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How to migrate data to a Xiaomi/Redmi/Poco/Mi phone

With smartphones becoming increasingly more affordable, buying one can be a semi-regular occurrence. However, moving data between your old phone and the new one can be cumbersome.Many people will opt to transfer the data to a computer and then to the new phone. Historically, that was what one had to do. Or, users would back up what they could to a microSD card. Today, smartphone manufacturers have dedicated apps that make this process easy, efficient, and seamless.This guide will teach you how to move all your personal data (SMS, calls, apps, photos, etc.) from your old phone to a Xiaomi branded phone. With this, you won’t have to worry about copying data on a computer or removable storage.As Xiaomi evolves and expands into sub-brands, one might think that each of them will require their own set of migration apps. However, while they’re all sold under different names, they all operate using Xiaomi’s custom MIUI experience.As long as your phone is running MIUI, this guide will work on your Redmi, Mi, Poco, or any other brand under the Xiaomi umbrella.Pre-requisitesInstall Mi Mover on the phone you’re moving the data from and on the Xiaomi phone you’re moving the data to. Have both phones at 80% charge if there is a lot of data.In most cases, Mi Mover comes pre-installed in Xiaomi phones.Let’s Go!Once you have Mi Mover installed, open up the app on your Xiaomi phone and choose “I’m a recipient”.You might get a prompt on your Xiaomi phone to install the app via a QR code, if this comes up, just tap on “Installed. Start the transfer.”Boot up the app on your old phone and grant permissions on both phones where required. When the app is loaded, choose “I’m a sender” on the old phone.You will either have to wait for the Xiaomi phone to show up on the old phone, or you can manually connect to the hotspot by navigating to your Wi-Fi on your old phone and selecting the hotspot manually using the SSID name mentioned on the Xiaomi phone, in this instance the hotspot name is POCOPHONE F1_pOYJ.When you choose the hotspot from your old phone, you can now choose what you wish to send over.Once you have selected the necessary items to send, simply press Send from your old phone. You’ll get a popup informing you to not turn on Wi-Fi or switch networks during operation.Just like we do for OnePlus phones, we highly recommend leaving both phones alone until the transfer completes to ensure all your data carries over without incident.Once the transfer is done, your Xiaomi phone will take some time to migrate the data and with that, you’re done!Other Helpful GuidesHow to migrate your data to a Pixel phoneHow to migrate your data to a OnePlus phone

Xiaomi announces new ecosystem products including the Mi Smart Band 5

Xiaomi is the producer of the Mi and Redmi smartphone lines, which are devices that offer immense value at rather low prices.Today, however, Xiaomi has announced not smartphones, but many lifestyle products, ranging from scooters to monitors. Here’s a rundown of some of Xiaomi’s new products.Mi Smart Band 5For years, the Xiaomi Mi Band has been one of the premiere cheap fitness trackers(I actually still use my Mi Band 2 from time to time). The issue with that, however, is that these devices are usually only sold in China, leaving you to buy it on Gearbest or importers on Amazon.Now, Xiaomi has announced the Mi Smart Band 5. The Mi Smart Band 5 is an international version of the Mi Band 5, with features such as:65 dynamic displays6 band colors1.1″ color AMOLED display11 exercise modesPPG heart rate sensorPersonal Activity Intelligence value14 days of battery lifeMagnetic snap-on chargerMi Electric Scooter Pro 2 and Electric Scooter 1SFor those who need to travel for work but do not want or need a car, Xiaomi is now offering the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 and Electric Scooter 1SThe Scooter Pro 2 features:Travel distance of  up to 45km(about 28 miles)Speeds of up to 25km/hour(about 16 mph)Ability to climb 20% incline slopesUp to a week of batteryLCD display for configuration and statistics2W Headlight plus front, rear, and side reflectorsFolding designDouble brakes300W MotorThe Scooter 1S is far more casual with similar features but a reduced travel distance of 30 kilometers and speeds of 25 kilometers per hourMi True Wireless Earphones 2 BasicThe Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic offer:Dual microphones with environmental noise cancellationPlay/pause with in-ear detection14.2mm dynamic driver5 hours of use per earphone with up to 20 hours of total life from the caseMi TV StickThe Mi TV Stick is a pocket-sized Android TV device with:Dolby and DTS Surround Sound SupportGoogle AssistantChromecast8GB Storage1GB RAMBluetooth Remote with Google Assistant, Netflix, and Prime Video buttonsXiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34″For the dedicated gamer, the Mi Curved Gaming Monitor is an exciting option with:WQHD Display1500R curvature21:9 aspect ratio144hz refresh-rateFlicker-free technologyAMD FreeSyncWide color gamut300 nits of brightness3000:1 contrast ratioNo prices have been announced as of yet.

