Bezel-less is the name of the smartphone game this year. But while the Galaxy S8. LG G6, and, soon, the iPhone 8 are considered to be the poster boys of this new movement, credit has to go to Xiaomi for actually bringing the first nearly bezel-free smartphone to the public. The Xiaomi Mi Mix, launched late 2016, inspired smartphone users’ and makers’ imaginations. The Mi Mix 2, based on this latest leak, might challenge them even further with a nearly 100% screen-to-body ratio and barely any bezel in sight.
The LG G6, which launched before the Galaxy S8, had somewhere along the lines of 80% screen-to-body ratio. Thanks to its curved edges, the Galaxy S8 was able to nab an 83% ratio. Neither, however, have anything on the first Xiaomi Mi Mix and its 91%. This leak, as well as the rumors swirling around it, put the Mi Mix 2’s ratio at 100% though, realistically, it should be more along the lines of 98 to 99%.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix was able to achieve such an impressive number by relocating all the front sensors to the bottom bezel, removing the top bezel, and then relying on hi-tech solutions to replace sensors that it removed. To be more specific, it moved the front camera and ambient sensor to the bottom and implemented a sort of “internal” earpiece and ultrasonic proximity sensor.
The Mi Mix 2, on the other hand, seemed to have cut out even more sensors to give way to more screen. It seems that Xiaomi has opted to ditch the front camera entirely. Either that or it accomplished something that Apple was expected but unable to: hiding sensors behind the display. Given how much attention was given to that iPhone 8 rumor, it won’t be surprising if Xiaomi gains international acclaim for this. Presuming it manages to pull it off.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will allegedly break cover in September, probably at IFA 2017. In addition to this almost impossible screen, the smartphone is expected to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6 GB of RAM, a 19 megapixel main camera, and a 4,500 mAh battery that will definitely be needed to push all those pixels. It will, however, cost more than your average Xiaomi smartphone at 4,999 RMB, which is roughly $750.