Xiaomi is all set to hop on the wireless charging bandwagon if its new membership of the Wireless Power Consortium is any indication. The body is the power behind the Qi wireless charging standard.
To recall, even Apple had joined the Wireless Power Consortium well ahead of announcing the Qi-following iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Following that logic, it’s possible that Xiaomi’s next flagship will support the technology. The so-called Mi 7 would need to have a glass back to enable this.
The Mi 6 already has a 4-sided curved glass body so it wouldn’t be too big of a leap to assume the Mi 7 will also be heavily glass-based. To be clear, Xiaomi hasn’t announced its new membership of the Wireless Power Consortium. The company got spotted on the organization’s website.
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Taking on wireless charging would put Xiaomi on-par with Android rivals like Samsung and LG which have featured it for years. The addition will also make it more competitive against Apple. The key here would be whether it’ll be able to deliver the same package of high-end specs at a mid-range price or switch to more expensive rates because of the tech.
Rumors so far allege that the Mi 7 will pack a Snapdragon 845 processor and an ample 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It might switch from the Mi 6’s LCD screen to a Samsung-made AMOLED one measuring 6 inches across. Xiaomi may launch it at some point in Q1 2018, a bit earlier than its predecessor.