So just when people were saying smartphones are getting boring. Xiaomi enters the chat with the mi mix Alpha which basically is the all-display smartphone.
Xiaomi is the one who kinda kickstarted the bezel-less trend with the original mi mix. Now three years later when everyone was expecting the successor to the mi mix 3 with some minor improvements. It took a whole new different direct and introduced a new concept which has a wrap-around the display with a screen to body ratio of 180.6%.
Honestly, for the past few days, xiaomi was teasing this smartphone and I thought it was their foldable smartphone. But isn’t it. It’s a regular glass similar to the new one. We find on devices like the galaxy note 10, iPhone 11 pro, Huawei Mate 30 pro etc, which uses flexible AMOLED to bend the display at the sides. Xiaomi is calling this a 4D surrounding curved Display.
It has 181% screen to body ratio, the rest 19% is occupied by small border up top and bottom and the rear cameras at some of that screen to body ratio real estate. Speaking of which, the phone has 108-megapixel camera. Samsung is the supplier of this camera which uses tetra cell technology to take full 108-megapixel images in daylight and 427-megapixel images in low light and combine it to form one detailed image.
There is a wide-angle and telephoto camera present as well. There is only one set of cameras on this phone. If you want to take selfies or make video calls then you’ve to flip the phone which shouldn’t be a problem because there’s a display at the back as well. All in all, it looks identical to the Huawei’s foldable smartphone the mate X, but the difference is the MI MIX Alpha isn’t a foldable smartphone.
It still amazes me how fast technology is evolving. We would see smartphones that would look like this in the future but didn’t expect that would happen in 2019 itself. To be clear, this is still a concept which means xiaomi isn’t mass producing it like their smartphones. They’re not even planning to sell this internationally, It’ll be limited to China and is priced at $3000.
It is the only trend that I don’t like about the current smartphone. Technology is getting better an improving at a rapid rate but it comes with a price. But to be fair to xiaomi, it’s a concept phone. They have no plan of selling it, It’s about bragging right I guess but if you’re crazy enough to spend $3000 for this phone then xiaomi is ready to ship one for you in December. It provides you live in china and the last time I checked.
So have to pay way more than $3000 and import it from china. Anyway, the biggest question you might have right now is, why? Look I totally understand that it doesn’t provide much of value other than the fact that it looks freaking cool. Phones are getting ridiculously expensive, to the point that they are not just phones anymore but as a status symbol as well. It reflects your personality if that makes sense.
One more thing I need to mention is that accidental touches are not going to be a problem. They can just ignore the side areas with the help of software just like Huawei did with the mate 30 pro and Samsung does with their flagships.