Xiaomi Mi 7 Leak Reveals It Will Have An iPhone X Like Notch
Most of the flagship smartphones in 2018 will have a notch. We have already seen a few Android OEMs embracing the notch and upcoming smartphones like the OnePlus 6, LG G7 ThinQ will also sport it. Xiaomi was expected it to launch the Mi MIX 2s with a notch but, the company stuck to its original MIX design and avoided a lot of backlash. However, it looks like Xiaomi will give in to the industry trend with the launch of the Mi 7. New images of the Mi 7’s tempered glass reveal that it will have a notch as well.
The images do look real are taken from different angles. Unlike a lot of leaked images, these are high-res images giving us a clear view of what the display of the Mi 7 might look like. It is clearly visible that the glass has a cutout for a fairly large notch. It is worth noting that this notch is bigger than the ones found on the Huawei P20 Pro, Asus Zenfone 5Z or even the upcoming OnePlus 6. In fact, it resembles the iPhone X in terms of the size of the notch.
The reason behind a bigger notch compared to other Android devices could be facial recognition. For weeks it has been rumoured that the Xiaomi Mi 7 will have an iPhone X like facial recognition system. This means that its Face Unlock feature won’t rely on just software and have the hardware for a much secure facial recognition system. Hence, there are quite a few cutouts in the notch as well. These cutouts could be for the depth-sensing cameras, similar to the iPhone X.
A previous report claimed that this technology won’t make its way to the market before the third quarter of 2018, which is when we can expect the Mi 7 to be launched. The report also mentions that Qualcomm, Himax Technologies and Truly Opto-Electronics have a joint venture for creating a 3D sensing module. However, this only works on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform. Since smartphone makers like Samsung and Huawei use their own chipset, they won’t be the first OEMs to introduce Face ID like technology on an Android smartphone.
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This means that a recent leaked official-looking poster of the Mi 7 is fake. The poster claims that the Mi 7 will be launched on the 23rd of May. The Xiaomi Mi 7 will certainly be an exciting Android smartphone with its 3D facial recognition technology. However, it does seem that the launch of the Mi 7 is still a few months away. So far, a launch in the third quarter of 2018 seems most likely.