This post will be updated regularly as we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 7.
After the reveal of the Mi Mix 2S and Mi 6X, the next flagship smartphone from Xiaomi to make its debut will likely be the Mi 7. Unlike last year, the Chinese manufacturer is rumored to announce two versions of the device: the Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus.
However, we’ve also heard Xiaomi will launch an “8th Anniversary Edition smartphone”, but there’s no word if that’s actually the Mi 7 Plus or an entirely different phone. To add to the confusion, Chinese leaker Mocha RQ claims that the Mi 7 will actually be called the Mi 8 because Xiaomi wants to align the name with its eighth anniversary. Nothing has been confirmed yet, so we’ll refer to the devices as the Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus in this post.
What exactly will the phones bring to the table? To help answer that question we’ve put all the Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors in one place, as well as added our own thoughts and educated guesses where applicable.
Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors: Release date
- Xiaomi Mi 7 release date rumors are conflicting.
- The smartphones are said to arrive this month, in June, or sometime in Q3.
Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors about the release date are conflicting. According to Chinese leaker Mocha RQ, the smartphones could arrive in June, putting them two months behind their predecessor in Xiaomi’s typical annual release cycle. Apparently, issues with the in-display fingerprint sensor technology caused the delay.
A report from DigiTimes tells us a slightly different story. It claims the smartphones will be revealed sometime in the third quarter — between July and September. The publication says problems related to the 3D facial recognition solution the Mi 7 series will use pushed back the reveal date of the devices.
The third and latest leak comes in the form of an image (above) that hints the smartphones will actually be announced this month. It shows a display outside a China Mobile store stating that the Xiaomi Mi 7 pre-orders will kick off on May 27. If true, the flagship series might make its debut on that date or a few days prior.
Xiaomi hasn’t shared any info about the Mi 7’s release date, so there’s no word on which report — if any — is correct.
Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors: Specs and features
- The Mi 7 could sport a 5.65-inch display, while the one on its larger brother could measure 6.01 inches.
- Rumors suggest they might feature an in-display fingerprint scanner.
- The smartphones may come with a 3D facial recognition feature.
The most trustworthy Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors claim we’ll see two versions of Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship: the Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus. The former is said to come with a 5.65-inch display (up from the Mi 6’s 5.15 inches), while its larger brother could measure 6.01 inches. Both are expected to offer Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. According to the folks over at XDA Developers, who dug through alleged firmware files of the Mi 7 Plus, the smartphone will sport an OLED panel with an always-on display feature. No word if the same applies to the smaller device.
The firmware files also hint at a dual-camera setup on the back, so you can capture those fancy bokeh images. The camera is also said to offer AI-enhanced photography by recognizing different screens and automatically adjusting settings for optimum image capture. Details like megapixel count and aperture size are currently unknown.
An in-display fingerprint scanner for at least one Mi 7 smartphone has been confirmed.
Both smartphones will likely be powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 chipset, paired with either 6 or 8GB of storage. Lei Jun, the founder of Xiaomi, confirmed on Weibo the inclusion of an in-display fingerprint scanner, though we don’t know if this applies to both smartphones or just the Plus model.
The fingerprint scanner may not be the only way to unlock the device. A report from DigiTimes claims the Mi 7 will be the first Android smartphone to come with a 3D facial recognition feature, much like the one found on the iPhone X. A recent image posted on Weibo (below) suggests the same, allegedly showing an infrared camera of the Mi 7 along with other components required for 3D facial recognition. However, there’s no info on whether the technology will be available on both Mi 7 variants or just one.
We expect other specs and features, like wireless charging, Android Oreo with the MIUI skin on top, and 64 or 128GB of storage — although a 256GB variant is also a possibility. We also hope the Mi 7 smartphones will be fully waterproof as opposed to being just splash resistant like the Mi 6. The headphone jack likely won’t make a return, which is a deal breaker for some, and there probably won’t be a microSD card slot on board.
The Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus sound like big upgrades over last year’s model. Larger displays, 3D facial recognition, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and top-of-the-line specs would make them great alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, and other 2018 flagships.
7 rumored specifications
7 Plus rumored specifications
Full HD+ resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
|6.01-inch OLED panel
Full HD+ resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Snapdragon 845||Snapdragon 845|
|Camera||Dual-camera setup with AI-related fetaures||Dual-camera setup with AI-related fetaures|
|Software||Android Oreo||Android Oreo|
|Other features||In-display fingeprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, water protection, wireless charging||In-display fingeprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, water protection, wireless charging|
Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors: Design
- The Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus might sport an iPhone X-like notch.
- They could feature thin bezels for a more modern look.
- The smartphones may feature a glass back with a vertically positioned dual-camera setup.
We’ve come across an image allegedly showing the front panel of one of the Mi 7 smartphones, which gives us an idea of what to expect.
It shows that the smartphone could come with an iPhone X-like notch. This can either be a good or a bad thing depending on whom you ask, although our poll shows most people are against this design trend. The image also hints the smartphone could have extremely thin bezels, thinner than the Vivo X21 UD that sports a screen-to-body ratio of around 85 percent (see the side-by-side comparison above).
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We’ve also come across a few alleged hands-on images of the Mi 7 series that were posted on Weibo. They also suggest the smartphones will sport a notch and come with a near bezel-less design. However, the bottom bezel does look a bit larger than the one shown in the image above.
The glass back of the devices looks similar to that of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S with its vertically positioned dual-camera setup in the top-left corner. It also features a fingerprint scanner, which is weird based on the fact Xiaomi’s founder said the smartphones will sport an in-display scanner. Maybe the company will take a page out of Huawei’s playbook, which equipped the Porsche Design Mate RS with a hardware sensor on the back and an in-display sensor on the front. This may be bad news, though, as it could mean the in-display scanner might not work quite as well as users will expect.
Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors: Price
- The Mi 7 is said to start at 3,000 yuan (~$475).
- This would make it 500 yuan (~$80) more expensive than its predecessor.
- The Xiaomi Mi 7 Plus will cost even more.
Xiaomi’s smartphones have always offered a great performance for their price and we don’t think that’s going to change with the Mi 7. But the Xiaomi Mi 7 could be more expensive than its predecessor, due to the larger screen, in-display fingerprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, and other new features.
The 64GB version of the Mi 6 retailed for 2,500 yuan (~$395) at launch, while the 128GB variant went for 2,900 yuan (~$460). The 128GB ceramic edition was more expensive, at 3,000 yuan (~$475).
Rumors out of China claim the base model of the Mi 7 will cost 3,000 yuan. There’s no word on how much the Plus will set you back, but it’s safe to say it will cost more.
Although a price hike of 500 yuan (~$80) is a lot, the Mi 7 could still be a bargain if it comes with all the rumored specs and features. For comparison, the Galaxy S9 costs $720 and the LG V30 costs $700. However, keep in mind that the Mi 7 series will be more expensive when or if it makes its way to Europe and the U.S.
There you have it — these are all the Xiaomi Mi 7 rumors we’ve come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.
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