Xiaomi Mi MIX official: 6.4-inch ceramic monster with high-end specs and a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio

Following the launch of the Mi Note 2, Xiaomi has thrown in a massive surprise in every sense of the word with a 6.4-inch device comprised of ceramic. The handset, designed in collaboration with French designer Philippe Starck, offers an almost completely edge-to-edge finish that been two years in the design and what's more, it'll be available from next month. 

Xiaomi has been quietly chipping away at the big guns of the market like Apple and Samsung for a number of years. But the Mi MIX makes a statement that suggests Xiaomi is not quite content with playing in the shadows, and wants to take the game to the industry leaders. 

The Mi MIX includes a Snapdragon 821 SoC clocked at 2.35 GHz, 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128 GB storage. There's also a Pro model touting the same chipset, 6 gigs of RAM, 256 GB storage and an 18k gold trim around the rear fingerprint sensor and camera. 

The Mi MIX includes a 4400 mAh battery under the hood which, whilst large, is seemingly necessary given the sheer size of the device's footprint. Said battery gets Quick Charge 3.0 support and like the Mi Note 2, the Mi MIX duo includes support for 192 kHz / 24-bit audio. 

As is the case with the Mi Note 2, the Mi MIX duo includes NFC support and USB Type-C connectivity. As for the measurements, both models are 158.8 mm x 81.9 mm x 7.9 mm, and weigh 209 grams.

You may be wondering: how do I put this slab of ceramic to my ear and make calls? A nifty piece of tech described as 'cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology' takes place of the regular earpiece. In layman's terms, this new implementation beams vibrations right through the glass, so you can listen to a call without the traditional gap for a speaker. This, friends, is what you call innovation. 

The Mi MIX also touts an ultrasonic proximity sensor beneath the display, as opposed to the usual infrared sensor. In short, the device will still know to dim the display when it's being held up against your face. 

As well as being 6.4 inches in diameter -- comfortably larger than the display any other high-end phablet we could care to name -- the panel offers a 1080 x 2040 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio for viewing. There's a software-based Quick Ball feature for ease-of-navigation, which automatically hides when not in use.

The main camera is a 16-megapixel offering complete with PDAF. As we mentioned earlier, the rear shooter is also accompanied by a circular fingerprint sensor. The front-facing camera is not located in a traditional spot thanks to the display; the 5-megapixel selfie shooter is placed near the bottom, where a very lonely slice of bezel is retained. 

The 4 GB / 128 GB model will cost 3499 Yuan ($517) while the Pro variant with 6 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and gold trim will retail for 3999 Yuan ($590). It will be available to the Chinese market from November 4th, and will ship with a leather case in tow. Registrations have already begun, and we suspect this device will pique the interest of quite a few consumers.

Where the Mi Note 2 will offer a global edition that paves the way for an eventual launch in Europe, the United States and other locations, Xiaomi has given no indication that the Mi MIX will do likewise. If you're particularly keen on the device and don't live in China, you'll probably be able to score yourself a unit online when it becomes available. But once you consider the import fees on a device that will retail for $500-$600 anyway, you'll be paying a significant premium for the privilege. 

The Xiaomi Mi MIX has definitely gotten us out of our chairs, but what do you make of it? Have a peek through the gallery below and be sure to share your first impressions in the comments.

source: Xiaomi

Related phones

  • Display 6.4 inches
    2040 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4400 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow



99. PacoXXI

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

It's great. It's size is bigher than iPhone 7 Plus -know that's a bad packageability reference- only 0.6, 4.0 and 0.6 mm, in height, width and thickness, respectively, and 17 g heavier, offering a marvelous 0.9" bigger screen -6.4" vs 5.5"-. Also, it's performance and user resources are remarkable. It's processing hardware is same as OnePlus 3T and LeEco Le Pro 3 ones, 3rd and 4th positioned smartphones at Antutu Benchmark "Top 10 Best Performance Smartphones, February 2017", closely behind only iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7, 1st and 2nd, respectively. About pricing, at € 698.99, it's € 430.01 or 38.09% cheaper than iPhone 7 Plus, at € 1129, same maximum internal memory, of 256 Gb. Than, now, let's see the actual possibilities of buying, operating and serviceing it in Europe.

96. LiveFaith

Posts: 522; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

My goooooooosh!!! We've been begging for this bezelless design for years and years. Finally takes Xiomi to AT LEAST attempt it. Way to go guys ... that's how you make a name for yourself.

