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Xiaomi Mi 7 to Sport Face Unlock Technology, Ditch Fingerprint Sensor: Report

Xiaomi Mi 7 to Sport Face Unlock Technology, Ditch Fingerprint Sensor: Report

Mi 7, the 2018 flagship Xiaomi smartphone, may become among the first Android handsets to ditch the fingerprint sensor entirely in favour of facial recognition. New reports say the fingerprint sensor in the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 7 will give way to face unlock technology, similar to Apple’s phasing out of the Touch ID sensor to make way for its new Face ID authentication system on the iPhone X. Like the current Apple flagship, the Mi 7 is expect to feature 3D face sensing technology to map the users’ faces to unlock the device. On the other hand, another report contradicts this, saying the fingerprint sensor will be embedded in the display.

As we mentioned, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 7 might be the first smartphone to follow in Apple’s footsteps, incorporating facial recognition instead of the earlier fingerprint sensing technology. The report from MyDrivers suggests that Xiaomi not showing interest in the upcoming in-display fingerprint sensor is indicative of Xiaomi ditching the technology completely. Vivo and Huawei are rumoured to use it in their upcoming products.

However, another report by GizChina has renders that reveal an on-screen fingerprint scanner on the Mi 7. This ascertains that nothing is confirmed and we will need to wait for further updates to get a clearer picture.

A few smartphones, including the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, and Honor View 10 have already showed up with facial recognition, with a lot more expected to have the feature in 2018. Unlike Apple’s iPhone X, all of these Android smartphones are expected to have both fingerprint sensors and 3D face sensors.

The upcoming Xiaomi Mi 7 is said to sport a 6-inch bezel-less 18:9 OLED display and a rear dual camera setup. This rumour, if true, will make the Mi 7 a significant upgrade from the 5.15-inch LCD display on Xiaomi Mi 6. Additionally, the Xiaomi Mi 7 might also be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, and be launched in Q1 2018.

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Redmi 5, Mi MIX 2 and Others Get iPhone X-Like Gesture Based Controls With New MIUI 9 Update

Redmi 5, Mi MIX 2 and Others Get iPhone X-Like Gesture Based Controls With New MIUI 9 Update

Apple’s iPhone X, earlier this year, eliminated the need of a home button by bringing gesture based controls into the fray. Xiaomi is also rolling out similar gestures in beta for its range of full screen smartphones, namely the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Xiaomi Redmi 5, and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus handsets. The move is an interesting consequence of the trend to remove the home button and other hardware capacitive buttons from the front of the smartphone while giving more prominence to a taller display.

A post by MIUI team member PatrickXi on MIUI Forum mentions that MIUI 9 global beta ROM 7.12.28 incorporates full display gestures for the above mentioned smartphones. With the new gestures, users can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go back to the home screen. Additionally, swiping from the bottom and then holding for one second will open up the Recents tab. And, switching between apps can be done by swiping left or right from the screen to the middle. These gestures resemble the ones currently available on the iPhone X.

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The MIUI 9 global beta ROM version will also introduce some fixes for previous bugs such as Top Sites tab getting restored automatically in the native Mi browser and app vault force closing issues. The ROM will also fix the error of not being able to add contact members on dual apps for WhatsApp.

MIUI 9 global stable ROM recently started rolling out to multiple Xiaomi smartphones such as the Mi Max, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Mi Max 2, Mi Mix 2, Mi 6, Mi 5, and Mi 5s Plus.

In November this year, images of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s were leaked online. The images reveal that the phone might feature a “notch” just like the iPhone X.

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