Yesterday, Xiaomi announced that Mi 11 is the world’s first smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The phone has been pre-ordered shortly after its release and will be on sale for the first time on January 1. The company even released the kernel source code of the device.
Xiaomi smartphones have been popular in the developer community for many years. This is because the company is known for releasing most of the core source code of its phones on time.
Therefore, Mi, Redmi and POCO brand phones are better known than any other devices in the custom ROM community.
All smartphones of Xiaomi Group run MIUI (except Android One phones). Not all users like it, so advanced users tend to install custom ROMs.
Since the company allows users to unlock the bootloader, in addition to releasing the kernel source code and providing better hardware at an affordable price, Xiaomi devices continue to be popular with this niche audience.
With the release of the Mi 11 (codename: “venus”) kernel source code, we can expect developers to start compiling TWRP recovery, custom ROM, custom kernel, etc. for this phone in the next few days. In other words, Xiaomi has confirmed that Mi 11 will be launched globally.
We think this phone may make its debut on the international market in the first quarter of 2021. In addition, it is reported that the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer will also launch Mi 11 Pro after the Chinese New Year (mid-February).