Xiaomi to Launch Two New Redmi Smartphones



Xiaomi is expected to announce two new budget smartphones at an event in China tomorrow (August 25th).

The launch of the two devices, tipped to be the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi 4, comes not long after Xiaomi started selling the Redmi Note 3 back in February. In Kenya, Xiaomi has only started selling the Redmi Note 2 officially through Telkom Kenya (formerly Orange Kenya) shops.


Rumoured specifications of the two devices are as follows:

Redmi 4Redmi Note 4
Display5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS
ProcessorSnapdragon 625 clocked at 2GHz and backed by an Adreno 506 GPUMediaTek Helio X20 with 700MHz Mali-T880 MP4 GPU /Snapdragon 652 SoC with Adreno 510 GPU
Memory2GB/ 3GB RAM; 16GB/ 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD)3GB RAM; 32GB/64GB internal storage (expandable via microSD)
Camera13MP rear with LED flash; 5MP front13MP rear with PDAF and dual-tone LED flash; 5MP front
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8
Network3G, 4G LTE3G, 4G LTE
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11acBluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11ac
OtherIR blaster, fingerprint scannerDual-SIM

The new devices will arrive with the latest MIUI 8 which started rolling out yesterday.

In July, Xiaomi revealed that it had sold over 110 million Redmi smartphones. The unveiling of the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Note 4 is expected to shore up those numbers further in the wake of the company’s reported decline in China where it is facing intense competition from Huawei’s budget Honor sub-brand and rivals like Oppo and Vivo.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.