Xiaomi made a whole host of announcements yesterday. Not just one but three devices. Announced were the Mi Note 2, Mi VR, and Mi MIX. Likely you have seen or hear about he Mi Mix as it has easily got the internet buzzing, oddly more with the prediction that this is similar to the rumoured design for the iPhone 8, or 10th anniversary. However, the Mi Mix is not vapourware and no end of video have surfaced of interested parties handling the device.
The Mi MIX features inside the full ceramic body:
- 6.4-inch 17:9 edgeless display with rounded corners
- 91.3% screen-to-body ratio
- No earpiece!
- 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm processor
- 4GB or 6GB of RAM
- 128GB or 256GB of memory
- 4,400mAh battery
- 16MP rear camera
- 5MP front camera on the chin
- 192kHz/24 bit HD audio
Whilst those specs are out of this world, the three most interesting features are the edge to edge display, no earpiece, and the price. The edge to edge display has been the talk of wizards for years and seems to be almost a reality. Dropping in an unusual 17:9 aspect ratio the Mi Mix features a little extra screen for controls functions. With a resolution of 2040×1080 things look beautiful however the 360ppi might mean this isn’t quite as crisp as the Samsung Galaxy S7 at 577 ppi. In the case of the lack of earpiece, the Mi Mix uses cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology to vibrate sound rather than play it through an earpiece. It also features an ultrasonic proximity sensor behind the display.
This device is priced at RMB 3499 (£425) for the 4GB + 128GB model and RMB 3999 (£485) for the Mi MIX 18k with 6GB + 256GB memory along with 18 karat gold accents. Compare this to the Pixel XL or iPhone 7 Plus pricing and the mind boggles.
Also announced was the Mi Note 2 is somewhat similar to the much missed Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It features a dual curved 5.7-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of memory, a 4,070mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, a 22.56MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, HD audio, NFC, and 3D curved glass in the rear surrounded by an aluminum frame.
- 5.7-inch dual curved QHD display with a flexible OLED panel
- 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821
- 6GB of RAM
- 128GB UFS 2.0 storage
- 22.56MP rear camera (Sony IMX 318) with EIS and 4K video stabilization
- 8MP front camera with autofocus
- DAC that enables 24bit/192kHz audio
- 4070mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
A global variant will be made available covering 37 bands in total:
- GSM: 2/3/5/8
- CDMA 1X: 0/1/10/15
- WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8
- TD-SCDMA: 34/39
- LTE-TDD: 38/39/40/41
- LTE-FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30
The 4GB + 64GB model will cost RMB 2799 (£340), the 6GB + 128GB model will cost RMB 3299 (£400), and the global ^6GB + 128GB model will cost RMB 3499 (£424).
Finally, famed for the insanely low price tag Xiaomi announced the Mi VR headset. This £25 headset virtual reality headset includes its own 9-axis motion controller, has a built-in motion sensor, features 16ms low latency. It’s compatible with the Mi Note 2, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, and Mi 5. The Mi MIX was not mentioned… 🙁