In recent years, smartphone designs are becoming thinner. There is a new trend of slim, sexy hardware and now no one wants to buy heavy, bulky smartphones. Notches have been there for some time but with time, it also gotten slimmer and now manufactures are moving towards a full edge-to-edge design with no notches. So where are they going to place the front-camera on all these devices?
Over the last year, we seen display screens with less notches, holes, or pop-up cameras, but now it is time for hidden selfie camera. Oppo and Xiamoi are doing just that by placing the camera under the display itself. Today in a tweet, Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi showed off its exciting new design. Yesterday Oppo released a short video on a smartphone snapping a photo with an in-display that you can't see. To make the point clear, a finger was posed in front of the camera in the end of the video and you can see a blurry image of the finger on the screen.
Xiamoi also posted its own video to display a smartphone with an in-display selfie-camera. In the video the upcoming phone was compared with the Xiaomi Mi 9 side by side. The prototype has a full display with no cut-out, no notch or pop-up camera but it can still take a selfie just like a regular smartphone. Oppo didn't reveal much about the technology but Xiamoi get one step further by explaining the whole mechanism. The camera features a 20MP camera and a transparent display that doubles as the camera lens and allows more light into the lens to enable the perfect selfies, but when the display is off, the camera goes invisible against the rest of the black surface of the screen. These are just prototypes and there hasn't any real demo done by the companies in public so far. But we can hope for some of the best technologies to experience this year.
In mid-February, the premiere of two flagships Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro was released in an online event. But due to Coronavirus outbreak company decided to delay the launch. The flagships have top-end characteristics, an attractive design and many functionalities, but it seems that the company is planning for more.Until today, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro was a high-end phone of the premium category and occupies a leading position in the portfolio of smartphones of the company. But it may happen that it won't be the able to hold the same position for long time, and all because of the release of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro +.
Rumors have confirmed the upcoming announcement of the plus version. The phone has a slogan "Look beyond the world". The ultimate flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ should have a 100 megapixel sensor in the main camera, support for 12x optical zoom, a display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, the top-end Snapdragon 865 platform and fast 65-watt charging.
The authenticity of this news remains to be verified. According to rumors circulating in the network, in the second half of the year, Xiaomi plans to show five more flagships based on the Snapdragon 865. There are also predictions that the company will release a device with 6.67-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio HDR10 + display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone will be powered by Octa Core (1 x 2.84GHz + 3 x 2.42GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz Hexa) Snapdragon 865 7nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 650 GPU. Xiaomi Mi 10 may feature a high-quality 108MP rear camera with 1/ 1.33″ Samsung sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.69 aperture, OIS, 8P lens LED flash. 13MP 123° ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture. 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture, 8k at 30fps, 4k 60fps, 960fps at 720p.
Xiaomi unveils Redmi K20 Pro and it has everything you need in a premium smartphone. It is the latest and the first smartphone that cost less than $400 and still powered by the Snapdragon 855. Xiaomi has focused exclusively on the budget category with Redmi series but with Redmi K20 Pro it is going to change the whole Redmi branding for good. It has a similar design to K20 but has high-end hardware specification that makes it even better.
It is the first most affordable smartphone with Snapdragon 855 chipset which will really improve the performance of the phone. The device has a huge 6.39-inch FHD display without any cutout at the front due to a retractable front camera. It features a 20MP sensor for the front camera. The camera pop up under a second, and you can also customize the activation sound. But the most spectacular feature of the device is its evocative gradient background which will make you fall in love with its look and feel.
It has a 48MP primary sensor for the rear camera, an 8MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 13MP wide-angle shooter. The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery with 27W wired charging, which takes around an hour to charge from zero to 100 percent. For connectivity, it has a Wi-Fi, a USB-C charging and Bluetooth 5.0. The Redmi K20 Pro will go on sale from tomorrow in China and will be available in red, blue, and carbon fiber color options. The Redmi K20 will go on sale from June 6 in China and will start from $290.
Today, Xiaomi Founder, Lie Jun, announced launching a new special edition smartphone Mi 10 Youth. It's a new Ice & Snow set limited edition. The phone will be launched in a unique color. The founder made this announcement through his official Weibo account, a Chinese alternative of Twitter. The special edition was made possible with a partnership of a known Chinese ice cream brand, Zhong Xuegao. The phone comes in a unique orange color that matches the color of ice cream, the company makes. The new color is being inspired by the Grapefruit color.
The company decided to deliver a box of ice cream with a smartphone for every person who buys the phone. The phone will run on the Android 10 operating system and powered by Octa-core (2.4 GHz, Single core, Kryo 475 + 2.2 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 475 + 1.8 GHz, Quad-core, Kryo 475) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Chipset. It has 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The device features a super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 resolution and 401 PPI pixel density. It has an aspect ratio of 20:0 and a screen-to-body ratio of 87.41%.
The front camera is 16MP whereas, on the rear side, there is a 48MP primary camera with 8MP wide-angle, 8MP, and 2Mp camera with features like Digital zoom, touch to focus. The device is powered by a 4160mAh battery. The phone has WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity support. The phone is likely to be Rs. 22,690 in India. The regular Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth phone will available in deep gray, blue-green gradient, milk green, and pink-white gradient colors.
Xiamoi Redmi K series has been one of the most successful mid-range series. Redmi K20 was the first phone introduced by the company in the K product line. It was also the first one to feature to pop-up selfie camera. And now recently, a Weibo user submitted a post at Digital chat station that Redmi may launched its next smartphone Redmi K40 in the fourth quarter of this year and K40 Pro in the first quarter of the next year. According to his blog the successor the popular K30 will also feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 Soc as well.
Its predecessor Redmi K30 Ultra was powered with MediaTek's dimensity 1000+ processor. Redmi 30 series was launched in December 2019. The phone is already been certified via 3C which stamps on the leaks. Although, there isn't much information on specs at the 3C website. It did confirm, however, the 5G connectivity support.
Some of the specs has already been leaked and also confirmed officially including the phone's high-resolution display. The company manager Wang Teng, has revealed himself that the company will equip the new series with an OLED display panel. He further added that the Redmi K4 series will feature a higher refresh rate as compared to the old-generation smartphones. It is rumored that the phone will have up to 120Hz display refresh rate on both models. This detail was also confirmed by the company's CEO, Lei Jun.
Previous leaks suggest that the phone will be powered by a 4,500mAh battery and may support 33W fast charging. The series will feature quad-camera system at the rear side, that might be something similar to the existing Redmi K30 series.