Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha First Smartphone with 108 MP Camera and Wrap-Around Display

The Chinese manufacturer was preparing a new phone for its presentation today. A phone belonging to the MIX family and that was going to give a couple of turns to the initial concept of the family, maintaining the "all-screen" design that had characterized the models of previous generations. And between applause, the Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha has appeared on stage.

The model has not lost the experimental soul of the family and has come sporting an impressive screen with the edges curved at 90º, allowing aside for added notifications more visible than in other competing models, in addition to other advances such as that suffered by the camera. But the screen is not there, much less, because it continues. We go in more detail.

Ceramics, titanium and an impossible screen

The screen has starred at the beginning of the presentation of this Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha, presuming the manufacturer of curved edges with an angle of 90º making the sides of the phone look very clearly when the device is fully tilted. And of course, minimizing the upper and lower frames.

But the screen is not there but extends towards the back of the phone, forming as a screen practically for the 360º of the phone, only rotated by a rear strip for the rear cameras and provide some design. Without a doubt, a revolutionary concept and a step further when it comes to taking advantage of flexible panels. And no, it is not a concept but a commercial mobile.

"4D surrounded curve display". This is how Xiaomi has called the screen of its new Mi MIX Alpha, which it has also called as "5G Concept smartphone", an interesting name but not too exact since we are talking about a commercial mobile and not a concept. Experimental would have been more correct, although this does not detract quality from design and execution, which at least on the screen seems excellent.

The lower frame of the screen and the upper one is 2.15 millimeters thick, and there, along with the back band, Xiaomi has embedded the WiFi antennas, the GPS and the rest of the components related to the connectivity of the phone. The screen is also acoustic, so the Mi MIX Alpha does not need speakers.

Let's talk about the power of this Snapdragon 855+

Because it was evident that a launch of these characteristics was to be commanded by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, a 2.96GHz running processor, built-in 7 nanometers + and with the Adreno 640 GPU for the graphics section. And of course, with 5G onboard the Snapdragon X50. Thus, the maximum power that is capable of deploying the Android market at the moment in the service of the new Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha.

The processor relies on what looks like a single version of RAM and internal storage. We will have at least one version with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage for this Mi MIX Alpha for which there will be no trays for microSD cards or similar. Xiaomi has also highlighted the presence of the haptic engine so that the phone vibrates during the touch on the screen and thus allows to emulate the presence of a physical keyboard when what you touch is typing.

The phone also has a 4,050 mAh battery with a fast charge of 40W and also has a 45W charger included in the box. No mention has been made of the presence of wireless charging, so we assume you will not have it. The phone arrives built with a titanium alloy in addition to the crystalline envelope, and the rear strip where the camera is housed is ceramic.

108 megapixels Rear Camera

For the main camera, Xiaomi has opted for a 108-megapixel sensor capable of generating 12,032 x 9,024-pixel photographs, and which probably do not occupy little in the phone's memory, but that promises to offer a sharpness never seen before on a mobile phone. As usual, it will be tested to see how the phone's processing works and how the final results are.

In addition to this 108-megapixel main camera, Xiaomi forms a trio on the back of the phone. We have 20 megapixels with a super wide-angle lens and a third 12-megapixel sensor to complete the equipment. This last lens is responsible for offering optical zoom, here of 2 magnifications.

The cameras are also located on the strip that "breaks" the screen on the back and is built in ceramic. A complement to the sapphire crystal that wraps around the mobile and the titanium alloy skeleton. There is no doubt that Xiaomi has not repaired expenses, and that shows in the price.

Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha versions and prices

The new Alpha, an experimental mobile that is available for sale, comes with a single version of RAM and internal storage. It also lands with a single price of 19,999 yuan, which translates into approximately 2,560 euros at the current exchange rate. We do not know if he will leave China at some point, but we will be alert in case it happens.

  • Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha with 12GB / 512GB: 19,999 yuan or 2,813 dollars

Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha

Brand and Model




Mi MIX Alpha

Model Alias

Mi MIX 4
 Mi MIX α

Mi MIX Alpha Operating System

MIUI V11 (Android 10)

Mi MIX Alpha System on  Chip (SOC)


Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus

Process Technology 

 7 nm 


1x 2.96 GHz Kryo 485
3x 2.42 GHz Kryo 485
 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 485

CPU Bits 

 64 bits 

Instruction Set  


CPU Frequency 

 2960 MHz  

CPU Cores 



Qualcomm Adreno 640

 GPU Frequency

675 MHz 

Mi MIX Alpha RAM Capacity

 12 GB

RAM Type  


RAM Channels  

 Double Channel

RAM Frequency  

 2133 MHz

Mi MIX Alpha Storage

  512 GB
 UFS 3.0

Mi MIX Alpha Memory Cards

No Card

Mi MIX Alpha Display

Color Depth 

  24 bits  
  16777216 colors 

Other Features 

 Scratch resistant
Wraparound display
180.6% screen to body ratio

Mi MIX Alpha Sensors

Ultrasonic distance sensor

Mi MIX Alpha Primary Camera

Sensor Model

 Samsung S5KHMX

Sensor type 


 Image Resolution 

12032 x 9024 Pixels
 108.58 MP 

Video resolution

3840 x 2160 pixels
 8.29 MP

Video FPS

 60 fps


Continuous shooting 
Digital zoom
Digital image stabilization
 Optical image stabilization
Touch focus 
Face detection
White balance setting 
ISO setting 
Exposure compensation 
Scene mode 
Macro mode
Sensor size – 1/1.33”
Pixel size- 1.6 um (4-in-1 pixel binning)
Super Phase detection
 6-element lens
 Sensor type- ISOCELL Bright
 Pixel size- 0.8 um
 Four axis OIS

Secondary rear camera- 16 MP (ultra-wide-angle)

 Aperture- f/2.2 (#2)
Pixel size- 1.0 um (#2)
Angle of view- 117 degree (#2) 
Focal length (35 mm equivalent)- 17 mm (#2)
 Sensor Model- Sony IMX481 Exmor RS (#2)
 6-elements lens
 1.5 cm super macro (#2)

Third rear camera- 12 MP (telephoto)

 Aperture- f/2.4 (#3)
Sensor size- 1/3.4” (#3)
Pixel size- 1.0 um (#3)
 Sensor model- Samsung S5K3M5 (#3)
 Sensor type- ISOCELL (#3)
 6-element lens
 Dual Phase detection #3)
 2x optical zoom (#3)
 Focal length (35 mm equivalent)- 51 mm (#3)
 Sapphire glass

Mi MIX Alpha Tracking /  Positioning

 GPS (L1+L5)
 BeiDou (B1)
 Galileo (E1+E5a)

Mi MIX Alpha Wi-Fi

 802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
 802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-2003)
802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2009) 
 802.11n 5GHz
 802.11ac (IEEE 802.11ac)
 Dual band
 Wi-Fi Hotspot 
 Wi-Fi Display
2x2 MiMO 

Mi MIX Alpha Bluetooth





Mi MIX Alpha USB

Connector Type  

USB Type-C




Mass Storage 

Mi MIX Alpha Headphone Jack


Mi MIX Alpha Connectivity

 Computer sync 
 OTA sync 

Mi MIX Alpha Browser

CSS 3 

Mi MIX Alpha Audio File Formats /  Codecs

AAC+ / aaPlus / HE-AAC v1
 aptX / apt-X
 aptX HD / apt-X HD / aptX Lossless
eAAC+ / aacPlus v2 / HE-AAC v2

Mi MIX Alpha Video File Formats /  Codecs

H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC video
H.265 / MPEG-H Part 2 / HEVC

Mi MIX Alpha Battery


4050 mAh


 Fast charging

Charger Output Power

 5 V / 3 A
 9 V / 3 A
 20 V / 2 A

Mi MIX Alpha Launch


 2019, Sept.


Release September 2019

Mi MIX Alpha Price

 12 GB + 512 GB = 2813 $

Mi MIX Alpha Design



Body Materials


Mi MIX Alpha Mobile Network Technology and Bandwidth

 UMTS (384 kbit/s) 
 EV-DO Rev. A (1.8 Mbit/s, 3.1 Mbit/s)

Mi MIX Alpha Networks


GSM 850 MHz (B5)
GSM 900 MHz (B8)
GSM 1800 MHz (B3)
GSM 1900 MHz (B2)
W-CDMA 850 MHz (B5)
W-CDMA 900 MHz (B8)
W-CDMA 1900 MHz (B2)
LTE-FDD 850 MHz (B5)
LTE-FDD 900 MHz (B8)
LTE-FDD 1800 MHz (B3)
LTE-FDD 2100 MHz (B1)
LTE-TDD 1900 MHz (B39)
LTE-TDD 2300 MHz (B40)
LTE-TDD 2500 MHz (B41)
LTE-TDD 2600 MHz (B38)


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