The original Mi MIX, which never made it out of China, was a rather revolutionary device with a 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. Basically this means that the bezels around the display are so thin that they can considered to be nonexistent.
The next generation of Mi MIX, which is going to be designed by Philip Starck, the same man who designed the first generation, is reportedly going to come with a fingerprint sensor that’s embedded into the screen. According to Android Headlines, a China-based analyst named Pan Jiutang has provided this information.
The in-display fingerprint scanning technology was showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the Xiaomi Mi MIX might be the first smartphone to incorporate Goodix’s in-display fingerprint scanning technology. With this technology, a phone will not require a separate fingerprint scanner on the body, and a part of the screen could be utilized to scan fingerprints for unlocking or other secure transactions.
The next generation of Mi MIX will also reportedly have a higher screen-to-body ratio, at 93 percent, which would translate into a bigger screen in a form factor that defies the traditional ergonomics of that screen size. The Mi MIX 2 might also have a curved AMOLED screen.
The first Xiaomi Mi MIX was announced with the Snapdragon 821 SoC, one of the most high-end processors at the time. The Mi MIX 2 could be announced with the Snapdragon 835, but with Xiaomi keen on making its own processors, we might have to wait until any official announcement is made. It is supposed to be announced in the second half of 2017.
Interestingly, this report comes short after rumours that the next iPhone, the iPhone 8, or at least one variant of it might use an in-display fingerprint scanner. Which phone pops up on the radar first, remains to be seen.