Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun has revealed that the company he's spearheading will stop making 4G smartphones for the Chinese market by the end of 2020.
Jun added that 5G connectivity is now set to revolutionize the smartphone industry, with applications such as 4K/8K video conferencing, alongside cloud gaming (game streaming), and autonomous driving taking center stage. Consequently, Xiaomi and Redmi are now on all fours launching 5G handsets to drive such an adaptation.
Xiaomi's co-founder also shared how the company is coping in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in its homeland market. According to Jun, the firm's supply chain was severely affected by the crisis, which resulted in Xiaomi running out of 5G-enabled handsets in warehouses.
As such, Xiaomi subsidized its factories for CNY 250,000,000 to level up the production of its 5G smartphones. Apart from this, the company is also planning to halt the manufacturing of 4G handsets in China by the end of the year to focus on 5G devices.
Xiaomi's head also mentioned the company's intention to focus more on mobile and Internet of Things (IoT), in which it highlighted in 2019. The firm is also slated to work with the Chinese government to build disaster warning systems and other public service systems that rely on 5G technology.
While most of its compatriots are only heading to the 5G direction, Xiaomi has already started its "pre-research" on 6G as well, apart from the groundbreaking satellite internet technology.
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Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi 10X series in China, which is the cheapest 5G smartphone available currently. The Redmi 10X 5G edition sports an AMOLED display, triple rear cameras, optical in-display fingerprint reader, 4,520mAh battery capacity, and impeccable design. MediaTek's Dimensity 820 chipset also powers the phone. It is priced at CNY 1,599 (around PHP 11,300).
All things considered, Xiaomi has huge plans ahead, which aren't only positively geared toward beefing up its smartphone portfolio. Most importantly, the once-budding tech manufacturer is now committed to bringing newer technological innovations closer to their ardent users.