It feels like it has been a while since a phone really impressed us with their innovation and design. These days, most of the devices launched seem like they’re pressed from a template of what we expect them to look and feel like. Xiaomi, however, has decided to throw caution to the wind with their new concept design, the Mi MIX. And we say “concept” with a dash of unrealism because this phone is already functioning, comes at a competitive price and has a release date of November 4, 2016.
Now let’s quickly have a rundown of the specs before we start talking about the pure awesome that Xiaomi has put into this device. You would think that a concept phone that’s already looking to launch with such a radical design change would mark down their specs in comparison to other phones currently out there. Nope.
The Mi MIX absolutely stomps most of the competition in the market, boasting a Snapdragon 821, 4/6 GB RAM, 128/256 GB storage space, a 4400mAh battery and a ton of functional features to boot. They not only match the specifications of the Mi Note 2 launched at the same event, but they’re able to go head to head with some of the best Android phones out there.
Now, let’s get to the main aspect of the phone that delights me to my core – the edgeless display. Those of us who love science fiction movies may have come across futuristic phone designs. Even Tony Stark uses a really cool edgeless phone, although his does come with Jarvis. Xiaomi drew inspiration from this and with the help of world-renowned designer Philippe Starck, we are treated to a gorgeous 6.4" edgeless display with an astounding 91.3% Screen-to-Body Ratio, which is probably the most anyone has ever accomplished with hardware specifications like these.
The edgeless display by itself isn’t something new. The Sharp Aquos Crystal did put to great effect an edgeless design in the past but Xiaomi does seem to one-up that with more advanced hardware. The Mi MIX also shifts the camera module to the bottom “chin” of the phone, replaces the traditional infrared proximity sensor with ultrasonic technology and encases it all in a ceramic body.
Youtuber Marques Brownlee managed to get his hand on an early review model of the Mi MIX and gives us an idea of just how smooth and immersive it is to use the device. The 17:9 ratio display is a little weird for third-party apps but it doesn’t seem to affect video playback in any significant way. It’s amazing to see a working prototype in action as it shows Xiaomi must have spent tons of time in research and development to get this through the door.
With the rumors of Apple attempting something out-of-the-box for their 10th Anniversary of the iPhone, Xiaomi may just have beat them to the punch with the Mi MIX. Although it’s available only in China at the moment, we hope it does well enough for Xiaomi to introduce the MIX internationally. Of all the phones that have come out in 2016, the Mi MIX tops my list of most desirable devices.