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.

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


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.