Take that notch and shove it in the display's corner: check out the leaked fully bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

Take that notch and shove it in the display's corner: check out the leaked fully bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
2017 was the year when two major events happened in the smartphone world: the fall of the bezel and the rise of the notch. We are talking, of course, about manufacturers slimming out the frame around their phone screens more and more. As a result, some were forced to put their selfie cameras and other front-facing sensors in a cutaway in the display's real estate, which is now affectionately called "the notch". You may have seen it on the iPhone X, but the Essential Phone is also notable for featuring the little bundle of love.

Manufacturers that don't have "the notch" will have a bit of a "forehead" and "chin" on their phones so they could house their sensors comfortably. One such manufacturer is Xiaomi — the bezel-less Mi Mix 2 has a bit of a chin, where we have the selfie camera. But it seems that Xiaomi may be looking to evolve its design further.

The rumor mill has just hurled out a new image, allegedly depicting an upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s. Seeing Xiaomi update its designs with an "s" model is not a new thing — we've seen it with the Xiaomi Mi 5s, for example. So, we won't be pressing "F" to doubt just yet.

The image shows a phone that has all of its bezels completely slimmed out, with only a small dent in the upper-right corner of the display, housing a selfie camera. It looks a bit... weird, but not entirely appalling. Also, the legitimacy of this low-res image is questionable, to say the least.

All that said, do you feel that an off-center "notch" would be a better or worse move in the bezel-less future we have ahead of us?


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Mi Mix 2s
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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56 Comments

1. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Still looks funky. What's wrong with having a little bezel, a la V30?

3. dnomadic

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Agreed! V30 is near perfect! However, if you are going to have a notch, I think this is the approach to take. With out a notch, I like the V30/S8 Plus approach.

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Than get that phone. Variety is good right.

13. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Agree! What's wrong with having a little bezel on the top? Would be much better. This here is also ugly and not functional. More disturbing(aesthetically) here, and on iPhone X , are the fat side bezels. Get rid of them, instead of the tinny top bezel.

14. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Having a little bezel is worse than having normal bezels. It's like you tried but didn't quite succeed. Maybe you like this, but most people do not, because nobody likes losers.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A notch is trying but not succeeding. A sliver of bezel on top and bottom is a more elegant solution.

31. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'll believe it when I see it. Lei Jun said they would never compromise the screen with any type of notch. This is the second so called render in the last two weeks and this is probably fake too.

42. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

And so will the photos, as they never prioritize photography in their phones. How hard is it to hire a competent engineer to make decent image processing algorithms? That Russian company that made those Yota phones had a darn good one for when they came out with the first phone.

52. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I agree. I don't mind a little bezel a la samsung or lg.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

WOW!! Much more Sensible approach. I like the X and I like the Essential Phone, BUT I do not like my screen being interrupted. Pushing it to the corner seems like A great approach. Keeps the device clean, reduces Bezels, keeps the camera at the top (where it belongs) and the finger print sensor goes to the back.

20. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It still has a hole section that can’t be used except to put useful info like time and battery. Notch is a necessary evil to have a full screen and keep cameras in front. What I don’t get is if you want a bezel instead of a notch why does it matter that it is a knotch. You have the same amount of space to watch your videos except with the night you have a space to hide information such as time battery level and so on. In my opinion trying to get as much green on the phone as possible it’s pretty neat. Like a computer with two monitors you can have one that has your content and the other that has information it’s a little like that

26. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because your usable screen isn't the size they advertise. You've got a choice of either a notch cut out of your video, or huge digital bezels. Every pixel of the screen is usable with small top and bottom bezels.

33. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Only apologists agree with you.

53. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Its like having that floating channel logo when you're watching TV. Stuck up in the corner all the time just in case you forget what you're watching.

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

I can't say I'm a fan. I'm not a fan of iPhone X notch either, but I like it better than this because it's at least symmetrical. The asymmetry here is a huge turn-off.

16. Avieshek unregistered

Must be an insaneful pain, to ever find a world with a little asymmetry.

41. g2a5b0e unregistered

Nah, not really.

5. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

It all comes to the way they optimize the software

6. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's even worse. A small bezel top and bottom for microphones, sensors, cameras and stereo speakers. The little added length doesn't affect comfort, only the width does. The top and bottom bezels can be very thin and still accommodate those things.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't know, I think it looks really neat with the white coloring. Kinda like it... gives it character.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It still intrudes on the screen, and is even more asymmetrical. I don't like this at all. The iPhone and Essential are at least symmetrical. I still maintain that a thin bezel on top and bottom is the best solution.

46. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Symmetry is lost top and bottom for both those devices though so it's kind of a similar issue. I would take this over a notch in the middle of the screen.

50. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But this makes it asymmetrical in both axes. It just looks worse.

8. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

LG G7 , V40 , Note9 and S9 will be the kings in bezel-less phones. No one can beat. It seems LG G7 and V40 will be more confortable to hold than S9 and Note9 anyway. like G6 and V30...

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Please tell us more about what you've learned from your crystal ball.

30. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

my crystal ball says LG and Samsung are genius unlike Huawei HTC Sony Xiaomi etc.

11. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Cameras are useless. This would better without one.

15. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

They should have the option. Me i dont take selfies so i dont care to have a front camera

17. afrohoxha

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why not having a little compartment at the top of the phone where in normal state the camera ( and any additional sensor) is hidden . When you need to use selfie camera or any other optical sensors there, a little motor pulls up the module and voila. So you can brag to others for your bezeless phone, at the same time having full functionality when needed. Since Samsung produced 0.9 micron cameras the module can be pretty thin in order to fit in the compartment.

55. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

That's a solution that'd work. Main camera flips up 180 degrees to turn into a selfie camera. Oppo had a pivoting camera a while ago so I'm sure the technology is there. You'd still need somewhere to put the speaker and various other sensors but I'm sure they don't take up anywhere near as much space as a camera.

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