May 25, 2018

Xiaomi Mi 7, 8th Anniversary Edition phones tipped to launch by end of May

After the Mi Mix 2S, Xiaomi is gearing up to launch its next major flagship phone, the Mi 7. News about the Mi 7 has been picking up pretty quickly, suggesting its launch is imminent. As per a fresh report, the flagship will most likely be revealed by the end of this month although the exact date is still a mystery. Additionally, while the Mi 7 is going to be the flagship phone, the report adds that Xiaomi could also unveil its 8th Anniversary Edition phone, which could just steal some of that spotlight.

As per the latest report, the launch of the Mi 7 was delayed because Xiaomi faced poor results with its 3D facial recognition feature for the Mi 7. Now, it looks like the 8th Anniversary Edition will be bringing this 3D facial recognition technology, but it’s still unclear whether this means that the Mi 7 will not have that feature. The report adds that both the phones will sport a notched display keeping with the current industry trend. In fact, some live images suggest the notch could be as wide or wider than the iPhone X, perhaps to accommodate the 3D facial recognition sensor. Like the Mi 7, the special edition phone will also be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM.

Earlier this week, some leaked live images of the Mi 7 surfaced online. The flagship was placed next to a larger model both offering similar looking rear panels. While the bigger model could suggest a Mi 7 Plus, chances are it could also be the 8th Anniversary Edition phone with 3D facial recognition. The Mi 7 is expected to come with a glass back to allow for wireless charging. Additionally, the live images show a vertical dual rear camera setup similar to the iPhone X and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which rules out past rumours that the phone would come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Mi 7 will likely run Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 and will be offered with 128GB of internal storage. Apart from these few details, not much else is known about the Mi 7. If the reports are true and Xiaomi does indeed plan to unveil the phones later this month, we should start seeing some teasers from the company in the coming days.