Xiaomi Civi 1S: Refresh of the Xiaomi Civi launches in China with a Snapdragon 778G Plus and up to 12 GB of RAM
Xiaomi has unveiled the Civi 1S in China, a smartphone that builds on last year's Xiaomi Civi. As expected, the Xiaomi Civi 1S is all but the Xiaomi Civi in name, with almost identical specifications save for a few minor changes. Accordingly, the Civi 1S has a 6.55-inch OLED display that operates at 1080p and 120 Hz, plus a 4,500 mAh battery that supports 55 W charging.
Moreover, the Civi 1S has a 64 MP primary camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2 MP macro camera and a 32 MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. The Civi 1S even matches its predecessor's footprint, which comes in at 158.34 x 71.5 x 6.98 mm and 166 g. Elsewhere, Xiaomi continues to offer Civi smartphones with 8 GB or 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 2.2 flash storage.
However, Xiaomi has switched out the Snapdragon 778G in the original Civi for a Snapdragon 778G Plus. Like Qualcomm's other Plus-branded chipsets, the Snapdragon 778G Plus only delivers a minor CPU overclock compared to the Snapdragon 778G. Currently, Xiaomi offers the Civi 1S in black, blue, pink and white colourways, which are all available in the following memory configurations:
- 8 GB of RAM/128 GB of storage - CNY 2,299 (~US$358)
- 8 GB of RAM/256 GB of storage - CNY 2,599 (~US$405)
- 12 GB of RAM/256 GB of storage - CNY 2,899 (~US$452)
Unfortunately, it remains to be seen whether Xiaomi will release the Civi 1S globally. Rumour has it that Xiaomi will re-brand the device as the Xiaomi 12 Lite, a name that has popped up several times in the last few months. For now, the Xiaomi Civi 1S will remain a Chinese exclusive, where it will be available with MIUI 13 based on Android 12.