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Xiaomi and Realme cancel offline launch events over coronavirus risks, will livestream instead

On: March 3, 2020

Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Realme will be announcing new mid-range phones in the next few days in India. The Redmi Note 9 lineup will be unveiled on March 12th whereas the Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro are all set to get announced on March 5th. With the news of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases surfacing in India, both companies have cancelled their physical launch events in the country.

According to the official statement by Xiaomi India, it won’t be holding a physical launch event for the Redmi Note 9 series. Xiaomi will exclusively live-stream the launch event through its official website and various social media platforms in the wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The decision was taken to avoid the risk of further infection through human interaction and the safety of Mi fans, media friends, partners, and Xiaomi employees. 

According to Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President Manu Kumar Jain, the company is operating with utmost caution. No physical product launches have been assigned for March. It will provide an update on the future releases by the end of this month.

Following in Xiaomi’s footsteps, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth also called off the Realme 6 series launch event scheduled for March 5th. The Realme 6 duo will launch via a live speech from Sheth, and the event will be livestreamed through Realme’s social channels. Since the Realme 6 event was open to fans, Sheth further announced that apart from providing a full ticket refund, the company would also give ticket holders a free Realme Band.

The highlight of the Redmi Note 9 series seems to be its quad rear cameras and super-fast charging capability, details of which will be uncovered next week.

The Realme 6 duo are expected to come with 90Hz refresh rate punch-hole displays. The Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro are rumored to be powered with Helio G90 SoC and Snapdragon 720G processor, respectively. These phones will be sporting quad cameras and will carry support for 30W fast charging.

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Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.