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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 smartphone will be going on sale again in India on Friday. The biggest highlight of the next sale will be the availability of the most-basic and cheapest Redmi Note 4 (Review) model, which will be going on sale for the first time in the country. Considering the price point of the basic model, it is expected to receive the maximum traction compared to other versions in India.

To recall, Xiaomi unveiled three variants in India – the 2GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage model was priced at Rs. 9,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model was priced at Rs. 10,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model was priced at Rs. 12,999. The smartphone will be available via Mi.com.

On Friday, all the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 variants will be available in Gold and Grey colours. A new Matte Black colour variant of the Redmi Note 4 is also expected to debut in India soon, though there are no availability details at the moment.

Last month, Xiaomi announced that 250,000 units of the Redmi Note 4 were sold in 10 minutes in the smartphone’s first sale in the country.

The Redmi Note 4 seems set to be a very popular smartphone in the country, following in the footsteps of its predecessor the Redmi Note 3. Some of the highlights of the Redmi Note 4 are solid metal body, processor performance, and improved camera compared to the Redmi Note 3. To refresh on the specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. At the rear, there is a 13-megapixel camera sensor with dual-LED flash and a fingerprint sensor. In the front, the smartphone houses a 5-megapixel sensor. It sports a large 4100mAh battery, supports VoLTE, and runs on MIUI 8 based android 6.0 Marshmallow.

 
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China’s Singles’ Day sale kicked off on Friday with Alibaba selling over $5 billion (roughly Rs. 33,515 crores) in transactions in the first hour which was more than in the first hour of last year’s spree. Xiaomi also shared some impressive numbers for its sales performance during the Singles’ Day sale.

Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global in a tweet claimed that the company sold CNY 1.2 billion (roughly Rs. 1,270 crores) in total sales. Barra also claimed that 1 million Xiaomi Redmi 4A units were sold in 24 hours and the smartphone was the top selling smartphone. In a tweet, Barra said, “Xiaomi’s China SinglesDay 2016 stats: RMB 1.295 billion total sales; 1 million Redmi 4A sold (# 1 selling smartphone).”

The Chinese company in a MIUI forum post revealed that the CNY 1.25 billion sales milestone was recorded in 23 hours and 20 minutes. The post said, “We managed to surpass last year record ! Now we shall wait for the final figure concluded by Xiaomi.”
Adding further details, the post said Xiaomi sold CNY 1 billion worth of devices in 17 hours and 2 minutes while had touched CNY 200 million in 16 minutes and 16 seconds. Soon after the sales began at midnight, Xiaomi claims it had sold CNY 100 million worth of devices in 5 minutes 23 seconds.
According to Xiaomi, the most popular Mi devices during China’s Singles’ Day sales included the Redmi 4A, Mi Router 3, Mi Note Book, Mi Pad, Mi Band 2, Mi Drone, Mi Air Purifier, Ninebot Mini, and Mi Luggage.

China’s Singles’ Day sale has gradually become one of the largest online shopping extravaganzas in China with sales across e-commerce sites in the country on November 11.
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Xiaomi has officially announced that it is hosting an event in Beijing on October 25 to launch the Mi Note 2. While the announcement confirmed the dual edge display, all the other leaks still remain as speculative. A lot has been leaked about the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 including the prices. While initial reports claimed that the smartphone will be extremely high priced, the more recent one capped it down to a relatively reasonable tag. The latest leak now hints that the price tag of the Mi Note 2 will be at $590 (Rs. 39,500).

This is still the highest price tag ever associated with a Xiaomi smartphone. Toutiao’s latest leak claims that the price will be a little higher than what was rumoured previously. Just to recall, the last leak claimed that the 4GB variant will be priced at CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 27,800) and 6GB RAM variant will be priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 29,800).

As for the specifications, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to feature a 5.7-inch Super Amoled (1440×2560 pixels) display with Force Touch pressure sensitivity. It is said to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 SoC, and bear a dual camera setup at the back. There are expected to be two sensors sat the back – one 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 sensor and another 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor. An 8-megapixel sensor is also expected at the front for selfies.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is tipped to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, and support dual-SIM slots (Nano + Nano). It packs a 4100mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology, and supports ultrasonic fingerprint scanner embedded under glass. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE , Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz) MU-MIMO, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C connectivity options. A leak also suggests that the Mi Note 2 could sport an iris scanner.

We of course advise readers to talk the rumours with punch of salt. The launch event is to begin at 11.30am IST on Tuesday, where all the official details will be announced.

