The Chinese company Xiaomi stole the headlines in the last week of October, despite contending with bigger tech launches by the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Tesla.
Xiaomi’s concept phone Mi Mix, which will be available for sale only in China, is a 6.4-inch flagship phone stylishly crafted by iconic French designer Philippe Starck, pairing an edge-to-edge all-screen front 92 percent display, with a ceramic back. The smartphone is packed full of impressive components and innovative technology. A piezoelectric speaker negates the need for an ear-piece by generating sound using the metal frame of the phone. The bottom bezel houses the front facing camera, which means can rotate the phone to take selfies.
Inside the device is a Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, putting the Mi Mix on par with the Google Pixel. Other specs include a headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4,400 mAh battery. While the removal of the sensors and earpiece from the top bezel is quite challenging these are features that Apple is rumored to be working on for next year's iPhone 8.
This feature alone indicates Xiaomi wants to compete at the high end of the smartphone mark and at a retail price of just over $516 it will likely push other top-end competitors off the shelf. A premium version will sell for $590 and boast 6GB RAM and 256GB storage.