The good news is that Android phone manufacturers don't like "Smart Island"

time:2023-01-27 18:26:44 author:Computer machine
The good news is that Android phone manufacturers don't like "Smart Island"

In the past, Xiaolei would never consider Xiaomi when recommending mobile phones to female friends around him, because Xiaomi's cost-effective concept and the aesthetics of science and engineering were not suitable for female users. It was not until the release of the Civi mobile phone that Xiaolei's concept changed, because Xiaomi Finally got a model that understands what female users want. Recently, Xiaomi Civi 2 officially announced that it will be officially released on September 27. After hanging our appetite for a long time, Xiaomi finally announced the design of the Civi 2. At first glance, Xiaolei almost thought that Xiaomi had copied the iPhone again, but after careful consideration, Xiaolei found that Xiaomi did not copy Apple. Source: Xiaomi takes a long time from design to mass production of a mobile phone, so it is impossible for Xiaomi to copy the iPhone 14 Pro and put it into mass production in just two weeks. With such a similar design, it is difficult for Xiaolei to think of other reasons besides Apple and Xiaomi. It should be noted that @Digital Chat Station said that Xiaomi has not made an adaptation similar to Smart Island for the Civi 2. However, this is what Xiaolei is worried about, because Apple and Xiaomi chose the same design without communication in a high probability, which inevitably makes Xiaolei doubt whether other mobile phone manufacturers will also adopt the centering pill design.

Years of full-screen development have finally set foot on the road of retrogression?

After entering the era of smart phones, people are gradually dissatisfied with the design of mobile phones with large foreheads and large chins, and manufacturers have also discovered this, so the era of full-screen screens has come. Of course, the advent of the full-screen era is also inseparable from the upgrade of packaging technology and screen technology. In the early days of the full-screen era, mobile phone manufacturers were exploring how to design the appearance. With the COP packaging process, curved screens and narrow bezels can be realized, but how to design the front camera is also a difficult problem. Initially, when the supply chain was not mature enough, mobile phone manufacturers generally adopted the Liu Haiping design. Today, many mobile phones still choose this design. The bangs are usually relatively large, but in addition to the main camera, components such as sub-camera and 3D face recognition can also be inserted, so they can last forever. Then, the era of water drop screens came. A small water drop with a symmetrical center is indeed very harmonious compared to other designs. However, no content can be displayed around the water drop, so the screen ratio is still not high enough. Photo source: After Lei Technology filmed, the hole-digging screen came. Hole-digging screen design is the mainstream of today's machine circle, and the aperture of the front camera pair has become a gimmick for publicity. It is even said that the position of the hole has been changed many times. It was originally in the upper left corner. Later, some manufacturers thought that it could be placed in the upper right corner. Later, mobile phone manufacturers basically decided that it is the most simple and harmonious to be centered and symmetrical. However, during this period, some mobile phone manufacturers have also come up with some designs that are not mainstream, such as the pill (grooving) design evolved from double digging holes. Some models of Huawei, Honor and other brands have adopted this design. Pills failed to become the mainstream of the market because of their appearance. There are two main reasons why manufacturers choose this design. The first is that there can be two front cameras (main camera + ultra-wide-angle), which can improve the shooting effect; second It is unwilling to give up 3D face recognition, and do not want to use the bangs design. Photo source: Other designs made by Lei Technology camera manufacturers include under-screen cameras, lift cameras, flip cameras, etc. However, due to technical or experience problems, some of them cannot be popularized temporarily, and some have been abandoned by manufacturers. Today, the mainstream front camera designs are only dig holes and bangs. However, Apple has come up with a new design - the centering pill. From the function point of view, the difference between the centering pill and the ordinary pill is very small, mainly in the different position, and the space occupied is smaller. Apple has launched a useless smart island interaction mode for this design, but it seems a little uncoordinated. In fact, Xiaolei has only one feeling about the centering pill. Apple is forcibly innovating for innovation. The centering pill is not as good as Liu Haiping's design.

Which is more important, function or appearance?

