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The Xiaomi Mi 4 joins a growing list of smartphones, particularly out of the Chinese market, that are starting to feature some metal in their build. While it’s not the full unibody metal construction that you’d get with the HTC One (M8), the metal skeleton of the Mi 4 contributes not only to the sturdiness of the phone, but also to its good looks. The buttons on the right side are also metallic, with the placement of the power button below the volume rocker making it very to reach. Up top is where you’ll find the headphone jack, with the microUSB charging port and a speaker placed on the bottom.

The rest of the build material is a glossy plastic, which makes the phone a little slippery, and a little bit of a fingerprint magnet. That said, the size of the phone makes it very easy to handle, with the flat sides of the metal frame allowing for good grip. The 5-inch display has relatively thin bezels around the sides, adding to the slenderness of the device, and one-handed use is also a breeze. The capacitive keys are found below the screen, along with an LED light, that is active when charging the phone.

Handling the Xiaomi Mi 4, you definitely get the feeling that it’s a sturdy device, and while the look may be somewhat unoriginal, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t look good.

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The Mi 4 features a 5-inch 1080p display, resulting in a pixel density of 441 ppi, numbers we’d certainly expect from any device that is hoping to compete with current flagships. Colors are quite vibrant, and the contrast allows for some deep blacks, making media consumption and even gaming every bit as good as they should be. Viewing angles are great too, with the image losing fidelity only at extremely sharp angles.

If you look closely around the screen though, you’ll see a small black line framing the image, which adds to the overall bezel size. It’s not a big deal by any means, and is not as big an offender as we’ve seen on some other displays, but is still something worth making a note of.

Under the hood, you’ll find the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The processing package is par for the course when it comes to flagship devices, and offers the kind of power you’ll need to do everything, from work to play, easily.

Playing games in particular was a lot of fun on this phone, and I noticed little to no slowdowns in even highly processor-intensive games. One game I got sucked into, Shadow Fight 2, not only showcased the gaming prowess of the device, but also showed off the contrast possible on this display.

One issue I have to mention is that the upper half of the device did get noticeably warm. While the heat did not affect performance in any way, it did make for a slightly uncomfortable handling experience while gaming.

When it comes to hardware, we start to see the issues with using a Chinese market smartphone outside its home country. For starters, this version of the Mi 4 connects only to HSDPA networks, making the internet experience less than ideal for US audiences. This is something I’ve faced with other smartphones in the past, but in the case of the Mi 4, I’ve unfortunately had a lot of connection issues, and have been unable to use mobile networks consistently. That said, a version that is 4G-capable and able to connect to Western mobile networks is coming soon, which is great. When I did find some connectivity, phone calls came in loud and clear.

The external speaker at the bottom of the device is also capable performer. When listening to music or playing high-calibre games, sound is quite loud and rich, and I didn’t feel the need to reach for my headphones all the time. If you do like to use the external speaker for media consumption, you won’t have much to complain about. When it comes to storage, 16 GB and 64 GB variants of the Mi 4 are available, but there is no microSD support.

The issue of poor network connectivity unfortunately made it difficult to have any conclusive battery testing, so instead I’ll talk about my day to day experience with regards to battery life. Standby time seems to be really great, and letting the phone sit idle for almost an entire day didn’t dent battery life. I did do one specific test using a looped season of a TV series at half brightness and volume, and while the phone died before I could get a screenshot of the battery usage, it definitely took at least 8 hours to reach single digits.

The real difference between the Mi 4 and any other flagship device comes to the fore in the software department. While it’s based on Android 4.4 Kitkat, much of what you’d expect from an Android-based OS is turned on its head on the Mi 4’s MIUI software.

The biggest departure from the norm is the lack of an app drawer. Bubbly icons sprawl across all the homescreens, and the only way to organize them is to use folders. Keeping a clean interface is possible, but if you download a lot of apps, it will take some effort to keep things clean and organized. That aside, menus take on the same simplistic but attractive style, and just about everything moves about in some interesting transitions.

Diving in deeper is where you’ll find quite a lot of customization, which makes MIUI a hybrid of sorts, where you’ll find the rigidity of iOS style homescreens, combined with Android’s customization prowess in any other aspect. A powerful theming engine offers a slew of themes and options to personalize your device.

The notification dropdown can also be customized by a good amount, with the option to sort icons in rows or grids, and even to show certain additional information, such as your current bandwidth speed. Long press functionality can also be programmed for the capacitive keys.

Google Play Services are not available with the Chinese version of the Mi 4, but it’s not hard to install it yourself, and luckily, the Play Store was pre-installed on my unit out of the box. It’s nice to have to ability to install your own apps, but I did see the Play Store crash quite frequently. Xiaomi’s own apps are still in Chinese here, making them impossible to use for anyone who can’t read the language.

