Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun posted a teaser image on his Weibo on Friday: it showed a powerpoint slide for an upcoming Xiaomi product launch, scheduled for July 27. The image implied that xiaomi will release an upgraded version of the RedMi, called the Redmi Pro. Intriguingly, the post itself showed that it had been made using a Redmi Pro.
Beside the Redmi Pro, Chinese news website cnBeta predicted that in the product launch Xiaomi will also unveil the Mi Notebook.
Priced at RMB 699 (USD 107), the Redmi is a budget product. Recently Xiaomi launched an advertising campaign for Redmi, to promote the phone as a popular brand. As of today, the Redmi family has a few members, including the Redmi 1, 2, and 3, and Redmi Note 1, 2, and 3.
Lei Jun has expressed Xiaomi’s ambitions to to build an ecosystem of a “smart home” rather than just making smartphones. He said Xiaomi would have 50-100 products in a variety of categories. So far, Xiaomi has released smartphones, air purifiers, TVs, smart rice cookers… and the list continues to get bigger.
In 2015, Xiaomi shipped 71 million smartphone units, lower than its predictions at the beginning of the year, according to market research company IDC.