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The Mi 11 Ultra is Xiaomi's latest fumble on a flagship launch

Xiaomi's latest flagship does not have a release date six weeks after its global launch. The Mi 11 Ultra is possibly one of the best Android phones you can buy right now. Xiaomi has nailed the basics here, delivering the latest hardware innovations combined with a 120Hz AMOLED panel, cleaner software and less bloat than previous generations, and truly incredible cameras. There's only one problem: you can't actually buy the phone. The Mi 11 Ultra made its debut in China earlier in the year and was announced for global markets a few months ago, but as of June 4, it isn't available anywhere. Instead, Xiaomi's UK, Germany, Spain, and other European sites have a Notify Me button, and there's no way to get your hands on the flagship even if you're willing to shell out the equivalent of $1,500 that Xiaomi commands for the device. Technically, Xiaomi did release the phone in the UK on May 6 — it immediately sold out — and it is entirely likely there were minim

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G review: Standing out for all the right reasons

With a bold design and incredible performance, the Mi 11 Lite 5G may just be the lightweight phone you need. Xiaomi launches a lot of phones over the course of a year, and even by its standards, 2021 has been busy. We got the Redmi Note 9T , Redmi Note 10 series, Mi 10i , Mi 11 , Mi 11 Ultra , and a slate of devices under the POCO label, including the POCO X3 Pro , F3 , and more recently the M3 Pro . While the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra make a claim for the best Android phones , there's a third model in the series aimed at the mid-range segment: the Mi 11 Lite. This device is particularly interesting because it is the first to be powered by the Snapdragon 780G chipset. Qualcomm dominated the mid-range tier last year with the Snapdragon 765G, and the 780G takes things to a whole new level. The Mi 11 Lite stands out because of its fresh colors, and it has a svelte 6.8mm profile and is one of the lightest phones around at 157g. But it doesn't miss out on table stakes features: you

Xiaomi's new 'HyperCharge' tech can charge a phone in just 8 minutes

Xiaomi has also announced the world's fastest wireless charging tech. What you need to know Xiaomi has announced a new 200W "HyperCharge" fast charging solution for smartphones. The new fast charging tech can fully charge a 4,000mAh battery in under eight minutes. Along with 200W wired charging, Xiaomi has also introduced a new 120W wireless charging tech. Xiaomi today showcased a new 200W "HyperCharge" fast charging tech, which it says can fully charge a phone in eight minutes. It used a modified Mi 11 Pro with a 4,000mAh battery to demonstrate the tech. Xiaomi was also the first smartphone maker to introduce a 100W fast charging solution. The company demonstrated the 100W "Super Charge Turbo" tech in March 2019, although the tech was commercialized only in August last year. As can be seen in the video above, Xiaomi's new HyperCharge tech takes just three minutes to charge the modified Mi 11 Pro from empty to 50%. In addition to 200

Xiaomi, OPPO, & Vivo could soon launch new foldables to challenge Samsung

Xiaomi's upcoming foldable is rumored to be significantly more affordable than the Galaxy Z Fold 3. What you need to know A new report suggests at least five new foldable phones will launch in Q3 2021. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 at an Unpacked event in July. Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo are also tipped to launch new foldable phones in the next quarter. Samsung will not be the only smartphone maker to launch new foldables in the third quarter of the year, according to a report from DigiTimes . Citing industry sources, the report claims Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo also plan to launch new foldables in the next quarter to challenge Samsung's best foldable phones . Xiaomi, which announced its first foldable phone in March, is reportedly planning to launch a more affordable device to challenge Samsung. Per the report, the company's next foldable phone will be priced lower than the Mi Mix Fold 's launch price of 9,999 yuan ($1,570). OP

Android 12 beta is coming to Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO, Vivo and other phones

Looking to try out the Android 12 beta and don't have a Pixel? Here's what you need to know about third-party rollout. The Android 12 beta program is now live, and like previous years, Google is making the build available on third-party phones. Last year's Android 11 beta program made its way to 12 third-party phones from six manufacturers, and this time around we have 11 manufacturers offering beta builds on their phones. These third-party phones are getting the Android 12 beta build: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 11 Xiaomi Mi 11i (Mi 11X/Redmi K40 Pro) Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro (China-only) OnePlus 9 Pro OnePlus 9 OPPO Find X3 Pro Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Realme GT Nokia X20 ASUS ZenFone 8 Sharp AQUOS Sense 5G Tecno Camon 17 TCL 20 Pro 5G ZTE Axon 30 5G Ultra Read on to know more about how each manufacturer is rolling out the Android 12 beta, and when you can start using it on your own device. I've rounded up all the latest features in the Android 12 beta ha

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 will soon return with spec upgrades and a 'new' name

The "refreshed" Redmi Note 8 model is expected to be limited to just a few markets. What you need to know Xiaomi has teased the launch of a new budget Android phone called the Redmi Note 8 2021. Rumors suggest the phone may offer a 120Hz display and a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. The original Redmi Note 8 was launched in 2019. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 was one of the most popular Android phones released in 2019, outselling the best cheap Android phones from Samsung and other major rivals. The Chinese tech giant today announced on Twitter that the Redmi Note 8 has hit the 25 million sales milestone. To celebrate the milestone, it has teased the Redmi Note 8 2021, an updated version of the original phone. Although it hasn't revealed any details yet, the official teaser hints at an imminent launch. The #RedmiNote8 has now sold 25M+ units globally! As we celebrate this milestone, we're thrilled to introduce you to the #ThePerformanceAllStar – the #RedmiN

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10S debuts in India for ₹14,999 ($204)

The Redmi Note 10S is Xiaomi's first phone to launch in India with MIUI 12.5 out of the box. What you need to know Redmi has launched yet another new Note series phone in India. The new Redmi Note 10S comes with an AMOLED screen and a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset. It will be going on sale in India from May 18. Back in March, Xiaomi's Redmi sub-brand announced new Redmi Note 10 series phones to take the fight to the best cheap Android phones from Samsung and Realme. Redmi has now launched the Redmi Note 10S in India, a beefed-up version of the vanilla Redmi Note 10. The latest addition to Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10 family sports a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, a 180Hz touch sampling rate, and a centered hole-punch cutout for the 13MP selfie camera. Powering the phone is MediaTek's gaming-focused Helio G95 processor, with an ARM Mali-G76 MC4 GPU and 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Around the back of the Redmi Note 10S is a quad-camera setup featuring a 64MP

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 review: The best budget fitness band gets even better

The Mi Band 6 still leads the pack for budget wearables. Xiaomi makes the best fitness trackers ; the brand has dominated this segment over the last six years on the back of its affordable Mi Band series. In fact, Xiaomi is the second-largest wearable manufacturer in the world, second only to Apple. Xiaomi's success is due to the fact that its fitness bands offer the same set of features as Fitbit for a fraction of the price. Last year's Mi Band 5 introduced a large OLED screen and a new charging connector, and for 2021 Xiaomi is rolling out a few upgrades with the Mi Band 6. The Mi Band 6 has an even larger 1.56-inch screen that extends all the way to the edges, and it comes with a 24-7 heart rate sensor, blood oxygen monitoring, stress monitoring, activity detection, and two-week battery life. Xiaomi hasn't changed the formula too much here, but it didn't need to. The Mi Band 5 is already a great fitness band in its own right, and the Mi Band 6 retains a simil