Mi Mix 2S might not launch in India, Xiaomi CEO hints; Mi A2 India Launch imminent as Mi 6X listed in Android website

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Last year, Xiaomi surprised us by bringing its flagship Mi MIX 2 smartphone to the Indian market. However, the Mi MIX 2s, which was made official in China last month, will not be launched in the country. The info was revealed by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, who recently inaugurated the company’s new 180,000 sq ft office building in Bengaluru.

Mi Mix 2s: India Launch doubtful

Speaking to the media at Xiaomi’s new headquarters in Bengaluru, the company’s CEO Lei Jun said the Indian market still needs some more time to accept a product like the Mi Mix 2S. “I think the Mi Mix 2 might not be the best fit for some of the target audiences in India. It uses four sided curved ceramic body, and 18K gold coating. A lot of these things might not necessarily be suitable for the Indian market. Actually, it’s a piece of art, “said Jun. He added that Xiaomi’s goal is not just to introduce new products in the Indian market but to make sure that everything that the company introduces in the country turns out to be a really big hit.

The Mi Mix 2, which was launched in the Indian market last year, failed to generate much interest from consumers, which is why Xiaomi believes the Mi MIX 2S will not be able to perform any better commercially in the country. Lei Jun’s statements also suggest the company may not release any new flagship device in the country at least in the near future. Next year, or the year after, on premium phones, we can introduce wireless charging in Indian as well.” Said Lei Jun.

Mi A2: Launch in India Soon?

While Xiaomi may not have any plans of bringing its latest flagship device to the Indian market anytime soon, company CEO Lei Jun did confirm that new Android One device will be coming to the Indian market very soon as “quite a few users in India prefer Android One”. The first such device will be the Mi A2, which is expected to be launched in India very soon. Its Chinese variant, dubbed the Mi 6X, will be made official on Wednesday, i.e. April 25th. Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed any specific release date for the Mi A2 in India yet but we expect the smartphone to launch sometime next month, going by the recent evidence spotted on the Xiaomi India website. The Mi A2 will succeed the Mi A1 in India, which was launched in the country last year as Xiaomi’s very first Android One device.

Mi A2 (Mi 6X): Listed in Android Website

Ahead of the smartphone’s official unveiling in China on Wednesday, the Mi 6X has been listed on the Google’s official Android website along with other Xiaomi smartphones. The Mi 6X listing on the Google website also confirms a few key features of the smartphone. These include a 6.0-inch sized display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB / 64GB storage sizes, a fingerprint sensor, and Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

Mi A2: Expected Price in India, Specifications, Features

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to sport a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution, identical to the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones that were launched in India in February this year. In addition to the display size and resolution, the Mi A2 will be nearly identical to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of overall design as well.

The upcoming budget Android One smartphone from Xiaomi is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset, significantly more powerful than the Snapdragon 625 chipset that powers its predecessor. In the memory department, we expect the Mi A2 to be available in two memory configurations in the Indian market – 4GB RAM + 32GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The Mi 6X, on the other hand, will be available in a 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant as well. Rest of the key rumored specs include a 12MP + 20MP dual camera setup with 4K video recording, 20MP AI selfie camera, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a 2910 or 3000mAh capacity battery. On the software front, the Mi A2 will ship with stock Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box.

While no pricing-related leaks have surfaced online yet, it is likely that the Mi S2 will be launched at Rs.14,999 in India for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The 6GB RAM variant with 64GB of onboard storage, on the other hand, will likely be priced at Rs.17,999.