May 31 will be the day of Xiaomi’s 8th anniversary and CEO Lei Jun has already announced that the company will unveil a new variety of products at the event. Given that it will be the most important day for the company in 2018, we can expect great surprises. However, the Chinese giant did not confirm all the products which will be unveiled on May 31.
Below, we have compiled a list of products we expect to see at Xiaomi’s anniversary event on May 31.
Xiaomi Mi 8
The leading star of the event will be the flagship smartphone Xiaomi Mi 8. Even though Mi 6 is the latest flagship from the Mi series, the company has reportedly decided to skip the Mi 7 and launch the Mi 8 in order to celebrate its 8th anniversary with a dedicated device. Xiaomi Mi 8 will surely affect the sales of the Mi Mix 2S as it will be an outstanding flagship with the best technologies ever implemented on a phone by the Chinese hi-tech giant. Note that the company has already confirmed the arrival of the Mi 8 through an official teaser, so we are not talking about simple rumors. Besides being powerful, the Mi 8 is also expected to be innovative. According to rumors, it will feature an in-display fingerprint reader and a 3D facial recognition system which will be similar to Apple’s Face ID found on the iPhone X.
This system is tipped to adopt a depth sensor for a tridimensional recognition of the face of the user. Under the hood, Xiaomi Mi 8 will surely boast an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset by Qualcomm: the best processor by Qualcomm running at a max frequency of 2.8 GHz. The SoC should be accompanied by up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. Xiaomi smartphones from the Mi series have always been compact devices, but the Mi 8 will not be, at least from what leaks suggested. It is expected to pack a 6.01-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution, but there will be a bezel-less design so that the dimensions will not be excessive. Xiaomi Mi 8’s listing price is expected to start from 2799 Yuan in China, which roughly translates into $316/€372. This price refers to the configuration with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, while the one with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM is rumored to cost 3199 Yuan.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3
Xiaomi is also pegged to launch the new Mi Band 3 in its 8th anniversary event which will be held on May 31. Two years have passed since the company showcased its latest fitness tracker Mi Band 2 for the first time. Since then, the Mi Band 2 has always been the best-selling wearable to monitor fitness, even though it is just a cheap smart band with limited features. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 was recently spotted at the wrist of Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun during the announcement event of Black Shark, that is the first gaming smartphone from the company. According to the latest leaks and speculations, the design of Xiaomi Mi Band 3 will not be so different from the one of the Mi Band 2. The wristband will feature a slightly bigger display and improved features. There will still be a heart rate sensor behind the display, but on Xiaomi Mi Band 3 it will be able to do real-time heart rate monitoring so that when the user is in danger the smart band can alert him. Further, the heart rate stats feature on the Mi Fit app should get an update. Sleep monitoring should be improved as well with different depths of sleep supported, and Mi Band 3 should also include a barometer to monitor different sporting activities.
Xiaomi will take advantage of May 31 event to launch the latest iteration of its custom user interface MIUI 10. According to the official poster which has just confirmed the arrival of MIUI 10 on May 31’s anniversary event, the new user interface will be faster than lightning. This makes us understand that the development team has put a lot of efforts on optimizing system performance in order to make the UI fast and smooth even though it has tons of features unlike a stock and light version of the operating system. Xiaomi Mi 8 will reportedly be released with MIUI 10 preinstalled, and if so, the user interface will be surely based on Android Oreo. MIUI 9.5 is the latest update released for Xiaomi handsets and MIUI 10 will not be available for Xiaomi phones which run an Android version older than Marshmallow.
There are also rumours about Surge S2 chipset making its debut at this event, but details are scarce at the moment.