Xiaomi’s massive event in China today saw the launch of the highly-anticipated Mi Note 2, Mi VR headset, and a concept phone dubbed the Mi Mix. The last one is especially intriguing given its unique edge-to-edge bezel-less design.
Starting off with the Mi Note 2, the handset is clearly a frontrunner for the Galaxy Note 7’s throne thanks to its massive 5.7-inch flexible OLED 1080p screen which slopes at both sides. The phone has been layered with 3D glass on both its front and rear for a stylish symmetric look which seamlessly blends with the metal frame.
Photography-wise, the Mi Note 2 bears a 22.56MP primary snapper which comes with a Sony IMX318 Exmor RS sensor, EIS 4K video stabilization, PDAF, contrast autofocus, 6-element lens, low-light enhancement technology, and two-tone flash. Even its 8MP front-facing shooter has been equipped advanced specs like a Sony IMX 268 Exmor RS sensor and f/2.0 aperture.
Under the hood, the Xiaomi offering packs powerful specs such as a 2.35GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor and 4070mAh battery to keep it going. The handset is priced at CNY 2799 (approx $413 or Rs 27600) for the 4GB/64GB version, CNY 3299 (roughly $487 or Rs 32500) for the 6GB/128GB one, and CNY 3499 (about $516 or Rs 34500) for the 6GB/128GB Global model.
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Moving on to the surprise star of the show, the new Mi Mix is a stunning smartphone which offers a truly innovative 91.3% screen-to-body ratio design. This 6.4-inch borderless device had been spotted in leaks recently, with many assuming it was the Mi Note 2. As it turns out, the Mix is a concept phone which the brand is turning into reality as soon as November 4.
Xiaomi’s futuristic all-ceramic handset does away with the receiver and proximity sensor from the front surface. The units have been replaced by built-in cantilever piezoelectric ceramics and an ultrasonic proximity sensor, respectively. The company has also displaced the 5MP selfie snapper to the bottom-right corner of the phone.
Not only that, it asserts that the module is 50% smaller than regular front-facing lenses and rotates upside-down for selfies. The Mi Mix further sets itself apart from other phones by virtue of having a custom 17:9 display which allows for a big 16:9 viewing area.
In terms of specs, Xiaomi’s furnished it with high-end features like a Snapdragon 821 SoC, 16MP rear camera, and 4400mAh battery. It’ll set people back by CNY 3499 (roughly $516 or Rs 34500) for the 4GB/128GB variant and CNY 3999 (around $590 or Rs 39500) for the 6GB/256GB special 18K gold-rimmed edition.
Specifications of the Xiaomi Mi Mix:
– Display: 6.4-inch, 1080 x 2040 pixels
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8
– CPU: 2.35GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821
– Camera: 16MP rear, 5MP front
– Storage: 128GB/256GB
– RAM: 4GB/6GB
– Size: 158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9mm
– Weight: 209g
– Battery: 4400mAh
– Connectivity: Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, 4G
As for Xiaomi’s new headset, the Mi VR represents its second venture into the world of virtual reality after the VR Toy Edition which came out in August this year. The newer device is a big step up from the latter, adopting a sleeker look and sporting a built-in dedicated motion sensor. It costs CNY 199 (roughly $29 or Rs 1960).