US labels Xiaomi a Communist Chinese military company, pushing US investors to divest

The United States Department of Defense has updated a list of companies it considers “Communist Chinese military companies,” and one of the most notable additions is Xiaomi, the world’s third-largest phone maker in terms of shipments. Thanks to an executive order signed by president Donald Trump in November, that means US investors to sell or […]

Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first Snapdragon 888 smartphone, available in China for $610

As expected, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi is the first company to launch a smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is up for pre-order in China with prices starting at 3,999 RMB, or about $610 US. Aside from having Qualcomm’s fastest smartphone chip to date, the phone also has a […]

Lilbits: Snapdragon 888 is almost here, a 4K video editor that fits on a 1.44 MB floppy, and Linux phones are real PCs

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 888 processor earlier this month, promising big boost in CPU and graphics performance and energy efficiency. Last week the company shared some initial benchmarks that help make the case, (but which also show that Qualcomm’s next-gen chip is only somewhat competitive with Apple’s previous-gen processor). But when will you actually be […]

Lilbits: Xiaomi’s telescopic smartphone camera, Purism’s Linux phone that’s also a PC

In order to keep smartphones thin while still offering versatile camera features, smartphone makers have largely taken the same approach in recent years – instead of using cameras with lots of moving parts, throw a bunch of different stationary cameras on a phone. That way you can have different focal lengths to mimic the kind […]

Xiaomi is crowdfunding a 2.4 inch mini PC (that looks just like the other ones)

Xiaomi is the latest Chinese company to introduce a 2.4″ x 2.4″ x 1.7″ mini-desktop computer that’s small enough to carry in a pocket. The Xiaomi Youpin Ningmei Cube seems to be based on the same reference design as the Chuwi LarkBox, GMK NucBox, and similar devices like the XCY X51. Xiaomi’s version is up […]

Xiaomi smartphones with invisible under-display cameras coming in 2021

The war for slim bezels has led to the proliferation of smartphones with hole-punch cut-outs in the screen to accommodate front-facing cameras. A few companies have come up with novel solutions that provide an all-screen experience, including pop-up cameras, flip-around cameras, and under-display cameras. But that last solution usually means you’re stuck with a grainy […]

Redmi G is an affordable gaming laptop with up to a 144 Hz display

Xiaomi has been selling affordable smartphones under its Redmi sub-brand for a few years, and last year the company started doing the same thing with laptops. Now the company has launched its first Redmi-branded gaming notebook. The Redmi G is a laptop with a 16.1 inch display, a 10th-gen Intel Comet Lake-H processor, and NVIDIA GeForce […]