My Xiaomi Mi 6 is a great smartphone, but certainly not ideal. What Xiaomi should improve in his successor? What should Xiaomi Mi 7 be? I have a few ideas.
Not only did I test the Xiaomi Mi 6, but it has also been my private smartphone for several months. I like the phone very well, especially appreciating such advantages as: great speed and smooth operation, long battery life and extended system overlay. But I know that Xiaomi Mi 6 is not the ideal smartphone. What Xiaomi should improve in his successor? What changes are needed so that I can consider buying Xiaomi Mi 7 next year? Here is my wishlist.
Camera on the flagship level
The Xiaomi flagship cameras are really good, but only compared to similarly priced competitors. The level of the best photomannagers on the market is still a bit lacking, especially in lower light conditions. Xiaomi Mi 6 has not changed much in this regard, and it is a clear fault of the software, because the parameters of the camera itself are on the top level. Also, the quality of the video being shot. I sincerely doubt that the Xiaomi Mi 7 can compete with the quality of photos with next year's flagship HTC or Samsung, but I count on a clear resurgence of similarly priced smartphones competitors .
LTE support in the 800 MHz band
The lack of full coverage of LTE bands in Poland is a big disadvantage of Xiaomi Mi 6, or at least so many users think. I do not have problems with LTE connectivity, so lack of LTE B20 is not a problem for me. On the other hand, Xiaomi decided to enter Poland officially, so it should address such basic issues as adjusting any connectivity issues to the standards in force in our market. That's why I do not buy the translation that Xiaomi Mi 6 is Chinese-market hardware, since it's sold in the US by an authorized Xiaomi distributor. Xiaomi Mi 7 should therefore offer support for LTE 800 MHz and this is not subject to discussion.
Faster updates to the Global ROM
My Xiaomi Mi 6 got an update to MIUI 9 in early November. This means that I have been waiting for more than three months for a new version of the system. Taking into account market standards is a good pace, but it could always be better. MIUI 9 is still underdeveloped, although the biggest problem is lack of interface translation and not very timely security patches (September). It will probably be fixed in the next, less updated, but I do not know if it will hit my phone again this year. Therefore, one update of up to 3 months would be welcome, with the current fixes.
I am not a fan of "frameless" design and for me Xiaomi Mi 7 does not have to be among the best "frameless" smartphones. I would not be offended if Xiaomi reduced some of the unused space , because the smartphone is noticeably larger than the Galaxy S7, which only has a slightly smaller screen (5.1 "), and also offers Android function buttons under the screen.
Metal, waterproof case in many colors
As soon as I write about design issues, I would like to see the Xiaomi Mi 7 metal case . Fan of glass I am not, and I like the pleasant touch of cool aluminum. For that I would like to have more palette of color variants, and especially the appearance of some bold colors (eg red), with the possibility of buying them from the hand. The icing on the cake would be a fully waterproof case .
I'm not going to write here, because the case is very simple – I would like the Xiaomi Mi 7 to be a great music smartphone . Although Xiaomi Mi 6 plays pretty well on the headphones, but to the level of phones such as the LG V30 or ZTE Axon 7 quite a lot of him is missing. Good DAC Hi-Fi should do the job. Back to 3.5mm jack connector I do not count . This is a rather lost case and I do not know if anything can motivate Xiaomi to change his decision to resign.
Higher price? May be
I do not expect Xiaomi to fulfill all my wishes. If that were the case, then I would be able to pay for it. Of course, the drastic increase would be hard to accept for the brand's fans, but reaching 2999 yuan in China and 2499 gold in the official Polish distribution should not discourage the purchase of Xiaomi Mi 7. Ultimately it would be almost complete equipment , and competitors still expensive, even double .
And what do you expect from Xiaomi Mi 7?