In the second half of last year, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix 2 — the successor to the original Mi Mix which surprised everyone in the smartphone market with its bezel-less design. While the Mix was a concept phone that was released in limited numbers, the Mi Mix 2 saw a wider launch. Now, six months later, Xiaomi seems to be preparing the Mi Mix 2S for launch at MWC 2018.
The Redmi Note 4 was among the most popular budget mid-range Android devices released last year. While the handset was not available in Europe, the United States and other developed markets of the world, it sold like hot cakes in India, China, and other Asian countries.
Xiaomi has managed to dethrone Samsung to become the number one smartphone market vendor in India in Q4 2017. The company shipped 8.2 million smartphones in the three-month period putting it ahead of Samsung which shipped 7.3 million smartphones in the same period to take the second position.
A number of Android users have been complaining about contact data mismatch which is turning their whole phonebook into a mess. The issue is primarily being reported by Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Mi 5 owners, though some other Android device owners have also been complaining about the same issue.
Xiaomi teamed up with Google this year to launch an Android One handset: the Mi A1. The mid-range device launched with Android 7.1.2 Nougat but Xiaomi promised to update it to Android 8.0 Oreo before the end of this year. Now, Xiaomi is just about managing to stick to its word as the company has started rolling out the Android Oreo update for the Mi A1 on the last day of 2017.
Earlier this year, Xiaomi and Google surprised everyone by launching the Mi A1, an Android One handset. While the Mi A1 was essentially a rebranded Mi 5X, it ran a near-stock build of Android Nougat which is what many power users have long asked from a Xiaomi handset.
Xiaomi today unveiled its latest budget smartphone in China: the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. The budget handsets from the company feature a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display and upgraded internals compared to their predecessor.
Last year, Xiaomi managed to make the whole of the smartphone industry sit up and take notice of its efforts with the original Mi Mix. Wanting to outgrow its image of a Chinese company making cheap iPhone clones, Xiaomi took the help of world-renowned designer Philippe Starck to design the bezel-less Mi Mix.
If the latest data from IDC is anything to by, Xiaomi has managed to dethrone Samsung as the largest smartphone vendor in India. The data from IDC shows that Samsung and Xiaomi both captured 23.5 percent of the Indian smartphone market in Q3 2017.
After dominating the Chinese, Indian, and other smaller Asian markets, Xiaomi today expanded outside of Asia to Spain, Europe. The Chinese smartphone company will start selling the Mi A1, an Android One handset, in Spain for 229 euros starting from Wednesday along with Mi Mix 2, its flagship bezel-less smartphone, for €499.