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Xiaomi's Mi 11 rumored to lose 108MP lens used in predecessors

More megapixels don't always mean better pictures anymore. Rumours point to Xiaomi using a 50-megapixel lens instead in its upcoming Mi 11 series.

Xiaomi Mi 10 series

Xiaomi launched its latest flagship 5G devices, the Mi 10 series, in online events after Mobile World Congress 2020 was cancelled. The handsets pictured above are the Chinese version of the devices.

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Following Xiaomi's official announcement of its highly awaited flagship line, new rumors this week are giving us more clues for what to expect from the company's next-generation Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro phones.

According to a post on Twitter this week by Digital Chat Station, the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro will support up to 55-watt fast-charging and have battery capacities of 2,390mAh and 2,485mAh respectively. Because Xiaomi's 55W fast charging requires batteries to be split in two to function, the actual battery capacity of those phones are more likely to be 4,780 mAh and 4,790 mAh. According to the tipster, both phones should be able to charge from 0 to 100% in 35 minutes.

One key feature that's rumored to change is the main camera. According to the leak, the Mi 11 line will no longer feature the 108-megapixel camera -- a heavily marketed feature found on earlier models like the Mi 10 series, Mi Note 10, and Mi 10T Pro. Instead, a 50-megapixel main lens that uses pixel binning technology will make an appearance, according to Digital Chat Station. 

This new leak comes after Xiaomi announced the imminent launch of the Mi 11 line earlier this month, and revealed that the phones would pack Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon 888 chip.  An unconfirmed leak by Digital Chat Station in November said the higher-end Mi 11 Pro will getting a 120Hz display, as well as a 50-megapixel main camera accompanied by a 12-megapixel telephoto lens.

Xiaomi's Mi 11 series will be the successor to the well-received Mi 10 family, which are the company's most advanced and most expensive line of phones.

A spokesperson for Xiaomi didn't immediately respond to a CNET request for comment.