- Xiaomi is said to be working on two upcoming smartphones, the Comet and Sirius.
- Both phones apparently feature the rumored Snapdragon 710, which is reportedly a rebranded Snapdragon 670.
- There is no guarantee that the Comet or Sirius will manifest into a wider launch.
Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2S, Redmi Note 5, and Redmi Note 5 Pro are some of the bigger phone launches so far in 2018 for the Chinese manufacturer. You could soon count two more devices to that list, if XDA Developers‘ report eventually pans out.
According to the website, Xiaomi is working on two unannounced devices: the “Comet” and “Sirius.” Each device reportedly sports an OLED display, dual SIM card slots, an IR blaster, and Android 8.1 Oreo underneath Xiaomi’s MIUI software skin.
Unfortunately, the Comet and Sirius are said to omit NFC and micro SD card slots.
Taking a look at the internals, it appears that both phones feature the unannounced Snapdragon 710 chipset. XDA Developers, citing a “reliable source”, says the chipset is a re-branded version of the Snapdragon 670, itself an unannounced chipset.
According to the source, Qualcomm halted development on the Snapdragon 670 and chose to rename it the Snapdragon 710. Based on the kernel source code, the Snapdragon 710 will feature a dual-core high-end CPU cluster and hexa-core low-end CPU cluster.
This is an unusual CPU cluster arrangement, enabled by ARM’s DynamIQ technology, though the end result is an octa-core chipset that could be Qualcomm’s most powerful mid-tier option.
The differences begin up front, where the Sirius reportedly features a display notch and the Comet does not. Both displays support some sort of always-on feature, but the notch is sure to annoy some people.
We are not sure if a larger display area accompanies that notch, though the Sirius allegedly includes a 3,120mAh battery. By comparison, the Comet includes a marginally-smaller 3,100mAh battery.
Finally, the Sirius looks to include a portrait mode for the camera. This could mean that the phone features some dual camera configuration around back, although the single-camera Pixel 2 manages just fine.
Keep in mind that the Sirius and Comet are reportedly being tested internally. There is no guarantee that either device will be released to the masses.
There is also no guarantee that the Snapdragon 710 will be announced or released anytime soon. Seeing how the Snapdragon 670 was rumored to launch this year, however, we are keeping our ears and eyes open for any news.
April 12, 2018 at 09:38PM