness-tracker-wrist

Down the line, analysts expect “iWatches”, Samsung Gears, Moto 360s, Pebbles et al to prevail over Mi Bands, Jawbones, Misfits, Vivofits and so on, but by the looks of things, there should be enough room under the sun for both similar yet radically distinct product categories.

It’s practically impossible to predict the long-term evolution of a market so far from maturity, but at least for the foreseeable future, some folks will want to spend chump change on minimalistic devices capable of reliably monitoring their active life and little else. Bottom line, you need to make a choice between the following, just like a separate audience had to pick a stylish, futuristic Apple Watch alternative.

Xiaomi Mi Band – $19.90

Xiaomi Mi Band

Our least expensive recommendation is obviously the most rudimentary gizmo of the bunch, and adding insult to injury, it’s also listed as out of stock at the Chinese OEM’s US Mi store. There’s reasonable doubt the item sold on Amazon may not be legit, but rather an even cheaper knockoff, so all in all, it’s probably wiser to avoid this one, and instead wait for the Pulse sequel to reach America.

That’s too bad, really, since you got plenty for your 20 bucks – month-long battery life, step counter, calories burned indicator, automatic sleep monitor (though not very reliable), vibrations for call alerts, and IP67 water resistance.

Misfit Flash – $19.99

Misfit Flash

Compatible with both Android and iOS, much like all its rivals indexed today, the Flash is an oldie, having also made our magnificent seven list from exactly a year ago, but doesn’t show its advanced age, featuring a winning sporty design, up to 6 months (!!!) autonomy, and up to 30 meter water protection.

It’s perfect for running, walking, cycling, as well as playing tennis, basketball or soccer, and it can be worn anywhere, from your wrist to the waist, sleeve, pocket, shoe, socks, lapel, shirt or key chain with a convenient clip-on mechanism. Okay, maybe “perfect” is a bit of an exaggeration. It’s decent and super-affordable.

Garmin Vivofit 2 – $70

Garmin Vivofit 2

That’s a pretty big price gap someone might want to cover, though the Vivofit 2 very much justifies it. The always-on backlit LCD screen alone is worth your $50 premium, not to mention a battery rated at one full year of endurance, and automatic synchronization to one of the best fitness apps around, Garmin Connect.

Now, you may find this a tad annoying, but the smart band tells you when it’s “time to move” in addition to the actual time, and proposes personalized daily goals to help you get the most out of every workout session. Talk about an intuitive UI, huh?

Fitbit Charge and Charge HR – $90 and $120 respectively

Fitbit Charge

If you can afford it, definitely buy the model with a built-in heart rate monitor. It’s a literal life-saver for people who may look to push themselves too far. The sub-$100, non-HR configuration ain’t half bad either, despite a somewhat awkward aesthetic sense and tiny OLED display.

Compared to the Vivofit 2, the Charge isn’t quite a battery powerhouse, lasting however north of a week before requiring extra juice, which is an unattainable feat for the likes of the Apple Watch. “Real progress in real time” is one of the activity tracker’s main claims to fame, alongside wirelessly stat synching across 120+ “leading smartphones” and your PC. Nothing special, you say? Over 20,000 happy Amazon customers beg to differ.

Withings Activite Pop – $120 and up

Withings Activite Pop

This one is sure an odd duck, not just because of its fancy name, but first and foremost as it touts a “timeless look” and yet focuses on the wearable basics rather than putting a smartphone on your wrist. It’s by far the world’s most fashionable fitness tracker, in a retro, always in vogue way, but amazingly keeps the lights on for more than eight months without needing a recharge or cell swap.

That’s obviously due to the screen not really being a power-hogging screen and showing anything else besides the time and an “analog feedback loop.” Quite the ingenious hybrid construction, and best of all, you don’t have to worry if you leave it on while swimming.

