Check out this Xiaomi smartphone with a screen that wraps almost all the way around its body

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  • Xiaomi showed off gorgeous concept videos and renderings of a smartphone called the Mi Mix Alpha last year, which had a screen that wrapped almost all the way around the phone.
  • We quickly forgot about it, considering smartphone concept rarely come to fruition, but Xiaomi made a working, functional version of the Mi Mix Alpha, and it looks stunning.
  • Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee of the MKBHD channel got to hold and use the Xiaomi Mix Alpha, giving you the best look at the concept and what can be possible in future smartphones. 
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We got our first glimpse of Xiaomi's Mi Mix Alpha concept smartphone with a wrap-around screen in September 2019, but we were limited to renderings and videos, and there was little hope of seeing what an actual Mi Mix Alpha would look and work like. 

Fast-forward to late February 2020, and Marques Brownlee of the MKBHD YouTube channel got a hold of a real-life and functional version of the Mi Mix Alpha.Advertisement

Xiaomi faithfully brought its concept to life, and it surprisingly looks just as amazing as the concept videos and renders we saw, which proves that a phone with a wrap-around screen is totally possible.

Check out the real-life Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha:

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Instead of reinventing the smartphone with foldable technology, Xiaomi is taking on the traditional smartphone form, and it's basically wrapping the screen around the edges, all the way to the back.

Instead of reinventing the smartphone with foldable technology, Xiaomi is taking on the traditional smartphone form, and it's basically wrapping the screen around the edges, all the way to the back.

"It's a prototype of a cool idea they had," Brownlee said. "What would happen if you took those curved edge displays and just curved them right over the back..."

"It's a prototype of a cool idea they had," Brownlee said. "What would happen if you took those curved edge displays and just curved them right over the back..."
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To take a selfie, you flip the phone around to the back where a selfie viewfinder appears on the back screen, and you take a selfie with the main rear camera, which happens to be a 108-megapixel sensor on the Mi Mix Alpha prototype.

To take a selfie, you flip the phone around to the back where a selfie viewfinder appears on the back screen, and you take a selfie with the main rear camera, which happens to be a 108-megapixel sensor on the Mi Mix Alpha prototype.

The back of the screen can also serve as a place for widgets and shortcuts.

The back of the screen can also serve as a place for widgets and shortcuts.
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And just generally looking incredibly sleek.

And just generally looking incredibly sleek.

The side edges is also where you'll find notifications and information like battery life, as well as a volume touch switch.

The side edges is also where you'll find notifications and information like battery life, as well as a volume touch switch.
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But the Mi Mix Alpha is just a prototype, and there are a bunch on problems with a phone with a wrap-around screen. Check out Brownlee's video to get the full rundown and a better look at Xiaomi's Mi Mix Alpha:

But the Mi Mix Alpha is just a prototype, and there are a bunch on problems with a phone with a wrap-around screen. Check out Brownlee's video to get the full rundown and a better look at Xiaomi's Mi Mix Alpha: