Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Pro flagship could bring major display enhancements


Qualcomm is scheduled to host the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit early next month. During the event, the chipmaker is expected to unveil its next flagship SoC — the Snapdragon 875. Much like last year, we also expect some smartphone OEMs to announce their next-gen flagships at the event. Last year, Xiaomi was one of the few OEMs that announced its Snapdragon 865-powered flagship Mi 10 series during the tech summit. This time around, we’re expecting the Chinese smartphone maker to talk about the Mi 11 series. While Xiaomi is yet to reveal any details about its upcoming flagships, recent leaks suggest that the Mi 11 Pro could include major display enhancements.

Digital Chat Station, a leaker on Weibo with a good track record, suggests that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will feature a QHD+ resolution panel at up to 120Hz refresh rate. Although this wouldn’t make it the first Android phone with a QHD+ panel and 120Hz refresh rate (OPPO Find X2 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro already offer QHD+ 120Hz panels), it would be a big leap for Xiaomi as the Mi 10 Pro had an FHD+ panel with a 90Hz refresh rate.

Along with the high-resolution panel, Xiaomi is expected to introduce some new display features with the Mi 11 Pro. XDA Senior Member kacskrz, another reliable Xiaomi tipster, recently spotted several new display features in the latest MIUI 12 beta code. These include MEMC, SDR-to-HDR upmapping, and AI upscaling.

Xiaomi has already implemented MEMC in several of its previous phones, including the Mi 10 Ultra and the Mi 10T Pro, but the company is yet to add SDR-to-HDR upmapping or AI upscaling to any of its devices. The company’s Mi Box 4K features SDR-to-HDR upmapping, so the tech isn’t new for the company. Furthermore, there are some other devices in the market that offer SDR-to-HDR upmapping, such as the OPPO Find X2 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro. As of now, it isn’t clear if Xiaomi will use self-developed display technology to offer these features or if they’ll license it from a company like Pixelworks. Regardless, it would be great to see such premium display tech reach more people with Xiaomi’s next flagships.

Featured image: Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

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