In early October, online reports revealed that Samsung is in talks with Synaptics to incorporate the 3D Touch display. This feature is currently seen only in Apple's iPhone 6S series. Samsung too wants to incorporate the feature in its flagship phones.
Another report has emerged from China indicating that Xiaomi too wants to use a similar pressure sensitive screen technology in its flagship smart devices that it will release in the future, probably the Mi5 and Mi Pad 2.
G for Games, citing a reliable informer has claimed that Xiaomi is working on a 3D Touch like technology to be used in its upcoming devices sold in China. However, the source is still not sure if the display technology is being solely developed by Xiaomi, or if the company is partnering with Synaptics to use a 3D touch technology in its upcoming devices. Synaptics has developed ClearForce, a more superior technology that enables the 3D Touch feature.
Xiaomi and Synaptics have collaborated for the recently launched Mi 4C. The Mi 4C uses Xiaomi's ClearPad S3708 capacitive touch controller technology for the SideTouch feature. So, its not surprising if Xiaomi and Synaptics are working together yet again to develop a pressure sensitive screen panels for Xiaomi's upcoming line of products.
Apple's 3D Touch vs Synaptics' ClearForce:
The 3D Touch feature enables the phone's display to artificially sense the difference in finger's pressure to enable new gestures - Peek and Pop. Users can browse through their content with great ease. A sensitive touch allows the users to lightly press the screen to take a peek at a images, emails, apps or other type of content. If a user puts a little more pressure while touching the screen, they can access the content by popping into it.
ClearForce technology is speculated to have some additional features, where the screen is likely to have the ability to differentiate between speed scrolling, zooming, gaming, texting or use of photo editing tools by understanding a subtle variable pressure on the surface.
If Xiaomi succeeds in being able to use the ClearForce display feature in its smartphones price them at much lesser rates than brands like Apple or Samsung, it could stir up yet another storm in the handset industry.
Both Xiaomi and Synaptics are yet to confirm any possible rumors.