Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Xiaomi's next smartphone offering for India will have dual-cameras

Xiaomi's next smartphone offering for India will have dual-camera, and will launch in September. Xiaomi India VP and Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain made the announcement on Twitter. He also shared a portrait shot of himself with background blur effect. Sadly he did not reveal the name of the dual-camera phone.

However, the possible contenders are the flagship Mi 6 and the recently released Mi 5X. And since, Xiaomi aggressively targets the sub-Rs. 12,000 price segment, and has no plans to launch a flagship product, we can rule out the Mi 6, and assume it's the Mi 5X.

The dual-camera toting Mi 5X was announced alongside MIUI 9 last month in home market of China. The dual-camera boasts two 12MP sensors, same as the Mi 6 flagship — one with a f/2.2 aperture wide-angle lens and other with a f/2.6 aperture telephoto lens offering portrait mode and background blur assisted by dual-tone LED flash and PDAF. For selfies it gets 5MP front shooter.

As for the other specs, the Mi 5X features 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 625 chip, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, 5MP front shooter, 4G VoLTE, USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner and 3080mAh battery.

In China the Mi 5X is priced at CNY 1499, which translates to Rs. 14,000, so the India pricing should be somewhere around that figure.

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