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Hugo Barra Joins Facebook After Leaving Xiaomi

Hugo Barra Joins Facebook After Xiaomi

Technology expert Hugo Barra to join Facebook Inc. to supervise the virtual-reality platform which includes the Oculus VR team. This former executive at Google has left Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. this week. He will be entitled at Facebook as vice president of virtual reality, Oculus.

After a rocky year for Oculus, Mr. Barra joining will be a sign of recovery. Oculus Chief Executive Brendan Iribe has stepped down from his post to lead a division within Oculus. However, Barra’s role in Facebook will expand beyond Oculus and include all of Facebook’s VR efforts. Facebook is now working on VR to work on smartphones as well. On the other hand, it is also working on a stand-alone VR device which doesn’t require a mobile phone or personal computer to work.

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“Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before.” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

“It’s been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we’re taking selfies in virtual worlds,” Barra replied on Zuckerberg’s Facebook post.

Oculus introduced its debut device, the Rift virtual-reality goggles in the earlier year. While the fact is that, the device needs tethering with a powerful, pricey computer to work. The goggles faced higher competition from products by the likes of Sony Corp and HTC Corp. In addition, higher-than-expected price and shipping problems affected the launch.

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Barra was recruited to Xiaomi from Google, back in 2013, where he was product head for Android mobile operating system. He mentioned his wish to return Silicon Valley when resigning Xiaomi this week and declined to say where he was going.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 to be launched Exclusively on Flipkart

Xiaomi redmi note 4

Xiaomi to launch Redmi Note 4 in India at an event in Delhi on 19 January. Flipkart teases the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 exclusive availability on its e-commerce site. Xiaomi is releasing teasers recent times about the Redmi Note 4 launch in India. ‘Stunning looks, is lightning fast, has incredible stamina, and is the complete package,‘ says Flipkart.

The metal built quality and the deca-core SoC processor impress the users. However, Xiaomi may launch another variant in India compared to China. Redmi Note 4 was launched back in August in China and is available in two variants. 2GB of RAM/ 16GB inbuilt storage variant price is about CNY 899 (Rs. 9,000 approximately), while 3GB of RAM/ 64GB storage variant price is around CNY 1,199 (Rs. 12,000 approximately).

Recalling the Redmi Note 4 specs, the device features a 5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D curved glass display. The display offers 1080×1920 pixels resolution at a density of 401 ppi. The device is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor paired with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. Redmi Note 4 runs Android 6.0 marshmallow with MIUI 8.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture. Another 5 MP front facing the camera in Redmi Note 4 is of 85-degree wide angle lens. The storage is expandable up to 128GB through the microSD card.

Redmi Note 4 sports a Hybrid Dual SIM and measures 151 x 76 x 8.35mm in dimensions which weigh around 175 grams. Other connectivity options in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro-USB, and Glonass. The handset flaunts a fingerprint scanner in the rear panel and is backed by a 4100mAh battery. Xioami has launched Redmi Note 4 in Gold, Grey, and Silver colors in China.

And as of now, there is no info about the color availability in India. The main question Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price in India remained unanswered. We’ll get to know more about the phone in our detailed Redmi Note 4 review.

Xiaomi Unveils Mi TV 4 with 4.9mm Thickness at CES 2017

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Specs:

  • 5-inch Full-HD 2.5D display (1080x1920p resolution)
  • Deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor, Mali-T880 MP4 GPU
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage / 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), MIUI 8
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash
  • 5 MP front facing camera
  • 4100mAh battery

Yi 4K+ Action Camera Unveiled at the ongoing CES 2017 event

Yi 4K+ camera

Along with the Mi MIX smartphone, Xiaomi wraps off its new action camera at the ongoing CES event this year. The pocket-sized camera Called Yi 4K+ Action Camera, developed by Xiaomi’s sub-brand. As the name itself says, the Yi 4K+ Action Camera captures 4K resolution video at 60 fps. The first in the category camera claims double the rate of GoPro’s Hero5 Black.

The new Yi 4K+ camera offers twice the frame rate when compared to its predecessor Yi 4K. It employs Ambarella H2 SoC processor with 2GB of RAM which offers a maximum bit rate of 120Mbps. The processor is also said to be the first 14nm video processing SoC. It consumes low power while delivering 4K Ultra HD videos.

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Yi 4K+ camera comes with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). The camera offers USB Type-C support and can shoot in RAW format. It also features live streaming and VR support. The Yi 4K+ Action Camera measures 65 x 30 x 42mm in dimensions and weighs around 96.3 gram in weight.

It sports seven layers glass lens with f/2.8 aperture and 155-degree field-of-view. The 2.91-inch touchscreen display offers a screen resolution of 640×360p at 330ppi. The Yi 4K+ action camera makes use of Sony IMX377 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor with Exmor R. Users can choose to shoot 480p resolution as well with a wide field-of-view. Shooting time-lapse videos in 4K is also enabled with set intervals of up to 60 seconds.

