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Xiaomi’s President Can’t Confirm Mi MIX Production Capacity Will Increase

by Habeeb Onawole 19

The Mi Mix was launched this week alongside the Mi Note 2 but issues of supply are already cropping up even though the device doesn’t go on sale until next month. The reason is because of the difficulty posed by the production of its ceramic body.

Lin Bin

The President of Xiaomi, Lin Bin, said in a press statement that they are facing difficulties in the firing process involved in the production process. In his words, if they set out to make 100 units, only about 5% of the ceramic bodies made passes quality tests. Mr. Lin Bin says there are still no solutions yet and he doesn’t think the numbers produced will increase in the next couple of months.

Mi Mix

Part of his press statement addressed the allegation of the Mi Mix being a rip off of the Sharp Aquos Crystal. The Mi Mix, according to the president, is a lot different from the Aquos Crystal. Both phones are made from different materials, ceramic for the Mix and plastic for the Crystal. They also sport different hardware configurations and the Mix wins in the screen to body ratio: 91.3% as against the Crystal’s 82.1%. Let’s also not forget that Sharp supplied the display, so if it is not an issue for them……

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The Mi Mix will go on sale on the 4th of November. It features a 6.4” display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB of storage, 16MP primary camera, 5MP front facing shooter, and a 4400mAh battery.

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  • Q

    They should make a cheaper model with metallic body

  • Rob

    Why are they even using ceramic? They should have a standard version with alloy and a high end version with ceramic, problem solved!

    • Assefa Hanson

      from what im understanding the ultrasonic technology they used requires that the whole phones body is tailored for the sound to travel

      • Rob

        That makes sense, however must surely be easier and cheaper to ceramic coat (or similar) The inside of an alloy back.

        • Assefa Hanson

          yeah maybe they are afraid of mass producing since they think it might be a risky phone

          • I feel that too… but they should be looking to expand operations especially with this opportunity of the Mi MIX.
            Mi 5 Ceramic kept going out of stock within short periods which led to massive price hikes by resellers who still had it.

            However, the Mi 5 is still selling like hotcakes here in Dubai, after being launched by a carrier and there haven’t been any issues at all.
            A bit expensive though.
            So maybe what they need in more international markets… is support/partnership from big carriers?

          • goodwill

            5% out of 100 units is so little tho. I can imagine the loss of money.

        • goodwill

          I think it’s also because of the level 8 moh scratch protection that it has. Gorilla glass 4/5 scratches at lvl 6

  • Modest Mind

    Give me Xiaomi Mi Mix with 5.2″-5.5″ and Xiaomi shut up and take my money.

    • It is a 6.4″ FHD LCD which fits into the frame and body of your average 5.5-5.7″ phone.
      It is a win-win!
      Although, the final selling price (margin added by resellers) will be pretty steep due to limited stock.

      • njren

        Really? Which of your average 5.5-5.7″ phones is 82mm wide?

      • Modest Mind

        5.5″ with today’s bezels (like the ones from Apple, etc.) is too big for my taste.

        • Yep. IMO, Pixel XL is the only 5.5″ phone which hits the sweet spot.
          Weighs ~20g less than the iPhone; only OP3 weighs less in the same category.
          The frame is pretty sleek as well. And if it was affordable, I’d buy it in a flash.

  • goodwill

    They should make a version with all Metal since Ceramic production is a problem

    • Genko

      I red that the ceramic body is essential, because of the missing ear piece. The ceramic body (do not ask me how) “transports” the sound waves to your ear. i just had a quick read, how this actually works is a miracle to me 🙂

  • Wolvie

    Then why use ceramic you moron !!!!

    • Genko

      Errm, calling the president of a billion Dollar company a moron, to say it nicely, can only come from an even bigger moron. They managed to establish Xiaomi from scratch, so you really think that they do not know how the business works?

      I would rather think, that the technology is just so young that no real mass production capabilities are there. I mean they had to replace nearly every sensor and create new materials to make this design happen. That is by far more than Apple and Samsung managed to do for the last 2-3 years. I would happily pay 500€ to get one (with Band 20 and OIS). This design means real innovation.

  • Flo

    I will Import this Smartphone to Germany , what if my Display is broken? Can i send it in or how can i handle this then?