Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a multinational technology consortium known for promoting the adoption of interface standard Qi. The Qi interface is developed by WPI and defines wireless power transfer standards using inductive charging.
Xiaomi hasn't officially announced its intention of joining the consortium, but the company listing was spotted on the WPC member list on the WPC website. With Xiaomi joining the WPC, the company is expected to introduce the wireless charging option in its upcoming devices.
The WPC has 243 member companies that includes Apple, Samsung, Sony, LG and Motorola. Apple joined the WPC in 2017 and introduced wireless charging in the recently launched iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The tech giant had to bring back the glass back on these phones to enable wireless charging.
Xiaomi is expected to bring wireless charging in its upcoming flagship Xiaomi Mi 7, which is expected to be launched within the first quarter of 2018. The device is expected to feature a 6-inch OLED display manufactured by Samsung and come with an as yet unannounced Snapdragon 845. It is also expected to come with 6 GB or 8 GB RAM and feature dual cameras and a ceramic design finish seen on the Mi 6.
Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 09:24 AM