Xiaomi’s latest addition to the family has come as something of a surprise to most. Unlike when the company launched the Mi Note 2, this time there was no advance notification of what to expect. As it turns out, the surprise is quite a pleasant one. A virtually bezel-free smartphone, marking a significant improvement on previous models, embodies the tech firm’s desire to push aside its competitors.
The main point of interest about this phone is its screen. Smartphones have evolved from simple telephones to entertainment and communication centers, and many people use their phone just like a tablet. It’s this crowd which will be most interested in the Mi Mix, as the 6.4-inch edgeless display puts it at the front of the line for visuals.
As we’ve seen, the most obvious feature is the screen. Such a large display might initially conjure up images of a bulky and cumbersome phone, but the Mi Mix isn’t like that at all. The screen to body ratio is an impressive 91.3%, meaning that the phone itself isn’t really much bigger than other phones with smaller 5.5-inch displays. Pretty impressive, considering the IPS LCD display has 2048 x 1080 resolution.
The fact that this phone is practically bezel-free, raises some interesting questions about both the speaker and the proximity sensor. In fact, Xiaomi has eliminated the need for both, by using a sonar-based sensor and positioning the speaker below the display. In that position, it can use ceramic vibrations to allow call audio to be heard.
When it comes to the nitty-gritty, the Mi Mix uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, Adreno 530 GPU with 4 or 6GB of RAM. If you opt for the premium model, you’ll also get 256GB of storage, as opposed to 128GB with the standard. The premium phone also features a fingerprint scanner. The cameras on both versions are a 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The main camera supports 4K video, plus Face detection, beauty face, anti-shake plus a variety of other features.
Pros and Cons
The display really sets this phone apart from the competition, and is sure to make it a hit with more visually-stimulated consumers. Although it’s not all that big, considering the screen size, the Mi Mix is a touch difficult to handle. The main reason for this is that the ceramic doesn’t allow your skin to naturally grip the phone – meaning that it can slip easily. Xiaomi seems to have already realized this, however, and provides a high-quality leather case with which you can use to protect the phone, and improve your grip.
The Mi Mix has just hit the market in China. Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that it will be released outside of China, so you’ll have to get hold of an import if you’re outside of China. For those who are really keen to get their hands on the Mi Mix, Gearbest is currently accepting pre-orders for both premium and standard versions. Both versions have been unlocked for worldwide use.
If you think you’ll miss out on this phone, don’t worry too much – the Mi Mix points towards a possible future trend in smartphones that is unlikely to be ignored by Xiaomi’s competitors outside of China.