There have been rumours that Xiaomi was poised to take on the likes of OPPO and vivo in the mid-range market with a brand new line of smartphones which are focused on offline sales. Now, thanks to a leaked print ad, it looks like that will be a reality.
The smartphone looks like it will be called the Xiaomi 5X and will allegedly feature a camera module capable of 5X optical zoom.
Xiaomi is set to unveil something massive, two somethings in fact, during their upcoming launch event next week. We, along with many others, have speculated that the Chinese company will be pulling the sheets off their new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone but specifications for this particular device has been scarce.
The company based out of Beijing has always had high targets, we wouldn’t expect anything less from co-founders Lei Jun and Lin Bin. They aimed high with a range of 80 to 100 million devices but they fell slightly short last year. Still that’s not too bad as they haven’t even started to enter Western markets.
Those hoping for refresh to the flagship Mi series were left with nothing, though they might like the images that have been discovered today.
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Xiaomi has two events scheduled for April, one for the 23rd and one for tomorrow, with the former likely to be for the Xiaomi Mi 4i and the latter could very well be for a new Redmi phone, the Xiaomi H3Y which could very well be the Redmi Note 2. We still don’t know what exactly Xiaomi’s trasport product is going to be but they’ve announced today that they have dealings with Ninebot and Segway so it’s likely to be something along those lines in the future.
No one is a stranger to Xiaomi’s affordable smartphones, and it looks like they’re going to attempt to release an even cheaper Redmi smartphone that will be similar to the current Redmi 2.
The rumoured specs of the mystery phone includes a 4.7 inch 720p display, 1GB RAM with 8GB built in storage, 4G LTE and a 8MP/2MP camera combo as well as running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. Powering the whole thing will be a quad-core Leadcore LC1860 processor clocked at 1.6GHz instead of a Snapdragon 410 unit that’s running on the Redmi 2.
The chipset however is probably what will be the driving factor in the final price, with companies resorting to using MediaTek chips as opposed to the more expensive Qualcomm ones. The mystery smartphone could cost as low as 399 CNY, which is less than RM 300.
However, in a recent update, CEO Lei Jun mentioned that it is impossible for them to come out with a 399 CNY phone as they would need to maintain a certain level of quality experience. The only question now is how well the Leadcore would hold up in terms of performance and stability.
Not too long ago, Xiaomi announced the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro but didn’t hint at any successor to the Mi 4 smartphone. If this teased image is true, we might get a successor this year by the name of the Xiaomi Mi 5.
According to GizmoChina, the Mi 5 could be announced in Q4 of 2015, which is more than a year since the Mi 4 initially hit the market. There’s no official word on what features the Mi 5 will have under the hood but it’s speculated the smartphone would likely be around 5 inches because the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro have larger 5.7 inch screens and Xiaomi probably won’t want to launch another larger sized flagship smartphone this year.
The image above was posted by Xiaomi CEO and co-founder Lei Jun that was showing various prototypes of Xiaomi smartphones including the Redmi Note, the Mi 2, Mi 3, and Mi 4. He also said that Xiaomi tends to make five or six protoypes for each phone before the final version is ready, so we might only get a proper peek once Q4 draws closer.