Xiaomi Opera? Xiaomi will launch a new, lighter, bigger flagship, with HIFI audio


So far Xiaomi’s teasers have pointed at something new, and that’s what we believe we are going to see at the 15th Jan event. Not a Xiaomi Mi5, or a new Redmi Note 2, but a new phone all together.

A few days ago we pointed out that teasers of the new Xiaomi phone suggested that Xiaomi could be going down the path of building a higher quality product aimed at a similar target market as the Oppo R5 and Vivo X5 Max, but with all the Mi5 ‘leaks’ we got a little sidetracked.

Today’s leak, suggest to us that our gut feeling was right and we will see a new phablet from Xiaomi. It will be a flagship in terms of build and design, but it won’t be succeeding the Mi5 or anything in the Redmi range. It is going to be something new!

Xiaomi have been concentrating on their build quality and design of late, this is evident in the Mi4, but we believe that the 4th largest phone maker now wants to be seen as a company who can build high quality, desirable products with great design, and still at a reasonable price! This could be the first Xiaomi phone that embodies Xiaomi’s own style and breaks away from the bland look of the Redmi range and Apple inspired products of the past.

it sounds like an all new flagship phablet an “Mi4 Note” or “Xiaomi Opera” perhaps?

Looking at the teasers the new Xiaomi product is going to be larger, thinner, and better designed than any other Xiaomi phone to date. We believe that the cases and leaks we postes previously could be similar to the actual design of the new phone, but will look better than we had expected.

This latest teaser posted by Xiaomi gives us the most damning evidence yet that the next Xiaomi flagship will be a new phone. I have quickly circled the most obvious words in the puzzle, feel free to look for others and post then in the comments:

xiaomi puzzle solved

 

Read Also:  Hello Xiaomi, Goodbye Huawei: End of partnership with Leica is confirmed

What I found were:

  • Bigger
  • Sound
  • HIFI
  • Glass
  • Money
  • Lighter
  • Large
  • New
  • UNi

Update also found:

  • Note is also on the list, so a flagship phablet device is very likely. Perhaps a Xiaomi Mi4 Note?
  • OIS
  • Faster
  • Opera (it is rumoured that this new device could be called the Xiaomi Opera)

I’m sure there are more in there and I will continue to look (just needed to get this news posted). Im not sure if “uni’ is actually part of the puzzle but it could point to a unibody design.

The other words are certainly clues “new” and the fact the puzzle is saying “hello” means this is a phone we have not seen yet. Xiaomi are bringing us something all new, that cannot be a Redmi Note 2 or a Mi5, it sounds like an all new flagship phablet an “Mi4 Note”, or “Xiaomi Opera” perhaps!

Xiaomi Opera?

Features of the new phone are also different to what Xiaomi have focussed on in the past, and show a change in direction for the brand. Audio quality, large display, glass panels are all features that we have seen on rival phones but not on Xiaomi devices.

The above puzzle also mentions the name “Opera” which might the title of a new range of Xiaomi Opera phones that includes 2 devices at launch.

As you can see we are pretty sure that something new is on the horizon, our only question will this new phone remain at the 1999 Yuan or below price that previous Xiaomi phones have shipped for, or is this new phone going to enter a slightly higher price bracket to fend off other high-class smartphones?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Previous Mediatek MT6732 benchmarks are in, see how the 64bit Elephone P6000 Performs
Next Poll: Meizu could have 3 surprises at launch this month what are they?

72 Comments

  1. Raul
    January 11, 2015

    I really hope more makers will follow suit and up their game in the HiFi department, its a shame only a handful devices take into consideration the audio part.

  2. stan
    January 11, 2015

    naaaah, it new Mi 5 🙂

    • January 11, 2015

      Best thing about this launch is no one is sure what Xiaomi will launch. Id be just as happy if i am wrong as right. Very exciting prospects this time around 😀

  3. Gilles
    January 11, 2015

    We can read “note” and “faster” too

    • January 11, 2015

      Mi4 note, or something similar. Don’t think it will be a Redmi Note

  4. Subodh Poudel
    January 11, 2015

    It is definetly redmi note 2

    • January 11, 2015

      Still don’t think it is the Redmi note, but a new flagship note sounds very likely

      • Subodh Poudel
        January 11, 2015

        I guess its too early to lauch a MI5 so maybe they are into some surprise. And it is likely that the new device is redmi note 2 as its time we see redmi note 2 after the redmi 2

        • January 11, 2015

          Yes, that is possible, but on Xiaomi’s Weibo they are still actively promoting the Redmi Note LTE in various colours. Seems strange to promote an old phone on the verge of replacing it.

