Xiaomi Mi 7 To Feature Wireless Charging; Xiaomi Joins Wireless Consortium

Isaac Cain
September 23, 2017

Earlier this year Apple joined the consortium, as they meant to launch their gen-next iPhones with wireless charging.

Xiaomi (also called the "Apple of China") may offer wireless charging in its smartphones going forward, as its name now appears on the Qi Wireless Power Consortium list. Since this is the first time we're hearing about Xiaomi's plans to introduce its first flagship with a larger display, we are certain the phone itself will have a high screen-to-body ratio. For the uninitiated, the WPC was first formed back in 2008 with the goal of promoting the adoption of the Qi wireless charging standard.

The same wants and Xiaomi's own phones, plus she really liked the Face ID feature that recognizes the owner's three-dimensional face scanner. For those who don't know, the Mi 7 is tipped to release in Q1 2018.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been added as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium. The smartphone is believed to run on the unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 6GB/8GB RAM. The device is expected to pack a dual camera setup along with a 6-inch AMOLED panel with full HD resolution.

The timing of the buzzworthy new publicity campaign is clearly not coincidental, though if iPhone 8 demand is indeed substantially held back by the iPhone X shadow, maybe IKEA would have been better off shelving the marketing operation until early November. The problem with WiPower is that it's not being widely adopted by OEMs since majority of them are already using the Qi standard. One rumor claimed it would come with a $69 U.S. price tag, matching the replacement cost of the current AirPods case sans wireless charging capability.

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