Smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi’s latest offering the Mi 4i may be garnering much buzz in the market, but that hasn’t stopped a large chunk of users from already speculating about the company’s next offering, the Mi 5. According to certain sections of the mobile tech industry, Xiaomi is reportedly toying with a new technology for fingerprint scanning for its new smartphone. That the company certainly has a new trick up its sleeve became evident when it filed for a fingerprint scanning technology patent with Chinese industry authorities. According to the latest reports that have emerged, Xiaomi will likely integrate this fingerprint scanning tech with the touch-sensitive buttons that its smartphones already feature.
If this is indeed the case, the fingerprint scanner could be embedded into the phone’s captive keys as opposed to the conventional method of using physical keys for this purpose. The latter technique is already used by Samsung and Apple.
The patent application that Xiaomi has filed states that the device will carry optical as well as bottom fingerprint sensors, which will be embedded into the cover glass’ terminal equipment.
Over the past few days, leaks of the designs planned by Xiaomi show that the Mi 5 will ostensibly have a 5.2-inch Quad HD display and will operate on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The phone will also pack a Snapdragon 805 chipset and a front (8MP) and rear camera (16MP). The leaks also suggest that the smartphone could carry storage of 16/64 GB with a 3GB RAM. All these features, accentuated by the new and seemingly exciting fingerprint scanner could create the perfect formula for the success of the Mi 5.
It now remains to be seen how the new smartphone braves the competition, as and when it launches.