When Xiaomi released the Mi Mix last month, the tech world praised the company for releasing what the public generally thought would come from much larger players in the market. The unit sported a bezel-less design, which just might be the the future of smartphones. Now, the Chinese company is releasing a miniature version.
The catch with the Mi Mix is that it was only released in the Chinese market. Because of its more-than-modern design, high-tier specifications and - more importantly - positive reviews, the rest of the tech community was disappointed. As Tech Times notes, a Xiaomi executive explained that the reason for this was that the Chinese smartphone community was somewhat uncharted territory and that it is difficult to market the bezel-design to a wider community.
However, there has been rumors saying that Xiaomi might be expanding this community by releasing a smaller version of the device. This is a little out of place, as the company could just release the Mi Mix to other locations. Nevertheless, the Mi Mix Mini looks like it will soon be a reality, but it is unclear whether or not it will be released outside of China.
As Computer World adds to the table, one complaint on the Mi Mix was that it was too large. And with a 6.4 inch screen, it is understandable. Apparently, this is why Xiaomi is releasing the Mi Mix Mini, also dubbed the "Nano." Nevertheless, the smaller handheld sounds just as amazing as its predecessor, but in a more efficient and easier to handle size.
The rumors indicate that the Mi Mix Mini is arriving to the market with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which is arguably one of the fastest offerings in smartphones. Other addition to this, it will also have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The storage capacity and RAM is less than the original Mi Mix, but these were likely the cuts that Xiaomi had to make. After all, the unit is reportedly being cut down to a 5.5 inch screen.
But the cuts in features does also mean a significant cut in price. Reportedly, the upcoming will be sold for US$436 - around US$73 less. The other specs and details on the Mi Mix Mini is still up in the air, as no news reports are claiming that it will even sport the same 16 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. However, reports do state that the handheld will be released before the end of the year, so all answers guesses will be proven soon.
If one thing is for sure, it is that the Xiaomi Mi Mix Mini will sport the same design as the initial Mi Mix. This alone is great news, as the larger unit has been tested and has proven its durability time and time again. Various scratch and bend tests have been done on the unit and it has risen to the occasion over and over.
The Mi Mix has a ceramic back that provides a sturdy yet premium feel. But, more importantly, it has the bezel-less feature, which might just be how future smartphones will look. And it was Xiaomi that introduced it and will continue to develop the technology with its Mi Mix Mini - ahead of its larger and relatively more influential competitors.