Xiaomi has scheduled an event on May 31 that marks the company’s 8th Anniversary. It has lined up some very interesting launches on all fronts. It includes the much anticipated Mi Band 3, the company’s flagship smartphone Mi 8 and an upgrade to its skin MIUI 10. Let’s have a closer look at what we can expect from each of these offerings.
Mi Band 3 – High time to release a new fitness tracker
The Mi Band is one of Xiaomi’s popular products which competes against the more expensive fitness trackers from Fitbit and others. The Mi Band was first released in 2014 and its second iteration, the Mi Band 2 was released in mid-2016. Considering that the company releases a new version of the fitness tracker every two years, it’s about time they released the Mi Band 3.
— Wang Xiang (@XiangW_) May 28, 2018
To put all rumours to rest regarding the release, Xiaomi’s Senior VP Wang Xiang tweeted that the Mi Band 3 will be released on May 31st after all. In the poster that has been tweeted, it can be observed that the brand’s mascot is wearing the new fitness tracker under a moonlit sky which reads 3, signifying the number of days to the release day.
As per the earlier leaks regarding the new Mi Band, the tracker is expected to be fitted with a similar OLED panel just like the Mi Band 2 but with a likely bump in resolution. It will also be water and dust resistant just like all previous Mi Bands. We can expect an increase in battery life with the Mi Band 3 as well.
MIUI 10 – the company’s brand new skin.
MIUI which stands for MI User Interface is the company’s skin which it layers over Android to enhance the user experience. MIUI has a lot of handy features to offer which stock Android doesn’t such as support for multiple themes, Dual Apps, App Lock and others. Currently, most of Xiaomi’s phones are running MIUI 9. The upcoming version of the operating system will be numbered as MIUI 10.
For starters, MIUI 10 is expected to bring a lot of stability upgrades helping phones operate more smoothly. It will also be built upon the latest version of Android which is 8.1 Oreo. In addition to that, the brand may be looking to introduce their own voice assistant with the new version, similar to Bixby which Samsung ships with its smartphones.
Just like MIUI 9, the company will be looking to extend this update to a large portion of its existing smartphones. Xiaomi is known to provide updates to smartphones from its portfolio that date as long as 4-5 years back. This update is likely to be skipped on some of the very old devices, but if you have bought a Xiaomi smartphone recently, you can rest assured that you will receive MIUI 10.
Mi 8 – The upcoming flagship device
The Mi 8 is the upcoming flagship from the house of Xiaomi which will be succeeding the Mi 6. The brand has skipped the seventh version of the phone and straight jumped to Mi 8 as it coincides with its 8th anniversary. The new phone will feature top of the line specifications and features.
On the front, the phone will feature a bezel-less display just like most smartphones on the market. It will also come with a notch, like the iPhone X. It is expected to be a bigger notch than most Android smartphones on the market as the Mi 8 may come with 3D Facial recognition, like the iPhone X. Underneath its hood, the phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
In the optics department, it will have a dual rear camera which will be able to capture great images. It will also be backed with software enhancements that come with MIUI 10 to enhance the overall experience.
There is also a speculation that the phone will come with an under-the-display fingerprint scanner. In addition to that, as per renders, a fingerprint sensor is also visible on the back. This raises some confusion as to which method of user authentication the phone will be using. We will just have to wait till the launch to put this confusion to rest.