Xiaomi may launch new Redmi Note in the US
Reports say that a new model of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note smartphone has been spotted at the FCC, fueling speculation that Xiaomi may be entering the US market sooner than expected. The leaked details of the mysterious smartphone include a line drawing of a device resembling a Redmi Note along with a table of specifications.
Xiaomi has focused its efforts predominantly on the Chinese market in the past, though the company also targeted its budget devices at countries like India and Brazil. A pivot to the US market represents a significant shift in Xiaomi's strategy after sales of their devices underperformed domestically in 2016.
The unknown smartphone is likely the Redmi Note 5, which is expected to feature either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset or MediaTek’s Helio X25 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash storage, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It is also likely to have a similar-sized battery as the previous Redmi Note 4 with around 4100 mAh and support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging.
On the software front, the leaks indicate that the device will come with MIUI 9 OS, a modified version of Android 7.1. These same leaks also specified pricing, which says that the device will be sold for $200 in the US and €200 in Europe.