The Xiaomi Mi Mix is a "concept" phone that you will actually be able to buy from November 4, provided you live in China. The ¥3,499/¥3,999 ($515/590 approximately) price tags seem almost underpriced, considering the kind of hardware and innovation it brings with it. The 6.4-inch Full HD display in front of the device nearly has no bezel with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3%, something that was only a concept till now. The only bezel it actually has is at the bottom of the display, which houses an 8-mp selfie cam.
However, it would be unjust to judge the Mi Mix based solely on the beautiful all screen display, without taking into consideration the fact that it has removed most traditional sensors, as well as the microphone for phone calls! Yes, the Mi Mix senses proximity via ultrasound and a piezoelectric speaker does the work of the microphone via utilizing the metal frame; which in itself sounds like some crazy piece of science fiction tech to us! The futuristic design was apparently achieved by the engineers at Xiaomi by working with the French designer Philippe Starck.
The side buttons and the back of the Mix are ceramic and the display is curved near the corners to add to that full-screen look which it sports so flawlessly. Just in case the innovations seemed insufficient, note that the Mi Mix is also supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB/6GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, a 4,400mAh battery, a 16-mp rear camera, an 8-mp front camera and even a 3.5mm jack. To be honest, we are blown away by the Mi Mix and what it promises to bring to the table.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Xiaomi is new to smartphone paradigm but its making progress really fast and has definitely damaged the sales of major smartphones worldwide. Redmi is Xiaomi's budget smartphone but the company is ready to bring the flagship smartphone as well. The premium Redmi will be called as Redmi K20. The company has launched multiple teasers already ahead of its official launch in China on May 28th. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, clearly indicating that it will be a part of Xiaomi's premium smartphone series. K20 has codename Raphael. Redmi hasn't said anything about the memory size of the device but we can assume that it is perhaps around 6GB and 8GB variants, if not higher.
Weilbing has recently shown its latest render, and based on which, we can say that the Redmi K20 will feature a triple camera on its rear side. In other Weibo post, it was suggested that the primary sensor among these will be a Sony IMX586 with 48MP resolution. This is the same sensor on the Mi 9, the Redmi Note 7 Pro and also the OnePlus 7 duo. Rumors suggest that one of these will be a wide-angle module while the other a telephoto setup. This is because the Mi9 features a similar specification including a 12MP telephoto sensor with 2X zoom and a 16MP super-wide-angle sensor with 117 degree field of view.
The device is going to use the pop-up cameras - which hinted at the use of a pop-up selfie camera on the smartphone. Weibing noted in a Weibo post that the slider can open and close for up to 300,000 times without any issue. Along with this, the device will have an in-display seventh generation fingerprint scanner from Synaptics which is going to improve the unlock success rate, compared to previous generation scanners. The device will be powered by 4000mAh battery. It will be available to India perhaps till next month.
As 2017 approaches, the new trend for the smartphones of tomorrow seem to be edge-to-edge bezel-less displays. Following the footsteps of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Huawei is rumoured to be the next manufacturer to release a bezel-less smartphone and it might just arrive sooner than you think. The Honor Magic (as it will possibly be called), could be revealed on December 17. It could have already been out and about, had the original release date of December 7 not been pushed back.
If the latest leak is to be believed, then the Honor Magic will be priced higher than a mid-high end gaming PC, two or three average laptops and even the Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB variant! JingDong has the Magic priced at RMB 9,999, which equates to around USD 1441/Euro 1385/1162 pounds. Let's just hope that this listing price is the result of an exaggerated pre-release hype rather than a reflection of the actual official price tag. Also take a look at what the Magic promises to bring with it, as per leaks and rumors.
Curved Super AMOLED edge-to-edge 4K display made by Samsung
A huge battery with charging tech that pumps up the battery from 0 to 50% in five minutes
Dual rear cameras
Fingerprint scanner below the curved glass
3D glass back cover
We are not entirely sure about the authenticity of these rumors, but the image that you see above seems legitimate. However, some of the other specs, as well as the price seem like, well... "Magic!"
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Anyone who looks at the Galaxy S8 or the Mi Mix instantly appreciates the bezel-less design and it is expected that the upcoming iPhone 8 will also sport similar borderless display. In fact it seems to be the future of evolution for smartphones in general from here on. However, Google doesn't think that it is necessary to adopt that design as their "only" option yet. Make no mistake, all leaks and rumors are still suggesting that the Pixel XL 2 will be sporting a borderless display, but the regular and smaller Google Pixel 2 will apparently, not be as lucky.
Take a look at the picture and tell me if you think it looks exactly like last year's Google Pixel made by HTC or not. I ask this because it looks like that to me at least! Also, if this leak by VentureBeats is to be believed then the Pixel 2 won't have a dual camera either, but then again, that's true for the Pixel XL 2 as well unfortunately.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Xiaomi Mi Mix is currently the most talked about smartphone in the world, thanks to the brilliant design it brings to the plate with a near bezel-less display which boasts of a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3%. Nevertheless, we will surely see a lot more of the same design from other manufacturers next year, so here's a list of the best bezel-less smartphones that are coming in the near future.
Samsung Galaxy S8
There were rumors, but after a hint by Samsung senior engineer Park Won-sang, it's almost a certainty that at least one version of the S8 is going to feature an edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display with more than 90% screen-to-body ratio.
Apple iPhone 8
If we take a report by Barclays Research seriously, then Apple is about to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone with a curved edge-to-edge OLED display.
Huawei "Quad-Edge screen"
We don't know the name of the phone yet, but what we do know is that a Huawei phone is coming with an all-screen display that's curved on the four corners and it's being termed as the "Quad-Edge screen."
Meizu Pro 7
If the rumors surrounding the Meizu Pro 7 turn out to be true, then it's going to sport a 2160 x 1080 AMOLED display, with a screen-to-body ratio of more than 96%!
What do you think about the borderless design? Are they the future of smartphone displays, or just a temporary fad?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Since the beginning of it, Smartphones displays always had bezels on both sides as displays getting bigger, bezels are getting smaller. New innovation is coming from Subor, a virtually unknown Chinese manufacturer has constructed an odd, proof of concept device, which really sounds more like a bad idea than anything else. The company claims that its latest Subor S3 model has no side bezels around the display whatsoever, which definitely sounds cool and looks nice, but is surely accident prone.
The fact of the matter is, that while a display, stretching from one end to the other, does looks very cool it is also really easy to shatter. Bezels typically play a structurally important role in modern day smartphone, so simply getting rid of them, like Subor did, falls more under the category of accidents, waiting to happen, rather than an actual formidable technical feat. A traditional, flat, non-flexible display is really fragile, especially around the corners, so you really want to covet those.
The Subor S3 is currently selling in China in either black or white for the price of CNY 1399, or about $225. Seeing how the phone is already available, we would have loved an actual photograph, but, sadly all the website offers for now is tacky renders.