Xiaomi had already teased an annual event in China scheduled for the end of this month. Now, the company has confirmed the date of the event – May 31. The teaser all but confirms Xiaomi’s plans to launch the Mi 8 Anniversary Edition smartphone at the event.
The teaser poster on Weibo (spotted by Gizmochina) depicts a big ‘8’, which is all the confirmation you need about Xiaomi’s plans. The flagship device is likely to be called the Mi 8 Anniversary Edition or simply Mi 8. If previous reports are anything to go by then Xiaomi will also be launching a host of other devices, including the Mi 7 smartphone, and the Mi Band 3 fitness band.
The highlight however will be the Mi 8, which is widely expected to be a rebranded version of the much-rumored Mi 7 Plus. The Mi 7 and the Mi 8 were recently spotted on China’s 3C, and US’ FCC certification websites, thereby taking them one step closer to a launch. The certification websites don’t give away much except two model numbers – M1805E2A and M1803E1A.
Based on what we have come across so far, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected to flaunt 6.01-inch OLED edge-to-edge display with a notch at the top. The notch however will be quite wide as it is said to hold a host of sensors (infrared lens, front camera, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, flood illuminator, Dot projector). The smartphone is widely expected to boast Apple iPhone X-like face recognition technology.
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The rest of the rumored specifications and features include Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, at least 6GB of RAM, Vivo X21UD-like in-display fingerprint sensor, and 4,000mAh battery with fast and wireless charging support. For photography, there is expected to be a dual-camera setup at the back.
Apart from the Mi 7, Mi 8 and Mi Band 3, there have also been rumors about Xiaomi launching the Mi Max 3. But CEO Lei Jun went on record to reveal that the flagship phablet is not ready yet, and is likely to be launched sometime in the month of July.