Poco M2 Pro review: A better Redmi Note 9 Pro

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Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro Review: 5G for just $500

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Affordable Airpods clones with build quality to match.

Poco F2 Pro review: Cutting the right corners

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Redmi Earbuds S review: Democratizing true wireless audio

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Redmi 10X phones offer dual-SIM 5G support at an entry-level price

With the emergence and popularity of 5G, companies like Redmi and Realme lead the charge in making 5G phones more accessible (read: affordable) to the masses. While the Redmi 10X series might be otherwise considered just another 5G phone, what makes them stand out is their ability to hold dual-5G SIM slots. This is something no other phone in the market currently offers.Redmi 10X and Pro – twice the 5G, half the priceXiaomi this week unveiled a handful of new phones, with the Redmi 10X and the Redmi 10X Pro the stars of the show. We briefly talked about the rumored phone a few days ago, but this feature is a complete game changer!Most phones currently in the market only support 5G on the first SIM slot, if at all. The second SIM slot will operate on 4G or LTE and that means if you run out of data or lose reception on your first SIM, you receive slower speeds when switching to the second SIM.The unique selling point of the Redmi 10X series comes in its ability to host two 5G SIMS in the same phone. In the aforementioned scenario, even your secondary SIM (if 5G capable) can let you continue using 5G in case your primary SIM isn’t able to deliver it to you.This is a remarkable feature for a smartphone and it’s all made possible by a brand new processor. Made by MediaTek, the Dimesnsity 820 is a mid-range chip that set to take on premium CPU manufacturers like Exynos, Kirin, and even Snapdragon.Both phones have very similar specifications. They share the same display (6.57″ 1080p AMOLED with HDR 10), for instance, with in-display fingerprint sensor, standard 60Hz display with a super-fast touch response rate.Additionally, each has the same RAM and ROM, USB-C port, headphone jack, IR blaster, and 4,520 mAH battery.  The Redmi 10X pro offers 33W fast-charging while the Redmi 10X has 22.5W fast-charging.The main differences in the phones come down to the cameras; however, the Redmi 10X Pro also offers NFC whereas the Redmi 10X does not.The Redmi 10X has a triple-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 2-megapixel depth, and the front camera has 16-megapixels.The Redmi 10X Pro offers a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 8-megapixel 3x telephoto with 30x digital zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and Optical Image Stabilization, and topped off with a 5-megapixel macro camera. The front has a 20-megapixel camera.PricingRedmi 10X64GB/6GB – $220128GB/6GB – $250128GB/8GB – $290256GB/8GB – $330Redmi 10X Pro128GB/8GB – $320256GB/8GB – $360What are your thoughts on the new phones? Let us know in the comments section below.

New Redmi 5G Phone has triple camera setup, in-display fingerprint and more

A new entry in the Redmi series, a sub-brand of Xiaomi has surfaced on TENAA. The phone is said to have a 5G processor, but also has a neat triple camera setup, an in-display fingerprint sensor, an OLED display, and even a beefy 4420 mAh battery. Whether or not this will be cheaper than the Redmi K30 Pro series is still a glaring question.Mystery Redmi 5G Phone has a lot going for itA new Redmi 5G Phone has surfaced for certification on TENAA. The phone looks very impressive and even has a square camera block similar to that of the recently released Redmi Note 9 series.Image courtesy of Android AuthorityComing to some of the hardware on the phone, here is a rundown of what the phone has to offer:A mystery CPU – The quoted clock speed on TENAA doesn’t match any Snapdragon 7 series 5G Capable chips, or Mediateks 800 series chips. A Weibo leaker has stated that the phone could be powered by the unannounced Mediatek Dimesnity 820 chip.The phone has a 6.57″ FHD (~1080p) OLED display, that will bear a waterdrop notchIn-display fingerprint sensorwill come in varying ROM and RAM sizes, starting at 64GB to 256GB and 4GB to 8GB respectivelyA 4420 mAh battery but no details on fast charging or similar techTriple-camera setup: 48MP main camera with the other 2 lacking detailsFront camera: 16MP3.5mm headphone portIR BlasterWill ship with Android 10The new phone has only made a brief appearance and we are still not sure about the SoC used by the phone, or the other 2 cameras used by the device. Considering how much effort Redmi has put into their K series line recently with 5G, many people are speculating that this could be the first Redmi Note series with a 5G capable SoC in it.The phone is indeed very impressive, but with all of the specs we have seen so far, it will be difficult for this phone to retail less than the Redmi K30 5G. Let’s see if the phone surfaces in the future and what other hidden details it might hold.What are your thoughts on the mystery Redmi 5G Phone? Let us know in the comments section below!

