Last week, Xiaomi CEO had announced that the company will host a launch on Thursday, sparking off speculation among fans that the company might launch a new smartphone.
But today (15 July), the Chinese company (via Twitter) teased the upcoming product which has no resemblance to either a smartphone or a tablet. Instead, it looks more like a television.
In the teaser image, we see a series of three screens with bulged sharp-square corners hinting that Xiaomi may unveil a new line of Mi series Smart LED TVs, probably with 4K/UHD resolution considering the prevailing Top-end TV standards.
As of now, there is no word on the special features of the new Xiaomi Mi TV 3 series but the teaser does promise a completely new design and top-notch quality, probably curved UHD screens similar to the expensive televisions of LG and Samsung. But unlike them, the new Xiaomi Mi TV series is expected to come at an affordable price.
Just a few hours before the company released the teaser, Xiaomi posted a picture of Mi Box Mini with a USB mini port connected plug with a tag, "New Mi Product Launch on 16 July. Something redesigned from head to tail. Any guesses?"
It didn't generate curiosity among fans, but the second teaser made it little clearer as they were able to connect the dots between the TV screens and the set-top box, to come to the conclusion that the company may announce a new television set.
[Note: Mi Box Mini is a portable TV set-top box which was released early in the year]
Of course, one cannot rule out the possibility of Xiaomi announcing new smartphones tomorrow during the launch, considering the company had unveiled numerous devices in January where it showcased four new gadgets, including the Mi Note, the Mi Note Pro, the Mi Headset and the Mi Box Mini. [More details HERE]
Expected features of Xiaomi Mi5:
Xiaomi Mi5 is said to feature a 5.2-inch QHD (2,560x1,440p) display with Gorilla Glass 4 shield and ship with Snapdragon 810 Octa-core CPU, 16mp main camera, 13mp snapper on the front and 3,000mAh battery. It is expected to be priced at ¥2,399 (around $386/€350/₹24,575).
Expected specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2:
The Redmi Note 2 reportedly will sport a 5.5-inch screen size of its predecessor, but its resolution will be bumped up from HD (1280p x 720p) to full HD (1920 x 720p).
Under the hood, it is said to house a 64-bit class Mediatek (MT6795) Helio X10 Octa-core SoC (System on Chip) powered by Android Lollipop (either v5.0.2 or v5.1with MIUI skin).
The Redmi Note 2 is also expected to ship with a 13mp camera on the rear-side, a 5mp snapper on the front and to power the energy-hogging full HD screen, it will be equipped with more than 3,000 mAh charged cell.