Xiaomi is gearing to launch a mystery dual camera phone in India on September 5. Although little is known about Xiaomi’s upcoming phone, chances are it could be the Android One-based phone — codenamed the Xiaomi A1 — that the company is said to be secretly working on with Google. The said phone is said to be a revamped Mi 5X running stock or vanilla Android, which in this case could be the stock or stock version of Android Nougat.
This possibly explains why the company is teasing that it will hold a global launch of the new phone in India on September 5. The Mi 5X was launched earlier in China in July and hence teasing a global launch of the that phone in India would be very strange.
Also, it is worth remembering that currently Xiaomi has only only two high-end phones with dual cameras. One is the Mi 6, which the company is not bringing to India (this is something India Today had reported several months ago), and the other phone is the Mi 5X. So chances are that either we will see a Mi 5X in Android One avatar in India on September 5 or the company will announce a new variant of the Mi 5X or Mi 6, specifically created for the Indian market.
Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain has previously hinted on Twitter, that the company may launch the Mi 5X in India in September. “Can’t wait for you guys to check out Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India. Coming next month,” Jain had written on Twitter in early August. On Monday, he took to Twitter again, only this time round he has revealed that the phone that the company will launch in India on September 5 does not exist yet. Xiaomi will globally launch the phone in India on the said date, which invariably means the device in question can’t be the Mi 5X the way it exists right now.
Xiaomi is rumoured to be working with Google on a new Android One phone. The phone would likely be a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google. The Xiaomi A1 would likely be a re-branded Xiaomi Mi 5X with more or less the same innards but updated software. As opposed to its other phones that run MIUI, the Xiaomi’s Android One phone may run a stock version of Android. Although the latest version Android is now Oreo, if Xiaomi indeed launches a new Android One phone that will be all likelihood powered by Android Nougat.
– Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 28, 2017
The Mi 5X notably brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 6 dual cameras offer 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The Mi 5X should be more or less on similar lines. Although on paper the cameras in the Mi 6 and the Mi 5X seem same, there are some differences. The Mi 5X uses a slower F2.2 lens on its primary camera compared to the F1.8 lens in the Mi 6.
The Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front and will be available in three colours: black, gold and rose gold (pink).
On the hardware side, the Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 64GB of internal storage and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. It is further backed by a 3,080mAh battery.
Chances are Xiaomi may call its new phone the Mi 6i or something that would in turn entail in a flagship-grade experience both aesthetically as well as philosophically. But that’s just speculation for now.