Rumors reaffirmed: next Xiaomi flagship to have pressure-sensitive screen, developed by Synaptics


About a month ago, we got some exciting news from Synaptics. If you don't know who that is – the company is probably the biggest name out there, when it comes to any type of touch-based human interface solutions – touchpads, touchscreens, fingerprint ID, et cetera. So, it uploaded a demo of a tech that it is developing, dubbed ClearForce. And yes, it is a pressure-sensitive tech, much like Apple's Force Touch (on the Watch) or 3D Touch (on the iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus).

It's becoming obvious that this type of interface will not be exclusive to Apple's smartphones for long. Huawei's Mate S has a more expensive variant almost out the door, which will come with “Force Touch”, and we've been hearing rumors that Xiaomi's next flagship – the Mi 5 – will also have a pressure-sensitive screen.

What we have today is yet another rumor surrounding the next Mi and its possible integration with the new tech. Coming from Chinese tech blog, there are whispers that Xiaomi will, in fact, be getting Synaptics' ClearForce tech for its new flagship. What this means is that the Mi 5 will probably be able to do more than just show you a fullscreen picture when you press harder on its thumbnail. ClearForce supports scrolling, when you push at the bottom of the screen, picture zoom and panning, continuously variable gaming control functions, unlock and wake up, keyboard symbol and upper case selection, plus more.

More practical applications for a pressure-sensitive screen is definitely something we'd love to see, and more competition in the are will stimulate some extra innovation. So, there's nothing left but to wait and hope that the rumors are true!

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15 Comments

1. bistech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

Another copycat. Everyone is always copying apple. Apple is always first in everything.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

LMFAO at "everything" and "everyone".

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Honestly! Please someone tell me the difference between pressure touch and long press..... Whatever is shown in the video, i can do that already. Without having any force touch...

15. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Grab an iPhone and try it out.

4. BobLawblaw unregistered

Why bother starting a flame war. Do you go home and wank in the closet while thinking of how smart you are. You good sir are pathetic..

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Though Apple doesn't do it first, they do do it right though. They set the trend for the industry.

12. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Is there ever going to be a cure for fandom?

5. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

That's what I'm talking about. And Samsung will copy the 3D Touch soon or later.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yes, Samsung also copied the iPhone 6S's deep trenching tech and used it in their S5 Rumor has that Samsung's going to be at it again copying the iPhone 7's RWB tech

9. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

This article headline talking about xiaomi & not samsung duh... What's your problem? Samsung will apply force touch to their next gen flagship? then bring it! in the end users gain the benefit. I feel pity for worshiper who think Apple is clean when they beloved company found in infringement of University of Wisconsin CPU patent & faces $862M in damages.

8. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Base on my observation that when android world have new features, color people are not surprise. But when Apple iPhone have new features, color and other android follow them.

13. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Who did android follow: - 2K display - 4K display - 4K camera recording/shootings - 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM - OIS camera - Phablet size phones - Dual/Quad core CPU - 4GB smartphone U observation sucks!

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Seems Like Every Will Be Buying Synaptics's Pressure Sensitive Screens

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