Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra recently made statements confirming that the Chinese tech giant is planning a major launch of its smartphones in the U.S.
This has been coming for quite some time now, but back then, Barra, who is the company’s Global VP, only mentioned of ongoing network tests for Xiaomi smartphones as far as U.S. carriers are concerned. But in a new turn of events, the company has confirmed that it will indeed be debuting into the global arena by booking a spot at the upcoming CES 2017.
The CES 2017 will be held in January and as such, we can expect to see a new Xiaomi smartphone launch to the world. The company is highly regarded back in its homeland, however, it has never embraced the global arena – this will be the first time Xiaomi launches a product targeting the entire world.
According to the company, a new and exciting product will be showcased at the CES 2017 event – a product that is aimed to show the world how the company has been pushing beyond the innovation boundaries. Even though Xiaomi has not mentioned what this “new and exciting product” will actually be, many will be disappointed if it’s not one of their latest innovations in the realm – the Xiaomi Mi MIX.
The company launched this Mi MIX phablet a few weeks ago and apparently, it is already selling in China. Boasting an almost bezel-less front panel, the 6.4-inch phablet has been hailed for being the first of its kind. Coupled with a decent hardware configuration, the Xiaomi Mi MIX is one of the best, of not the best in the current smartphone market.
Just recently, it emerged that there is a Xiaomi Mi MIX Mini or Nano for that matter, in the making. Apparently, the only thing that will change on the new model when compared to the initial release is the screen size. The Mini version will feature a 5.5-inch panel, but keep the more than 90% screen-to-body ratio. As for the rest of the specs, the phone is said to retain the Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB/6GB RAM as well as 128GB/256GB storage. The cameras have 16MP and 5MP lenses on the back and front respectively while the battery could be lowered to about 4000mAh, but still keep Quick Charge 3.0. The current Xiaomi Mi MIX has Android Marshmallow out of the box, but the newer version could ship with Android Nougat out of the box.
Don’t get your hopes too high, though, as Xiaomi has not even mentioned the devices that will be launched at the CES 2017 – this is just speculation. But who would mind having a flashy handset like the Mi MIX?