A peek at the newest addition to the Poundit.com family
From countless inquiries and searches on our site, to the endless comments on our posts asking about “When is Xiaomi coming toPoundit.com?”
It’s finally here.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing more and more Xiaomi tech to the Poundit.com website. (We already have a couple available! Check it out here!) We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and we’re really excited to bring Xiaomi products to the public.
But to the uninformed, what is Xiaomi?
What’s with all the endless drama about one of the biggest Chinese tech companies coming to the Philippines?
We’re here to answer that.
Impossibly cheap, but amazingly powerful
The Mi Line
Xiaomi is home to the ‘Mi’ line of phones. Ranging from the latest “flagship killer” Mi 6, to the bezel-less phone pioneer Mi Mix, these phones carry the best specs and best designs possible, at the most affordable prices.
Take for example, the Mi Mix 2. Carrying a bezel-less, Full HD display at almost 6-inches, a Snapdragon 835 chipset, and a whopping 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, you’ll think it’ll be priced around the same category as the iPhone X which carries similar performance. But you’d be wrong.
With the iPhone X costing around P65K for just the base model, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 hovers only around the P30K price range depending on who you’re getting it from locally.
The Redmi Line
Not aiming for a flagship phone? Just a phone that looks good, works well, and a whole lot affordable?
The Redmi line of products covers the mid-range phone category without sacrificing build quality and performance. Do take the “mid-range” part lightly though as these phones don’t feel anywhere near mid-range quality.
Case in point, the Redmi 5 Plus. It carries everything from a bezel-less, Full HD display to a powerful Snapdragon 625, to a generous 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The price? A little over P9k.
They must be cutting corners.
“Great specs, amazing performance, dazzling designs, at a dirt-cheap cost? They must be cutting corners”, you tell yourself.
Well, yes and no.
The bad part: most of these phones are only available in China… and in Chinese.
This brings us to the first cost-cutting part: they don’t cut corners. They sell phones at breakeven.
In an interview with Reuters, ex-Global VP Hugo Barra explained that Xiaomi “could sell 10 billion smartphones and [the company] wouldn’t make a single dime in profits,” adding that Xiaomi is essentially giving away its smartphones “without making any money,” because it “care[s] about the recurring revenue streams over many years” rather than immediate profits on the phones.
Cost-cutting in this case means they cut costs for YOU, the buyer. Let that sink in for a second.
When it comes to phones, Xiaomi mainly exists not as a phone company, but as a services company.
From cloud storage services, to mobile roaming, down to even phone insurance, Xiaomi has all your bases covered. But if, AND ONLY IF, you buy their phones. It’s like iCloud for iPhones, except you’re on Android.
Now the good part: With all the buzz that Xiaomi has made because of their cheap but awesome phones, they’ve started opening up sales of their phones internationally, with Xiaomi introducing GLOBAL ROMs to what used to be China-only phones— this means they replace the China-only software on their phones with internationally capable software (translation to English, access to the Google Play Store, removal of Chinese characters deep in the software, etc.)
Not just about cheap phones
But Xiaomi isn’t all about cheap phones.
Xiaomi carries everything from fitness trackers like the super famous Mi Band 2, to the beautiful Mi Notebook Air – a Macbook Air killer.
Here are some of our favorites:
Mi Notebook Air (P29,000)
Amazfit Pace (~P8,000)
Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum (~P19,000)
Xiaomi Rice Cooker (~P8,000)
Why do they sell these products? Apart from selling up services that go great with your Xiaomi phones, they also sell the convenience of having a connected home.
That means everything from your robot vacuum, to your security system, to your mood lighting, all being controlled with just a single tap on the Mi Home app on your phone.
Excited about seeing more and more Xiaomi products available to Poundit.com? We know we are.
You can take a look at the ones up on the store right now, or stay tuned for new ones in the coming weeks!
What Xiaomi tech are you looking forward to?