Xiaomi has confirmed that it will host an event at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, at least according to a report by Pocket-Lint. The source claims that Xiaomi confirmed that info to them directly, and that the event will take place on February 24, on the eve of the MWC itself.
So, it's basically certain that a new flagship-grade phone will be launched at the tradeshow, the only question is… which one. Well, Xiaomi did confirm a while back that a 5G-based variant of the Mi MIX 3 will arrive in the first quarter of the year, so chances are that is the phone that we're looking at here.
Some of you may wonder what's the deal with the Mi 9? Well, that announcement is a possibility, but not a probability, as that lineup of Xiaomi's flagships usually arrives a bit later in the year, at least since the Mi 6. The Mi 5 arrived in February during MWC, the Mi 6 launched in April, and the Mi 8 arrived in May. So, as you can see, three phones arrived in three different months, and yet, it's not likely that the Mi 9 will launch at MWC, though Xiaomi may surprise us, of course.
The launch of the 5G-enabled Mi MIX 3 is far more probable, as the Mi 9 did not even leak properly thus far, not to mention that Xiaomi already kind of hinted that we will get the 5G variant of the Mi MIX 3 in this timeframe. On top of that, a number of other OEMs are expected to present their 5G-enabled devices at this year's MWC, so Xiaomi probably wants to follow suit.
The upcoming 5G Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 will ship with global bands, and it will essentially be a global smartphone, which is yet another indicator that its launch may be at the Mobile World Congress. The 5G-enabled Mi MIX 3 will probably look completely identical to the original Mi MIX 3, but due to its 5G capabilities, it will ship with the Snapdragon 855 instead of the Snapdragon 845 that the Mi MIX 3 is equipped with.
Xiaomi had introduced the MI MIX 2S back in March last year, before showing off the Mi 8 in May, so this upcoming 5G-enabled phone may be called the Mi MIX 3S in the end, though we're pretty sure that Xiaomi will want to emphasize its 5G capabilities, and that "5G" will crawl somewhere in the phone's name. So, it will probably be called the Mi MIX 3 5G Edition, or something of the sort, rather than the MI MIX 3S.
So, as the phone will probably share most of its specs with the original Mi MIX 3 (save for the Snapdragon 855 and belonging hardware), we're expecting to see several RAM variants of the device, probably 6GB and 8GB RAM models, while the phone will be made out of metal and ceramic. A 6.39-inch fullHD+ Super AMOLED display will probably be utilized here, while the phone will include two 12-megapixel cameras on the back. A 3,200mAh battery will probably be a part of the package as well, the same goes for wireless charging. There is a chance that Xiaomi will opt to change these specifications, though, of course, so take this info with a grain of salt.