The Xiaomi Mi MIX wasn’t known to anybody till this morning. And when it was unveiled, it made all the people wow how cool Xiaomi is. This handset is packed with a custom-made 6.4-inch screen at a resolution of 2040×1080 pixels, 17:9 aspect ratio that also occupies 91.3% of the front side. This screen has very narrow bezels on the top and sides. The only area where the bezels get wider is the bottom. Thus the front speaker and the camera are located below the screen. This is the first phone with no home button on the front coming our way from Xiaomi. The earpiece and the proximity sensor are hidden under the screen thanks to a piezoelectric ceramic driver for the earpiece and an ultrasonic proximity sensor. The former term means the vibrations will be beamed right through the glass making the people listen to a call without the traditional gap for a speaker, while the latter means the phone will dim when the display is held against your face. I guess many smartphone users will not take this seriously, but this is what we call innovation, folks!
As for the housing, the Xiaomi Mi MIX is completely made of ceramic, thus all design elements including the back, frame, and buttons are made of this material, which caused a huge stir not appearing on the Xiaomi Mi 5S. And now seems the company decided to come in with a complete ceramic body phone. Plus, the manufacturer uses a mortise and tenon joint for attaching the display to the body. So no glue is used for this purpose. The overall design looks quite eye-catching thanks to an industrial designer, Philippe Starck. For example, I can’t remember a smartphone coming with a 18k gold trim around the fingerprint scanner, but the Xiaomi Mi MIX does.
The hardware of this handset is more amazing than the outside. The Mi MIX sports a Snapdragon 821 CPU clocked at the maximum frequency of 2.35GHz. The latter is in a good tandem with a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM + 128 GB ROM or 6GB RAM + 256GB ROM (Pro version). The back camera is not as powerful as the Mi Note 2’s module, but it still provides a great shooting experience thanks to 16MP lens with dual-LED (dual-tone), PDAF and 4K video recording capability at 30 fps. And as I said above, the 5MP front camera is placed below the screen on the right corner. The manufacturer has packed it with a 4400mAh battery, which is also powered with Quick Charge 3.0 technology allowing users to charge up to 80% in 35 minutes. There are also NFC and USB Type-C.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX’s 6.4-inch screen makes us put it into the category of phablets. This term pushes many customers away, because big devices require big hands. So many people with standard hands size or smaller prefer smallers devices. Fortunately, the Mi MIX comes with a software-based Quick Ball feature for ease-of-navigation, and when you don’t need it, this feature will hide automatically. Anyway, the phone comes at dimensions of 158.8 mm x 81.9 mm x 7.9 mm and weighs 209 grams.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX are said to be available for purchase on November 4. But unlike its sibling the Mi MIX is not announced to have a global version as well. As for the pricing, the standard version (4GB RAM+ 128GB ROM) will cost 3499 Yuan ($517), while the pro version (6GB RAM + 256GB ROM) will come at 3999 Yuan ($590). However, it is now available for pre-order, and you have to know it will come with a leather case in tow.
Well, this has been the Xiaomi Mi MIX. And we have heard the Meizu MIX launched a watch with a traditional analog face that also incorporates some smart features. Say, the Meizu MIX comes with a notification LED and can also vibrate for new events. Anyway, this is not a standalone smartwatch and need additional devices to implement many operations.
Now let me know whether these two devices have anything common. The only thing is the suffix in the naming. But if you think there is an intention in this naming, I am offering you to look at the Motorola MOTOSMART MIX XT550. Do you think Meizu has violated this patent?