Xiaomi may not launch Mi 7 at MWC 2018

Xiaomi may not announce its long-time rumoured Mi 7 at the Mobile World Congress 2018 next month. The information comes from a source close to the Chinese smartphone manufacturer who also claims that Xiaomi may not have any major announcements this MWC and save them for future instead. Meanwhile, another report that appeared on the Chinese micro-blogging site — Weibo last week hinted at the coming of the successor of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, aka Mi Mix 2S ahead of MWC.

Previous rumours suggested that the Xiaomi is looking forward to announcing a range of smartphones both budget and flagship at MWC 2018. However, shutting them, now a new report claims that Xiaomi could only unveil Mi Mix 2S and its new proprietary Surge S2 chipset. It seems Xiaomi is no longer looking forward to making any major announcements at MWC, apart from the Mi Mix 2S which the – if the reports are to be taken seriously — may go official a couple of days ahead of MWC.

At the MWC, which is to kick-start on February 26, the only announcement that Xiaomi could make is Surge S2 chipset. This means that Xiaomi is saving the Mi 7 or Redmi Note 5 or the Mi Note 3 for the foreseen future, and hence, we may not see the devices go official anytime soon. This could be Xiaomi’s strategy to skip major announcements at MWC obviously because its rivals like LG, HTC and Huawei are prepping up to launch their flagship devices — G7, U12, and P11 respectively. Also, how can we forget the Galaxy S9 and S9+ that will be the stars of Samsung’s MWC event? Then there’s Sony that’s gearing up to announce Xperia XZ Pro and HMD Global who’s planning to unveil a couple of phones like Nokia 9, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 1.

Coming to the handset that Xiaomi is expected to launch ahead of MWC — Mi Mix 2S — which is expected to come with nearly 100 per cent bezel-less display and is said to see major improvements in camera, software and also hardware departments compared to the previously announced Mi Mix 2. The design of the upcoming Mi Mix 2S is expected to be somewhat similar to that of the Mi Mix 2, and the fingerprint sensor could sit at the back side next to the single rear camera. There are no more details available about the phone as of now.

For now, we are not sure about the launch timeline of the Mi 7. But, all that we know is that the phone could go official in the next couple of months. The smartphone is expected to come with a 18:9 display, powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor — Snapdragon 845, have dual cameras set up at the back and run on Android Oreo. Meanwhile, another report that leaked last week suggests that the smartphone could come at a starting price of around $475.

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