Xiaomi Unveils Innovative MiX Smartphone and Mi VR Headset alongside Mi Note 2

October 27, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, had earlier hinted that the Mi Note 2 device will be launching with surprises. Apparently, it was not just the flagship phablet from the company that boasted surprises. Instead, the company also pulled out a couple of other surprises with the announcement of completely unanticipated devices.

Unveiling its work for newer technologies in smartphone, Xiaomi has now revealed their new MiX smartphone beast that fulfills the tech-world desire for higher screen-to-body ratio. The revealed black screen technology from Xiaomi will help the ratio go over 90% in MiX, which is much higher than the current range of 60% found in most devices. Xiaomi has also replaced the traditional earpiece with an acoustic technology that will help the sounds reach users’ ears through vibrations on glass. More on the technology will be revealed later on.

The device also redesigns the edge-to-edge display technology by placing the network antennas, front-facing camera on the bottom of the display along with the display PCB. Apart from that, MiX will also be loaded with all the flagship features like Snapdragon 821 SoC and 6GB RAM along with a 6.4-inch screen. MiX is expected to be arriving next month.


The second of the batch was the Mi VR, the virtual reality headset from Xiaomi that marks the company’s entry into the VR domain. The VR gear will be compatible with its flagship devices including the Mi Note 2. Mi VR will boast a hardware-level motion sensor along with a 9-axis motion controller for enhanced 360-degree viewing. The device will get launched with over 30 virtual reality apps, and is backed by support from around 200 VR developers. The VR headset has also been priced at a competing price of 199 RMB (~30 USD).

As with Mi Note 2, the flagship smartphone that took the center stage of the event, Xiaomi have introduced a new 3D curved glass with which they have brought dual-edge curved display on the flexible OLED used in Mi Note 2. Another highlight of the device is the 22.56 MP camera that comes with electronic image stabilization instead of the optical image stabilization that was used until now. Xiaomi has also upped the front-cam with the introduction of auto-focus for the 8MP front sensor.

The device will pack a 4070mAh battery that will also be accompanied by Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Mi Note 2 will also feature global LTE bands with support for six network types and over 37 carrier bands.

Mi Note 2 will be arriving in two editions; the 4GB/64GB variant priced at 2799 RMB ($415), the 6GB/128GB edition priced at 3299($485 USD). The global variant of the device will be launched at RMB 3499 ($515).

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