Xiaomi started off in 2010 as a software company pushing MIUI, an Android-based custom ROM and later Xiaomi Mi 1 smartphone was announced in August 2011. In the next few years, it rapidly gained market share in China and eventually spread to India and other countries. As of today, It’s one of the leading smartphone makers on the planet known for its aggressively priced Android phones. So, what do we expect from Xiaomi in 2019? Let’s get started.
Xiaomi Phones to Look Out For in 2019
Here’s a list of the upcoming Xiaomi phones, in no particular order, that we expect to launch this year.
1. Poco F2
Last August, Xiaomi revitalized the market with the launch of a new sub-brand. Yes, we are talking of none other than Xiaomi Poco F1 (review). It packed features of a flagship phone at an unbelievably low price. The Indian e-comm giant Flipkart, which was the exclusive outlet for this phone, has promised that the Pocophone F2 will launch in the first half of 2019. Lately, we have numerous leaks and rumors hinting at the upcoming K20 series to visit India under Poco moniker.
2. Mi A3
The Mi A-series runs on light and pure stock software of Android One. After the Mi A1, and Mi A2, the upcoming Mi A3 could be the one worth waiting for in this portfolio. They come with a guaranteed 3 years of monthly security updates and 2 years of Android platform updates.
ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A3: Everything We Know So Far
Xiaomi’s Mi A lineup may be joined by another device model with the code-name “orchid_sprout”. The _sprout suffix in the code-name is used in the code-names of nearly every Android One device certified by Google. It is part of the code-names of Xiaomi’s current Android One smartphones as well. (Source: XDA)
3. Xiaomi foldable phone
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Back in March 2017, there were reports of Xiaomi filing a patent in China, which hinted at some ongoing work on foldable smartphones.
Foldable phones could play a major role in the future of smartphones. And Xiaomi would also want a share of the pie, right? We have had the glimpses of the device thanks to leaks, official or not. As it’s folded, the icons and the software interface adapts to the new form factor. For more details, hop on to the dedicated article.
4. Redmi Pro 2
Redmi Pro 2 follows the design elements from the Redmi Note 7 Pro (review). The glaring difference would be its notch-free 6.39-inches and with FHD+ resolution display. This would come with an in-display fingerprint scanner and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
It would adopt the pop-up camera module to house the 20MP front camera. Redmi Pro 2 could also borrow the 48MP sensor from the Note 7 Pro. Word on the street is that the phone could be fueled by a 3,600 mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.
5. Mi Mix 4
Just like the Mi 9, Mi Mix 4 could also sport a triple-rear camera. There are rumors that the Mi Mix 4 is apparently going to have a periscope lens, which would facilitate greater optical zoom without compromising on the body’s thickness. It is likely to share the same Snapdragon 855 chipset. Currently, it might not seem like the Mi Mix 4 brings anything different to the table. But, its launch is set way down the line. And we could gather more tidbits by then.
6. Redmi 7A
Redmi 7A would be a trimmed down version of the Redmi 7 phone. So, we could expect a slight bump from the previous generation yet lower than its big brother Redmi 7. There is also their Redmi Go phone. So, we are eager to see how does the company positions this phone.
7. Redmi 7 Pro
Once its siblings arrive, the Redmi 7 Pro will launch in the country within a few months. From the past, we could derive that this phone could sport a bigger battery, screen, storage, and better screen resolution. Xiaomi had been plagued by indistinguishable design and minor upgrades. However, this time, things could change and we keep our fingers crossed.
8. Redmi Note 7 series (launched)
Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) entered and flipped the Indian smartphone market upside down. The brand brought the phones in a novel design, powerful hardware, and noteworthy camera all at a budget price bracket. While the Pro variant packs a 48MP main camera, SD675 chipset, and beefier memory/storage options, the base model bears a 12MP primary camera and SD660 SoC. Rest, the phones are among the best picks in their respective price tags.
9. Redmi Y3
Redmi Y3 (review) is a selfie-centered phone with a 32MP Super Selfie camera. Rest of the phone stacks a cleverly curated list of specs. The rear cameras include a 12MP+2MP duo, a 6.26-inch Dot Notch IPS LCD display, a 4,000mAh battery, Android 9.0 Pie based MIUI 10 operating on the surface on top of a 14nm 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset.
10. Redmi 7 (launched)
The Redmi 7 (review) sports a 6.26-inch waterdrop notch display with HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor coupled with a 4000 mAh battery.
Optics include a 12MP+2MP camera combination at the back and an 8MP sensor up front. It also features face unlock, a 3.5mm headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, and IR blaster too.
11. Mi 9 (launched)
Mi 9 is the Xiaomi’s flagship entrant in its homeland with high-end specs such as a 5G equipped SD855 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage, a 3,500mAh power cell with 27W fast charging support, etc under the hood. The facade features a 6.4-inch FHD + AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch housing a 20MP Sony IMX576 sensor. The rear panel seats a 48Mp+ 16Mp+ 12Mp camera triplet.
12. Xiaomi Blackshark 2 (launched)
The gaming flagship Blackshark 2 comes with an Octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC aided with Adreno 640 GPU and 12GB of RAM. You could also grab it in 8GB RAM + 256GB storage or 6/8GB RAM with 128GB storage.
The phone packs a horde of game-enhancing features, both hardware-wise as well as software-wise. It is fueled by a huge 4,000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.
13. Redmi Go (launched)
Redmi Go (review) as evident from the name, is an Android Go phone. This simply means the phone runs on a custom-made trimmed down version of stock Android 8.1. you could also download the lite versions of popular apps like Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, Twitter Lite, Ola lite, Uber Lite, Tiktok Lite, Mint (browser) Lite, etc from the Google Play store.
Rest, the phone comes with the bare essentials when it comes down to hardware specs. You get a 5-inch HD display, an 8MP rear camera (with LED flash) and 5MP Auto-HDR enabled front camera, a 3000mAh battery and the power of 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core 425 chipset coupled with Adreno 308 GPU.
So, which of these are you excited for?
People would expect value for money when it comes to the brand name Xiaomi. Their fans would be waiting for some exciting phones to come out this year. We have listed some phones here with the rumored and leaked specs.
Please take them with a pinch of salt until any official confirmation from the company end. Also, since Redmi is now a separate sub-brand, many of the affordable ones will ditch the Xiaomi moniker. We will crawl the web for updates on the upcoming Xiaomi phones and will keep you posted. Till then, let us know in the comments about the Xiaomi phones you are most excited for.
Xiaomi Phones to Look Out For in 2019
|Poco F2||Rs. 25,999|
|Mi A3||Rs. 15,990|
|Foldable phone**||Rs. 75,000|
|Redmi Pro 2||Rs. 11, 990|
|Mi Mix 4||Rs. 35,000|
|Redmi 7A||Rs. 5,500|
|Redmi 7 Pro||Rs. 9,500|
|Redmi Note 7||Rs. 9,999|
|Redmi Note 7 Pro||Rs. 15,499|
|Redmi Y3||Rs. 9, 999|
|Redmi 7||Rs 7,500|
|Mi 9||Rs. 39,748|
|Black shark 2||Rs. 38, 328|
|Redmi Go||Rs. 5000|
* Expected Prices ** Name T.B.A