Xiaomi is headquartered in Beijing, and it is a Chinese based electronic product manufacturer. I am sure everybody knows about Xiaomi as it one of the fastest growing smartphone manufacturer in the last five years. Xiaomi also is into designing and selling Laptops.
It was recognized as one of the most popular companies in China recently. It launched its first phone in August 2011 and had obtained a sizable market share since then. In 2017, Xiaomi was the 5th largest smartphone manufacturing company in the world. It is expanding the consumer electronics product footprint and is slowly moving into other consumer electronic products and mobile accessories.
The founder of Xiaomi is Lei Jun. He has over 15,000 employees spread across, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia and many more countries.
The business model of Xiaomi
Xiaomi adopts an entirely different business model when compared with many mobile manufacturers. To start their pricing is extremely lucrative. For a similar featured phone, you will have to shell out twice the cash for Samsung and would be four times the cost of Apple iPhone.
The most analyst sees that point as their unique selling point. While they do claim themselves as a software company which also sells mobiles, the revenue shares are contradicting their claim. It looks like more than 90% percent of the revenues are more through the sale of mobile phones and other hardware accessories.
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Best Upcoming Smartphones by Xiaomi in 2018
Over the last couple of years, Xiaomi has launched a lot of smartphones and have gained a lot of prominence through online sales. Let us walk you through some of the most awaited Xiaomi phones of 2018. Let’s begin.
1# Xiaomi Mix 2s
This is undoubtedly one of the best budget smartphones of this year. It has HD plus LCD Display with a 5.99-inch screen. The Mi Mix 2S is a dual camera phone. The phone is an upgrade from its previous version with features such as new and faster processor, wireless charging and a 5MP front-facing camera. The model is available in gold trim in the black version and white model with silver trim. The Mi Mix 2S is one of the very first smartphones to support wireless charging.
Talking about the internals, the phone has an 845 processor and comes up with 6 or 8GB RAM variants. The battery is pretty much the same as Mi 2 and is about 3,400mAH. The external storage options available are support for 64, 128 and 256GB. The processor of 845 offers very excellent performance and helps in maintaining the battery life. The expected launch price is approximately 575 $.
2# Xiaomi Mix 3
The Xiaomi mix 3 is an upcoming mobile everyone is eagerly expecting since its announcement. The phone is coming out after its predecessor xiaomi mix 2. It will run the latest Android version which would 8.0 Oreo. It has a large 6.4 inches full HD with IPS Display. The smartphone offers you a dual camera which is 12 plus 12 back camera with dual tone LED flash and 5MP front-facing the camera. It has 6 GB RAM with the processor of 835. It has non-expandable internal storage of about 64GB.
The options for connectivity includes 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, and USB type C Port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. It has Li-Ion 4,000mAh Battery which is irremovable. The starting price is expected to be 590 $. It is expected to launch around 31st may 2018. The screen has protection from scratches because it inherently has a gorilla glass support.
3# Xiaomi Mi 7
The mi7 smartphone was announced in February 2018. This would come with an impressive 6.1-inch display and the Android version of 7.0. The smartphone features dual color LED flash, 13MP front camera. This smartphone offers a cool 16 plus 16 dual camera. It has 2160×3840 pixel screen resolution. It has a very lovely battery backup and speaker sounds. It has 3350 mAh battery and would last for a decent period.
It has an internal storage of 64GB. It offers connectivity with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, 4G, 3G & 2G networks. It has some additional features like Auto flash, touch to focus camera, face detection, digital zoom, HD video recording and much more. Xiaomi MI 7 price in the market would be around 408 Dollars.
4# Xiaomi Mi7c
This is one of the highly anticipated phones from Xiaomi as it is compact and cool and falls right under budget. It is expected to have a 5.5-inch full screen with 1080×1920 pixel resolution. It has a transparent LCD IPS display technology for video. It will be running Android version 7.0 Nougat, and it is blended with MIUI 9.
