Chinese cosmetics brand secures funding from Xiaomi founder Lei Jun

ChinaChinese cosmetics and skincare company Yu Jia Hui has raised an undisclosed funding round from Xiaomi founder Lei Jun and Shunwei Capital, according to iYiou. This is Lei Jun’s first investment in the cosmetics industry. Yu Jia Hui has four product lines, each under a different brand: facial masks, lotion, men’s facewash and skin care, and a Garfield cartoon-branded facial mask for kids. The company’s website states it developed its own patented skin care technology.

Xiaomi to launch entry-level phone on April 8: Report

IndiaNEW DELHI: It has been long rumoured that Chinese device giant Xiaomi is working on an entry-level smartphone. The phone has even appeared online via a leaked picture, closely resembling the Redmi 2.  Now, a new report sheds more light on the phone’s price and availability.  The affordable mystery device from Xiaomi will be available at CNY 499(about Rs 5,000) and is expected to debut on April 8, as per a new report by Chinese blog

Huace Film&TV teams up with Xiaomi for online expansion

China.gifHangzhou-based TV drama production company Huace Film&TV has teamed up with smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, with the former’s programs being made available on the latter’s platform including internet TV and mobile devices, reports Shanghai’s China Business News. Hua Theater, the brand name of Huace’s original Chinese-language TV dramas, will enter Xiaomi’s TV and mobile devices via apps or a special section pre-installed in individual devices.

Xiaomi to finally sell phones offline

IndiaNEW DELHI: China’s largest smartphone maker Xiaomi will begin selling its flagship phones in The Mobile Store’s brick and mortar shops, a first for the company which has so far stuck to its online-only sales model. A top executive at Xiaomi told ET a relatively lower number of Mi 4 and Redmi Note 4G will be available for purchase at The Mobile Store, which will begin selling them in 55 stores in Delhi NCR, from Saturday, at Rs 19,999 and Rs 9,999, respectively, the same prices as that offered on online partner Flipkart.

Xiaomi tweaks new Redmi 2 for intense battle against Android One rivals (REVIEW)

ChinaUS$100 phones used to be awful. They were made by companies you’d never heard of, the interface looked like it was designed by a raccoon with a paw full of crayons it just found in a trashcan, and there was always the sneaking worry that the thing would explode in your pocket and blow your family jewels to smithereens. Xiaomi changed that in mid-2013 with the first Redmi phone.

Take 2: another look at Xiaomi’s so-so GoPro (RE-REVIEW)

ChinaLast week’s review of the YiCamera, a GoPro-like camera backed and sold by Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, brought its fair share of divisive criticism. By my own admission, footage from the sports camera that others had posted looked noticeably better than my own. Obviously, Xiaomi wasn’t very happy about the review, either. In the spirit of fairness, I decided to give it another go. Xiaomi sent me a second unit to test, which I did as best I could under similar conditions.

Samsung to soon go the Xiaomi way in India: Report

IndiaNEW DELHI: Samsung seems to be taking a leaf from rival Xiaomi’s book. The South Korean manufacturer reportedly has plans to sell its smartphones online-only, a strategy made popular by Xiaomi.  According to a report by Korea Times newspaper, Samsung plans to sell its smartphones via leading e-commerce websites in India, Vietnam and China.  Citing supply chain sources, the report says that Samsung aims to save on sales costs through its new online-only plan. Moreover, this means that Samsung will be able to sell its products cheaper to the consumers.

Qihoo 360 is making a mobile OS and taking aim at Xiaomi

China.gifWhen it comes to China’s tech companies, few are more aggressive – at least in terms of public relations – than Qihoo 360. We’ve known for a while that the company is planning to enter China’s smartphone market following its US$400 million investment into a smartphone joint venture with Coolpad. But yesterday the company put up a new site for its phone that also reveals more about the company’s hopes for its mobile OS.

Windows 10 is coming to the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone

ChinaAt the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Shenzhen today, Microsoft announced a new partnership program with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi (hat-tip to iFeng). Once Windows 10 is released, Xiaomi Mi 4 owners can choose to flash the Windows 10 ROM onto their device, replacing the stock Android-based MIUI operating system. In a blog post, Microsoft said:

Images of Xiaomi Mi 4 running Windows 10 leaked

ChinaMicrosoft is said to have partnered with Xiaomi to bring a preview version of Windows 10 to the Mi 4 smartphone. While this news broke out yesterday and wasn’t expected to materialize anytime soon, a new leak today has given us the very first glimpse of the Mi 4 running a technical preview version of Windows 10. The authenticity of this leak has not been confirmed yet, so we’re taking it with a pinch of salt for the time being. It’s also not clear if this is the final version of Windows 10 that will be available for Mi 4 users.

