Redmi has been pulling off one feat after another. While it was previously confined to the budget segment, Redmi entered the premium segment with its refined flagship killer i.e. the Redmi K20 Pro besides launching its own lineup of accessories such as wireless earbuds and power banks.
Redmi is now planning another major move and will be following Xiaomi’s footsteps to enter the market for smart TVs. Taking to Weibo, Redmi’s CEO Lu Weibing announced that they will be launching an enormously sized 70-inch smart TV in China at an event later this month and it may be accompanied by the Redmi Note 8 series.
Weibing’s announcement on Weibo primarily conveyed the 70-inch 4K smart TV’s launch date, which has been set to August 29. Just like the lineup of Mi smart TVs by Xiaomi, the Redmi smart TV could run the PatchWall interface with (hopefully) Android Pie as the base. At present, the largest TV that Xiaomi sells in China measures at 65 inches.
While Redmi talks about the magnificent screen and the smart features of the upcoming TV in the teaser, there is no mention of the display technology. Since the brand Redmi is associated with relatively more affordable products compared to Xiaomi, we may get to see an IPS panel instead of the LED-backlit LED panel that the Mi TVs usually come with.
Redmi Note 8 series launching on August 29th too
Redmi’s CEO has been refuting claims and leaks about the expected Redmi Note 8 series but his Weibo updates are being posted by a “Note8Android” device, which is a piece of decent evidence suggesting the smartphone may launch very soon. To confirm this conjecture, Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun replied with a thumbs-up emoji to comment on Weibing’s post asking if the Note 8 series will be launched on the same day. While this is not a very assuring response, we do expect at least a teaser of the Redmi Note 8 series even if is not launched at the event.
In an unverified leak yesterday, we saw the leaked side and the bottom views of the purported Redmi Note 8. The alleged device has appears to have four cameras in a linear assembly on the back and a USB-C port on the bottom. However, since these leaks are not verified, we cannot be too confident about them. Other rumors suggest that the Note 8/Note 8 Pro may be the first smartphone with a 64MP sensor, which Xiaomi showcased a couple of weeks ago, along with MediaTek MTK G90T. The device is also likely to support faster charging than what we saw on the Note 7 Pro. The smartphone may be among the earliest recipients of feature Xiaomi Android Q-based MIUI update.
MIUI 11 speculations
The teaser shared by the Redmi executive shows two displays positioned face-to-face in an orientation that looks like a disguised “11.” This hints that alongside the smart TV and the Note 8 series, Xiaomi might also throw some light on its upcoming MIUI 11 Android skin. The much-awaited update to MIUI brings functional and aesthetic improvements to the MIUI interface.
As per Xiaomi’s Product Director and MIUI Experience General Manager known by the alias MIUI Xiaofan on Weibo, the MIUI 11 conference is scheduled for sometime soon. They are holding a giveaway for 2 tickets to the conference and the results will be announced on September 5th. This means that the final unveiling may not be before that date.
Xiaomi has been projecting the OS as a “unique OS” and has been very quiet about it so far. So, it may use the event on August 29th to break its silence and probably share some information about the update.