 
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Xiaomi has been subtly teasing the launch of its upcoming Mi 5s. The Chinese smartphone maker on Monday released a teaser with a big ‘S’, hinting that the company is ready to unveil the Mi 5s on September 27. The phone has now been subjected to AnTuTu’s benchmark test, scoring a mighty impressive 164,119. Xiaomi is of course proud of the score, using it as a new teaser for the smartphone.


The teaser was posted soon after a leaked AnTuTu benchmark score of 164,002 for the Xiaomi Mi 5s hit the Web. Interestingly, the official Mi 5s AnTuTu score was released by Xiaomi soon after LeEco launched the Le Pro 3 on Wednesday. LeEco revealed the Le Pro 3’s AnTuTu score to be 163,544, which puts Xiaomi’s Mi 5s ahead. It remains to be seen, however, if Xiaomi will price the Mi 5s competitively seeing as how the Le Pro 3 comes with mighty specifications at a mid-range price starting CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,100).

Taking all the past leaks into consideration, the Mi 5s is expected expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). The Mi 5s is also expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.
On the camera front, the Mi 5s is tipped to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Mi 5s may support a fingerprint scanner, and is expected to sport an iPhone 7-like tactile home button.

A fresh rumour doing the rounds of the Internet suggests that Xiaomi could also be unveiling a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s. An alleged image of the smaller variant was spotted on Weibo. Specifications related to the 4-inch variant are very speculative at the moment. The device is expected to come with a 4.3-inch 720p display with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB inbuilt storage.
With the 4-inch variant being rumoured, this puts the total list of phones Xiaomi is expected to unveil to four – the remaining devices being the bigger Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2. We’ll have to wait for September 27 event to see just how many new devices Xiaomi is planning to pull out of the bag.

 

 

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India has attracted investment from 37 mobile manufacturing companies in last one year that have generated 40,000 direct jobs and 1.25 lakh indirect employment, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

“We decided to make India a big hub of electronics manufacturing. In the last one year, 37 new mobile manufacturing units have come,” Prasad said after inaugurating government-funded ‘Electropreneur Park’.

He said that 11 crore mobile phones have been made in the country in last one year compared to 6 crore earlier. “We have given jobs to forty-thousand people and 1.25 lakh indirect jobs,” Prasad said.

Chinese companies like Gionee and Xiaomi are making their handsets at Foxconn plant in Andhra Pradesh. Domestic companies such as Karbonn, Lava, Micromax, Intex, Jivi, iTel, and MTech too have set up their manufacturing plants in the country.

As per industry sources, Chinese company LeEco will start mobile manufacturing unit on Tuesday. Prasad said that besides manufacturing electronics product in India, product designing is also important.

He said that government has provided Rs. 10,000 crore under Electronics Development Fund to support new entrepreneurs in the field of electronics. The Electropreneur Park (EP), which was innaugurated today in South Campus of Delhi University, is an incubation centre set up with government funds of around Rs. 21 crore to support incubation of up to 50 companies.

Set-up in collaboration with academia and industry represented by Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association, the Park will focus on creation of intellectual property rights and product development to increase domestic manufacturing of electronics items.

“India imports electronic goods of over Rs. 3 lakh crore. By 2020 government aims to bring down import to zero. The Electropreneur Park started today is a step in that direction,” Minister of State for IT and Law P P Choudhary said.

Ministry of Electronics and IT has selected six start-up firms that will develop products at this incubation centre. “6 out of 176 start-ups have been selected which means they have capability of developing good quality products and selection of six more are in pipeline,” MEITY Additional Secretary Ajay Kumar said.

 
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Xiaomi has slashed the price of its flagship smartphone the Xiaomi Mi 5 in India by Rs. 2,000. The smartphone will now be available at Rs. 22,999 against its launch price of Rs. 24,999, Xiaomi India Head Manu Jain tweeted on Tuesday morning. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is available for purchase via Flipkart and mi.com, though the websites are yet to reflect the new prices at the time of filing this report.

The dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) with curved 3D Ceramic glass, and a pixel density of 428ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It sports a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 camera sensor with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash. The rear camera also sports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) and sapphire glass protection lens. The smartphone supports 4K video recording. It also sports a 4-megapixel front camera with 2-micron pixels. Both cameras feature an f/2.0 aperture.

It measures 144.5×69.2×7.25mm and weighs 129 grams. The Mi 5 packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The company says that the Quick Charge 3.0 is 20 percent faster than its predecessor, the Quick Charge 2.0. Also onboard is a USB Type-C port. Connectivity options include VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Glonass, and NFC.

