It looks like Xiaomi is about to become the latest major smartphone brand to enter the under-display camera competition.
The company is expected to officially launch its Mi Mix 4 smartphone in China this week, and has indicated in teaser videos that the device will feature a screen that almost completely covers the front face of the device. What’s more, a leaked video that putatively shows the flexible screen of the smartphone also seems to depict an under-display camera when the display is turned off.
Officially, Xiaomi has been tight-lipped, revealing next to nothing about the device’s specifications and price. But leaks have reportedly brought a few details to the mobile blogosphere.
The under-display camera is perhaps the most notable of these ostensibly leaked features. By putting the selfie camera underneath the device’s display, smartphone makers can free up real estate on the front face while retaining imaging and even facial recognition capabilities.
Until last year, the technology to enable this has remained out of reach. But then Huawei delivered the Axon 20 5G smartphone, showing that it can be done. And last week, its rival OPPO officially announced a ‘next-gen’ version of its own under-display technology – even before it has officially revealed a smartphone device in which to implement it. Meanwhile, a number of Apple patents have suggested that the American tech giant is also keen on developing its own version of the technology.
Notably, Xiaomi’s new smartphone is also expected to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor – one of the most important trends in mobile biometrics over the last couple of years, and a forerunner to the emerging under-display camera competition.
Other features rumored for the device include a Snapdragon 888+ SoC processor and a 4,500 mAh battery. The screen itself is expected to be a 2K curved display, and the smartphone is anticipated to have a triple-camera imaging system on the back.
Again, none of these specs are official, but this week’s official launch of the device will clear things up imminently.