At its Beijing event, the Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi showcased some impressive hardware. The highlight, however, was its Mi Mix Alpha concept smartphone with a wraparound display. While the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X had a book-like foldable display, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha’s features a candybar design with the display stretching over its sides. The phone has no moving parts or hinges to bend the display. To put together this premium handset, Xiaomi has used an aerospace-grade Titanium alloy frame. According to Xiaomi, it is three times durable compared to stainless steel. The phone’s triple camera sits on a ceramic strip. The lenses are protected by sapphire glass coating.
Mi Mix Alpha Specifications
As per Xiaomi, the handset has the screen-to-body ratio of over 180 percent. The company is using a flexible AMOLED panel to achieve the wraparound design. Xiaomi has trimmed down the top and bottom bezels to around 2 mm. The company has replaced the conventional earpiece with the bone conduction technology that propagates sound through the display glass. To avoid accidental touch input, Xiaomi has implemented ‘mis-touch’ detection system. Since there are no hardware buttons on the sides, the brand has added pressure-sensitive virtual keys on the display. There’s even a linear motor to simulate the tactile feedback.
The Mi Mix Alpha is the first handset to feature a whopping 108 MP sensor from Samsung. As per the company, this ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor utilizes Tetracell technology and Smart ISO to deliver brighter and sharper images even in low-light conditions. It comes with a four-axis OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) to compensate for the hand movement when recording a video. Along with the 108 MP sensor, the phone sports a 20 MP wide-angle camera and a 12 MP telephoto lens. The device lacks a front-facing camera as you can simply flip the handset to take a selfie. The camera can record 4k videos at 60 fps.
The handset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus. The phone comes with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB internal storage. However, there’s no microSD card slot. With Qualcomm’s X50 modem onboard, the Mi Mix Alpha supports 5G connectivity. Other features include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS (network assisted), and UBS Type-C port. What’s missing here is a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The phone packs-in a 4050 mAh battery. Considering the phone’s large display size, Xiaomi should have gone with higher battery capacity. All is not lost though, as it comes with 40 W fast-charging support.
Mi Mix Alpha Pricing And Availability
Xiaomi stated that the Mi Mix Alpha is a concept handset. In simple words, it is aimed at highlighting the company’s design prowess. For fans, Xiaomi will do limited manufacturing runs. And as you would have figured out by now, this phone is going to cost a bomb. In China, the Mi Mix Alpha will burn a 19,999 yuan hole in your pocket. In India, that would be approximately Rs 200,000. The phone is expected to hit the stores in our neighboring country by the year-end.