Xiaomi’s concept Mi Mix is entering production, and it could shake up the smartphone market more than anything we’ve seen in recent years. We detail the Xiaomi Mi Mix, and explain how you can buy the Mi Mix in the UK. Also see: Best Chinese phones

Note: Don’t get the Mi Mix confused with Xiaomi’s other phablet, the Mi Max. We were very impressed with the Max, but it’s not in the same class as the Mix.

Xiaomi Mi Mix release date: When is the Mi Mix coming out?

GearBest is now taking pre-orders on the Mi Mix and says it will ship after 15 December.  

How to buy Xiaomi Mi Mix in the UK - Xiaomi Mi Mix UK price

The Xiaomi Mi Mix has an RRP of RMB 3499 for the 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage model, and RMB 3999 for the 6GB RAM, 256GB storage model with 18k gold trims around the camera and fingerprint sensor. A straight conversion to Sterling is £422.37 and £482.69, though this is not what you will pay in the UK.

Since Xiaomi doesn’t officially sell its phones in the UK, you will need to purchase through a Chinese importer such as GearBest. Grey-market sites such as these can see prices fluctuate daily.

Today GearBest is listing the 4GB RAM Mi Mix for £517.53 / $658.99, though it is currently on pre-order and will ship after 15 December. The 6GB RAM, 256GB, 18K model is not currently listed on the site.

GearBest offers free shipping to the UK, but do note that you don’t have quite the same rights when buying from China as you do from Europe, and that you may be asked to pay import duty upon the phone’s arrival in the UK. You can read more in our advice on buying grey market tech.

Do also be warned that Xiaomi has not yet published which frequency bands its Mi Mix operates on, so we can’t guarantee that this phone will support all UK networks. As it stands, the Mi Note 2 also unveiled yesterday is the first Xiaomi to be compatible with all UK 4G bands (in its Global edition).

Update: It appears that the Mi Mix does not support 800MHz Band 20 4G, which rules out O2 and GiffGaff in the UK. These customers will still be able to access 3G, but not 4G.

Xiaomi Mi Mix features and specifications

The most notable feature about the Xiaomi Mi Mix is its huge 6.4in edgeless display, built around a ceramic body designed by Philippe Starck. The only bezel you will find here is at the bottom, resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3 percent. This should mean it’s roughly the same size as any other 5.7- to 6in phablet. Also see: Best big phones

You might be wondering where are the camera and sensors that usually sit at the top of a smartphone, and the answer is really clever. The Mi Mix uses an ultrasonic distance sensor that sits behind the display rather than a standard proximity sensor, while the smaller-than-usual camera sensor is found at the bottom right of the phone, and instead of an earpiece there is ‘cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology’ to transmit sound.

We’ve listed the Mi Mix’s key specifications below:

• 6.4in, 17:9 edgeless display (2040x1080, 362ppi) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio

• Full ceramic body: Back, frame and buttons

• Ceramic acoustics system

• 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821

• Adreno 530 GPU

• 4GB/6GB LPDDR4 RAM

• 128GB/256GB UFS 2.0 storage

• 16Mp rear camera, f/2.0, EIS (gyro), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

• 5Mp front camera

• Video recording: 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 120fps

• Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

• Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band

• Bluetooth 4.2

• GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS

• NFC

• USB Type-C 1.0

• 192kHz/24bit audio

• NFC

• 4400mAh lithium-ion battery, non-removable, with QC3

• 158.8x81.9x7.9mm

• 209g

• MIUI 8 (custom Android 6.0 Marshmallow)

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