Xiaomi Civi was launched in China on September 27 and is already a big hit in China, having sold units worth 200 million Yuan. The smartphone, which seemed to target the youth, was well received in the China market, and it appears to be a replacement of the Mi CC series that was launched a while ago, in 2019.
Mainland China-only Device
Sadly, despite its success, the company announced that the smartphone remains a Mainland China-only device. This means that it doesn't plan to introduce it to the global market. However, Xiaomi is known for rebranding smartphones and introducing them to international markets.
It recently launched the Redmi K40 series in India as Mi 11X and Mi 11X Pro, while the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition was rebranded as Poco F3 GT.
It's still early to rule out if the Xiaomi Civi will be rebranded and launched to the global market. All we can do is wait and see.
Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Civi went on sale on September 30 with prices starting from 2,599 Yuan (approximately $402) for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage model, 2,899 Yuan (around $449) for the 8GB RAM/256GB storage model, and 3,199 Yuan (around $495) for the 12GB RAM/256GB storage variant.
Like noted above, Xiaomi Civi is only intended for the Mainland Chinese market. For what it's worth, the Mi CC9e was eventually launched to the global markets as Mi A3 and the Mi CC9 Pro as Mi Note 10. It seems highly probable that the Xiaomi Civi will be rebranded if it ever leaves China.
Design and Display
At first glance, the Xiaomi Civi looks aesthetically pleasing. At just 166 grams, 6.9mm thin and 71.5mm wide, the phone is lightweight and slim, befitting anyone who adores ergonomic designs.
It comes with a 6.55-inch 120Hz FHD+ OLED panel encased in a metallic frame. The AMOLED display supports a 2400 x 1080p resolution and P3 wide color gamut and offers 1.07 billion colors, HDR10+, and Dolby vision. These features bring a unique and rich visual experience to users. There’s a centrally positioned punch-hole screen that also houses the fingerprint scanner.
The curved screen eliminates the bezel, leaving only a 2.55mm lower bezel, the narrowest Xiaomi has ever made. This gives it a sleek and premium look.
The Xiaomi comes with a triple camera setup. It features:
A 64MP GW3 main camera, 6P lens with a 24mm focal length equivalent,
an 8MP super wide-angle camera, 5P lens and 16mm focal length, and
a 2MP macro lens, 4cm closest focus distance.
At the front, you get a center punch design 32MP lens with AF autofocus and micro slit dual soft light. The selfie camera gives amazing shots and will be a sensation for Instagram lovers.
The front-facing camera is highly advanced and can even analyze face attributes and emotional expressions. This brings more accurate beauty optimization, removing dark circles and lines, among other options.
The Xiaomi Civi’s telephoto supports up to 10x digital zoom, and it manages clear processing with the 2x and 5x zoom. Night mode pictures are bright, clear, and with less noise. All the contents of the image appear quite vividly, with rich color and tone.
Performance and Battery
The Xiaomi Civi comes with the Snapdragon 778G processor with a maximum of 2.4GHz. The company claims it can increase CPU performance by up to 40 percent compared to the previous generation. The GPU is Adreno 642L, which also boosts performance by up to 45 percent. The phone ships with MIUI 12.5 atop Android 11.
The phone also adopts memory fusion technology which allows the system to use 3GB of phone storage for extended memory, thus converting it to RAM. In turn, users get a smooth experience using the apps.
The phone arrives with a Type C to audio cable since it doesn’t come with the standard 3.5mm audio jack. In terms of connectivity, the Civi supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth version 5.2.
When it comes to battery life, the Xiaomi Civi doesn’t disappoint. It comes with a 4500mAh battery, that paired with the fast processor, can give you a full day’s use with heavy usage, and still leave enough juice at the end of the day.
It doesn’t support wireless charging and comes with a 55W wired fast charger. It takes around 54 minutes to charge the Civi from zero to 100 percent and around 20 minutes to boost it to 52 percent.
Although the Xiaomi Civi doesn’t ship to the global markets yet, it’s a highly capable smartphone that we look forward to using. It's future-proof, thanks to the 5G support. Its camera is exceptional, and it offers some cool features that make photography fun.
Moreover, its lightweight and thin design will likely win the hearts and pockets of millions of users out there. People no longer want heavy, bulgy phones.
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