Jawbone Up3 – starting at $125

Jawbone Up3

When it comes to dependable bands capable of a little more than counting steps, Jawbone remains Fitbit’s primary rival. The Up3 builds on the success of its two predecessors, once again skipping the display, going instead for a low-profile design path, and an abundance of useful sensors meant to capture both your Resting Heart Rate and Passive Heart Rate for a “holistic view of your heart.”

Marketing mumbo-jumbo aside, this stands out with tailor-made workouts and custom Smart Coach guidance, as well as “advanced” automatic sleep auditing with detection of REM, Light and Deep stages.

Garmin Vivoactive – $170

Garmin Vivoactive

Another smartwatch lookalike, this time copying the first wave of Android Wear devices, the rectangular Vivoactive is GPS-enabled, and that says it all. Why is GPS important for sports nuts? Because the wearable piece knows at all times exactly where you are and what you do, even when away from your Android phone, showing you precious, detailed data like speed and cadence during an indoor run.

Garmin’s always stellar proprietary software also helps distinguish between run, bike, swim, walk and golf efforts, providing you with one of the most in-depth looks at your health money can buy. Oh, and even with the GPS continuously on, the Vivoactive lasts up to ten hours on a charge. 3 weeks when the feature is turned off.

Fitbit Surge – $200 and up

Fitbit Surge

The “fitness superwatch” is not a smartwatch per se either, looking, well, kind of ugly and cumbersome, though it’s not actually very heavy, at 80 grams or so. Superficial fashion characteristics aside, what’s truly relevant is the Surge packs GPS, a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, optical heart rate monitor, altimeter, ambient light sensor, and vibration motor.

Translation – it knows exactly what you’re up to, where and to what end, and it’s pretty decent for call and text notification displaying purposes too. It’s essentially the best of both worlds, and yes, it offers week-long battery stamina.

Microsoft Band 2 – $250

Microsoft Band 2

It feels odd to wrap up a roundup of Google-friendly devices with one produced by the “enemy”, but if Redmond forgot about petty arguments, why wouldn’t we follow suit? Especially given the Band 2 embraces Windows Phone, Android and iOS, greatly refining the clumsy build of its forefather, and further enriching the sensor slate.

Believe it or not, you can do better than the Fitbit Surge, with accelerometer and gyro, GPS and a barometer, ambient light and skin temperature, plus galvanic skin response, UV, a capacitive sensor, microphone, and haptic vibration motor. Have no idea what half of those do? Cool things, we assure you, equaling fit with fun.

How To Fix Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Not Fast Charging

#Xiaomi has recently released an affordably priced phone that has similar hardware components to what most of the current flagship models are using. This device is called the #PocophoneF1 and it sports a 6.18 inch IPS LCD display and uses the latest Snapdragon 845 processor combined with  8GB of RAM. It even uses a large 4000 mAh battery allowing for an extended usage time. Although this is a solid performing phone there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Pocophone F1 not fast charging issue.

If you own a Pocophone F1  or any other Android device for that matter then feel free to contact us using this form. We will be more than happy to assist you with any concern that you may have with your device. This is a free service we are offering with no strings attached. We however ask that when you do contact us try to be as detailed as possible so that an accurate assessment can be made and the correct solution can be given.  

How To Fix Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Not Fast Charging

Problem: Having fast charging issues with the Pocophone F1.  The phone is several days old. It has been charging fine for all that time.  Recently, it stopped fast charging. If I use a simple adaptor, I can “slow” charge it consistently.  Bought a new fast charger, and it doesn’t work, either. Slow charging continues to work consistently.  I’ve tried resetting, blowing out the connector, etc. I can get the original fast charger to work once in a while, but not consistently.  Since the new cable and fast charger don’t work consistently and the slow charging does work all the time, it doesn’t appear to be a cable or fast charger issue.

Solution: The Pocophone F1 supports the Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 technology however it ships with an 18W QuickCharge 3.0-compatible charger. This allows the battery to fully charge in half an hour from a 35% battery life.

If your phone is not fast charging then the troubleshooting steps listed below must be performed.

