May 20, 2015 by ...
China’s Meizu takes aim at Xiaomi
1-China’s Meizu makes India debut to take on Xiaomi
After much speculation and some anticipation, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu today debuted in India. Meizu arrives in the country with its budget phablet, the M1 Note. Unlike competitors such as Xiaomi and Huawei which resort to flash sales, the company has opted for open sales.
2-The Hugo Barra factor in Xiaomi
Hugo Barra has become the face of Xiaomi. Where will Xiaomi be without Hugo Barra? Or will Hugo Barra be able to work the same magic if he moves to another company?
Consider these two events:
Event 1: Last month, Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra launched the Mi4i and the Mi Band in New Delhi. The launch was held at the Siri Fort Auditorium. As Hugo Barra said at the event, Xiaomi had been hunting for a large venue. The Mi4i launch was important for Xiaomi – it was having a global launch of a mobile for the first time in India. No other mobile company had done it before.
The Siri Fort Auditorium is one of the biggest auditoria in India. And the hype created before the launch ensured that the auditorium was packed.
3-Meizu M1 Note vs Xiaomi Mi 4i vs Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML): Price, specifications, features compared
Meizu launched the M1 Note in India two days ago, and it has gone on sale exclusively on Amazon India from today.priced at Rs 11,999. We pit the the Xiaomi Mi 4i and the Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML) against the newest entrant to see how they fare in the specification battle.
4-Microsoft or Xiaomi would gain most from BlackBerry buyout
Rumors about the acquisition of BlackBerry by other smartphone brands have been doing the rounds since 2013; the latest is that Microsoft is to buy out the Canadian smartphone maker for US$7 billion, with neither side offering any comment. It is a matter of time before BlackBerry is bought out, however, and Microsoft and leading Chinese brand Xiaomi would be the most suitable buyer as the acquisition will bring greater value to them than to other potential buyers including Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo or ZTE, according to an analytical report released in Sina’s Chuangshiji news column.
5- Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: A Decent All-Round Smartphone at an Affordable Price
Of all the smartphones that Xiaomi has launched in India, the Mi 4i is special. The ‘i’ added after the model number denotes ‘Made for India’, hence the Chinese smartphone maker had to be extra cautious, to offer specific features combined with great hardware specs at an affordable price of ₹12,999. Seen from that perspective, Xiaomi has hit the bull’s eye.