It’s a stroke of genius really, hiding two hints within a single clue. Yes, we’re talking about none other than Xiaomi, which took to its Facebook page yesterday to announce that the new flagship product it will be releasing (in a couple of hours) is not the purported Mi5.
Instead, it could be a new phablet that might be named Xiaomi Note, and here’s why. If you recall, the post reads NOT5, which looks somewhat similar to the word “NOTE”. So obviously, the rumour mill is spinning in full speed of this new device.
Apparently, sources are saying that it will be a higher-end offering as compared to the Chinese mobile maker’s other phablet, the Redmi Note. And that also indicates that it will be one with a bigger screen.
According to GizmoChina, iSuppli Corp’s Chinese Studies Director, Kevin Wang, took to his official Weibo account to declare that the new mobile device will be bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus, meaning that its display size might be more than 5.5in (sources are speculating it’s 5.7in).
“The phone’s original name is the Xiaomi Note, but is also called the Midada. It is also bigger than the 6 Plus!” Wang posted on his Weibo account.
Some information about its specs have been let loose too – expect a device boasting a 1080p resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and a 13 MP rear snapper. Given that these purported specs are similar to that leaked of a rumoured Redmi Note 2, this device could actually be the one mistaken for the former.
There’s rumours of the unit’s price too – sources have indicated that a Xiaomi staff member revealed in his Weibo account that the phone will be “almost twice as expensive as the Xiaomi Mi4”, meaning it could cost upward of S$400.
There’s also word that Xiaomi will launch a second product, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. Hang tight, we’ll just have to wait a few hours to find out.