Xiaomi has recently debuted its flagship Xiaomi 12, 12X and Xiaomi 12 Pro smartphones in global markets, however, it looks like the company has a few more devices ready to launch in the market.
If the reports are to be believed, the company can present three phones – Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro with a Snapdragon SoC and a Xiaomi 12S Pro with a flagship Dimensity chipset.
While the details on these phones are a little sketchy at this point, these devices appear to be an iterative upgrade to the existing Xiaomi 12 lineup.
according to one tweet (opens in new tab) by a known insider, the Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro could come equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus SoC along with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage. The 12S Pro may come with 120W fast charging technology.
The other Xiaomi 12S Pro variant might have a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC under the hood, along with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage. For some strange reason, this Pro device might not have 120W fast charging technology – although we’re not sure as of now.
This leak came just a day after it was reported that Xiaomi’s next-gen flagship, the Xiaomi 13, may arrive a little earlier than its schedule. While the Xiaomi 12 line was introduced at the end of December 2021, its successor could arrive in the month of November this year.
This is being done to combat the iPhone 14, which should go on sale around the same time. If the report is indeed true, in addition to Samsung, even Xiaomi could be looking for a slice of Apple’s market share.
But why does Xiaomi want to update its Xiaomi 12 range already?
The Xiaomi 12 series was launched just six months ago in China, while the global debut happened recently. In some markets, such as India, the company has even introduced all variants of its current mainline.
This raises a question as to why the company wants to replace its flagship phones so soon?
The answer to this question may lie in Xiaomi’s recent strategic collaboration with Leica. Not only does the company want to use this opportunity to update the lineup with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus SoC, it also wants to use the Leica brand to create a buzz around the phones.
That said, these phones are more likely to launch in China first and then in international markets. Since we’re not sure about the dates for either one, we’ll have to wait for the company to spill the beans.