We will see the Snapdragon 855 making its debut in a handful of Xiaomi phones this year. What we expect is that the Mi 9 and the Mi 9 Explorer Edition will be powered by the Snapdragon 855, while the processor is also expected to power the Black Shark gaming phone, the Mi Mix 4, along with the successor to last years POCOPHONE F1 – a phone which gained huge plaudits. Now, the VP of Xiaomi and the head of the Redmi division has confirmed that the processor will also appear in a Redmi phone.
Lu Weibing is the head of Redmi, and was appointed to be the head of the company just earlier in the year, when it was decided by Xiaomi for Redmi to be an independent brand. The first ever phone launched by Redmi was the Redmi Note 7, while it is expected that the company will announce the Redmi Note 7 pro sooner rather than later. It was he who confirmedin a post coming on Weibo that a Redmi phone will come with Qualcomm’s flagship processor – the Snapdragon 855.
This would obviously change how you look at the Redmi series, and indeed Redmi as a whole. Redmi has made its name as a company that launches phones coming in the entry-level to mid-range categories. However, now, as the phone suggests, the company will also make phone with are powered by chipsets present on the more premium and expensive phone : however, Redmi will keep its tag as an affordable company; when compared to the rest, at least.
A Redmi phone to come with the Snapdragon 855
While there is little information about the phone from the company that will possess the Snapdragon 855 chipset, it is quite doubtful that the phone will possess capabilities for 5G. The launch isn’t expected to be too near either, and at best, it’s possible that the phone will be launched at the end of the second quarter – at the earliest. It also might be possible that the phone won’t actually be launched outside China, so that it doesn’t actually affect the sales of the POCOPHONE F2.