Leaks reveal the FiiO M11S with aptX HD and LDAC support, plus a 32-bit 384 kHz DAC
The FiiO M11S has leaked again, two months on from the device's rumoured launch date. Now tipped for release before the end of the month, two YouTube channels have showcased the FiiO M11S ahead of its official unveiling. Incidentally, Currawong claims that the FiiO M11S will retail for US$499, US$150 cheaper than the FiiO M11 Pro. In comparison, the FiiO M11 Plus still sells for US$699.99 through retailers like Amazon (affiliate link).
Predictably, the FiiO M11S resembles other M11 series models, especially the FiiO M11 Plus. However, the former has a 5-inch display that operates at 1,280 x 720 pixels, along with wider bezels than the FiiO M11 Plus. By contrast, the FiiO M11 Plus has a 5.5-inch display that FiiO markets as a 'bezel-less touchscreen'. Separately, the FiiO M11S has a capacitive volume rocker, an unusual move for a dedicated media player. Also, FiiO has included playback controls on the right-hand side that sit next to the device's microSD card reader.
Understandably, the FiiO M11S relies on cheaper components than its more expensive siblings. Reputedly, FiiO installs two ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chips rather than the more expensive EWS ES9068AS found in the FiiO M11 Plus. Still, the FiiO M11S will be able to decode 32-bit files at 384 kHz, as well as supporting Qualcomm aptX HD and LDAC codecs. Conversely, the FiiO M11S has different amplifiers to the FiiO M11 Plus. While the latter utilises two THX AAA-78 amplifiers, the FiiO M11S utilises the OPA1642 and 0PA926, instead.
Sadly, FiiO continues to install the outdated Android 10, which is now four iterations old. Furthermore, the media player has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage. Other details remain unknown at this stage, although we imagine that FiiO is close to announcing the M11S soon.