It is rumored to have a dual camera of 12+12 MP resolution, and it will support cool features like OIS feature, face detection, autofocus, and dual LED. For the front facing camera, it is expected to have an 8MP resolution. This mobile has a processor of 630 Octa Core with Adreno 508 GPU which offers ultra-fast performance. It is available with 64GB internal memory and 4GB of RAM. It supports sensors like fingerprint, accelerometer, light, proximity, and gyro. It has LiPo 3800mAh, and it charges pretty fast. Useful for the college goers who run out of battery charge efficiently.
5# Xiaomi Comet
There is a lot of buzz in the market for the arrival of Comet model from Xiaomi.
While the display and other camera related specifications are expected to be the usual stuff like high-resolution cameras and OLED displays, it the processor that is creating a lot of waves and there are reports of specifications that are being leaked. The Android version is expected to be 8.1 and the battery capacity to be around 3100 mAh. NFC support strangely might not be present in this particular model. When it comes to the processor comet is likely to have Snapdragon 710 version which would be a rebranded version of Snapdragon 670.
Though not clear on the pricing, it is expected to target the mid-range phone market. When it comes to SIM slots, it is most likely going to be Dual SIM, and the cameras would be Dual for sure.
6# Xiaomi Sirius
This mobile phone is expected to have very similar features like Comet version and is expected to be launched together with Comet. It is also likely to have the Snapdragon 710 processor. It would have an OLED screen with ‘Always on Display’ feature. As with most mobiles, it is bound to have dual SIM support and dual cameras one for the selfie lovers and the other for shooting stunning pictures. It is interesting to note that though IR blaster is present NFC support is ignored.
Regarding the display, it is likely to be bezel-less and with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The battery capacity would be around 3120 MAh. It does support portrait mode. Though there is a lot of buzz on whether Snapdragon 710 would be a rebranded version of Snapdragon 670 we would have to wait for a couple of months to see the reality in the picture.
7# Xiaomi Black Shark
When talking about best smartphones, you cannot surely miss out the ones that would impress the gaming lovers. Here is the one from Xiaomi that is bound to the first entirely targeted gaming phone from Xiaomi. It is wholly loaded and is generating a lot of rave reviews. It is bound to have Android 8.0. Talking of the display, it would be 6 inches Full HD AMOLED display. The battery has to be stunning for gaming mobiles, and this has a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh.
The disappointing part is the internal storage which is 32GB and cannot be extended or expanded further. It does provide all types of connectivity ranging from 4G, Wi-Fi to NFC to USB C-port. The memory would be 8 GB, and the processor speed is 2.8GHz. Snapdragon 845 would be the processor for this mobile.
The camera as with most mobiles is dual and has flash support for shooting in the dark. The resolution of the back one is 12 MP, and the front one is 8 MP. The pricing is around 480 USD. It is confirmed to have two color variants which are Polar Night and Sky Gray.
Some interesting Facts about Xiaomi-
The success story of Xiaomi is sure to inspire anyone. In just 7 years of time-frame, it has had a humongous shift from a startup to a mobile manufacturing giant. It is one of the top ten mobile manufacturers in the world. The market was initially its home China and neighboring Asian countries, but they have stepped up the pace to venture into all markets and are in no mood to scope themselves to the local market. Following are some trivia about Xiaomi and its founder
- Ever wondered the valuation of Xiaomi. Well believe it or not it is around 50 Billion USD.
- Talking of nick-names, it is fondly called as China’s Apple. The primary reasons are around the fact that the features are mostly equal or better than iPhones.
- The founder Lei Jun started as an engineer at Kingsoft in 1992 and rapidly grew to become its CEO in 1998. Wow, that sure is an impressive journey.
- He also has started a venture around 2000 called Joyo which is an online bookstore.
- His bookstore became very popular and gained a lot of traction which led Amazon to acquire the same in 2004.
- It was his passion and fascination for mobile phones and its features that brought him and other like-minded folks to start Xiaomi.
- Now he is one of the wealthiest persons in the world just in a matter of less than a decade of starting Xiaomi.