After almost 9 years of development, SoundHound finally released Hound – its voice search app, a couple of months ago, and it has been making waves since then.
When the Mi 16000mAh power bank was announced, I couldn’t resist buying it along with the Mi Band when both were made available on 09th June at 2pm. Some months ago, during a sale on Amazon, I’d picked up an ihave ia1310 Boss 10000mAh Power Bank (Gold) for Rs. 799, so as far as power backup requirements go, things were actually quite sorted.
Previously, I’d looked at buying one from Ambrane (10400mAh), Lenovo (13000mAh), OnePlus (10000mAh) or even Xiaomi’s own 5200mAh and 10400mAh power banks, but they were mostly sold out quickly and then out of stock for ages. Plenty of fakes floating around too apparently, as I learned from some folks who’d bought them, though there are ways to identify the fakes.
In the past year or so, Xiaomi has shaken up the ‘gadget world’ by introducing a range of products at very reasonable prices. Add the Mi Band and Mi 16000mAh power bank to the list.
Even though both were available towards mid to end of 2014, they weren’t being sold in India. Add to that the ‘flash sale on select sites’ theory where stuff typically gets sold out in seconds. Earlier this month, there was an announcement that both these products could be bought off the Mi site, starting 09-Jun-15, 2pm onwards. I wasn’t too optimistic of snagging ‘em but at 2pm sharp, I was thrilled to see both products shown as available before realising I hadn’t even created a Mi user account :p Managed to quickly do so, add both products to the cart, and make the payment. Phew!