Sketches show off the canceled Xiaomi Mi 11 series designs

The Mi 11 series is Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone lineup for the year 2021. Originally, the series includes four models. Out of them, the regular, the Pro, and the Lite feature an identical rear design. The same design can be also found on the Redmi K40 series. Now, months after the launch of these devices, a couple of sketches reveal a design of the series during their development stage.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra

The vanilla Mi 11 was announced in late December 2020 as the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 phone. The device was followed by Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Lite, and Mi 11 Ultra in late March. In February, Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi also unveiled the Redmi K40 series.

All these phones apart from the Mi 11 Ultra sport a unique camera layout, which stands out among the crowd. For the first time in a while, one could easily identify them as a Xiaomi smartphone.

Thankfully, Xiaomi chose this design over a couple of generic designs whose sketches have been shared by Digital Chat Station recently on Weibo. The now-canceled designs during the development stage of the Mi 11 series are too common.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Series Development Stage Canceled Design
Xiaomi Mi 11 series designs during the development stage | Via: Digital Chat Station

As you can see from the sketches, the first one resembles the OPPO Reno series. On the other hand, the second design is similar to that of the vivo X series. Anyway, it is worth noting that Xiaomi had already used the latter design on the Mi 10T series last year.

For years, Xiaomi has been known for copying Apple’s designs. It’s good that the company has now established a unique identity in 2021 with its new design language. We hope that the firm continues to follow this in the future.

What are your thoughts on Xiaomi’s current design language? Do you think the company should continue using it in the next generation with some tweaks? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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