The name of the game in
today’s phone industry is maximizing screen
size. With internet connectivity being readily available everywhere, most
people use phones to stream videos and watch movies. To maximize this
experience, consumers would prefer phones with larger screens.
The Screen Game
Maximizing screen size is
rather apparent with the trends in phone models in the last few years. Phone
designs started narrowing – to completely removing – the bezels and other essential physical buttons at the front. This gives the phone a larger screen size without
increasing the phone’s size overall.
The newest phones offer close
to 100% front screen for you to play
with. Instead of physical buttons for commands such as home, back, etc. they are
now part of the screen. Even the top part of the phone for cameras and speakers
now has the screen stretched over them.
Mi Mix Alpha’s 180.6%
Now one has to ask, with new
phones occupying nearly 100% of their front screens, what is next?
Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha may offer some suggestion to this – with their 180.6% screen. Yes, you read that
correctly. Now how might this be even
possible you ask? Well, imagine a screen surrounding your entire phone. The phone consists of a singular screen they are calling the surround screen which covers the
front and most of the back. The phone
only leaves one vertical strip of
non-screen at the back to place their cameras. Apart from that, it is one
single screen bent into the phone’s shape. The sides of the Mi Mix Alpha are
also screens. The right side houses the phone’s battery percentage, signal, and other stats normally located at the
This does pose a few questions
regarding the Mi Mix Alpha’s design. First, it presents a concern about the
dropped his or her phones at one point or another. Most of the time we get
lucky – the phone lands on its back, where the harder cover helps impact the
fall. This can leave your phone undamaged even after dropping. A phone with a
screen all around it leaves little in the way of sturdiness. With the phone having a singular screen, even a small,
sole broken area means an entire phone useless. Add the fact that it costs over $2800 and you are left wondering is it worth the risk.
A Question on Function
The front screen, I get.
Sure, everyone wants to view their videos as large as they could possibly get. People
want to browse their photos, ebooks, and even games at a bigger screen. Having
a screen at the back of the phone
however begs to question its overall function. What is it for? In addition,
will you use it enough times to justify the phone’s pricetag? It looks futuristic, however it may be more
of a hoopla over its looks rather than its overall usefulness.
What do you guys think? Is
the $2800 expected price for the Mi Mix Alpha worth having nearly twice the
amount of screen for your phone?