Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition with 50X Periscope Zoom Support to be launched on April 27
Xiaomi took the wraps off the long-awaited Mi 10 series smartphones comprising the 5G-ready Mi 10 and the Mi 10 Pro 5G in China earlier this year. The phones were made available in the European market in March with a new entrant dubbed the Mi 10 Lite 5G in the line.
Previously-surfaced reports hinted at Xiaomi's plan to launch the device in its home country but bearing a different moniker, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition. Drawing inspiration from the 5X optical zoom camera integrated into Huawei's well-received Nova 7 series, Xiaomi used a periscope lens in the Mi 10 Youth Edition.
In a bid to show off the 50x periscope zoom sensor capabilities, Xiaomi recently shared a slew of camera samples that have been captured using the Mi 10 Youth Edition smartphone. Moreover, the company has revealed that the handset comes with split OIS which offers reliable stability.
Crafted to deliver 5x optical zoom, coupled with an impressive 50x digital zoom, the Mi 10 Youth Edition is been touted as the world's first handset to run MIUI 12, which is not to be mistaken with Mi 10 Lite. In terms of outward appearance, the Mi 10 Youth Edition seems to bear a striking resemblance to Mi 10 Lite.
This is understandable, given that Xiaomi doesn't plan to launch the Mi 10 Lite in China. The recently unveiled smartphone is slated to hit the Chinese store shelves as the Mi 10 Youth Edition on April 27. Keeping in line with that, Xiaomi has already sent out media invites that have a Doraemon Mini-Claw machine on it.
A closer inspection shows that the Mi 10 Lite and the Youth Edition do not have a lot in common. While the latter is marketed as a smartphone that houses a 50x AI camera, the Mi 10 Lite does not house such an impressive camera module.
On top of that, the Youth Edition's camera module is square-shaped, suggesting that it is a periscope sensor. The Mi 10 Lite, on the other hand, features a 5MP macro camera. Xiaomi claims the periscope sensor can reach up to 5X optical zoom, propelling it straight to other high-end upcoming smartphones such as the Nova 7 series from Huawei.
The Youth Edition is also the world's first smartphone that will be shipped with MIUI 12 running on top. Details about Xiaomi's plan to launch the Youth Edition in China are still few and far between.
If the company opts not to launch it in the country, the phone's April 27 unveiling will offer a brief glimpse of the latest OS. There's also hearsay that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 765G processor.