Xiaomi’s latest smartphone has just been revealed. It is the first to boast the new flagship Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 888. There’s lots more to it that’s ground-breaking, too. For me, though, it’s the cool way you can measure your heart rate by pressing on the display that stands out. That’s a cute feature that the iphone-12, among others, can’t match.
Sure, there’s the 108MP camera sensor which uses 4-in-1 pixel binning to create great 27MP shots even in low light. That camera can also record 8K video, by the way. There are also two other rear cameras, a 13MP ultra-wide and a 5MP telephoto camera (telemacro, Xiaomi calls it on its blog).
The front-facing camera peeps through a holepunch – this is not an under-display camera kind of phone, even though Xiaomi has included such tech before now.
And although it recently mocked Apple for ditching the power plug from the iPhone boxes, this phone comes without an accompanying power brick.
Mind you, the display is pretty advanced. The 6.81in screen is an AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz sampling rate. All protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
It’s that display which contains the cool extra feature, the heart rate sensor.
Other phones from companies like Samsung have included heart rate optical sensors before now, but these have always been in the back, next to the camera. And that’s been one of the problems, that unless you look carefully, it was always too easy to smear the camera lens while blindly fumbling for the heart rate sensor.
No such problem with this set-up. The in-screen fingerprint sensor is where you not only unlock the phone but check your heart rate into the bargain. It also boasts facial recognition.
Exactly how the heart rate sensor will work is unclear right now. Will it spring into life to count your heart beats every time you unlock the display with your finger?
And will the fact that it’s there mean users will have a much more comprehensive history of their heart rate?
The phone has just gone on sale in China, so we’ll hope to put it through its paces soon enough.
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