Recently, the Chinese company Xiaomi held a series of presentations, presenting interesting “stuff”, as well as update inexpensive smartphone Xiaomi Redmi 2 and the second-generation televisions. In this short article I briefly tell you about all the new items: budget smartphone, thin televisions and three accessory – action-camera, extension, and “smart” scales.
I will begin with an update smartphone Redmi 2 – Xiaomi Redmi 2A. That you understand what will be discussed, Redmi – line budget smartphone company is the cheapest device from Xiaomi, if we’re talking about what can call (there are cheaper – accessories). Simple design, simple plastic, modest performance, but at the same time, good build quality and MIUI inside – these are the main features of the line. The company recently introduced the updated model Redmi 2 – Version 2A. A key change – a cheaper platform. Instead Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 New Redmi 2A used SoC Leadcore LC1860C with quad-core processor 1.5 GHz (Cortex-A7) and graphics system Mali-T628MP2. Platform change allowed the company to reduce the cost of 700 to 600 yuan , and the first wave in March will be sold at all for 500 yuan. On the one hand, the price reduction can not be called a giant, on the other hand, we should not forget that we’re talking about low-end phones, the prices of which are already very low and the manufacturer is a struggle for every dollar.
Other characteristics of Redmi 2A following: IPS-screen (Sharp / AUO) with a diagonal 4.7 ” and a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal flash memory plus a slot for card microSD (up to 32GB), 8-megapixel main camera f / 2.2, 28mm, 2 MP front, two slots for SIM-card support LTE (claimed only frequency TD-LTE, is not used in Russia) and 2200 mAh battery. As usual Redmi 2, 2A is available in five colors.
This announcement is interesting not so much by the machine as a curious strategy Xiaomi: take the existing cost-effective solution and to reduce the price on it even more due to the reduction in price of a single component, in this case the platform. Of course, China is full of cheaper smartphones, but Xiaomi already have a good reputation, and the company is clearly another budget-will succeed in the local market.
Now about TVs. Many of our readers are probably not even aware of, but in addition to smartphones, bracelets and birds are sold under the brand Xiaomi This television. TV update includes three new models – Mi TV 2 55 ”, Mi TV 2 49 ” and Mi TV 2 40 ”. TV with a diagonal of 55 ” and support for Smart TV is equipped with a LCD-panel from Samsung with a resolution of 4k, quad-core Cortex-A7, graphics subsystem Mali-760 and has 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal flash memory, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled profile LE. Included with the TV is a wireless subwoofer in an aluminum casing and a sound bar with eight speakers inside.
Case Thickness 55-inch TV model at the thinnest point is only 15.2 mm at its thickest – 50.8 mm.
Cost of the Mi TV 55 ” and acoustics will be 5000 yuan, the market has not yet entered a set.
Version of the TV screen 49 ” has similar characteristics, except that the graphics subsystem (Mali-450) and the platform easier and complete no acoustics, but there is a slot for a memory card. TV worth 3,400 yuan (31 000) or 4000 yuan (37 000) complete with acoustics (subwoofer and a panel with eight speakers).
“Junior”, the TV in the new line, Mi TV 40 ” has a FullHD-resolution (1920×1080 pixels), Mali-450 graphics, 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal as well as built-in speakers (in older models are also available). The cost of this model – 2 000 yuan (18 000).
And now let’s talk about the camera. It’s called Xiaomi Yi Action Camera and may become a competitor to the popular all over the world line of cameras Go Pro. The main feature of this device from Xiaomi – traditionally price.
Brief characteristics: video processor Ambarella A7LS, 16 MP camera module with sensor Sony Exmor R, f / 2.8 aperture and wide-angle lens (155 degrees). Video is written to the resolution of 1080p at 60, 48, 30 or 24 frames per second, and 720p in a rate of 120, 60 and 48 frames per second. Still there are two intermediate video resolution – 960p and 480p. Built-in battery capacity is 1010 mAh, but data about the running time on the official site is not, so you need to be checked in the review process. From wireless interfaces – Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There is a slot for a memory card, of course. You can control the camera using a corporate application on a smartphone with Android or iOS.
The cost of the camera in the base case – 400 yuan. The cost of the camera with holder – 500 yuan. There is no information about the protective housing for Yi Camera, but it will surely be, as mentioned in the description of the device. At the moment, I Yi Camera resembles the accessory from HTC – RE Camera. A similar camera module, interesting design, but still more familiar to action-camera than the Re, applications for smartphones.
Next device – smart scales Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale. Neat, white glass and plastic weigh about 2 pounds and allow to measure weight in the range from 5 to 150 kilograms. Measurement error is 0.1 kg for a range of 5-50 kg and 0.2 kg for a range of 50-100 kg.
In addition to measuring weight, accessory calculates body mass index, and in the company’s application displays a variety of additional data at the end of each measurement. The balance weight is displayed in one of three units, are illuminated, as well as automatically determined by the weight of a person who weighed and the weight data is transmitted, and other information in his profile is in the program.
On sale this accessory has not yet appeared, and for the first time will buy it will be difficult, because the declared value – only 100 yuan.
Finally, the last of the accessory, which I want to tell you – Extension Housing Xiaomi Mi Power Strip. But not simple, but with the whole three USB-ports! In addition to the three ports, there are three sockets with universal connectors (suitable for Asian forks, and for European countries and adopted in the United Kingdom). For USB-ports specified automatic recognition charger to supply the correct voltage (up to 2), as well as various security systems. Declared the overall protection of all ports overload up to 10A and protection against overheating and high temperatures (up to 750 degrees). Sockets sockets are covered with plastic ‘blind’, is the protection of children. Cable length – 1.8 m, weight – 300 grams.
Cost accessory online store Xiaomi – 50 yuan.
The attentive reader after read an article will certainly write a review angry comments like: “Why did you write this, we have the device and accessories Xiaomi still not sold !?” and will be right, but only partly. The fact that most products Xiaomi, except for a series of new smart Mi Note on average 20-40% lower analogues from other manufacturers. And now I’m talking about all range of companies – smartphones, external batteries, air cleaners, televisions and other things. Yes, get Xiaomi device is not always easy, but I think this dress at a low cost while maintaining the level of quality that is characteristic for big brands. That’s why I try to talk about all the updates Xiaomi, despite the fact that most of them are not sold in Russia at all, or sold more than there is in China.