Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha Is Wrapped In Screen, Costs $2,800
The “surround screen” on the Alpha wraps entirely around the device to the point where it meets the camera module on the other side. The effect is of a phone that’s almost completely made of screen, with status icons like network signal and battery charge level displayed on the side. Pressure-sensitive volume buttons are also shown on the side of the phone. Xiaomi is claiming more than 180 percent screen-to-body ratio, a stat that no longer makes any sense to cite at all.
In a blog, Xiaomi proudly stated that the Mi Mix Alpha has an “astonishing” 180.6 percent screen-to-body ratio which, according to Ars Technica, sounds wrong. The screen-to-body ratio measures the size of the display in relation to the front of the device. Xiaomi’s calculation doesn’t seem to follow that rule, but instead measures the total screen estate against the whole device.
The 180.6 percent screen-to-body ratio means that the device is almost entirely display, with a little space left for other things at the back. The front side has very thin bezels at the top and bottom sides, and uses what Xiaomi claims to be brand-new display acoustic technology to do away with the traditional earpiece and proximity sensor needed when taking or making calls on the phone.