Thursday, 11 February 2016

Xiaomi Mi 5 Photo Sample Exposed!

This next best thing from Xiaomi of the year is confirmed to be launched on the 24th of the month. The date reveal, however, does not stop the company from promoting the flagship. The phone's photo  samples were recently posted by Lin Bin, the company president, on his Weibo.

Lin Bin posted two pictures taken on a beach, one distant view and and the other near view. The results show great details, decent color originality, though the color of the sky is rather dark. The black tree shades are also quite deep. Overall, the tone of the picture is relatively dark and warm. This might either be due to the phone or specific settings of the manual focus set by Lin Bin.  

It is though impressive that the flying bird captured in the picture shows great clarity. Unlike other phones that might struggle with capturing things in motion, the bird’s wings, feathers and little details are seen with great visual resolution, proving the camera’s strength with moving objects.

The posted shots created another hype online before the phone is launched in a week and a half,  giving out suspense and excitement for all their Mi Fans!  


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

New Year’s Anticipated Flagship: Xiaomi Mi 5


Xiaomi claimed that they were revealing their last best product for the year. Seemingly, it would be the Redmi Note 3 (or what’s previously known as Redmi Note 2 Pro), while the long-awaited Xiaomi Mi 5 is yet to be unveiled until January 2016. The decision was made in order to wait for the Snapdragon 820 and to ensure ready stocks after revealing the product.

Weibo users have revealed that Mi 5 will boast on its advanced fingerprint reader that uses FPC (Fingerprint Cards AB) featuring high-speed fingerprint recognition, and has similar functions like the one in Redmi Note 3. The reader is made out of Qualcomm’s ultrasound fingerprint reader technology, which has evolved to use sound wave to scan a finger through materials like metal, glass, stainless steel, sapphire and plastic phone cases.

However, the industry insiders have expressed their doubt that Mi 5 will use the mentioned fingerprint sensor tech for its questionable reliability and stability which may not be the best choice for mass production.

Aside from launching the first Snapdragon 820 processor, Mi 5 is predicted to retain its favored 5-inch display, equipping the device with 5.2-inch 1080p display, 3GB/4GB RAM, and 20 MP Sony camera.

Xiaomi is known to grab the attention with its affordable prices despite the super features in their products. The Mi 5 is predicted to keep the trend going, making it one of the most awaited products for the new year to come!


Monday, 19 October 2015

Mi TV 3 – Boasting Classy Features!


The NEXT GENERATION of Xiaomi is finally revealed on today’s conference – 60-inch 4K Mi TV 3!

The newest flagship comes in two separate parts: the display and engine box – which gives its definition as the “next generation” of Xiaomi.

According to Xiaomi, the engine box is the speaker box that offers theater-class audio quality with Dolby sound effects, equipped with four 2.5 inch-wide middle and bass speakers that provide bigger volume altogether).

The engine boasts 1.4 GHz Mstar 6A928 quad-core processor, Mali-760 GPU, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 8 GB Emmc 5.0 flash memory, support on 4K 60 Fps H.265 10 bit encoding, built-in 802.11 ac 2x2 double antenna, support for 4.1 Bluetooth connection with low power and operation in MIUI TV System.

The display features a 4K LG display, NTSC video system, 178 degrees wide view angle, 8 milisecond response time, and sports all metal body, frame made of a mixture of diamond and aluminum, with only 11.6mm thick. 


Friday, 2 October 2015

Xiaomi Mi 4 vs Xiaomi Mi 4C - An In-Depth Comparison

Both, Xiaomi Mi4 and Xiaomi Mi4C are incredibly capable smartphones. In fact, Xiaomi Mi4C might be a considered a successor to Mi4. The much anticipated Mi4C features include an improvement in performance from 44 to 50k points, according to AnTuTu benchmark. While the difference in performance may not be a reason enough to upgrade for some, Mi4 owners will be delighted to know that their phone is noted for a more premium built quality by most of the reviewers. In terms of design, Mi4C and Mi4 are quite similar and feature MIUI interface and an awesome IPS LCD screen. The screen measures 5" with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Xiaomi is often praised for retaining the full HD resolution with Mi4C, which is considered to have a favourable effect on battery life. Speaking of the latter, both smartphones rely on a sizable 3080 mAh battery. The connectivity options on the two phones are pretty much identical also, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared and 4 Cat LTE.

Despite their similarities, though, there are a few minor differences, which are worth noting. For starters, Xiaomi Mi4C is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 808, while the Mi4 features a capable flagship-grade quad-core Snapdragon 801. Of the two phones, only the Mi4 is capable of 4K video recording. On the other hand, one of Mi4C's unique feature is a dual sim capability and USB-C type port. The latter is renowned for improved data transfer speeds and express charging options. There are slight differences in RAM and internal storage available to order, which is important since neither of the phones offer an SD card expansion slot. So, the Mi4C can be acquired with either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage capacity. At the same time, in vein with its flagship status, the Mi4 is only available with 3GB of RAM and either 16GB or 64GB of on-board memory.

