Xiaomi’s Mi Mix may be getting a sequel soon based on a recent Weibo post by the brand’s CEO Lei Jun. The nearly borderless wonder first came out in October last year and is available only in China.
Jun’s post reveals that the company is once again working with French designer Philippe Starck for the Mi Mix 2. To recall, the original was the result of a collaboration between the two. It seems the brand is joining hands with him once again.
Starck appears to have shown Jun the design ideas for the next-generation Mi Mix. The latter says Xiaomi and Starck are now exploring ways to bring his innovations to reality. Word on the street is that the phone will have a 93% screen-to-body ratio, up from its predecessor’s 91.3% one.
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Talk of a smaller version of the Mi Mix dubbed the Nano had emerged not long after the phone went official. However, these rumors were later debunked by a Xiaomi official who said that the handset isn’t real. The manufacturer later released a white color variant of the device at the CES 2017 in January.
Intriguingly, a handset called the Mix Evo popped up on Geekbench in January as well. The smartphone packed a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. It also ran on the now-outdated Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS.
The Mi Mix 2 will hopefully spread beyond China’s shores when it comes out. The phone is still being designed, so a late 2017 release is likely.