Wednesday, 9 December 2015

New Year’s Anticipated Flagship: Xiaomi Mi 5

                                                                                   Source: mydrivers.com

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!

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Mi TV 3 – Boasting Classy Features!

                                                                                       Source: lowyat.net.tv

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. 

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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.

Steps:

1. Use your Xiaomi phone to download the Mi Verification app from https://jd.mi.com/ 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 https://jd.mi.com/ , do so

5. The app runs tests and sends results to https://jd.mi.com/

6. Once the tests are finished you can see the outcome on https://jd.mi.com/ . 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



                                                                                              Source: en.miui.com

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.

                                                                                     Source: news.mydrivers.com

                                                                          Source: news.mydrivers.com

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.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 with Australian Warranty


If you want to buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 with Australian warranty, you can do so on ShopJoy by visiting our Redmi Note 2 page. It is in stock now in limited quantity so you'll have to hurry if you want to purchase one.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Xiaomi’s New Flagship 4C Exposed

                                                             Source: cnbeta.com

Xiaomi has confirmed that they are going to launch its new flagship on September 22nd. “Little Prince is Here” is the tagline for the new flagship on Xiaomi official website. The rumours about Xiaomi Mi 4i entering China has been around quite a while, and was confirmed just a few days ago. Xiaomi will hold a media conference on September 22nd, introducing the new flagship – Xiaomi Mi 4C.

One of the co-founders of Xiaomi, Lin Bin, has used this soon-to-be-launched new flagship. Information on the specifications of the phone was leaked by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, leaving no surprises for the upcoming media conference.

According to the leak, the new Xiaomi Mi 4C uses the integration of polycarbonate on the body of the phone and offers bright colours to choose from. Equipped with 5-inch HD display, the phone is sure to give a good feel when held on the hand.

It will run the MIUi 7 operating system, a customised version of Android 5.1.1. Additionally it will be equipped with 16/32 GB storage, 3000mAh battery, and USB Type-C support.

Compared with the glass covered Xiaomi Mi Note, the new Xiaomi Mi 4C will boast better processor in its six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808. It will also have dual standby dual SIM card and full internet support (support for mobile, telecommunication and 4G).

It seems that this new plastic-covered flagship won’t replace Xiaomi Mi Note in terms of quality, and is predicted to be the sequel of Xiaomi Mi 4.
 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2: Budget Phone with Good Performance and micro-SD Expansion

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is phone in a class of its own. Packing some serious performance, along with a large battery and a 5.5 inch IPS screen, this smartphone is a budget performer that beats almost anything out there within its affordable $264 price range. What you get for your money is 16 GB of internal storage, a full-HD display, 2 GB of RAM, as well as two cameras. The latter include the rear-facing 13 megapixel shooter, as well as the 5 megapixel front-facing one.

On the inside, Redmi Note 2 comes equipped with a MIUI 6, Xiaomi's highly regarded and well designed Android interpretation that could be best described as reminiscent of an iPhone's proprietary iOS. It is reported though, that customers will get a much anticipated upgrade to MIUI 7 later this year. While prolonged periods of gaming do tend to result in the phone producing more heat, it by no means hinders the handset's incredible performance. The latter can be fully attributed to an octa-core 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 2GHz processor. Power users will also be delighted to know that the Redmi Note 2 comes equipped with a removable 3,060 mAh battery, as well as 4G LTE connectivity and a micro-SD memory expansion slot.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 was released to the Chinese market on the 16th of August. The launch in Asia is expected to take place a few months later. This highly popular phone is in limited supply right now. You can track the Redmi Note 2 Australian availability on our store.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Rumour: Xiaomi Mi 5 To Be Released At The End of 2015


Artist rendering of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5

According to various reports Xiaomi Mi 5, the next iteration of the highly successful Mi 4, is to be released in November - December 2015. It goes without saying that we will keep a close eye on this particular phone and try to bring it to Australian buyers as soon as possible. More details and expected price can be found on our Mi 5 product page.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Rumour: New Xiaomi Mi Pad To Be Released in Spring, Android and Windows Will Be Supported

"Mi Fans" have endured a long wait for a newer incarnation of Mi Pad but this wait may soon come to an end. A clue for the new Xiaomi Mi Pad emerged recently when a rumour was posted on Weibo (China's version of Twitter) that "Mi Pad sales are poor. The Mi Pad department has been removed. There will no longer be any Mi Pad products." This message drew attention from a large number of Internet users right away.

Artist rendering of Mi Pad 2
Xiaomi stepped in to dispel the rumour and released an official message stating that "It's just an impossible rumour. The Mi Pad department still exists because Mi Pad is the best seller among all Android tablets in China. Xiaomi will continue to provide wonderful Mi Pad services and experience."

The first version of Mi Pad (and the only one so far) was released in May 2014, configured with Nvidia Tegra processor and 2k screen.

According to Huaqiang Electrical Analyst Mi Pad 2 will be based on Intel's Cherry Trail platform and will be released in Australian Spring. In April this year, Intel indicated that they would supply their newly produced 64-bit processor to Xiaomi. Xiaomi expressed on Weibo that it might be used in Mi Pad 2.

