So we have had foldable phones, which still aren't launched properly yet, Huawei also has the new beautiful horizon display with it wrapping around the edges of the case.
Then Xiaomi came along and said, “hold my beer”.
Today they have announced the Mi Mix Alpha and it is completely bat sh*t crazy. It kind of makes the new Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro look a bit rubbish.
The Mi MIX Alpha is another major leap forward for Xiaomi, as it comes with a display that wraps around the edges and continues on to the back. This makes for a two-sided display but without any discontinuity apart from a thin strip for the camera assembly. The Mi MIX Alpha gets a screen-to-body ratio of 180.6%.
Once under-display cameras become more of a thing maybe we will see them do a near 200% display.
The “4D curved” display on the MIX Alpha does not have a visible side frame and all of the antennas for the 5G connectivity have been housed within the thin strip. There’s no earpiece either and the smartphone uses ultrasonic vibrations to emulate the earpiece.
Xiaomi is using a titanium alloy for the construction of the smartphone. The bar on the back is made of black ceramic and there’s Sapphire Glass protection over the cameras.
All the notifications are now location down the side strip and there are pressure-sensitive areas on the sides that function as buttons. These areas can otherwise be used as part of the display. The pressure-sensitive zones can also be used as triggers while gaming. Users will be able to slide a part of the display to increase or decrease the volume.
Similar to Huawei, there is accidental touch prevention, otherwise, this would be impossible to use. Xiaomi’s AI will smartly monitor the orientation of the phone, the accelerometer and use cues from the current app. Xiaomi claims to have mastered palm rejection on this all-screen device, but we’ll wait to see how this works in reality.
The Mi MIX Alpha utilizes the display on the back to run versions of apps like Maps, calculator and more.
It is not just about the display either. This is the first phone to feature the 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX camera sensor that was previously teased by Xiaomi. It’s a 1/1.33-inch sensor with a pixel size of 1.6 microns. The output 108MP images are of 12032 x 9024 in resolution and come in at nearly 40MB in size. There’s a 20MP ultrawide camera with a 117º field of view and a 12MP depth sensor.
There is no front-facing camera, because there is no need for one, this can work in a similar fashion to the dual-screen Nubia.
The Mi MIX Alpha is a Xiaomi flagship that comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. There’s a 4,050mAh battery on the smartphone and it gets support for 40W Turbo Charging. And of course, the phone comes with 5G support.
It will be interesting to see how good that battery will last with such a large screen.
At the moment this is being touted as a concept phone, it will be in Mi Stores in China and made in small quantities to buy.
This, therefore, means the phone will set you back a ridiculous amount of money being priced at CNY 19,999, which converts into a price of about £2,250/$2,812/€2,560