Posted April 19, 2019 06:31:31By KEVIN HURLEYBy Kevin HayesBloombergTech A Chinese phone maker said Monday it will build its very own phone for the US market that it hopes will rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note8.
The Chinese-based Xiaomi said it will sell a phone with a 5-inch screen, an octa-core Snapdragon 820 chip and a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megixel front camera.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is available in limited quantities, but a full-size variant with the same specs will be sold starting in late April, Xiaomi said in a blog post.
The new phone will be the first phone to have a 5.5-inch display and use the Snapdragon 820, Xiaomi’s senior vice president of product marketing said in the post.
It is expected to be available in three colors, and it will have a 3,000mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi 6, released in July, had a 5:1 display ratio.
Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected later this year.
Xiaomi said the Mi 5 will have the same specifications as the phone it is building for the U.S. market, and will include the same cameras as the flagship iPhone XS.
Xiaomi also said it is looking to sell the phone in China.
“The Mi 5 has an attractive design, an innovative processor, and powerful specs, so we’re excited about its potential to compete with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8,” Xiaomi said.
Apple is expected in late spring or early summer to unveil the first iPhone in a more affordable, thinner and faster version of the iPhone X. Apple has already started releasing its own iPhone lineup, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XR, which will be priced at $999.
Xiaomi will likely be competing against the likes of Xiaomi, which launched a similar phone called Mi 5 last year.
The Xiaomi smartphone will have an attractive display with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and can be powered by a 4G LTE network, Xiaomi spokesman Zhang Zhihui said in an email.