Whichever smartphone you prefer - both of them are a winner, offering outstanding value for money, outbidding and outperforming the competition. Both, Mi4C and Mi4 are excellent smartphones, offering modern connectivity, great camera, processing capabilities and IPS screens, capable of the most demanding multimedia applications. Still. the most practical pro in favour of the Mi4C is the dual sim option. At the same time, Mi4 offers a more premium quality of the actual build. Therefore, your best choice is largely dependent on personal preference or some of the more specific requirements you might have for a smartphone.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

How to Make Sure Your Xiaomi Phone is Genuine

Xiaomi makes excellent products and it is therefore not a surprise that there's huge demand for them. Sadly, this demand does not go unnoticed. Unethical businesses, wanting to profit from Xiaomi's rise in popularity, flood marketplaces like eBay with replicas that look a lot like the real thing.

How does one ensure one buys an authentic Xiaomi?

Before Purchase:

Stay away from online marketplaces that have low barrier of entry

Scammers want quick profit. They won't do things that take time and effort, which is why they're attracted to websites that make it easy to sell stuff.

Contrast this to legitimate online stores: they're usually set up the hard way. For example ShopJoy's website shows a green padlock in the address bar (this means that your safety is protected) and to earn this padlock, ShopJoy had to prove itself as a legitimate Australian business to an external human verifier (GeoTrust).
Green padlock verifies ShopJoy as an Australian business

Not only that, we put in the effort to help people research their phones by posting pictures, videos, and reviews, like this Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 product page, for instance. We even lend devices to tech magazines for hands-on review (example 1, example 2). The distance we go in setting up our online store is a sign that we're the real deal.

If the price is too good to be true, it probably is

There are many kinds of costs involved in getting a phone to you. There's shipping cost, currency conversion fee, PayPal/credit card processing fee, eBay commission, etc. If a seller quotes an unbelievably low price, run as fast as you can.

After Purchase:

Verify your IMEI and Serial Number

You can check your device authenticity by entering your phone's IMEI and serial number into this online checker tool on the official Xiaomi website.

Check your phone with the Mi Verification app

Alternatively, you can run the Mi Verification app (from the official Xiaomi website) on your phone to check if it's original.


1. Use your Xiaomi phone to download the Mi Verification app from in the form of an APK file (named antifake_xxxxx_xx.apk)

2. Find the downloaded APK on your phone and tap it to install

3. Run the Mi Verification app from your Xiaomi phone once installed

4. The app asks you to scan a QR code on , do so

5. The app runs tests and sends results to

6. Once the tests are finished you can see the outcome on . The app itself will not tell you if the phone is genuine, only Xiaomi's official website will.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Closer Look Into Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

If you're looking to buy a cheap Android phone, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 2 may be the perfect phone for you. It is a very solid and well made phone made by a company famous for delivering great value products. Powered by 64-bit MediaTek octa-core CPU that can go up to 2GHz (or 2.2GHz for the Prime edition), the phone matches the kind of performance that HTC One M8 produces. In case you don't know, the latter is HTC's 2014 flagship. In other words, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 performs similarly to the very best phone that HTC produced last year.

Other qualities that many users love about Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 are its flexibility. Dual SIMs are great for those who want to be connected to multiple carriers or have a dedicated SIM for calling overseas. Removable battery and micro SD extension provide flexibility in power and storage management respectively.

If you want to know more about it specs, here's a screenshot of device information taken straight from the phone itself:

Australians can now buy the Redmi Note 2 on ShopJoy online store.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Xiaomi Mi 4C Officially Launched: A Bag Full of Innovative Tricks


The so-called “Prince of Android”, Xiaomi Mi 4C, is finally here! The specifications are pretty much identical with the rumoured ones, except for some of its “black tech”.

The newly unveiled Xiaomi Mi 4C is 7.8 mm thick, weighing 132 grams, equipped with anti-grease paint covering the case to minimize fingerprints dirt, 5-inch 1080p display, and Dynamic Frame Rate Control Setting to bring down screen energy settings to 10%.

The aforementioned “black tech” refers to the touch-screen enhanced ability (Edge Tap) at the screen edges with redesigned sensor and higher signal to noise ratio chip to serve these two purposes: (1) double tap on the screen edge to go back to previous application, and (2) one tap on the screen edge to take pictures.



Here are the other specifications that come with the new flagship:
- Snapdragon 808 (hexa-core processor)
- 5 MP front camera; 13 MP rear camera (supporting PDAF focus and sensors provided by Sony IMX258 and Samsung ISOCELL S5K3M2)
- 2/3 GB RAM + 16/32 GB internal storage
- 3080 mAh battery, supporting 2.0 fast recharge
- Operating system: MIUI 7 by Android 5.1.1
- USB Type-C
- Infrared support
- Web 2.0 (no division between two SIM cards)
- Subway mode (minimizing offline connections to 85%, decreasing failures of base changing to 90%, increasing downloading speed to 20%)
- Double channel WiFi
- 802.11 ac MU-MIMO,
and so on.

The new Mi also comes with interesting color options: white, grey, blue and peach, and 2 RAM configurations: 2GB and 3GB. Xiaomi Mi 4C is scheduled to be on the market on 23rd of September.