From what we have known so far, Xiaomi’s next flagship, the Mi 7, is to hit the markets sometime late in the first quarter of 2018 or may be even towards the second quarter. But if the latest rumors is to be believed, the smartphone will hit production soon in February next year. Which means, we can expect the smartphone to be launched in early 2018. This rumor is in line with one leak that came ahead in October, which also claimed that Xiaomi could launched its flagship smartphone as early as in February, speculatively during MWC 2018.
Today’s rumor also suggests that the Xiaomi Mi 7 will feature wireless charging (Qi standard). In line with the rumor, back in September, Xiaomi was reported to have joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
Additionally, the rumor also mentions that the Mi 7 may feature the same Broadcom chip and NXP transmitter (which enables wireless charging) as the 2017 iPhones. There is also a word about the Mi 7 sporting considerably thinner bezels as compared to the Mi 6. The Xiaomi flagship is also expected to make a switch to OLED displays. And catching on the trend, we can expect a larger display, since narrow bezels have already been rumored.
Under the hood, the Mi 7 is expected to be powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The phone is expected to come with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and may be fueled by a 3,000mAh battery. The Xiaomi Mi 6 does not sport a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the Mi 7 probably won’t either. The device’s fingerprint scanner will probably be located on the back, in order to give Xiaomi a chance to trim down the bezels.
In comparison, the Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch 1080p display and flaunts a curved glass body that is splash resistant. The Mi 6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. It comes with a dual-camera setup at the back, with a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with 4-axis optical image stabilization, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. It also comes with a dedicated Portrait Mode.
Xiaomi did not launch the Mi 6 in India claiming that the flagship device is too expensive to launch in the Indian market. Xiaomi’s focus has been more towards the affordable segment with its Redmi series, although the company did launch the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 in India in October this year. Now, it remains to be seen if Xiaomi launches the Mi 7 in India or not, but we can consider it likely.