Xiaomi just made the other phones in 2019 and 2020 look boring. How did he do that? Well, he built a phone just from the screen. Screen on the front, on the edge, on the back. But it is a premium phone, with a bespoke price.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is the phone that shows you, on the one hand, how all the phones will be in the next five years, and on the other hand, what Xiaomi has been thinking about now. It’s a smartphone whose screen occupies 180% of the surface of the device. And not only that: it has a 108 megapixel camera. Yes, the camera developed by Samsung .
What does a Xiaomi phone cost $ 2,800?
Xiaomi has announced Mi Mix Alpha as a concept, but also a device that it will sell. It will produce a limited number, and each will cost $ 2,800. It’s more expensive than any phone available today, including the possible foldable Huawei Mate X.
As a hardware, Mi Mix Alpha has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, 5G modem, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB of storage space, and fast wired charging at 40 watts. The battery is 4,050 mAh. Phone notifications appear on the edge, where there are volume buttons.
The speaker for the call does not exist, but the sound is transmitted through the screen (technology used in the past by Xiaomi), and the phone frame is made of titanium and the strip on the back you see in the pictures is covered with ceramic. The titanium used by the company is three times more resistant than the stainless steel used, for example, by Apple on the iPhone 11.
There is a 108 megapixel f / 1.7 main camera. It was developed by Samsung, in partnership with Xiaomi, and was expected on the Galaxy S11 . The sensor has a size of 1 / 1.33 inches and this matters, because the larger it is, the better it performs in low light situations. Xiaomi compared its camera phone to other sensors available on the market. Samsung has an advantage in this regard with the 108 MP sensor.
Xiaomi claims that it has optical stabilization on the 108 MP camera and the secret here is not that you take such great pictures, but that the images you get are 27 MP, but with information gathered by all the pixels. It’s 4-in-1 principle: four-pixel information is used to represent a single one in the final frame.
Why will the phone of the future be?
In its current form, Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha seems impossible to use. How do you not touch your back? How do you know where the volume buttons are? What’s the point?
First of all, Xiaomi solved a problem: you don’t need a selfie camera, you turn the screen and take a picture of what room you want. Then he solved a competition: there are no phones with “narrowest edges” or “curvier screen”. It has them all and the edges are only at the top and bottom.
This phone seems almost impossible to use, but that’s what you could say and Huawei Mate X . The operating system could handle this simply: when you use the main screen, the one on the back does not take commands. When you rotate the phone, the one on the back is activated. It’s a similar principle for convertible laptops that can be rotated 360 degrees and have a touch screen.
Of course, there is the concern of intimacy: what do you see on the main screen and also on the back? This is small, that can be solved at the software level as well. The most important detail about Mi Mix Alpha is that, if at the level of hardware engineers, Xiaomi has done it, software upgrades are the least concern. This is why it is a concept and will be sold in a limited series.
You can expect such a phone to become “trivial” by 2021.