Xiaomi Mi Band 2 review

Introduction

One of the most popular wearables got a massive upgrade this year with the new Xiaomi Mi Band 2. The first Mi Band was a breakthrough because of its battery life, compact size, and bargain price. Then the Mi Band Pulse added a heart-rate sensor, but took the RGB notification LEDs.

And now – with the Mi Band 2, Xiaomi fans all around the world are finally getting the display they wished for.

Xiaomi’s Mi Band 2 keeps the iconic design, but replaces the three LED lights with a 0.42″ OLED display. There is also a touch-sensitive key below the tiny screen, which helps…

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New phones of the week

This week saw a few exciting launches and a couple of headscratchers. And, surprisingly, they all hail from the East even though there’s a new BlackBerry. But we’ll get to the new hardware strategy of the Canadians in a minute.

The Xiaomi Redmi Pro garnered the most attention. It boosts the status of the mid-range Redmi line with a 5.5″ OLED display (1080p, naturally). And it has a high-end Helio X25 chipset, a chip several flagships use, along with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The more affordable option uses Helio X20 (same chipset, lower clock speed) and 3GB/32GB memory.

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Top 10 phones of the week

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 reigned for another week as the Top trending phone in our database. Its days may be counted, however, as the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is gunning for its position.

A premium version of the Note 3, the Redmi Pro upgrades the 5.5″ 1080p screen to AMOLED, adds a second camera for bokeh effects and upgrades the Helio X10 chipset to X20 or X25 depending on version. It depends on how much storage you get – it starts at 32GB and ends at 128GB.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) is rising fast on the back of its Smart Glow ring notification light. It leaped from 9th to 4th. The…

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