Barely a month after the launch of the Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro, the Xiaomi 13 may soon get a new successor. The Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro are still expected this month and will presumably be the first to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.
Xiaomi's naming scheme is not very consistent. Say downright confusing. The Xiaomi 13T announced less than a month ago seems to be the successor to the Xiaomi 13. So why would Xiaomi want to announce the Xiaomi 14 already?
Xiaomi's T series should not necessarily be seen as the successor, as Apple did with the S series. The T model is an interim update with lower specifications and a more affordable price tag. For example, the Xiaomi 13T does not have a Snapdragon processor like the Xiaomi 13, but a chip from MediaTek.
In that regard, this Xiaomi 14 is the successor to the Xiaomi 13, and not the Xiaomi 13T. And according to a Chinese source, the device may be coming as early as Oct. 27, along with the Xiaomi 14 Pro.
First with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
That date is not chosen randomly. It is right after the introduction of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. That will be introduced a few days before, and Xiaomi wants to be the first to put it in a phone. In that regard, Xiaomi is in a hurry. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is codenamed "Pineapple" and reportedly features a 1+5+2 layout running at 3.19, 2.96 and 2.27 GHz.
The CPU offers modest speed gains, but the real winner is the GPU. According to previously published benchmarks, it is nearly 40% faster than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Little is yet known about the Xiaomi 14 series. A modified appearance is evident, as is the application of multiple Leica cameras. Rumors speak of a titanium body and satellite connectivity.
Both the Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro have already been approved for the Chinese market, as evidenced by a previously published certificate with TENAA. Whether the device will be announced, by the way, remains to be seen. We usually see frequent material before a launch, something that has not happened so far.