Its rapid rise earns Xiaomi respect and recognition. Other technology companies see Xiaomi's potential and try to leverage Xiaomi's growth for expanding their own market share in China. Last year in August, at Sony Beijing news conference, Sony TV featuring deep integration with Xiaomi Box was announced.

Not to be outdone, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 will run on Xiaomi Mi 4. This hasn't happened yet and the Mi Fans have been asking for this repeatedly. It is therefore not difficult to speculate that Mi Pad 2 running Windows 10 will soon be released.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

How to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi MIUI (Steps & Screenshots)

As Xiaomi continues to develop its MIUI OS, older ways to install Google Play Store on a Xiaomi device become obsolete. In fact our how-to article on this very topic published less than half a year ago is already out of date.

In this article we share not one but two different tips for installing Google Play Store on 2 different versions of MIUI.

Note: devices sold by Xiaomi outside of China already come with Google apps pre-installed so this article doesn't apply to you.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI 6.5.1.0 (Android 4.4.4) -tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Pad


1. Download the latest Google Play Store app from APKMirror in the form of an APK file (the file name ends with .apk)

2. Open the Explorer app, then go to the Download folder


3. Tap the APK file you've just downloaded. You will see a list of permissions the app needs, as well as a warning that the app is from an unknown source. This is normal when installing from an APK file. Tap Next to proceed.


4. That's it! When you launch Google Play Store for the first time, you'll have to enter your Google username and password (Gmail ones work too).


Once you have Google Play Store, we you can install many useful apps such as Chrome, YouTube and Google Maps.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI 6.6.2.0 (Android 4.4.4) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Note


1. Download this zip file containing 4 apps in the form of APK. The 4 apps are: Google Services Framework, Google Account Manager, Google Play Services and Google Play Store.


2. Open the Explorer app, then go to the Download folder


3. Tap the downloaded zip file in order to extract (unzip). It takes several seconds to unzip, just wait for it to finish.


4. You will get a folder containing 4 APK files. Install the APKs in this order: com.google.android.gsf.login_17.apk , com.google.android.gsf_17.apk , com.google.android.gms_6599036.apk and finally com.android.vending_80310011.apk .


4. Restart your Xiaomi phone


5. Google Play Store has been successfully installed. The first time you run it you'll be asked to enter your Google credentials. After that you'll be able to use Play Store normally.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI 6.7.3.0 (Android 5.0.2) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Redmi Note 2


[Update 21 Sep 2015] Follow the steps outlined in the Install Google Play Store for MIUI 6.6.2.0 (Android 4.4.4) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Note section above. The exact same steps work flawlessly for Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI 7.0.11.0 (Android 5.0.2) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

[Update 22 Jan 2016] Follow the steps outlined in the Install Google Play Store for MIUI 6.6.2.0 (Android 4.4.4) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Note section above. The same steps work perfectly for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

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Note: This previous article for installing Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 is no longer current. The steps listed above in this article are your best bet.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Xiaomi: 3rd Largest Smartphone Maker in the World

According to last year's IDC research the Chinese electronics company is the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer in terms of the number of units shipped. In the third quarter 2014, Xiaomi shipped more units than Lenovo and LG. The first and second spots are occupied by Samsung and Apple respectively.

If you've never heard of Xiaomi or seen a Xiaomi handset before, you may be wondering where all these Xiaomi users are. Xiaomi's biggest market is China, unsurprisingly. They also have a large following in other Asian countries such as India and Indonesia.

A big reason for Xiaomi's success is their Android-based operating system called MIUI. Obviously price is a huge factor too. Xiaomi's flagship Mi4 is about $150 cheaper than other brands' counterpart such as HTC One M8.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Xiaomi Mi4: 5 Simple Steps to Install Google Play Store

Edit: The steps described here are outdated. Please see this newer blogpost for how to install Google Play Store on a Xiaomi device.

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Xiaomi Mi4 phones that are imported from China don't come pre-installed with Google Play Store (only Xiaomi's own Mi Apps market is included). If you like Mi4's impressive hardware and are a little unsure about its software side, don't let the omission of Google Play Store deter you. Google Play Store is very easy to install and from it you can install whatever you want.

Here are the steps to install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi4:


1. Download the Google Installer app .apk file from this Dropbox URL to your phone. If you want to type the URL into your browser, here's a shortened version: http://bit.ly/1FNKKwE .



2. Install the app by swiping from the top of your screen to open the notification drawer and tapping your recent download. You'll be asked if it's alright to install an app from Unknown Sources. Say yes.



3. Launch Google Installer and you'll see a list of Google apps you can install



4. Choose Google Play Store. It'll tell you that Google Play Store requires Google Service Framework to be installed along with other apps. In total there will be 4 apps to install. Just say OK.



5. Once all 4 are installed, you have a fully working Google Play Store! The first time you fire up Play Store you'll be asked to enter your Google credentials. For most people this means entering their Gmail username and password.



Now that you have Play Store, you can install apps to your heart's content. In our test we're able to install the SBS On Demand app and watch streamed videos with no problem whatsoever.
Watching James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge documentary