For a couple of years now, we have been writing about the inevitability of an increase in the cost of electronics in all segments. With the onset of 2021, we have received a new price level, which does not cause optimism and joy. In the conditions of the crisis and the shortage of components, Xiaomi is not going to be “Robin Hood” either, no one will produce and trade at a loss. Therefore, the rise in prices for the company’s products is predictable.
So, from today, Xiaomi has revised upward the price tags for its TVs and smartphones in India. Depending on the model, the growth will be 3-6%. The reasons that provoked an increase in the cost of devices are the lack of components and an increase in the cost of delivery services. The deficit of chips is especially acute.
“Due to massive demand-supply mismatch, the majority of components used in smartphones, smart TV, and other electronics gadgets (chipsets, display panels, display driver, back panels, battery, etc.) have seen constant upward movement in their prices,” the Xiaomi India spokesperson added.
It is not difficult to guess that the price of equipment will rise not only in India. We will see an increase in prices in other regions, this process is irreversible.
Recall that at the end of last year, the president of Xiaomi announced that they will do everything to offer users the best prices for their devices. But the increase in the cost of producing gadgets will still force them to increase their cost in certain cases.
Xiaomi patented a smartphone with a camera in a narrow screen frame
A number of companies are currently designing smartphones that have a front-facing camera directly behind the display. Chinese Xiaomi, according to the resource LetsGoDigital, has proposed an alternative solution.
Information about the development is published on the websites of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).
Xiaomi suggests integrating a selfie module into a narrow bezel above the display. In this case, it will be possible to save the panel from a cutout or hole; and not use a hidden subscreen camera.
Xiaomi’s solution envisages that the light through a tiny hole in the screen frame; will be sent to the image sensor hidden inside the body using a prism or light guide.
Currently, however, a smartphone with the described design exists only in patent documents. About whether Xiaomi is going to create a commercial version of the device, nothing has been reported.