Xiaomi announced the Mi Note 2 which could possibly be the Galaxy Note 7 replacement you might be looking for. In addition to announcing their new flagship phablet, Xiaomi has also introduced their ‘concept’ phablet, the Xiaomi Mi MIX. This is not exactly a concept device as it has been announced as the company’s already existing product, along with its pricing, but it sure looks like a concept device, which is probably why the company referred to it as such. This is perhaps the bezel less device that leaked before as the Mi Note 2.
The Mi MIX goes beyond “anything that’s available in the market today.” The phone features a massive 6.4-inch edgeless display, but the 91.3% screen-to-body ratio means that the Mix isn’t larger than your average 5.7-inch phone.
Xiaomi has been quietly chipping away at the big guns of the market like Apple and Samsung for a number of years. But the Mi MIX makes a statement that suggests Xiaomi is not quite content with playing in the shadows, and wants to take the game to the industry leaders. Xiaomi partnered with French designer Philippe Starck in designing the phone, which features a body made entirely out of ceramic, with ceramic back, ceramic frame, and ceramic buttons. The design uses a mortise and tenon joint for attaching the display to the body, instead of glue or other adhesives.
As the front of the phone is just a slab, Xiaomi is using an ultrasonic distance sensor instead of the traditional proximity sensor. The 5MP front camera is located at the bottom, and uses a custom sensor that’s 50% smaller than the average camera sensor. There’s no earpiece as well, so if you’re one to take calls, you’ll have to rely on cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology, which transmits sound without the need for a receiver.
The Mi MIX does not have physical buttons at the bottom and is the first Xiaomi phone with on-screen controls. The 17:9 aspect ratio means even with the on-screen buttons you still get full 16:9 area for your content.
The device is not only a re-invention of smartphone design but also packs the standard high end hardware which includes a Snapdragon 821 SoC clocked at 2.35 GHz, 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128 GB storage. There’s also a Pro model touting the same chipset, 6 gigs of RAM, 256 GB storage and an 18k gold rim around the rear fingerprint sensor and 16MP camera and all of this is backed by a 4400mAh battery.
Xiaomi mentioned that the design and conceptualization of the phone stretched out over the course of the last two years, and the company will in fact start selling the Mix in China starting next month. The model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will retail for ¥3,499 ($516/₹34515), and the variant with 6GB of RAM and 256GB storage will be available for ¥3,999 ($590/₹39448).
Now what do you think of this bezel less ceramic monster? Even if you wouldn’t buy it, I’m sure you’d want to hold it in your hands wouldn’t you?