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Xiaomi to release new version of MIUI without banned Chinese apps in India
by Rajesh Pandey
The Indian government banned 59 Chinese smartphone apps in late June earlier this year. Then, last month, the government ended up banning 47 more such apps including some apps from Xiaomi itself. A number of these banned apps were also pre-installed on Xiaomi's Redmi smartphones sold in the region, including the recently launched Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 9 Prime.
Now, Xiaomi India has issued a statement regarding these banned apps and its stance going forward. The company states that none of the banned apps are accessible on any of its devices. Additionally, the company is working on a new version of MIUI that will be built without any of the banned apps pre-installed. This new build of MIUI will be rolled out for all Xiaomi devices sold in India in a phased manner over the coming weeks. All upcoming Xiaomi smartphones will also ship with the updated software.
The company also reiterated that it complies with all the data privacy and security laws of the Indian government and stores all data of Xiaomi India apps in servers located in the country itself.
In its statement, Xiaomi also touched on the Clean Master issue. While Xiaomi smartphones don't come with the Clean Master app pre-installed, the company does use definitions sourced from it for its own Cleaner app. Clean Master was among one of the many apps that was banned by the Indian government. However, to avoid confusion, the company will be removing the definitions sourced from Clean Master. Users have the option of manually updating the Cleaner app from the System apps updater as well to remove the definitions.
By Timi Cantisano
The $149 Mi Mini Windows 10 portable PC delayed; will be upgraded with 6-inch display
by Timi Cantisano
In May, the Mi Mini PC was launched on Indiegogo. The portable Windows PC offered a 5-inch display and was priced starting at just $149. Although upgrades have been announced along the way, it looks like the project will be delayed, leaving backers wondering whether this product will arrive by year's end.
According to a new update, the portable PC will be delayed until November. The firm previously announced that it would be updating the CPU to an Intel m3 processor and as a result, it would have to upgrade the cooling system of the unit. Since it is going from a fanless to a design using fans, the product size will also have to be increased. While the size of the unit will be increased, it will also apparently offer a larger screen size that will come in at six inches.
Along with the larger screen and improved CPU, the unit will offer 16GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It will also arrive with a foldable keyboard for those that want to get a bit more work done. While it seems like an exciting product, we will have to wait and find out if it arrives in the newly allotted time.
Source: Indiegogo via Liliputing
Xiaomi continues to report losses before its expected IPO
by Paul Hill
Xiaomi reported a net loss of 7 billion yuan, which is equivalent to $1.09 billion, in Q1 2018. Despite the reported figures looking bad, they’re actually pretty good because it shows Xiaomi picking up from last year’s reports. In 2017, the firm reported losses of 43.89 billion yuan ($6.85 billon) for the year - which equates to around 10.97 billion yuan ($1.71 billion) being lost every quarter. It should be noted, however, that losses in 2017 have been attributed to the firm issuing preferred shares to investors.
In the first quarter, Xiaomi saw smartphone shipments jump 88% due to an increase in sales overseas primarily. This growth helped Xiaomi increase its revenue to 34 billion yuan ($5.3 billion) in the quarter. It’s total revenue last year was 114.6 billion yuan ($17.89 billion) or 28.65 billion yuan ($4.47 billion) every quarter on average, so we can see that it is performing better this year so far. The firm said that if you exclude one-off items, it made a net profit of 1.04 billion yuan ($162.39 million) in the first quarter compared to 3.9 billion yuan ($608.98 million) in all four quarters in 2017.
The fact that the company is showing better numbers than last year should be promising for investors that will be looking to buy shares in the firm when it does its expected IPO. The firm could raise $10 billion (64 billion yuan). According to Bloomberg, the company might seek $5 billion (32 billion yuan) from the sale of Chinese depository receipts (CDR) and the other half from shares being sold in Hong Kong. The firm is targeting a valuation of $75 billion (480 billion yuan) but could reach anywhere between $60 billion (384 billion yuan) and $100 billion (640 billion yuan).
Xiaomi has announced the new 15.6-inch Mi Gaming Laptop
by Paul Hill
Xiaomi, the Chinese technology giant, has announced the new Mi Gaming Laptop which is described as eSports grade by the firm. Xiaomi boasted on stage that the laptop is simple and discreet on the outside but when you open it up, things get “wild”. The keyboard features a multi-coloured backlight, as well as five programmable keys. As the laptop is designed for gaming, Xiaomi has built in a cooling feature which can be enabled at the push of a button.
The laptop comes in two variants, one more advanced, and the other entry level. The more advanced laptop comes in at 8,999 yuan or $1,440, and includes the following specifications:
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 16GB RAM 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, expandable SSD High-power cooling system, hotkey turbo cooling 15.6” wide-colour gamut ultra-thin bezels Dolby Sound and Sony Hi-Res certified audio Professional gaming keyboard, 30 n-key rollover 16-million colour four-zone keyboard, 5 macro keys 10 interface ports, logically and efficiently designed The entry-level model costs 5,999 yuan or $960. It is different to the model above with respect to the following:
NVIDIA GeForce GTC 1050 Ti 8GB RAM 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD The Mi Gaming Laptop will be available in China beginning April 13.
By Timi Cantisano
Xiaomi's new 360-degree Mi Panoramic Camera launches for around $250
by Timi Cantisano
For the past couple of years, companies have been trying to get 360-degree cameras into the hands of consumers. While it certainly hasn't taken off, it hasn't stopped the likes of Samsung to try again with a follow-up solution. Now, Xiaomi is throwing its hat into the ring by offering its own iteration of a 360 camera but you probably won't find this in your local electronics retailer.
The Mi Panoramic Camera is comprised of two 16MP fisheye lenses and the images captured from each stitched together to create one 7K (6912 x 3456) still. The camera will also be able to record video at 2456 x 1728 resolution at 30fps and can shoot at a higher 60fps while maintaining a resolution of 2304 x 1152.
Those looking for more will be happy to know that the camera is IP67 rated and also offers 6-axis EIS (electronic image stabilization). The camera is capable of accepting a microSD card up to 128GB in capacity and will be able to film for 75 minutes thanks to its 1,600mAh battery. The camera will retail for ¥1,699 which equates to around $246 USD. While this will most likely stay exclusive to Asia, the device is available from third parties.
Source: Xiaomi (YouTube) via Android Authority