Xiaomi sends out invites for launch event on April 25, expected to unveil Mi A2

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 13 Apr 2018
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Xiaomi will launch a new smartphone at the event and rumours suggest that it could be the Mi 6X, which is said to launch globally as the Mi A2.

Xiaomi sends out invites for launch event on April 25, expected to unveil Mi A2

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Xiaomi is gearing up for a launch event and has posted an invite for an April 25 event on Weibo. The company is expected to announce its Mi 6X smartphone at the event, which is said to be the Mi A2. When the Mi 5X was launched last year, it made its way to India as the Mi A1 and there is a high chance that the Mi A2 could be the Mi 6X or it might be based upon it. The launch event will take place in China, at the Wuhan University, which is also the alma mater of company’s founder Lei Jun. Jun announced this in a tweet which read, “We are launching our latest smartphone on 25 April at the beautiful Wuhan University, the alma mater of @leijun. Are you excited to find out which device it is?”

The Mi A2 previously appeared on TENNA and as per the listing, it could feature a 5.99-inch full HD+ display and may be powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 626 SoC. It is expected to feature 4GB RAM and come with 64GB of expandable storage and could launch running on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. It might be powered by a 2910 mAh battery, with a fingerprint sensor on the rear. In terms of optics, the device is speculated to feature a 20MP + 8MP rear camera setup with f/2.0 and f/1.8 aperture lenses respectively. It could also feature a 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and on TENAA it was listed as the Mi 6X with M1804D2SE model number. 

Xiaomi’s last announcement was the Mi Mix 2S smartphone, which features an edge-to-edge thin-bezel display. It sports a vertically stacked dual camera setup and its rear panel is made of ceramic, which supports wireless charging. The front-facing sensor is placed on the bottom right chin of the smartphone and it was launched in Black and White colour models.

In terms of hardware, the Mi Mix 2S is powered by a 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform with an Adreno 630 GPU and features a 6-inch AMOLED display. In terms of optics, it’s equipped with a 12MP wide angle and a 12MP telephoto lens on the rear, which is equipped with a 1.4-micron pixel Sony IMX363 sensor and dual pixel autofocus (dual PADF). It is backed by a 3400mAh battery and runs on MIUI 9, based on Android Oreo.

The handset comes in three variants, two with 6GB RAM and options to choose between 64GB and 128GB ROM, which are priced at 3299 RMB (Rs 34,200 approx) and 3599 RMB (Rs 38,000 approx) respectively. An 8GB RAM variant of the smartphone will also be available with 256 internal storage priced at 3999 RMB (Rs 41,00 approx). The smartphone is yet to be announced in India. 

Xiaomi says it comes with AI scene detection, instant currency and language translation using the camera, and more. The mobile phone will also come with the company’s ‘XiaoAI’ smart assistant, which is similar to Google Assistant and Siri. It can be used for capturing photos, control other Mi devices, setting an alarm, and more using voice commands. You can read more about the smart assistant here. The Mi Mix 2S is made using series 7000 Aluminium and sports even thinner bezels as compared to its predecessor. It supports Qi wireless charging with 7.5W quick charging, which the company says takes just under three hours to fully charge the smartphone. The company also emphasised some ‘powerful’ AI features of the new smartphone, which can shoot “Dynamic” Bokeh pictures, add an artificial background to an image and save it as a GIF or an image. 

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