As we inch towards MWC 2018, tensions within the industry are mounting, as per usual. With rumors flying left and right, it's incredibly hard to paint a good picture of company inner-working and relations, especially around this time of year. However, there has been an undeniable serge in scheduling and timing reports and issues as of late and Xiaomi is now part of that list as well.
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.
That means no Mi 7 or Mi Max 3, for example. 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. Other sources say that the new proprietary Surge S2 chipset will be featured at the show.
It is pretty clear that Xiaomi is cooking up quite a few interesting new devices to release in the foreseeable future. As far as scheduling matters, while confusing, there is some logic to be found in our opinion. Skipping major announcements at MWC is actually a pretty sound move and one LG, HTC and Huawei, among others, are said to make as well, regarding the G7, U12 and P11, respectively. After all, nobody really wants to be in the shadow of the Samsung Galaxy S9, arriving on February 25 or the Sony Xperia XZ Pro, said to drop the following day. By the looks of things, HDM might be cooking up some major Nokia announcements around the same time frame as well.
Plus, going by what we already know about the Mi 7, it will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, which might very well be hard to get and even subject to some shipping exclusivity deals early in the Samsung Galaxy S9 pair's lifecycle. As for other specs on the Mi 7, we expect 8GB of RAM and a 5.65” display with FullHD+ resolution. Also, a 16MP dual camera and a steeper than usual price tag. There is also a rumor about a Plus-version that will have a 6.01" OLED panel.