EARLIER this week, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi pushed the boundaries of design once more with the announcement of its Mi MIX Alpha concept smartphone – the Mi MIX Alpha.
The company, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone brand, says the device is a bold imagination for the future of phones in the 5G era.
An innovative and futuristic Surround Display allows the phone to achieve a screen-to-body ratio that reaches an astonishing 180.6%. When the device lights up – the front, side, and back of the phone are almost entirely displayed.
“[The] Mi MIX Alpha showcases an innovative Surround Screen (pic right) with a screen-to-body ratio of more than 180.6%, say Xiaomi. “The device features the world’s first 108MP camera, and is crafted with a one-of-a-kind combination of titanium alloy, ceramics and sapphire to make for a revolutionary concept phone.”
Xiaomi’s first iteration of the Mi MIX began in 2016 when the company introduced the revolutionary Full Screen Display smartphone concept — an industry first. It was also Mi MIX that pioneered a smartphone screen ratio exceeding the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Today, full screen displays have become the standard configuration of smartphones.
In addition to the Full Screen Display, Mi MIX also embraced cantilever piezo-electric ceramics acoustic technology, ultrasonic proximity sensors, and revolutionary build materials like Ceramic.
Behind the Surround Display is a series of ground-breaking technologies that required a new method of device assembly say Xiaomi.
Unlike traditional smartphone assembly methods, Mi MIX Alpha’s internal assembly is first carried out, while its display layer, touch panel, and protection layers are laminated one-by-one. All display component layers are compiled in that order to achieve high curvature Surround Display design, so the internal stress caused by bending the display layers can be released layer by layer. To achieve a smooth and flat surface, Mi MIX Alpha also uses a durable protective layer which optimizes the screen stack structure.
To accommodate the nearly all-screen offering, Mi MIX Alpha has minimal bezels on the top and bottom, and ditches the physical side buttons altogether. A brand-new display acoustic technology replaces the traditional earpiece receiver and proximity sensor while the device’s sides are pressure-sensitive and leverage a linear motor to simulate the touch of real buttons.
Mi MIX Alpha features a 108MP camera with the highest resolution, highest pixel count, and the largest sensor found in any smartphone ever – marking another important milestone in smartphone photography.
In addition to the 108MP camera, Mi MIX Alpha also has a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera which supports 1.5 cm super macro photography, and a 12MP telephoto camera that supports 2x optical zoom and Dual PD focus.
In addition, Mi MIX Alpha’s top and bottom parts of the frame are built with aerospace-grade titanium alloy. Xiaomi claim this alloy is three times stronger than stainless steel but weighs less. On its back, the entire protective cover for the camera area uses a single piece of sapphire glass, which is embedded in ceramic.
On the performance front, Mi MIX Alpha uses the same flagship-grade Snapdragon 855+ mobile SoC as the Mi 9 Pro 5G and supports 5G bands of the three major carriers in Mainland China. The device also features the top-tier 12GB+512GB memory and storage combination, and supports UFS3.0. Mi MIX Alpha is equipped with a 4050mAh battery and comes with a standard 40W wired fast charge.
Xiaomi say the Mi MIX is a concept smartphone, and like the first edition a truly disruptive product therefore they are not currently considering mass production. Xiaomi aims to start small-scale production for Mi MIX Alpha at the end of December and retails at RMB 19,999 or a little over $2,185.
Xiaomi has established itself as the world’s largest consumer IoT platform, with more than 196 million smart devices connected to this platform, excluding smartphones and laptops. Currently, Xiaomi products are present in more than 80 countries and regions around the world, including Cambodia where it has a firm fan following.
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