If you’re a fan of massive smartphones with virtually bezel-less screens, your dream device may have just been unveiled by Xiaomi. The Mi Mix is a 6.4-inch Android phablet that boasts an amazing 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, putting it way ahead of the iPhone 7 (65.6 percent) and the Galaxy S7 Edge (76.1 percent). Best of all, it sells at a competitively priced $516.
The Chinese phone maker revealed the handset at a press event today. In addition to that 2040 x 1080 display, the Mi Mix, which was developed with the help of French designer Philippe Starck, features curved corners and a polished black body made from ceramic.
Xiaomi had to remove the top sensors to make room for the screen. CEO Lei Jun said the company spent three years coming up with a speaker replacement, before finally using a piezoelectric speaker inside the handset that generates sounds through vibrations.
The Mix’s proximity sensor has been replaced with an ultrasonic sensor that sits behind the screen. It can detect light to determine if the phone is being held against someone’s face. The front-facing camera, meanwhile, is now located at the bottom of the phone; thankfully, the handset can be rotated to avoid 'double chin selfies.'
The phablet packs some impressive other components, too. It’s powered by a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 processor, comes with 4GB of RAM, and features 128GB storage. There’s a 4400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, high-precision GPS, a 16MP rear camera, and a 5MP front snapper.
You can get the deluxe edition for $74 extra that boasts 6GB of RAM, 256GB UFS 2.0 storage, and 18K gold rims around the rear camera and fingerprint sensor.
The Mi Mix launches in China on November 4. No word yet on a US release date.
Check out the video below to see the handset in action.