Two different rumours spanning a month in between have been going around suggesting that Xiaomi will collaborate with Synaptics to bring about their own pressure-sensitive screen. Enlisting help from a partner that is essentially one of the big guns in the touch-based solutions interface industry, it seems like pressure-sensitive tech is catching on quickly and will soon be on the Mi 5 (or whatever they intend on calling it).
Showcasing a (superimposed) demo of how future devices would run this technology on their touchscreens, ClearForce will hypothetically allow you to access additional options based on the pressure applied on the screen.
These were the features shown in the video demo:
Scrolling on long presses
Opening extra menus with harder presses
Picture zooming and panning through swiping
Adding to the list of two devices that currently support some form of pressure-sensitive tech – the high-end Huawei Mate S (as seen above) and Apple’s iPhone 6s line, it shouldn’t be long off before other manufacturers join their ranks. While marketed as a huge revelation, there hasn’t been much information if users found the feature something necessary to have.
Chinese tech blogs are saying that the collaboration between the two companies will be available on the Mi 5 but there hasn’t been a lot of leaks regarding the new flagship.
What else might be inside Xiaomi’s next smartphone? Well apparently there will be Qualcomm’s newest chipset, the Snapdragon 820 but there hasn’t been anything substantial coming out of China just yet, so hold on to your cash for now.
In its early stages, there’s still a lot of doors that this type of technology hasn’t seen yet but it’s nice to know that smartphone makers and hardware manufacturers are still attempting to create a new experience. Have you tried the iPhone 6s? Does having 3D Touch improve user experience by a huge margin? Let us know in the comments below.