          • January 11, 2015

            Posted on the 9th Jan on Xiaomi’s Weibo. Normally they would have ran down production of the previous phone and wouldn’t promote the older model so near the launch of a new one to avoid fan backlash “I just bought the Redmi Note and now there is a new one!!!” etc

            • Jason45
              January 11, 2015

              This phone could be in a different price range, maybe called note pro to avoid backlash and the old note model may still be sold.

              Some say it will costs 1499 Yuan, quite a price difference compared to the original price and thus much more than the price of meizu note

    • bbc
      January 11, 2015

      They wrote Dhinner instead of thinner..hah,, last column

  5. Varun
    January 11, 2015

    Last line OIS

    • January 11, 2015

      Nice, did not see that 😀

  6. HongKongJoe
    January 11, 2015

    New phone for 64bit era called Opera. 2 models 5.2″ thin with Snapdragon 615. Other model will be 5.7″ with bigger battery. There must be Mediatec phone in there somewhere.
    Mira is also there(fantastic in Chinese), new name or refer to sound. Not surprised by the Redmi its far too important for the company to ignore and bread an butter to company

  7. arsalan
    January 11, 2015

    Hi Andi,
    Why there is no more email updates from Gizchina, at least for me?

    • January 11, 2015

      There should be

      • arsalan
        January 11, 2015

        Sorry Andi,
        I found it. All mails from gizchina and discus are going to spam mails.

  8. Shashank
    January 11, 2015

    My Felling is that you will see this device launching on Jan 15. Ferrari or Opera i dont know, at the tip you can see its slimmer! 5.1mm guess so!

    • January 11, 2015

      nope very much doubt it

  9. Raul
    January 11, 2015

    I really hope more makers will follow suit and up their game in the HiFi department, its a shame only a handful devices take into consideration the audio part.

  10. Guest
    January 11, 2015

    naaaah, it new Mi 5 🙂

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      Best thing about this launch is no one is sure what Xiaomi will launch. Id be just as happy if i am wrong as right. Very exciting prospects this time around 😀

  11. Kvard
    January 11, 2015

    ok what if we read from last line to the first one : is larger lighter on unic glass opera hifi sound bigger . 😛

  12. Guest
    January 11, 2015

    We can read “note” and “faster” too

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      Mi4 note, or something similar. Don’t think it will be a Redmi Note

  13. Subodh Poudel
    January 11, 2015

    It is definetly redmi note 2

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      Still don’t think it is the Redmi note, but a new flagship note sounds very likely

    • Subodh Poudel
      January 11, 2015

      I guess its too early to lauch a MI5 so maybe they are into some surprise. And it is likely that the new device is redmi note 2 as its time we see redmi note 2 after the redmi 2

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      Yes, that is possible, but on Xiaomi’s Weibo they are still actively promoting the Redmi Note LTE in various colours. Seems strange to promote an old phone on the verge of replacing it.

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      Posted on the 9th Jan on Xiaomi’s Weibo. Normally they would have ran down production of the previous phone and wouldn’t promote the older model so near the launch of a new one to avoid fan backlash “I just bought the Redmi Note and now there is a new one!!!” etc

    • bbc
      January 11, 2015

      They wrote Dhinner instead of thinner..hah,, last column

    • Jason45
      January 11, 2015

      This phone could be in a different price range, maybe called note pro to avoid backlash and the old note model may still be sold.

      Some say it will costs 1499 Yuan, quite a price difference compared to the original price and thus much more than the price of meizu note

  14. Varun
    January 11, 2015

    Last line OIS

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      Nice, did not see that 😀

  15. HongKongJoe
    January 11, 2015

    New phone for 64bit era called Opera. 2 models 5.2″ thin with Snapdragon 615. Other model will be 5.7″ with bigger battery. There must be Mediatec phone in there somewhere.
    Mira is also there(fantastic in Chinese), new name or refer to sound. Not surprised by the Redmi its far too important for the company to ignore and bread an butter to company

  16. RRRobert
    January 11, 2015

    I would have hoped for letter combinations like “FDD” , “LTE” or “SAPPHIRE”, but hey, you can’t have them all…

  17. RustM
    January 11, 2015

    IR?

  18. arsalan
    January 11, 2015

    Hi Andi,
    Why there is no more email updates from Gizchina, at least for me?

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      There should be

    • arsalan
      January 12, 2015

      Sorry Andi,
      I found it. All mails from gizchina and discus are going to spam mails.

  19. Shashank
    January 11, 2015

    My Felling is that you will see this device launching on Jan 15. Ferrari or Opera i dont know, at the tip you can see its slimmer! 5.1mm guess so!

  20. Marogiannis
    January 11, 2015

    Great post Andi !!!!!

    • Andi Sykes
      January 11, 2015

      nope very much doubt it

  21. Guest
    January 11, 2015

    ok what if we read from last line to the first one : is larger lighter on unic glass opera hifi sound bigger . 😛

  22. Guest
    January 11, 2015

    I would have hoped for letter combinations like “FDD” , “LTE” or “SAPPHIRE”, but hey, you can’t have them all…

  23. Guest
    January 11, 2015

    IR?

