Xiaomi Unveils Concept Smartphone That's All-Screen and We're Wondering Why

By Shabana Arif on at

Xiaomi has unveiled a concept smartphone that's really expensive and honestly, seems a bit pointless when it comes to mass market production.

The Mi Mix Alpha was unveiled today alongside the Mi Full Screen TV Pro, Mi 9 Pro, and MIU 11. The handset incorporates a wraparound sapphire glass screen, titanium alloy frame, and ceramic backstrip, and while it looks lovely, it doesn't seem the most practical design choice, and isn't solving any real problems when it comes to screen real estate in the same way that foldables are attempting to. Although it's worth noting that Xiaomi has been working on a foldable smartphone with the most recent teaser showing it in action in March. The Mi Mix Alpha looks very similar to that handset in its folded state, so they're undoubtedly utilising the same innovations to some degree across both devices.

Marketed as a "surround display 5G concept smartphone" this seems more about showing off the tech that Xiaomi has been developing and letting those of you who have enough cash to splash on useless frivolities have a snazzy-looking smartphone in their pocket that will stand out from he usual fare.

It houses the Snapdragon 855+ chipset, a 4,050mAh battery, supports 40W wired fast charge, and is available with 12GB RAM/ 512GB storage. The screen-to-body ratio sits at 180.6 per cent, as if that's a thing that's relevant in the face of this design, with a 2.15mm bezel at the top and bottom of the device. Obviously, there are no buttons, so the Mi Mix Alpha utilises pressure sensitive sides instead, where you'd find functions like volume on regular smartphones.

The Alpha features a 108MP camera with 12,032 x 9,024 pixel resolution, as well as a 12MP telephoto lens, and 20MP ultra wide-angle lens.

The handset will go into small-scale production this year and go on sale in China in December, retailing at 19,999 yuan which is around £2,257. Yikes! So if you enjoy frittering your money away on things that look flash but bring nothing of any real substance to the table, add the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha to the Christmas list of gifts you're buying for yourself. [Engadget]