Despite the tough competition among smartphone manufacturers who have continuously adding minor and incremental modifications such as extended battery capacity, larger devices, and faster processors, the lack of innovation has given Xiaomi an opportunity to differentiate its phone from existing templates. The company has been able to achieve this successful milestone with the introduction the “bezel less” design which has contributed a lot towards its popularity within a short period of time. In fact, the manufacturers of this smartphone have been able to reduce the bezel to nearly nothing without deteriorating screen quality of pixel density. At 91.3% screen to body ratio, the area of the phone which offers no functions are minimized to offer a feeling of holding the entire screen as opposed to a bulky body. Rival smartphones have not yet been able to come close to Mi Mix in terms of screen to body ratio such as the latest iPhone which has a 67.7% screen to body ratio which is excessively bulky when compared to the phone by Xiaomi.
With a 6.4 inch screen, the Xiaomi Mi Mix is considered to be a phablet (hybrid of a phone and tablet due to its size) with beautifully curved corners and an entire ceramic design. Without a bezel, the engineers at Xiaomi have effectively removed the sensors which are traditionally mounted on top of the mobile screen. The earpiece has been replaced with a piezoelectric speaker and the proximity sensor has been replaced with ultrasound capabilities to offer a look which is completely new. Beyond this, the front facing camera of the Mi Mix has been shifted to the bottom which can even be used upside down to take self-portraits or selfies.
Without a visible speaker, users are initially lost as to where sound for music and speaker calls are emitted from. However, the phone speaker is now found underneath the screen and is releasing sound based on a ceramic vibration that is found on the internals of the phone. With no speaker grills for the user to lay their ear on, they should still be able to listen to calls through vibration. Finally, the proximity sensor is sonar based so there is sonar always running on the top portion of the device so it knows when it is close to the head. To add to the excessive nature of the phone, the Mi Mix has 18K gold-plated rings surrounding the camera and fingerprint scanner which is located on the back of the phone.
An issue posed with the large screen-to-body ratio is its vulnerability to damage when dropped. As the screen encompasses nearly the entire face of the device, creating a protective case for Mi Mix is difficult as any protector that wraps around the phone is prone to covering the screen, although Xiaomi does include a somewhat protective soft case for the phone. Furthermore, the handling of the phone is difficult to adjust to as the bezel less feature makes it hard to have a comfortable holding position and still maintain a great view.
To match the state-of-the-art design, the functional capabilities of the phone are supported by a Snapdragon 821 chip which can also be found in the latest Google Pixel phone. It offers 4GB RAM as well as 128GB storage for users as well as dual SIM storage for those who may need more than one SIM card on their device at once. With a 24-bit 192HZ DAC chip, the phone is able to deliver higher resolution images and audio which makes it one of the most sought after phones on the market despite being currently available only in China. At just under $600.00 USD, the phone’s price is on par with rivals such as Apple and Samsung but offers a differentiating factor of unprecedented usability and experience. With a planned sales extending to western markets, the anticipation of a global release has many consumers eager to test out the concept device.