Xiaomi’s been pushing the envelope in terms of technological advances through its Mi Mix phones. And the company’s Mix 4 which went live today is no different — the phone showcases what Xiaomi has been trying to achieve throughout the years (remember, the Mi Mix 3 was launched nearly 3 years ago).
The major highlight remains the phone’s under-display selfie camera — which has been long discussed in the tech community and it looks like the company’s promise of mass-producing smartphones with third-gen under-display camera technology in 2021 is finally coming to fruition with the Mix 4.
Of course, ZTE, another Chinese smartphone maker has already adapted it commercially, but the one in Mix 4 is a bit refined. Xiaomi calls it CUP (Camera Under Panel) technology, but it’s just another name for the under-display selfie camera.
Much like ZTE’s latest release, the Mix 4’s screen has a 400ppi area that is made to pass the light through to the selfie camera, which Xiaomi says is “virtually invisible”. Beneath the 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080 curved OLED panel is a 20MP sensor.
Xiaomi’s CUP was not easily achievable though, as the firm says it’s “a technology iterated through three major generations, five years, sixty patents, a $77 million investment, and hundreds of engineers.”
The Mix 4 becomes the first phone with Qualcomm’s newly launched Snapdragon 888 Plus processor, which is akin to the flagship 888 chipset but with a faster clock speed of 3GHz. The processor goes hand in hand with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of onboard storage.
Putting aside the front camera, the Mix 4’s rear majorly focuses on the 108MP camera with Samsung HMX sensor, which should perform equally well as in the Mi 11, if not better. Just alongside the main camera is a 13MP ultrawide and an 8MP 5x periscope telephoto.
The Mix 4 brings a 4,500mAh battery with 120W of wired and 50W of wireless charging. This is not the first phone from Xiaomi to come with 120W fast-charging, but this might be the quickest of all — Xiaomi claims that it only takes 15 minutes to fully charge the phone, which is an improvement from Mi 10 Ultra’s 23 minutes. Meanwhile, the 50W wireless charging will take 28 minutes to fill up the juice.
Xiaomi Mix 4 Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Mix 4 will be available only in mainland China for now. Preorders will go up tomorrow with shipping beginning from August 16 with the price starting at 4,999 yuan (around NPR 92,000 in Nepal) for the 8GB/128GB model, all the way up to 6,299 yuan (~NPR 116,000) for the 12GB/512GB trim.