Xiaomi’s concept phone wrapped in OLED

September 26, 2019 //By Julien Happich
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Smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled a concept smartphone fully wrapped in OLED except for a slim stripe hosting a set of cameras and other sensors. With its surround screen, the Mi MIX Alpha boasts a screen-to-body ratio of more than 180.6%.

The prototype also features the world’s first 108MP camera recently announced by Samsung, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera for 1.5 cm super macro photography, and a 12MP telephoto camera with a 2x optical zoom and dual PD focus.

The phone is crafted with a combination of titanium alloy, ceramics and sapphire, catering for the high-end/luxury market.

Behind the Surround Display is a series of groundbreaking technologies that required a new method of device assembly, claims the manufacturer. Unlike traditional smartphone assembly methods, Mi MIX Alpha’s internal assembly is first carried out, while its display layer, touch panel, and protection layers are laminated one-by-one. All display component layers are compiled in that order to achieve high curvature Surround Display design, so the internal stress caused by bending the display layers can be released layer by layer. To achieve a smooth and flat surface, Mi MIX Alpha also uses a durable protective layer which optimizes the screen stack structure.

To accommodate the nearly all-screen offering, Mi MIX Alpha has minimal bezels on the top and bottom, and ditches the physical side buttons altogether. A brand-new display acoustic technology replaces the traditional earpiece receiver and proximity sensor while the device’s sides are pressure-sensitive and leverage a linear motor to simulate the touch of real buttons.

The Mi MIX Alpha is built around a Snapdragon 855+ mobile SoC and supports 5G bands of the three major carriers in Mainland China. The device also features the top-tier 12GB+512GB memory and storage combination, and supports UFS3.0.

Xiaomi clearly states that such a phone is not meant to be mass produced, though it will run a small-scale production at the end of the year, for retail at over 2,500 euros per unit.

Xiaomi – www.mi.com


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