Xiaomi's Mi Mix hasn't even completed four months, and reports of the company working on its successor have surfaced online.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed through Chinese social networking site Weibo that the company has started working on Mi Mix's successor, which may be called Mi Mix II.
According to the Feb. 15, Weibo post, Jung uploaded a picture of himself with designer Phillipe Starck, stating that Xiaomi would be collaborating with the French designer on the company's new phone. Starck had previously designed the hugely successful Mi Mix.
"Today, I am pleased to meet again with international design master Philippe Starck, who introduced me the design concept of millet MIX next generation, and then we both will continue to explore how to make these exciting innovations as a reality The product. Come on, millet!"(translated) stated Jung in the Weibo post.
However the chief executive did not reveal any additional details about the specs and features of the rumored Mi Mix II.
Mi Mix II Rumors
Preliminary leaks and rumors state that Xiaomi is aiming to achieve a 93 percent screen-to-body ratio for its rumored Mi Mix II smartphone, trying to trump Mi Mix which has a 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Xiaomi smartphone is also expected to be launched in the second half of 2017.
Rumors suggest that the device is still in its initial stages of design and is yet to go through numerous prototypes, before the final design is selected.
Mi Mix: The Predecessor
Xiaomi launched two variants of Mi Mix in China in October 2016. The Mi Mix was lauded for its almost bezel-less 6.4-inch display bearing a 9:17 aspect ratio. The display screen has a resolution of 2,040 x 1,080 pixels with a pixel density of 362 ppi.
The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor, clocking at 2.35 GHz and houses 4 GB of RAM, as well as 128 GB of internal memory. It comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor and has a full ceramic body and not a metal one. It also has ceramic buttons, frame, and back cover.
Another distinguishable feature of the smartphone is the piezoelectric acoustic ceramic earpiece speaker, which comes as a replacement for the more traditional earpiece. This acoustic speaker enables the user to listen to calls without putting the smartphone to his/her ear. The smartphone also sports a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera.
Initially, the Mi Mix was launched in a deep black option, but Xiaomi unveiled the white color variant of the phone at CES 2017.
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