In the ongoing battle between Apple and Xiaomi, the latter is such the underdog that you likely didn’t know there was an ongoing battle between Apple and Xiaomi. Chances are Apple didn’t even know, but Xiaomi just pulled one hell of a power move.

The iPhone 8 will supposedly be radically different than the iPhones that came before it, and if you want an idea of just how different, pick up the Xiaomi Mi Mix when it hits shelves this November. The upcoming handset has a lot in common with the current reports of the iPhone 8’s appearance. It features a near bezel-less display, a 6.4-inch screen, and the front-camera has bee relocated to the bottom bezel. It features an ultrasound sensor in place of a proximity one, and the front speaker is a piezoelectric speaker, which uses the metal frame to generate sound. Science!

On the inside, the phone’s got a Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB RAM, and 128GB of storage, just like Google’s Pixels. It’s got a 16-megapixel rear camera, a headphone jack (we actually have to list those, nowadays), rear fingerprint sensor, a 192Hz/24-bit DAC chip, dual-SIM support, and a 4,400mAh battery. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.


The standard Mi Mix will go for $516 on November 4th, and for $590 you can upgrade to 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Here’s the rub, though: this is a “concept phone” and won’t be mass-produced, so don’t expect to see a lot of these things around. It’s a real shame, as this looks to be a hell of a phone.

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