Xiaomi president confirms the company's next 'flagship' is coming in January 2015

Xiaomi president confirms the company's next 'flagship' is coming in January 2015
Xiaomi addressed the Android legions via social media today, boasting about big finances and big devices. As we reported last week, the Chinese company completed its latest round of funding, raising $1.1 billion at valuation of $45 billion. This, Xiaomi president Lei Jun says, "is an affirmation of our stellar results in the four years, and heralds in a new phase for the company". To attract more investor interest and raise excitement, Jun also confirmed that Xiaomi will be unveiling its next flagship device in January 2015. 

Now what could that be? Lei Jun didn't say "flagship smartphone" specifically - he said "flagship device". However, we doubt Xiaomi will be about laptops, TVs, or air purifiers right about now. Smartphones are Xiaomi's facade and its most successful business, so we'll take it as a given that the company will announce a new handset. In this line of thought, both the Mi5 and the Redmi Note 2, the newcomer to Xiaomi's affordable line, leaked around Christmas, and both boast some serious muscle. Furthermore, the Mi5 is rumored for an introduction at CES 2015, while the Redmi Note 2 could be launched by the end of January. So chances are it's either one, or both of these two. 

And this is where speculation starts. In January, the Xiaomi Mi4, which is the company's current flagship smartphone, will reach the ripe old age of... 6 months on the market! Xiaomi is not Sony, famous for its "two flagships a year" habit, therefore we don't expect the Xiaomi Mi5 to land so early.  But we must presume that when Mr. Jun says "flagship device", he means it to the fullest extent. So let's bet on the Mi5 while keeping our eyes open for the Redmi Note 2 in the meantime. We're sure both will be nice surprises for the Android community. Rumors and leaks describe the Mi5 as a Snapdragon 810-powered QHD screen monstrosity with extremely thin side bezels and a lowly cost of just $325 in China, while the Redmi Note 2 could show up as a 5.5-inch 1080p phablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 or MediaTek MT752 processor and 2GB of RAM. 

Xiaomi will be setting its plans in motion soon, so we'll see what's in store before long.

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15 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Wait, can you buy these outside, like in the US? Because if you can't, they must be everywhere in China if they are making that much money!

5. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

India & China are it's 2 biggest markets...

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

90% of their stuff is being sold in China. They've tried India, but they got banned. Also you have no warranty if things go wrong. Unless you want to send your phone back to China and then get a message that it got lost XD.

13. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

your reply that 90% stuff being sold to china may be right, but xiaomi just entered in india, yes there was a ban issue on ericsons patent and it was resloved with approval to sell qualcom devices only( with no mediatek) whcih is sot of good news for indian customers, India is one of bigger markets in the world and Xiaomi has already reached 1 million smartphones sold in a matter of just one quarter and that through flash sales. Secondly if you no nothing about the quality of a device, and also about the service center and all, do nt just speculate, on the other way MMX from india has launched a new line up Yureka, which is likely to gain some of xiaomi market, as they launched answer to redmi note earlier then xiaomi cud do, so its all competition stuff from companies, and indian customers are at the winning side. You just do not cry if you are not among lucky ones :D

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

@hugobarracyanogenmod will now finally be upgrading from his htc one

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Release gap should be zero between India and China for all new handsets.

4. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

You are right...

6. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

it's going to be a load a crap from this cheap chinese maker. 2015 is the year of: 1. iPhone 6 Plus 2. Samsung Galaxy S6 3. LG G4. Sorry China, ur quality isn't on par with the big boys from Samsung & Lg...

8. KazuoHirai unregistered

Says the Apple fanboy. Never get your hands on a Xiaomi device, do you? Poor you.

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Because they can't sell them outside China....

10. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

I won't use my clean hand to touch that dirty toy (Even if they give it to me for free)

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Newsflash: Apple produces the iPhone cheaply in China.

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lol says someone who had never touched a xiaomi device.... They are as good as flagship from bigboys.. MIUI is slow in low end smartphones but it flies in high end phones....and has lot of useful features and system wide themes...

14. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

lol the most famous Chinese copycats are about to release their next amazing phone Called Xiaomi 6 plus 1-Inspired (cough cough stolen) from iPhone 6 plus design 2-inspired (stolen) iOS like UI calling it Xiaomi OS8

15. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

If they are gonna target the international market they better change their mascot a bit. A PLA CCP cap wouldn't sell well with the western crowd lol.

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