Two new Xiaomi mobile phones have received certifications from China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, or TENAA, the agency that approves mobile devices for sale in China.
The Chinese smartphone maker has a strong presence in the country. According to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report, Xiaomi was among the top five mobile phone vendors in the world by shipments in the final quarter of 2015.
The IDC report pointed out that Xiaomi sells 90 percent of its phones in China and the rest in other parts of the world. The company launched the Redmi Note 3 in November 2015, the Redmi 3 in January and the Mi Max in May this year. While these handsets have attracted many customers, it seems Xiaomi is preparing to launch the successors of the Redmi 3 and Redmi Note 3 soon.
The Xiaomi Mi Max has a massive 6.44-inch display but it does not have a front "Mi" logo. The two new Xiaomi devices with model numbers 2016030 and 2015115 have received approval from TENAA, and their leaked images suggest that they will also not have the Mi logo at the front.
These two devices could succeed the Redmi 3 and Redmi Note 3. Both the smartphones are equipped with a fingerprint scanner on the rear.
The handset with model number 2016030 [translated] spotted on TENAA sports a 5-inch LCD screen with a display resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. A 1.4 GHz octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM are expected to power the smartphone. The handset will come with 16 GB of internal storage, probably with the option to expand the storage capacity with a microSD card.
Model 2016030 has a metal design and could be available in gold and silver hues. The mobile phone may be equipped with a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone should have a whopping 4,000 mAh battery and is expected to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
The phone with model number 2015115 [translated], which could be the successor of the Redmi Note 3, may boast a 5.5-inch Full HD screen. A hexa-core chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz and 2 GB of RAM may power the upcoming Xiaomi phone. Just like model 2016030, it will have 16 GB of onboard storage with the option of expanding the storage with an external media.
The next-gen Xiaomi offering could have a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone is believed to pack a big 4,000 mAh battery and oddly, it may come running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop straight out of the box. It is also expected to be available in gray, silver and gold colors.
Xiaomi has not confirmed any details of the two models. However, an approval from TENAA means that customers should expect the handsets to arrive sooner than later.