As the summer months come to an end, tech companies are starting to pile up the calendar with events and product launches. Xiaomi is all set to hold a big event on Wednesday, September 15 where we’ll get to see the latest smartphones, tablets and other products in the maker’s pipeline. With that in mind here’s a breakdown of what to expect at the event.
Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro
The star(s) of the show will be the brand new Xiaomi 11T series. We’re expecting a vanilla and Pro model and they will mark the first premium Xiaomi phones launched on the global stage without the Mi branding which has been cut off as confirmed by Xiaomi last month.
Xiaomi 11T (image: @_snoopytech_)
Both phones are expected to pack 120Hz refresh rate displays which are presumed to be of the AMOLED variety. The chipset department should hold a major difference with the 11T using MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 while the 11T Pro should arrive with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 instead.
Xiaomi 11T Pro (image: @_snoopytech_)
A prior leak from August detailed the 11T’s camera setup: a 64MP OmniVision OV64B main sensor, a Sony IMX355 ultrawide shooter and an unnamed 3x 'telemacro' camera. The 11T Pro could opt for a similar setup but with a 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor at the helm.
Xiaomi 11T Pro will also charge up to 120W speeds via USB-C while the 11T’s charging speeds are still unknown. Both 11T models will receive up to three Android version upgrades and four years of security updates throughout their lifetime.
European pricing for the Xiaomi 11T is rumored to start at €746/£634 for the 8/128 GB model while the 8/256 GB configuration is expected to come in at €778/£661. The 11T Pro will likely go for €896/£759 in its 8/128GB trim and €929/£785 for the 8/256GB variety.
Global debut of Xiaomi Pad 5 series
Last month, Xiaomi reentered the Android tablet sphere with its Xiaomi Pad 5 and Pad 5 Pro – two 11-inch slates with 120Hz IPS LCDs and powered by the Snapdragon 860 and 870 chipsets respectively. The only caveat was that both were exclusive to China but it seems Wednesday’s event will change that and international users will be able to purchase the Xiaomi Pads.
Check out our detailed coverage of the Xiaomi Pad 5 series here.
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Xiaomi has always offered balanced budget friendly devices in its portfolio and a new Lite model is also on the way. As officially confirmed earlier this week, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE (New Edition) will also launch on September 15. Based on the information we were able to gather so far this will be a Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G but with a Snapdragon 778G chipset instead of the Snapdragon 780G.
It seems the global chipset shortage is affecting Xiaomi’s plans and thus created the need for the 11 Lite 5G NE. Everything else from the 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate to the 64 triple camera setup and 4,250 mAh battery with 33W charging will remain unchanged from the 11 Lite 5G. Pricing for the NE is expected at around €359 for the base 6/64GB model.