Waterfall display will be a hype in the smartphone industry, but apparently Xiaomi has a more ambitious plan. The smartphone maker has unveiled a smartphone with a display that goes beyond extreme curves; it literally has wraparound display. I am not even kidding.
The display on the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi Alpha basically goes round the device, only interjected by a narrow, non-display strip which houses the triple-camera system. Glorious. But how do you prevent yourself from accidentally triggering anything? Well, that, I do not know.
Anywho, I am surprised Xiaomi can even put a number to the screen size (which happens to be 7.92-inch). It is a flexible OLED display, btw, that boasts a strong 2,088 by 2,250 pixels.
Under the hood, the Mix Alpha gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform with a whopping 12 GB LPDDR4X 2133 MHz RAM and 512 GB UFS 3.0 storage. Plus, there is a 4,050 man battery that supports 40 W fast charging.
On the imaging aspect, it only has a set of camera, a triple-camera setup comprising of an insane 108 MP Ultra HD main camera powered by Samsung HMX 1/1.33-inch sensor, a 12 MP 2x zoom telephoto lens (also from Samsung), and a 20 MP Sony IMX350 1/2.8-inch sensor paired to an ultra wide-angle/macro lens. The latter allows you to snap close up still at as close as 1.5 centimeters.
Other noteworthy mentions include dual-band wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi 2×2 MIMO, MU-MIMO, WiFi Direct, WiFi Display, WPA3, Bluetooth 5.0, TrueWireless Stereo Plus, 4G/5G radios, and a whole lot of sensors, including not so common sensors like ultrasonic distance sensor, under display ambient light sensor, barometer, temperature and humidity sensors, pressure sensor, and a TVOC gas sensor.
Man, from the specs, the Mix Alpha sure sounds like a phone of the future and so is the asking price which comes at a hefty 19,999 yuan, or about US$2,800 based on the current going rate. And yes, it is apparently available to order. But it was branded as “concept phone”…
Images: Xiaomi [CH].