Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi Mix; a 6.4″ phablet smartphone with a near bezel-less display and premium specifications as well as build materials.
Earlier this year on Bandwidth Blog On Air, we discussed the Turing Phone Cadenza and how it sounded like the smartphone of our childhood dreams. Now, it seems that Xiaomi might have actually produced its own equivalent in the form of the Mi Mix; a crazy, near bezel-less take on a 6.4″ Android smartphone.
Let’s start on the outside and work our way in. The Mi Mix, crafted by French designer Philippe Starck, shows off a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio. Curved corners give way to the display, while both the rear and side buttons of the handset are made out of ceramic – the same material employed on the new, high-end Apple Watch.
While one might think the Mi Mix’s display is manic, it does in fact sport some new technology – the device’s proximity sensor has been replaced by an ultrasound sensor, the earpiece is gone in favour of a piezoelectric speaker that uses the metal frame of the phone to generate sound, and the front-facing camera is found on the bottom of the phone as opposed to the top.
Internally, the Mi Mix sports a Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. A 4,400mAh battery makes its debut while Dual SIM support will supposedly be included. The Mi Mix will employ a split between a 16-megapixel primary and 5-megapixel secondary camera.
While the standard model will retail for $515 USD, pricier $590 USD version will arrive alongside 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 18-karat gold accents around the camera alongside a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
The Mi Mix is slated for launch on November 4th, where it will sell in China. No word on international availability has yet been issued.
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