Xiaomi unveiled two new smartphones on Tuesday, including the Mi Note 2 and the gorgeous Mi MIX. The latter offers something we haven’t seen since the Sharp Aquos Crystal – a display with nary a bezel on three sides.
Xiaomi actually unveiled the Mi MIX as a simple concept device, showing that such a large display – 91.3 percent of the entire front face is screen – is actually possible to build. Unlike other concept smartphones, though, Xiaomi actually plans to sell the Mi MIX to the public beginning early next month on November 4.
Xiaomi described several steps it needed to take in order to make the massive screen a reality. It adopted an ultrasonic proximity sensor, for example, instead of the traditional infrared sensor that usually exists on the front of a smartphone.
The Mi Mix is a concept you can buy
It also removed the standard earpiece sensor and paired it with special components under the hood that allow phone’s metal frame to create audio. The front camera wasn’t removed, but it was shifted to the bottom of the phone instead of the top. It’s also 50 percent smaller.
As for raw specs, Xiaomi managed to pack in a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a large 4,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, a 16-megapixel camera and more.
Xiaomi will sell several models of the Mi MIX, including an option with 18-karat gold rims around the camera and fingerprint sensor and a bump to 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Pricing for the standard model starts at about $516.