  • Sometimes dirt or debris stuck in the charging port of the phone can affect the way it charges. Clean the port using a can of compressed air to remove any foreign matter trapped in it.
  • Try using a different charging cord to charge the phone. This allows you to check if the cord you are using is what’s causing the problem as this gets easily broken.
  • Try using a wall charger with Quick Charge 4.0 technology to charge the phone.
  • To check if the problem is caused by a software glitch you need to backup your phone data then do a factory reset. Once the reset is complete do not install any apps in your phone yet. Try to check first if the issue still occurs.

If the above steps fails to fix the problem then you will have to bring the phone to a service center and have it checked.

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How To Fix Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Battery Draining Quickly

The #Xiaomi #PocophoneF1 is a premium Android smartphone that has flagship specs without the high price tag. This phone has a solid plastic frame with Gorilla Glass protecting the 6.18 inch IPS LCD display. Under the hood is the powerful Snapdragon 845 processor which when combined with its 8GB of RAM makes the device run multiple apps smoothly. Although this is a solid performing phone there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Pocophone F1 battery draining quickly issue.

If you own a Pocophone F1  or any other Android device for that matter then feel free to contact us using this form. We will be more than happy to assist you with any concern that you may have with your device. This is a free service we are offering with no strings attached. We however ask that when you do contact us try to be as detailed as possible so that an accurate assessment can be made and the correct solution can be given.  

How To Fix Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Battery Draining Quickly

Problem: Hello, I’ve had the Pocophone for about a week but recently the battery has been draining too quickly, won’t hold a charge, and keeps draining even when it’s plugged in so I can’t use it. I am using the original charger that came with the phone and I also ordered a replacement charger and cord and it’s still doing the same thing. Even if I have my data and location off and I close background apps it doesn’t help. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

Solution: Before troubleshooting this problem you should make sure that the phone is running on the latest software version. You should also make sure that the apps installed in the device are updated. You can check if any app needs an update by opening the Google Play Store then going to the My Apps section.

Start the Pocophone F1 in Safe Mode

The first thing you need to do in this case is to check if an app you downloaded is causing the problem. To do this you will need to start the phone in Safe Mode as only the pre-installed apps are allowed to run in this mode.

  • Your device must be powered on.
  • Press the power button on phone.
  • When the power off, restart, airplane mode, wifi mode, etc. menu will be displayed, release the power button.
  • Now, long press the power off word on screen.
  • Keep pressing this word until the Android Safe Mode message is being displayed on your phone.
  • Select to reboot into Android Safe Mode.
  • When done, a dedicated Safe Mode watermark will be displayed on your smartphone

Check if the battery still drains quickly in this mode. If it doesn’t then the problem could be caused by an app you downloaded. Find out what app this is and uninstall it.

Wipe the cache partition of the Pocophone F1

There are instances when corrupt system cached data can cause the battery to drain quickly. To check if this is what’s causing the problem you should wipe the cache partition of the phone from the recovery mode.

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Now Press and hold Volume UP key + Power Key  on your Poco F1 device simultaneously for a while
  • Once you see the Pocophone logo, you can release the button.
  • The phone is now booted in recovery mode
  • Use Volume keys to navigate to the Wipe cache partition option
  • To confirm, you can use the Power button.
  • Restart your phone

Perform a factory reset on the Pocophone F1

One last troubleshooting step to consider is a factory reset. This will revert your phone back to its original factory condition. Make sure to backup your phone data before proceeding with this step as it will be deleted in the process.

  • Turn on the phone
  • Please make sure battery capacity more than 50%
  • Backup important data of the phone
  • Go to Menu :  Setting > General Setting > Backup and Reset > Factory Data Reset
  • Choose : Reset Device > Delete all
  • The XIAOMI POCOPHONE F1 will do the hard reset or master format to factory default process.

You can also use the hardware keys to do a factory reset.

