Xiaomi Will Launch a Snapdragon-Powered Redmi Flagship This Year

By Holly Brockwell on at

Xiaomi has been busy since announcing that it's turning its Redmi phones into a sub-brand: we've had the announcement of the Redmi Note 7 (yes, they really are releasing a phone called the Note 7 -- what could possibly go wrong?), the budget Redmi Go, and now an as-yet-unnamed Snapdragon flagship.

A post from Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing on Weibo showed the Redmi team discussing the future of the brand, and included some clues about an upcoming phone.

Oddly, the second photo in the post is really rubbish quality – not one you want the Note 7 branding splashed across!

The post mentions that the brand "has very high expectations" for the Note 7 Pro "and 855 flagship."

The 855 refers to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which is a high-end chipset befitting a flagship. That's literally all the information they've given us, but it's enough to surmise that the Redmi brand is already going in a different direction than we expected.

Up to now, Redmi phones have been mid-range and budget handsets. Now, it sounds like they're going for the affordable flagship market (and it will be affordable, because Xiaomi).

We don't know what to expect beyond a great chipset, but we're excited to see what the Redmi flagship will look like. Hopefully it won't be confined to China – we need more pocket-friendly powerhouses on these shores. [Techradar]