The first batch of Snapdragon 898 (Snapdragon 8 gen1) models will be official in the middle of next month. Furthermore, the Xiaomi 12 will likely be the first smartphone to use this chip. The Chinese manufacturer will probably release only the standard model this year. The Pro and Ultra models should officially launch next year. In addition to the Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 12 Ultra, we also have reports of a “Xiaomi 12 Lite”. Now, the latest report regarding the Xiaomi 12 series is the emergence of the “Xiaomi 12 mini”.
The Xiaomi 12 mini will reportedly come with a small screen just like the Xiaomi 12 Lite. It is possible that the Xiaomi 12 mini and Xiaomi 12 Lite refer to the same smartphone. It is most unlikely that the company will launch two small screen flagships in the Xiaomi 12 series.
Today, some netizens exposed the details of the Xiaomi 12 mini on Weibo. This leak reveals the configuration, appearance, and price of this smartphone. Furthermore, the leak shows a poster of the devices and it is very similar to the official Xiaomi product. However, we suggest that you take the information on this leak for reference purposes only. This is because we can not confirm the authenticity of this leak for now.
Xiaomi 12 mini alleged specifications
From the leak, the Xiaomi 12 mini comes with a 6.28-inch straight screen, which is consistent with the previous news of @DCS. The front adopts a center punch-hole design, and the back has a vertically arranged long strip triple-camera solution. The overall appearance is very good and top-notch.
Under the hood, the poster shows that the Xiaomi 12 mini will come with the Snapdragon 870 SoC. This is one of the most balanced chips in the market in terms of power consumption and performance. It is the most popular configuration this year. It will also use UFS 3.1+LPDDR5 storage specifications. These specs take this small screen device to the flagship level.
Furthermore, the Xiaomi 12 mini will come with a built-in 4200mAh battery that supports 67W wired and 50W wireless charging. Going by Xiaomi’s tests for this charging capacity on a 4000+ mAh battery, this device should get a full charge in about 20 minutes or less. Also, the Xiaomi mini will support three-dimensional dual speakers, X-axis linear motor, NFC, infrared remote control, etc. This device can be considered as a “real flagship with a small display”.
The Xiaomi 12 mini will have three models including 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 256GB. These devices will sell for 3599 yuan ($564), 3899 yuan ($611), and 4299 yuan ($674) respectively. Xiaomi Fans seem to like small screen flagships looking at the statistics of the four years old Xiaomi Mi 6. If the Xiaomi 12 series launch such a small-screen flagship, would you buy it?