Will Xiaomi Launch a Smartwatch this Year?
[A representational Image] A man walking past Xiaomi Mi logoREUTERS/JASON LEE/FILES

On 10 December, Xiaomi and its e-commerce partner Amazon teased that a smartphone will be launched next week. The teaser appeared on micro-blogging site Twitter. 

The teaser poster read: "PrimeIsComming" exclusive to Amazon, inciting rumours that the Chinese company might finally launch the Prime version of the Redmi Note 2 in India.

This news came just days after Xiaomi renewed the 3G/4G license agreement with Qualcomm in China and many believed that this deal will eventually help Xiaomi sell its devices in India without having to face opposition from Ericsson over the patent infringement.

Read more: Redmi Note 2 Release in India Delayed Indefinitely; Xiaomi vs Ericsson Patent Issue to Blame?

However, it has now come to light that the ban on Xiaomi devices such as Redmi Note 2 and its Prime variant, which houses MediaTek SoC, will continue in India.

India Today, citing sources with knowledge of Xiaomi's plans, has confirmed that device launch teased by Amazon India and Xiaomi is not Redmi Note 2 Prime.

The good news is that Xiaomi will indeed launch a new phone which will not face any legal hurdles.

When Xiaomi was asked to stop selling MediaTek CPU powered Redmi Note (1st Gen) in India over Ericsson patent issue, the Chinese company released Snapdragon 400 processor based Redmi Note 4G.

Xiaomi to launch a new Redmi Note 2 Prime with Qualcomm Snapdragon processorXiaomi India via Twitter

So we believe the company will either unveil a special Redmi Note 2 Prime variant or a new handset featuring Qualcomm SoC (System on Chip).

We now have to wait for few more days to really know what Xiaomi has in store for fans in India on 15 December.

Key Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2:

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Display 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x1080p) screen
  • Pixel density: 401 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • To help reading messages at low-light environment, its minimum screen brightness reduced 10x, and can produce a luminance as low as 0.5 cd/m2
OS Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7.0
  • Regular model: 64-bit class 2.0Ghz MediaTek (MT6795) Helio X10 Octa-core (Cortex A53) CPU
  • Prime model: 64-bit class 2.2 GHz MediaTek (MT6795) Helio X10 Octa-core (Cortex A53) CPU
Storage capacity 16GB/32GB (no microSD card slot)
  • Main: 13.0-megapixel Samsung/OV camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) function, 0.1s focus speed, LED flash
  • Front: 5.0-megapixel OmniVision camera with 5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture
Battery 3060 mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 technology (can charge 60% of the battery in just 30 minutes)
Network 4G-LTE
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots (type: micro), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions 152.0 × 76.0 × 8.25 mm
Weight 160 g
Colours options white, black, pink, brown, and light blue
Price (in China)
  • 16GB (with TDD-LTE + TD-SCDMA + 2.0GHz Helio X10) : 799 RMB (around $125/€112/₹8,090)
  • 16GB (with TDD-LTE + FDD-LTE + 2.0GHz Helio X10): 899 RMB (around $140/€126/₹9,100)
  • Prime model 32GB (with TDD-LTE + TD-SCDMA + 2.2GHz Helio X10) : 999 RMB (around $157/€140/₹10,120)