The main reason for this change was the lack of Mediatek chips in Xiaomi’s facilities.
Last month, Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 11 series which all had Mediatek chipsets. This month, POCO has unveiled the Poco M4 5G as a rebranded Redmi Note 11 on selected markets, including the Philippines. With the Redmi Note 11 being rebranded as the Poco M4 5G, it is debated whether there would still be a global version of the Redmi Note 11.
According to a report by The Pixel.vn, a Vietnamese tech blog, the global versions of the Redmi Note 11 series may be revamped. This includes the use of Snapdragon chips instead of Mediatek chips and a newly refreshed design.
Recalling back, the Redmi Note 11 uses the Mediatek Dimensity 810 chipset while the Redmi Note 11 Pro and Pro+ use the Dimensity 920. Last time, the Redmi Note 10 Pro used the Snapdragon 732G chipset and the regular version used the Snapdragon 678. Both of these are 4G chipsets that are still commonly used today.
According to the report, the Redmi Note 11 coming to Vietnam as well as globally, will feature Snapdragon chipsets due to a lack of supply of Dimensity chips in Xiaomi’s facilities. Another report said that these “global variants” will also be available for Chinese users under different names.
What Qualcomm Snapdragon chips would be used? According to a tipster, these global Redmi Note 11 handsets would feature the newest Snapdragon chipsets that were just recently announced, particularly the Snapdragon 778G+ and the Snapdragon 695. Xiaomi was also one of the first companies reported to be using these particular chipsets, so this might be it.
In related news, the Redmi Note 11 series are also debuting in India soon. Leaks suggest that the Redmi Note 11 series would also be renamed as “Xiaomi 11i” and “Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge” for the Pro and Pro+ respectively. The vanilla Redmi Note 11 would debut as the “Redmi Note 11T 5G”. Confusing names aside, these phones would most likely have the same internals as their Chinese variants.