At the very least, you can say that MIUI is continually improving, with updates available on a weekly basis. Ultimately, it’s a very attractive operating system that takes a different approach to Android, and shouldn’t be discounted just because it doesn’t have an app drawer.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite Review: Basic, But All

What you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite

The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is yet another ultra-cheap smartwatch from the Chinese brand. It only costs €50 (~$60), slotting it in nicely between Xiaomi’s popular Mi Band line and the recently released Xiaomi Mi Watch. Eagle-eyed fans might also recognize it as a rebranded Redmi Watch.

Although it has a traditional smartwatch form factor, it’s best to think of the Mi Watch Lite simply as a Mi Band with a larger screen. There are important differences between the two, but its focus is on fitness, not smartwatch features.

Also read: The best fitness trackers you can buy

Battery life and the charger

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Xiaomi says the Mi Watch Lite can last up to nine days on a single charge. My testing shows that claim is accurate.

I’ve been using the watch every day for sleep tracking, notifications, and a handful of workouts each week. Currently, I’m on track to get the full nine days of charge. If you work out nearly every day, though, you may see reduced battery life.

The charger included in the box is fine. It’s proprietary (hello e-waste) and not very attractive. However, it allows for a nice bedtime clock view when the watch is plugged in.

Sleep tracking

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The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is a good sleep tracker. Like other Xiaomi wearables, it keeps track of your total time asleep, deep, light, and REM sleep. It then gives you a sleep score from 0-100 based on how well you slept. Overall, the charts in the Xiaomi Wear app are easy to read.

Nevertheless, there are a few limitations. It does not track naps or daytime sleeping. If you have an unconventional sleep schedule, the Mi Watch Lite won’t be the sleep tracker for you. I’d also like Xiaomi to improve its sleep score implementation a bit. Right now, it’s light on the details on where the score comes from. It doesn’t give many details on how to improve your sleep score either.

A few other tidbits I liked about the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite:

Firstbeat workout analysis: Like the Xiaomi Mi Watch, the Mi Watch Lite offers detailed post-workout analysis. It is provided by Firstbeat, the now Garmin-owned analytics company. After your workout, you’ll see your total time, distance, calorie burn, steps taken, average and max cadence, average/max/min pace, average speed, heart rate, heart rate zones, and VO2 max.

The watch faces: Xiaomi doesn’t allow for third-party watch faces, but it offers plenty of nice first-party options. There are over 120 available for download through the Xiaomi Wear app.

The basic apps are all here: While the Mi Watch Lite doesn’t have support for third-party apps, it comes with all the basic pre-loaded apps you’d expect.  There is a guided breathing app, a compass, an air pressure app, an alarm, a stopwatch, a timer, a weather app, a flashlight, as well as the ability to control your phone’s music.

What I don’t like about the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite

The hardware and design

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I won’t rag too hard on the Mi Watch Lite here. This is a €50 device, after all. However, I have run into some hardware issues that you should know about before buying one.

The straps are interchangeable, but it is very difficult to change them. The button to unlock the straps is too hard to press down. I’ve only successfully been able to remove the straps on my unit once. I’m not sure if this will be the case for other devices, but it is for mine.

Speaking of straps, this is about the same quality silicone strap as you’d find on the Mi Band line. Translation: it feels cheap and rubbery, yet soft to the touch.

I can’t give Xiaomi a pass without addressing the obvious design cues taken from the Apple Watch. The Mi Watch Lite copies the Apple Watch’s design in all the wrong ways, even down to many of the watch faces. I’d really like to see Xiaomi design a watch on its own merits and not based on whatever Apple is doing at the time.

The Xiaomi Wear app needs a lot of work

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I just covered the Xiaomi Wear app in my Xiaomi Mi Watch review. In the interest of brevity, I will point you to that review if you want to learn more about the companion app. While it’s a step above Mi Fit in aesthetics, I have frequently run into translation issues, conversion issues from metric to imperial, and issues with time preferences.


Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite

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The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is one of the cheapest smartwatches you can find. With onboard GPS, all-day heart rate monitoring, and 11 different sport tracking modes, the Mi Watch Lite boasts a surprisingly capable spec sheet.

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If the Mi Watch Lite isn’t your cup of tea or isn’t available in your region, you can find many alternatives that share the same DNA. The obvious competitor is the Amazfit Bip U. It is readily available on Amazon in the US, India, and other regions for around the same price as the Mi Watch Lite. It can track far more sports modes and has the same long-lasting battery. However, in her full review, Adamya noted that the materials used in the band are quite cheap-feeling.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro, which costs $70 in the US, is nearly the same device as the Bip U. However, it also has onboard GPS and Amazon Alexa support.

Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite review: The verdict

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The Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite is a good fitness tracker, but a very basic smartwatch. If you’re after the Mi Band experience and would like the benefits of a larger display, Xiaomi’s latest budget smartwatch is a fine option. It’s limited beyond those basic functions, however. Those looking for an on-device voice assistant or music storage for offline listening will want to look elsewhere.

I hope to see more competition in this space from companies that aren’t Xiaomi or Huami. Until then, this might be your go-to option if you want a smartwatch for around €50.

Next: The best cheap fitness trackers

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review: A More Practical Mix

Bezel-less smartphones are all the rage today. To earn the tag of being called a flagship device in 2023, any smartphone has to have a bezel-less display. We have seen that with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, the LG G6 and V30 and the much anticipated iPhone X. But, do you know which was the first smartphone which kicked the whole bezel-less display syndrome in motion? If you think the answer is Samsung, you would be wrong. Xiaomi, a China-based smartphone manufacturer was the first company to bring the bezel-less display onto a smartphone with its flagship Mi Mix which was launched last year. Mi Mix was truly the first smartphone to convert the dreams of bezel-less displays on smartphones into reality. However, Mi Mix was more about making a statement than being the one for the masses. This year, Xiaomi wants to correct that approach by bringing its successor; the Mi Mix 2. So the question is, did Xiaomi learned from its experiences with Mi Mix, or is the Mi Mix 2 still just about challenging the status quo? That’s what we are going to find out today, in our Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review:


Dimensions151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm (5.98 x 2.97 x 0.30 in)

Weight185 g (6.53 oz)

DisplayIPS LCD 5.99 inches (1080 x 2160 pixels ~403 ppi pixel density)

ProcessorSnapdragon 835 (Octa-core ~ 4×2.45 GHz and 4×1.9)


Storage64/128/256 GB

Camera12 MP with IMX386 sensor, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), and dual-LED flash

Camera5 MP

BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery (supports Quick Charge 3.0)

SystemMIUI 8 based on top of Android Nougat

SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer

ConnectivityDual-SIM, dual band 802.11 WiFi ( a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0

Price30~35 K INR

What’s In The Box

The Mix 2 comes in a suave black box with Mix engraved in gold accents, just like the device. Here is the box’s content.

Mi Mix 2 (of course)

Charging adapter (Supports Quick Charging 3.0)

Type-C cable

Type-C to 3.5 mm jack connector.

A nice case with great in-hand feel.

SIM ejector tool


Design and Hardware

Apart from the Display, the design in the original Mi Mix was the talking point of the device, and the Mi Mix 2 is no different. In short, the Mi Mix 2 is stunning. No manufacturer is using ceramic as Xiaomi is doing with its Mix series. The phone is beautiful and feels really good in the hand. However, the ceramic back is also a fingerprint magnet and a bit on the slippery side, but thankfully, the metal frame makes sure the device provides a lot more grip. Still, it is better if you use the device with the included case as it would add grip and keep your device free from smudges. If you plan to use it without the case, you better keep a cleaning cloth handy.

When compared to its predecessor the Mi Mix, Mix 2 is fairly comfortable in hand. A lot of that has to do with the fact that now the Mix 2 is smaller as it only houses 5.99-inches of the display as compared to the 6.4 inches of the Mix. This change makes the phone very handy. Looks like Xiaomi learned from its mistakes in the Mix’s design, and made the necessary changes in the Mix 2. There are other changes which mark a departure from the design of Mi Mix too. The rear camera is a bit protruded, the lower chin is smaller, and now even the base version of the Mix 2 comes with a ceramic back which I like. The top border is a bit thicker, but Mix 2 has a good reason for that.

You see, the original Mi Mix didn’t have an earpiece, rather it was utilizing a piezoelectric actuator which vibrated the front glass to convey sounds to your ears. However, when I extensively used the Mi Mix, the piezoelectric earpiece was a huge problem for me. It was just not good enough as the calls sounded a little choppy. Thankfully, the Mi Mix 2 is sporting a traditional earpiece which was the reason behind making the top border a little thicker. However, you won’t even notice that until you put both devices side by side. I am in favour of this decision choice by Xiaomi. I also love the fingerprint sensor at the back, which is well placed and by far one of the fastest fingerprint sensors I ever tested.


