Redmi appears set to launch its smartphone of 2020 next week in India. Hot on the heels of the unveiling of a new budget smartphone by its competitor - the Realme C3 - Redmi has decided to tease the release of its own competitor to the new Realme phone. While Redmi doesn't explicitly state which smartphone, its tag line for the teaser indicates that we are going to get a successor to Redmi 8A, most likely in the form of Redmi 9A. Additionally, Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain is saying that Xiaomi fans can expect two surprises as well.
As per the teaser tweet published by Redmi India and the official micro-site present on Xiaomi's India website, the company is teasing the new smartphone with the tag line – 'desh ka dumdaar smartphone'. Xiaomi has in the past used taglines such as 'desh ka smartphone', 'smart desh ka phone', and 'smart desh ka dumdaar smartphone' to hype Redmi 6A, Redmi 7A, and Redmi 8A, respectively. So, the new tagline - desh ka dumdaar smartphone – kind of screams the launch of Redmi 9A. We will, however, still suggest waiting for the official announcement for the final confirmation.
The new Redmi smartphone will be unveiled on February 11 at 12pm (noon). There is no information about whether Xiaomi has planned an event to announce the new phone.
The teaser micro-site indicates the Redmi phone will feature dual rear cameras and 5,000mAh battery. Additionally, it hints at a new design for better grip. No other details are available at this point.
Additionally, as mentioned, Manu Kumar Jain is saying that Xiaomi fans can expect to see two surprises on February 11. One of these surprises is teased to be Redmi's entry in a new product category. The product category is rumoured to be power banks. Right now, Xiaomi only sells Mi-branded power banks in the country.
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