  • Turn Off the phone
  • Make sure the battery is fully charged
  • Press and hold POWER BUTTON + VOLUME UP BUTTON key
  • Release all button after the LCD show Recovery Mode
  • Use Volume Button to select the option and press POWER Button to Ok or Confirm or Choose. Please choose Wipe all data to finish the Hard Reset or Master Format Steps
  • Wait until the phone finishes the process and the device will restart

In case the issue still persists even after performing the steps listed above then you will need to have this checked at a service center as this could already be caused by a faulty hardware component.

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Feel free to send us your questions, suggestions and problems you’ve encountered while using your Android phone. We support every Android device that is available in the market today. And don’t worry, we won’t charge you a single penny for your questions. Contact us using this form. We read every message we receive can’t guarantee a quick response. If we were able to help you, please help us spread the word by sharing our posts with your friends.

How To Fix Pocophone F1 Pictures In Gallery Are Grey With Exclamation Mark

The #Xiaomi #PocophoneF1 is one of the new breed of Android devices that’s trying to take away the limelight out of flagship phones. This device uses a 6.18 inch IPS LCD display that has Corning Gorilla Glass protection. What’s probably the key feature of this phone is that it uses the latest Snapdragon 845 processor combined with 8GB of RAM and yet it is still priced affordably. Although this is a solid performing phone there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Pocophone F1 pictures in gallery are grey with exclamation mark issue.

If you own a Pocophone F1  or any other Android device for that matter then feel free to contact us using this form. We will be more than happy to assist you with any concern that you may have with your device. This is a free service we are offering with no strings attached. We however ask that when you do contact us try to be as detailed as possible so that an accurate assessment can be made and the correct solution can be given.  

How To Fix Pocophone F1 Pictures In Gallery Are Grey With Exclamation Mark

Problem: I have a Pocophone F1. Some pictures I take are great then I’ll look through the gallery and some have gone to a grey screen with an exclamation mark or just completely messed up..it’s like they’re fine one minute then not the next..it happens if I move the pics to a different file also..I’ve tried everything to fix the problem but to no avail..a couple of times the pictures have got pixelated lines running horizontally across the screen and or have merged with a different pic altogether from my gallery. It’s so weird and I cannot find a solution to this problem anywhere online. Please help..any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Solution:  This type of problem usually occurs if you use a low quality microSD card on the phone and this card is being set as the default storage location for your photos and videos. There’s also the possibility that the problem is caused by a software glitch. To troubleshoot this particular issue just follow the steps we have outlined below.

Restart the phone – Press the power button for a few seconds then select the power off option. Wait for a couple of seconds then turn on the phone by pressing the power button. Restarting the phone will refresh the phone software and will usually fix certain software related glitches. Take some pictures then check if the issue still occurs.

Check if the problem occurs when the phone is started in Safe Mode – Sometimes there are certain apps that you will download that can cause issues on the device. To check if the problem is caused by a downloaded app you need to start the phone in Safe Mode as only the pre-installed apps are allowed to run in this mode. Take pictures in this mode and check if they become corrupted.

Remove the microSD card from the phone – You can check if the problem is caused by a corrupted microSD card by removing it from the phone. The default storage location for photos will immediately shift back to the internal storage of the device. Take some pictures then check if the problem still occurs. If it doesn’t then you should consider getting a new microSD card.

Backup your phone data then do a factory reset – In case your phone does not have any microSD card or if you have checked the microSD card and determined that it is not causing the problem then this issue could be caused by a software glitch. If this is the case then you will have to backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

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Feel free to send us your questions, suggestions and problems you’ve encountered while using your Android phone. We support every Android device that is available in the market today. And don’t worry, we won’t charge you a single penny for your questions. Contact us using this form. We read every message we receive can’t guarantee a quick response. If we were able to help you, please help us spread the word by sharing our posts with your friends.

Xiaomi MIUI app hub breaches the 1 billion download mark in a year

xiaomi logo

xiaomi logo

Xiaomi has been in the news a lot lately, most notably for snatching up the VP of the Android division Hugo Barra a couple of days ago. The company is in the news again today for crossing over 1 billion downloads on its MIUI app hub for Android. The company has been able to achieve this feat in less than 13 months (391 days), which is remarkable considering the amount of competition there is.

