Xiaomi, though not available readily in the global market, has gained attention all over the world for some of their products like the Mi Mix – first bezel-less smartphone, Mi book Air and Mi 6 for bringing the most value for money devices. This Chinese brand also has a habit of imitating every aspect of Apple, but the pricing. They are even known as the Apple of China. Xiaomi Mi 7 is the upcoming flagship from the Xiaomi which is expected to release Q2, 2018 but was delayed due to some internal factors which we will be seeing in detail along with the rumors and leaks surrounding the device.
Xiaomi Mi 7 Duo – first in the series
The Mi flagship series has been sticking to single devices even after almost every company adopting plus and normal variants for their flagship. The rumors as of now favor a duo – Xiaomi Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus. The plus variant is said to have additional features than the normal Xiaomi Mi 7 apart from the larger screen and battery.
Xiaomi the fond aspirant of Apple is believed to follow the infamous display design popularised with Apple’s iPhone X. Even before Xiaomi, many companies like Huawei, Asus, LG have started following them through most of the fans don’t stand by the notch. A leak of the front glass panel of the Xiaomi Mi 7 confirmed two things for us. The obvious notch, the Xiaomi Mi 7 is joining ‘Team Notch’, the trend of 2018 to maximize the screen real estate on the front of the display. The second is it is gonna have 2.5D curved glass to make the screen look gorgeous, blending to the edges.
Notch is not well-received among the buyers, but there is no other option for both the OEMs and the buyers to have the notch until enough technology is developed to place cameras, earpiece and sensors alternately.
Under the screen fingerprint sensor – might be the first mass production phone As the need for expanding the screen to the fullest emerges, various alternates had emerged like pop up camera, under the display fingerprint scanner and so. Xiaomi seems to be one of the first to implement under the screen fingerprint scanner in a production device.
Earlier this year in MWC 2018, Vivo showcased a working prototype of the under the screen fingerprint scanner that the company has patented and working to be released in future phones. Xiaomi had been silently working on that tech and might be the first to implement like they did piezo-electric earpiece in the Mi Mix.
This was known when going through the Mi UI source code branch which later was confirmed by the company’s CEO Lei Jun in social media.
3D facial recognition – the Possible reason for the delay
The Apple way goes the Xiaomi. Apple made a daring move of removing the fingerprint scanner and added a facial recognition instead. Unlike the usual facial recognition which is software based, this is a complex system involving dot projectors and IR cameras. Xiaomi too is trying its way to the 3D facial recognition using dedicated hardware and that is believed to be the possible reason for the delay in the release of the Xiaomi MI 7 which is expected
in Q2 2018.
By rumors, the delay is induced by the software compatibility issues with the chipset OEM and the company itself which is only making slow progress as this is the first implementation of this sorts out of Apple’s ecosystem. As of now, the only capable chip is the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845.
The chipset as deciphered from the release delay issue related to 3D face recognition tech is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The RAM is expected to be raised to 8 Gb for both variants with 128 Gb as a base storage.
The Xiaomi MI 7 is said to come with an OLED display to complement the stunning all screen display. OLED is new to Xiaomi. They had been deliberately turning down OLED and stayed with the IPS LCD for cost-cutting measures. But this time they seem to move a step forward and enter the OLED range to make a cool looking full-screen phone.
The Mi series have always stayed compact when all other brands chose to be bigger. Xiaomi MI 7 rumors say they have both covered. A 5.65 inches MI 7 and a 6.1-inch MI 7 Plus both carrying a resolution of FullHD+.
The Xiaomi MI 6 already quit on the headphone jack going the apple route, we expect wireless charging in the same order but leaks as for has not shown any glass back or metal. The last two generations – MI 5 and MI 6 have a glass back but not the wireless charging capabilities.
Release Date and Price
The release is getting delayed due to the high failure rates in the 3D facial recognition tech developed by Xiaomi says the rumors. This is to be believed because there are no trailers or invites for the release of MI 7 which is due on Q2. Also, the first implementation in Android might need some time to work around. The release is expected to happen in June 2018.
When looked for pricing, a market speculation said the Xiaomi Mi 7 will start from 475 USD / 3000 CNY. That is a rise of about 50 USD from yesteryear. This kind of inflation in pricing is very common in all brands provided we are expecting to see some new features too.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Camera||Dual Rear Camera|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 , MIUI 10|
|Price||475 USD / 3000 CNY|
|Release Date||Q3 2018|
Of the many devices to come out on the year’s flagship chip, Xiaomi’s MI series phones have always managed to be the cheapest, even lesser than the OnePlus. The unavailability of Xiaomi in the global market is the main reason for not making a great name for itself. Recently Xiaomi extended its boundaries apart from Asia. This time Xiaomi MI 7 might pose a good competition to the OnePlus and Huawei flagships. Choose Xiaomi MI 7 over the other if you have fallen for the features of it and also you can bare the MI UI which is far from Android interface.