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No new Mi Mix in 2020 after all: Xiaomi CEO

Even if this was to be the Mi Mix 2020, it's not anymore. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Even if this was to be the Mi Mix 2020, it's not anymore. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
The Mi Mix series is a line of premium devices marked by experimental features in the works at the smartphone OEM Xiaomi. For example, its Alpha variant has a stand-out wrap-around display. However, the company's CEO, Lei Jun, has just dashed hopes of it ever coming to market, let alone any kind of new Mix generation in 2020.

Xiaomi has scheduled a launch event for August 11, 2020 - and it should be pretty special too, considering it will mark 10 years of the company's existence as an electronics OEM. Normally, its fans might expect considerable spectacle at this show that might even outshine the unveiling of the Mi Mix Alpha. However, a top executive has cast a pall on this optimism.

The upcoming Xiaomi-fest has invited speculation that it would finally unveil the long-awaited Mi Mix 3 successor. However, Lei Jun has just poured cold water on the possible raised hopes of fans everywhere. The CEO has responded to queries as to this device's debut with a final and equivocal confirmation that such a phone is not going to be ready in 2020.

Similarly, Xiaomi originally planned to release the groundbreaking Alpha - albeit in small (and obviously prohibitively expensive) batches - on the open market. However, Lei Jun has also now admitted that this aim has been scrapped, and the phone's existing prototypes will endure as a monument to the OEM's engineering prowess instead.

These revelations may come as a blow to tech enthusiasts everywhere. However, it should be noted Xiaomi has likely been forced into this decision by recent socioeconomic circumstances.

For example, the latest leak hinting as to how the Mi Mix 4 may look and work (it seems it will be an even more elaborate second-gen Alpha) may give some insight into the challenge of pulling the high-end and state-of-the-art materials necessary for its construction together. Therefore, perhaps waiting until 2021 is reasonable enough at this point.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08- 9 (Update: 2020-08-10)