Analyst: Snapdragon 808 To Fuel Xiaomi’s New Smartphone

May 15, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Xiaomi is currently the number one smartphone manufacturer in China, and in the top 5 OEMs in the world. This China-based company has sold 61 million smartphones last year, and they intend to improve upon that in 2015 and sell at least 100 million. In order to achieve that, Xiaomi knew that they have to release a number of appealing products and expand their business. This company has announced a ton of smartphones this year, and a number of additional smart gadgets, and they don’t plan to stop there. The company will hold an event on May 18 and announce new smart gadgets, and it seems like additional smartphones will follow.

Earlier today, some info leaked regarding the Redmi Note 2 handset which is expected to launch in the coming months. That handset will reportedly be powered by MediaTek’s chip, and it seems like Xiaomi plans to release yet another device which will be powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 unit. According to a well-known Chinese analyst, Pan Jiutang, Xiaomi will unveil such a device soon. The analyst did not release any specific information regarding the handset though, so we don’t know which model is he talking about or what specs will that handset sport. The Snapdragon 808 is a 64-bit octa-core processor which is powering on LG’s new flagship, the LG G4, so it is to be expected this chip will power on a high-end device by Xiaomi.

The latest smartphone Xiaomi has unveiled is the Mi 4i mid-ranger which is already available in India and is making its way to other Asian countries at the moment. Some rumors have suggested that the international version of this handset will be powered by the Snapdragon 808, but that’s hard to believe. The Mi 4i is a mid-range handset and it’s somewhat unlikely Xiaomi will opt for a Snapdragon 808 version of it, so a whole new device seems more probable at the moment. It remains to be seen if Xiaomi intends to release a whole new line of devices, or will this be an upgrade of one of their already existing lines. The Mi 5 flagship is supposed to arrive in the next couple of months, and that handset might be powered by the Snapdragon 808 in the end. Either way, stay tuned for updates.