Report: Xiaomi Mi 7 Will Not Be Launched at MWC 2018
Xiaomi Mi 7 may not be the showstopper at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 as the company is now reported to have no plans of making any major announcements at the forthcoming convention.
Unlike last year, Xiaomi will definitely be present at the Barcelona venue this time around. However, a high-ranking company employee has allegedly stated in anonymity that there will be no major announcements involved. It is quite possible that the company might just unveil its Surge S2 chipset. As per reports, Xiaomi Mi 6X will be the first smartphone powered by Xiaomi’s in-house Surge S2 processor.
However, another fresh insider tip, one based on supplier chain info, claims that the company is preparing to unwrap an updated Mi Mix 2S model, potentially prior to MWC.
The Xiaomi Surge S2 will have four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and the other four ARM Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The SoC is coupled with Mali G71 MP8 GPU for improved power efficiency which is a significant upgrade over the Mali-T860MP4 GPU found in the Surge S1. Other rumoured features of Surge S2 are UFS 2.1 storage and LPDDR4 RAM. The performance of the Surge S2 will be on par with Kirin 960 chipset announced by Huawei in October 2017.
Xiaomi last month announced its partnership with Qualcomm for choosing the Snapdragon 845 for the new Mi 7. Also, there are reports that the Xiaomi Mi 7 will come with a 6-inch bezel-less 18:9 OLED display and will feature a 3D face sensing technology similar to Apple’s Face ID feature that was launched with the iPhone X last year.
The reason for abandoning the Mi 7 launch at this year’s MWC might be to avoid Samsung and its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ that are set to launch ahead of MWC 2018 on February 25. Sony is also in the headlines for reportedly preparing the launch of the Xperia XZ Pro on the same date to rival the new Galaxy family.