Xiaomi rivals Apple, Samsung by joining wireless charging consortium

Yolanda Curtis
September 22, 2017

Though the company hasn't officially announced that it has joined the consortium, it has been spotted on the WPC member list (via GSMArena) on the official WPC website.

This provides foreshadowing that the upcoming Mi7 could also be equipped with wireless charging and because Xiaomi is known for providing premium smartphones at a price lower than the flagships from Samsung, Huawei, LG and others, the upcoming phone is definitely going to be priced competitively. The latest development brings the Chinese company to the market of wireless charging-supported smartphones that has Samsung as a long-standing player and recently included Apple.

Today, the Chinese manufacturer apparently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the group of tech firms that have the goal of promoting the Qi wireless charging platform. The support for wireless charging also hints at another key feature, which is glass back design - essential for Qi standard wireless charging.

From the existing reports, it is speculated that the 2018 Xiaomi flagship - the Mi 7 might feature a 6-inch OLED display that is made by Samsung.

We've seen Xiaomi deliver a few handsets with true flagship features. The smartphone is believed to run on the unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 6GB/8GB RAM. After all, a phone that uses bone conduction for audio should offer wireless charging.

The joining of the Wireless Power Consortium makes Xiaomi further ahead in the race of advanced smartphones. The Consortium, founded in December 2008, has a total of 243 companies as its active members that are spread across 23 countries globally. The presence of wireless charging on Mi 7 could mean that it will be arriving with glass chassis. One feature that was missing from all of them was the wireless charging support. However, none of the smartphone with metal bodies feature WiPower wireless charging. The so-called Mi 7 would need to have a glass back to enable this.

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