Xiaomi is yet to launch an IP certified smartphone. Fresh information revealed by an industry insider from China suggests that the Xiaomi is working on its first rugged smartphone. The translated text suggests that it would be coming with kinds of defense features which indicates that the speculated rugged phone may arrive with waterproof, shockproof and dustproof chassis.
Xiaomi fans are eagerly waiting for the company to debut waterproof phones. In June, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had revealed to the media that when a waterproof phone is damaged, its waterproof protection also deteriorates. Xiaomi is known for selling flagship phone with low price pricing. However, the inclusion of waterproof protection on its flagship phones will increase their pricing. Mr. Jun added that if customers are ready to spend 20 percent or 30 percent extra cost for water-resistance, Xiaomi might consider launching a waterproof phone.
Leading smartphone OEMs like Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Motorola have already launched IP certified flagship phones. For instance, the newly unveiled Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X carry IP67 protection. The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Sony Xperia XZ1 and Motorola Moto X4 phones are IP68 rated smartphones.
Xiaomi’s Mi and Mi MIX series smartphones are serious competitors for flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. Fresh information shared by an industry insider claims that the rugged smartphone from the company may debut in the first half of 2018. Could it be the rumored Xiaomi Mi 7 smartphone?
The Xiaomi Mi 7 is speculated to launch in the first quarter of 2018. It is rumored to arrive with full screen design with a huge display of 6 inches and it is likely to feature Snapdragon 845 chipset. Recent reports have also suggested that it may carry support for Qi wireless charging.
The Mi 7 with aforementioned specs and rugged chassis could be an ultimate flagship phone from the company. However, we advise our readers to take this report with a grain of salt.
As Mr. Jun had stated earlier, a Xiaomi phone with waterproof protection will certainly carry an expensive price tag. Would you be interested in spending more money to purchase a rugged phone from Xiaomi? Share us your thoughts by adding comments below.