Xiaomi's preparing two Snapdragon 855-powered phones with pop-out cameras
The Xiaomi Mi 9
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G and Xiaomi Mi 9 are both powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. But as revealed by XDA Developers, the Chinese brand is currently working on two other Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones for release later on this year.
Codenamed ‘davinci’ and ‘raphael,’ the two upcoming devices are said to feature pop-out camera modules. Details of these setups and the cameras they include are yet to be revealed, but it does seem as though the smartphones will boast automatic mechanisms that activate whenever the camera app is opened rather than Mi Mix 3-like slider designs.
As a result of the pop-out cameras, both smartphones are expected to feature large displays that are surrounded by minimal top and side bezels, and reduced chins. This also means that there should be no notch or display hole in sight.
While on the topic of the display, it’s worth noting that the devices are set to follow in the Xiaomi Mi 9’s footsteps by adopting in-display fingerprint scanners. The exact sensors haven’t been confirmed, but they are most likely optical ones rather than the more expensive (and more accurate) ultrasonic ones found inside the Galaxy S10 series.
At the moment, it’s unclear how these smartphones will be marketed to the public but there are a few possibilities. These include the Pocophone F2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3s, Xiaomi Mi Mix 4, or even the Snapdragon 855-powered Redmi flagship that has been rumored for some time.