Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, Mi Note 5, Mi Band 3, MIUI 10, MI VR and More to Launch in Xiaomi 8th Anniversary Event Today

Xiaomi is expected to unveil quite a few exciting new products at its 8th-anniversary event in China today. The chief attraction, however, will be the Mi 8.

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Xiaomi is gearing up for its 8th anniversary launch event in China today, set to be held in Shenzhen. As confirmed by the company recently, it will be launching its next flagship smartphone, the Mi 8 at the event. Along with the Mi 8, Xiaomi will also debut MIUI 10 at the event. However, the Mi 8 and MIUI 10 won’t be the only highlights of the show. It is being speculated that the company may introduce a few other exciting products at the event, including the Mi 8 SE, Mi Band 3, Mi Note 5, and a new VR headset. Ahead of the launch event today, Xiaomi has released a new teaser video for its 8th anniversary event, mainly focusing on the Mi 8.

Mi 8

The star of the show today will, of course, be the Mi 8. Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 8 is expected to sport a notched display with Full HD+ resolution and run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor. The Mi 8 is tipped to feature a 20MP + 16MP dual-camera setup at the rear and a 16MP selfie camera on the front. While multiple sources had suggested the smartphone will come with an under-display fingerprint sensor, leaked images, as well as a hands-on video, have made it quite clear that the Mi 8 will actually include a fingerprint sensor at the back of the handset. However, the Mi 8 is still expected to include advanced 3D facial recognition technology, similar to Face ID by Apple. The 3D facial recognition hardware will enable 3D animated emojis as well, similar to Animoji on the iPhone X. In terms of memory, the Mi 8 is rumored to pack up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.  India will be among the nine countries where the Mi 8 will go on sale initially. As for pricing, we expect the Mi 8 to cost somewhere around Rs.35,000 at launch in India.

Mi 8 SE

The Mi 8 SE is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset under the hood, which means it will be priced lower than the Mi 8. A recent leak also revealed the smartphone will come with an AI dual-camera setup at the rear, along with a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front.

Mi Note 5

The Mi Note 5, which was leaked online recently, is also expected to make its debut alongside the Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE at the Xiaomi event today. According to the latest leaks, the smartphone is likely to feature a 5.99-inch display with razor-thin bezels. It will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. While the camera specs haven’t been revealed yet, the smartphone is expected to feature four-axis optical image stabilization. In terms of pricing, the Mi Note 5 is likely to start at 2,299 yuan (Rs.24,400 approx.) in China. We expect it to be priced around the same region in India as well, provided Xiaomi decides to bring it to our shores.

Mi Band 3

The Mi Band 3 will succeed the Mi Band 2 fitness tracker that Xiaomi introduced in 2016. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had recently revealed on Weibo that he had been testing the Mi Band 3 for the last few weeks and found it to be a much better product than the Mi Band and Mi Band 2. As for specs, rumors suggest the Mi Band 3 will come with a 2.5D curved glass layer on top of its display, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. The wearable is likely to come with gesture support as well. In terms of pricing, the Mi Band 3 will be priced at 169 yuan (Rs.1,775 approx.) in China.

Mi VR Headset

Xiaomi’s Weibo handle today revealed that the company plans to announce a new VR headset as well at the launch event today. However, almost nothing is known about the key features or specifications of the VR headset that Xiaomi plans to launch today. So we have no option but to wait until the launch event today to find out more about it.

 

Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, and Redmi 6A to Launch Today?

In addition to the products discussed above, there is a small chance that Xiaomi could also announce the Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, and Redmi 6 Pro smartphones at the event today. All the three smartphones had been spotted on the TENAA website recently.

MIUI 10

Apart from new hardware, Xiaomi will also debut the latest version of MIUI at its event today. The first device to launch with the MIUI 10 out of the box will be the Mi 8, and possibly the Mi 8 SE as well. Apart from faster performance, MIUI 10 is expected to introduce some new features such as new full-screen navigation gestures inspired by Android P, along with UI-specific improvements.

So are you looking forward to the announcement of these new Xiaomi products? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.