Johannesburg - Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi has once again pushed the boundaries in smartphone design, with the launch of its borderless Mi Mix device.
The limited edition concept device was announced on Tuesday along with the Mi Note 2 device.
The Mi Mix smartphone is the first of its kind, featuring a display which spans the entire face of the device with the exception of a black panel at the bottom.
The already massive 6.4 inch screen, just short of being a tablet, spans 91.3% of the face of the device.
The facing 5 megapixel camera for the first time will feature at the bottom of the device; it is also believed that the device can be rotated to take selfies as on a regular smartphone, with the camera next to the earpiece.
The earpiece is completely invisible and works through a piezoelectric ceramic speaker and proximity sensor in the screen – which is commonly an infrared sensor used to turn off the device when on a call.
The Mi Mix sports a 1080x2040 pixel resolution, 16 megapixel primary camera, the Snapdragon 821 chipset with 6GB of RAM.
Powering the larger display is a 4400mAh Lithium-ion battery, with fast charging of up to 83% in 30 minutes.
The device was also announced in 128 gigabyte and 256 gigabyte models.
French architect Philippe Starck jointly designed the Mi Mix, Xiaomi’s concept phone, an imagining of the smartphone of the future built with only the best of today’s technology.
Mi Note 2 also made a debut in Beijing on Tuesday, with double the curves, a flexible OLED display, and featuring 3D curved glass.
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