In the recent past we’ve seen smartphone makers struggle to distinguish their phones that had began to look like the same old boring rectangular slab of a phone to curved edges, and now we see 100% no bezels. Last week, Chinese smartphone manufacture Xiaomi, released a concept phone, called the Xiaomi Mi Mix, a smartphone that might perhaps give us a glimpse of what Apple or Samsung might release next year. The Mi Mix was announced along with the Mi Note 2, –a Galaxy Note 7 look a like– we must add.
No, your eyes do not deceive you, the Mi Mix is essentially a bezeless phone, there is only room at the bottom for some of the technology that still has to be available in a smartphone but you are looking at a device that tries to be all display all the time. There are no parts on the top of this device, as everything as been moved to the bottom including the front facing or selfie camera which now has a more downward or up-facing perspective because of its location.
Its all about that ‘zero bezel’ screen
Wondering where the phone’s ear piece or speaker grills are located? Well, those are now found underneath the screen emitting sound thanks to the piezoelectric sensor that vibrates the ceramic casing, now that there are no speaker grills to lay your ear on. You should be able to hear the audio from a call. And, finally the proximity sensor is sonar based, always firing in the top position of the device so it knows when it moves to get close to your face.
But of course it’s all about that screen. This is a 6.4 inch IPS screen, that comes in resolution of 2040 by 1080 pixels. Now that’s a lot of screen and a lot of space to do a lot of things for either work or play.
Xiaomi really wanted to move forward into the future with a phone that hopefully moves to that space where we are thinking our phones will be all display all the time. The Mi Mix is going to be very eye-catching because of that huge display. The designers basically fitted an absolutely huge screen into the footprint –just a little bit larger– than some phones today that have a 5.5 inch display, but guaranteed it is still a huge phone.
The rest of the phone still has some nice material made to it, like a fingerprint magnet ceramic back, which gives it a very elegant and very shinny look. For those who are able to get their hands on this limited edition device, will have a leather case out of the box, as Xiaomi also knows their phones is very slippery.
Expected Specs for a futuristic phone
The phones it’s self comes with the internals a flagship should have, the premium version comes with with the latest processor, the snapdragon 821 from Qualcom paired with 6 GB of RAM it also comes with 256 GB of on board storage. However, the less premium version does comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. In either case, you should have more than enough performance and more than enough storage from everything including your apps, photos and videos.
Photos and videos on the other hand are done with a 16 megapixel main camera, with a 5 megapixel main camera. For the most part, this is a bit of a more conventional package as its the quality of the photos that will cement this device as the ultimate smartphone camera given that we have already seen praises for the iPhone 7 and Google’s Pixel phones. Everything in the Mi Mix is powered by a 4,400mAh battery and can be charged quickly with the latest Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Sci-fi comes to life
The experience of using this phone is something we really can’t wait to put up to its paces in the near future. Now the down side is that this phone will be made in small quantities and it will take God’s grace to see it come here in Africa, since the phone will only be made available in China.
This is a concept device that Xiaomi hopes will spark a new wave of smartphone design from other manufacturers and put great features in future devices that will be more accessible. This phones currently goes for about $699 (about UGX 2.4 million). With that said, we feel the future of smartphone design finally has hope, as we get to see some of those sci-fi movie concept smartphones come to life, if only it was made in Africa.