Xiaomi is very fit this morning. Shortly after unveiling its new high-end phablet, the manufacturer actually lifted the veil on a second terminal that nobody had seen coming this time: the Mi MIX. And be careful, because it sets the bar very high with a gigantic screen covering more than 91% of the surface of the device.

Xiaomi has long been content to copy on the copy of its neighbors, but the brand has proved repeatedly that it was quite capable of launching innovative products. The Mi MIX is the perfect proof and a simple glance at the images accompanying this article will confirm it.

Xiaomi Mi MIX: a ceramic hull and a gigantic screen 

The terminal is surprising at first by its pace. Xiaomi did not actually do things by half and he thus provided the camera with a beautiful ceramic shell. At the same time, it proves that it is entirely possible to use this material in the design of a telephone. This should of course make the joy of our friend’s crunchers of Apples since the iPhone 8 should also play this card.

But that’s all. As indicated above, the Mi MIX also features a 6.4-inch slab extending 91.3% of the surface of the aircraft. It therefore touches its lateral edges, but also its upper border. Once again, it is a great first in the small world of smartphones. To achieve this result, the manufacturer had to remove the loudspeaker usually located above its phones. Rest assured, however, that it has been replaced by “piezoelectric acoustic technology”. The vibrations and sounds will be transmitted through the protective glass. The same applies to proximity and brightness detectors, which are also hidden behind the glass surface of the camera.

A high-end technical sheet 

On a more technical level, the terminal is very close to Note 2 and it embarks thus a Snapdragon 821 coupled with 4 or 6 GB of RAM depending on the models. The storage space for its part goes to 128 or to 256 GB, still in UFS 2.0. There is also a 16 million pixel main sensor and a 5 million pixel front camera on the bottom. Behind it, there is a battery of 4 400 mAh compatible with the Quick Charge 3.0, but also a fingerprint reader placed at the back, under the module photo. Like the Note 2, the Mi MIX also embeds a 24 bit/ 192kHz DAC with all the usual tinkering like 4G, WiFi or GPS.

It remains to evoke the price of the beast. Xiaomi opted for a fairly high tariff positioning. This will cost RMB 3499 for the version with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, or RMB 3999 for the model with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which corresponds to 516 and 590 dollars approximately. Note that the second model incorporates an 18K gold border around the photo module and fingerprint reader.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus: 

The Xiaomi Mi 6 will certainly be one of the main flagships of the year. It could be the pioneer in several areas. As the company Xiaomi begins its internationalization, here is a summary of the information, more or less sure, we gleaned on the Web about the Xiaomi Mi 6.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Already, Mi 5 and Mi 5S boards the most high-end chips from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820. This trend should continue with the Mi 6. This one would embark the last born of the smelter, a Snapdragon 835: a version with Snapdragon 821, and later a version of the Snapdragon 835.

A design at the Mi Mix?

For this year, it is expected that Xiaomi will capitalize on the gains of the Mi 5 and Mi 5S and we could have the right to a similar design to the Mi Note 2 in smaller.

  • The Mi Note 2 is equipped with a 5.7-inch screen, while the Mi 5 and Mi 5S have a 5.1-inch screen.
  • We can therefore think that Xiaomi would stay closer to 5 inches with the Mi 5s when it already has a phablet offer.
  • The Mi 6 would be declined with two screen sizes: 5.15 inches and 5.7 inches.This large format would have the name “Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus”.
  • The Mi 6 would incorporate two photo sensors at the rear.

A competitive photo part

We could thus witness the same qualitative leap we had already seen between the 5th and the 5th Mi. If the builder is accustomed to promising us the best photo results every year, we hope this will materialize this year.

Although it had the same Sony IMX378 sensor as the Google Pixel, it did not have an optical stabilizer. The Pixel had only digital stabilization, but with a gyroscope dedicated to the camera for impressive results.

Availability and prices

At the moment, the different rumors indicate two prices: 1999 and 2499 yuan, about 275 and 340 euros. Prices up sharply, almost 25% compared to previous flagships of the brand. This could include the addition of the Snapdragon 835.

However, the Mi 6 Snapdragon 835 could only be available on the high-end version of the terminal. Simultaneously to a more expensive model, Xiaomi might want to introduce a more affordable model with Snapdragon 821.