The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 has just been officially launched for the Chinese market. We introduce you to the device in which the attention should primarily be directed to the sub-display cam.
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 officially presented
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ on board
- 20 MP under-display selfie cam at the front, triple cam with 108 MP at the rear
- Release only in China on August 16th
It feels like the Chinese from Xiaomi is introducing new smartphones every three days, but when the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is unveiled in China, it’s worth taking a closer look. The mix models always represent the spearhead of what can currently be packed into a smartphone and so the guys and gals from Xiaomi have presented us with a breathtaking handset again today.
The star is the under-display cam
It happened shortly before the expected presentation: The Reviewers Guide appeared on Weibo, from which we could see pretty much everything that the Spec Sheet has to offer. Now the smartphone has been unveiled and with that, we also know that basically everything has actually been confirmed exactly as the leak suggested.
On the front of the 6.67-inch model, Xiaomi wants to try a selfie cam hidden under the display, the so-called “CUP” camera (Camera Under Panel). This is a 20 MP notch with a pixel size of 1.6 micrometers (4-in-1 superpixels). Oppo recently attracted attention with a sub-display camera, and a few weeks earlier ZTE was also heard from with a new generation of the sub-display cam. Now Xiaomi is stepping up and has to prove whether the manufacturer was able to fix the teething problems of the new technology.
With this component, it is also clear that Xiaomi certainly did not choose the date for its presentation by chance. As is well known, Samsung’s Unpacked event is scheduled for tomorrow, where we expect the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to be presented, which is also suspected to be under-display cameras.
As you can see in the picture, the “Cam Under Panel” enables Xiaomi to install an almost borderless display. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the quality can keep up with other cameras. Just like the quality of the triple cam on the back. This is led by a 108 MP shooter (Samsung Isocell Bright HMX). There is also a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle camera with 13 megapixels and a periscope camera with 8 megapixels and 5x optical zoom. By the way, we recently discussed in our survey how sensible the megapixel numbers are for smartphone cams. Here is an overview of the camera specs as communicated by Xiaomi:
- 108 MP main camera: 1 / 1.33 ″ HMX sensor, 1.6um 4-in-1 Super Pixel, OIS, 7P lens
- 13 MP ultra-wide-angle camera: free-form lens, FOV 120 °, 6P lens
- 8 MP periscope camera: 5X optical zoom, 50x digital zoom, OIS
- Front: 20MP CUP camera, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Thanks to “micro-diamond pixels” and transparent subpixels, Xiaomi believes that the quality of the selfies that are snapped should not actually be much different from conventional shooters. Let’s wait and see!
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 specs
As the leak already suggested, the Mi Mix 4 has become quite a beater with a weight of 225 grams and dimensions of 162.65 x 75.35 x 8.02 mm. The size and weight are due to both the 6.67-inch display and the ceramic housing. With the latter, however, Xiaomi lets us know that the ceramic unibody has become 30 percent lighter thanks to the new manufacturing process, with the same durability. The panel has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, offers a 10-bit color depth, a 480 Hz sampling rate, and up to 120 Hz for the refresh rate. In addition to HDR 10+, Dolby Vision is also supported in the device.
The display is protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus from Corning. All in all, it all sounds really good, but we don’t let our jaws drop for now. Even with up to 12 GB RAM (LPDDR5) and the UFS 3.1 memory (128 – 512 GB), Xiaomi does not show any nakedness and delivers confidently. As far as the SoC is concerned, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with the Snapdragon 888+ is the best that the chip professionals from Qualcomm can currently offer.
With the battery, the capacity of 4,500 mAh is less exciting, but once again with Xiaomi the fact that it can be charged with a very brisk 120 watts. You probably still have in mind that Xiaomi itself can charge even faster. Even wirelessly, you are faster with 50 watts than competitors like Samsung can manage with cables. At the presentation, Xiaomi also stated that the smartphone does not get hotter than 37 degrees when charged with 120 watts.
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Android 11 including MIUI 12.5 is used on the device. The Mi Mix 4 supports UWB, of course, has WiFi 6, 5G, and NFC on board, and delivers sound from Harman Kardon speakers. In short: Xiaomi delivers the complete all-around happy package here, even if we do not yet know whether the smartphone will make it out of China.
Availability and price? There is – but only for China
Buyers: inside can choose from black, white, and gray and they also have various storage configurations available.
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage for RMB 4,999 (about 658 euros)
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RMB 5,299 (about 698 euros),
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for RMB 5,799 (about 763 euros)
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage for RMB 6,299 (about 829 euros)
Anyone who has paid attention to the subheading already knows the big catch on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4: There are currently only plans for Mainland China, so a European release is not likely. The device will be available in China from August 16th. This means that those of you who would like to try an import version know when to strike.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4: big hit or just “still a flagship phone”?
Now we have presented you with the facts, but they somehow leave me a little too chilled. With earlier Mi-Mix models, there were always big eyes and incredulous amazement, because Xiaomi not only built strong components but was able to push the boundaries of the possible a little bit in a new direction.
With the Mi Mix 4, I honestly miss these uncompromising innovations, because even an under-display cam is nothing completely new to us. NextPit would like to hear from you, whether you see it a little differently than we do. Are you unreservedly enthusiastic about what Xiaomi has put together for a total package? Or do you like me, too, that this flagship smartphone is heavily equipped, but is somehow a bit generic?
Via: Cauchy’s blog