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Xiaomi has revealed why its skipping the Mi 7 name in favor of Mi 8

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Xiaomi has revealed why its skipping the Mi 7 name in favor of Mi 8
Xiaomi has finally revealed why it's skipping the Mi 7 in favor of the Mi 8. Following the Chinese brand's previous naming scheme, its next flagship would predictably be called the Xiaomi Mi 7. However, this will not be the case, with the company confirming that its next flagship will be arriving May 31 under the Mi 8 name. Thanks to a poster released via Xiaomi’s official Weibo account, though, it has finally been revealed why.

Written in Chinese, the poster in question reveals how the company’s next flagship exceeds expectations in a number of aspects, hence why it chose to skip a number entirely. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the poster fails to mention any specific details. According to recent rumors, however, the smartphone could be the first Android device to sport Face ID-rivalling 3D facial recognition technology. In fact, the whole sensor setup that sits beneath the display notch leaked out in an alleged render. Nevertheless, the feature upgrades aren’t the only reason behind the new name. See, Xiaomi celebrated its 8th anniversary as a company early last month, and it appears the Mi 8’s name will also pay homage to the major milestone.

In regards to what the smartphone will actually offer in terms of specifications, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 can be expected alongside 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the outside, a large 6.2-inch display complete with a notch is said to be present, while a dual camera setup will adorn the rear of the smartphone. Also, on the software side of things, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected to ship with Android 8.1 Oreo straight out of the box with the new MIUI 10 overlay on top. In regards to the release, an official announcement will be taking place on May 31, so an early June release is the most likely scenario.

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