The photo shows a device with thin bezels and a waterdrop notch. Rumored specs have the AMOLED display measuring 6.4-inches, with a 1080 x 2220 resolution (FHD+). That works out to an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Qualcomm’s 2019 top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform will be under the hood along with either 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, or 8GB of RAM with 256GB of native storage.
The company’s co-founder and president Bin Lin has said that Xiaomi will once again release a premium “Explorer Edition” of its new flagship handset. This model could be equipped with 10GB of RAM and 512GB or 1TB of native storage, offer features not found on the regular version of the phone, and come with a transparent back.
Xiaomi has recently spun off its Redmi value priced phones as a separate unit. The handsets, offered online only, have done extremely well in India. The country is the second largest smartphone market in the world, but suffers from low per capita income. In an environment like that, Redmi phones do very well. The Mi unit will concentrate on higher end phones available both in stores and online.
Xiaomi is thriving in India, but is struggling in its home market
Overall, Counterpoint Research says that globally, Xiaomi was the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer last year and owned an 8% share of the market. The company shipped 121 million smartphones in 2018.
Once again, Xiaomi will go on to launch a new flagship phone without making it available to the U.S. market. While the manufacturer has moved into Europe, the environment for Chinese smartphone manufacturers in the U.S. is not favorable at the moment, unless your company is named OnePlus. The U.S.-China trade war coupled with the criminal charges placed on Huawei, and the President’s upcoming executive order would make this a risky time for Xiaomi to enter the U.S. market. Trump is expected to ban U.S. carriers from using networking gear from Chinese firms amid fears that the equipment could contain a back door that collects information, and sends it to the Chinese government.