Deceiving: The real Xiaomi Mi Mix is not as "edgeless" as promo images want you to believe

Deceiving: The real Xiaomi Mi Mix is not as
Officially announced earlier today, the Xiaomi Mi Mix is one of the most interesting smartphones to ever come out of China, as it features a huge 6.4-inch display that occupies 91.3% of its front side.

While Xiaomi says that this is an "edgeless display", the phone's screen actually does have edges - it would be impossible not to. In fact, its edges are considerably thicker than seen in Xiaomi's promotional images, so the real device is not as breath-taking as the company may want customers to believe. Don't get us wrong, we do think that this is an impressive phone, but it's a shame that Xiaomi seemingly wants to deceive viewers with its Mi Mix promo material. To see what we're talking about, take a look at the images below, comparing Xiaomi's official renders to some hands-on photos of the Mi Mix.

Even if in reality it doesn't look quite like in promo images, the Xiaomi Mi Mix is a head turner. However, there's nothing really new about this design: Japan's Sharp has been making similar handsets for years now, and it even offered the Aquos Crystal in the US via Sprint back in 2014. Of course, the Aquos Crystal was a smaller (5-inch) mid-range phone, while the Xiaomi Mi Mix is a big, high-end device, so these are pretty different products after all.

In case you're wondering, the Xiaomi Mi Mix will likely be released only in China, where it's expected to hit shelves on November 4 for prices starting at around $520. Still, you may be able to unofficially import one in the US (for an extra fee). Let us know if you're thinking of getting this edgeless yet not so edgeless phone, will you?


sources: Xiaomi, CNMO, ePrice, PCPop

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81 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

huge screen, compact size, and more room to grip while reducing chance for accidental touch it's a win win for me :D

31. AlikMalix unregistered

I honestly don't know why they had to promo the fake designs - the real thing looks great - and definitely stands out among the devices.

38. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

i think the promo picture is "the concept" design. also notice that the promo has screen edges on the side. I'm suspicious the cpncept image will be the mi mix pro or something.

60. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It looks great in real too. Specially that ceramic body...

62. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

I remember Apple also did the same with their camera protrusion in iPhone 6/6s in their official photos.... They simply removed the protrusion.

67. gauravbhakuni90

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

You are not a crazy old turtle after all :)

71. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

I am not crazy, but I am more experienced than your generation.

76. gauravbhakuni90

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Eh....ya i can see that can't take a joke ......BTW how old are you ?? I bet not older than me .

68. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It's not apple. That's the problem with it. If it's apple it's not deceiving.

40. Bait83

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2016

Agreed, having edgeless on the top and/or bottom is great but the sides need a little extra so your thumb doesn't go over, it happens now on my non-"edgeless" phone so I definitely wouldn't want something where it's even more likely to happen.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're splitting hairs.

16. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Lol they look pretty close to me! Not enough to make a article about or anything IMO.

20. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

That real life bezel is looks to be about 3-4X thicker than their official promo images. That clearly falls under false advertisement specially with their "edgeless display" claim.

37. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

So, where were you when Sharp claimed that this was also an "edgeless display": http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/166899-image/Sharp-AQUOS-Crystal-Review-003.jpg Here's a picture from Sharp of the device: http://androidspin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Sharp-AQUOS-Crystal-Photo.jpg It's the same kind of deal going on, so you can't say that one is deceiving unless you say that Sharp deceived everyone as well.

46. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Its ok. Nothing wrong with the promo. There is not a big difference PA. It is better to have some bezels for a better grip.

3. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Considering the bezels on most displays, this one is as close to edge less as you can get. 91% screen to body, beats most of them.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

oh, and about that number GSMarena write it as ~83.6%, probably they're doing the math themselfhttp://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_mix-8400.php still the best screen-to-body ratio for the next 1-2 years

7. iPhoneBolt

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

What if next year a mi mix 2 comes with 92% screen:body?? Or a sharp aquous crystal 2 in early 2017?

26. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

What if someone comes out with 6 minute abs?

