Xiaomi ties-up with Microsoft to bring Cortana to Mi Mix

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Xiaomi ties-up with Microsoft to bring Cortana to Mi Mix

Posted on : Thursday 24th of November 2016

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Xiaomi Mi Mix will come with Microsoft’s voice-assistant Cortana pre-installed, reveals a report in mspoweruser. The Chinese smartphone maker had tied up with Microsoft in June to pre-install Microsoft’s Office suite of apps and Skype on its devices. “And now, it looks like the company is also pre-installing Cortana on its devices such as the bezel-less Mi Mix,” the report adds. However, Xiaomi is not the first Android OEM to have partnered with Microsoft to bring Cortana to its smartphones. Back in 2015, OnePlus teamed up with Microsoft to offer Cortana to Cyanogen users via over-the-air update.

Microsoft has brought about some significant changes to Cortana with its Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Cortana is now more accessible even from the lockscreen. With the new update, Windows 10 users can ask Cortana to play music or set reminder directly from the lockscreen.

Xiaomi launched its edge-less design concept smartphone – Mi Mix – last month. And rumours of a new 5.5-inch display variant of the smartphone were doing rounds online. However, latest reports deny the existence of such a device. MyDrivers quoted an official source from Xiaomi who said there’s no such product as Mi Mix Nano, putting an end to all rumours around the device.

A separate report in GizmoChina has revealed images of the Mi Mix in white colour variant. The current Mi Mix has a 6.4-inch (2040 x 1080 pixels resolution) IPS LCD display with a 91.3 per cent screen-to-body ratio, and was launched in just a black version. The edge-to-edge device comes with a custom 17:9 aspect ratio. A new colour variant could mean Xiaomi is looking to boost the sale of Mi Mix by giving users more colour choices.

Xiaomi Mi Mix is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with an Adreno 530 GPU. It is available in two variants – 4GB RAM/128GB ROM and 6GB RAM/256GB ROM. The phone features a 16MP rear camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, EIS, dual-LED flash and phase detection auto-focus. The front shooter on the Mi Mix features an 8MP sensor which is at the bottom of the device.

The dual-SIM capable Mi Mix weights 209 grams, and is backed by a massive 4400 mAh non-removable Li-ion battery. The phone is equipped with Quick Charge 3.0 that allows the battery to be charged to 83 per cent in 30 minutes.

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