Now a bezel-less screen is possible, like in those sci-fic movies, and Xiaomi’s newly announced Mi Mix Android phablet is very sci-fi with its 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. This 6.4-inch device has just been announced as a concept phone by the Chinese company, but weirdly enough, it has a price, ¥3,499 ($516), and a release date of November 4th only in its home country.
Designed with the help of French designer Philippe Starck, where other phones usually keep a top and bottom area available for the front camera and home button, the Mix does away with both, leaving only a small space in the bottom right corner for the front camera. it houses 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, will sell for $510. A premium model with 18-carat gold embossing and 256GB onboard storage will cost approximately $590.
The rear of this handset and its side buttons are both made out of ceramic. The display is curved at the corners and all the top-mounted sensors have been removed. The proximity sensor has been replaced by ultrasound, the earpiece has been replaced with a piezoelectric speaker that uses the metal frame to generate sound, and the front-facing camera is relocated to the bottom.
Inside, the Mi Mix comes equipped with the latest Snapdragon 821 chip that powers Google’s Pixels. The battery capacity tops out at 4,400 mAh, and the rear camera comes in at 16 megapixels with phase-detect autofocus, and to our rescue, the headphone jack is intact.
Combining these great specs with such an ambitious design, it’s only fair for Barra to call this phone the “Formula One” product from Xiaomi. Xiaomi says the phone is made mainly for its hardcore fans who tend to snap up all of its devices, but it’s likely we may see technology such as the wide screen trickle down to future Xiaomi devices.