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Mi Max is 74. 8% Screen to Body ratio. I own one and know that even before buying it. It's no where near edge to edge. http://m.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_max PA render look more like fans concept art. For the truth, just visit any official sources.

14. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 293; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Joey it's Mi Mix not Mi Max

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Oh I see! Thanks for the heads up :)

52. BoardDWorld

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

Yes that was strange. I was wondering if that excluded the screen used for soft keys. If it did the soft keys can quickly pull away as shown by Hugo demoing one on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/xiaomiglobal/videos/1185011058201152/

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

With the same size where Apple only made it 5.5 inch screen, Android can make it 6.4 inch, this has shown how backwards Apple tech can be. PA can bash Android whatever they want in order to glorify Apple but people with a pair of eyes can see innovation for this device. This is the real COURAGE we're talking not Apple headphones jack s***

19. TerryTerius unregistered

In my honest opinion, the word innovation is extraordinarily overused on this site. Almost as often as the word "overpriced". Making slimmer bezels isn't a game changing breakthrough. It's just progress, where the industry has been heading for quite some time now. 90% of the time when people use the word innovation on this site, they actually mean progress. I mean no personal offense by that, but that has always annoyed me. Not trying to insult you or single you out. Whether or not it's the right path to take, I would argue that making slimmer bezels is not nearly as big of a change as completely removing the headphone jack. I'm not saying that move was a positive, but one is clearly a far more radical change than the other. For the record, I'm not trying to take away from this phone. It is gorgeous. `And so long as you aren't harming the ability to comfortably hold the phone, slimmer bezels are definitely a good thing. I don't understand why Apple is so late to the party in that regard. They keep making their phones thinner every year, but width is arguably a much more important dimension ergonomically.

28. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

A near bezeless phone is more striking than taking a headphone jack away. You see this change before even picking the phone up. I almost read your comment as if you are saying that removing the headphone jack was innovative?

32. TerryTerius unregistered

Nah, I was saying that one is simply a more drastic change than the other. Not that it's more innovative. Making one phone that is slightly slimmer than another phone isn't really a dramatic shift. Completely removing a standard that was invented in 1878 and has been on nearly every single mass-market phone for a decade is a bigger change. In other words, a mass market automaker selling their cars with no wheels would be a more drastic change than another company selling their cars with redesigned rims.

39. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

it's innovative considering the placement of the proximity sensors is also replaced by ceramic ultrasonic vibrations both with the speaker different from Aquos. You guys are hard to impress.. but with an a10 Soc will be impressed lmao

42. TerryTerius unregistered

I am genuinely curious as to where that completely random assertion comes from. I have never cared about specs, theoretical performance, chipsets, or benchmarks. I certainly have never been one of those dudes that freaks whenever a new SOC comes out no matter who it's from. My only real concern is real world performance and usability. Though I may understand something is an impressive technical or engineering achievement, I very rarely actually care. If that is your thing, more power to you. It is not, and never will be; mine. I get you're trying to make some stereo typical Apple fanboy joke, but if you know anything about me you know I'm no fan of any particular company. I've used phones from LG, Apple, HTC, Huawei (briefly) Samsung and Nokia over the past few years.

47. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

I am just gonna copy paste your words here since your current argument counterattack your own: "in my honest opinion, the word innovation is extraordinarily overused on this site. Almost as often as the word "overpriced". Making slimmer bezels isn't a game changing breakthrough. It's just progress, where the industry has been heading for quite some time now. 90% of the time when people use the word innovation on this site, they actually mean progress. I mean no personal offense by that, but that has always annoyed me. Not trying to insult you or single you out. Whether or not it's the right path to take, I would argue that making slimmer bezels is not nearly as big of a change as completely removing the headphone jack. I'm not saying that move was a positive, but one is clearly a far more radical change than the other." especially this comment: "not nearly as big of a change as completely removing the headphone jack. " it is a minus from many users. Look at this China 'Indie company' manages to have 3.5mm jack, screen ratio 92% to body, USB type C, slim, full ceramic, replacing conservative sensors with ultrasonic, actual high end SoC... yet removal of jack is a big change and more radical?

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