Xiaomi launches the Mi Mix 4 with under display camera, Snapdragon 888 Plus
Xiaomi’s much-awaited Mi Mix 4 is now official. The company just launched the smartphone in China and this is the first phone in the Mi Mix series that has been announced in almost three years. In case you have forgotten amidst a whole flood of smartphone launches, Mi Mix phones are usually always about bezel-less designs and seamless screens. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 carries that same concept forward but there’s something new here - a selfie camera that’s placed under the screen.
Xiaomi calls this new addition the CUP (Camera Under Panel) technology. While this is similar to the under-display selfie cameras we’ve seen from the likes of Oppo and ZTE, Xiaomi Mi Mix 4’s screen boasts of a 400ppi area that allows light to pass through the selfie camera making it “virtually invisible”. The selfie camera on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is a 20MP one and sits under the 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080p curved OLED display.
As Xiaomi pointed out, their CUP is “a technology iterated through three major generations, five years, sixty patents, a $77 million investment, and hundreds of engineers”. The company had promised to start mass-producing smartphones with its third-gen under-display camera tech in 2021, as The Verge pointed out, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is the first step towards that promise. Xiaomi had first shown off this tech in 2019.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is the first smartphone to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus processor which is an improved version of the Snapdragon 888 with a top clock speed of 3GHz. This Snapdragon 888 Plus on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 comes paired with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB, or 512GB of storage.
The cameras on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 include a 108MP Samsung HMX sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide and an 8MP 5x periscope telephoto sensor. Powering it all is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. This is not Xiaomi’s first offering with a 120W wired charging support, but Xiaomi says that it “might be the fastest”. According to the company, the battery on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 charges to a full under 15 mins as compared to the 23 mins the Mi 10 Ultra takes. On wireless charging, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 takes 28 mins to hit a 100%.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 has officially launched only in China so far and the company has not mentioned anything about global launches yet. Preorders for the device start in China tomorrow with general availability coming on August 16. Prices for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 start at 4,999 yuan ( ₹57,411 approx) for the 8GB/128GB model and go up to 6,299 yuan ( ₹72,342 approx) for the 12GB/512GB model.