It appears that Xiaomi has officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which means that its next flagship might be the first Xiaomi device to feature wireless charging.
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I’m sure you’ve heard of the Wireless Power Consortium: formed in 2008, its mission is to create and promote wide market adoption of the Qi wireless charging technology. It started to become a mainstream topic in 2012 when Nokia and Google both launched phones that supported inductive charging using the Qi standard. And it’s become a standard check-list feature for every flagship device ever since major Android OEMs like Samsung and LG started incorporating the technology into their smartphones.
Apple was the last multibillion dollar company to join the Consortium back in February, amid rumors that next-generation iPhones would at last bring wireless charging capabilities (which did materialize earlier this month, thank God). Well, curiously enough, according to the Wireless Power Consortium website, we should expect to see a big announcement from yet another multibillion dollar company in the near future: none other than Xiaomi.
It’s extremely likely that Xiaomi is preparing to launch devices that support the Qi standard although it remains to be seen whether the first Xiaomi-made phone with wireless charging will be the Mi 7.
Although the company hasn’t officially announced it, the Wireless Power Consortium website lists the Chinese tech company as one of its members. It’s extremely likely that Xiaomi is preparing to launch devices that support the Qi standard although it remains to be seen whether the first Xiaomi-made phone with wireless charging will be the Mi 7. This is great news since wireless charging has been one of the features that we lamented not seeing from past Xiaomi products, including the recently introduced Mi Mix 2. Not only that, the Qi standard is slowly gaining momentum around the world, with multiple fast food restaurants and cafes offering built-in wireless charging pads in select stores.
Would you say wireless charging is a deal-maker? Do you think Xiaomi will launch the Mi 7 with support for the Qi standard? Let us know by leaving a comment below!