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Xiaomi expands its Mi Home range in India, launches 7 new products

Making your home smarter and healthier

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Xiaomi is popular for making mobile phones and associated accessories, but the brand has a much wider portfolio of products in China that ranges from a toothbrush to a 150-inch wall projector. The company wants to establish itself in the long run and has been trying to launch new Mi Home products in India.

Now, the company has announced the launch of the Mi Band 3, Mi Home Security 360 Camera, Mi Luggage, three Mi TVs, and Mi Air Purifier 2S. Except for the Mi Luggage, all other products are connected to the internet and play a key role in setting up the brand’s ecosystem.

Mi Band 3

The fitness tracker is experiencing high demand in the country thanks to its assertive pricing. It has a heart rate sensor, a slightly bigger OLED display, 20 days of battery life, and incoming calls and messages notifications. It has been priced at INR 1,999 (US$ 27) and will be available via Mi.com and Amazon.in.

Mi TVs

Three new TVs have made their way to India: Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro, and Mi TV 4C Pro. They run on Android TV out of the box and also have Xiaomi’s proprietary PatchWall platform installed. PatchWall is an algorithm-based discovery software that combines all your apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube to create a single UI. The best part is, PatchWall also works will almost all DTH set-top boxes in India.

The Mi TV 4 Pro has a 55-inch 4K panel and is priced at INR 49,999 (US$ 690). The Mi TV 4A Pro owns a 49-inch Full HD panel and is priced at INR 29,999 (US$ 413). Lastly, the Mi TV 4C Pro is equipped with a 32-inch HD panel and a price of INR 14,999 (US$ 206).

Mi Home Security 360 Camera

This home surveillance camera offers 360-degree coverage and comes equipped with infrared night vision, intelligent motion detection, and real-time two-way talk. It has a microSD card slot for local storage and a 64GB card can store up to five days of recorded footage. The camera is very easy to use and can be controlled via the Mi Home app. It is priced at INR 2,699 (US$ 37) and will be up for sale starting October 10.

Mi Air Purifier 2S

The Mi Air Purifier 2S has a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of up to 310m³/h and continues the previous design of a cylindrical filter structure. The purifier has a small OLED display that can show real-time PM2.5 levels and 0.3μm particles in the room. The purifier can be controlled via the Mi Home app and can also utilize Google Assistant and Alexa. It is priced at INR 8,999 (US$ 124) and is available via Mi.com and Flipkart.com.

Mi Luggage

This is the only device here that isn’t “smart” or connected to the internet. The suitcase is built from resilient polycarbonate fiber and the wheels are buttery smooth. The combination lock is TSA-approved and comes in two sizes: the Mi Luggage 20 is priced at INR 2,999 (US$ 41) while the Mi Luggage 24 is priced at INR 4,299 (US$ 60).

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AirPods 3 Unboxing and Review

Watch before you buy!

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If you’ve been holding your money for so long just to buy the new AirPods 3 (also called the AirPods 3rd Generation), this is your chance to finally get one.

But with the absence of removable ear tips and Active Noise Cancellation from the AirPods Pro, would you still consider buying the pair?

Head over to our AirPods 3 Unboxing and Review to help your impulsive self.

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

Time to splurge!

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MacBook Pros

Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

AirPods 3

The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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Apple quietly launched a polishing cloth worth $19

Yes, it’s a piece of cloth

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All eyes were on the new MacBook Pro during Apple’s Unleashed event this week. With a new processor inside, it’s no surprise. However, behind all the glitz and glamor, Apple launched a more surprising product behind closed doors. For arguably its most premium product so far, the company launched the Apple Polishing Cloth for US$ 19.

Launched quietly on Apple’s online store, the Polishing Cloth (yes, that’s its official name) can reportedly clean any Apple display with its “soft, nonabrasive material.” In terms of appearance, the new accessory has an incredibly simple design: a white square cloth with a subtle Apple logo.

If you’ve ever cleaned a device before, you might find the Polishing Cloth a bit familiar. Yes, it’s basically any nonabrasive microfiber cloth available on the market today. And it’s worth around ten times a non-branded one. With an exorbitant price relative to others, the accessory might have the most premium price for an Apple product.

However, despite the intense price, the new accessory is already sold out. Currently, the store page pegs the next earliest shipping date at six to eight weeks from now. Some of Apple’s products do require a more rigorous cleaning, according to Apple.  If you have such a device, you might find use for the expensive cloth. If not, well, there are cheaper alternatives.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 mini Review: STILL My Favorite!

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