Xiaomi did exceptionally well in India where its well-specified devices at valuable prices are in demand. While India is the world’s second-largest market for smartphones, consumers are penalized by low per capita income, which is why the Chinese manufacturer controls the smartphone market in the country. The company has even developed a sub-brand, Poco, which is preparing to launch its first device in India.
On August 22 (next Wednesday), Xiaomi will unveil the Poco F1 in New Delhi. The device will include a Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. A dual camera configuration adorns the back, and a 4000 mAh battery will keep the lights on for at least 24 hours. Although we have no official price for the Poco F1, a premature announcement on the website of a Romanian and his retailer had a price equivalent to 489 USD after a discount of 73 USD. If you think the Poco F1 is the reason why Xiaomi has not launched its flagship product Mi 8 in India, this reasoning seems to be wrong. According to a report released today, three phone retailers in India claim that the Mi 8 might be only a few weeks away from the market.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 will be released soon in India (see the image at the top of this article). The phone, like the Poco F1, is powered by the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform and has 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of native storage, two cameras at the same time. rear and a battery of 3400 mAh. The price range for the Mi 8 would start at the equivalent of US $408 and reach $499 for the model with 256GB of storage. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition, with a transparent back and a built-in fingerprint scanner, costs 559 USD.
If this report is legitimate and that Xiaomi will soon release the Mi 8 in India, could the latter device cannibalize the sales of Poco F1? Launching a brand new brand will be difficult for Xiaomi without worrying about competing.