Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi may launch two devices other than its flagship Mi-3 on July 15, according to a teaser the company posted on its Facebook page. Rumours suggest the two unknown models will be part of its Redmi range which were recently launched in other markets, where the company has a presence.
The post on the 'Mi India' Facebook page reads, “Think we've announced it all? There're so much more! Take a wild guess on what we're going to announce.” The teaser comes with an image of three devices – the centre one displays the time and date for the event, while two other phones have red screens and a question mark.
The two unknown devices are expected to be the Redmi 1S and the Redmi Note. The latter device was recently launched in Singaport, and Xiaomi registered sales of over 5,000 units in just 42 seconds. The device was priced at $199 in the country, and if launched in India is expected to carry a similar price tag.
The Redmi 1s features a 4.7-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The device also features 16GB of on-board storage which can be expanded to a maximum of 64GB via a microSD card slot.
The 1s runs on Google's Android 4.3 JellyBean mobile OS with Xiaomi's MiUi layer on top. An 8MP primary camera, a 1.6MP front-facing shooter and a 2,000mAh battery make up the general specifications of the phone.
The Redmi Note phablet on the other hand features a 5.5-inch HD (1280x720 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor coupled to 2GB of RAM. Internal storage stands at just 8GB, but can be expanded via a microSD card to a maximum of 32GB.
Like its smaller sibling the Redmi Note runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Xiaomi's MiUi layer on top. In terms of imaging the phone gets a 13MP primary camera at the rear and a 5MP front-facing shooter for selfie duties. All that hardware is powered by a 3,100mAh battery.
Xiaomi is looking to carve itself a big chunk of the Indian smartphone market, offering devices with compelling specifications at ultra-affordable prices. With its flagship Mi-3 priced at just Rs 14,999, the Redmi series of phones are expected to compete in lower price brackets.