Race for the Snapdragon 888: Xiaomi announces Xiaomi Mi 11 with new SoC
Xiaomi’s Mi 11 is going to be one of the first smartphones to come with the newly launched Snapdragon 888 SoC. The announcement was made during the virtual keynote address by Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020.
The Xiaomi M11 is expected to be launched alongside the Mi 11 Pro and while no announcements have been made regarding its specifications or features, speculations suggest that the smartphone might come with a 48MP ultra wide angle camera and at least 6GB of RAM and run Android 11 out-of-the-box as per Geekbench listings.
Rumours have suggested that the Mi 11 Pro, that will come alongside the Mi 11, should come with a QHD+ display and a 120Hz refresh rate. Both the Mi 11 and the Mi 11 Pro are going to make their debut in January next year and come with MIUI 12. It is highly likely that the Mi 11 Pro might also be powered by the Snapdragon 888 under the hood.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 succeeds the Mi 10 that was announced at the Snapdragon Tech Summit last year and then launched in January 2020. The Xiaomi Mi 11 has been touted to be a “cutting-edge” product.
“I’m very happy to tell you that the next-generation Xiaomi premium 5G smartphone powered by Snapdragon 888 will be launched very soon. This is a cutting-edge product full of numerous top-notch features,” Jun said at the keynote.
Besides the Mi 11, the Snapdragon 888 SoC is expected to power a range of Android flagship smartphones in 2021. We know about Realme’s Race already, but other companies that have announced support for the new chipset include Asus, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo.
The new Snapdragon 888 SoC succeeds last year's Snapdragon 865 and comes with the Snapdragon X60 5G modem and a sixth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine. The chipset was previously rumoured to be called the Snapdragon 875.