The idea of having a force-sensitive display on a smartphone seems to gain a lot of grip now that Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been released with “3D Touch” in tow. Now Xiaomi Mi5 is going to have one.
In fact, the first smartphone maker to utilize force-sensitive display technology was Huawei, who beat Apple to it by a few weeks with the release of the Mate S. More to the matter at hand, however, fresh rumors have it that Xiaomi will join the Force Touch bandwagon too; either with its own proprietary technology or with the help of Synaptics – with it’s new phone Xiaomi Mi5.
Xiaomi has allegedly patented a similar technology for eventual use in its future handsets, so it is not hard to imagine that its eventual Xiaomi Mi5 flagship may take advantage of it. It allows for the screen sensors to differentiate between a light tap and harder press, then relay it to the interface algorithms to react accordingly, popping a context menu from an app icon, scrolling an article, and so on.
Sure enough, according to recent reports, Samsung is most likely considering fitting the upcoming Galaxy S7 with a similar force-sensing technology. After all, Samsung also patented a pressure-sensitive display, and others will likely follow, so Xiaomi wouldn’t want to be left far behind. What we’ve been hearing more on, when it comes to the Xiaomi Mi5, is info about its extra features, such as an eventual presence of Qualcomm’s Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology.