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Insider Reveals Xiaomi Mi 6 Might Have A Home Key Problem

by Habeeb Onawole 23

If you are counting down to the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 6, then you we still havel 6 days to go. Xiaomi’s new flagship will bring a number of new features one of which is the new Snapdragon 835 processor. However, the focus of this post is on the home button which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

Analyst, Sun Changxu yesterday revealed that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will feature an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner similar to that of the Huawei P10 or rather the Xiaomi Mi 5s. This scanner is embedded under the front glass and doesn’t need to have a hole cut into the phone, although manufacturers create a groove on the phone to allow users know where the scanner is.

Since the scanner also doubles as a home button and it doesn’t press down, a linear motor is needed to provide vibrational feedback. This is the same technology used in the iPhone 7.

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Another analyst who posts on Weibo using the handle @Mocha RQ has a problem with the home key on the Mi 6. According to his post, the iPhone 7 uses a linear motor priced at about $10, but the linear motor in the Mi 6 costs less than $1!

That cheap price most likely translates to a less powerful motor that doesn’t provide enough vibrational feedback like that of the iPhone 7.


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  • Zero

    What an stupid move from Xiaomi… They are wanting to kill the Mi line too?

    • balcobomber25

      A stupid move to pay less for the same part? That’s a smart move in business.

      • Zero

        If the Quality goes down noticeably by paying less for a KEY part is a very stupid move.

        • balcobomber25

          We have no clue what the quality is until it’s tested. So it’s premature to say it’s a stupid move. It could be the same exact part that Apple used.

          • Zero

            I hope so, if not, it will be the backlash they are not expecting.

          • balcobomber25

            Most companies actually expect some level of backlash. But when it’s more than normal they hire someone like me to help them out of it :). In my line of work we look forward to backlash.

          • Zero

            But the backlash is controllable ia most cases since is most coming from Software. But Xiaomi’s case is hardware related.

          • balcobomber25

            There’s a lot of backlash for hardware from batteries to cameras to displays to speakers and everything in between.

          • Zero

            They are controllable by software optimizations. However even if using software optimizations doesn’t solve this, the backlash is uncontrolable. Just like the LG G4, V10 boot issue and the Galaxy Note 7 explosions.

          • balcobomber25

            You’re talking about a general issue that hasn’t happened then offering absolute reasoning to how it can’t be fixed. First we have no clue if it will happen, second, if it does happen we have no clue if it will be a hardware fault or a software fault (software is involved with this part as well), third a phone exploding (note 7) and a motor maybe, possibly being a little weak are two completely different issues. One makes a phone a danger to the public, the other would be a minor annoyance.

        • Guaire

          I can’t imagine a less important part in a smartphone. It has no purpose other than creating a fake feeling.

    • kostas g.

      The only stupid thing here is your comment Zero

      • Zero

        Ok… FANBOY.

  • Jh1

    So, if I’m correctly understanding this, we are assuming that there is a problem with the vibration motor for the home button simply because it is much cheaper than the one apple uses? Seems like a rather premature conclusion to me.

    • Zero

      Let’s wait if this is true or not. If is true… Oh boy, Xiaomi will understand that cutting too much affects a lot the usability. If not… Well is the normal botton from them, no biggie.

      • Jh1

        Exactly. Way to early to be jumping to conclusions.

  • balcobomber25

    Stupid article. Xiaomi (and other Chinese companies) often pay much less for the same parts than Apple does. There is zero correlation between price of a part and performance.

    Xiaomi has invested in over 100 tech startups, several of which are experimenting with this exact technology. Without actually knowing which suppliers each company is using this is a pointless comparison.

  • Guaire

    LOL. I thought that it doesn’t work properly.

  • Yaweh

    Has any one tested the MI 6 yet,????
    If not then this is useless

  • Jesús Ramírez

    Xiaomi is not the same without Hugo Barra

    • balcobomber25

      You’re right it has been better. Hugo was good for Xiaomi’s initial growth but he had numerous failures that were all him like the Mi4i and their expansion into Brazil.

  • Qidamin

    Yeah stupid article that let us think that home button really has a problem…less vibration feedback than iPhone 7 is a BIG problem my God! I don’t even like the vibration feedback, I never use it…Mi5S has no problem with vibration feedback, I don’t know why Mi6 would have…

  • Victor Ksl

    we could disable this fingerprint scanner right ?