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Review: An on-trend phone, but not always in a good way

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The Poco F2 Pro is a $499 flagship killer but it’s not without quirks

The successor to the critically acclaimed Poco F1 of 2018 was announced today in the form of the Poco F2 Pro. The Xiaomi sub-brand is back yet again to make some noise as their latest phone boasts some great hardware, an AMOLED display, and a knockout of a price. Unfortunately, it comes with a catch.The Poco F2 Pro – So close to greatness, yet so farThe Poco F2 Pro is a great phone. It offers a flagship tier processor with UFS 3.1 (in the 256/8GB variant only) and other fantastic internals. When the Poco F1 first launched, the biggest complaint about the phone was its display, which was an LCD display. Otherwise, fans were more than content with what the F1 offered.The Poco F2 Pro brings the following hardware to the table:Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor128GB/256GB ROM with 6GB (LPDDR4X)/8GB (LPDDR5)6.67″ dot AMOLED display at a resolution of 2400×1080 (FHD+) with DC Dimming60Hz Refresh rate with a 180Hz Sample rateTÜV Rheinland Full Care Display CertificationSupports HDR10+ with Widevine L1 support out of the boxQuad camera setup: 64MP main wide sensor (Sony IMX686), 13MP ultra wide-angle sensor, 5MP macro sensor, 2MP depth sensorFront camera is a pop-up camera: 20MP that can capture slow motion at 120FPS @ 720p4700mAh battery with 30W Fast charging (wired only) Supports quick-charge 4.0+ and power delivery 3.0. A 33W charger is included in the box.5G connectivity, Dual-SIM.NFC TsupportIR blaster3.5mm Headphone jackships with MIUI 11, Android 10Color options are: Cyber Grey, Electric Purple, Phantom White, and Neon BlueThe phone returns with its LiquidCool Technology 2.0. This time boasting thermal reductions of up to 14°C (57.2°F).The phone is also capable of capturing footage in 8K, which is actually impressive. It can record in 8K at 24/30FPS (8K @ 24FPS will be added via a software update), 4K at 30/60FPS, 1080p at 30/60FPS, and 720p at 30FPS.In addition, the phone can also record in a variety of slow-motion modes from the back camera.960fps720P/1080P240fps 720P/1080P120fps 720P/1080PIt’s a shame that the face unlock which made the Poco F1 rival the iPhone X in terms of security is no longer a feature. The phone also doesn’t possess an on-screen or a physical fingerprint reader. This means security could be an issue unless you have a strong password, PIN, or pattern.Another caveat comes in the form of the 60Hz refresh rate. When phones like the Meizu 17 are offering 90Hz at the slightly higher price with similar hardware, this is where the Poco F2 Pro lags behind the competition.If you’re wondering why the phone looks familiar, its because the phone is a rebrand of the China-exclusive Redmi K30 Pro.The phone is set to retail for $499 and is available for purchase on a variety of sites starting today. Sites like Gearbest are already taking orders for the phone.What are your thoughts on the new Poco F2 Pro? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition starts the race with a new mid-range processor

Xiaomi’s sub-brand, Redmi is known for having some very sporty and eye-catching phones; the Redmi K30 phones are among the best offered by the brand.Xiaomi has just done a first in the market by releasing the Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition, the first phone to be powered by the new Snapdragon mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 768G. The phone is reportedly just an overclocked Snapdragon 765G, offering a faster CPU and GPU.The Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition is more or less the Redmi K30 5G, but it comes in an  exclusive mint-green gradient color.Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition – Start your engines!The differences in the phone’s specs are:Qualcomm Snapdragon 768 Processor (7nm) as opposed to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 (8nm)128GB ROM and 6GB of RAM (the only variant of the phone)Mint-green color is exclusive to the racing editionThe Redmi K30 5G is a solid phone that offers 5G bands, 120Hz refresh rate display, a great quad-camera setup, and offers the MIUI ecosystem which is slowly gaining popularity due to the many resemblances it has to iOS. Otherwise, by all other aspects, this new version of the K30 5G is identical to it’s original.The phone will retail for CNY 2,000 which comes to roughly $282. This is definitely a phone you should get if you’re looking to enter the 5G race without dishing money out for a premium flagship phone.With the rise of 5G on the horizon, you would be wise to get on the 5G phone bandwagon. Offering faster speeds and more benefits to 4G.The phone will be ready for sale in China on May 14t; whether the rest of the world will be able to grab this variant is not yet known. Perhaps it will be available globally in a few weeks after the China launch takes place.With Xiaomi leading the race for flagship-tier phones, they also offer some great phones that offer 5G at a lower price point than another premium OEM. This enables more consumers to use 5G when more antennas are installed across the globe.What are your thoughts on the Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Five tips to choose the best VPN based on your needs

