Xiaomi Mi 7 is one of the most awaited flagship phones of 2018. Rumors surrounding the smartphone have claimed that the company may debut the phone by the end of the first half of the year. There are some contradictory rumors too that claim that its launch date could be pushed back to third quarter, but May release seems more likely. When it arrives, it will be taking on the likes of the newly unveiled Honor 10 and the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship.
So, here’s everything that we know about the Xiaomi Mi 7:
Notched OLED Display and 3D Facial Recognition
Plenty of details have surfaced through the leaked firmware files of Xiaomi Mi 7 that is reportedly codenamed as Dipper. The firmware files have revealed that the handset will be featuring a notched OLED display design like the iPhone X. Leaked photos of the alleged front panel of the Mi 7 have revealed that it will be arriving with notched design. The presence of OLED display suggests that it will feature an Always-On Display feature.
The exact size of the display is not known, but some rumors claim that it may house a 6-inch screen. To be precise, some reports suggest that the Xiaomi Mi 7 will be featuring a 5.6-inch OLED display and the rumored large-sized Mi 7 Plus may come equipped with a 6.01-inch OLED display.
The notch is expected to feature an infrared camera which suggest that the Mi 7 will carry support for 3D facial recognition. However, this 3D facial recognition could delay its release. The company is said to be facing issues with this tech, so it is said that the release is pushed back to Q3 2018. But we are not quite sure of such a late release for the Mi 7.
Chipset, RAM and Battery
The Snapdragon 845 SoC will be powering the Xiaomi Mi 7. The SoC is expected to be coupled with 6 GB of RAM. It may come in storage choices like 64 GB and 128 GB. The Chinese manufacturer has already introduced wireless charging on the Mi MIX 2S flagship phone. Hence, the 3,350mh battery of the Mi 7 is also expected to carry support for Qi wireless charging. For photography, the phone is speculated to feature dual 16-megapixel cameras on the rear panel.
Xiaomi Mi 7 Plus
Xiaomi is also reportedly working on a smartphone that is codenamed as Ursa. Leaked firmware files have revealed that it will be coming with specs similar to the Mi 7. Hence, it is being dubbed as the Xiaomi Mi 7 Plus. It is speculated to be equipped with an under-display fingerprint scanner. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has also hinted that the Mi 7 will be coming with an in-screen fingerprint scanner. However, there is no confirmation on whether the feature will be exclusively available on the Mi 7 Plus or it will be also present on the Mi 7. As far as the specs of the Ursa phone is concerned, it is expected to arrive with Snapdragon 845 chipset, OLED display, dual cameras with optical zoom, and 4,000mAh battery unit.
Xiaomi Mi 7 Launch Date
A leaked poster that had surfaced yesterday claims that the Mi 7 will be launching on May 23. But the quality of the poster is questionable which makes us doubt its authenticity. So, an exact release date is still far from confirmed.
Delaying the Mi 7 release could make some sense. Xiaomi would not want the Mi 7’s release to hamper the sales of the Mi Mix 2S or vice versa. Despite being placed in slightly different segments, both the phones are considered flagships in terms of specs. So, releasing the Mi 7 now may not be favorable for the one month old Mix 2S.
But history shows that’s not usually a concern for Xiaomi. At present, you can get the newly launched and powerful Xiaomi Mi 6X and the couple of months old Redmi Note 5 for around the same price in China. In fact, we did cover a story where we mentioned the Mi 6X could cannibalize the sales of the RN5 and many seem to agree to this.
So, as far as the release date is concerned, we are not quite sure of a particular date.
But there are other indicators that the Mi 7 launch is near. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is currently only available in 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM variant on the official Chinese site of Xiaomi. Rest of the variants are no longer available for purchase. Unless they come back in stock soon, it’s definitely an indicator that the company is preparing for the Mi 7 launch.
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