Xiaomi Mi5 lives up to flagship expectations
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Review: Snapdragon 820 on a budget

Xiaomi’s new flagship is late to the party. The Mi4 launched in 2014, and the Chinese brand did not bother launching a successor in 2015. Why? Because it didn’t have a proper processor to build it around. The Mi4 was based on the Snapdragon 801, so with the Mi5, Xiaomi skipped a year, and a CPU generation.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro sells for $145.99
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Snapdragon 616, 3GB RAM, 32GB bargain

Almost two years ago we wrote about commoditized Android phones and how we expected it to start in 2015, and it looks like we were spot on. Companies like Xiaomi are selling their XIAOMI Redmi 3 Pro with Snapdragon 616, 3GB RAM, 32GB for just $145.99. 

Discounted older MediaTek phones up for grabs
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Ranging from $75 to $180

There is a mobile phone sale currently going on with some of last year's top of the range mainstream phones are going for $130 to 180 USD.

Cherry Trail-based Beelink BT3 mini PC reviewed
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Review: 14nm silicon makes a big difference

A year ago we had a chance to test a couple of Beelink micro PCs, including a stick PC, and we were pleasantly surprised; not only by the performance offered by Intel’s venerable 22nm Bay Trail processors, but by the build quality of these diminutive PCs.

Razor sharp Cubot X17 reviewed
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Review:
Ultrathin, metal, inexpensive

Chinese smartphone maker Cubot recently upped the ante in the $150 to $200 budget smartphone segment with a couple of ultrathin phones. Both sport a metal frame, good build quality, and look like pricey devices, but they offer limited performance due to their anorexic profile.

Cherry Trail VOYO A1 Plus notebook reviewed
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Review: Lenovo Yoga lookalike on a budget

A couple of months ago, Asian tech sites started talking about a new trend among Chinese tablet manufacturers. Since the tablet market was overheating, manufacturers were looking beyond tablets to ensure growth. Intel’s new 14nm processors were just what they were looking for, as they enabled them to start building inexpensive ultraportable notebooks. Many of them are marketed as “ultrabooks” but unlike proper Ultrabooks, they’re not based on “big core” processors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Review: Full Metal Jacket
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Review: 4000mAh battery and fingerprint scanner in tow

The Redmi Note 3 is Xiaomi’s latest phone, and if the name sounds familiar, you’re might be thinking about the Note 2, which came out a few months ago.

Oukitel K10000 sports 10000mAh battery
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Backup powerbank with phone on top?

A number of vendors have launched phones with oversized batteries in recent months. However, the K10000 takes the concept to a new level.

$200 Flagship: Xiaomi Mi4 Overseas Edition reviewed
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Review: Drop 4G support, drop the price, sell, sell, sell

Xiaomi sometimes has a weird way of doing things, and the Mi4 Overseas Edition is just one example of this. The company is selling a crippled version of their Mi4 flagship for peanuts, sans 4G connectivity.

Wafer-thin Cubot X16 reviewed
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Review: 6 millimetres of zinc alloy and glass on a budget

Inexpensive phones have to end up with a cheap feeling finish and unimpressive design? Cubot begs to differ, so the company has rolled out the Cubot X16, an ultrathin mainstream phone with a premium feel, priced at just $150.