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Meet the impressive Xiaomi Mi MIXWednesday 26 October 2016
Today, we have something very special to announce. Meet Xiaomi Mi MIX “concept phone” with a cool 6.4-inch (16,3 cm), edge-to-edge 1080p LCD.
Xiaomi’s collaboration with renowned French designer Philippe Starck on the Mi MIX was a huge surprise. According to Global VP Hugo Barra, the project started in 2014, with Starck’s main contribution, setting the high-level direction for the team. Later on, he was heavily involved in guiding the device’s look and feel. While sharing the stage with Lei, Starck took the opportunity to express his fondness of the ceramic edition Mi 5, which was Xiaomi’s first attempt at using this fancy-looking material. By comparison, the ceramic edition Mi 5 was apparently more difficult to manufacture than the Mi MIX, due to the former’s 3D curve.
Going back to the Mi MIX, you’ll see that the earpiece and infrared proximity sensor have been removed from the top to make way for the edge-to-edge display. It’s so extensive, in fact, that it occupies a whopping 91.3 percent of the available surface space. These features are replaced by a cantilevered piezoelectric actuator behind the glass to produce audible sound for phone calls. There’s also ultrasound for proximity sensing — a first for smartphones. The Latter is powered by Elliptic Labs’ cleverly named “Inner Beauty” software solution, since it contributes to the device’s outer beauty.
The need for a sophisticated algorithm to address the distortion when the signal travels through glass didn’t allow other smartphone manufacturers to succeed. It’s not easy at all. But Danielsen believes that a Norwegian company like hers is more likely to succeed in this field thanks to the local expertise on ultrasound technology, which is used in the region for fishing, healthcare and seismic analysis.
Launching the Mi MIX, Elliptic Labs is apparently already 16 to 18 months ahead of the competition as it has the automatic testing tools plus scalability. The next goal will be to bring ultrasonic gesture control to smartphones as well.
In case you’re still not convinced, take a look at the other impressive features. This Android phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset clocked at 2.35GHz, along with either 4GB or 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage, a massive 4,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, a fingerprint reader, NFC, HD audio playback, a 16-megapixel main camera and a tiny custom-made 5-megapixel selfie camera (the module is half the size of conventional ones). The Mi MIX also supports LTE Cat 11 with download speeds of up to 600Mbps using tri-carrier aggregation.
These incredible features together with the outstanding design give Barra the right to call this phone the “Formula One” product from Xiaomi.
The Mi MIX will be available in China on November 4th. The base model costs 3,499 yuan (around €472.46), while the top-end model — which sports 18-karat gold rims around the main camera and fingerprint reader — is priced at 3,999 yuan, or about €540,22.
These prices might be higher than usual for Xiaomi, but, given all the inner and outer features, I believe they are still very reasonable.
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