Xiaomi already did this in September 2019 Mi Mix Alpha revealed. The smartphone is characterized by an all-round display. If it was still a teaser last fall, the initial design concept will gradually become a concrete product. After the hands-on by XDA-Developers, there is now more concrete data on the price and release of the Mi Mix Alpha.
We last saw smartphones with a front and rear display at Yotaphone, However, this had never made it onto the German market, especially since it would probably have flopped with the secondary e-ink display. Xiaomi's new Mi Mix Alpha, on the other hand, could do a lot better. Its design and key technical data are widely known. In the concept video you basically learn everything about the device as it was presented in September.
The hands-off event now held in India revealed new details. Editors were not allowed to touch the device themselves, but were asked important questions about the release and price of the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha. For example, the device should initially be launched exclusively in China for 19,999 yuan. That would be the equivalent of an impressive 2,600 euros; if it were marketed in Europe, there would be additional additional costs and fees.
The innovative design of the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha poses important questions. Since the all-round display is also sensitive to touch, we expect errors in operation. Xiaomi said that new sensors and machine learning help that you don't accidentally use the buttons on the edge and back.
Other problems are solved by the design. Xiaomi can do without the selfie cam thanks to the reversible display. Because for self-portraits you can simply turn the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha over and then you have all cameras to choose from. These would be:
- 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX S5KHMX, 1 / 1.33 inch sensor size, f / 1.69 aperture, OIS
- 20MP 117 degree wide angle with 1.28 inch sensor, f / 2.2 aperture
- 12MP telephoto with 1 / 2.55-inch sensor and f / 2 aperture, dual phase autofocus
Xiaomi has shown animations that visualize the notifications and charging (on the 40-watt charger). The all-round display comes into its own.
However, the display of the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha still owes us real added value. The idea is to make the narrow secondary display on the back for widget-like quick access. As examples, Xiaomi had shown (mock-ups of) info displays with information on …
- … how close the driver of the driving service is already,
- … What my train connection looks like,
- … whether the flight arrives on time;
- … or provide the buttons for controlling the smart home devices.
Xiaomi openly admits that the latter point is difficult. After all, it would have to do a large part of the necessary development work itself. App developers are unlikely to make expensive adjustments if the device remains the only application with its price of almost 3,000 euros.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha: technical data
|Battery capacity:||4050 mAh|
|Rear camera:||108 megapixels|
|Internal memory:||512 GB|
|chipset:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|connectivity:||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0|
What do you say? Do you think the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is appealing? Will this design idea prevail sooner than the previously moderately successful foldables? We look forward to your comments on the topic.