It is 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 so quickly. Just two weeks after the debut of the iPhone 14 Pro, we already have Android phones that mimic its look.
Xiaomi has started teasing its Civi 2 smartphone, a follow-up to the original Xiaomi Civi and Civi 1s, in China. Sina Weibo. But its most notable design feature is the inclusion of a pill-shaped front-facing camera cutout, like the one on the iPhone 14 Pro with Dynamic Island, instead of the circle-shaped cutout on its two predecessors. The cutout itself doesn’t have any fancy face-scanning hardware, instead it’s just two cameras: a 32MP main sensor and a 32MP ultra-wide.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that Samsung tested the design of the front camera with the pill Galaxy S10+ long before the others, in 2019. But back then, it was not placed in the center, but in the corner of the screen. Here, it is centered. The timing is also suspicious, given that this phone will be introduced just a few weeks after the iPhone 14 Pro. And of course, Xiaomi has a reputation for copying Apple whenever it can.
Other features confirmed for the phone include an IMX766 rear camera sensor with a resolution of 50MP, as well as Dolby Atmos support. Similarly, the phone is likely to come with a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. We have no idea if this phone will come with similar software features as Dynamic Island, but Xiaomi China president Lu Weibing was asking the people on the Chinese social media platform Weibo if they “really need a smart island” on their phones.
This phone won’t go on sale in the US, but it could start a trend of Android phones with wider, pill-shaped screen cutouts, something some people might consider a design regression from what phones are known for. Android currently have.