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Xiaomi products now available in Cebu stores

Xiaomi has made available its Mi products in retail stores across the Philippines, including in Cebu. The company said the offline availability of their products will make it more convenient…

Xiaomi has made available its Mi products in retail stores across the Philippines, including in Cebu. The company said the offline availability of their products will make it more convenient for Mi fans to easily get their hands on Mi products such as Redmi 2 and Mi Pad. Mi products were previously available only via online purchases with Lazada.

Mi products will now be sold at over 200 locations nationwide, including MemoXpress, Silicon Valley and PC Express stores. More stores will be added gradually, Xiaomi said in a press statement.

Among the company’s products is the Redmi 2, which sells for P5,999. The Redmi 2 features a 4.7-inch HD display and runs on a quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor for faster and more powerful performance. With dual SIM, dual standby, users won’t have to manually switch SIM cards around with data support on both slots. The 8-megapixel rear camera on Redmi 2 features a 28-mm wide angle lens that is great for capturing photos, while the 2-megapixel front camera supports 720p video recording.

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All Mi products will continue to be available online on Lazada Philippines. The suggested retail prices of Mi products at the retail stores will be the same as the online prices. This allows Mi fans to pick the most convenient way of purchasing their desired products, the company said.

In Cebu, the products are now available at:

  • Aerophone SM City Consolacion
  • Aerophone SM City Cebu
  • Aerophone Parkmall
  • Aerophone Ayala Center Cebu
  • Cellcom World in Cyberzone SM City Cebu
  • JR.MX in Savemore in Elizabeth Mall
  • MemoXpress in Cyberzone SM City Cebu
  • Rulls in Gaisano GrandMall in Carcar
  • Rulls in Metro Gaisano Colon
  • Rulls in Gaisano Mactan
  • Rulls in Gaisano Mandaue
  • Rulls in Cyberzone in SM City Cebu
  • Rulls in Cyberzone in SM Consolacion
  • Rulls in Ayala Center Cebu
  • Save n Earn in Cyberzone SM City Cebu

Steve Vickers, General Manager Southeast Asia, Xiaomi, said, “Mi fans in the Philippines have asked for more ways to purchase Mi products, and we’ve listened. In addition to our main online sales channel, we’re excited to offer offline sales as an option. Mi fans will also benefit from being able to try out our latest products at experience zones located in certain stores, before making a decision and buying them on the spot.”

The initial list of products available offline and their corresponding suggested retail prices are as follows.

  • Redmi 2 – P5,999
  • Mi Pad – P10,999
  • 16000mAh Mi Power Bank – P1,299
  • Mi In-Ear Headphones – P849

Offline buyers will also enjoy the same great after-sales support from Xiaomi, which includes chat support and a hotline service. They can also visit any of Xiaomi’s eight service centers, one of which is an Exclusive Service Center. Products can also be sent to Xiaomi for inspection through offline dealers, giving users even more choices for service support.

Xiaomi aims to bring innovation into the hands of everyone. Making Mi products available both online and offline in the Philippines will allow more users to experience for themselves Xiaomi’s high-quality products offered at incredible price points.

Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun. With more than 61 million handsets sold in 2014, and products launched in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India and Indonesia, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.

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Lost phone sends back images of new ‘owner’

Romeo Bonsocan was riding a jeepney plying the 04L or Lahug-SM City Cebu route last December 30 when he lost his office phone, a Xiaomi Mi 3. Bonsocan, who works…

Romeo Bonsocan was riding a jeepney plying the 04L or Lahug-SM City Cebu route last December 30 when he lost his office phone, a Xiaomi Mi 3.

Bonsocan, who works for the Creative Republiq advertising agency, isn’t sure whether he dropped the phone or it was swiped from him.

The Xiaomi Mi 3 isn’t particularly expensive – it sells for P10,599 on the Lazada website but only there. But it is a powerful Android phone for its price. It is also a hard phone to buy — Xiaomi doesn’t have a physical store and only sells through Lazada in the Philippines.

Only sold online

The Mi 3, as is often the case, is currently out of stock. Several time in the past, the site announced it was selling the Mi 3 and each “flash sale” I couldn’t order in time to get one of the few available units.

“The next day, morning, nag-atang ko sa tanang jeep hoping makit-an just in case natagak pero wala man jud. It took me 2 hours to check and nibalik tanan jeep. Or most probably naay nakakuha adto then gibaligya? Can’t be sure,” Bonsocan told MyCebu.ph in an interview. (I checked on all jeepneys plying the route the next day. It took me 2 hours to check all jeepneys and I couldn’t find it. Maybe somebody got it and sold the unit?)

He called the phone and at first it rang and nobody answered. About 2 days after he lost it, somebody answered but cut off the call.

Bonsocan said he wasn’t asked to pay for the device by the office. He said that by February, he had “moved on” from the loss.

MISSING PHONE. These people have Romeo Bonsocan’s Xiaomi Mi 3, which he lost inside a jeepney last December 30.

MISSING PHONE. These people have Romeo Bonsocan’s Xiaomi Mi 3, which he lost inside a jeepney last December 30.

Uploading images to Google Photos

The phone, however, was tethered to Bonsocan’s Gmail account. In March, it started to send photos of the people who were now using the device to his Gmail account, although he did not know about it that time.

Yesterday, he realized that somebody was using his Mi 3 because he got a notification in Gmail about a new Google Story. If you link your Android device with Google+, it uploads all the photos you take with the device and then organizes it into a digital scrapbook called Google Story.

And what a Google Story it was for Bonsocan – with the phone showing photos of a family, a young kid, a graduation, a trip to the city zoo and the Taoist Temple and selfies taken at home.

He posted the photos on Facebook to ask for help in identifying the people there. They haven’t been identified as of this writing at 8:30 p.m. on April 20.

Bonsocan said he will go to the National Telecommunications Commission on Wednesday to have the device blocked.

He said the people in the photo might just have bought the device from somebody else. Bonsocan said he just wants the phone returned and the truth on what really happened to come out.

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