Xiaomi's product director hints that the brand may make a pop-up selfie camera phone soon
The Mi Mix 3 may be one of the most innovative phones of recent times. As with the OPPO Find X, the entire screen slides down to reveal a hidden front-facing sensor array. However, unlike the OPPO flagship, the Mi Mix 3's 'slider' is manual (the screen is held in place with magnets in normal use), which eliminates worries about motor or moving part failure in using the hidden camera. As Xiaomi will also reportedly release a more conventional, candybar-style device, the Mi 9, on February 20, you would think the company has all its customer needs covered.
However, there is another novel form factor that hides the selfie camera in order to maximize real estate: the pop-up camera. This sees a module rising from its own little housing in the top edge of the phone. It was introduced by vivo in the 2018 Nex line, and has been found worth adopting by OPPO into their newest upcoming release, the F11 Pro. According to ITHome, a number of Xiaomi fans have been clamouring for this feature on the OEM's official Weibo channel.
The company's product director, Wang Teng Thomas, has recently responded to these messages to say that Xiaomi may indeed release a phone with this technology. His statements have been interpreted by the outlet to mean that this will pan out so long as the demand for it remains consistent. On the other hand, integrating this particular alternative to the notch brings the risk of motorized component failure back