Xiaomi has been teasing and tossing around the idea of a possible US expansion for quite some time now. Truth be told, the company has little to actually gain with its current ultra-competitive price strategy, moving to a carrier-driven market, where it would have to meet new regulations, account for numerous extra costs and compete with more powerful players. The ongoing expansion to India is unquestionably better for business, however, the US still seems to be a big goal for Hugo Barra and co.
Since the Chinese giant did attend CES 2017 to announce the white Mi Mix, most of the industry expected at least some announcement, pertaining to international expansion. That never came, but Xiaomi might already be busy working on in behind the scenes, as evident by a mysterious Redmi device that was spotted at the FCC.
The included rough sketch of the unit is quite reminiscent of recent Redmi Note designs and the source seems to think it is the Redmi Note 5. However, an alleged Redmi Note 4X is already in the works. Then again, Xiaomi could easily opt to use a totally different naming convention if it does enter the US market. Hopefully, it will serve as an opportunity to clean up the incredible mess that is the current Redmi lineup.
As for other leaked info on the unknown handset,there are some dimensions and a full list of bands already disclosed. Also, the smartphone will likely use a Snapdragon 652 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The camera setup is said to include a 16MP main snapper and an 8MP selfie one. And last, but not least, an Android 7.1-based MIUI 9 might also be part of the mix.