This year has proven to be pretty active for Xiaomi. Their Mijia products are doing splendidly, and they’ve released quite a lot of phones. So many in fact, that we’re making a list about them!
So without further ado, here’s every single Xiaomi smartphone released in 2016 so far, sorted by month!
In January, we saw the release of the Redmi 3. The Redmi 3 ran on a Snapdragon 616 processor, a 5-inch HD display, an interesting cross weave pattern on its rear and a huge 4000mAh battery. This would be the first of the many Redmi 3 iterations to come.
The Mi5 was by far the most popular of the bunch. With its top tier specs, the Mi5’s launch at MWC Barcelona gained the company plenty of traffic, and for the first time everyone was talking about the phone, and not how to pronounce Xiaomi.
While the Mi5 was being launched at MWC, China were busy having their own launch with the Mi4s. The Xiaomi Mi4s was an updated version of the Xiaomi Mi4C, featuring a glass and metal build like the Mi5. The device’s specifications were the same as the Mi4C, so it wasn’t really too surprising.
The Redmi Note 3 saw a much smaller launch, but the fan reception for the device was incredibly positive. The Redmi Note 3 was the first device running the Snapdragon 650 processor with a sub-$200 price tag. This, however, made the Redmi 3 obsolete, something Xiaomi was looking to change as soon as possible.
In March, we saw one launch by Xiaomi, and that would be the Redmi 3 Pro. In terms of design, the Redmi 3 Pro is a Redmi 3 with more RAM and storage, as well as a fingerprint sensor. The cross weave pattern on the rear was also removed.
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Three months later, Xiaomi announces their next device, the Mi Max. The Mi Max was a behemoth of a device with a massive 6.44-inch device, a powerful Snapdragon 650/652 processor and a 4000mAh battery. The Mi Max was well received despite its size, and became a welcome edition to the Xiaomi family of devices.
June saw 2 more devices announced by Xiaomi, with those two being the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3X. Yeah, Xiaomi weren’t really getting very creative with their devices.
The Redmi 3S was basically the Redmi 3, but instead of a Snapdragon 616 they had the Snapdragon 430 instead. Aside from that, the device was pretty much an inferior version of the Redmi 3X.
The Redmi 3X, despite being the better of the 2 devices, was still a pretty boring device. Like the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 3X had the Snapdragon 430 processor. The only differences were that the 3X came with more storage and a fingerprint sensor.
And in July, we finally arrive at the announcement of the brand new Redmi Pro, a brand new Xiaomi device with MediaTek’s top of the line Helio X20 processor, an AMOLED full HD display and dual rear cameras. It was one of the most exciting Xiaomi launches of the year, which was great.
Oh, and we also had another Redmi 3, this time being the Redmi 3S Prime. As the name suggests, the Redmi 3S Prime was a Redmi 3S, just with more RAM and storage. Needless to say, the Redmi 3S Prime was easily overshadowed by the much more exciting Redmi Pro.
The latest Xiaomi device to be launched was the Redmi Note 4, which was only announced earlier this month. The Redmi Note 4 saw a few changes from the Note 3, including a new full metal build and an upgraded Helio X20 processor. Aside from these changes, the Redmi Note 4 and Note 3 are indistinguishable.
And with that, we’ve finished the last device of the year so far. If rumors are to be believed, we should also be expecting the Mi Note 2 to be launched soon, and hopefully it’ll be another interesting launch. There could even be an SD821 powered Xiaomi Mi 5s!
What do you think about this year’s Xiaomi releases? Are there too many of them? Should Xiaomi make this a habit? How many more Redmi 3s can Xiaomi release before the end of the year? Tell us down below in the comments.