Xiaomi seeks to bring 120x zoom to smartphones

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Telephoto lenses on smartphones are now as common as megapixel racing. For its next step, Xiaomi is looking to raise the stakes with a phone that can zoom in 120x, a step above what the current crop of smartphones offers.

Xiaomishka, the popular Russian leak, shared a few details about an upcoming smartphone that he said will be part of the Mi CC10 series that is expected to launch later this year. Like last year, cameras will be the key component of this device.

Xiaomi Mi CC9e, which came to India as Mi A3

Xiaomi Mi CC9e, which came to India as Mi A3 (Image credit: Aakash Jhaveri)

For starters, the phone would be capable of 120x magnification via the digital zoom, which is a step ahead of what currently offer flagship products from Samsung and Huawei. It is unclear whether this will be possible with a 12x telephoto lens or some other implementation. One thing is certain, it will bring a periscopic zoom camera to be able to contain as much glass in the body of the phone.

Currently, the The Huawei P40 Pro Plus has the highest optical magnification of all smartphones with an 8MP f / 4.4 10x camera. If this is followed on the Mi CC10, we might also see a secondary short telephoto lens to support the initial zoom range.

Regarding the main camera, we could consider one of the first phones with the second generation 108MP camera module from Samsung, probably the ISOCELL Bright HM2 image sensor. Last year, the Mi CC9 Pro was the first phone to sport the 108MP HM1 image sensor. The main improvements should concern the concentration service.

Interestingly, the report also states that it will be powered by a Snapdragon 775 chipset, which is the first time we have heard of this processor. We assume this is a more powerful variant of the Snapdragon 768. It will also support 5G, as with all of Qualcomm's high-end chipsets for 2020.

Xiaomishka even suggests that the Xiaomi Mi CC10 series will be unveiled in July, which means that many more leaks should head for us.

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