Xiaomi has made a name for itself by building stunning looking handsets and selling them at insanely low prices. The company, often called “The Apple of China”, is now one of the most vibrant technology brands on the planet.
But it builds much more than just phones.
Like Apple, it also builds laptops and tablets, but it also makes all kinds of accessories and other useful gizmos, so if you’re in the market for some high-quality but super affordable tech you definitely need to be following Xiaomi.
The firm makes headphones, routers, smart lights, connected home gear, fitness bands, fitness trackers and even action cams which function like GoPro units but cost MUCH less. Hell, they even make clothes!
I want to start saving a lot of cash in 2017/18. My aim to to reign in my spending and add some bulk to my savings and investments. I like technology, though, and technology, as we know, can be expensive, so I started looking elsewhere for the things I need.
Places like GearBest, for instance, which is basically the best place to buy Xiaomi products if you’re in the UK or US – or anywhere in the west, basically – are great for those operating on a budget, as you can pick up tech at very low prices. Especially Xiaomi technology.
And this got me thinking: could you do ALL your technology shopping inside the Xiaomi ecosystem? Maybe.
Xiaomi makes an extensive range of phones from the ultra-cheap, but super-powerful Xiaomi Mi5, right up to the iPhone 8-beating (in terms of design, anyway) Xiaomi Mi Mix, which will cost you a fair amount of cash if you want it.
Right now you can pick up the Xiaomi Mi5 (a 64GB version) with 29% off the usual RRP, which brings the price down to $265. And for $265, you’re getting A LOT of phone.
I mean just check out the Xiaomi Mi5 specs:
- Display: 5.15 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel, 428 PPI
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64bit Quad Core
- GPU: Adreno 530
- System: MIUI 8 ( base on Android 6.0 )
- RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM
- Rear Camera: Sony IMX298 sensor, 16MP 4-axis OIS camera, with PDAF and DTI technology
- Front Camera: 2µm-pixel 4MP camera
- Front Fingerprint Sensor
- USB Type-C
Big specs, right there. And a very impressive price tag.
Xiaomi has a range of tablets on offer, but some of the best it makes are its Windows 10-powered units.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, which retails for $244.83, features Windows 10, an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 64bit Quad Core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a HD display and a HUGE 6190mAh battery.
Granted, the CPU could be better and you’d definitely want more RAM if you were using this thing for work, but for the price that is an exceptional bit of kit.
You can check out Xiaomi’s full roster of tablets here.
If you know what you’re doing with a laptop, you can pretty much do anything with a Windows 10-powered PC. You can swap out the software, run it as-is, or tinker with the internal spec if that’s your thang.
And if you’re looking for an ultra-affordable Windows 10 laptop that looks a hell of a lot like Apple’s new MacBook line of laptops, you need to take a look at the Xiaomi Air 12 laptop, which retails for just $589.99.
You will need to tinker with this thing; change the language for one, but that’s easy enough if you know what you’re doing. And to be honest, for the price I’d be more than willing to learn the necessary know-how to get it displaying English. It looks awesome.
And the specs aren’t bad, either:
- Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual Core 0.9GHz, up to 2.2GHz
- 12.5 inch IPS Screen with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
- 4GB DDR3 RAM for Advanced Multitasking
- 128GB SSD Storage Capacity
- New USB Type-C Port
- HDMI Output
- 7.4V/5000mAh 37Wh Battery Supports Fast Charging
This is the coolest one I’ve seen so far, based purely on looks. But there are LOADS more to choose from. And most ship with English versions of Windows 10 – just make sure to check that before you complete a purchase!
Beyond phones, tablets and laptops, Xiaomi also builds speakers, fitness trackers, routers and pretty much everything else in between. I was blown away by just how much stuff the company makes and for how little cost it often retails these products for.
Xiaomi Also Do Rather Epic-Looking TVs
Meet The Xiaomi Mi TV
That’s right: Xiaomi do HDTVs – and not just any old TVs, either. The Mi TV is a seriously eye-catching HDTV with an almost frameless display and super-slim 8.4mm frame.
Not only that but Xiaomi also retails the TV in six different colour options: red, green, orange, purple, blue and silver.
No one else, that I am aware of does anything like this, which just goes to show how talented the company’s designers are when it comes to developing simple but effective USPs for its products.
To turn the Xiaomi Mi TV on, simply tap the MI icon on the front and the unit will switch on. Aside from this, the entire frontal exterior of the TV is completely barren – and it looks all the better for it.
It’s not a 4K TV, however; the display is a 47in 1080p panel. The Mi TV is smart, though, packing in a Snapdragon 600 CPU alongside 2GB of RAM and Xiaomi’s MiUI TV (Google CTS certified Android 4.1). WiFi and Bluetooth are also present and accounted for.
Xiaomi, rather than attempting to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, has instead opted to go with established technology inside its TV. The Mi TV’s display melds together Samsung and LG LCD panels in order to give the best possible experience when using.
The Mi TV is the first smart TV to use 2G DDR3 dual channel memory and 8GB eMMC high speed flash memory, according t Xiaomi. Chuck in 2×2 dual aerial 2.4GHz/5GHz dual Wi-Fi and you’re locked and loaded when it comes to streaming, gaming and everything else in between.
And, perhaps, the best part of all is that one of these TVs will setup back just $439 in the US.
The words, TAKE MY MONEY NOW, spring to mind!
If you’re interested in saving money on your technology in 2017/18, be sure to check out Xiaomi’s product portfolio – it covers everything!
And doing so will almost certainly save you a bunch of cash in the process, whether you’re buying a phone, a tablet, a PC, or a peripheral device.