Before the official release of the iPhone 14 series, the supply chain and many foreign media broke the news that this phone will use an exclamation mark screen design. Fortunately, the news is wrong, and the iPhone 14 series is not that ugly. In terms of appearance, the best design for the front camera area of ​​the mobile phone is definitely the under-screen camera. With a wide and narrow frame design such as 4 curved surfaces or 4 sides, the front screen ratio will be very high, and there is no dissonance on the front. There will be no problems with the mechanical structure, but limited to technology and cost, it cannot be popularized in the short term. Then, the second more mainstream solution is to dig holes, but choosing to dig holes means giving up many functions. The flagship mobile phones of Apple, Huawei and Honor are unwilling to give up 3D face recognition. In daily use, it is difficult for us to perceive the usefulness of 3D face recognition, but in special circumstances, the security of 3D face recognition is reflected. Photo source: Ray Technology Filmed in the RealAI mobile phone face recognition test of the RealAI smart team of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence of Tsinghua University, all 19 Android mobile phones with 2D face recognition, including many flagships, were all cracked, and in the post-mortem test, The Mate 40 Pro equipped with 3D face recognition has not been cracked. In addition, the DxOMark selfie rankings show that in addition to the Pixel 6 Pro, a single-camera model, three of the top five mobile phones have bangs or pill designs, and one has a flip camera design. It is even said that the Nova 6 5G, a mid-to-high-end model of pills released 3 years ago, can enter the top ten of the selfie list. Source: DxOMark It can be seen that the front dual camera is definitely a huge improvement in terms of security and selfie effect. However, this does not prove that the function is more important than the appearance. In fact, the Selfie effect of a single camera can already meet the needs of most users. vivo's S series mobile phones that focus on self-timer have always insisted on small bangs in the era of water droplets and hole-drilling screens. The dual-camera design has now also chosen to dig a hole in the center. As for the payment function, although WeChat is not suitable for face payment on Android phones without 3D face recognition, except for entry-level products, Android phones are basically equipped with fingerprint recognition, which is not troublesome, while Alipay supports the face of Android and Apple phones. pay. In other words, the experience improvement brought by 3D face recognition is not obvious to us, but we can clearly see the decrease in screen ratio and appearance. Because of this, when Huawei and Apple insisted on the design of Liu Haiping a few years ago, Android manufacturers gave up one after another. In the case of refusing to give up 3D face recognition, Apple launched the centering pill design. If it is other mobile phone manufacturers, we can laugh at it, but this is Apple after all, and copying Apple is more common in the mobile phone circle. Faced with Apple's new design, will Android manufacturers follow suit this time?

Pill phone in the center, not just two

Xiaomi Civi 2 hit the face iPhone 14 Pro, it can be said to be a coincidence, but also This shows that there are other mobile phone manufacturers who plan to design their products in this direction. In the future, there will definitely be mobile phones that choose the center pill design. The centering pill is not a high-value design, even Apple has to admit this, but it is a real improvement for the shooting function. Photo source: Apple Android manufacturers may be worried about being sprayed by netizens and dare not try this design, but with Apple taking the lead, even if they are sprayed, it will be a shot. Xiaomi Civi 2 will not be the last mobile phone with a centered pill. I believe that mobile phone manufacturers such as OPPO and vivo will soon launch mobile phones with similar designs, but it will never be a flagship. Xiaolei predicts that most of the center-pill Android phones will be mid-range models with similar positioning as the Civi 2, and the main focus is on selfies, which is likely to be aimed at female users, because female users have higher demand for selfies. As for Android flagships, manufacturers have been trying to find ways to hit the high-end. Regardless of the results, Android manufacturers have understood that imitating others is the biggest obstacle to high-end, and they must not live in the shadow of other flagships. Therefore, Android manufacturers are blazing their own trails and no longer blindly stacking hardware. Although there will be homogenization problems due to mainstream choices, they will not copy other manufacturers indiscriminately. As consumers, we naturally hope that manufacturers will not be sloppy and find designs that are both functional and beautiful as soon as possible. There is no doubt that in terms of appearance, the under-screen camera is the most perfect design at present, but the technology is not perfect, and the under-screen dual-camera and under-screen 3D face recognition technologies are immature, and mobile phone manufacturers and supply chains still need to continue to work hard. . Cover image source: Apple

(Responsible editor:Power Supply)

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