Xiaomi 16+512GB Launch: Snapdragon 8s, OIS, From $2999

Introduction to the Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro and Snapdragon 8sGen3

The Snapdragon 8sGen3 is Qualcomm’s latest chip, adopting the same architecture as the Snapdragon 8Gen3. While the CPU is more robust compared to the Snapdragon 8Gen2, the GPU performance is average, aligning well with the positioning of the Snapdragon 8sGen3 as a mid-range chip one notch below the Snapdragon 8Gen2.

Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro debuted with the Snapdragon 8sGen3, scoring 1.49 million+ on AnTuTu benchmark, showing a slight difference compared to the Snapdragon 8Gen2, but not significantly so.

Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro

The CIVI series targets mid-range offline smartphones, competing mainly with the OPPO Reno series, vivo S series, Honor digital series, and Huawei Nova series. These phones usually come in standard and flagship versions, with a few offering lower-priced SE editions and higher-end Pro+ versions. They are updated twice a year and boast high sales figures due to strong advertising campaigns and trendy designs.

However, Xiaomi’s CIVI series stands out with only one model released once a year. The previous Xiaomi CIVI3 can be seen as an offline version of the Xiaomi 13 series, featuring a larger 6.55-inch screen while maintaining a similar width to the Xiaomi 13. It also shares the same main camera as the Xiaomi 13 but transitions from the Snapdragon 8Gen2 chip to the Dimensity 8200.

Xiaomi CIVI3

Offline smartphones prioritize fashionable design and excellent camera performance over raw power. The Dimensity 8200 in Xiaomi CIVI3 stands out as quite strong among offline phones.

The Xiaomi CIVI4 series, similar to its predecessor, offers only one model, but this time without a standard version, featuring only a flagship model.

From the CIVI3 perspective, the series does not lack in performance or imaging but rather in its positioning and promotional efforts. The launch of the Snapdragon 8sGen3 aims to bolster the product’s capabilities. On the other hand, the collaboration with Leica aims to enhance its imaging capabilities.

The Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro, also known as “Little 14 Pro,” features a Xiaomi 14 Pro-like fully curved screen, metal frame, and a camera module resembling the Xiaomi 14 Ultra but in a smaller size. The back cover adopts a stylish nano-tech leather for a comfortable grip.

Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro

The 6.55-inch 1.5K resolution Samsung OLED fully curved screen with a peak brightness of 3000 nits offers a 120Hz refresh rate, 2160Hz high-dynamic-range PWM dimming, ensuring excellent display and eye protection.

Moreover, the Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro is incredibly slim, with a thickness of only 7.45mm and weighs 179.3g, making it a truly lightweight flagship device.

Camera-wise, Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro continues with the dual front camera design from Xiaomi CIVI3, featuring dual 32MP Samsung GD1 sensors – one for selfies and another for ultra-wide shots.

Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro Camera

The rear camera setup mirrors that of the Redmi K70 Pro, offering the same hardware but enhanced with Leica color tuning for richer photos, surpassing the overall quality of the Redmi K70 Pro.

It features a 50MP “Shadow Hunter 800” main sensor with an F1.63 aperture and OIS optical stabilization.

If the higher-end “Shadow Hunter 900” sensor from the Xiaomi 14 were to be included in the CIVI4 Pro, it would overshadow the Xiaomi 14. Hence, the CIVI4 Pro sticks to the “Shadow Hunter 800” sensor given its slightly lower positioning and minimal gap between the Snapdragon 8sGen2 and Snapdragon 8Gen3.

Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro Camera 2

Additional camera features include a 50MP portrait camera with an F1.9 aperture and a 12MP ultra-wide camera with an F2.2 aperture.

For battery life, it houses a 4700mAh battery with 67W wired fast charging support.

In terms of pricing, the Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro is priced significantly lower than the Xiaomi 14, starting at 2999 yuan for the 12GB+256GB version and 3599 yuan for the 16GB+512GB version.

Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro Pricing

The Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro occupies a different niche from the Redmi K70 series, catering to distinct preferences. Those inclined towards portrait photography may opt for the Xiaomi CIVI4 Pro, while performance-oriented users may prefer the Redmi K70 Pro.

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