Now, let’s talk about that display which takes up more than 80% of the front. The Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99-inch Full HD Plus IPS LCD display. That’s a bit smaller than its predecessor which makes this device fairly easy to use. However, it still is a two-handed device. Of all the implementation of the bezel-less displays that we have seen in the previous year, Mi Mix 2 still remains my favourite. I am not a fan of the notch present on the top of either the essential or the iPhone X. Mi Mix has nothing of such sorts and looks incredible, to say the least.

The color reproduction is great and despite having an IPS Display, the blacks are really good. If you’d like more punchy colors, you can change the contrast in the settings. While the Mix 2 display is one of the best LCD displays out there, I would have preferred to see an AMOLED display on the device. Because at the price Mix 2 has landed, there’s the OnePlus 5 has a Full HD AMOLED display and I will take AMOLED over LCD any day. If not AMOLED, at least Xiaomi should have put QHD display. Seeing how both the Honor 8 Pro and the Nokia 8 offer a QHD display, it would have been possible for Xiaomi to do that too. However, if you don’t care about the resolution, I think you will find the Full HD+ LCD display on the Mix 2 good enough. The edge to edge to display is just a beauty to look at. The display still remains the biggest selling point for the Mix 2.

User Interface

However, there are certain changes which I really love. Firstly, there’s the Smart Assistant which comes baked with MIUI 9. I use it for only one purpose, that is, searching for apps on my device. Since, MIUI 9 doesn’t have any app drawer, finding an app has always been harder, especially if you install as many apps as I do. The assistant helps me do that. Finally, the ability to reply to messages directly from notification is also here. The home screen has also been worked upon, and you will like the included changes. However, the good thing (or bad) is that the underlying structure of the MIUI remains the same. Basically, if you loved it before, you will keep on loving it, however, if you hated it, there’s nothing new here which will make you consider this otherwise.

I believer that MIUI ROM is one of the best Android ROMs in the market, as it adds a ton of customisability and brings an open boot-loader which you can unlock anytime without voiding your warranty. However, some people are not a fan of its looks, and I won’t blame you if you hate it too. Basically, the performance is not hampered by the MIUI, it just a question of personal preferences. The only resource that MIUI utilises more than the normal Android is the RAM, and since Mix 2 ships with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, that takes care of any concern that users might have.


Apart from the display and the build quality, performance is the biggest strength of this device. The Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with either 6 or 8 GB RAM, makes this device scream. In my usage, the device has been fast, even when I have tons of apps installed. Switching between apps was quick and the gaming performance has been smooth too. Well, Xiaomi has definitely not compromised on the performance of the Mix 2. Plus, it helps that MIUI 9 is a well optimised OS and brings a ton of useful features.

Xiaomi has promised that the device will be launched with MIUI 9 in India on October 10th, hence we wanted to test the phone with it onboard. And quite frankly, the phone handled everything we threw at it. Although, I am not much of a benchmark guy, however, if you do care about such stuff, you will find the test results in the images below. Although, the scores should not come as a surprise seeing it packs the same Qualcomm 835 chipset as every other 2023 Android flagship smartphone.

Telephony and Audio Performance

As I mentioned earlier, a welcome change with Mi Mix 2 is the addition of the standard earpiece instead of the piezoelectric one used last year. That makes a world of difference. I was not at all happy with the Mi Mix’s call quality last year, but this year, everything sounds like it should. The calls were clear, and both sides could hear each other without any problem. Calls made on speaker phone also didn’t disappoint much.

However, the speakers should not be used for media consumption as they are tiny and distort at higher levels. That brings us to the elephant in the room or lack thereof; the headphone jack. There’s no headphone jack on this phone hence you will have to either use the included USB-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter, or go completely wireless. Since the phone doesn’t come with a USB-C headphones, the switch feels a little harder. I am not much of an audiophile, so I can’t complain too much about the sound quality, but, I do hate the removal of the headphone jack.



Moving on to the camera, the Mi Mix 2 features a 12 MP sensor on the rear, with f/2.0 aperture, 4-axis optical image stabilisation, and dual LED flash, which is somewhat disappointing, as the trend is moving towards dual cameras and wider apertures. All the phones in the Mix 2’s price range come with dual cameras, be it the OnePlus 5, the Honor 8 Pro or the Nokia 8, so it’s surprising that Xiaomi didn’t just use Mi 6’s dual camera setup in the Mix 2. That would have made the phone perfect.

However, if you can get over that drawback you will find that the Mix 2’s 12 MP camera unit takes some great shots, especially in the day time. The photos are sharp, have great detail, and the colors come out good too. The dynamic range could be a little better, but there’s not much to complain here. However, everything falters when it comes to the low-light photography. The pictures are just not that good. There’s a lot of noise in the photos taken in low-light. The OIS does help a little bit, but still, the low-light performance can only be deemed as below average. When it comes to video, the phone supports both 4K and slow-mo video recording, and the video quality is pretty decent too. The videos are stable and feature decent colors and details. However, it does lacks the support for 60 FPS recording at 1080p and above resolution. I also noticed a bit of a shutter lag at times, which I hope will be fixed with future software updates.

