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. 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. Since then, the phone has been a subject of numerous leaks and rumors.
2. Mi A3
Even though MIUI skin is feature rich and all, but there is a chunk of Android community who prefers light and pure stock software of Android One phones. And that’s where the Mi A-series shines. 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 nearly stock build of Android and are guaranteed 3 years of monthly security updates and 2 years of Android platform updates.
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. Foldable phone
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? Yeah! In a video leaked by Evan Blass, a mysterious phone surfaces, which has a large tablet-like display and can fold into a more manageable phone. 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. Mi 9
Mi 9 would be the successor flagship from the Mi lineage that’s expected to go official very soon at MWC 2019. Xiaomi would naturally bring its A game with the Mi 9. Word on the street is that there would be triple rear cameras with one of them being a 3D TOF sensor. The phone would exhibit a 6.4-inch 19:9 FHD+ AMOLED display with a water drop notch at the front. The phone is likely to sport a 24MP front camera with the Sony IMX576 sensor as well.
Like other flagships of the year, it could also run on a Snapdragon 855 SoC, with the X24 LTE modem. It could be fueled by 3,500 mAh battery with 27W fast charging support. We expect the phone to clad Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10 skin. As for RAM + storage combos, the options could start from a 6 + 128GB entry-level model. This will allegedly be priced at CNY 2,999, which at the current exchange rates converts to $443.82 or €386.88.
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 Go
This one is touted to be the company’s most affordable smartphone thus far, as expected from an Android Go phone. Android Go phones run trimmed down version of Stock Android. They have “lite” version of Google’s popular apps, rebuilt to run on a device of 1GB or Lesser RAM. Google sends software to OEMs like Xiaomi, who are in turn responsible for releasing the updates.
The phone with M1903C3GG model number was spotted going through the certification platforms in the US, China, and Russia, hinting at a global launch of the phone. Moreover, the phone could sport an 18:9 display with Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-SIM support. The phone is highly likely to include Android 9 Pie (Go edition) and 1GB of RAM.
7. Redmi 7
Its predecessor was a winner in terms of affordability but wasn’t much of an upgrade. We expect the Redmi 7 to turn the tide. The phone is purported to run on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. It would aim to strike a balance between Redmi 7A and Redmi 7 Pro. From the recent Note 7 launch, one thing is clear that Xiaomi is plotting to give a tough game to other players.
8. Redmi 7A
Redmi 7A would be a trimmed down version of the aforementioned phone. So, we could expect a slight bump from the previous generation yet lower than its big brother Redmi 7. Now that the Redmi Go devices would be out, we are eager to see how does the company positions this phone.
9. 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.
10. Redmi Note 7 Pro
Its been just a week since the Redmi Note 7 was launched in China and is yet to touch the global markets. As per a teaser posted in Weibo by Redmi hinted at the details of the upcoming Pro variant. Redmi Note 7 Pro could come with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary rear shooter. Later on, a tipster on Weibo claimed the inclusion of Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC instead of the Snapdragon 660 chipset in Redmi Note 7. We expect more spec details to surface soon.
Redmi Note 7
Yeah, this one has launched in China but is yet to touch the Indian soil. It packs a whopping 48MP Camera and a coveted design refresh. Other features include Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor, 13MP selfie camera, 6.3-inch screen, MIUI software, and a 4000mAh battery. The device has taken the smartphone world by storm as the Chinese giant has priced it at a seemingly unbeatable price.
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. 26,990.00|
|Mi A3||Rs. 18,147.08|
|Foldable phone**||Rs. 49,999|
|Mi 9||Rs. 34,990.00
|Mi Mix 4||Rs. 35,000|
|Redmi Go||Rs. 5000|
|Redmi 7||Rs 7,500|
|Redmi 7A||Rs. 5,500|
|Redmi 7 Pro||Rs. 9,500|
|Redmi Note 7||Rs. 10,485.00|
|Redmi Note 7 Pro||Rs. 13,500 to Rs. 15,700|
* Expected Prices ** Name T.B.A