Xiaomi's Face ID-rivalling 3D facial recognition module appears in render
Looking at smartphone’s notch, it appears Xiaomi has packed it full with different hardware elements. Starting on the left side, what appears to be a large infrared camera is present that should help improve face detection in low-light conditions. This is accompanied by a regular selfie camera that will not play a role in the Apple-rivalling security feature. Continuing over to the center of the notch, a small grill can be seen that belongs to the in-ear speaker while, next to this, a relatively large rectangular component is present with a small hole on top. This is likely home to the microphone. In regards to the last two hardware elements that are featured on the right side, the square component closely resembles Apple’s dot projector, suggesting this will be Xiaomi’s alternative, while it’s unclear what the purpose of the final component is. After all, the sensor appears too big to be a proximity sensor but also too small to be a secondary selfie camera.
With Xiaomi’s launch event currently set for May 23, it’s only a matter of days before Xiaomi officially clarifies the components of its new facial recognition module. Nevertheless, unlike Apple, Xiaomi will not be forcing its customers to use the new tech. Instead, the Xiaomi Mi 7 is also expected to ship with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, therefore giving users the choice of using the security method they prefer.