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Xiaomi Mi5 may land with a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display

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Xiaomi Mi5 may land with a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display
The Xiaomi Mi5 is one of the best kept secrets this season, as there hasn't been much credible info about its purported specs, price or release date just yet. Granted, there is some speculation on the eventual 5.2" screen size, or rumors going back and forth if it will sport a Snapdragon 820 or Helio X20 chipset, but that's about it.

What we've been hearing more on, when it comes to the Xiaomi Mi5, is info about its extra features, such as an eventual presence of Qualcomm's Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology. Now, another report has leaked out, saying that the Mi5 will arrive with the trendy pressure-sensitive display technology dubbed Force Touch, which is akin to what Apple is offering with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus 3D Touch displays. It allows for the screen sensors to differentiate between a light tap and harder press, then relay it to the interface algorithms to react accordingly, popping a context menu from an app icon, scrolling an article, and so on. 

Xiaomi has allegedly patented a similar technology for eventual use in its future handsets, so it is not hard to fathom that its eventual Mi5 flagship may take advantage of it. After all, Samsung also patented a pressure-sensitive display, and others will likely follow, so Xiaomi wouldn't want to be left far behind.

source: Leaksfly (Weibo) via G4Games

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posted on 26 Oct 2015, 04:55 1

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3616; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I wonder what kind of differences can tell these patents apart from each other. Apple, Samsung and now Xiaomi not to forget Huawei; each concentrating patents on "force touch".

posted on 26 Oct 2015, 06:34

4. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Trademarks are used when it comes to names
Xiaomi and Xiaomi probably won't ship to the US, so no issues
Samsung will call it something else

It would be interesting to see a teardown comparison to see how the others compare to Apple's implementation
And if it infringes Apple's patents, probably won't though, these companies have been trying to do pressure sensitivity for several years now

posted on 26 Oct 2015, 07:08 1

5. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


BTW someone has made a proof of concept of 3D Force Touch on Android using the barometer
https://github.com/lambdacomplete/3d_force_touch_android_barometer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22lia7w03sQ

Its using the barometer, which would be more accurate than area/time which the Force Touch Xposed mod uses
But it wouldn't work if your phone isn't air tight, should work with water resistant phones like the Xperia Zs and S5
Obviously not as good as Apple/Synaptics's, but it would be cool for people with older water resistant phones

posted on 26 Oct 2015, 05:47 1

2. sintruder (Posts: 104; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


The specs have been listed on oppomart
www.oppomart.com/phones/xiaomi-mi5.html

posted on 26 Oct 2015, 06:06 7

3. spixel (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Oct 2015)


Predicted review score from phone arena

4.5/10

posted on 26 Oct 2015, 14:37

6. oro_blu (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


Do not trust Oppomart.
I buy two time from oppomart first time they sent me a new phone, second time a used phone, I sent back and they stole me 400 euro on refound.
“I’m sorry the packet arrived empty are you sure you put the phone inside?”
Come on!
I buy from aliexpress and pandawill, it never happen something like this.

posted on 26 Oct 2015, 20:04 1

7. Techielover (Posts: 105; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Everyone is readying a pressure sensitive screen in the Android camp but where is Google is release APIs etc.

posted on 29 Oct 2015, 14:55

10. quoxxer (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Oct 2015)


Not quite correct Techielover, the APIs are available since API Level 5 under Android 2.0 Eclair which was released in November 2009

Search for "public final float getPressure (int pointerIndex)" if you want to look it up yourself.

posted on 28 Oct 2015, 12:33

8. alltechguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jun 2015)


it is said that they apply patent for this new fingerprint sensor,xiaomi mi5 suppose wiill be using this technology ,i check more details on Flosmall blog for the xiaomi mi5

posted on 28 Oct 2015, 12:35

9. alltechguy (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jun 2015)


Several leaks and rumors about Xiaomi’s next flagship device have already heated up the market. Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Review - specifications, Price and Date

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