Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Xiaomi starts trade-in program in India

Xiaomi phones already offer great value for money but Mi Home stores in India can improve that. The company is running a trade-in program in partnership with Cashify that will reduce the price of available Mi and Redmi phones.

You simply walk into a Mi Home with your old device. The team will tell you its resale value (based on the phone’s condition) and you can use that money towards the purchase of a shiny new handset. You can get a preview of the kind of money you can get over at the Cashify site.

Xiaomi opens third manufacturing facility in India dedicated to accessories

Xiaomi has announced a new manufacturing plant in India. This facility is located in Noida, Uttar Pradesh and made in partnership with Hipad Technology. This is the third manufacturing facility started by Xiaomi since it started doing business in India in 2014.

This new manufacturing facility is dedicated entirely to manufacturing power bank. Spread across 230,000 square feet, the facility is able to manufacture 7 power banks per minute during its operational hours.

Black Friday: Xiaomi Spain gives away 10 Mi 6 units for €1

Xiaomi had a record-breaking “Singles Day” sale on November 11 and is now preparing for the Black Friday weekend this week.

The Spanish division of the manufacturer is launching a raffle throughout the whole weekend and will give away 50 phones for €1 each and over €10,000 in vouchers for Xiaomi phones.

On November 24 10 people will get the chance to buy the Xiaomi Mi 6 for €1. The next day 20 Redmi Note 4 units will go for the same price, while on November 26 20 Redmi 4A phones will follow.

Facebook Messenger now allows higher-res images

Facebook Messenger has announced that it has raised the resolution of photos that are delivered to recipients. If you didn’t know it, messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and Whatsapp all apply some kind of compression before photos reach the person they are being sent to.

Here are a few comparisons that show the difference:

Monday, 20 November 2017

Nokia 2 goes up for pre-order in the US, priced at $99

The Nokia 2 became official at the end of October as HMD Global's entry-level Android smartphone model - its cheapest yet. The device has already landed in Russia and South Africa, and it looks like the US is among the next batch of countries to receive it.

Today the Nokia 2 has gone up for pre-order at online retailers such as Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy. Regardless of where you buy from, the phone will set you back a cool $99. Of course you're receiving an unlocked unit, but keep in mind that it's only compatible with GSM-based carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile (and the various MVNOs which use their networks). The device will not work on Sprint or Verizon, unfortunately.

Here are Huawei’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals starting November 23

As holiday shopping season approaches, some brands offer a peek at the deals they'll be hosting on the biggest shopping days of the year (in the US).

Huawei is pretty much discounting its entire line up for products available in the US. Most of Huawei's lineup can be found at Amazon and Newegg. Best Buy also carries all of Huawei's smartphones. Check out the list of discounts below.

Apple to launch three new iPhone X-like devices next year

Now that even the last of Apple's 2017 iPhones is finally available, it's time for the rumors about the company's 2018 lineup to start. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is leading the way as always, today releasing a report about the specific smartphones that he expects Apple to unveil next year.

The first thing you'll notice about all of them is that they're keeping the design of the iPhone X intact, bezel-less screen and controversial notch included. Thus, all the iPhones of 2018 will be similar in the looks department and similarly devoid of a fingerprint sensor. They will also all feature the TrueDepth camera system on the front.

Kuo says the two models with OLED panels will basically have the same top of the line innards. The smaller of these will be the same size as the iPhone X basically, while the other adds an option for people who like bigger devices. The 6.5" behemoth will come with an even higher resolution than the X, aiming for up to 500 ppi pixel density.

Xiaomi starts trade-in program in India

Xiaomi phones already offer great value for money but Mi Home stores in India can improve that. The company is running a trade-in program i...