Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha with wraparound three-sided display announced, 108MP camera photos revealed

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on Sep 25 2019
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha with wraparound three-sided display announced, 108MP camera photos revealed

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HIGHLIGHTS

Xiaomi announces Mi Mix Alpha 5G concept smartphone in Beijing.

It's essentially one big wraparound touchscreen display with a thin ceramic strip running down its back panel.

It's equipped with three rear cameras, one of which is a 108MP unit.

We all know the Mi Mix series represents Xiaomi’s flagship smartphones with a high screen-to-body ratio. But the company’s newest model in the series takes that definition to a whole new level. Xiaomi announced in Beijing yesterday the Mi Mix Alpha, a 5G concept smartphone with a wraparound three-sided display and a 108MP rear camera. Xiaomi says the device’s ‘4D surrounding curved display’ helps the phone achieve a screen-to-body ratio of 180.6 percent.

The Mi Mix Alpha is essentially one large wraparound touchscreen display covered in sapphire glass with a thin ceramic frame running across the height of the back panel to house the cameras. The top and bottom sides get a 2.15mm TC4 aerospace-grade titanium alloy frame each, which is attached to the ceramic strip on the back to hold everything in place. The part of the display that flows around the sides of the body is pressure-sensitive. A linear motor under the display simulates the touch of physical buttons.

Xiaomi says it has equipped the Mi Mix Alpha concept smartphone with three camera sensors on its ceramic back strip. The primary sensor is a 108MP 1.6μm unit with an f/1.69 aperture, assisted by four-axis optical image stabilisation and laser auto focus. The secondary sensor is a 20MP 1.0μm ultra wide-angle unit with an f/2.2 aperture and 117-degree field of vision. Xiaomi says it’s capable of 1.5cm macro photography. The last sensor is a 12MP telephoto 1.4μm unit with an f/2.0 aperture.

Along with images of the Mi Mix Alpha and its various physical features, Xiaomi has published photos taken through its 108MP camera sensor on Twitter. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Mix Alpha is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset and comes with up to 128GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage space (expandable up to 512GB externally). A 40W wired fast charger comes bundled to juice up the phone’s 4050mAh nano silicon cathode battery. At a reported price of 19,999 CNY (Rs 1,99,677 approx), the Mi Mix Alpha is more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

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