To conclude, the primary camera produces some really good results, if you are in good lighting conditions. In low-light, the camera fails miserably. I appreciate the inclusion of 4K and slow-mo recording. The OIS really helps in producing some really stable footage. But, the front-camera is really bad and is better left unused. Needless to say, like last year, the cameras are still the weakest point of this smartphone.


Both Mi Mix and Mix 2 are one of few devices in the world that support most of the major wireless bands around the world. So, doesn’t matter which country you live in, I am sure that it will support 4G-LTE there. When its comes to reception itself, the device maintains a constant connection even in areas with a patchy network. Other than that, the phone features dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB OTG support and GPS with GLONASS and Beidou. However, there’s no IR blaster or FM Radio support. Overall, the Mi Mix’s connectivity suit features almost everything that you’d expect from a modern-day smartphone

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review: A More Practical Mix

Let’s sum things up, shall we? It’s been a while since Xiaomi introduced a flagship device in India, one and half years to be exact, but well, they are finally breaking that trend and launching the Mix 2 in India. The Mix 2 is  priced at INR 35,999 and

at this price range, it’s taking on some great competition, including the OnePlus 5, the Honor 8 Pro, and the Nokia 8. So, is it worth buying? Well, the biggest thing going in favour of the Mi Mix 2 is the bezel-less design. No other phone in the price range can match the design of the Mix 2. If you want a ‘truly’ bezel-less device in this price range, go for the Mix 2. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the Mix 2 is a great phone overall.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – The Best Android Tablet To Date?

Having followed the Xiaomi Mi Pad rumours and leaks since October of last year, I was A) Getting a little fed up of the wait, and B) Throughly beginning to believe that Xiaomi might be launching the world’s best Android tablet! Actually, scratch that, the best tablet full stop!

After having owned 2 for the past few weeks I’m convoked that it is one of the best Android tablets you can buy at any price, but there are certain missing features and design features that if added/changed, could make this great tablet truly awesome.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Design

Tablets, by their very nature, can only really be oblong and … well … tablet shape. So when taking the Mi Pad and placing it next to any other 7.9-inch tablet there is very little difference in design or style. In fact if you have an iPad mini to hand-pick it up and imagine it was slightly thicker, heavy and that your pocket was way more full of money, and you’ll have an idea of what the Mi Pad is like.

As mentioned above the rear of the Mi Pad is very glossy. The sheen across the white panel on our model offers no inherit grip what so ever, so ensure you keep a good grip of it and don’t leave it resting anywhere that isn’t completey flat or your new MIUI tablet could be heading for a trip to the repair shop!

That glossy rear panel is where the now famous Mi logo is found towards the bottom, beneath which live two very impressive speakers, and the 8 mega-pixel F2.0 rear camera is situated at the top left hand corner.

The sides have physical controls for the power and volume, there is a 3.5mm head phone pack at the top, micro USB in the bottom and small tray on the left side. Now don’t get excited and think the tray is for a SIM card so you can get LTE or even 3G data on the tablet, as this is just where the SD card (up to 128GB) can be added.

All of your viewing and most of your interaction with the Mi Pad will be handled by the 7.9-inch Retina display, while other navigation handled by the capacative buttons along the bottom of the screen.

That’s it for the design. It isn’t original by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a nice simple design that gets the job done. If only it were lighter and thinner then the feel of the Mi Pad would be better, but we can look forward to that for the 2nd generation perhaps.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Specifications

I’ve already touched on a few of the features, but here I will go over everything we know of Xiaomi tablet.

Starting with the stand-out features we have that 7.9-inch IPS display which a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and offers a pixel density of 326ppi. Pushing those pixels around is the job of a Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor running at 2.2Ghz and 2GB RAM.

The version of the Mi Pad we have on review is the 16GB version, there is also a 64GB model, but both tablets have space for up to 128GB SD cards. Cameras are an 8 mega-pixel rear with auto-focus and F2.0 aperture, while the front is a 5 mega-pixel camera with f2.0 aperture. Neither camera has an LED flash but that’s fine as smartphones do most of our snapping these days.

Also inside we have 802.11/b/g/n/as dual band WIFI, 6700mAh battery, Nvidia 192 Kepler GPU, compass, gyroscope, light sensor and finally MIUI version 5 based on Android 4.4.2.

