Xiaomi Redmi launch event today: Xiaomi is holding an event today in Beijing, where it will be launching the first smartphone under its Redmi by Xiaomi moniker. At the event, the company is expected to launch its next generation Redmi Note 7 smartphone or the Redmi Pro 2, which will be a successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6.
Xiaomi has also shared a teaser for a new mysterious product at the Redmi launch event, though again this could be the device with the 48MP rear camera, or it could be a totally separate product in the Redmi lineup.
Some reports also claim that the device might be called Redmi Pro 2, successor to the 2016 Redmi Pro. The company has confirmed that there will be Redmi phone with a 48MP primary camera at the back and a recent promotional image shows that the device will feature a dual camera setup.
Xiaomi Redmi launch: How to watch livestream, timings
Redmi by Xiaomi event will be livestreamed by the company on their China website. Additionally, you can follow indianexpress.com for live updates. The event will commence at 2 PM according to China time, which converts to 11:30 AM IST. Xiaomi will also have live updates in English as we have seen in the past on its MIUI blog from the Redmi event.
Xiaomi Redmi launch: Expected devices and prices
The expectation is that the Redmi 7 series will make an appearance at the event. This could include a smaller Redmi 7 phone and Redmi Note 7. Coming to the 48MP camera phone, this will likely be Redmi Note 7 Pro or the Redmi Pro 2.
Pricing details for these Redmi phones are currently unavailable and will be revealed at the event. However, according to recent leaks, it is being suggested that the new Redmi Pro 2 or the high-end Redmi Note 7 variant will be priced under Yuan 2000 or Rs 20,000, which is keeping in line with the Redmi series and its pricing.
Previously, the Redmi Pro 2 was also priced at under 2000 Yuan, though that phone was never launched outside China. Redmi 7 series will of course, be the budget one and priced under Rs 10-12,000. The Redmi Note 7 series could be slightly more expensive compared to the smaller Redmi 7.
Redmi Pro 2: Expected specifications
Recently a Redmi device recently surfaced on the Chinese certification website TENAA. According to the listing, this device will sport a 6.3-inch waterdrop notch design display.
It will come with a vertically aligned dual camera setup just like the one seen in the promotional images along with a fingerprint sensor on the back. The back will have a gradient colour effect, which is also a first for the company. All of this will be backed by a 4,000mAh battery. This phone will have a 48MP rear camera, if one goes by the images shared by Lei Jun.
Now, the question is whether Xiaomi will call this the Redmi Pro 2 or Redmi Note 7 Pro. Redmi Pro 2 posters were also leaked online earlier, indicating this phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has posted a device shot for the same on his official Weibo account showing the gradient colour back panel of the device. In the caption, he states that the device will sport a 2.5D curved glass on both the front and back, which also signals a design change on the Redmi phones.
Xiaomi Redmi 7 series: Expected specifications
We have also seen TENAA listings for a Redmi phone with a 5.84-inch display, which will likely be the Redmi 7 device. The devices in the Redmi series usually have a smaller display, compared to the Redmi Note series. Redmi 7 could also have a more colourful option in terms of the back cover with a gradient look, though the colours are different from the Redmi Pro 2 device.
Redmi 7 will likely continue with a 4000 mAh battery as well, according to the TENAA listing. The processor for the device will be confirmed at launch.