March 2, 2021

Leak: Mid-range Xiaomi with unannounced Snapdragon 700 series chip incoming

The chip could be the Snapdragon 765 successor.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G logo on back closeup

  • Xiaomi is reportedly readying a mid-range smartphone with an unannounced Snapdragon 700 series chip.
  • Based on the model number, it’s possible that the chip is the successor to the Snapdragon 765.

Xiaomi is reportedly planning a warm send-off for the Mi 10 series with a Snapdragon 870-powered model, but the company’s also reportedly set to add to its newer device lines. Per a leak from Digital Chat Station, Xiaomi is readying a new mid-ranger with an unannounced Snapdragon 700 series chipset.

The post to Weibo suggests the phone will sport an OLED display, a 64MP primary camera, and 5x zoom. The leaker also mentions the Snapdragon SM7350 — a model number yet to be used by Qualcomm on any current hardware. However, it’s understandable that if the Snapdragon 765 wore the SM7250 tag, this chipset is the next model in the line. There’s no official word on what Qualcomm will call this chip, but reliable WinFuture journalist Roland Quandt previously claimed that it’s the Snapdragon 775.

As for which Xiaomi device could sport the new silicon, that remains a mystery.

There’s a chance Xiaomi could use the chip in a Mi 11 series model. In that case, as a mid-range device, it would likely be the Mi 11 Lite. However, previous leaks suggest that the phone will launch with a Snapdragon SM7150 chipset — namely silicon from the Snapdragon 730 family.

Read more: Snapdragon SoC guide — All of Qualcomm’s smartphone processors explained

The mystery phone may also belong to the Redmi K40 line, as the K30 also employed a 700-series chipset and a 64MP primary shooter. However, Xiaomi would have to trade that 120Hz LCD for an OLED panel. Redmi general manager Lu Weibing also confirmed that a K40 model will employ the Snapdragon 888 chipset. It remains unclear if that will include both the vanilla and Pro models.

We don’t have to wait too long for confirmation, though. Xiaomi is set to announce the Mi 11 series globally on February 8. The Redmi K40 series should also make its bow this month.