Dual cameras are simply not enough on flagship smartphones these days, it seems, because smartphone makers are advancing to triple cameras. Xiaomi, refusing to be left behind in the race to add more lenses to its phones, is said to add three rear cameras to two of its upcoming models: the Mi 9 and the Mi Mix 4. The two smartphones are also expected to come with Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 855.
According to GF Securities, Hong Kong, Xiaomi’s market performance report indicates that the Mi 9 will be the first smartphone from the company to feature three cameras on the back. What’s more, the Mi Mix 4 is reportedly going to have a periscope lens, which enables optical zoom without requiring additional real estate on the phone’s body. Both these models are expected to be the Chinese electronics company’s flagships for the year 2019.
Both the Mi 9 and the Mi Mix 4 are expected to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. While the 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 is still expected to be Xiaomi’s first 5G smartphone, the Mi Mix 4 could also be 5G-enabled. Some rumours online even go as far as to suggest that the Mi Mix 4‘s display will be a foldable one. We’ll know if this is true only when we get more concrete information on the matter.
While the Mi Mix 4 is still a long way from the reach of consumers, the Mi Mix 3 isn’t. The smartphone was launched in October this year with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 10GB of RAM. Xiaomi said soon after the launch that it would launch a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 for the European market in 2019. Only last month, the company’s president, Lin Bin, showed off the Mi Mix 3’s ability to latch on to a 5G network. All things considered, it’s clear 2019 will be a busy year for Xiaomi.