“Ha ha ha ha ha ha,” wrote Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun on his Weibo page, grabbing attention from Xiaomi fans across China.
Lei, the playful CEO of Xiaomi, has been known for brand marketing on Weibo. He posted an image with six Chinese characters of the laughing onomatopoeia “ha” on Jan. 26.
Though some netizens joked about Lei drunkenly sending out the mysterious message, most noticed the device that the image was sent from—a Xiaomi smartphone. Lei’s past posts were sent from other devices such as the recently released Xiaomi sub-brand phone, Redmi Note 7
When Lei mischeviosly hinted at the new device without disclosing any further information, netizens turned to the company’s Chief Product Officer, Wang Teng, for clues, to which Wang responded with, “Xiaomi 9 will be released in 2019” written backwards.
According to leaks, the Xiaomi 9 will come with a triple-camera setup with a 48MP principle shooter (utilizing Sony’s IMX586 sensor), an auxiliary 12MP cam and a 3D TOF camera. It will also feature a 6.4-inch 19:9 FHD+ AMOLED water drop display, with a 24MP selfie camera lodged on the front.
The Mi 9 is rumoured to be sporting the Snapdragon 855 SoC, a 3,500mAh battery with 32W quick charge. No other information have been given at this moment.
Xiaomi is very likely to unveil the device in 2019 Mobile World Conference where many of its competitors also plan to launch new products.