Commentary: Xiaomi heading for a bumpy road

China.gifIn just over three years Xiaomi Technology has become one of the top-five smartphone vendors globally, and company founder and CEO Lei Jun has stated that Xiaomi will aim to become the world’s top smartphone vendor in the next 5-10 years. The rise and fall of the previous top vendors which includes Nokia, Motorola and BlackBerry over the past 10 years indicates that it is not impossible for Xiaomi to reach its goal. The question is whether Xiaomi can get there without encountering any stumbling blocks.

Say no-no to Xiaomi’s GoPro (REVIEW)

ChinaThe YiCamera received a wave of international attention last week when it debuted on Xiaomi’s official estore in China for just RMB 399 (US$64). And for good reason. GoPros and other sports cameras are exploding in popularity, but high price tags leave many would-be buyers wondering if it’s really worth it. At less than half the price of the least expensive GoPro model, the YiCamera could be the answer many people have been waiting for.

Xiaomi Will Open 100 Experience Stores In India In 2015

IndiaChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to open 100 experience stores in India in 2015. According to Xiaomi, those experience stores will not sell any products. Instead, they will become channels for Indian consumers to experience Xiaomi products. Xiaomi entered the Indian market in July 2014 and its products are mainly sold via the local e-commerce operator India is currently the third largest smartphone market in the world.

Xiaomi beats Apple, Samsung to become India’s top 4G handset vendor: CMR

IndiaNEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi surpassed global smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become India’s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said on March 17. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014.  As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8% market share in January followed by Apple (23.8%), Samsung (12.1%), HTC (10%) and Micromax (8.3%).

Xiaomi seeking to set up India production plant jointly with Foxconn, Inventec

IndiaXiaomi Technology is currently in talks with its Taiwan-based production partners Foxconn Electronics and Inventec for the possibility of jointly setting up a smartphone plant in India, according to Xiaomi’s co-founder and president Lin Bin. The establishment of a production base in India will be instrumental to Xiaomi’s future growth as the India government is currently promoting the production of industrial products in India, Lin noted.

Xiaomi’s Mi fitness band teams up with Li Ning to make smart running shoes

China.gifFitness geeks, get ready to introduce a little extra tech into your lives. Chinese fitness apparel giant Li Ning has just announced that it has partnered with Huami, the company behind Xiaomi’s Mi fitness band, to work on smart running shoes. The partnership marks Li Ning’s first foray into the world of wearable smart clothing. Apparently, the two companies have apparently already begun working on their joint project, with Li Ning collecting data on runners from its laboratory and Huami focused on creating the smart chip that will be inserted into the heels of the smart shoes.

Xiaomi to strengthen cooperation with Taiwan handset supply chain

ChinaXiaomi Technology looks to further expand its cooperation with Taiwan-based makers in the handset supply chain as it continues to ramp up its shipment volume, according to company co-founder and president Lin Bin. Xiaomi shipped 61 million smartphones in 2014 and is expected to ramp up the shipments to 80-100 million units in 2015, company CEO Lei Jun indicated earlier.

Xiaomi gets ‘physical,’ appoints ECS distributor for Mi Pad in Malaysia

MalaysiaKUALA Lumpur-based ECS ICT Bhd said it has been appointed Beijing-based Xiaomi Inc’s authorised distributor for the Mi Pad tablets in Malaysia. Xiaomi’s business model globally is to sell its products online via its web store. However, with the appointment of ECS’ wholly-owned subsidiary ECS Astar Sdn Bhd, local IT and mobile device resellers will now be able to sell Xiaomi’s Mi Pad tablets at their respective stores nationwide, ECS ICT said in a statement.

Smartphone boom in Vietnam benefits Chinese brands

VietnamIt plans to market products this year selling from several million dong to dozens of millions of dong to target different groups of customers. Shawn Shu, a Huawei senior executive, said it would have been easier for Huawei to join the Vietnamese market some years ago. Meanwhile, the market has become too competitive with the presence of “big guys”. The low-cost market segment, priced at below VND4 million, was once dominated by Vietnamese and Chinese brands. However, Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon.

Xiaomi to set up data centre in India by June

IndiaNEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said it will set up a data centre in India by June in a bid to address security concerns that the company has intermittently faced in the country, as it announced plans to launch two devices — RedMi 2 and MiPad — within a fortnight. Xiaomi, which entered India last year, has been planning to set up a local data centre that could incur significant investment, besides setting up a research and development centre and beginning manufacturing smartphones locally for a market that has become its second most important after China.