Xiaomi kicked off its launch event in Beijing today rather predictably with the handsome but mostly iterative Mi Note 2 – but it followed up with a cracker of a device that could possibly steal the limelight from the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel.
The Mi Mix is perhaps the most beautiful smartphone ever to make it to the assembly line. Developed in partnership with Philippe Starck, a titan in the world of product design, it features a sleek 6.4-inch body made entirely of ceramic and free of bezels on three sides.
- 6.4-inch 2040 x 1080 pixel display
- 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- Your choice of 4GB RAM + 128GB storage or 6GB RAM + 256GB UFS 2.0 storage
- 4,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support
- 16-megapixel rear camera
5-megapixel front camera
- High-precision GPS with sensor-assisted positioning
The company says it ditched the physical earpiece speaker and sensors that usually occupy the top bezel. Instead, it went with a piezoelectric ceramic driver for the earpiece and an ultrasonic proximity sensor, both of which are hidden behind the display.
The front camera sits at the bottom of the device; Xiaomi says the module takes up only half the space that regular front cameras require.
The features include the 17:9 aspect ratio of the massive display, which is 23 percent larger than that of the similarly-sized iPhone 7 Plus, and 18K gold rims around the rear camera and fingerprint sensor in a special edition of the Mix.
The Mi Mix will be available from November 4 in China at RMB 3499 ($516) for the 4GB/128GB version and RMB 3999 ($590) for the 18K edition with 6GB/256GB.