Xiaomi's entry-level Redmi unit to offer flagship powered by Qualcomm's new beast

Xiaomi's entry-level Redmi unit to offer flagship powered by Qualcomm's new beast
Recently, Xiaomi announced that it would separate its high-end Mi brand from the company's value for money "Redmi" brand. Phones offered by the latter unit are available through e-commerce sites only. Even though the Redmi brand will feature mostly budget handsets, it does appear that there will be a flagship phone under the brand. A photo posted on Weibo by Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing shows Lu and other members of the Redmi team in a meeting (see image at the top of this article).

The photo is tagged "Shot on Redmi Note 7, Mi Dual Camera." That phone was released last month, and Weibing's posting on Weibo mentions the upcoming Redmi Note 7 Pro, and a flagship handset that will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. This is Qualcomm's latest and greatest SoC for 2019, and should appear on some high-end phones during the first half of 2019. That list includes the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the OnePlus 7 to name just a few.

There is no other information about this flagship "Redmi" phone outside of the chipset that will be powering it. Last year's Redmi models used Helio chips from MediaTek, and 600 series Snapdragon SoCs. The new top shelf Redmi handset could be similar to Xiaomi's affordable Pocophone F1 flagship, which was launched last year with the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform under the hood.

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9 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

In my opinion the more important aspect is the software, clean, timely updates, no bloat. I think if they will install Android one on those phones it will be perfect.

6. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They have android one line-ups, I'm guessing they will also have one for the sd 855 unit.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

LineageOS exist dude...

8. Loveneesh

Posts: 424; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Honestly I also like to have stock Android in my phone but after using Miui 10, I'm just fine with there software. And yes, they are slow in Android updates but they provide Miui versions updates to almost 4 year old phones with new features which new versions of Android provide and even some which don't even latest stock Android have (second space, dual apps, FP Applock, themes support and so on).

2. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

I will wait for this Redmi. In general, it has good cameras and with this SD 855 it will kill general. (It would be wonderful if it came with the same back of pocophone.

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Macbooks seen! Amazing!

5. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Should we start a war just because there's mac in the picture? You must be very triggered if you see pc users make calls thru their iphones.

4. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just don't go with mainstream media advertising xiaomi, it will really jack up the price of your phones. Just stay with your internet endorsements and make consumers happy with your price tag.

9. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I suppose it will be identical to a hypothetical Pocophone F2 (with maybe some minor differences), since it is essentially the same company.

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