In February of this year, the premiere of the flagships Xiaomi Mi 10 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro took place. These smartphones have identical design and specs; except that the Pro version is available with 12/512 GB, but the basic version is not; and the other differences concerned the fast-charging power and the main camera. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro has the advantage of a zoom periscope lens with 5x optical zoom. Now, it seems that the company is preparing for its successors – the Xiaomi Mi 11 series.
Mi 10 Pro removed from official stores to make way for the Xiaomi Mi 11
And now, almost 8 months after the release of the Mi 10 series; it disappeared from the shelves of the largest online stores and even from the official store of the company. Everything indicates that we are not dealing with a shortage; but with the fact that Xiaomi has cut production of the Mi 10 Pro.
It could be assumed that the company took this step to promote the Xiaomi Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition or Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. But no, because the flagship has left the race at the initiative of the company itself. Lei Jun made a statement that the demand for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra exceeded all expectations and thanked the fans for such a warm welcome of the device. The company only needs to sell the remaining small stock of this smartphone.
It looks like the manufacturer is clearing the production lines for the Xiaomi Mi 11, creating a shortage for the company’s flagship models. The new generation of flagships should be available early next year and this will be the first product of the Chinese smartphone manufacturers with Snapdragon 875 on board.
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Xiaomi Mi 11 will be the first Chinese phone based on the SD 875 SoC
If the Samsung Galaxy S21 turns out to be the very first smartphone based on the Snapdragon 875 platform (we already wrote that Samsung pushed the announcement of this model to an earlier date), then Xiaomi Mi 11 will be the first Chinese smartphone based on Snapdragon 875.
This was announced by a well-informed Chinese insider, whose leaks have already been confirmed many times. Interestingly, after the release, Mi 11 will become an exclusive model with Snapdragon 875 for a period of time. Given Xiaomi’s longstanding close ties with Qualcomm, this is easy to believe.
And we are clearly not talking about the fact that Qualcomm will hold the Snapdragon 875 for Xiaomi; but simply that Xiaomi will receive the new flagship platform of the American company before the rest.
Not surprisingly, the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be exclusive to the Chinese market for a while. But how long this period of exclusivity will be is a big question.
The premiere of Snapdragon 875 will take place at the very beginning of December, it is possible that Mi 11 will come along with this platform, fully presented – a month later, and sales will start in late January or early February.
That would be un-economical as the MI 11 has something like 2.5 months before launch…