Xiaomi’s Mi MIX series of phones has been Xiaomi’s breeding ground for displaying and flexing the ground-breaking technology. And as expected, the next iteration in the Mi MIX series is something that shows off Xiaomi’s bravado in conceptualizing what smartphones of the future might look like. The Mi MIX Alpha has a display that melts into the back, a 108MP camera, and is powered by the Snapdragon 855+. Sounds exciting? Let’s dig in to know more about the phone.
A first look at the product and it seems like Xiaomi’s product team completely forgot to box the display to the front of the phone. The display of the phone melts over the edges to grace the back of the phone and the continuity is only broken by a strip that houses the triple camera setup. This “Surround Display”, as Xiaomi calls it, gives the phone a screen-to-body ratio of a whopping 180.6%.
And since the display is wrapped around the edges too, the phone doesn’t have a physical volume rocker or a power button. There are pressure-sensitive areas on the side that function as buttons. The side of the phone can also display status bar icons. Palm rejection is something that Xiaomi claims it has fixed. With the use of the accelerometer, cues from the app being used and Xiaomi’s AI, the phone will prevent accidental touches.
The Alpha misses out on an earphone piece and a selfie camera. Replacing the earphone piece are ultrasonic vibrations that emanate from the display. And since the phone has a display at the back too, the primary camera setup also doubles up as a front camera setup. Speaking of the camera setup, the phone has a triple camera setup that comprises of a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX camera sensor, a 20MP ultrawide camera, and a 12MP depth sensor. This makes the MIX Alpha the first phone to sport a 108MP sensor that is approximately four times larger than the size of Sony’s 48MP sensor and takes shots that are about 40MB in size.
Apart from acting as a secondary viewfinder, the display at the back can be used for applications like Calculator, Maps, Calendar and more. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 855+ SoC and comes with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The phone has a 4,050mAh battery and has support for 40W Turbo Charging.
The Mi MIX Alpha is priced at CNY 19,999 (Approx. INR 1,99,000) but only a limited number of devices will be made available for sale. It’s unlikely that the phone will step outside China as of now. What do you think about the phone? Could this be how smartphones of the future look like?