Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 will kick start on February 26, and this year Xiaomi is expected to make its presence felt at the annual event. The China-based manufacturer was initially rumored to participate in the 2017 edition, however, that did not happen. As for this year, the company is speculated to announce its next flagship smartphone, Mi 7.
Xiaomi H.K Limited is listed as an exhibitor for MWC 2018. The stand location mentioned on the official website is Hall 6 Stand 6B30. It is unclear if the company will be merely exhibiting existing technology and products or ramp up its efforts at expanding its presence by introducing a new device.
According to PhoneArena, the company could introduce the Xiaomi Mi 7, which will be its next flagship device and come with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. This falls in line with previous reports, which claimed the Mi 7 will enter production in February, making its MWC debut obvious.
One of the most interesting rumored features about the Mi 7 suggests that it could boast an all-screen design with a massive 6-inch AMOLED display manufactured by Samsung. The Mi 7 is also expected to include 3D facial recognition, thereby ditching the traditional fingerprint sensor.
In addition to the iPhone X-like biometric recognition tool, the Mi 7 is also speculated to support Qi wireless charging for its 3,000mAh battery, and include up to 6GB of RAM. With the Snapdragon 845 SoC, the Mi 7 will stand against the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and the LG G7, G7+ phones.
While it is confirmed that Samsung will reveal its new phones on the first day of the tech expo, LG will be reportedly delaying the launch of its G7 as it has asked its engineering team to review the product from the start and that makes its MWC debut less probable. Meanwhile, Sony is said to unveil its Snapdragon 845-powered Xperia XZ Pro at the event.