Xiaomi held its highly anticipated Lei Jun Annual Speech, with the Xiaomi Launch 2023 event at the prestigious China National Convention Center. The event marked the debut of a dazzling array of groundbreaking products, spanning from innovative smartphones to a lineup of ecosystem gadgets, including pioneering robotics. Among the star-studded product lineup were the Xiaomi MIX Fold 3, the Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14″, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, the Redmi K60 Ultra, and the sensational CyberDog 2.
In his annual speech, Lei Jun, the ingenious Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Xiaomi Group, shared invaluable insights garnered from his three and a half decades of experience. Simultaneously, he unveiled Xiaomi’s visionary core philosophy for the future.
Xiaomi’s Pioneering Core Philosophy: Investing in Humanity-Enhancing Technologies
In the face of a transformative era characterized by industrial and technological upheaval, Xiaomi took a significant leap forward by unveiling an upgraded technological strategy. At the heart of this strategy lies Xiaomi’s new core philosophy: a relentless commitment to investing in technologies designed to benefit humanity.
Lei Jun affirmed, “Our focus on long-term value and steadfast commitment to sustained investment is the cornerstone upon which we build our core competencies and fortify our position. Our goal is not just to improve the lives of today’s generation but also to contribute to the creation, advancement, and progress of humanity’s future.”
Xiaomi’s enhanced strategy revolves around four pivotal tenets: in-depth cultivation of foundational technology, continuous and long-term investments, a seamless amalgamation of hardware and software with the power of AI, and the pursuit of being technology-oriented at its core. This strategic shift underscores Xiaomi’s unwavering dedication to being firmly anchored in shaping the future through technology.
Xiaomi’s Remarkable Technological Leap: Transformative Innovations
The journey of Xiaomi’s self-developed technologies, rife with breakthroughs, has been propelled by consistent investments in research and development. Over the past six years (2017-2022), the company’s compound annual growth rate of R&D investment has reached a remarkable 38.4%. Looking ahead, Xiaomi is poised to exceed RMB 20 billion in R&D investment for 2023 alone and surpass RMB 100 billion within the next five years (2022-2026).
Xiaomi MIX Fold 3: Revolutionizing the Foldable Flagship Experience
The Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 emerged as the crown jewel of Xiaomi’s technological prowess, redefining the concept of foldable flagship smartphones. This cutting-edge innovation retained the slim and lightweight design ethos of its predecessor while offering an all-encompassing product experience in terms of imaging capabilities, performance, and reliability.
Incorporating a proprietary Xiaomi hinge, the MIX Fold 3 achieved unprecedented slimness and lightness, measuring an astonishing 255g and a mere 10.86mm when folded. This hinge, which outshone its predecessor by being 8.6% slimmer when folded and 12.5% slimmer when unfolded, contributed significantly to the smartphone’s svelte profile.
Xiaomi’s innovative hinge design enhanced the device’s reliability and durability. Featuring a 3-element connecting rod structure and up to 14 micro-hinges, it facilitated seamless curvature of the display and mitigated the risk of damage in case of drops. Constructed from ultra-high-strength steel and carbon ceramic steel, the hinge epitomized robustness.
With displays fortified by Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 ensured comprehensive protection while delivering exceptional imaging capabilities through its Leica optical lens-equipped quad-camera system.
Xiaomi MIX Fold 3: Photography and Battery Advancements
The smartphone’s quad camera system, co-engineered with Leica, defied expectations in the slim foldable category by covering focal lengths ranging from ultra-wide to periscope, setting a new benchmark in photography for such devices. Its camera performance excelled, embracing natural colour science and Leica-inspired styles.
To address battery life concerns, Xiaomi introduced a dual Xiaomi Surge battery structure alongside silicon-carbon negative electrode technology, ensuring a 10% capacity increase without compromising the sleek form factor. With 67W wired turbocharging and 50W wireless turbocharging, battery anxiety became a thing of the past.
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Leading Version chipset, Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 epitomized flagship performance and incorporated a suite of innovative features into its MIUI Fold operating system, catering to large display usage.
Pricing and Availability
Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 was offered in Gold, Black, and Xiaomi composite fibre colours, across three storage variants:
- 12GB+256GB: Starting from RMB 8,999
- 16GB+512GB: Starting from RMB 9,999
- 16GB+1TB: Starting from RMB 10,999
The Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro also debuted, with prices beginning at RMB 399.
Unveiling CyberDog 2: Xiaomi’s Leap into Robotics
The event also showcased the awe-inspiring CyberDog 2, an advanced quadruped robot, smaller and more intelligent than its predecessor. Equipped with Xiaomi’s CyberGear Micro-actuator, it executed complex manoeuvres with ease. CyberDog 2 boasted an open-source ecosystem, poised to attract developers and reshape the landscape of bio-inspired robotics.
Xiaomi’s Lei Jun Annual Speech | Xiaomi Launch 2023 event illuminated the company’s unwavering commitment to technology-driven progress. From its cutting-edge products to its fortified core philosophy, Xiaomi demonstrated its determination to pioneer technologies that enrich humanity’s present and future. The launch of Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 and the introduction of CyberDog 2 epitomized Xiaomi’s unyielding dedication to innovation, setting new benchmarks across the tech industry.