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Xiaomi Mi A4 could look like this: Punch-hole camera, slim bezels and quad cameras



Xiaomi’s Android One outings haven’t been much spectacular as the original one from 2017. The last one, which is the Mi A3, is essentially a rebadged Mi CC9 Lite from China but instead of its MIUI, the phone relies mainly on a stock version of Android. The Mi CC9 Lite was not a very powerful phone, to begin with, but Xiaomi seems to be working on improving this year’s CC10 series massively if some of the latest renders are to be believed.

A set of renders for the alleged Mi CC10 series has been released on the web and it appears to be mostly concept renders instead of actual renders. The reason we say that is due to the fact that the renders show the Mi CC10 and Mi CC10 Lite but both the phones appear to be similar, which is not possible given that the Lite version usually comes with a host of compromises. Hence, we suggest you take these renders with a pinch of salt.

That said, Xiaomi is upping its game in terms of design and build quality even on its affordable phones and the Mi CC10 series could end up being quite similar to this. And chances are that Xiaomi may use the Mi CC10 Lite again this year as the base for the Mi A4, which might come to India as Xiaomi’s only phone running on a version of stock Android.

The concepts do look good for a midrange phone. The Mi CC10 and Mi CC10 Lite look almost similar here but the design, in general, takes a massive departure from what the CC9 series had to offer. The CC10 is shown getting a modern bezel-less design with a small punch-hole cutout for the camera. The cutout is extremely small while the bezels are slim, which suggest the use of an AMOLED panel. That could also mean an in-display fingerprint sensor.

At the back, the CC10 carries the same white gradient as the CC9 series. However, it tries to get on with the trend of big camera modules this year with a circular design for its quad cameras. The camera design looks similar to what we saw on the OnePlus 7T last year but it gets a highlighter lens design similar to the Redmi K20 Pro.

While this is just a concept, it will be interesting to see Xiaomi doing this design for the Mi A4 this year. The Mi A3 is one of the most affordable phones with Gorilla Glass 5 protection and an AMOLED display you can buy today. A premium design with narrow bezels and small punch hole camera could make the Mi A4 more appealing in a segment that usually has to make do with simpler designs and cheaper builds.

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