Xiaomi would like to borrow from Apple’s iPhone X, but its next mobile device probably won’t have a notch in the exact same position.
The Mi Mix 2S, which we’ve seen leak numerous times in recent months, should have a notch tucked away in the top-right corner of the display. It’s a discreet location that might just make it possible for the phone to not come across as a total lookalike. A leaked video revealed the expected design change, confirming Xiaomi wants to implement a notch but in a way no one else has done so far.
Here’s the video:
Rather than putting a rectangular notch centered at the top of the display, Xiaomi is apparently shifting it to the right and into the corner. The video shows an alleged Mi Mix 2S with a very small cutout in the top-right corner for the front-facing camera and other sensors.
If the company does pull the trigger on the move, it would be a departure from the Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2’s designs. Those phones both had the camera and sensors stored just below the edge-to-edge display in what we call the “chin.” It made for some awkward selfies, so bringing the components back up is welcome.
There haven’t been many leaks about the specifications, but firmware surfaced last month to confirm Xiaomi is building a high-end phone. The Mi Mix 2S should ship with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, and Android 8.0 Oreo. Expect it to be a lot like the Mi Mix 2 from last year but with upgraded components all around.
A launch is already set, and Xiaomi will officially introduce the Mi Mix 2S on March 27.