97. LiveFaith

Posts: 522; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Check the comparison dimensions between this and the iPhone 7+ with only a 5.5" display ... Dimensions: (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) iPhone 7+ Dimensions: (6.25 x 3.22 x 0.31 in) Xiomi Mi MIX ... nearly identical! But this design has a MUCH larger display. iPhone is slightly narrower. This is awesome. Hopefully this trickles down to a device that gives us maybe a 5" display with NO bezels and all functions needed on sides or through screen. That would be super pocketable yet have a significant display. Very impressed.

95. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Samsung S8 or iPhone 7S with a 92% screen to body ratio lol?

88. Anna1232003

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 25, 2016

gsmarena.com/sharp_aquos_xx-pictures-7252.php Another copycat from Chinese brand

91. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

lol so if Samsung did the bezel-less display, will you say they copy sharp? or when Samsung took curved back cover design from xiaomi you wont say samsung copied it? or when Motorola took the idea of modularity they copied LG? the list goes on lmao stop being single minded. or when iphone almost copied all elements of other phones you wont call it a copycat?

94. monoke

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Lol. Who gives a damn who copied who. All phones have a bit of design influences from one another. It's a bad assed phone. Gotta give it props for that!

87. fyah_king unregistered

I need this to come to

79. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Funny some people treated like the greatest innovation in years. Sharp has already done this in 2014. This design is just improved form of Sharp phone as it should in 2 years. The news said they have been trying this for 2 years. I can see where the idea first comes from.

82. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

The Wright Brothers were the first to fly and we can now go into space. That's how things evolve and improve. Now please explain YOUR logic.

86. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Read again, dude. Then read again if you still don't get it. Yes what I said above this phone is just evolution, not the revolution nor innovation.

90. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Therefore a smartphone isn't a revolution or innovation from a rotary dial-up phone going by your logic. It's "only" a phone afterall. The original iPhone was nothing new either but it was the implementation and integration of various existing technologies that created the smartphone revolution. I don't need to read, you need to think.

92. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Lol, You are in denial. Do you accept there is a predecessor to this phone? Just answer it and then think, OK? Not that hard. Dont talk unrelated thing.

93. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

By the way, do you simply believe this mi max phone is very different to sharp aquos like a smartphone is to keypad phone? You serious? Lol.

78. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2289; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Oh Em Gee!!!! Now I'm IMPRESSED!!!!

77. ebilcake

Posts: 1234; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Not sure this is really practical even on a smaller device, It's nice to have some bezel on each side but just not as much as on the Pixel XL. It's about getting the balance right and this device just says f**k you to that.

76. tontolou

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

iPhone designers hate this phone xD

71. Marslander

Posts: 161; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Looks incredible. Sadly, it probably won't be coming to North America. Even if you import it, it probably won't be able to pick up LTE bands in America. :-(

73. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

It has LTE Band 4 which makes it compatible with T-Mobile. T-Mobile H+ is also plenty fast. That would certainly not stop me getting one anyway. The mere sight of it would blow people's minds here since they've been brainwashed by Apple and Samsung. Where the heck are the iSheep like that Alikmalix (sp?) fellow? Their silence is deafening! Lol

69. dnomadic

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I guess it is nice... Seems like a sharp Aquas (think I spelled it correctly), but on steroids. They took the exact same approach last year with the ear piece and minimal bezel. This is seems like a nightmare to use and potential problem for drops....but Awesome looking just as the Sharp was.

64. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

True innovation at its best... More than a copy cat... Xiaomi Earned respect.

62. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

This is just an upgraded version of the sharp aquos crystal, nothing too new. Still awesome though

61. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014


60. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

Take my money!! Give me US LTE and I'll swim over and pick it up my damn self.

43. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

That's a really awesome killer flagship design ..

42. monoke

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Now this is the concept phone design I've been waiting for! This is what most phones 5 years from now will look like i imagine!

55. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

No longer a concept since yoi can actually pre-order it..

56. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why wait for 5 years if you can get it next month? :D (probably not "next month" for international version)

65. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Not even close. Super bendable screens will be the future not just this tiny curved by the edges. I imagine in 5 years there will be a phone that has one panel curved from front until back with shock proof glass protection.

38. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

damn.... I'll get it if it's true...

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