Xiaomi India is back with a bang in 2020 after a small hiatus. The Chinese smartphone maker recently conducted a media round-table where it teased possible launches for the year. In addition to the teasers, Xiaomi “formally” announced the comeback of its Mi sub-brand, especially in the premium smartphone segment. It shared possible details about what Mi-banded products that one may see in the year. However, in addition to teaser about upcoming Mi-branded products, it also showcased the premium Mi MIX Alpha.
Xiaomi has concentrated its efforts in India, in the affordable smartphone segment, where the maximum gains are. The company has occasionally brought in more expensive phones and also has offerings in the smart home segment touching more affluent customers. By considering the launch of the Mi Mix Alpha in India, Xiaomi would make a firm statement about also being present in the premium products segment.
Xiaomi has used flexible OLED with a plastic finish to create a unique 4D surround display. It offers an impressive 180.6 percent screen-to-body ratio. This new display also features a brand new display acoustic technology to get rid of the earpiece. The technology also works as an ultrasonic proximity sensor for the smartphone.
The device runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC with 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage with UFS 3.0 protocol. The company has also added dual SIM capability on the smartphone along with 5G connectivity. MIX Alpha is powered by a 4,050mAh battery made from nano Silicon Cathode. The company has also added 40W wired fast charging.
The smartphone features a triple camera setup on the back. This includes a 108-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.69 aperture, a 20-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens. It has optimized the ultra-wide lens in such a way that users can also use it to capture macro images. The third sensor that comes on the device sports a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Xiaomi also clarified that the smartphone includes 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization. To clarify, there is no front camera so users will have to use the rear camera for selfie images.
The smartphone is extremely futuristic and quite different from what most smartphone makers are working on. In fact, this design can be a much practical solution to the problems that most foldable smartphones are facing in the market. This also reaffirms that Xiaomi is not afraid of taking risks while pushing the envelope with the MIX lineup. Looking at the 4D surround display, it is hard not to get impressed with the smartphone and hope for something more impressive with the next iteration.