Xiaomi an­nounces Mi7

MARIE BLACK looks at the ul­ti­mate Chi­nese phone of 2018

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Hav­ing in­tro­duced the new trend with its Mi Mix, Xiaomi will once again jump on the 18:9 ‘bor­der­less’ dis­play band­wagon with its next flag­ship. The Xiaomi Mi7 will be an­nounced in stan­dard and Plus mod­els, and could ar­rive in June.

It will pack some pow­er­ful hard­ware, in­clud­ing the Snap­dragon 845 and a colos­sal 8GB of RAM, and it could be one of the first flag­ships to fea­ture a fin­ger­print scan­ner em­bed­ded in the dis­play. It could also be the first sec­ond Xiaomi phone to in­clude 7.5W wire­less charg­ing – as we saw on page 8, the firm has also launched the Mi Mix 2S with 7.5W Qi.

Re­lease date

The Mi6 was an­nounced in China on 19 April 2017, and be­gan ship­ping in June. Xiaomi fol­lows an an­nual re­lease sched­ule like all ma­jor smart­phone mak­ers, so we ex­pect to see the Mi7 an­nounced at a sim­i­lar time in 2018. Re­cent ru­mours point to a June launch, how­ever, and a Weibo post from in­dus­try in­sider Mocha RQ points to the em­bed­ded fin­ger­print scan­ner as a rea­son for this.

Price

Xiaomi phones aren’t of­fi­cially sold in the UK, so their RRP has lit­tle im­por­tance here. To buy the Mi7 in the this coun­try you’ll have to go through a Chi­nese site such as GearBest or Geek­buy­ing. The lat­ter is al­ready list­ing a prod­uct page for the Mi7 Plus with a price tag of £343.17, though ex­pect this to change be­fore the phone ac­tu­ally be­comes avail­able.

If you are plan­ning to ship the Mi7 from China, bear in mind that you will be li­able for im­port duty, which is cal­cu­lated at 20 per­cent of the value printed on the ship­ping pa­per­work, and usu­ally with an ad­di­tional ad­min charge of around £11.

Some­thing else to watch for is that the Mi7 may not sup­port all UK 4G LTE bands, and de­pend­ing on where you buy it Google Play Ser­vices may not be pre­in­stalled. It will also be run­ning MIUI 9.0 rather than stock An­droid.

New fea­tures

The Geek­buy­ing list­ing al­ludes to a 6.01in 18:9 dis­play on the Xiaomi Mi7 Plus, while the stan­dard Mi7

should fi­nally see an up­date to its usual 5.15in screen di­men­sions with a 5.65in 18:9 dis­play. On the Mi7 Plus at least this is said to be an OLED panel from Sam­sung.

Xiaomi has never im­ple­mented a dis­play panel with a higher than full-HD res­o­lu­tion be­fore, and we’re not ex­pect­ing that to change. If it main­tains the full-HD res­o­lu­tion with an 18:9 as­pect ra­tio we should see 2160x1080 pix­els on the Xiaomi Mi7 and Mi7 Plus.

This is backed up by a screen­shot leaked by Play­ful­droid, which sug­gests the Mi7 will have a 5.6in full-HD (18:9) screen. It also al­ludes to the in­clu­sion of the Snap­dragon 845, 128GB of stor­age, a colos­sal 8GB of RAM, 16Mp dual-cam­eras and a 4,480mAh bat­tery.

What’s par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing from the im­age as­so­ci­ated with Geek­buy­ing’s list­ing (al­though we should point out that we do not know from where Geek­buy­ing has got its in­for­ma­tion) is the fin­ger­print icon shown on the screen it­self. The tech is ready to em­bed fin­ger­print scan­ners in smart­phone dis­plays, and we’ve al­ready seen such a fea­ture in an up­com­ing phone from ri­val Vivo at Jan­uary’s CES 2018. There’s cer­tainly no fin­ger­print scan­ner pic­tured on the front of the Mi7 Plus, and nei­ther is one vis­i­ble on the rear.

How­ever, a ren­der leaked by An­droid Head­lines shows a fin­ger­print scan­ner on the rear of the de­vice, along with a glass back panel.

Some­thing else Xiaomi has never done be­fore in its flag­ship line is to im­ple­ment wire­less charg­ing in its smart­phones. Xiaomi has joined the Wire­less Power Con­sor­tium, and the Mi Mix 2S is the first to in­clude 7.5W Qi. We’d ex­pect the Mi7 to fol­low suit.

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