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Xiaomi Mi 8 could land with in-display scanner on May 31

Recently we saw video evidence that a phone believed to be the Xiaomi Mi 8 had an in-display fingerprint scanner, and now we know that the Mi 8 will be announced on May 31.

Xiaomi has posted the date on Twitter and there’s no uncertainty about which phone it’s for, as the Mi 8 is mentioned by name.

That said, while we know the Xiaomi Mi 8 is coming on May 31, the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner is still just a rumor for now, but it’s a believable one, since the Vivo X20 Plus UD, Vivo X21 and Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS already have one, so it’s a feature that’s clearly starting to appear on phones.

There are even rumors that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will have an in-screen scanner, in which case this could be a major, mainstream feature by the end of the year.

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Cheap and powerful

But if the Xiaomi Mi 8 has one it won’t just get there earlier but could also be a lot more affordable, as Xiaomi’s flagships typically undercut rivals – the Xiaomi Mi 6 for example landed at $360/£380 (around AU$480), and that’s this phone’s direct predecessor, as there is no Xiaomi Mi 7.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 could be worth getting excited about for other reasons too, as other rumors point to it having a Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery, 64GB of storage, 3D facial recognition and wireless charging, which would make it a truly top-end phone.

Of course, being a Xiaomi phone it might be tricky to buy in some regions, but in the UK at least Xiaomi’s phones will finally soon be officially sold.

Via PocketLint

James Rogerson
James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.