Xiaomi Introduces Mi Mix Alpha Concept Smartphone with Wraparound Display

With the Mi Mix lineup, Xiaomi has always pushed the design of their smartphones. The original Mi Mix embraced a very high screen to body ratio at its time. The Mi Mix 3 offered an all-screen design with slider format. Now, instead of introducing the Mi Mix 4, Xiaomi shows us a concept device with wraparound display. The Mi Mix Alpha introduces the “4D surrounding curved display” concept based on the AMOLED panel and 180.6 percent screen to body ratio. Of course, it’s not all screen, there is still 19.4 percent of the phone surface that isn’t screen. Above and below the display, there are 2.15mm bezels.

There’s a big strip on the back of the device to accommodate the camera. Speaking of which, Xiaomi puts a 108Mp primary rear-facing camera that uses the pixel binning technology. The sensor is quite large for a mobile device and it should produce good low light images. The primary lens is supported with 12Mp telephoto sensor with 2x optical zoom and a 20Mp ultra-wide lens with 117-degree field of view. The trio should be capable of producing 1.5cm macro shots at distance and 8x hybrid shots. There’s no separate selfie camera, but because there’s also display on the back of the device, users can conveniently use the primary camera for selfie.

The internal hardware is something that you would find on any flagship device. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, 12GB of RAM and an ample 512MB storage. Not only that, just like OnePlus 7 Pro, the Mix Alpha has UFS 3.0 storage, so users can open apps and access files much quicker. Its 4,050mAh battery is equipped with 40W fast charge and Xiaomi’s MIUI 11 custom overlay runs on top of the Android 10 operating system. Completing the list of impressive features is the support for 5G connectivity. The Mix Alpha is Xiaomi’s third 5G smartphone, after the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G and Mi Mix 5G.

At the moment, Xiaomi doesn’t have a plan to mass produce the Mi Mix Alpha, but it could manifest into a commercial device in modified form if there’s a demand in the market. In fact, the Mi Mix Alpha will be sold in limited quantity in China and it will retail at 19,900 yuan or nearly $3,000. It’s still questionable whether there’s a demand for such device, but if Chinese consumers react well to this device, Xiaomi may consider offering the Mix Alpha to the rest of the world.