Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker review (Express photo: Sneha Saha)

Xiaomi has been expanding the Mi portfolio in India this year with the launch of a smart speaker to top up the flurry of TVs, fitness bands, smartwatch and, of course, smartphones.

With most of us stuck at home or working from home, a smart speaker comes across as a necessity to bring in some entertainment into our mundane lifestyle. Unfortunately, as of now, each device works like a manual TV remote control and doesn't serve as an eyes-free idiot-proof screen where we can simultaneously get directions. But Xiaomi is at least introducing fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants navigation by making it available on the Mi Home speaker called Mi Pad. It has heat sensors on both sides of the screen to adjust the whole interface depending on where users are, tracks their recent devices and lets them change the music station with a one click, much like an Android TV. Small selection of apps is pre-installed on the Mi Pad, but there's ample room for Xiaomi to pick with, and integrate it into the whole Mi Home experience. The first batch of Mi Pad units is already in the hands of consumers and will hit the stores later this year in India.

smartphone maker Meizu to launch Mi 5S mid 2017

Meizu has revealed that it will be bringing a successor to the Mi 5, a flagship 5.2-inch model that could be called Mi 5S, later in 2016. The main difference should be hardware with the Mi 5S being powered by a Snapdragon 820 with 2GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The larger phone comes with a 4,100mAh battery. All this suggests that the devices is likely to come pre-loaded with Windows 10 Mobile, ZTE's OS that runs on top of Android.

With the Mi 5S, Meizu has also confirmed that it will be making at least a few branded and dual-SIM devices. Meizu's products are known for great battery life as on every Mi 5 release till now, the Xiaomi smartphone has topped our list of best multi-day battery lives. We hope this release can also push the all new Snapdragon 820 chipset to offer even better mobile battery life in a better new design should it actually launch.

We have already reported that Xiaomi would do a massive flash sale here in India, selling the new contract driven Mi 5 for just Rs 37,000. Now it seems that the company will be doing something similar in other markets too. The company speaks fantastically of Stateside-Inexpensive because they don't charge anything at all for resellers and it is happening in the same month that the retail outlet version of the smartphones starts selling in India.

HP Essentall and Lenovo laptop with Windows 10

HP will have its own laptop program this year, possibly called Essentall, or "excellent all-