After an interesting start to this year where Xiaomi expanded its product portfolio in markets outside of China and announced new manufacturing plants in India, the company is looking at continuing with its aggressive approach. In the coming months, Xiaomi has a range of new smartphone launches up its sleeve.
There have been tons of leaks and speculations around Xiaomi’s long list of smartphones for this year. These include successors to last year’s models. Some of the most anticipated releases include the India-specific Redmi S2, Mi A1 successor, and the flagship Mi 7 smartphone. Below is the list of upcoming Xiaomi smartphones, along with their rumored specifications and possible launch dates.
Xiaomi Mi 6X: To be launched on April 25, Xiaomi Mi 6X is the successor to the Mi 5X launched last year. In India, it is likely to be sold as Mi A2 - Android One smartphone. As for specifications, the company has confirmed that it will be available in five color choices and feature a dual-camera module with a 20-megapixel sensor. For selfies, there will be a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor.
Xiaomi Mi 7: Earlier this month, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the next flagship smartphone Mi 7 will be equipped with the new under-display fingerprint sensing technology. Based on leaks from the past, the Mi 7 is codenamed Dipper, and will feature a full-screen OLED display with a notch. We can expect AI-based camera capabilities. It is expected to be launched sometime in June this year.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3: The mid-range phablet has also been spotted online this month. The Mi Max 3 is speculated to offer a bigger display than its predecessor. It is expected to pack a 7-inch tall display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The phablet is further said to draw its juice from a mammoth 5,500mAh battery, which may also support wireless charging.
Xiaomi 'Comet': Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 710 SoC will be seen powering two of Xiaomi's smartphones. One of them is said to be internally codenamed as 'Comet'. It is rumored to feature an OLED display with an Always-On feature and come with support for dual-SIM and IR Blaster. It is expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo MIUI 9 layered atop. It is said to include 3,100mAh battery. While there is no word on when Xiaomi will release this mysterious device, the timeline for the launch of Qualcomm's chip is in second half of 2018.
Xiaomi 'Sirius': The second Xiaomi device to run the newer Qualcomm chipset is codenamed 'Sirius'. In terms of specifications, it is also expected to feature an OLED display, and run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The camera on the smartphone is said to support Portrait Mode. Given that the specifications of Sirius and Comet are similar, we can expect them to be variants of each other.