Despite focusing almost entirely on China and the surrounding areas, Xiaomi recently pushed Lenovo and LG aside to grab the number 3 spot in global smartphone manufacturers, behind only Apple and Samsung.
The Chinese manufacturer looks set to continue its decent-specs-at-a-reasonable-price tactic next year, and we’re hearing a little more about three phones in the proverbial pipeline: the Xiaomi Mi5 (left), Redmi 1S Dual 4G (middle) and Redmi Note 2 (right).
Starting with the Xiaomi Redmi 1S Dual 4G, it’s essentially – as the name suggests – a 4G version of the insanely popular Redmi 1S (think a Chinese Moto G). Specs will likely remain unchanged, though we’re told to expect an array of colours (possibly interchangeable), including black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue and purple.
Cast your minds back to June this year, and you might recall the Xiaomi Redmi Note sold 10,000 units in one second. It’s a stupidly cheap Galaxy Note alternative, and the Redmi Note 2 will continue in the same vein.
Rumoured Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 specs include a 5.5in 1080p display (the first was 720p), Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor (so long, MediaTek!), 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13MP/5MP cameras, and a big old 3,100mAh battery. Not too shabby at all, and all the more impressive when we consider that Redmi Note 2 price has been rumoured below £100.
Rounding off the trio is the amusingly named Xiaomi Mi5, and we’ve saved the best for last. Probably. The Xiaomi Mi5 is expected to be a flagship-level phone, and a fresh Chinese whisper suggests it’ll have a Touch ID-style fingerprint scanner.
The Xiaomi Redmi 1S Dual 4G is expected to land first, possibly on January 4, while the Redmi Note 2 looks set to follow on January 14. The Xiaomi Mi5, meanwhile, could - could - make a high-profile appearance at CES 2015, which gets underway on January 6 next week.
In any case, it’s already looking like a mega-busy year for China’s favourite mobile son.