Xiaomi is set to launch the successor on December 28th, exactly one year after the Mi 11 was released, according to the company’s official Weibo account. Following the company’s decision to phase out its Mi branding earlier this year, the new lineup will be known as the Xiaomi 12 series.
A teaser poster features Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian, implying that the event will be focused on the Chinese market before the Xiaomi flagships arrive in global markets in 2022.
According to Gadgets 360, Xiaomi’s 12 series lineup could include up to four different devices. These include the Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro, 12X, and 12 Ultra, though it’s possible that not all of them will be announced at the December event (this year’s Mi 11 Ultra, for example, wasn’t announced until late March). According to Gizmochina, Xiaomi executives have been seen using the other three phones to post on their Weibo accounts.
Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro coming pic.twitter.com/HRCYuamab9— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) December 21, 2021
There are few official details about the upcoming phones, but Xiaomi has confirmed that they will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. According to leaked marketing images of the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro shared on Twitter by leaker @UniverseIce, the phones will have centrally oriented hole-punch cameras. Other rumored Xiaomi 12 specifications include a triple rear camera with a 50-megapixel primary sensor, according to leaked renders from @OnLeaks.
Although Xiaomi phones aren’t widely available in the United States, the company is the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in Europe and the world’s second-largest Android manufacturer, trailing only Samsung. Phones like the Xiaomi Mi 11, which offers comparable specs to Samsung’s flagships at much lower prices, are driving demand.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 was released globally in February of this year, suggesting that the international version of the Xiaomi 12 will be available soon after the December event.