As you can see missing from the list are 3G, 4G LTE and GPS. A shame, but we suppose something had to go to keep the price down to just 1499 Yuan.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Performance

I’m not as hard on my tablets as I am on my phones, but for this review I did play GTA on the Mi Pad along with Asphalt and a few other racing games. The Nvidia Tegra K1 and Kepler GPU don’t even seem to notice, with even the most graphically intensive jobs handled with ease.

Benchmarks are impressive! As you will see the number that the Mi Pad is recording are pretty darn high! Higher than most devices out there today. In the real world this means the Mi Pad is fast, very fast. In the Benchmarks world, it means you will be able to brag for months to come.

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For 3DMark I simply didn’t test the MiPad in Ice Storm or Ice Storm Extreme, as the tablet is just too powerful. As for Ice Storm Unlimited the Mi Pad managed a score of 28,107. Which has it ranking above the Oppo Find 7a, OnePlus One and other top of the range smartphones.

Antutu X gives a result of 51,382 points! Amazing result that beats even the recent score we managed with the Vivo Xshot!

Basically you are going to have a really difficult time slowing the Mi Pad down.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – MIUI

All Xiaomi phones run MIUI, and the Mi Pad does too. In fact it runs the latest version of MIUI V5 based on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. If you are use to using MIUI on your Xiaomi phone you are going to feel at home on the Mi Pad, well except for a few things.

Firstly there are no widgets available in MIUI for the Mi Pad. Quite annoying for me as I like to have my Google Now cards showing with weather and quick access to Google Search. You can however set up the buttons to activate Google Now with a long press, but if you this is where you might run in to another issue.

The two MiPad which we received came from different resellers but they had installed Google Play store in the same way. I’m not sure how they had installed Google but whatever they had done causes the system settings, especially the ‘buttons’ settings to crash. The remedy is simple, either ask the reseller not to install Google Play for your and do it yourself, or install a fresh MIUI ROM on the tablet and start again. Either option is simple and easy for anyone to try, and we have even written up guides how to install Google Play on the Mi Pad here.

How to install Google Play on the Xiaomi Mi Pad

The rest of the MIUI system is like a basic version of MIUI on your phone. The camera app doesn’t have many settings of features. In fact the whole ROM lacks anything worth pointing out. It’s simple and easy to use, but it is also a little lacking.

Fortunately MIUI is ready to be updated to MIUI V6 on 16th August. Hopefully we will see a new feature packed ROM available for the Mi Pad then.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Battery

The battery in the Mi Pad is a none removable 6700mAh unit that generally give good performance. However, between the two Mi Pad tablets we have on test, one certainly does better than the other.

One Mi Pad has been used daily as a Ebook and web browser and is left on stand by for around 2 weeks and only now needs to be charged. The other Mi Pad seems to be drained in only a matter of days. If the issue continues I will have to said it back for replacement.

Our ‘good’ Mi Pad though generally has great battery life, and depending on how you use it will only need charging every few days to every few weeks. According to some reviewers the Mi Pad can sit on standby for 50 days, can handle 11 hours of continuous video, 86 hours of music and around 5 hours of intense gaming, and we can agree with those remarks having managed similar results.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Camera

A tablet, no matter how good it’s camera may be, is never going to be your primary photography tool. The Mi Pad is no different. The size and weight just don’t make it practical to be using it as a main camera, but as a back up it is great!

The front camera is especially good for video calls and can take some nice selfies that would rival a phone.

The rear 8 mega-pixel camera is good and can hold it’s own against low/midrange Android phones. It’s also good for taking photos to produce time-lapse videos, or using animation apps which my kids love. Below are some sample photos taken with the Mi Pad.

Mi Pad Photos Samples

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Connectivity

WIFI and Bluetooth are the only methods of connecting your Mi Pad to anything (well USB too) and those all work as you would expect. Browsing over WIFI is fast and the signal strength is very good (we are also using a Xioami Router).

We hope a second generation Mi Pad will receive LTE and a GPS, then we would probably use the tablet more often while out and about and also while traveling.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Hands on video

Xiaomi Mi Pad Review – Conclusion

Is the Xiaomi Mi Pad the best Android tablet on the market? I would have to say it is the best Android tablet with WIFI on the market. If Xiaomi had added LTE, GPS and a more feature packed ROM then this would be the Android tablet to own! In fact with those features it would be the best tablet regardless of OS!

As it is though the Mi Pad is still a solid proposition and if you are in the market for a WIFI only tablet you would be mad not to at least strongly consider one!

Thanks to chúng tôi for supplying us with one of our Xiaomi MiPad review units.

