Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Pro flagship could bring major display enhancements

Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Pro flagship could bring major display enhancements

Qualcomm is scheduled to host the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit early next month. During the event, the chipmaker is expected to unveil its next flagship SoC — the Snapdragon 875. Much like last year, we also expect some smartphone OEMs to announce their next-gen flagships at the event. Last year, Xiaomi was one of the few OEMs that announced its Snapdragon 865-powered flagship Mi 10 series during the tech summit. This time around, we’re expecting the Chinese smartphone maker to talk about the Mi 11 series. While Xiaomi is yet to reveal any details about its upcoming flagships, recent leaks suggest that the Mi 11 Pro could include major display enhancements.

Digital Chat Station, a leaker on Weibo with a good track record, suggests that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will feature a QHD+ resolution panel at up to 120Hz refresh rate. Although this wouldn’t make it the first Android phone with a QHD+ panel and 120Hz refresh rate (OPPO Find X2 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro already offer QHD+ 120Hz panels), it would be a big leap for Xiaomi as the Mi 10 Pro had an FHD+ panel with a 90Hz refresh rate.

Along with the high-resolution panel, Xiaomi is expected to introduce some new display features with the Mi 11 Pro. XDA Senior Member kacskrz, another reliable Xiaomi tipster, recently spotted several new display features in the latest MIUI 12 beta code. These include MEMC, SDR-to-HDR upmapping, and AI upscaling. Here are the new strings:

<string name="screen_enhance_engine_ai_note">"To make sure your viewing experience is natural, this feature won't work if the image consists of primary colors or contains advanced adjustments."</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_ai_open">Enhance images</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_ai_pic_summary">Identify objects (e.g. plants, images, buildings) and dynamically adjust display effects. This feature slightly increases power consumption.</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_ai_title">AI image enhancement</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_memc_open">MEMC</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_memc_pic_summary">Add additional frames to videos to make content appear smooth and transitions lively.</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_memc_title">MEMC</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_s2h_open">AI HDR enhancement</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_s2h_pic_summary">Process videos using HDR effects to bring out more detail in the lighter and darker areas and make colors more vibrant. This feature is supported by selected apps.</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_s2h_title">AI HDR enhancement</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_sr_for_pic">Enhance images</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_sr_for_video">Enhance videos</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_sr_pic_summary">Upscale the resolution of images or videos up to 1440p. This feature is supported by selected apps and slightly increases power consumption.</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_sr_title">Super resolution</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_engine_title">AI image engine</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_status_disable">Off</string>
<string name="screen_enhance_status_enable">On</string>

And here are the demo videos that were found for each feature:

Super resolution

MEMC

SDR-to-HDR upmapping

Xiaomi has already implemented MEMC in several of its previous phones, including the Mi 10 Ultra and the Mi 10T Pro, but the company is yet to add SDR-to-HDR upmapping or AI upscaling to any of its devices. The company’s Mi Box 4K features SDR-to-HDR upmapping, so the tech isn’t new for the company. Furthermore, there are some other devices in the market that offer SDR-to-HDR upmapping, such as the OPPO Find X2 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro. As of now, it isn’t clear if Xiaomi will use self-developed display technology to offer these features or if they’ll license it from a company like Pixelworks. Regardless, it would be great to see such premium display tech reach more people with Xiaomi’s next flagships.


Featured image: Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

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A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.