Xiaomi, the Chinese OEM released its Mi 6 flagship smartphone in April 2017. However, the tech space is abuzz with rumors pertaining to the Mi 7, the alleged successor of the Mi 6. It has not even been six months and there are speculations offering a peek into the key features and launch date of the successor.

Key features leaked

According to an Android Headlines report, an industry insider shared that the Xiaomi Mi 7 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The information was shared on Weibo, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. The source of this information also revealed that the smartphone will boast an OLED 6-inch display manufactured by Samsung.

Among other features, the Mi 7 will come in two editions with different storage capacities - probably the 6GB and 8GB RAM versions.

The camera specifications for the Xiaomi Mi 7

Similar to the Mi 6 - which came with a telephoto lens and wide-angle lens, the device is expected to come with the same set of lens for its rear-mounted dual-camera setup. It is also expected that Xiaomi will continue its trend of making the smartphone chassis out of glass and ceramic. It is anticipated that the Mi 7's display will also be a full-screen one with minimum bezels on the sides and top and bottom of the smartphone. If the screen covers the entire area up front, then it can be assumed that the Home Button that has the fingerprint sensor embedded will be moved to the back panel of the smartphone.

Rumored launch?

While the industry insider did not mention an exact date for the launch of the smartphone, he shared that the China-based OEM is planning to unveil the handset sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

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The predecessor of the Mi 7 and current flagship Mi 6 was unveiled and released in April, while the Mi 5 was launched in February and was released to the market in April 2016. Furthermore, the older model Mi 4 was introduced in July and it became available in August 2014. Therefore, we can see that even though the OEM was inconsistent in its launch strategies, it was reducing the time gap and revising its premium handsets.

The Mi 7 will likely be made available in the U.S. as it is a premium offering from Xiaomi. It remains to be seen whether the rumored features bear fruition and if the device can catch consumer interest. Whether the device will be priced steeply and throw the gauntlet at device's from Samsung and Apple remains to be seen.