Whoa. Seriously whoa. Thanks to Edisson in Comments who pointed it out to me. It popped up on YouTube after I did my first sweep of the day.
At post time, the video was so new that I couldn’t rip any of it to local disk. No version was available. And even the streaming 720p wasn’t working. So, two blurry screensnaps.
Click to enlarge and look verrry carefully. The device ID is Onda. 2GBs of RAM, 32GBs of internal storage. Although the model number is too blurry to confirm, it has to be the V975i.
I guess I should have mentioned earlier that the second batch of Xiaomi MiPad goes on sale this Tuesday (July 8th in China), according to a Weibo communique:
Xiaomi Mi Pad available in the EU soon through resellers
Although stock in China has temporarily dried up for the Mi Pad, European resellers Xiaomishop.it have confirmed they will be getting stock this coming week. Once in stock the MiPad will be available with shipping from EU to anywhere in Europe for 14 Euros (so no possibility of added tax), with 2 year warranty, and you can even get a %4 discount with the following code: GIZXIAOMI.
Likely to be just the 16GB model in white.
Hell of a premium. 1499 yuan converts to about 177 Euros. They’re asking 299 Euros! That’s about US$406!
XiaomiShop Italy listing
They’ve done an unboxing and a few tests [horrible Google Translate].
Surprisingly, someone at the IMP3Net forum has gotten the new Chuwi V99i [Google Translate].
Recap: The Chuwi V99i is their iPad Air clone. It has a Retina-class 9.7-inch screen, a 64-bit Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3735D CPU with a peak frequency of 1.83GHz, 2GBs of DDR3L-RS RAM, 16GBs of eMMC internal storage, microSD card slot, microUSB (OTG) port, ACC-enhanced sound, 2MP front and 5MP (OVA) back cameras, Huawei UltraStick for 3G capability, and a 8,400 mAh battery. It’s missing HDMI-out but will do Intel’s WiDi (Wireless Display).
Since I’ve started following Weibo accounts, I’ve noticed a big contrast between the way Chinese tech companies use Weibo and American tech companies use Twitter.
American companies use it primarily to pimp themselves and their products. It’s basically non-stop advertising. It’s all about them.
Chinese companies do some pimping too, but they also provide actual useful information for users.
A good example of this is Xiaomi which, in-between running a bunch of contests for their users (instead of serving themselves, as most American companies do), today gave their users information on what to do if their phone is lost or stolen.