Xiaomi is reportedly working on a phone with 120x zoom, Snapdragon 775 SoC

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 camera modules
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 camera modules (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda/Android Central)

What you need to know

  • A new rumor claims Xiaomi is working on a phone with 12x optical zoom and a whopping 120x digital zoom.
  • The phone is also tipped to be powered by an unannounced Snapdragon 775 chipset.
  • It could possibly be a successor to last year's Mi Note 10.

Xiaomi's Mi Note 10 was the world's first phone to feature Samsung's ISOCELL Bright HMX 108MP camera sensor. According to a new rumor, the company could be working on a successor to the Mi Note 10 with some major upgrades under the hood.

As per tipster Xiaomishka, Xiaomi is working on a phone with an impressive periscope camera module with 12x optical zoom and 120x digital zoom. The Mi Note 10 uses a 5x optical zoom lens, while Huawei's P40 Pro Plus offers a 10x optical zoom camera. The phone's 12x optical zoom camera definitely sounds promising, but we're not all that excited about the 120x digital zoom capability. Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra, which offers 100x "Space Zoom," fails to deliver usable photos at 100x magnification.

While there is no word on how many cameras the phone will have on the back, the tipster claims it will use an upgraded 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor. Since Samsung hasn't officially announced the ISOCELL "HM2" sensor yet, we do not know what improvements it brings to the table.

The upcoming Xiaomi smartphone, which is apparently codenamed "CAS," is said to feature an unannounced Snapdragon 775 chipset under the hood. Unsurprisingly, the phone is tipped to have 5G support and NFC as well. As for the phone's launch timeframe, Xiaomishka suggests it is likely to debut sometime in July.

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Babu Mohan
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  • Of course they want to the world's first smartphone that has a 120x digital zoom lol
  • Oh come on. Will they stop it? First of all, no, the Mi Note 10 does not have a 5x optical zoom camera. It has a 3,7x. Which is perfect. 2x, 3,7x, perfection. That's practical. That's what in real life you actually need. I had the P30 Pro before the Mi Note 10 Pro, and the 5x was cool... in theory. But really, it sucked. Image quality was bad, because that periscope lens was slow as hell. f3.4 or something like that. The Xiaomi has f2.2, which makes it useable outside of bright daylight, while the Huawei just kept switching to the main camera even at 5x because it was too dark to get anything out of that 5x camera. Also, 5x is just too close in most situations. Having a 12x lens? What am I supposed to shoot with it? And with how little light it lets in, and how small the sensor will have to be, image quality will be terrible too.
  • No one needs this. Just keep improving the ultra wide camera instead.