Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha might be the company’s foldable phone

Xiaomi recently confirmed that there will be a launch event on September 24, where the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G and a Mi Mix device will be introduced to the world. While there were quite a few leaks regarding the Mi 9 Pro 5G, not much info about the Mi Mix surfaced until now. The company finally released a teaser and considering the information it contains, we might be in for a big surprise on September 24. First of all, the promotional image reveals the moniker of the upcoming handset. Its name will be Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha. This is not usual for the Mi Mix family, but it is probably meant to underline the fact that the upcoming device is indeed a special one.

The promotional poster also shows an image of what seems to be a part of the screen. Given the image, there are two possibilities regarding the design of the new smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha might have a waterfall screen that truly embraces the body of the phone. Namely, it seems to go all the way to the back of the device, practically reducing the sides of the device to a screen. Of course, this also means that on at least one side of the Mi Mix Alpha there will be no physical button. This would not be an unusual thing, however, if the waterfall screen takes up the other side of the phone too, it means that there is no place on the sides for a power button or for volume controls.

According to another theory, the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is actually the foldable smartphone Xiaomi showed off earlier this year in a video. This would make sense, as in the video the handset folds three times and the image on the poster could actually show one of these places where the handset folds. Xiaomi managed to keep this secret quite well, as up until now not many people seem to have known what the company is preparing for September 24.

No matter which theory proves to be right, the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha should be a powerful device. Mi Mix handsets have come with the best hardware on board so far and it would be quite a surprise for the Alpha to be anything different. Previous rumors regarding an upcoming Mi Mix smartphone pointed toward a 108MP camera and/or 40W charging. Maybe the Alpha is the one to sport these features for the first time. We can also expect a powerful chipset, probably the Snapdragon 855 Plus, paired with huge amounts of memory and internal storage. The handset should run the latest version of MIUI and it could also offer some brand new features.

Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Mi Mix devices usually aren’t exactly cheap. If the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is indeed the company’s first foldable phone, we can expect quite a high price for the handset. The launch event is only a few days away. Even if Xiaomi manages to keep its secret from the ears of the general public, we will find out everything there is to know about the new handset in only four days.

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