 

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A render of Xiaomi’s alleged Mi 5s smartphone has surfaced and, in-line with some of the earlier leaks it suggests that the phone will don a dual-camera setup. According to earlier reports, Samsung was supposed to start supplying dual camera modules to Xiaomi and LeEco from July.

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If these reports are to be believed, it makes complete sense for Xiaomi Mi 5s to have a dual camera module. Numerous leaks had already suggested that the phone is expected to have a dual camera setup and the latest render (via Gizmo China) has added substantial weight to the earlier rumours.

Earlier leaks suggested that the smartphone will feature a “Force Touch screen,” expected to work on similar lines to Apple’s 3D touch. Some other leaks also suggested that the Xiaomi Mi 5s will include Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

The smartphone is rumoured to pack 6GB RAM and is expected to be announced in August.

Along with Xiaomi Mi 5s, the company is rumoured to be working on Xiaomi Mi Note 2 smartphone which is expected to come in three models – standard, high, and top-end. According to the leaked details, the alleged “standard” variant will feature single rear camera setup, Hi-Fi chip, and will also support quick charging. The high variant of Mi Note 2 is also rumoured to pack a dual camera setup at the back.

However, there has been no official word from Xiaomi regarding the successor to Mi 5 and we should take all these rumours with a grain of salt and wait for the company to reveal the smartphone’s specifications and features

 

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When Xiaomi launched the Mi Max in May, it offered storage options at 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. However, the company has now silently launched the 16GB variant as well. The 16GB storage/2GB RAM bundle variant is being sold by several Chinese vendors at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,100).

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Xiaomi has not officially announced the new variant. GizmoChina reports that the Mi Max 16GB variant sold by vendors in China is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. All the other specifications remain the same.

Just to recap, the 32GB variant is powered by the same processor, comes with a 3GB RAM, and is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,000). The 64GB storage / 3GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,000); and the 128GB storage / 4GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,500). The 64GB and 128GB variant are powered by the 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor.

The Mi Max was launched in India last week along with the MIUI 8 global ROM. Currently only the 32GB storage/ 3GB RAM bundle has been made available, but the company has confirmed that the 128GB storage / 4GB RAM will soon be available in the country at Rs. 19,999. The 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 14,999, and at the moment can be purchased only through flash sales on Mi.com. There’s no word yet on when – and if – the 16GB variant will launch in India.

The Xiaomi Mi Max sports an all-metal body, and comes with a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) 342ppi display. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel selfie camera with 85-degree wide-angle view, and a f/2.0 aperture. The hybrid dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs 203 grams.

 

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New details about the rumoured Mi Note 2 smartphone have emerged including the possible variants and price. According to a Chinese Weibo tipster, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will be priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,000) for the 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage model while the 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage model will come at CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 30,000). The tipster also claims a third variant featuring 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage priced at CNY 3,499 (approximately Rs. 35,000).

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The Weibo tipster (first picked up by Mobipicker) also added that the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will be revealed later this year. The handset is also said to come in a standard version sporting a full-HD display while there will be a higher model featuring 2K curved display.
Some of the rumoured innards tipped include 12-megapixel dual rear cameras, 4000mAh battery, fast charging support, fingerprint scanner, and ‘3D Touch’ display, in-line with an earlier leak.
An earlier report had suggested there will be three models – standard, high, and top-end. The top Mi Note 2 variant was claimed to sport a curved screen display and support similar features as the standard and high versions.
However, all these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Xiaomi has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable.
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Government on Monday relaxed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms in a host of sectors including civil aviation, single-brand retail, defence, e-commerce, and pharma by permitting more investments under automatic route.

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Other sectors in which FDI norms have been relaxed include e-commerce in food products, broadcasting carriage services, private security agencies and animal husbandry.

“Now most of the sectors would be under automatic approval route, except a small negative list. With these changes, India is now the most open economy in the world for FDI,” said an official statement.

The decision to further liberalise FDI regime with the objective of “providing major impetus to employment and job creation in India” was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

This is the second major reform in the FDI space. The Centre in last November had significantly relaxed the foreign investment regime.

In the tech sector, perhaps the most important announcement was relaxation of the FDI norms for single brand retail, in context of the planned entry into the India’s retail space by Apple, LeEco, and Xiaomi.

In its statement, the government said, “It has now been decided to relax local sourcing norms up to three years and a relaxed sourcing regime for another five years for entities undertaking Single Brand Retail Trading of products having ‘state-of-art’ and ‘cutting edge’ technology. ”

As for e-commerce in food products, the government’s statement said, “It has now been decided to permit 100% FDI under government approval route for trading, including through e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured or produced in India.”

 

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