Within a short five years, Xiaomi has become the 4th largest smartphone distributor in the world. Just yesterday they announced their 7th iteration of MIUI, an aftermarket OS based on Android alongside Redmi Note 2 and Mi Wi-Fi nano wireless router.
The new MIUI 7 improves transition and loading performance as much as 30% on average (see video below). Apart from new theme customisation features, the Gallery app now supports face recognition and sorts the photo collection through different faces of people and pets.
Redmi Note 2
The most notable addition in Xiaomi’s latest mid-range smartphone Redmi Note 2 is the support for LTE 4G network connectivity. Under the hood, Redmi Note 2 has a higher-clocked processor, a 2GHz MediaTek Helio X10 Octa-core chip and comes in two variants – 16GB and 32GB flash storage. At launch, Xiaomi teased an Antutu score of 54024, significantly higher than some of it’s competitors phone in the same range.
At the rear, the Redmi Note 2 has a 13-megapixel Samsung camera with phase-detection autofocus and claiming a very fast shutter speed of 0.1 second. It is also thinner than its predecessor, measuring only 8.25mm as compared to 9.5mm on Redmi Note.
The new Redmi Note 2 will come with MIUI 7 OS installed.
Mi Wi-Fi nano Wireless Router
At just ¥79 (~S$17.32) a piece, the Mi Wi-Fi nano is probably the most affordable 802.11n wireless router in the world. The Mi Wi-Fi nano is the smaller sibling of Mi mini and comes in an even smaller package, so small it could fit in your hand.
The Mi Wi-Fi nano is suitable for home use or even on the road since it has a micro-USB port that could be powered by an external battery charger. Xiaomi claims up to 30 hours of wireless usage with their 10,000mAh battery pack. This is great not just for its portability but a wireless router can also act as a security barrier when using it from unsecured networks when on the road.
Xiaomi series of routers has yet to surface on the official online store here in Singapore, though you can find a few sellers on Qoo10 retailing the router. We tested a couple of the Mi Wi-Fi mini routers in the office and were fairly impressed with the speeds and stability, especially with the almost hands-free approach using the Mi Router app on iOS.
If the nano model can keep it that way, Xiaomi has got an incredibly attractive range of wireless routers that is way more affordable than most competitors in the market right now.