Xiaomi today introduced the Mi Note 2 and a new Mi VR headset in China. While the Mi Note 2 is the successor to the Mi Note series, and continues with the 3D Curved glass design, Xiaomi also showcased a new concept smartphone called the Mi Mix. The new phone has been designed by French designer Philippe Starck. One first look, the Mi Mix resembles a slab of glass, but Xiaomi says it is using high-grade ceramic for this ‘concept phone’. Xiaomi is using “seamless connectors to fuse Mi Mix’s body without any external adhesives”.
The Mi Mix will have a 6.4-inch display which is edge-to-edge, and Xiaomi says this will come with a custom 17:9 ratio aspect. The display is a custom one with a narrower border, and unlike most regular smartphones it doesn’t have a selfie camera or a proximity sensor on top. Instead Xiaomi has put the front camera at the bottom of the phone, which will rotate on its own when a user wants to take selfies.
Xiaomi’s says the phone will have a 91.3 per cent screen-to-body ratio and they will be “maximizing the screen space” to give the users a “better content viewing experience.” The Mi Mix smartphone will have a ceramic acoustic system, and an ultrasonic proximity sensor embedded inside the display along with a compact front camera. Xiaomi claims this front camera is 50 per cent smaller than other front cameras.
Xiaomi’s Mi Mix will be coming to China on November 4 and will run the latest Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage. The price is 3499 yuan, while there’s an 18k gold embossed version with 6GB RAM + 256GB storage for 3,999 yuan.
Overall specifications of the Mi Mix are: 6.4-inch edgeless display with full ceramic body. It has ‘Cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic’ technology instead of regular speakers and a earpiece.
It will have 4GB LPDDR4 RAM + 128GB UFS 2.0 storage and 6GB + 256GB version. The battery is 4400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. Mi Mix also comes with Full NFC Functionality and supports Mi Pay. It also has GPS high-precision positioning, and there’s a 16MP PDAF rear camera. This phones runs the MIUI 8.
The 18K gold version of the Mi MIX has gold rims around camera and fingerprint sensor. This is Xiaomi’s first concept phone, and it remains to be seen how it does in the market. On first appearance, it looks like quite a stunning design, especially given the edge-to-edge display. Xiaomi has not announced if it plans to bring this phone to other countries as well.