Xiaomi on Tuesday discharged another shot in the contracting bezel wars, as it reported a cell phone with a front that is more than 90 percent show.
The Mi Mix is a 6.4-inch phone that's beautifully crafted by French designer Philippe Starck. It sports a feature set that indicates Xiaomi wants to compete at the high end of the smartphone market.The Mi Mix has a screen-to-body proportion of 91.3 percent. That looks at to 67.7 percent for Apple's iPhone 7 Plus.
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To grow the Mi Mix's show, Xiaomi snatched the land at the highest point of the telephone possessed by the front-confronting camera, ear speaker and closeness sensor.It did that by moving the front-facing camera to the bottom of the phone, and replacing the ear speaker with a piezoelectric speaker that uses the metal frame of the phone to generate sound. It also replaced the infrared proximity sensor found on most phones with one that uses sound.
The proximity sensor turns off a smartphone's display as the device approaches the ear. Most phones use an infrared sensor at the top of the phone to do that. The Mi Mix uses ultrasound waves and software to do it.
"We use the sound transmitter that's already inside the phone," explained Guenael Strutt, vice president of product development at Elliptic Labs, maker of the ultrasound technology, which it calls "Inner Beauty."
"The sonic wave echos off the head, is picked up by a microphone, and the data is processed by our algorithms inside the phone," he told TechNewsWorld. "We use components in the phone to detect the head -- we don't have to add a new sensor."
Using sound to detect proximity also avoids issues that make infrared sensors unreliable from time to time, such as weather conditions or skin and hair coloring.
Notwithstanding its eye-getting show, the Mi Mix has a 16-megapixel camera with stage recognize auto centering, a liberal 4,400 mAh battery, two SIM openings and a Snapdragon 821 processor. It underpins top notch sound with a 192 Hz/24-bit DAC chip, which clients can listen to through a standard earphone jack.
Despite the fact that the Mi Mix is formally an idea telephone, Xiaomi will begin offering it in China one week from now. Models with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of capacity will be evaluated at US$516, and those with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of capacity will offer for $590.