Xiaomi Mi 11 with Snapdragon 888 could launch as early as later this month. Specifications leaked.
Qualcomm announced its latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888 at its Snapdragon Summit. Soon after, companies rushed to announce their devices powered by the new SoC. Xiaomi and Realme were on the same page while announcing that their smartphone will be ‘one of the firsts’ to use the latest Mobile Platform. Now, a new rumor suggests that in a race to be first, Xiaomi might launch its next flagship as early as later this month.
The development comes from a noted tipster Ice Universe, who took to Twitter to reveal that Mi 11 could be launched by the end of December 2020. It comes as a surprise since Xiaomi usually launches its flagship smartphones in the month of February. But Samsung and OnePlus are also rumored to shift their flagship launch a bit earlier than usual, and Xiaomi could lead the charge. The company has also reportedly sent the Mi 11 for network certification, which indicates that the launch isn’t far away.
Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro expected price and specifications have surfaced on Chinese microblogging network Weibo to suggest what Xiaomi could launch next. Some images hinting at the design of the Xiaomi Mi 11 series have also leaked online. A separate tip claims that the Mi 11 will launch sometime around the end of December with a curved display design. Co-Founder and CEO Lei Jun announced earlier this week that the Mi 11 would be amongst the first phones to come with the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro price (expected)
As per the details shared on Weibo, the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be priced between CNY 3,999 and 4,499 (roughly Rs. 45,100 and Rs. 50,700). The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro is, however, rumoured to be priced between CNY 5,299 and 5,499 (roughly Rs. 60,000 and 62,000).
Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro specifications (expected)
The Weibo post also suggests that the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro both will come with a 6-inch QHD+ AMOLED display and feature a 120Hz refresh rate. This corroborates previous reports that hinted at the new display on the Mi 11 series. The smartphones are also rumoured to have triple rear cameras at the back. The Mi 11 get a 108-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, and a 5-megapixel telephoto shooter. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro, on the other hand, is expected to come with a 50-megapixel primary sensor that could just be an output of 4:1 pixel binning and might be a 200-megapixel sensor. It could also include a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter and a 48-megapixel telephoto shooter.
Both Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro are rumoured to have 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of onboard UFS 3.1 storage. These could be the entry-level variants. The phones are also expected with in-display fingerprint sensors and NFC support. Further, there could be a 20-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front on the smartphones.
In addition to the above leak, Digital Chat Station, has shared what it says are some of the Xiaomi Mi 11’s internal specifications – the following is based on a machine-translated version of the tweet.
They claim that the phone will support 120W fast charging, a feature that has made an appearance only on the Mi 10 Ultra until now, though that phone wasn’t made available outside China. Wireless charging, however, might not make the cut.
DCS also says the phone will miss out on a 108MP camera, which we’ve seen on other Xiaomi phones, and instead getting a new 50MP sensor, something we’ve heard before. It’s too early to say if this change will be an upgrade or a downgrade, as some of the best camera phones of this year have come with 50MP primary camera.
Overall, it seems like Xiaomi is betting big on the Mi 11, and not just playing it safe this time. This isn’t really surprising, as the phone is going to be quickly followed by other Snapdragon 888 handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S21, which is set to land just a few weeks later.