Xiaomi is hosting an event on July 26 where it is set to unveil a new smartphone, the Mi 5X. Alongside the Mi 5X, Xiaomi will also unveil its latest custom UI version, MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Prior to the launch event, a preview of the new look and features on MIUI 9 have been revealed on its forum. The blog post has also revealed photos of the Mi 5X which are the same as the leaked ones. Also Read - Xiaomi 12 could become first smartphone to launch with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsetAlso Read - Redmi Note 11T 5G vs Realme 8s 5G: Which one is a better option?
To start with, three new themes including the default theme have been revealed. The home screen and lock screen are both displayed with the new themes which are called No Boundary, Color Fantasy and Cool Black. Judging by the look on the themes, there isn t any drastic difference except for the absence of text below the dock icons at the bottom. The shortcut apps on lock screen will go through a slight change. Some commonly used shortcuts like Mi Home, Mi Remote and Torch will be accessible in one place on the lock screen.
Torch can now be activated by swiping right and this feature will be beneficial for Xiaomi smartphones with front fingerprint sensor. On Xiaomi smartphones with rear fingerprint sensor, torch can be launched with long press on the Home button. The split screen feature which was introduced on Android 7.0 Nougat last year will finally arrive for Xiaomi devices with MIUI 9. Xiaomi says that the split screen feature will be available for smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and above. Some of the confirmed smartphones include the Mi 6, Mi MIX, Mi Note 2 and Redmi Note 4X. The recently launched Mi Max 2 already comes with the split screen feature. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review: Large is an understatement
With the addition of new features, Xiaomi will also remove some redundant features will be removed such as Child Mode, WiWide (for China users), Contact Card and Showtime. Xiaomi will reveal more on the MIUI tomorrow at the launch event. The blog post further mentions that the first Beta ROM for MIUI 9 will be released on Friday, which the company terms as Orange Friday . It also lists out the devices which will first receive the MIUI 9 update and these include the Mi 6, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X. The second batch of devices will be the Mi 2 and Mi 2S. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 explosion reportedly caught on video, company responds
Speaking about the Mi 5X, the images shared in the blog post show the same smartphone with dual rear cameras leaked in past events. While the look and design of the Mi 5X is confirmed, its specifications are speculated as of now. Details on the dual rear cameras are still scarce but it is said that one would feature a telephoto lens while the other a wide angle sensor. The Mi 5X is expected to launch with a 5.5-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 625 SoC and 4GB of RAM. The smartphone could come with 64GB of onboard storage and pack a 3,000mAh battery underneath. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi 5X to go on sale from August 1, pre-orders begin: Report