We all know the Redmi Note 5 Pro was one of the most awaited models of Android history, and it was a grand success for Xiaomi till now, as they’ve crossed 30% market share milestone in India for Q1 2018. It was launched in India back in February 2018, and buyers will know how hard it is to get one in a flash sale. Moving aside to the topic, we have some good news and bad news. Let’s get to the bad news first.
The bad news is that Xiaomi has decided to hike the price of the Redmi Note 5. Specifically, the price of the 4GB version will be hiked. The 6GB version’s price will remain unchanged, which is good news for those who planned to buy the version.
Xiaomi has put forward some seemingly rational points because of which they had to take the decision. First, it seems that Xiaomi’s manufacturing plants in India can’t actually produce all the PCBAs they need. Therefore, they were importing a lot of pieces from their home in China. However, the change in tax structure has affected the import costs of these PCBAs. This made it essential to hike up the cost.
Secondly, the recent depreciation of the rupee has yielded lower exchange rates. This has been another reason for hiking up the price. Xiaomi might also be trying to bring in some extra profits for greater production which brings in even more profits. However, we’re not sure about the same.
The price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB version has been increased from Rs.13,999 to Rs.14,999, and the 6GB RAM variant has been increased from Rs.15,999 to Rs.16,999.
Xiaomi has said that the Indian plants would be able to produce the essentials by Chinese Year Q3 2018. Okay, the good news is that the demand might fall a bit because of the sudden price increase and some of you may be just able to buy the phone in the flash sale. But it’s Redmi after all, so don’t be so sure yet!
Mi Max 3 to come in July, says Xioami CEO Lei Jun
Xiaomi has scheduled a launch event on May 31st, and we are all excited for this launch event. Though there are many speculations all around, there is no official confirmation from the company yet regarding these speculations. According to the latest leaks, we are expecting Xiaomi to launch Mi 7, Mi Band 3, Mi Max 3, and also the 8th Anniversary Mi 8, not just this but there is also one more special device which has been confirmed by the CEO, the all new Mi Max 3.
A fan has recently asked a question via Weibo to which the CEO Lei Jun has responded. He said, “Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is estimated to be released in July and is not ready yet. If so urgent, consider millet Max2″. So according to this, we can expect the Mi Max 3 to be launched by the end of this month. Mi Max 3 had many leaks such as, a 5,500 mAh battery with 3.0 fast charging technology, and it is also rumored to come with a 6.99 inch FHD resolution along with the 18:9 aspect ratio.
This device is powered by the Snapdragon 635 processor and would be available in two different variants, 3/64GB and 4/128GB. There are also chances that company might launch another variant of this device which will be powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor and 4GB of RAM. We are expecting more leaks of the Mi Max 3 in the near future.
Nokia sends invites for May 29 launch event in Russia
HMD Global has send media invites for an upcoming Nokia launch event for “new phones” in Russia. The poster reads “Dear friends, we invite you to worldwide premiere for new Nokia phones”. It mentions the date as May 29 but it the venue has been blurred out. The poster didn’t reveal the name or even hint to the smartphones that will be launched.
The event will be attended by the top management of HMD Global like CEO, CMO and CPO which revels the launch will be a pretty big ones. Also another important point that most of the 2018 Nokia smartphones are already available in Russia, including Nokia 8110 4G, Nokia 3310 4G, Nokia 1, Nokia 6 2018 and Nokia 7 Plus except the Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 8110 4G. Which means this year’s Nokia 2, 3 and 4 might be launched. HMD Global’s CEO Pekka Rentala already confirmed the existence of Nokia 2, 3 and 5 successors.
Three unknown Nokia smartphones with model number TA-1075, TA-1105 and Ta-1116 were spotted in Russian certification. The certification didn’t reveal any specs so its too early to comment about its segment. Also there was reports that Nokia 3 2018 is getting launched soon. We expect it to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset this time instead of a MediaTek one. We will know soon on May 29 at 7 PM.
Xiaomi’s Future Product Lineup Leaked. Mi 7 Lite, Mi S1, Mi Mix 3s, Redmi Note 6, etc in the list!
Valuations are often overrated but not revenue. No company in China has ever achieved $1bn in annual revenue quicker than the smartphone maker Xiaomi, following the launch of it’s first smartphone back in 2011.
Xiaomi fondly dubbed as the “Chinese Apple” by Chinese media is eyeing a giant IPO with a valuation of over $8 billion, but that hasn’t stopped the Chinese OEM from working on new smartphones. Less than six months into 2018, Xiaomi has already come out with Redmi S2, Xiaomi 6x, Mi A6 to name a few.
Early morning today, a list of the upcoming Xiaomi products surfaced online. The list was spotted on Eurasian Economic Commison and reveals a bunch of unreleased phones under the Redmi and Mi series. To add to it, the list also includes the Mi MIX 2s and Redmi S2 which were released earlier this month.
What’s interesting here is that the Mi Mix 2s might actually have a successor likely to be named as Mi Mix 3s, which makes us wonder whether there’ll be a Mi Mix 3.
The Redmi series too will get some new members. In addition to the already mentioned devices, Xiaomi is expected to come with the Redmi A1 and Redmi A2 as successor to previous models. Other than that there’s Redmi Note 6, Redmi Note 6A, Redmi Note 6a Prime, Redmi Note 6 Prime, Redmi 6 Plus, and Redmi 6a Plus which will replace the current lineup of Redmi smartphones.
The listing is valid upto 31 December, 2023 which means some of the devices might not even launch this year.
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