This app store basically offers Android apps including a few exclusive MIUI titles, which makes the feat even more enjoyable for the company. Apple’s iOS app store breached the 50 billion downloads mark in May this year while the Google Play Store for Android breached the magic number last month. Most of Xiaomi’s success is attributed to the Chinese market as its devices mostly do not breach the Asian continent. But with Hugo Barra’s recent inclusion to its management roster, the company is slated to finally go global. We can expect more Xiaomi devices to make its way to global markets in the near future, which is a good sign.

Source: The Next Web

Via: Phone Arena

Dual-camera toting Xiaomi Mi Note 2 leaks out

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

#Xiaomi is a company that is involved with a handful of innovative products in the market. The company’s latest innovation will come in the form of a dual-camera toting handset, dubbed the #MiNote2. While details are scarce on the device, we now have a rendering to go with, which tells us what to expect on the design front.

Although we only have a glimpse of the rear panel, there’s very little doubt that this will be a premium device. The dual-cameras are aligned vertically, which is a unique placement as compared to conventional dual-camera phones. Further, we can see that the device has curved edges on the back, much like the Mi 5 flagship that was released a few months ago.

Needless to say, the device will bear an all-metal design, which makes for an exciting combination considering what it packs internally. Well, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about the device, but it’s safe to assume that the phone will be a showstopper when it is officially launched by the company. Given Xiaomi’s ambitions to arrive Stateside, U.S. fans have a reason to look at the device closely.

Source: Weibo

Via: Android Headlines

Xiaomi Mi Box spotted at Walmart with a price tag of $69

Xiaomi Mi Box

Mi Box

The Android TV based #Xiaomi #MiBox was expected to land in the U.S. soon, but the company never gave any specific launch details. However, this set-top-box has just been spotted on a shelf in Walmart, suggesting that Xiaomi might have launched the device without a formal announcement. The Mi Box is shown to be carrying a price tag of $69, which is pretty reasonable considering the kind of competition it will be facing in the market.

Bear in mind, it is very likely that the Mi Box has been put up by the retailer prematurely, so we suggest you reserve your excitement till the news becomes official. As Android Police suggests, it would probably help if you tried contacting your local Walmart retailer to check if the Mi Box is actually in stock or if all this was just an error.

The Mi Box with Android TV was announced by Xiaomi in May, coinciding with the Google I/O event. Although it’s slightly disappointing that it has taken the company this long to bring the device to the country, we’re glad the wait is finally over. Expect this to fly off the shelves pretty quickly once the launch is officially confirmed.

Via: Android Police

Xiaomi to launch its $100 Android TV console in the U.S. next month

Xiaomi Mi Box

Xiaomi Mi Box

#Xiaomi announced the Android TV-powered Mi Box back in May this year, coinciding perfectly with the Google I/O event. This device was the company’s first U.S. centric device, suggesting that the Chinese manufacturer had renewed ambitions for the American market. A new report is now speculating that this Android TV box is going to be available in the U.S. by October carrying a price tag of $100.

The Mi Box is sporting hardware comparable to the NVIDIA Shield, which is priced at $200. Considering the fact that it’s about a $100 cheaper than NVIDIA’s offering, the Mi Box might have a real shot in the U.S. markets. Much like contemporary Android TV consoles, the Mi Box will come with a remote of its own with Xiaomi also announcing a Bluetooth-based gaming controller.

As for the console itself, there will be 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable via USB) and a quad-core ARM-based processor onboard. The console supports HDMI 2.0a, which allows you to stream 4K content in 60 frames per second, along with Dolby Digital Plus audio. So clearly, the Mi Box is a power packed offering despite the relatively smaller form factor.

