It’s almost a given that when Apple does something, at least some Android manufacturers will follow suit and try to imitate it. We just didn’t expect it to happen this quickly. Just two weeks after the iPhone 14 Pro debuted, we already have Android phones imitating its looks.
Xiaomi has begun teasing its Civi 2 smartphone, a follow-up to the original Xiaomi Civi and Civi 1s, on China’s Sina Weibo. But its most notable design feature is the inclusion of a pill-shaped front camera cutout, like what the iPhone 14 Pro has with its Dynamic Island, rather than the circle-shaped cutout in its two predecessors. The cutout itself doesn’t have any fancy face-scanning hardware, but rather, it’s just two cameras: a 32MP main sensor and a 32MP ultra-wide.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that Samsung tried out the pill front camera design with the Galaxy S10+ way before everyone else, in 2019. But back then, it wasn’t placed in the center, but rather in the corner of the display. Here, it’s centered. The timing is also suspicious, given that this phone is due to…
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