While a lot of smartphones share the same hardware modules, it is usually the software that ends up being the main differentiator between them. This trend is quite common in a lot of phone makers, including Xiaomi.
Such was the case with Xiaomi’s Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2S phones, both of which used similar camera units though recorded different DxOMark scores. In the benchmark test used as the industry standard, the former phone got a score of 105 in still imagery, while the latter earned just 101.
The main difference was in the way the Mi 8 handled low-lighting scenarios, alongside its better optical zoom.
Upcoming Camera Patch
Now, Lei Jun, the founder and CEO of the company, is announcing that a software package will make sure both the cameras reach the same level of performance. The patch is expected to hit users’ phones in the coming few days.
Both the Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2S come with similar Sony IMX363 sensors on the back, with two 12 MP lenses, and an aperture of f/1.8 and f/2.4 on the two lenses. The pixel size is just 1.4-micron unit, support up to 2X optical zoom, and have a dual-tone LED flash accompanying the phone.
On the video front, the cameras are capable of recording 4K video at 60 frames per second, as well as slow-motion 1080p at 240 fps. It’s safe to conclude that the camera has potential, as it stands.