16 July 2018
Update: May 16th, 2018
The Chinese manufacturer has released a new teaser on its Weibo account which suggests that it will hold a launch event in Shenzhen in the near future. It's expected that the company will launch the highly-rumored Mi 7 along with its 8th-anniversary edition phone. However, rumors suggest that the company would skip the Mi 7 and rather launch the Mi 8.
The teaser doesn't include the launch date or name of the product that it may launch via this scheduled event.
Original Post (May 14th, 2018)
It's not something extraordinary to skip the flagships to follow the certain trend. Many times companies skip the number to make sure their all smartphones of the year are aligned. For instance, Samsung skipped the Galaxy Note 6 instead they announced the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 to align their flagship series. A couple of years ago OnePlus also ditched the OnePlus 4 name in favor of OnePlus 5, the reason behind this shift was that number 4 is considered unlucky in China. From the look of the things, it seems like the Chinese giant Xiaomi is now looking to ditching the 7 number.
Last year Xiaomi announced Mi 6 as their flagship smartphone, now when all eyes are on the successor Mi 7. A well-known Chinese blogger Mocha RQ claims that Xiaomi's upcoming flagship will be announced as Mi 8 instead of Mi 7. According to him the reason behind ditching the 7 in favor of 8 is Xiaomi's 8th anniversary this year. The company wants to align the number with their anniversary that's why Xiaomi wants to name flagship Mi 8 to celebrate their 10th anniversary. He further suggested the device will go official later in May with a release in June.
Apart from the RQ claims there was a report circulating in the Chinese media regarding a special edition Xiaomi smartphone to celebrate 8th anniversary alongside the regular Mi 7. So we will recommend taking this with a grain of salt as nothing is confirmed whether Xiaomi will ditch Mi 7 in favor of Mi 8 or there will be a special edition smartphone alongside the regular Mi 7.
From what we heard so far Xiaomi's upcoming flagship will be amongst the most powerful flagship announced this year. It is also heavily rumored to be the first Android smartphone with 3D facial recognition ability. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC will be powering the device with RAM up to 8GB and storage up to 256GB. As the announcement is still few good weeks away, we can expect more details will pop up in coming days. Stay tuned.