WHAT IS THE TREND ABOUT ?
One of the biggest and most obvious trending and latest news in smartphones area right now is the effort to eliminate the bezel, or frame, that surrounds a phone’s display. The major goal is to create a feeling that you’re only holding a screen in your hand and not a caged device, and there’s nothing else to distract you from what’s being displayed on that screen like the upper part of phone inbuilt speakers or anything else.
Established players in the smartphones world like Apple, Samsung and LG and many newcomers are all trying to reach that goal. The goal of creating a phone with infinite display or say the goal of making a phone of just screen and nothing else in the body part..Even Apple is expected to announce new iPhone i.e the most awaited Iphone 8 that largely eliminates the border around the screen is on 12th of September 2017.
Xiaomi has planned to play a game this year and has actually started the trend by announcing its latest phone Xiaomi MI Mix 2 to be its first infinite display phone. The Mi Mix is one of the first phones to come out with nary a bezel at all. Yes, you heard it right this upcoming phone is has its enormous 6.44-inch screen pushed to the very corners of the phone’s frame, and the entire design of the device is driven by this goal to eliminate the border entirely making it just a piece of glass to hold.
MI MIX 2 IS THE DEFINATION OF GREAT WORK
Xiaomi made some interesting design decisions, such as forgoing a standard earpiece for a fancy piezoelectric version and shifting the front camera of the phone down to the lower right of the phone’s frame.
BUT NOT ALL OF THE CHANGES MADE BY XIAOMI WERE GOOD
The earpiece was very low in rank to a standard speaker and despite of the efforts to shrink the phone’s frame down, the Mi Mix’s enormous screen meant it was still a giant device to use and handle. Xiaomi was well aware of these issues in advance when it labeled the phone as a “concept” device, even though it was available for purchase in the company’s home market of China.
Now Xiaomi has announced the latest and more powerfull Mi Mix 2, which rectifies some of the issues of the original one and changes the view of users towards it. This new model of Xiaomi is smaller in size and more approachable than the first Mix, and it will eventually be available on places where Xiaomi sells phones (which, sadly, does not include the US yet). It will first be available in China, with prices ranging from from 3299 yuan (about $500) to 4699 yuan ($720). Price ranging from 32,255 to 45,943 in INDIA.
SPECIFICATIONS OF MI MIX 2:
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2017, September|
|BODY||Dimensions||151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm (5.98 x 2.97 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||185 g (6.53 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.99 inches (~80.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density)|
|– MIUI 9|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal||64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 8 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||12 MP, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1/2.9″ sensor size, 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|COMMUNICATION||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
– XviD/MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery|
|Price||About 32,255 INR|
Just like its predecessor, the Mi Mix 2’s best and the most standout feature is the edge-to-edge display but this time this phone is coming up with a more manageable 5.99-inches with an 18:9 aspect ratio, somewhat similar to what Samsung and LG are using on their high-end phones which are coming this year. This means that the Mi Mix 2 is much smaller than the first version, and therefore much more practical and handy to use.
The display of the upcoming phone of Xiaomi i.e MI Mix 2 itself is a bright and vibrant LCD panel with wide color gamut and 2,160 x 1,080 pixels of resolution. It has rounded corners. The border below the screen is large in size as compared to the previous version, as it houses the front camera which has a super black coating on it, a notification light, and other electronics necessary to power the panel. The screen of the phone is very nice to look at and perfectly fine in everyday use.
THE EARPIECE SPECIFICATION:
Along the top of the phone resides a standard earpiece speaker tucked into a tiny slit — Xiaomi has removed the very fancy but ultimately worse piezoelectric speaker from the first Mi Mix. The upcoming Mi Mix 2 does not have a standard proximity sensor to turn off the screen when you hold it up to your ear for a call, but uses an ultrasonic system to accomplish the same effect. Both the speaker and ultrasonic proximity feature worked in the demo testing phase.
High end theme is continued in rest of the phone’s design. The back of the Mix 2 is ceramic, which is mated to an aluminum frame. The Special Edition model of the upcoming phone takes that a step further: it doesn’t just have a ceramic back, but a completely ceramic unibody, which Xiaomi claims is a first on any phone. It’s quite an achievement, though the standard model’s metal frame is a little easier to grip in my experience. Both versions are serious fingerprint magnets.
Even though it comes with a long list of premium and ultimate features, there are few things that the Mi Mix 2 doesn’t have in it.
- It lacks any sort of water resistance.
- It has a standard, single-lens camera and not having a dual-camera set-up.
- It doesn’t have a headphone jack or wireless charging Dock charger or something like that.
But despite these drawbacks, the Mi Mix 2 is a package of plenty of wow factor, and it’s the phone that comes closest to reaching the “full screen” goal this year if we discard looking at upcoming IPhone 8 though :p . It’s just a giant screen crammed into a surprisingly manageably-sized phone.