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Xiaomi turns five, may announce first smartwatch and new smartphone to celebrate

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Although it has only come to international prominence over the past year or so, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi actually turns five years old in April. It will announce at least one new product as part of its celebrations.

The news comes from a blog post on its official forums, informing fans of the company that March 31 will be the big day. Apparently, Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO, will host an event where the new devices will be revealed, along with other, similarly unknown surprises.

It’s not certain how many products Xiaomi will launch, or exactly what they will be, but the post does hint there will be more than one. It even asks forum members to guess how many will be announced, with the possibility of more than three being the most popular, taking nearly 60 percent of the vote at the time of writing.

Xiaomi has already announced several new devices this year, the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro, along with a second generation Mi TV — a 40-inch smart TV running Android. What does that leave for March 31? There are rumors of a new mid-range smartphone, and continued talk about its first smartwatch.

Leaks have recently revealed a phone codename Ferrari, which despite the high-performance name, is likely to be a mid-to-high range device with a 4.9-inch, 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 615 processor, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and Android Lollipop onboard. Little is known about the possible smartwatch, outside of a leak stating the device will be made of metal, have a round face, and a new system of monitoring health.

The surprises mentioned in the post may related to flash sales — a Xiaomi speciality — or special discounts. We’ll bring you all the news of Xiaomi’s latest products following the announcement at the end of the month.

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