Android device makers have stepped up their game and started offering more timely security patches and delivering Android updates more timely, although many still take 2-10 months. Xiaomi wants to change its Android update schedule and be more competitive.
Samsung was one of the companies that improved its freshness with security patches and software updates, and now Xiaomi wants to show that it can do just as well. Today the company announced that the upcoming Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro will receive 3 years of Android operating system updates and 4 years of security patches. That is significantly better than the company has previously offered.
It’s definitely great to see Xiaomi join the game and offer longer support for their devices. If Xiaomi can keep its promise to bring Android updates faster, this gives hope that other manufacturers will join in and offer similar guarantees, at least for their flagship devices. Keep in mind that Xiaomi’s press release currently “does not include other devices” suggesting that this is just the beginning. More devices could certainly be added across the board, and future premium smartphones are likely to be part of that program, though that’s just speculation right now.
Two days ago, Xiaomi confirmed that the upcoming 11T Pro will support 120W fast charging and we expect the standard Xiaomi 11T to support either a 33W or 67W charging solution. Rumor has it that the device will run on the Snapdragon 888 chipset, paired with 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of internal storage. The leaks say the 11T Pro will cost around € 900 / £ 760 at release, while the standard model could cost around € 780 / £ 660.
Xiaomi will unveil the Xiaomi 11T series on September 15th and while we wait the company will continue to reveal some of the key specifications of its devices. So expect to hear more in the days ahead of the official event.
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