The Xiaomi Mi 7 will be equipped with a display notch, according to a new real-life image depicting what's said to be the front panel of the upcoming Android flagship. The supposed Mi 7 component is the one on the left in the collage seen above, whereas the right one belongs to the Vivo X21 UD, a recently announced mid-ranger which boasts a largely bezel-less design as its screen covers approximately 85.2-percent of its front, yet the screen-to-body ratio of Xiaomi's next ultra-premium offering appears to be even greater. The recently uncovered panel indicates the Mi 7 will have a single front-facing camera and a proximity sensor flanking the loudspeaker of the device, with all three modules being positioned inside the screen cutout.
The growing popularity of display notches has been a somewhat polarizing topic among tech enthusiasts since last fall when Apple started the trend with the iPhone X. While the Cupertino, California-based original equipment manufacturer justified the existence of such an asymmetrical component with the need to accommodate a 3D camera while still providing users with as much screen space as possible, the vast majority of Android devices equipped with similar cutouts don't use them for anything more than housing conventional front-facing sensor arrays, which a vocal portion of consumers doesn't approve of. The notches themselves still aren't expected to dissuade the average consumer from purchasing such handsets as all OEMs that embraced the design cue likely did so based on data gathered from focus groups and various market surveys.
As Xiaomi launched the Mi 6 last April, its successor is likely to follow suit and be unveiled at some point next month. The company already confirmed its next Android flagship will use the Snapdragon 845, having said as much late last year at Qualcomm's Hawaii event which saw the official announcement of the company's most powerful mobile chip to date. It's presently unclear whether the Mi 7 will provide users with the option of masking its notch using software tricks, which is rumored to be a feature of the upcoming LG G7 Neo.