It releases with a cost cap of $2,800 in December. Xiaomi disclosed a fresh device that could have come out of their attempts to create a foldable prototype. It's called the Mi Mix Alpha, and by getting a "Surround Screen," which literally wraps around its body, it's one-up the first Mi Mix.
The Beijing-based tech firm claims its screen-to-body percentage is 180.6 percent, and the components that are not covered by a screen— the top and bottom of the device, in other words — are made of titanium that is obviously heavier than stainless steel.
While its wrap-around display is the defining feature of the phone, it has another outstanding function: a 108-megapixel camera capable of capturing pictures with a resolution of 12,032x 9,024 pixels. It also has an ultra-wide camera of 20 megapixels with super macro photography capabilities of 1.5 cm, as well as a telephoto lens of 12 megapixels with 2x optical zoom and dual PD concentrate.
But it doesn't have your standard front-facing camera, because it doesn't need one— after all, it still has its back camera in front of a monitor. The tradeoff is a black band that mounts the camera that passes vertically across the phone, making the display on the back a little narrower than the front.
Since the phone is nearly all-screen, it also doesn't come with physical switches (other than the top power button) and instead has sides that are pressure-sensitive. Its other parts, including the fingerprint reader and an acoustic technology replacing the typical earpiece and microphone, are also concealed beneath the screen. And like its predecessor, the Mi Mix, Alpha utilizes close sensing ultrasound as well.
You will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 + chipset, RAM 12 GB and storage 512 GB inside the phone. For all three major carriers in China, it already has 5 G radio channels and comes with a 40W quickly charging capacity 4,050mAh battery.
While Mi Mix Alpha can seem at most like a concept or a prototype, Xiaomi says it's already in "small-scale production" and it's launching in December, although it's unclear whether it's going to be available outside China at almost the same time.
If you're keen, you might want to prepare your wallet because it has a pretty heavy 19,999 yuan (or about $2,810) cost tag that makes it even more costly than the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Besides the parts themselves, their pricing was probably due to their complicated installation technique. It needs the maker to position each layer one by one on top of the other, beginning with its inner installation, then its laminating screen, touch panel and a hard layer of security.
Xiaomi also announced the Mi 9 Pro 5 G, the world's first 30W quick mobile charging device. That obviously implies that in just 69 minutes you can charge the phone 100 percent wirelessly.
Pretty cool, particularly as it offers 10W wireless inverse charging, so you can use it to power up Qi-compatible equipment such as headphones and toothbrushes. The Mi 9 Pro prices range from 3,699 yuan or around $520 for 8 GB RAM and 128 GB flash memory to 4,299 yuan or around $605 for 12 GB RAM and 512 GB flash memory, making it one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) 5 G flagships.