It has been three months since the Xiaomi 12 series launched and the family still isn’t complete – we’re missing an Ultra and a Lite model. The latter is on the way, it has already passed the FCC certification process, along with the TKDN and EEC.
The phone, model number 2203129G, has also gone through a Geekbench test, which revealed that it is powered by a Snapdragon 778G chipset (the 2.4 GHz clock speed shows this is the vanilla 778G rather than the plus). The test unit was equipped with 8 GB of RAM and was running Android 12. The FCC docs confirm that this is MIUI 13.
They also list three memory options – 6/128 GB, 8/128 GB and 8/256 GB. This is a dual SIM phone, but it’s not clear if there is a microSD slot. The current 12-series models don’t have it.
They are also higher end devices with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro and a Snapdragon 870 in the 12X. The X model has an MSRP of €700, which highlights the need for a more affordable Lite model.
Xiaomi 12 Lite (left, speculative render) and Xiaomi 12 (right)
According to leaked info, the Xiaomi 12 Lite will have a 6.55” OLED display, which will place it between the 12/12X (6.28”) and 12 Pro (6.73”) in terms of size. A triple camera setup is said to feature the 64 MP ISOCELL GW3 sensor (1/1.97”, 0.7 µm, Tetracell), an ultra wide and a macro cam.
The Xiaomi 12 Ultra is allegedly coming next month, which will also be a good time to launch the Lite.