Multiple reports of a smartphone called Mi MIX Nano being released soon have been doing the rounds lately. As the name suggests, the Mi MIX Nano is tipped to be the mini variant of the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi MIX launched last month. However, now an employee from the company refutes rumours, saying that no such product is in the making.
Xiaomi’s marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm that “there’s no such product as Xiaomi Mi MIX Nano”. This pretty much douses all the fired rumours around the smartphone, and claims that a mini variant of the Xiaomi Mi MIX is not in the offing. To complicate matters, the comment was soon deleted by Zhiyuan so we can’t be sure what Xiaomi is really planning.
It could be possible that Xiaomi may still be looking to introduce a mini Mi MIX variant, but have decided against calling it Mi MIX Nano. The company may still release the smartphone with a different name in place. The Mi MIX Nano is largely rumoured to release early next month.
Xiaomi’s Mi MIX Nano is tipped to sport a 5.5-inch screen with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, which will be slightly less than the Mi MIX. It is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset is expected to come with 4GB of RAM and will pack 64GB of storage. Even the price of the smartphone has been leaked, and the Mi MIX is tipped to be priced at CNY 3,000 (approximately Rs. 30,000).
Just to recap, Xiaomi launched its Mi MIX smartphone with near bezel-less display and touting a 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio last month. It bears a 6.4-inch display, Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB RAM and 16-megapixel rear camera.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are already up for pre-orders in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia. In the US, the Pixel smartphone starts at $649.99 (roughly Rs. 43,300), and, in case users decide to buy their Pixel smartphones from the Google Store in the US or Verizon Wireless – the only US carrier to offer the smartphones – they will get a $79 (roughly Rs. 5,300) Daydream View headset free alongside. While this sounds like a lucrative offer, a Google representative has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that no such deal will be available for Indian users. In India, users will have to purchase the Daydream View separately, the India launch details of which still remain unknown.
In India, the pre-sale of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone will begin on October 13 on Flipkart online, and many other retail stores like Reliance Digital and Vijay Sales offline. The smartphone is expected to hit the market sometime late October, and the prices are at – Rs. 57,000 for the 32GB Google Pixel, and Rs. 66,000 for the 128GB Google Pixel smartphone. The larger 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL is priced at Rs. 67,000 for the 32GB, and Rs. 76,000 for the 128GB variant.
As mentioned, the free Daydream View VR headset offer is applicable to Google Store buyers in the US as well as Verizon Wireless buyers, and Indian buyers won’t get this deal. The deal is valid till supplies last on the Google Store. In case Verizon runs outs of Daydream View headsets, users will get a $80 Via Prepaid card instead. To get the free headset, users will need a redemption code, scored from the Verizon Daydream View page.
The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be available in Very Silver and Quite Black variants, and the Really Blue limited variant won’t be coming to India. The smartphones come with unlimited cloud storage, inbuilt Google Assistant, a camera that achieves an 89 score from DxOMark, and is running on the latest Android out-of-the-box.
Google also confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the Nexus range is being put to rest, and all the products have been pulled from the Google Store.