Back in the last year, Xiaomi introduced the Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro, and 12S Ultra as half-year upgrades for the Xiaomi 12 series. These phones were quite impressive bringing the world’s first 1-inch camera, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and more. Also, they served to present the new partnership between Leica and Xiaomi. The lineup was well received, and it’s natural for some to expect the brand to launch the Xiaomi 13S series later this. Apparently, this is not happening at all.
Right now, Xiaomi fans are waiting for the global debut of the Xiaomi 13 series. That may happen in a few days as Xiaomi may take a ride on the MWC 2023 airplane to Barcelona. However, in a few months, the devices will be considered “old” and the fans will be waiting for the next big thing, a possible Xiaomi 13S series. According to Xiaomi, there is no reason to expect a Xiaomi 13S, Pro or Ultra in 2023.
The info comes right from the cbrand’s founder and CEO Lei Jun. According to the top executive, Xiaomi will skip a half-year update in the form of Xiaomi 13S series. He then alerts Xiaomi fans to not wait for a Xiaomi 13S.
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Not many reasons to launch the Xiaomi 13S series
The reason for the cancellation is unclear. Perhaps, it’s the lack of reasons to launch a Xiaomi 13S series that prevail over the reasons to launch. Last year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 did not perform so well with energy and thermal issues. For that reason, Qualcomm ran to launch a new variant using TSMC’s manufacturing process. That gave birth to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which was much better than its predecessor when it comes to performance and energy efficiency. The extra performance, efficiency, and the camera upgrades with Leica branding were enough to justify the Xiaomi 12S series’ existence. In fact, almost every brand in the market launched phones with the SD8+ Gen 1.
Also, Xiaomi is expected to launch soon a Xiaomi 13 Ultra variant to complete the lineup. Last year, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra was in the plans. However, due to delays and other issues, the company ultimately cancelled it to focus on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. This time around, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra development and launch may be under the company’s expectations. The first leaks are already popping out, and we expect more to come soon.