April 23, 2018

Xiaomi’s next flagship Mi 7 smartphone likely to support wireless charging

Xiaomi’s next flagship Mi 7 smartphone likely to support wireless charging

Xiaomi appears to have joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which is a multinational technology consortium founded in 2008 with a mission to create and promote wide market adoption of the Qi wireless charging technology. The China-based manufacturer now lists among brands such as Apple and Samsung according to the official website of the consortium.

While the company has not officially come up with a statement about working on embedding the technology in its future products, given Apple’s timeline of joining the consortium and launching the recent iPhones, we might soon see Xiaomi introducing a product supporting the wireless charging technology.

In supporting the wireless charging format, a design change in hardware is required. For instance, both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Apple iPhone 8 feature glass backs to allow wireless charging.

Xiaomi has already built the all-glass Mi MIX and Mi MIX 2 smartphones, and given its latest association with the consortium could result in the introduction of the only feature missing from its devices from long. As a report on Android Authority says, the first Xiaomi phone with wireless charging could be the Mi 7, successor to the Mi 6.

Other than being a seamless way for charging devices, wireless charging is now becoming a standard when it comes to flagship smartphones. Samsung had been among the first brands to offer support and now even Apple has joined the bandwagon. It makes sense for Xiaomi to step up its game given most of other features such as dual-camera, massive battery, and superior displays have already made it to its smartphones.

As for the Xiaomi Mi 7 is expected to be equipped with the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and feature a 6-inch AMOLED display. Purported images of the smartphone leaked in the past further indicate that there could be a regular 20-megapixel camera, 256GB of default storage, and a 4,400mAh battery.