The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, which takes place annually in Barcelona, is less than a month away. Even as we have seen quite a few reports about Xiaomi launching a new flagship phone at MWC 2018, it looks like there will be no launch event for any product by the company at the tech show that opens February 26.
Earlier reports claimed Mi 7 would be unveiled at MWC 2018 after it was confirmed that the company was going to have a booth at the mobile show. Then reports from Weibo claimed Mi Mix 2S, which will be an upgrade to the current Mi Mix 2, could be showcased at MWC 2018. A Xiaomi India spokesperson, in a statement to indianexpress.com, said, “We are not organising any press events during MWC, but will have a booth at Hall 6 Stand 6B30. We will be showcasing a selection of smartphones and ecosystem products.” It also looks like Xiaomi will showcase smartphones which are already out in the market.
Usually, most new smartphone launches take place at a press event. Samsung, for instance, has already sent out invites for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on February 25, a day ahead of the official opening for MWC 2018. Besides, the new leaks on Weibo claimed Mi Mix 2S would be announced ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress, in late February.
The Mi 5 was the last phone that Xiaomi launched at MWC 2016. The Mi 6, which was last year’s flagship from Xiaomi, was launched in China and not showcased at MWC 2017. The Mi 6 did not come to India, Xiaomi instead launched Mi Mix 2 in India for Rs 35,999.
While Xiaomi might not officially launch a new smartphone at MWC 2018, we have seen plenty of leaks around its upcoming phones. Regarding the Mi Mix 2 S, it is claimed that the front camera will be on the top right side of the phone creating a notch on the right corner. The current Mi Mix 2 has a front camera at the bottom corner of the phone. Additionally, leaked images posted by SlashLeaks claim the rear camera will remain a single lens one and the phone will continue with its ceramic body. Coming to the Mi 7, this one could also sport a bezel-less display with a 6-inch OLED screen and it could be powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor.