Xiaomi is set to unveil its Mi 11 smartphone series later today (Monday), which is earlier than it was expected. One of the biggest selling points of the new flagship phones is the Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm’s latest high-end chip, making it the world's first device with Qualcomm's top-tier 2021 hardware inside - the Snapdragon 888.
Apart from the latest chip, the Mi 11 series is expected to deliver improved specifications, especially in the camera department.
The company confirmed the launch event in China for the end of 2020, so full details are imminent, but here's everything we otherwise know about this forthcoming flagship Mi 11 series.
Xiaomi Mi 11: Release Date
While many in Europe will be rolling around like little barrels full of mince pies, the show doesn't stop for Xiaomi, with the Mi 11's launch event scheduled for 28 December 2020.
— Daniel D (@Daniel_in_HD) December 22, 2020
It's a China-only event, spoken in Mandarin, which ought to give a pretty good idea that the company's home market will be the first port of call, with global markets following in 2021.
Xiaomi Mi 11: Design & Cameras
As is typical for the series, we expect Xiaomi will launch a Mi 11 and a Mi 11 Pro.
Initial rumours suggest the Mi 11 will have a flat screen, while the Mi 11 Pro will be curved at every edge to its corners, much like the Huawei P40 Pro. The size of the screen is to be confirmed, but a 120Hz refresh rate is expected, as is the appetite for fast-refresh panels.
Xiaomi Mi 11 ? pic.twitter.com/jmL5vEMITm— TechDroider (@techdroider) December 17, 2020
Otherwise, the rear design of both phones appears to be much the same, but the camera systems are thought to be different. This is what has often segregated a 'standard' Mi model from its Pro counterpart in previous versions.
The Mi 11 is said to have a triple rear camera system, while the Mi 11 Pro is said to have a quad camera setup, adding an additional periscope zoom lens (whether this is 5x or 10x is to be confirmed).
The main camera for both is thought to be a 50-megapixel unit, lowering the resolution over the 108MP sensor that was used in the Mi 10 series.
The front-facing camera isn't thought to be an under-screen option, like the recently launched ZTE Axon 20 5G, as perhaps the company is waiting for more research and development to make that a more viable option.
Xiaomi Mi 11: Hardware & Specs
Xiaomi has already confirmed that the Mi 11 will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform, meaning its integrated modem will see all Mi 11 devices as 5G only.
That's the most powerful hardware loadout for 2021, with Xiaomi being extra keen to establish its 'first!' position by releasing in 2020 ahead of the competition.
Elsewhere both Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro are expected to tout 55W fast-charging to juice up their batteries in double-quick time. The battery sizes are rumoured to be 4,780mAh and 4,970mAh respectively.
Xiaomi Mi 11: No charger in the box
Xiaomi has confirmed Mi 11 will not come with a power adapter in the box. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun in a post on Weibo said the move would help the company achieve its environmental goals. He further said the thickness of the box would be drastically reduced, which in turn would not only reduce the overall costing but also the material used.
Interestingly, Xiaomi was among the top smartphone brands, which mocked Apple for doing the same with the iPhone 12 series. Reports suggest Samsung will also skip charger in the retail box of its upcoming Galaxy S21 series.
Xiaomi Mi 11: Price
Little more is known about the full specification, but there's a suggestion from GSMA Arena that the Mi 11 will be cheaper than the Mi 10, starting at around $700. We suspect the Mi 11 Pro will be around the $999 price point.
Whether those are RMB-to-USD conversions that won't uphold in real-world release, well, we'll just have to wait until 28 December to find out.