Whether you work from home or on the move, Virtual Private Networks or VPN, have become a popular tool to protect your browsing history. Having said that, while all the important things you do online remain a secret between you and the other point on the internet, your protection from the VPN server to your destination server remains a cybersecurity hotspot that can cost you dear in the long run.This is the reason that the VPN service you choose should be after careful consideration.Getting hold of the right VPN (like best value VPN is one of the leading providers in the market today) can be extremely difficult, afterall it is a matter of trust between you and the service provider as one can do little to control who can set up a VPN for rent and who cannot. While in theory VPN’s are supposed to keep your interests safe, in practice some of them can be scams designed to steal your data for selling to someone else. That said, there are reliable VPN services, best for your needs, which can be selected by following these five useful tips.Check the trial periodOne of the most important things to check initially while opting for a new VPN service is the length of the free trial period. During this time you can avail of the service without having to pay for it and ask for a refund if not satisfied. In order words, do not invest in a VPN without testing if it conforms to your requirements, which means, the trial period should be long enough to fully try out the VPN you are intending to purchase.Numbers can confuseVPN service providers display a list of numbers which are meant to inform the buyer about the services they are offering to different locations in various countries. This information, though useful to gauge the scope of the VPN company, may not necessarily offer what you actually want. The bottom line is, that irrespective of the big numbers, you should check whether the country you want to VPN is on the list. Say you want to connect to a server in Shanghai, the VPN may be useless for you even if it has thousands of locations but don’t include China.Bigger is betterDepending on how you access the internet, it is important to know the number of simultaneous devices you can be contacted to at the same time. While traveling, two or three may be more than sufficient, but at home you may want more connections in your router.Add on featuresAlmost every VPN service has software installed for Macs, Windows PC, phones, iOS devices and even Linux users. If at home you may prefer to control all your traffic a VPN service with your router, once you move away from this platform, support can become inconsistent. You will need to check, therefore, all the individual offerings which inform you about the add-on features like special software, editing etc which may meet your needs.Kill switchThis term basically refers to the stopping of sending data from the app of a VPN client as soon as the connection of the provider is over. The object is, that unless encrypted, nothing should be transferred to the destination server. While some VPN vendors have kill switches that are effective, look for a provider who says it runs at higher levels in the app network connection. A simple yardstick: do not sign up with a VPN service that does not offer a kill switch, even though it may not be universally effective if you happen to lose your connection.Editor Note: This is a promoted post and should not be considered an editorial endorsement.

This $16 developer bootcamp kickstarts your coding career

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Upgrade your WFH setup with this three piece bundle

Things have changed in the US workforce. Even after this pandemic is over and the situation gets back to the old definition of “normal”, things will be different in the work space.A lot of companies and organizations have warmed to the idea of remote working and will likely keep it as a permanent part of doing business. Many people who work from home will probably continue to work from home.While you may have gotten used working remotely, chances are you could do better in the way of proper tools and devices. Getting in front of a camera is one thing, but having the right lighting, camera angles, and perspective is another.Whether you’re looking to connect with your team once a week or present a quarterly slide deck for upper management, you’ll want to invest in the right equipment. The Pictar Home Office Kit is that right equipment.The bundle, just $89.99 in the AG Deals Store, is comprised of three components: a Pictar Wide-Angle Smart Lens, Splat 3N1 Flexible Tripod, and Pictar Smart Light. Together, these three will help eliminate the hassles of clumsy and less than stellar calls.The smart lens doubles the viewing on your mobile device, so you’ll capture more than just a closely cropped image of your head. It connects to an app and allows for precise and easy adjustment; it also has 20 different shooting modes.The tripod has five flexible legs that allow for mounting just about anywhere and everywhere you take your phone. The smart light clips onto your phone or camera to enhance the quality of your video footage.AvailabilityYou can purchase your three-piece Pictar Home-Office Kit from the AG Deals Store for just $89.99 right now. That’s a 35% discount off the normal retail price.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.