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Xiaomi's Smartphone Selfies Make Old People Feel Young

Xiaomi's Mi Note has a built-in algorithm that attempts to figure out a selfie-taker's age and gender. It's not as flattering for young people.

Posted on February 12, 2015, at 6:21 p.m. ET

Today in San Francisco, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi had a press event and gave me their new Mi Note to try out. Later today, the internet connection in the Buzzfeed San Francisco office went out. So, I had everyone try out Xiaomi's selfie camera, which tries to ascertain your gender and age, and then edits your photos (it calls this effect Beautify) completely automatically. We wanted to see how close it got.

Mat Honan, Bureau Chief

Actually 42.

Actually 42.

Jessica Misener, Deputy Editorial Director

Correct!Just kidding, Jess is 30.

Correct!

Just kidding, Jess is 30.

Ellen Cushing, Articles Editor

Ellen is 27, and does not have a timer thing on her face all the time.

Ellen is 27, and does not have a timer thing on her face all the time.

Brendan Klinkenberg, Reporter

I'm 23. Thanks, Xiaomi.

I'm 23. Thanks, Xiaomi.

Mathew Guiver, Staff Writer

Mathew is 28, but the hat adds some youthful vigor. Fair miss.

Mathew is 28, but the hat adds some youthful vigor. Fair miss.

Unfortunately, the Mi Note (and all Xiaomi phones) are not available in the U.S. They announced today that they will be launching here soon, but that expansion will just include products like headphones and other accessories, not smartphones or tablets.

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