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Samsung Galaxy S25 Rival Could Bring these Huge Upgrades

Chinese brands like Xiaomi always have the upper hand when it comes to featuring the latest Snapdragon chipsets in their smartphones. This year is no different as Samsung’s Galaxy S25 rival, the Xiaomi 15, is widely expected to arrive first with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC this October before any other brands. Now, alleged specifications and pricing of the duo have popped up in the rumor mill.

Over on China’s Weibo platform, a leaker shared the alleged technical specifications of the Xiaomi 14 (review) and Xiaomi 14 Pro (review) successors, which look to receive sizeable upgrades from their predecessors.

Xiaomi 15 boasts a brighter display and a larger battery

Starting with the Xiaomi 15, it was listed to feature a 6.36-inch display that has a higher typical brightness at 1,400 nits (not to be confused with peak brightness), up from the 1,000 nits of the Xiaomi 14. The display gets a custom Xiaomi glass protector, 1.5K resolution, and a 120 Hz refresh rate, while the smartphone itself is IP68 certified.

In addition to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chip, the base memory configuration of the handset will begin at 12/256 GB with a 16 GB + 1 TB option, at least for the Chinese variant. It will also get a larger battery capacity of 4,900 mAh with charging ratings of 100 W wired and 50 W wireless.

You get a flat AMOLED display on the Xiaomi 14.
The Xiaomi 14 has a 6.36″ flat AMOLED display with a typical brightness of 1,000 nits and peak brightness of 3,000 nits. / © nextpit

Regarding the cameras, the triple camera module is helmed by a familiar 50 MP sensor arriving in a 1/1.31-inch size. This is coupled with a 1/2.76-inch 50 MP sensor that is used for the ultra-wide and 3x telephoto snappers.

Xiaomi 15 Pro features a faster charging speed and a new telephoto camera

The Xiaomi 15 Pro carries the same IP68 ingress protection but has a wider 6.7-inch display in 2K resolution that also outputs 1,400 nits of typical brightness. At the same time, it has a bigger battery pack of 5,400 mAh with faster wired and wireless charging speeds of 120 W and 80 W, respectively.

There are also differences in the camera department over the smaller non-Pro model. This includes a larger telephoto sensor which measures 1/1.95-inches while the main sensor itself uses an OmniVision OV50N and a wider aperture at f/1.4 compared to the OV50H on the regular. It’s unclear how better or advanced the latter is.

Based on these specifications, the Xiaomi 15 and Xiaomi 15 Pro are shaping up as beefier alternatives to the upcoming Galaxy S25 and Galaxy S25+. The latter duo is rumored to bring muted upgrades like unchanged cameras from the Galaxy S24 (review).

In terms of pricing, the Xiaomi 15 starts at CNY 4,599 ($632) while the Xiaomi 15 Pro commands CNY 5,299 ($729) for the base setup. As usual, these prices are for China, so you can expect they will cost a little bit more internationally.

Rumors suggest the duo will be unveiled sometime this October in China. The global launch could follow a couple of months or be stretched until early 2025.

Do you intend to pick up the Xiaomi 15 once it is launched or are you waiting for other flagship entries? Let’s discuss your plans in the comments.


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