Xiaomi, which notably lured Hugo Barra away from Google a few weeks ago, recently announced their Mi3 smartphone lineup, as well as a few TVs. The mobile phone, which is debuting with some really amazing specs at unheard of prices, is the new darling of the Chinese market.
The darling of the show, however, may have been Barra, who used his brief stint on stage to show off his limited Chinese. He assured the audience he’d be living in Beijing, and was working hard to learn Chinese.
The launch also featured NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who is of Chinese descent but grew up in the US. He admirably finished the NVIDIA portion of the Mi3 launch in Chinese, which could be another sign the world is ready to welcome Xiaomi to the world’s stage.
If you’d like to know more about the up and coming Chinese smartphone dynamo, check out the video below. It is subtitled in English, and goes over the Mi3 (and MiTV) pretty comprehensively.
Would love to buy one. Does anybody knows where I can buy this phone in U.S. or Canada?
Order from China.
Do you know that there is no such language as Chinese as you refer to multiple times in the post? There is Cantonese and Mandarin; which are the main languages spoken in China.
You could not be more wrong. The official language of China is Mandarin, but ALL Chinese people refer to it as Chinese. Cantonese is simply a separate language that is used primarily in the Canton region, hence, the word Cantonese. The Canton region includes Hong Kong, and a good portion of the Guangdong province. My wife is Chinese and explained this to me years ago. So, simply put, it is more accurate to call the main Chinese language as speaking Chinese. We only differentiate in the west.
I’m soo glad to have learnt this, Thanks!
You state that Cantonese and Mandarin are the main languages of China. First, as I said earlier, there is only ONE main language (Mandarin), which Chinese simply call Chinese. Cantonese is a regional dialect, as are the dozens and dozens of other regional dialects throughout the country. Finally, when compared to the entire population, only a small percentage speak Cantonese … as I said, those in the Canton region.
Hey,Peter. You are totally right.I’m a Chinese guy .Mandarin is the official language of Mainland China and Taiwan and one of several official languages of some south-eastern Asian Countries.The way thos region call Mandarin is somewhat different ,but virtually they are the same one lanuage,which is Mandarin.Speaking of English designation ,most Chinese equate Chinese as Mandarin ,so basically they are the same thing to us .Actually most Chinese english learners don’t even know the word Mandarin exists,which is interesting.Anyway ,Xiaomi is a promising country ,especially after the joining of Hugo Barra,whose aim is to help expand to the International Market of the company.But Honestly ,I don’t think Xiaomi can be very competitive in the International market although they’ve made some very awesome products.But it’s good to see more vendors joining the competition and force those big brothers to lower down the price of mobile phones .Anyway ,it’s good to us customers.We’ll see.
What southeast countries speaks mandarin? Singapore? They are more like mini china, since most of the population are chinese.
Unless you’re talking to the phone, the written language is either Simplified Chinese or Traditional. Since this is a Mainland China phone, the script is Simplified. The actual dialects (all 300 of them or so) are completely irrelevant.
official place to preorder seems to be iBuyGou.com (if you’re from outside China) but there’s a large markup already from the very nice price of $408 :/
It’s kinda like when the Nexus 4 came out. The fast-hands bought it in mass then sold on ebay for $600-$700. -_-
Design really reminds me of the Lumia line and the iPod mini. Sweet phone, though.