Xiaomi Mi 7 to lose fingerprint scanning feature?

(Xiaomi)An image explaining the new on-screen gestures rolled out by Xiaomi.

One of Xiaomi's upcoming smartphones will likely ditch a key feature that is present in some of the more popular flagship smartphones that are slated for release this year.

The Xiaomi Mi 7 will take out the fingerprint scanner from its main features and replace it with 3D facial recognition, Chinese website MyDrivers reported. The report noted that the Chinese phone manufacturer was not keen on putting a fingerprint scanner on its upcoming flagship smartphone's display. The facial scanner, however, will be somewhat similar to that of the iPhone X that uses the 3D Face ID system.

Moreover, the report also said that while Vivo and Huawei are both looking to incorporate an in-display fingerprint scanner in their upcoming flagship devices, Xiaomi has opted to take a different direction and instead stick to a 3D facial recognition technology.

Should Xiaomi push through with the removal of the fingerprint scanner on the Mi 7, it will be the first smartphone that will follow the footsteps of Apple. Interestingly, another report coming from GizChina is still pointing to a possibility of the Mi 7 sporting a fingerprint scanner. The report said that new set of rendered images of the device showed an on-screen fingerprint sensor that is located near the phone's menu click zone.

With the contradicting reports, it will just be a matter of time before Xiaomi announces the official specs of the device, which is expected to launch during the first quarter of the year.

In other Xiaomi news, the company has recently rolled out an update that brings gesture-based controls in its full-screen smartphone devices. Gadgets360 reported that the new controls are now live on the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Xiaomi Redmi 5, and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus devices.

With the gesture-based controls now in place, the physical Home button is ditched and users can simply swipe their finger upward from the bottom part of the screen if they want to go to the Home screen. Other commands can also be accessed by swiping to the left or right side of the screen.