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Tour: Inside the first-ever authorized Xiaomi store in the Philippines
By Lionell Go Macahilig - 28 Feb 2018,4:55am

Tour: Inside the first-ever authorized Xiaomi store in the Philippines

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Introducing the Xiaomi life

It has been more than a week since Xiaomi, through its official local distributor Grimalkin Corporation, opened the first-ever authorized Mi store in the Philippines, and yet it is still jam-packed when we visited the place this past weekend.

To recall, Xiaomi made its initial entry to the country in 2014, focusing more on selling its products through online stores like Lazada. In spite of having a good exposure online, the Chinese Internet company has recognized the value of putting up a physical store in markets like the Philippines where consumers still go to malls and shopping centers. Hence, it opened an offline store located at the fourth level (beside Cinema 5) of TriNoma in Quezon City.

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Prior to visiting the Mi store, we were expecting that we'll only see smartphones. Amid the visitors and buyers, we were a bit surprised to see that Xiaomi is bringing in to the Filipino market its slew of offerings, apart from smartphones. While smartphones, spearheaded by the PhP 25,500-worth Mi Mix, are prominent inside the store, non-smartphone Xiaomi products caught our attention.

Adjacent to the smartphones, we spotted the Mi Notebook Air 13" and the Mi Notebook Pro 15.6". While the two laptops remind us of MacBooks from Apple, these models actually run on Microsoft Windows 10. The Mi Notebook Air 13" comes with an Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 GPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and a 5400mAh lithium-ion polymer battery for the price of PhP 43,500. Meanwhile, the Mi Notebook Pro 15.6" shares similarities with its sibling, except that it has an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8000mAh battery, and is pricier at PhP 46,990.

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Nearby, there was the Mi Router 3C. This networking device complies with the Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard and works on 2.4GHz bandwidth with four omni-directional antennas on the outside and 64MB DDR2 RAM on the inside. Boasting a wireless reach of up to 100 meters, this router costs PhP 750.

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Cameras are also abundant inside the Mi store, comprising of the Mi Sphere Camera Kit (PhP 13,990), Mi 4K Action Camera (PhP 5,790), and the Mi Dash Camera (PhP 2,795). All models are equipped with a Sony IMX image processor inside. We also sighted wearable devices such as headphones, smartbands, and smartwatches in the vicinity.

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With an intention to introduce customers to a Xiaomi way of living, the store also carries home appliances such as the Mi Smart Scale (PhP 995), Mi Desk Lamp (PhP 1,490), Mi Smart Kettle (PhP 1,599), MiJia Induction Heating Rice Cooker (PhP 4,200), Mi Air Purifier (PhP 6,490), and the Mi Robot Vacuum (PhP 15,490). For outdoorsy ones, Xiaomi backpacks, luggage cases, sneakers (Mi Smart Shoes), and a Segway device are also available in the store.

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Of course, the last but not the least, let's take a look at the smartphone models on sale at the Mi store. Below are some of the models, specifications, and prices:

Xiaomi Mi Mix
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 2.35GHz
6GB RAM, 256GB internal storage
6.4-inch display (2040 x 1080p)
16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
4400mAh battery
PhP 25,500

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 2.35GHz
6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage
5.7-inch FHD (1920 x 1080p)
22.56-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera
4070mAh battery
PhP 21,500

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Xiaomi Mi A1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 2GHz
4GB RAM
5.5-inch FHD display (1920 1080p)
12-megapixel dual rear camera system, 5-megapixel front camera
3080mAh battery
PhP 9,990 (32GB), PhP 10,990 (64GB)

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core, 1.8GHz
3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage
5.5-inch FHD display (1920 x 1080p)
16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
4000mAh battery
PhP 7,500

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Xiaomi Redmi 4A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core, 1.4GHz
2GB RAM
5-inch HD display (1280 x 720p)
13-megapixel rear camera, 4-megapixel front camera
3120mAh battery
PhP 4,795 (16GB) / PhP 5,350 (32GB)

Other Xiaomi Smartphones

Xiaomi Mi Max - PhP 12,999
Xiaomi Redmi 4X - PhP 6,750
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Special Edition - PhP 7,500
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A - PhP 5,550
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime - PhP 7,290
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 - PhP 7,990 (32GB), PhP 8,990 (64GB)

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