Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha; New Concept Phone which China Refused to Launch Globally

Xioami’s Mi Mix series always goes that extra mile with its devices. And this time they have gone few. Xiaomi’s new Mi Mix Alpha is undoubtedly at the top of the most ridiculous phones list in 2019. And at the same time, it looks really cool. However, if you are not residing or visiting China anytime soon, you won’t be able to buy one.


The Design

The design of Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is unlike any phone that we have even seen. It seems like screen on the Alpha wraps completely around the device to the point where it meets the camera module on both sides. Icons such as network signal, battery status, and pressure-sensitive volume buttons are displayed on the sides of the device. If you are worried about un-intentional touches Xiaomi claims that Alpha can recognize the difference between intentional touches and un-intentional ones.

Camera; No Selfie Cam

Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha uses the all-new and powerful Samsung’s 108-megapixel camera sensor. This high performing sensor is created through a collaboration of both Xiaomi and Samsung. This means you’ll be able to capture 6K images when there’s a lot of light. And some camera experts claim that this particular technology performs much poor when there’s low light. However, we don’t get to test that in person as we are not visiting China any soon.

And the most cool factor of the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is it doesn’t have a selfie cam. You just have to turn the phone over and back display takes over as the viewfinder.

Other Features & Specs

When looking at more basic features, Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, 5G connectivity, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and 40W wired fast-charging. It has a 4,050mAh battery which concerns us about the battery life with its gigantic display. Maybe it will have a feature to turn off other displays when not necessary.


Since this is a Concept device, Xiaomi is not going to mass-produce. Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha will go into small-scale production this year and go on sale in December for 19,999 yuan, or about $2,800. We think it’s an insanely high price tag for a smartphone. At the end of the day, it may have issues with durability, battery life, accidental touch recognition, privacy, and so on.

The Verdict

Since Xiaomi has limited the sales to China, we will not likely to purchase the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha anyway. Even if it was available, we don’t see it worth 2,800 USD. However, as a techie, we see Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha pushing boundaries and increasing the benchmark to a really high place.