Xiaomi Civi Debuts Global 3rd Gen Snapdragon 8s

On March 21st, Xiaomi held a new product launch event at the Xiaomi Technology Park in Beijing, officially introducing the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro. Lu Weibing, the President of Xiaomi Group, made his first appearance at the Civi series launch event and announced the global premiere of the third-generation Snapdragon 8s chip on the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro.

As a model under Xiaomi known for its lightweight design and portrait selfies, the Xiaomi Civi series was launched in September 2021, targeting the female market and positioning itself against the OPPO Reno series and vivo S series. By adopting the 8 series flagship processor platform this time, Xiaomi has addressed the performance shortcomings of the series, branding it as the “trendy flagship.”

“The Civi series has evolved from being a ‘trendy device’ to a ‘trendy flagship,’ completing the closed-loop of Xiaomi’s ‘full series flagship’ products,” stated Lu Weibing.

Closing the performance gap on mid-range models that were previously focused on offline markets has become a common trend among major manufacturers. Recently released models like Reno 11 Pro, vivo S18 Pro, and Honor 100 Pro all feature flagship processors and were directly compared to the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro at this launch event.

Being the first chip from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8s series, the third-generation Snapdragon 8s is built on TSMC’s 4nm process, featuring the same CPU architecture, X4 super core, imaging ISP architecture as the third-gen Snapdragon 8, and comprehensive support for on-device AI functionalities, including a wide range of AI models.

During Qualcomm’s chip unveiling on March 18th, Lu Weibing, the President of Xiaomi Group, was present to show support. At the Xiaomi launch event, Qualcomm’s Vice President, Hou Mingjuan, also attended and introduced the chip on stage. Xiaomi mentioned that the chip was deeply customized by Xiaomi and Qualcomm based on Xiaomi’s Surge OS AI capabilities.

Apart from Xiaomi, other brands like Honor, iQOO, realme, and Redmi are also planning to release devices featuring this chip soon.

Besides performance upgrades, the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro has received multiple enhancements in terms of camera, display, and overall feel.

In terms of weight, the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro maintains a lightweight design, weighing only 179.3g, making it the lightest among several competing models and measuring a mere 7.45mm in thickness.

For imaging, the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro debuts the “Leica Summilux optical system” for the first time, bringing the acclaimed Leica imaging from Xiaomi’s flagship devices to the Civi series.

Furthermore, the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro introduces new features such as a metal frame, “fully equal deep micro-curved” screen, and the Surge T1 signal enhancement chip.

In terms of pricing, the Xiaomi Civi 4 Pro starts at ¥2999 (12GB+256GB) and goes up to ¥3599 for the highest configuration (16GB+512GB). Pre-sales have started, and the device will officially go on sale on March 26th. Xiaomi is also launching three limited custom color editions at the same price as the highest configuration of the standard version, available for purchase starting from April 1st. (Author: Zeng Guang Editor: Dong Yuqing)

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