Xiaomi Mi Note 5, Mi Band 3 to launch along with Mi 8 on May 31
Xiaomi’s flagship event will take place on May 31 where the company will launch the Mi 8 smartphone, MIUI 10 and also the Mi Band 3 fitness tracker.Updated: May 28, 2018 11:44 IST
Xiaomi is only three days away from hosting its annual flagship event which also commemorates the company’s eighth anniversary. On May 31, Xiaomi will be launching its flagship smartphone Mi 8 along with the new MIUI 10 and its fitness tracker, Mi Band 3. The company is also rumored to launch Mi Note 5 smartphone.
Based on speculations and reports, Mi Band 3 is expected to feature a touchscreen display. In comparison to the Mi Band 2, the display on the Mi Band 3 is expected to be rounder. The fitness tracker could also feature gestures like a long press, swipes for various tasks.
Xiaomi has started closed beta programme for MIUI 10 ahead of its official launch. At present, MIUI 10 beta is compatible with Redmi Note 5, Mi MIX, Mi MIX 2, Mi MIX 2s, and Mi 6. The new MIUI 10 is expected to debut on the Mi 8 which will be Android based.
Although not confirmed as yet, there have been reports of Xiaomi possibly launch Mi Note 5, successor to Mi Note 3. Leaks suggest the Mi Note 5 will feature a 5.99-inch full-screen display with very thin bezels. The smartphone could be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB and 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.
Coming to the highlight of the event, Mi 8 has been rumored and leaked quite extensively. The smartphone’s alleged retail box was leaked recently revealing a few but key details of the smartphone. Going by the images, the front of the retail box has the ‘Mi’ logo and the number ‘8’. The rear of the retail box contains the specifications of Mi 8. The smartphone will feature a dual-camera setup of 20-megapixel sensors.
The box further reveals that Mi 8 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, as rumored. This variant of the smartphone comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. Xiaomi is also expected to offer 8GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage with the Mi 8. Another feature highlighted on the retail box is ‘Dual GPS’ which hasn’t been heard of till now.
While this leak cannot be confirmed, the details match with what has been rumoured so far. Based on recent rumours, Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected to run MIUI based Android Oreo, a 5.65-inch full HD+ display, and a 4,000mAh battery. The smartphone is also speculated to come with wireless charging support.
In terms of design, Xiaomi will possibly be the next phone maker to embrace the iPhone X’s notch display design. It is also expected to give Apple competition with a facial recognition at par with the iPhone X’s ‘Face ID’. Another interesting feature the Mi 8 could offer is an in-display fingerprint sensor. As the name suggests, the fingerprint sensor will be embedded under the display of the phone.
In addition to expected flagship specifications, Mi 8 could surprise with some interesting features. However, it is best to take this information with a grain of salt and wait for the official confirmation. The launch event will take place on May 31 in Shenzen, China.
First Published: May 27, 2018 16:48 IST