A few years ago, Xiaomi was actively engaged in the development of a department dedicated to the development of cameras for smartphones. And these efforts have borne fruit — the flagships of the company of the last two generations occupy the first places in the DxOMark rating, second only to the top models of Huawei. However, not only flagships are getting better, mid-sized models will also soon showcase new image and photo quality.

Redmi 10 is Xiaomi’s first cheap smartphone with 50MP image sensor

It’s all about the new sensor. According to a Chinese whistleblower known on Weibo as Digital Chat Station, Xiaomi will be ditching the current 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 image sensors in favor of 50-megapixel ones. There are no markings for new sensors, but judging by the description, it will be Sony IMX766. Such a sensor is used in the OnePlus 9 Pro ultra-wide lens module, in the OnePlus Nord 2 main module, as well as in a number of other Vivo, Honor and iQOO smartphones. The IMX766 itself is larger (optical format is 1/1.5 inches) and it has larger pixels (1 nm vs 0.8 nm) than the IMX686. This means that shooting should improve in difficult conditions — with a lack of light.

The mass transition of Xiaomi smartphones to the new image sensor is expected next year. As for the Digital Chat Station, it is a verified informant. At the time, he was the first to reveal the specs and release dates of the Redmi K30 and Xiaomi Mi 10, which were later confirmed.