Xiaomi today unveiled its latest budget smartphone in China: the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. The budget handsets from the company feature a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display and upgraded internals compared to their predecessor.
Last year, Xiaomi managed to make the whole of the smartphone industry sit up and take notice of its efforts with the original Mi Mix. Wanting to outgrow its image of a Chinese company making cheap iPhone clones, Xiaomi took the help of world-renowned designer Philippe Starck to design the bezel-less Mi Mix.
If the latest data from IDC is anything to by, Xiaomi has managed to dethrone Samsung as the largest smartphone vendor in India. The data from IDC shows that Samsung and Xiaomi both captured 23.5 percent of the Indian smartphone market in Q3 2017.
After dominating the Chinese, Indian, and other smaller Asian markets, Xiaomi today expanded outside of Asia to Spain, Europe. The Chinese smartphone company will start selling the Mi A1, an Android One handset, in Spain for 229 euros starting from Wednesday along with Mi Mix 2, its flagship bezel-less smartphone, for €499.
After the ravishing success of the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, and Mi A1, Xiaomi today launched another new handset in India under a new series: Redmi Y. The first handset under this series is the Redmi Y1 which is essentially a rebrand of the Redmi Note 5A Prime that launched in China in September.
Xiaomi and Google surprised everyone last month by unveiling the Mi A1, a mid-range Android One handset with a dual-camera setup at the rear. Being an Android One handset, the Mi A1 runs on an almost stock build of Android 7.1 Nougat with a promise of speedy Android updates from Google and Xiaomi.
The latest data from research firm Canalys shows that the Indian smartphone market has overtaken U.S. to become the world’s second largest smartphone market in the world after China. Smartphone shipments in the country grew by 23 percent in Q3, 2017 for a total of over 40 million units.
The Mi A1 might be advertised as an Android One handset but deep down, it is still a Xiaomi handset. After all the device is essentially a rebranded version of the Mi 5X running a stock build of Android Nougat. This means that just like every other Xiaomi device, the Mi A1 also comes with a useful IR blaster.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is more of a Google phone than a Xiaomi device due to its Android One handset which means it runs on a near-stock build of Android Nougat. This means that all the extra features that one is generally accustomed to in a Xiaomi device are missing from the Mi A1. This includes the ability to lock apps using the fingerprint scanner.
Thanks to the excellent budget smartphones it has been launching consistently in India, Xiaomi has been dominating the smartphone market in the country. This is despite the marketing blitz from the likes of Oppo and Vivo who have plastered their ads in almost every nook and cranny of the country.