The future of smartphones is bezel-less, or at least that’s what Xiaomi thinks. The Mi Mix is not coming to India, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. This is possibly what future Xiaomi smartphones will look like. Before you ask, there are no calling issues. The piezoelectric ceramic actuator produces loud enough sound. You’ll feel like the voice is coming from somewhere within the phone, but it doesn’t affect call quality. Xiaomi has solved most of the issues that come with removing the top bezel.
The front camera rests at the bottom and one only needs to turn the phone upside down for selfies. The only issue is the proximity sensor. There’s an algorithm at work here, and it’s not very good at determining proximity. We found the screen turned on and apps launched, while on call, multiple times. The Mi Mix feels like it’s almost all screen, giving it a unique look. However, this also means that the first time you drop it is most likely the last time you’ll use it. The ceramic body also feels premium, but slippery.
This further increases chances of you dropping it. Xiaomi has included a soft leather back cover in the box, but using it means you’ll lose the feel of ceramic. At 209 grams, the Mi Mix is also one of the heaviest smartphones out there. That said, the Mi Mix is a fast smartphone. It sports the Snapdragon 821 SoC, combined with 4GB of RAM. On regular usage, the phone is almost as smooth as a Google Pixel, which is saying something. It never really lets the processor reach its top 2.35GHz clock speed, but can render 720p graphics at 60fps quite easily. It is possible to get the Mi Mix to lag sometimes, but it takes some doing.
Speed isn’t the only flagship class feature of the Mi Mix either. Its display recorded maximum luminance ratings of 783 Lux and depicts vibrant, if somewhat oversaturated colours. Its 6.4 inch display and FHD resolution is good enough. The display presents an aspect ratio of 16:9 with the on-screen buttons, which goes to 17:9 if you use Xiaomi’s Quick Ball feature instead. This removes the on-screen buttons and puts a small ball in the screen, which takes their place. However, 17:9 is mostly useless since most content is played on 16:9 and the phone will have a black bar at the bottom of the screen while watching videos. Moreover, the battery lasts for over a day with regular usage. The 4400 mAh battery can handle pretty heavy usage and still last for a full 24 hours. But why then is Xiaomi calling this a concept phone? Well, for one, Xiaomi can’t produce this in huge numbers. But one just needs to look at the camera to realise that the Mi Mix is still a work in progress. For a phone that’s a flagship in every way, the camera is surprisingly sub-par. Images show lots of noise irrespective of what light you click them in, and this isn’t a camera you’d expect from such a phone. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Mix is a great smartphone, and in true Xiaomi-like manner, it costs 3499 Yuan. That translates to about Rs. 35000. You get a flagship device at a much lower price. However, you can’t buy the Mi Mix, so there’s no point in recommending it any way. The Mi Mix is a statement by Xiaomi that it can make innovative and unique devices. While it’s not particularly a new design, Xiaomi has taken the idea behind Sharp’s Aqous Crystal and improved it.
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821;
Display: 6.4-inch FHD;
Battery: 4400 mAh;
OS: Android Marshmallow