Xiaomi Mi 11 was recently launched in Europe with the expectation that the Lite, Pro and Ultra iterations on the phone will soon follow. In a now-offline YouTube video, Ultra was apparently revealed and boasting of a very unusual camera giant.
While the original video of Tech Buff PH is set to private, there is still available a mirror of the original showing a large rear camera setup which, although it may be fake, looks quite compelling. The model number M2102K1G corresponds to an earlier rumor about the model name “K1” given by kacskrz which is a historically trusted source on Xiaomi devices. XDA developers lists some other reasons why this leak looks legitimate in the report here.
If the device shown in the video is genuine, the camera’s shock is on the Mi 11 Ultra significant. Tech Buff PH claims that the device will have a main sensor of 50 megapixels, a wide angle of 48 megapixels and a zoom lens of 48 megapixels perifope. On one of the two phone models that Tech Buff shows, the text on the camera array reads 120X Ultra Pixel AI camera while the text on the other reads 120X, 12-120mm, 1: 1.95-4.1. It is a bit strange that the text on the two phones is different, but it can also be attributed to the devices before production.
If Xiaomi stopped there, the camera layout would not be so different from what has been seen in other similar cameras, but the model shown adds a unique feature: another small screen next to the camera lenses.
In some of the clips where the screen is displayed, the entire screen from the front of the device is visible on the small screen, which seems quite inconvenient. It is more likely that the second screen is designed to be used for selfies, allowing you to take advantage of higher quality rear cameras instead of relying on the usually much worse camera in front.
The strange thing is that this particular version of the phone seems to mimic exactly what is happening on the front of the phone, and it is unclear why this would be a desirable feature. Either this is just a side effect of the prototype of the device’s software, or it’s a possible sting that could indicate that the claim of authenticity is false.
Either way, if this leak ends up being true, it seems that the compromise for these camera features is a truly gigantic physical shock. Several photos show that the bump is significantly raised from the back of the phone and probably carries noticeable weight with the physical jump in size.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is not expected to fall this month, so it’s a bit of a surprise to see a leak so far, and it could be an indication that more leaks are coming.
(via XDA developers)