Xiaomi, the Chinese technology company that’s often described as the ‘Apple of China’, may well be prepping the launch of at least two new large-screen smartphones, if posts on the country’s leading microblogging site, Weibo, is anything to go by. While these are still very early rumors, at least one of the two upcoming devices is said to feature a dual rear-camera setup that is becoming fairly common recently. Companies like LG and Huawei have already begun implementing the setup in some of their newer premium devices like the LG V10 that was introduced last year by the South Korean company and the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus that were announced recently by the Chinese telecom giant.
Coming back to Xiaomi and its rumored upcoming smartphones, reports indicate that both the devices will be powered by MediaTek’s Xelio X20 Chips, whose claim to fame is the deca-core application processor that’s integrated within the SoC. The report goes on to further claim that both the handsets will feature 5.5-inch display panels, which means they’ll be larger than the Mi5, which is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese tech company. While there’s simply no way of verifying these claims at the moment, the tipster apparently says that the news comes straight from Hong Kong-headquartered ODM (Original Device Manufacturer), Longcheer Telecommunication, which is 20% owned by Xiaomi according to reports.
While there’s absolutely no other information to go by at this point in time, it will be interesting to see how Xiaomi chooses to position its rumored 5.5-inch smartphones, given that it already has a fairly new mid-range phablet in the market with the exact same screen size - the Redmi Note 3. Xiaomi is apparently also planning to launch an all-new phablet which is said to come with a 6-inch display panel. What's interesting is that the company has been asking users to get involved with the process of naming that particular device, which is an approach we've already seen when Micromax-owned Indian smartphone brand, YU, launched it's Yuphoria handset last year in India. Anyways, it looks like those wanting to get their hands on a Xiaomi phablet may well have quite a few options in front of them at various price-points in the foreseeable future.