Xiaomi 12 to launch earlier than 12 Pro or 12 Ultra as the first hint about MIX 5 arrives
Reputedly, Xiaomi is following Samsung in preparing to mass-produce its next flagship smartphone. According to Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi 12 will enter mass production this month, which they refer to as 'L2'. Presumably, this is the suffix of the entry-level's codename.
The Xiaomi 12 is expected to arrive this December in China, before a global launch in January or February 2022. By contrast, Xiaomi will not start producing 'L1' and 'L1A', likely the Xiaomi 12 Ultra and Xiaomi 12 Pro, until 'a little later'.
For context, Xiaomi announced the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra three months after the Mi 11. Hence, it seems probable that the Xiaomi 12 series will follow this timeline, with the Xiaomi 12 arriving in December and the Xiaomi 12 Pro/Ultra appearing in late Q1 2022.
Additionally, Digital Chat Station claims that Xiaomi is already developing the MIX 5, the successor to this year's MIX 4. Supposedly, Xiaomi is running ahead of schedule with the MIX 5, so it could debut before the first anniversary of its predecessor. It remains to be seen if the next MIX handset will be orderable outside China, though.