5 smartphones Xiaomi qui prouvent que le design des téléphones a bien changé en 10 ans

5 smartphones Xiaomi qui prouvent que le design des téléphones a bien changé en 10 ans

The smartphone market is changing at breakneck speed, so much so that the smartphones of 11 years ago no longer have much to do with today’s. A look back at the evolution of Xiaomi smartphones, from the first Mi 1 to the latest.

11 years already. It was in 2011 when Xiaomi marketed its first smartphone on the market, the Xiaomi Mi 1. A device only available in China. In 11 years, the smartphone market has evolved and Xiaomi has not missed the boat. So much so that the manufacturer is one of the most innovative when it comes to design, in particular when launching new trends, always at reasonable prices.

From the Xiaomi Mi 1, to the Xiaomi Mi 9T, passing through the MI MIX laboratory range, a review of the most emblematic smartphones of the Chinese manufacturer.

The Xiaomi Mi 1: the basis

Do you still remember the design of smartphones from 10 years ago? They didn’t have much to do with today’s smartphones. This is the case of the Xiaomi Mi 1, marketed in 2011.

The Xiaomi Mi 1
The Xiaomi Mi 1

Plastic back, thick edges, “big” 4-inch screen – then we were a long way from the “premiumizationof our current smartphones. But it must be said that at the time we asked for much less. A phone was mainly used to communicate, just browse the internet or even capture some snapshots.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2: the arrival of curved screens

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

Launched in 2015, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 was the first smartphone from the manufacturer to have such a screen. This allowed the side edges to be reduced to nothing, while also providing a greater sense of immersion. In terms of design, the first curved screens provided an unprecedented and impressive futuristic effect.

The Xiaomi MiNote 2
The Xiaomi MiNote 2

This trend was not just a fashion effect, as it lasted for many years. The test, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, released in 2019, also benefited from a beautiful curved screen.

The Redmi Note 7: accessible but beautiful

When it was launched in 2019, the Redmi Note 7 conquered the Frandroid newsroom thanks to the quality of its data sheet. The smartphone, sold for around 200 euros, scored 9/10 in terms of design during our test. A rare high score at the time for phones sold at this price. The editorial team then noted:a sense of quality that we thought was unattainable at the price at which the smartphone is sold“.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review (22)

Indeed, Xiaomi had equipped its smartphone with a glass back, protected by Gorilla Glass. Two rare and premium features for a phone sold at 200 euros at the time. Among the competition, there were still many plastic frames.

This was not the only advantage of the Redmi Note 7, which also benefited from a teardrop notch, a notification LED, a USB-C port and even a jack port. Almost flawless.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T: goodbye to the front camera

How to optimize the occupancy ratio of the front part of the screen while keeping the front camera? In 2019 we were still not talking about a camera under the screen, but about a motorized system. On the Xiaomi 9T, the selfie camera is housed in a retractable drawer located on the top edge of the device.

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The Xiaomi Mi 9T

Thanks to this mechanism, the camera appeared like this only when you needed it. The screen can thus occupy a larger surface, because it does not have to share space with a block of photos. This technique also ensured a better level of confidentiality: if an app uses the front camera without your consent, it is impossible to lose it.

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

The MI MIX range: Xiaomi’s most beautiful developments

And it is precisely on the side of the MI MIX range that Xiaomi gets out of the chains. It is a kind of laboratory range, where each smartphone benefits from a unique innovation. Some of them were extensively democratized, like the borderless display found on the MI MIX 2 in 2017.

More recently, Xiaomi lifted the veil on its MI MIX 4, a phone unfortunately reserved for the Chinese market. Its peculiarity? It incorporates a front camera placed below the screen. The AMOLED panel that covers it then becomes transparent, so you can capture shots in the same way as a traditional sensor.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 Cup
The front camera of the 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 find its way into many phones in the coming years.

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