5 Xiaomi smartphones that prove that the design of phones has changed a lot in 10 years

The smartphone market is changing at a rapid pace. That’s why the smartphones of 11 years ago are no longer relevant today. A look back at the evolution of Xiaomi smartphones, from the very first Mi 1 to the latest.

It’s been 11 years. It was in 2011 that Xiaomi marketed its first smartphone on the market, the Xiaomi Mi 1. A device that was only available in China. In 11 years, the smartphone market has evolved, and Xiaomi has not missed the boat. That is why the manufacturer is one of the most innovative in terms of design, especially by launching new trends, always at reasonable prices.

From the Xiaomi Mi 1, to the Xiaomi Mi 9T through the MI MIX laboratory range, a look back at China’s most emblematic smartphone.

The Xiaomi Mi 1: the basic

Do you still remember the design of smartphones from 10 years ago? They have little to do with today’s smartphones. This is the case of the Xiaomi Mi 1, which was marketed in 2011.

The Xiaomi Mi 1
The Xiaomi Mi 1

The plastic back, thick edges, “big” 4-inch screen: we are far from “premiumizationon our smartphones today. But it must be said that at that time, we did not ask them much. A phone is usually used to talk, just browse the Internet, or even take some snapshots.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2: the arrival of curved screens

Over the years, smartphones have become overweight to integrate larger screens. To continue to increase the size of our screens, without increasing the weight of the devices, manufacturers have the idea of ​​combining curved screens.

Released in 2015, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 was the manufacturer’s first smartphone with such a screen. This allows the sidebars to be reduced to nothing, while providing an increased sense of immersion. In terms of design, the first curved screens gave an unprecedented and impressive futuristic effect.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2

This trend is not just a fashion effect, because it has lasted for many years. The proof, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, released in 2019, also benefits from a beautiful curved screen.

The Redmi Note 7: accessible but beautiful

When it was released in 2019, the Redmi Note 7 conquered the editorial staff of Fandroid thanks to the quality of its technical sheet. The smartphone, sold around 200 euros, was rated 9/10 in terms of design during our test. A high and rare mark of time for phones sold at this price. The editorial staff then points out:a feeling of quality that we think cannot be achieved at the price at which the smartphone is sold“.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review (22)

In fact, Xiaomi has equipped its smartphone with a glass back, protected by Gorilla Glass. Two unique and premium features for a phone that sold for 200 euros at the time. Among the competition, there are many more plastic frames.

This is not the only advantage of the Redmi Note 7, which also benefits from a teardrop notch, an LED notification, a USB-C port and even a jack port. Almost guilt free.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T: goodbye to the front camera

How to optimize the work ratio of the front part of the screen while hiding the front camera? In 2019, we are not talking about a camera under the screen, but a motor system. In the Xiaomi 9T, the selfie camera is located in a retractable drawer located on the top edge of the device.

xiaomi mi 9T (8)
The Xiaomi Mi 9T

Thanks to this mechanism, the camera appears like this when you need it. The screen can occupy a larger surface, because it does not have to share the space of a picture block. This technique also guarantees a better level of confidentiality: if an application uses the front camera without your permission, it is impossible to miss it.

This is the first time Xiaomi has used such a mechanism. But a little earlier in the year, the manufacturer sold its MI MIX 3. Here too the front camera is hidden behind a mechanism. Except this time, it’s the entire smartphone that slides to make room for the front sensors.

The MI MIX range: the most beautiful developments of Xiaomi

And it is precisely on the side of the MI MIX range that Xiaomi comes out of the shackles. This is a kind of laboratory range, where each smartphone benefits from a unique innovation. Some of them are widely democratized, like the borderless screen found in the MI MIX 2 of 2017.

Recently, Xiaomi lifted the veil on its MI MIX 4, a phone unfortunately destined for the Chinese market. His particularity? It includes a front camera placed under the screen. The AMOLED panel that covers it will be transparent, so that shots can be taken in the same way as a traditional sensor.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 CUP
The front camera of Xiaomi MI MIX 4

We already know that other manufacturers are also working on this solution. There is no doubt that this technology is likely to dominate many phones in the coming years.

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