I was really surprised when Xiaomi first introduced the Mi MIX smartphone. I wasn't expecting Xiaomi to be the first to introduce a phone with an edge-to-edge display. I thought the Apple will be the first and Johny Ive is going to surprise us with something extraordinary, butt the one that did it was Xiaomi.
Xiaomi called the Mi Mix a concept phone, but don't let this word confuse you, you can still buy it in China for an excellent price. I thought that this phone would cost around $1000 or even more, and I was surprised that such a feature rich and powerful phone is available for ¥3999 Chinese Yuan, which is about $590 or €543.
The phone just looks gorgeous. All the materials just blend together beautifully. The full ceramic body serves as a strong and scratch-resistant chassis that hold some of Xiaomi latest technology innovation.
The Mi MIX features a 6.4" edgeless display. It looks gorgeous when the screen is turned off and looks even more beautiful once you turn on the phone and get to realize its beauty. The display has a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio, which is the first phone that features such a high coverage of the screen in relation to its body. We've seen many concept designs of phones that gave us a glimpse how people imagine a future phone. Xiaomi turned this dream into reality and the phone is available now, in the present.
You might think that for that given price, Xiaomi might have left out some important features in order to reduce costs, but on the contrary, it put even more innovation in it. This includes among others: the cantilever Piezoelectric Ceramic driver, the Ultrasonic proximity sensor, the 50% smaller front-facing camera module, the rounded display design, the custom 17:9 display made specifically for this phone, the up to 6GB RAM and 256GB storage offering in the 18K version, the large 4400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, the high-end Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz version processor, Full NFC functionality, 192kHz/24bit audio, GPS with high-precision positioning and an advanced PDAF front-facing camera. The gorgeous design of the Mi MIX doesn't come at the cost of performance and advanced hardware components as you can see. It wasn't designed to please the enthusiast's mobile phone user that always wanted a phone like this, but doesn't want to give up on performance and other cool features.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX has a timeless design. A unique streamlined design which was designed by the industrial designer Philippe Starck. Every tiny detail has its meaning. Every material tells a story. A phone that defines purity and complexity at the same breath. A phone that looks so beautiful and simple yet hides an ingenious innovation that made its first steps in this brand new device.
I love the unification of technology with the inorganic nonmetallic ceramic material. To me, it feels really fascinating to observe how technology beautifully blends with a perfectly sculptured device. I understood why Xiaomi also added a leather case, so it further enhances that unique joint of nature and technology, that compound just looks so amazing together.
I really love the glossy look of the whole device. I usually not a big fan of glossy smartphones, but the Xiaomi is among those phones that shine just blends well with the overall design. It's like a shiny new car that got out from the factory. The shine also works well because of the rounded corners that make the whole phone look like a single piece. Just in comparison the worst look, in my opinion, was in the Google Pixel, where it's back was part reflective and part matte, just couldn't bare the look of it, although it did give the phone it's own unique personality, but Google could have come up with something better.
The only noticeably visible bezel is at the bottom. It's still relatively small compared to other phones, and the reason it's there is because it needs to hold the front-facing camera. Xiaomi couldn't solve that problem. It couldn't hide the camera behind the screen, it's just not possible. so there is still a bezel at the bottom of the phone. Maybe in the future, there might be some glass technologies that will serve as a lens and the light can be transmitted through the screen panel, who knows. As for now, this is the moist impressive edgeless design to date.