The Apple of China has done it again.
When Xiaomi introduced their Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus models recently, the handsets featured embedded home buttons—you know, the technology rumored to be introduced on the iPhone 8 next year.
Called an ultrasonic wave technology, it's a fingerprint sensor embedded under the phone's front glass panel. This ensures a more accurate fingerprint scanning by emitting ultrasound waves through the glass where your finger is placed. It also eliminates the possibility of residue or dirt that could be on your fingerprint.
Here is an image of the said tech from Patently Apple:
According to Business Insider, Apple plans to encase the ultrasonic sensor under the front glass, while Xiaomi designed it to be slightly grooved, much like the home button on the iPhone 7.
Another notable feature of the Mi 5S Plus is the dual camera system. Sounds familiar? That's because it's said to be inspired by the dual camera lens of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple has yet to comment on the uncanny similarities of the Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus with it products. Either way, Xiaomi has already released these smartphones. Let's just wait until next year to see whether the bigger dog will use the ultrasonic wave technology or not.
The Xiaomi Mi 5S with 64GB storage and 3GB RAM will retail for ¥1,999 or P14,475.52, while the 128GB storage with 4GB RAM, as well as the Mi 5S Plus with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, will sell for ¥2,299 or P16,647.93. The higher-end model of the Mi 5S Plus with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM will cost ¥2,599 or P18,820.35.
All of the said models are still cheaper than the cheapest iPhone 7 which costs ¥4,327.99 or P31,340.62.