Source: TechCrunch

Via: 9to5Google

After ASUS, now Xiaomi claiming to be the first to have a Snapdragon 821 device

Xiaomi Logo

Xiaomi Logo

A couple of days ago, we heard that the #ASUS #ZenFone3Deluxe would be the first handset to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset. A new report from China is suggesting that this might not be the case (almost), with Xiaomi said to be in the running as well. It is said that the company’s Mi Note 2 handset will have the honors. An industry analyst mentions that Xiaomi will be the first Chinese manufacturer to launch a Snapdragon 821 handset. Globally, however, it will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to have the irrelevant honor, the analyst said.

The argument coming from a Chinese social media site is that although ASUS has announced an SD821 handset, it won’t officially hit the markets until sometime later this year. However there have been reports that the device will be available by August.

Frankly, this whole business of being the first to have a particular mobile chipset seems incredibly juvenile and not something that major tech companies should be competing over. At the end of the day, customers aren’t going to pick a smartphone based on which OEM was the first to bring hardware, they will simply go by the phone they think is the best on the day. Being the first to launch a Snapdragon 821 phone would only give companies bragging rights and nothing more.

What do you think?

Source: Weibo

Via: Gizmo China

Xiaomi’s new Redmi 3s now shipping to the U.S. and other countries

Redmi 3s

Redmi 3s

The recently launched #Xiaomi #Redmi3s is now available for shipping globally via Chinese retailer GearBest. Among the list of countries is the U.S., where Xiaomi devices are hard to find. The manufacturer is not officially selling it in the U.S. though, so this third party retailer is your only way to get the handset in the U.S.

This here is a slightly modified version of the standard Redmi 3 and comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back, accompanied by a 5-inch 720p display, an octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, 16GB of storage (expandable), 2GB of RAM, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 4,100 mAh battery.

The retailer is charging about $152 for the handset, which is pretty reasonable considering the hardware packing underneath. This could be Xiaomi’s way of slowly making its mark in the U.S., without officially having a presence in the country. The company has expressed ambitions to sell its devices in the U.S. for the long haul, although that still seems to be a work in progress. You can hit the GearBest page below to get the Redmi 3s.

Source: GearBest

Via: GSM Arena

Xiaomi launching its first smartwatch by September: Report

Xiaomi Logo

Xiaomi

According to a report from a Taiwanese source, #Xiaomi will launch its first ever smartwatch over the coming months in September. If you recall, this is not the first time we’re hearing about the company intending to release a smartwatch, with previous reports indicating that it would be unveiled with the Mi 5. So make sure you take this particular revelation with a pinch of salt as usual.

It is said that this smartwatch will feature a 1.3-inch round display and have an appearance similar to the Moto 360. Further, it is believed that this wearable will be running on the Snapdragon 410 SoC, which is what’s used on most Android Wear offerings these days. Coming to the software side of things, the report doesn’t specifically mention if the device will be running Android Wear, but it appears to be the case.

We suggest you treat this as a preliminary report for the time being as there’s still no confirmation on whether Xiaomi will actually release a smartwatch.

Source: Digitimes

Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV coming to the U.S. soon

Xiaomi Mi Box

Xiaomi Mi Box

#Google has just announced its partnership with #Xiaomi to bring the Mi Box to the United States. This will be running #AndroidTV on board and will be equipped with all the new Android features that were shown off by Google earlier today, including Daydream. The American Mi Box will not be any different from the Chinese model in terms of internal hardware (we assume), but with the software doing most of the work here, that’s not much of a concern.

Users will be able to browse through content from the Play Store, just like any other Android TV console. We mention this specifically because Xiaomi devices in China do not support Google Play Services and hence lack the Play Store, but since the device is making its way to the U.S., those “restrictions” are being lifted somewhat.

Also new with this particular variant of the Mi Box is the support for the HDMI 2.0a standard that will supposedly be compatible with FandangoNOW, Netflix, YouTube and the likes. This is supposed to enhance the way you consume HDTV content going forward. This feature will only be available once Android N goes commercial, though.

The Mi Box will come with a quad-core CPU (Cortex-A53), 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via full sized USB flash drive). Accompanying this particular device will be a Bluetooth powered remote to control the UI from the convenience of your couch. Pricing and launch details remain unavailable as of now.

Via: GSM Arena

Xiaomi unveils the Mi Max phablet with a 6.4-inch display and a 4,850 mAh battery

Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Mi Max

Chinese manufacturer #Xiaomi has just unveiled a new phablet dubbed the #MiMax. For those keeping up with the leaks, this device is no stranger as Xiaomi executives have been dropping hints about its arrival for quite some time now. Fans will be relieved to know that the device is finally available, putting an end to rumors and leaks once and for all.

So what can you expect from the Mi Max? Well, it sports a massive 6.44-inch 1080p display as expected, which is paired with a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 or the octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC. There are multiple variants to pick from with 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64 or 128GB of internal storage. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is running by default, along with MIUI 8. In terms of camera, the Mi Max is packing a 16-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front camera.

The battery doesn’t leave much to be desired as it’s a massive 4,850 mAh unit, which can comfortably last a day or two of heavy usage with this kind of hardware. The Mi Max will be available in Silver, Light Gray and Gold color variants.

The entry level model with the hexa-core Snapdragon 650 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will set you back by about $130, while the top of the line variant with the Snapdragon 652 chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage has been priced at the Chinese equivalent of $300.

Source: Xiaomi

Via: Phandroid

Xiaomi Yeelight Night Light Review

You may have heard of this fast growing company in China  called Xiaomi that has been releasing Android smartphone models that consistently sell well. The company is quite popular in Asia and in fact had a great 2015 coming in as the 5th largest smartphone vendor worldwide behind Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and Lenovo.

xiaomi yeelight

Unknown to most of you the company also creates other products aside from smartphones. One such product which we will be reviewing is the Xiami Yeelight Night Light, available for $69. Unlike ordinary night lights this one is more advanced since it can be controlled via Bluetooth using your Android or iOS device. Because of this, we can say that it is a smart night lamp.

Features

  • Dimmable: Adjust color temperature and brightness for a comfortable glow
  • Color temperature: 1700K-6500K color temperature gradual change function
  • Lamp type: High quality Osram lamp, high color rendering index
  • Touch Control design: Use touch and slide to adjust brightness / Power off delay / switch light mode / adjust color as you want
  • Remote Control: Use your smartphone to unlock more advanced options

Design

The Xiaomi Yeelight looks like a cylindrical tube. It has a sturdy base that has a circular rubber stopper that prevents it from skidding. The main body is translucent making the LED light from inside glow. The LED itself is rated at 10 watts which you can set at its maximum or minimum brightness level.

Speaking of the LED light, you will be able to choose what color you want it to emit. According to the company you can choose from as much as 16 million different colors and adjust its intensity. This can be done manually by touching the device or  by using your smartphone and connecting to it using Bluetooth. A separate power adapter is included in the package which when plugged to a power outlet provides the necessary power for the device. Take note that this does not have a built-in battery.

yeelight color

Overall, the design is quite solid and shouldn’t break easily.
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Operation

There are two ways of using this night lamp. You can just plug it in then use the controls on top to manually set the color and intensity of the light that you like. I however suggest that you download the Yeelight companion app to your phone which you can get over at the Google Play Store or Apple’s  App Store. Setting up the app to control the Yeelight night lamp is quite easy. Once the app is installed it allows you to control how the lamp works like scheduling the on and off time or fine tuning the color and intensity of the LED. Using your smartphone you can swipe to the different settings to get the desired light you want. You can set the color of the light to red, orange, yellow, pink, blue or whatever color you prefer.

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Overall Assessment

For consumers looking for an alternative to the dumb night lamps that they are using then the Xiaomi Yeelight makes an interesting choice. This is definitely an upgrade if you are still using the regular night lamps that you just plug in overnight as this device has more features.

Some of the advantages of the Yeelight which I personally like are as follows

  • Can be remotely controlled via Bluetooth
  • Helps reduce your power bill since you can schedule it to turn off.
  • It has a premium look to it and matches any home decor.
  • Does not overheat even if used overnight.

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