Pop-up cameras are slowly becoming a trend in the smartphone market. OPPO and Vivo have already launched their first 2019 smartphones with pop-up cameras and OnePlus is expected to launch one next month. According to a new report from XDA-developers, Xiaomi is also working on two flagship smartphones featuring pop-up cameras. Both the phones will reportedly be headed to India, among other markets.
Davinci & Raphael
The two Xiaomi flagship smartphones are reportedly code-named “davinci” and “raphael”. Both the flagship smartphones are said to feature mechanical pop-up front cameras. They will be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor under the hood.
While the display sizes of the two phones have not been revealed, the report does suggest that they will come with under-display fingerprint scanners. Unlike Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ smartphones, however, the upcoming flagship smartphones from Xiaomi are more likely to use optical under-display fingerprint sensors.
The report also notes that Xiaomi has started working on separate MIUI software releases for the Indian market, code-named “raphaelin” and “davinciin”. This suggests both models will be launched in India sometime later this year. In addition to India, we can expect the two smartphones to be released in a few other markets as well.
At this point, however, no other information regarding the hardware of the two smartphones is available. Since the Redmi flagship powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset is not rumored to include a pop-up camera design, there is a greater chance of “davinci” and “raphael” carrying the Mi branding. They may launch as the Mi MIX 3s and Mi 9 Pro, although we are merely speculating here. We can also not deny the possibility of the two models being variants of the POCO F2. While Xiaomi doesn’t always launch its flagship models in India, the POCO F2 is certain to arrive in India before most other markets.