One Million Xiaomi Mi 11 Smartphones Sold In 21 Days

Recall that already at the very beginning of sales, Xiaomi Mi 11 immediately became a super hit – in just 5 minutes on January 1, 350 thousand devices were bought. And already on January 10, top managers of Xiaomi celebrated overcoming the milestone of 500 thousand smartphones sold.

Such results significantly exceed the successes of last year’s Xiaomi Mi 10.

At the time of the announcement and the start of sales, the Mi 11 became the first and only smartphone based on the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. Now it has already lost the title of the only one. But, as you can see, the pace of sales has not decreased yet.

Now the company is preparing for the international launch of the flagship, as well as for the announcement of its more expensive version – Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro appears with a completely new camera in two colors

Recall that the standard version of Xiaomi Mi 11 went on sale today, while the manufacturer did not even announce the Xiaomi 11 Pro, which is expected to be presented only in February.

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Sources claim that smartphones will have very different cameras. In this regard, the Mi 11 did not surprise, it received the usual set of sensors with a resolution of 108, 13 and 5 megapixels without a periscope camera. Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro should receive four modules, including a periscope camera. The render says 120x zoom. A similar combination was used in last year’s Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra smartphone.

It is also reported that the Mi 11 Pro display will support a 120Hz refresh rate, SDR to HDR conversion, MEMC anti-aliasing technology and AI scaling. In addition, the smartphone should have support for faster charging than the Mi 11.

Xiaomi Mi 11 specifications

6.81-inch (3200×1440 pixels) Quad HD+ AMOLED 20:9 HDR10 + display with 120Hz refresh rate, 1500nit (HBM); 900nit (Typ) brightness, 5000000:1 (Min) contrast ratio, MEMC, 100% DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection

Octa Core Snapdragon 888 5nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 660 GPU

8GB LPPDDR5 3200MHz RAM with 128GB; 256GB UFS 3.1 storage; / 12GB 3200MHz LPPDDR5 RAM with 256GB UFS 3.1 storage

Dual SIM (nano + nano)

MIUI 12 based on Android 11

108MP rear camera with 1/ 1.33″ Samsung sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.85 aperture, OIS, LED flash; 13MP 123° ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.4 aperture; 5MP telemacro camera with f/2.4 aperture, 8k at 30fps, 4k 60fps, 960fps at 720p

20MP front-facing camera with 0.8μm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture

In-screen fingerprint sensor with heart rate monitoring, Infrared sensor

USB Type-C audio, Hi-Res audio, Dual speakers, SOUND BY Harman Kardon

Dimensions: 164.3x 74.6 x 8.06mm (glass)/8.56mm (leather); Weight: 196g (glass) / 194g (leather)

5G SA/NSA Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E 802.11 ax 8 x; MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS (L1 + L5), NFC, USB Type-C

4600mAh (Typical) / 4500mAh (Minimum) battery with 55W wired QC4+ / QC3+ / PD3.0, 50W wireless fast charging, 10w wireless reverse charging

Recently, a well-known Weibo-blogger said that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will be official only after the Spring Festival (February 12). The Mi 11 Pro will be more expensive than the standard version.

Xiaomi Robot Vacuum X10+ Review


Automatic hands-free cleaning

2.5l water tanks

Customisable clean-ups


Large charging base

3D mapping limited

Hard to move after set-up

Our Verdict

The Xiaomi X10+ makes automated hands-free cleaning a reality, but you’ll need a tidy and spacious home to make the most of this tech.  

The X10+ is not yet available to buy in the US or the UK – unless you’re able to find a retailer that has imported it. It will become more widely available in the coming months.

Xiaomi may have called the X10+ a robot vacuum, but, in reality, it is more of an automatic, hands-free floor cleaning system.

What does this actually mean?

Once you set up the X10+, all you need to do is periodically refill the clean water tank, empty the dirty water tank, and change the disposable bag. The X10+ does everything else.

There are caveats to this. As with all robot vacuums, particularly those that mop, you need a fair amount of clear floor space to make it worthwhile. If your home is cluttered, it’s not going to work. Likewise, if your ground floor is a carve-up with different flooring heights and a step or two between rooms, you’ll get less from it.

But if you have a neat, orderly, and fairly open-plan home, with a decent amount of hard flooring, the X10+ will take a lot of regular floor maintenance tasks off your hands.     

Let’s see what you get.

What’s in the box?

The first thing you notice is that the box is heavy: over 11kg, or 28lbs, so be prepared for that. Most of this weight, a good 8.3kg of it, is the white plastic Omni station, which is the charging base and holds the two 2.5l water tanks, the 2.5l disposable dust bag, and the cleaning tray.  