  24. Guest
    January 11, 2015

    Great post Andi !!!!!

  25. T
    January 11, 2015

    It’s only about ‘new fish’ – see 3rd line.

    • T
      January 11, 2015

      Or ‘new fish net’.

  26. Guaire
    January 11, 2015

    Xiaomi can’t call a device flagship with Snapdragon 615.

    64-bit isn’t miracle, Snapdragon 801 would have beat it without break a sweat.

    Hopefully they won’t waste that beautiful design with mid-range specs and not so good price.

    • Jason45
      January 11, 2015

      Even the snapdragon 800 would have been the better choice for a low price.

      Last time I have read, mediatek mt6752 beat the snapdragon 615 chipset basically on almost all benchmarks tests. The xiaomi design looks nicer though than meizu note in my opinion and it could have camera ois. Some reports say it costs around 1499 Yuan. If that is the case, I rather buy the meizu note if I am looking for a midrange phone.

      • Guaire
        January 11, 2015

        Exactly.

  27. Karthik Babu
    January 11, 2015

    1st line Mi and 4th line Opera. Hence it’s Mi Opera only

  28. Guest
    January 11, 2015

    It’s only about ‘new fish’ – see 3rd line.

    • Guest
      January 11, 2015

      Or ‘new fish net’.

  29. Guaire
    January 11, 2015

    Xiaomi can’t call a device flagship with Snapdragon 615.

    64-bit isn’t miracle, Snapdragon 801 would have beat it without break a sweat.

    Hopefully they won’t waste that beautiful design with mid-range specs and not so good price.

    • Jason45
      January 11, 2015

      Even the snapdragon 800 would have been the better choice for a low price.

      Last time I have read, mediatek mt6752 beat the snapdragon 615 chipset basically on almost all benchmarks tests. The xiaomi design looks nicer though than meizu note in my opinion and it could have camera ois. Some reports say it costs around 1499 Yuan. If that is the case, I rather buy the meizu note if I am looking for a midrange phone.

    • Guaire
      January 11, 2015

      Exactly.

  30. Karthik Babu
    January 12, 2015

    1st line Mi and 4th line Opera. Hence it’s Mi Opera only

  31. stan
    January 12, 2015

    so which new phones Xiaomi will lunch on jun 15 ?
    mi5 or note2 or both ?

    my vote is still Mi5 and that is ‘cos Mi4 was was a miss. Why? difference between MI3 and Mi4 was overclocked SoC 2.3 to 2.5 same GPU and added 1GB of RAM..

    That’s why I still have Mi3 and don’t want to upgrade to Mi4

    Hope Mi5 will have snapdragon 805 or even better 810, LTE, then I will upgrade. screen from 5.0 to 5.2 is welcomed only if bezel is thinner.

    • Stef
      January 12, 2015

      Mi3 vs Mi4 : I can see why you find it a small upgrade if you already have a Mi3.

      But while the Mi3 was committing the cardinal sins of large phones (big bezels, relatively low ram) Mi4 seems to be correcting them. Excellent ergonomics, excellent battery, better camera. The Soc difference doesn’t matter, but Ram matters hugely, RAM is the no1 commodity for android phones. More ram means everything preloaded on memory, means lightning fast phone despite the fact that the Soc is basically the same…

      Btw sorry for the slight off topic, but people derided mi4 for the wrong reasons (it kinda looks like an iphone) despite the fact that it is the most balanced xiaomi phone to date.

  32. Guest
    January 12, 2015

    so which new phones Xiaomi will lunch on jun 15 ?
    mi5 or note2 or both ?

    my vote is still Mi5 and that is ‘cos Mi4 was was a miss. Why? difference between MI3 and Mi4 was overclocked SoC 2.3 to 2.5 same GPU and added 1GB of RAM..

    That’s why I still have Mi3 and don’t want to upgrade to Mi4

    Hope Mi5 will have snapdragon 805 or even better 810, LTE, then I will upgrade. screen from 5.0 to 5.2 is welcomed only if bezel is thinner.

    • Stef
      January 13, 2015

      Mi3 vs Mi4 : I can see why you find it a small upgrade if you already have a Mi3.

      But while the Mi3 was committing the cardinal sins of large phones (big bezels, relatively low ram) Mi4 seems to be correcting them. Excellent ergonomics, excellent battery, better camera. The Soc difference doesn’t matter, but Ram matters hugely, RAM is the no1 commodity for android phones. More ram means everything preloaded on memory, means lightning fast phone despite the fact that the Soc is basically the same…

      Btw sorry for the slight off topic, but people derided mi4 for the wrong reasons (it kinda looks like an iphone) despite the fact that it is the most balanced xiaomi phone to date.