Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi, got the tech community buzzing when its president shared an image of their upcoming phone. The image suggests that the device, which is scheduled for a January 2019 release, will feature a 48MP rear camera. The launch date also fits in with the timeline for Xiaomi’s Snapdragon 675-powered device.
While 48 megapixels might sound extravagant, it actually does make a lot of sense. Considering that while Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro has a 40-megapixel main camera, uses the information gathered by the sensor in creating better-looking 10-megapixel photos. Should Xiaomi go the same route, its new phone will likely default to 12-megapixel photos while benefiting from the details gathered by the 48-megapixel sensor.
The Snapdragon 675 facilitates 48MP sensors in snapshot mode, further reinforcing the notion that Xiaomi’s phone will be based on Qualcomm’s mid-range 11nm platform. And for the camera, it is likely that Xiaomi would be using Sony’s IMX586 imaging module. The Snapdragon 675 features the latest Cortex A76 cores together with A55 energy-efficient cores, offering a slew of optimizations designed to provide the best gaming experience on mid-tier phones.
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Given all that has been said about its CPU, it is likely to be a mid-range phone focused on photography and also, gaming. And if Xiaomi’s previous launches are anything to go by, it’ll likely be quite cheap.