Xiaomi has already released three members of its latest flagship family: the Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro, and 12X. However, this line is sure to grow in the future, with a much-rumored 12 Ultra, and another model that could actually become official before that: the Xiaomi 12 Lite.
As the name implies, this would be a successor to last year's Mi 11 Lite 5G and 11 Lite 5G NE, although upgrades compared to the latter definitely won't be plenty. The previously leaked renders you can see below suggest a Xiaomi 12-like design, and a curved screen (which the 2021 models didn't have).
Additionally, the 6.55" FHD+ AMOLED panel will have 120 Hz refresh rate, according to a new leak today, and that's a jump up from the 11 Lite 5G NE's 90 Hz. The battery has also been enlarged, now 4,500 mAh with 67W fast charging, up from 4,250 mAh with 33W support on last year's models.
Otherwise, the Xiaomi 12 Lite is basically a Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, with the same Snapdragon 778G chipset, 6/8GB of RAM, 128/256GB of storage, 64 MP main camera with OIS, 8 MP ultrawide, and 5 MP macro cam.
The fingerprint sensor will be under-display this time around and not side-mounted, which may count as an upgrade or downgrade depending on which you prefer. Weirdly enough, the 12 Lite's selfie snapper is 16 MP, down from 20 MP on its predecessor. Unsurprisingly, the Xiaomi 12 Lite is said to launch running Android 12 with MIUI 13 on top.