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This Mi 10 announcement has gotten lost in the S20 hubbub

And it’s actually worth getting excited about

Do you fancy some mobile news that’s not related to Samsung? Well, Xiaomi is here to provide. The company has just announced the imminent arrival of the new Mi 10 series. And it might give Samsung a run for its money.

Xiaomi delivered the news via Weibo, confirming that the Mi 10 series will be launched in China on 13 February. According to Xiaomi’s Twitter account, a global release is set to follow on 23 February – shortly before the Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona.

The company has confirmed that it will attend the conference, despite numerous other vendors pulling out over coronavirus fears.

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While we don’t have full, confirmed specs on the Mi 10 yet, rumours suggest that we’ll be treated to two new models at the February release: the Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro. Both phones will use Qualcomm’s latest chip (the Snapdragon 865) so they should pack some serious performance power.

Various other specs were leaked – but not confirmed – by a Weibo user last year. According to these details, the phones will pack four cameras on the rear. The main snapper on the standard Mi 10 model will be a 64-megapixel job, but the Mi 10 Pro could pack a whopping 108-megapixel camera.

The most exciting news to emerge from this leak were the Mi 10 prices. Although the numbers are a little blurred, you can squint and see that prices start at around ¥3000 (~£329) and go up to around ¥4,499 (~£494).

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As the prices are based on blurred images – and converted as well – they could be a little wide of the mark. But even if the highest price is bumped up by £100, it should still be cheaper than anything we might expect from the S20 models. We’d also expect low prices from the Mi 10 because affordability is one of Xiaomi’s key selling-points.

If the leaks are correct, the Mi 10 Pro may well have nabbed two of the S20 Ultra’s rumoured headline features (a 108-megapixel camera and the Snapdragon 865 chipset) and sell for a lower price too.

It will certainly be interesting to compare the full list of specs and prices, once everything has been announced…

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