Xiaomi's Mi MIX was a much-coveted, though difficult to procure smartphone. It's getting an update and the teaser photos looks pretty fantastic.
UPDATE 5/9/2017: Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun hasn't been shy about sharing teasers about the upcoming Mi Mix 2, even sharing the story behind the original's 17:9 screen. Apparently it took some convincing to get Google to support 17:9, as the latter preferred 16:9. You could say that companies such as Samsung and LG owe Xiaomi for paving the way for bezel-less displays.
He also confirmed the phone is currently in mass-production so it won't be long before it officially makes its grand debut.
Qualcomm has also confirmed the phone will be running the Snapdragon 835 and the latest leaked photos show the tiniest of bezels right at the bottom of the display. So if you think the first Mix was something to look at, then the Mix 2 will definitely draw you in.
Bezel, what bezel?
Apparently the ratio of screen to body on the new MIX will be 95 per cent. Basically you'd need to squint to spot whatever remains of the bezel.
Philippe Starck, the original designer who worked on the original MIX is said to also be working on the MIX 2 and considering he's put up photos of a bezel-less smartphone on his Facebook page, it's pretty likely.
We're talking a 6.4in display with edge-to-edge glass and this time, instead of a ceramic chassis, it will instead be made of metal.
As for specs, it's going to be flagship grade with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM and perhaps 128GB of storage. There might also be a higher-spec model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Pricing could be around the range of RMB3999 (RM2590) for the base model and up to RMB4999 (RM3240) for the higher-end version.
It's interesting Xiaomi's decided to launch the new phone so close to the launch of the iPhone 8, considering most big smartphone makers aren't as keen to do so. This should be a launch to watch.