Xiaomi‘s anticipated Mi 7 smartphone will be reportedly delayed thanks to the very feature which will be its USP. The smartphone is expected to pack an in-display fingerprint sensor, first seen on the Vivo X20 Plus UD. The feature does away with the need to have a dedicated physical button. This allows manufacturers to stretch the display edge-to-edge.
An industry insider Mocha RQ revealed on Weibo that the Xiaomi Mi 7 launch will be delayed until June 2018, possibly coinciding with the launch of another flagship smartphone, OnePlus 6. The addition of the in-display fingerprint sensor is still underway, and that’s why the Mi 7 will be delayed.
In addition to the information about the launch delay, some of the Mi 7 specifications have also been revealed by the insider. The leaked specifications concern the camera and AI features on the Mi 7.
The insider reveals that the rear camera will be vertically positioned, similar to the Apple iPhone X. In terms of construction, the Xiaomi Mi 7 will likely sport a glass back and have minor changes when compared to the predecessor Mi 6 in terms of design language. The latest rumor also hints at the presence of a ‘notch’ like the iPhone X, however, previously leaked renders did not indicate any notch on the display. There is a possibility of the company launching variants of the Mi 7 with one featuring the notch, and the other using a standard display with narrow bezels.
If we look at past leaks, the Xiaomi Mi 7 is expected to pack the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to a massive 8GB of RAM. It will pack a 6-inch OLED display made by Samsung with an aspect ratio of 18:9 for an edge-to-edge display experience.
In addition to the large, bezel-less display and chipset, the Mi 7 is likely to boast an impressive camera prowess. The smartphone is expected to be equipped with a dual-camera setup at the back, which could include a combination of two 16-megapixel sensors. It is likely the camera will come with some AI features. Other features expected on the Xiaomi Mi 7 include the Always On feature, 3,170mAh battery with support for wireless charging and Type-C based fast charging, and Android 8.0 Oreo based MIUI out-of-the-box.
Earlier this month, it was reported the Mi 7 will be launched in April, however, Xiaomi is yet to officialy announce a launch date . Meanwhile, the company is set to introduce its Mi MIX 2S with the Snapdragon 845 SoC on March 27. The launch will be in home country China.