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The Yi 4K+ action camera also allows slow motion recordings of 720p resolution with 60\120\240 fps at rates of 2\4\8. The camera comes with 2.4G/5G Dual band support and comes with 5 GHz Wi-Fi and built-in Bluetooth 4.0. The action camera is not waterproof but can resist up to 40 meters under water.

Pricing and availability of the Yi 4K+ action camera aren’t announced in the event. Comparing to Yi 4K, the price is expected to be around $350 (approximately Rs 23,850).

Xiaomi Unveils Mi TV 4 with 4.9mm Thickness at CES 2017

Xiaomi Mi TV 4

At its first ever presence at CES 2017 conference, Xiaomi unveiled its new products in Las Vegas. Ahead of its debut at CES, the company unveiled modular TV, i.e., Xiaomi Mi TV 4. In addition to this, the company also introduces Mi Router HD and Mi Max smartphone.

The Mi TV 4 65 will be shipped in China later this year and didn’t announce the global release. The new television series sports a 4.9mm ultra-thin frameless metal design. Xiaomi introduced the Mi TV 4 in three screen sizes:

  • 49-inches
  • 55-inches
  • 65-inches

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4 sports frameless design and with a thickness of 4.9mm. The company claims that it is 37 percent thinner than Mi Max and 30 percent thinner than iPhone 7. As per the reports, the smartTV is modular, allows the user to swap out the motherboard. Users can upgrade the other internals whenever they want.

The new Xiaomi Mi TV 4 bundled with

  • Mi TV Bar
  • Integrates ten speakers
  • Two wireless rear satellite speakers
  • Subwoofer

One of the key highlights of Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is its modular functionality. Unlike other usual TVs in this television, the motherboard, buttons, connectivity ports integrated into the sound bar. It has only one port, i.e., Mi port which connects sound bar with a single cable to carry audio and video signals.

The rest of connectivity ports embedded at back of the sound bar which makes easier to access on TV unit. The sound bar consists of

Mi TV 4

  • One HDMI ARC port
  • Two HDMI ports
  • One USB 3.0
  • One USB 2.0 port
  • Mi port
  • Ethernet port (RJ 45)
  • Analogue Audio/Video ports
  • Antenna port
  • S/PDIF port

The Xiaomi Mi TV 4 sound bar integrated with ten speakers out of which two speakers are facing upwards and remaining to the front. It runs on Android OS which offers smart recommendations. The library consists of 44 million movies, 600,000 in-depth reviews and 1.52 million comments.

Xiaomi launches Mi VR Play headset in India with a price tag of Rs 999

The Mi TV 4 65-inch variant with Dolby Atmos 3D Spherical surround speakers is priced at $2000 (approx Rs. 138,000). The same 65-inch variant without Dolby Atmos speakers comes with a price tag of $1,500 (approx Rs. 103,000). The company didn’t make any announcement about 49-inch and 55-inch TV.

Xiaomi launches Mi VR Play headset in India with a price tag of Rs 999

Mi Vr headset launched in India

Xiaomi is known for its best smartphones and accessories that they launched. Apart from this, the company has recently launched its new Mi VR Play headset, a fabric made VR headset which introduced in India at the Mi Pop event.

The Xiaomi Vice President, Hugo Burro has made an announcement about the availability of Mi VR Play at the event. It comes with a price tag of Rs 999, and it will be available to purchase from 21st December at 12 PM. Mi VR Play is exclusively available for sale on the Mi official website mi.com in limited edition colourful designs.

Mi Vr headset launched in India

Virtual Reality also referred to as VR, is the best way to explore the whole world without any limitations. Now you can immerse yourself in the 3D world through the newly launched Mi VR Play headset. Explore the scenes and 360° videos in a more realistic way in front of your eyes by moving from up to down and left to right.

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Mi VR Play was first unveiled in Chine earlier in the month of August this year. Similar to other VR headsets, it also comes in a most protective way which was packed in a zipper, protects from falling the phone.

Moving to the features, the Mi VR Play headset sported with compatible phone display bearing the size of 4.7inch to 5.7 inches. The Mi Max phones are not supported because it comes with a screen size of 6.4inch. The Mi VR headset wrapped with lightweight Lycra fabric for long-lasting comfort and smooth usage.

It sported with two-way zipper locks specially designed for the phone security. Once the phone zipped in, the dual front openings allow for the slight positioning adjustments. For the best image clarity, the Mi VR Play headset embedded with the optical-grade aspheric lens.

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The rubber strips are sported at the sides which restrict phone movement and also prevents from accidental home and menu button presses. If you are new to Virtual Reality, you can download Google Cardboard app for incredible VR videos. Along with this, you can enjoy YouTube 360 degree videos. The company also launched the Mi Live app in India.

Highlights

• Google Cardboard compatible
• Explore YouTube 360° videos, Mi Live VR Streaming, Panoramic VR photos
• Innovative two-way zip, adjustable straps and lightweight Lycra material
• Anti-reflective lens
• Fits 4.7inch to 5.7-inch handsets