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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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Samsung’s new LED light cover is the phone case we’ve always wanted

It lights up with different designs!

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The newest Samsung flagships have just been announced and they’re all great, but there was one thing that really caught my eye — mostly because it was literally glowing.

Yes, that is the Samsung Galaxy S10 in my hands, and yes, those are actual LED lights on the case. Just so you can appreciate how pretty it is, here’s the LED case in action:

So what exactly is going on here?

Samsung’s LED light case looks and acts like a normal smartphone cover. It comes in blue and white and has a smooth exterior. It’s also pretty thin, considering, and it has a sturdy feel.

Once it’s attached, the LED cover app will appear and you’ll have different LED designs to choose from. You can go for the “Mood lighting” option which was shown above, or…

You can choose LED icons. Just some of my favorites include this beating heart… 💓💕💖💘💞

… and this adorable doggo. 🐶

There are honestly so many to choose from, I’m not even kidding.

It even does a smartphone camera timer countdown…

 

… and just like that I am sold!

Cheers, Samsung! Just when I thought I was over boring smartphone cases, you shove a shiny, sparkling one in my face and I am very, very convinced.

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Cheap Unlimited Airline Wi-Fi: #TravelHacks (Episode 1)

Plus our favorite travel gadget!

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In the very first episode of #TravelHacks, we fly to Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10 regional business class. I show you how to pick the right kind of luggage, give you tips on how to live out of a suitcase, get unlimited Wi-Fi on flights, taste the world’s cheapest Michelin Star meal, and of course, talk about my perfect travel gadget.

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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