Xiaomi Mi 7 hands-on photos confirm notch design

Xiaomi Mi 7 Front

Last we heard, the Mi 7 is going to make its first official appearance on May 23 after several months of delays and a design change. This new look has now made its debut via a bunch of Weibo-sourced hands-on image leaks.

The most immediately obvious stylistic choice is clearly the notch at the top. Xiaomi has so far resisted the urge to copy the iPhone X’s design, but it looks like the brand has given in with its next phone. It’ll be following in the footsteps of many Android OEMs if the photos prove accurate.

One particular image features an overexposed look at the Mi 7, perhaps in an effort to prove that the cutout is real and not a fake one installed by tricksters. Still, there are a lot of similar-looking devices out there which could be passed off as the flagship device.

Xiaomi Mi 7 Back
Xiaomi Mi 7 (left), Mi Mix 2S (right)

Flipping to the back, the upcoming Xiaomi phone gets compared with what looks to be a gold-colored Mi Mix 2S. This is unusual, since the company hasn’t released any gold-colored Mi Mix 2S units. This could be a new development as well.

The Mi 7 appears to be a bit taller than the Mi Mix 2S and looks remarkably like the iPhone X from the back, albeit with a fingerprint scanner. In terms of specs, the About page on the smartphone reveals that it runs on Android 8.1 with MIUI 9.8.5.2 on top, packs 6GB of RAM, and bundles 128GB of ROM.

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More variants with different memory capacities will probably be announced as well. There was some chatter about the Mi 7 getting an under-display fingerprint scanner, but it seems Xiaomi is going to reserve that for the Mi 7 Plus.

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