Xiaomi is fast becoming the hottest kid on the block. The company has just released its new Mi Pad, which is poised to change how we do everything. For most of us, buying a smartphone is a matter of necessity: to get in touch with family, friends, work, or keep in touch. However, the new Mi Pad is a good smartphone, designed by some of the most talented developers in the field and launched with a bang. Is Xiaomi better than Apple?
According to Canalys, Xiaomi’s second-quarter smartphone sales were $5.2 billion, making it the biggest smartphone seller by volume. This bodes well for other upcoming Chinese brands such as Lenovo and CoolJax, who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Xiaomi. The research manager at Canalys, Simon Robinson, said that Xiaomi’s success is largely down to its unique selling point – the MI11. The device has lightweight for a smartphone, which Apple typically doesn’t produce, pushing it ahead of its competitors. Furthermore, the Mi Pad packs a lot into a small package, so users can store many applications and other files on the phone – something that Apple notoriously does not do.
Will the rumors of an impending iPhone replacement be true? Will Xiaomi be the next Apple? That remains to be seen, but Robinson says that the company is not currently working on an iPhone replacement. Instead, it is focused on expanding its current product line and developing newer, high-end smartphones. The Mi 10 is the company’s latest offering, and it packs a lot of power in a small package.
Could this be the year that we finally get an official, high-quality, Chinese-made smartphone? Many experts predict that this year will be the year that we finally see an Apple competitor launch a smartphone built by a Chinese company. Apple is said to be ramping up its manufacturing efforts in China, especially in smartphones. Last year, rumors indicated that the company was looking to partner with a smartphone maker based in China, but those plans were later dropped. Now, the Research Manager at Canalys, Simon Robinson, has revealed: “some big talks coming up between Apple and Xiaomi.”
While no concrete plans have been made, the likelihood of Apple partnering with a Chinese manufacturer is “very possible.” Robinson says that he does not think Xiaomi will have any breakthrough this year or even next year. However, if the Chinese company wants to continue increasing its smartphone sales, it will “probably” do so with the help of an Apple-designed smartphone. It’s unclear what the company has in mind, but one thing is for sure – the two companies have a lot in common.
Both Xiaomi and Apple are working hard to improve the user experience on their respective smartphones. For instance, the iPhone has had many changes recently – most notably the addition of a pressure-sensitive home button, along with the removal of the physical home button on the side of the phone. Apple has also partnered with companies like GM and Mercedes-Benz to develop vehicles that can read road data. The feature will allow the car to be aware of your speed, acceleration, and other activities that you are engaged in while providing you with a more authentic driving experience. In contrast, the upcoming Xiaomi mi 11 will include an advanced, eight-core smartphone engine.
There are a few differences between the two devices. For instance, the MI 11 is expected to include an advanced, eight-core processor compared to the six-core processor on the iPhone 4. Additionally, the two companies are working together on applications. Although rumors state that there will be some similarities between the iPhone and the new Android, we haven’t seen many examples of these applications. In the final analysis, it appears as though the two companies are making very different decisions regarding the launch of their new smartphones.
The most significant difference that we could see is the new fingerprint scanner. Unlike the one on the iPhone, which was quite challenging to use and required multiple finger scans, the new devices will include an “intelligent” fingerprint scanner. This means that instead of scanning an average finger, you’ll be required to either tap in a unique pattern or enter the name of the person you want to join the phone number into. With regards to the larger battery, the iPhone has a slightly smaller battery. However, the new device from Xiaomi, which we’ll call the Xiaomi mi 11, is said to offer a larger battery. The Mi 11 should theoretically provide users with up to five hours of browsing time, along with a considerable amount of talk time.