There are two buttons on the front: one for power and to start a clean, and another to dock and set the child lock, and an indicator to show charging status, errors, or the Wi-Fi status. Under the cover of the robot, there’s a reset button, dust compartment and Wi-Fi indicator.  


Choose a location before setup

QR code for quick start

3D mapping

However, once you place the Omni station, put the robot in to charge and fill the clean water tank, you can’t move it from this point, and as the mopping facility relies on the robot drawing water from the station tank, you can’t really take the robot to another floor to mop.

So, if you are looking for a mopping robot that you can move between floors of your home, you might want to think about a robot with a clip-in tank. 

Then it’s time to connect to Wi-Fi. Download the Xiaomi app (the QR code is in both the manual and the quick start guide) and set up your profile. Then you add the device and follow the instructions on your phone. We found this process simple and straightforward, although if you are not that tech-savvy, you might need additional help. 

You then get a prompt to create the quick map. This is where the robot vacuum uses its LDS and line laser sensors to generate a map of your floor, which forms the basis for its cleaning manoeuvring. The mapping feature is impressive; it also generates 3D mapping, but our experience was that it didn’t put in obstacles, so it seemed a little pointless. At this point, you can adjust the map, relabel rooms, set virtual walls and restricted areas.      

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Then it’s time to start cleaning.


4 suction levels (up to 4000Pa)

2.5cm climbing ability but can be hit and miss

Noisy auto-emptying

You get four suction levels with the X10+: silent, standard, strong and turbo, which makes the most of the 4000Pa suction. We did our first test on standard, and felt we needed something stronger for our dust and crumbs. Strong seemed to work for our floor with the majority being hard flooring, both tile and engineered wood, with an additional small, carpeted room. For pet dander on carpet, you’d probably need to rely on turbo, although this still won’t pull out years of vacuuming neglect from your carpet.

You can set the robot to vacuum the whole floor, a particular room or set of rooms or a certain zone within a room. We were puzzled at first as the in-app “pause” button has been mislabelled “paused”, which makes you think the cleaning has stopped when it hasn’t. Cue: repetitive pressing of the pause button, trying to un-pause a non-paused cleaning programme, which confused the robot no end.

The robot appears to vacuum the edges of the room, as far as it is able, and then ladders up and down the centre of the floor. On occasion, it struggled to cross a boundary height change of 2.5cm, but then later managed it with no problem. Nevertheless, the robot consistently covered 47m2 in 59mins, and you can watch the progress on the map in real-time.    

Be warned though: the auto-emptying is loud and sounds a bit like a jet engine. Thankfully, it doesn’t last long.


There are three water settings: low, medium, and high. High is very much a light mop, with medium being more of a damp dust. We couldn’t discern much from the low water level at all, and the medium level didn’t lift significant dirt scuffs from tiles, although the high level did.

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Like most mopping robot vacuums, the mopping function is really designed for daily maintenance of floors, rather than a weekly deep clean. You will need to use a conventional mop with hot water and soap to shift significant dirt or grime.

You can also set the robot to vacuum and mop at the same time. We found that this setting provoked the robot to return to base for an exchange of water and took approximately one minute per m2.  

Other features

Roughly 2 hours of vacuuming time

Good navigation and obstacle avoidance

Custom cleaning available

Xiaomi states that the X10+ has about two hours of life in its 520mAh battery, and we found this to be accurate. The X10+ also seemed to navigate temporary obstructions quite well, such as a toy left on the floor or the change of the position of a chair. 

You can also set a custom mode for your cleaning sessions, selecting a specific suction, water level, action, and cleaning pattern for each room, and the order in which the robot should tackle each room. There’s also a deep cleaning setting for dirtier floors, where the robot will return to clean the mop pad more frequently to prevent cross-contamination. Again, you can also schedule clean-ups, set Do No Disturb parameters, and connect the robot to Alexa or Google Assistant. 

The X10+ robot vacuum takes automated floor cleaning to the next level.


The X10+ robot vacuum takes automated floor cleaning to the next level, and if you have the right kind of home, it will keep your floors dust- and crumb-free without you having to think about it. That kind of freedom from chores is quite a remarkable liberation. With the X10+, you don’t even have to fill, load and empty a clip-in tank or wash the pad after a mopping session. You simply open the app and press start.

That said, to make the most of the X10+, you are going to need a fairly minimalist interior set-up. The X10+ will give you a perfectly vacuumed expanse of carpet, almost zen in its smoothness, but you are going to need that clear expanse of carpet in the first place, no matter how clever this robot may be in identifying temporary obstacles. 

We, however, liked it. A lot.

For more robot vacuum cleaner options, have a look at our round-up of the best robot vacuums we’ve tested.     

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