Xiaomi has been teasing the launch of an upcoming smartphone with a 108MP camera for a week now. We had a couple of pieces of evidence (1, 2) to believe that the upcoming smartphone will be called Xiaomi Mi 10i with code name gauguinpro. To those unaware, Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G, launched recently in China, carries the same code name, which confirms the fact that the upcoming device for the Indian market will be a rebranded Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G. Now, Manu Kumar Jain, MD, Xiaomi India, has confirmed that the upcoming device will indeed be called Mi 10i and it will launch in India on 5th January.
Xiaomi Mi 10i will mark the return of the i-series of devices under the Mi range of smartphones in India. To those unaware, Xiaomi had launched Mi 4i around a price of Rs. 15,000 mark in India back in 2015. Though we do not expect the Mi 10i to be priced similar to the Mi 4i, we do expect to see a similar price-to-performance proposition.
'i' for #India 🇮🇳
Launching the all-new flagship #Mi10i where the 'i" stands for India. 🇮🇳
Launching on 05.01.2021. New year, new start! 🤩 #HappyNewYear
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) December 31, 2020
Mr. Manu Jain in his tweet also mentioned that the i in Mi 10i stands for India, as the product has been customized by the Indian product team. Additionally, Mr. Jain has confirmed that Mi 10i will be an extension of the Mi 10T Lite which was announced globally a couple of months back. He also says that the company will include a brand new camera sensor along with a host of customizations specifically for the Indian market.
We will have to wait till the 5th January and see what all changes and customizations Xiaomi has done on the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G for the Indian market. Xiaomi Mi 10i color options and memory variants were leaked last week. Pretty much everything is known about the device except for the price. Based on the pricing of Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G in China, we can expect Mi 10i to start around a price of Rs. 20,000 in India. Let us have a look at the pricing of Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G,
Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G
(approx Rs. 17,881)
(approx Rs. 20,118)
(approx Rs. 22,354)
As per the information that surfaced on the web last week, Xiaomi may not launch the 8GB and 256GB variant of the smartphone in the Indian market. POCO India had launched 256GB variant of the POCO X2 but with POCO X3, the company decided not to launch a 256GB variant, probably due to less demand? Whatever the reason be, Xiaomi seems to have borrowed a page from POCO’s experience in this regard.
Xiaomi Mi 10i: Features and Specifications
The Mi 10i will feature a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and Corning Gorilla Glass5 protection. The smartphone will pack an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC coupled with Adreno 619 GPU, and UFS 2.2 storage. The device should offer a 108MP quad-rear camera setup with Samsung HM2 sensor. The 108MP sensor will get accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 120° field-of-views, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro sensor. For the selfies, it might offer a 16MP front shooter.
The smartphone might be to pack a 4,820mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The smartphone should offer a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and an IR sensor. It might offer a 3.5mm audio jack, and stereo speaker setup. What are your thoughts on the Mi 10i? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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