Xiaomi Mi 7 is expected to debut on May 23, but live spy shots of the phone already started surfacing on the Chinese social network Weibo. Two different users posted pictures of the upcoming flagship, revealing that it be quite similar to the iPhone X with a notch and a vertical dual camera setup.
A separate photo of the About page in Settings reveals there is MIUI 9 8.5.2 on board, but it is most likely the beta version from May 2. And if you think the front camera cutout is a mock, there is also an overexposed photo that reveals the setup is indeed real.
Xiaomi Mi 7 live images
Xiaomi Mi 7 will have Snapdragon 845, that much was confirmed by Lei Jun promised back in December. The phone is said to have 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, but we are yet to see if this will a premium version with a more affordable one with less memory, just like the Mi 6.
There is also a chance that we’ll see an even more powerful version with 8 GB RAM, similar to the Mi Mix 2S configuration. And we dont mention the phablet by accident – you can see it positioned next to the alleged Mi 7 in some Gold variation in the third picture.
The notch does not get any more real than this
According to these images, the Xiaomi Mi 7 will have a wide notch that will make room for selfie camera, a earpiece, the proximity sensor and probably even some facial recognition hardware. While this images seem real enough, there’s always that chance that it ends up just another knock-off device with the trendy frontal feature. We’ll be able to tell once we see more solid evidence one way or another.
Source 1 Source 2 (both in Chinese)