Xiaomi 14 series revealed sporting Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

  • The Xiaomi 14 series has officially been revealed at an event in Beijing, China.
  • The series includes two models – the Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro.
  • Both models feature Xiaomi’s new HyperOS and Qualcomm’s latest mobile processor – the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

Earlier this week, at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit, Xiaomi took the stage to tease the impending release of its latest Xiaomi 14 series of flagship phones. At an event held in Beijing, China yesterday, said devices were officially unveiled.

These new smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer are notable for two reasons – they feature the new HyperOS that will be used on future devices, and they are one of the first phones to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processors.

So now that the Xiaomi 14 series has been unveiled to the world, what else are they sporting?

The first aspect to note is that there are two models in this lineup – the Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro.

In terms of displays, the regular 14 features a 6.3″ (2670×1200) screen while the Pro has a larger 6.7″ (3200×1440) variant. Both screens reportedly deliver a variable refresh rate that tops out at 120Hz, along with 3 000 nits of brightness.

One of the key aspects that Xiaomi is highlighting for this latest lineup is the main camera array, with Leica once again brought in to deliver its expertise. Both the 14 and 14 Pro have three 50MP lenses on the rear, with a wide-angle, telephoto, and ultra wide-angle option on offer.

“As a significant achievement of the collaboration between Xiaomi and Leica, Xiaomi 14 has been engineered with Leica Summilux optical lenses with an upgraded ƒ/1.6 aperture on the main camera, working together with the Light Fusion sensor to reach light intake that is up to 180% higher than that of Xiaomi 13,” the company boasted of what the collaboration has yielded.

“Moreover, the resolution of the ultra-wide angle camera has been upgraded to 50MP while also offering the highly acclaimed Leica 75mm floating telephoto lens, supporting focus distance from 10cm to infinity,” it added.

Other notable internal elements include up to 1TB of storage and up to 16GB RAM across both models, although it remains to be seen what configurations will be made available outside of China.

As such, the only areas where the 14 and 14 Pro differ is screen size and resolution, as well as battery capacity, with the former housing a 4 610mAh unit and the latter a larger 4 880mAh one.

With Xiaomi seemingly holding nothing back in the development of its latest flagship phones, it’s clear that the company is setting an early marker for other Android-powered offerings for 2024.

As for availability, the Xiaomi 14 series will remain exclusive to China for now, with other parts of the globe expecting them to land in the early part of 2024. Hopefully, that includes South Africa too, as Xiaomi can potentially beat the likes of Samsung to the punch in terms of making Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 phones available locally first.


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