What immediately comes to mind when you think of a bezel-less smartphone? Perhaps for most smartphone users, that would be the Apple iPhone X. Others might think of the Essential PH-1, or something obscure like the Sharp Aquos S2. But even when talking about all of these devices, one name tends to stand out – the Xiaomi Mi MIX.
Launched last year as a sort of concept, the Mi MIX captured attention worldwide as one of the first phones to go beyond the 16:9 aspect ratio. With a 6.4-inch screen and a somewhat-awkward 17:9 aspect ratio, the Mi MIX managed to turn heads thanks to its beautiful design, centred around its edge-to-edge screen. While that device didn’t see a wide rollout and didn’t make it to India, it established Xiaomi as a major player in the premium smartphone space.
2017 sees a different Xiaomi with a sense of energy unlike what we’ve seen before. It’s now the number two smartphone vendor in India, and recently announced that it had sold its 25-millionth phone in India. Last month, the company launched the Mi MIX 2, the successor to its 2016 concept, and has just announced that it will be launched in India on October 10. With improvements across the board, the Rs 35,999 Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 improves on many of the factors that forced the Mi MIX to remain a proof of concept, so to speak, and is now a complete product ready for market. Here’s a technical teardown of what goes into the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, where you’ll be able to see into the phone.