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

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

11 years already. It was in 2011 that Xiaomi launched its very first smartphone in the market, the Xiaomi Mi 1. A device that is 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 in terms of design, especially by launching new trends, always at reasonable prices.

From the Xiaomi Mi 1 to the Xiaomi Mi 9T via the MI MIX laboratory range, a look back at the Chinese manufacturer’s most emblematic smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi 1: the foundation

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

Xiaomi Mi 1
Xiaomi Mi 1

Plastic back, thick edges, “big” 4-inch screen: we were far from “premiumisationof our current smartphones. But it must be said that back then we asked them much less. A phone was mainly used to communicate, just surf the internet or even capture a few snapshots.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2: the arrival of curved screens

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

Released in 2015, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 was the manufacturer’s first smartphone to have such a display. This made it possible to reduce the side edges to nothing, while giving an increased sense of immersion. In terms of design, the first curved screens gave an unprecedented and impressive futuristic effect.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2
Xiaomi Mi Note 2

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

Redmi Note 7: accessible but beautiful

When it was released in 2019, the Redmi Note 7 conquered Frandroid’s editorial board thanks to the quality of its technical sheet. The smartphone, which retails for around 200 euros, was rated 9/10 in terms of design during our tests. A high and rare score at the time for phones sold at this price. The editors then pointed out:a sense of quality that we thought was unattainable at the price at which the smartphone is sold“.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review (22)

In fact, Xiaomi had equipped its smartphone with a glass back, protected by Gorilla Glass. Two rare and premium features for a phone sold for 200 euros at the time. Among the competitors, there were still quite a few 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.

Xiaomi Mi 9T: goodbye to the front camera

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

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Xiaomi Mi 9T

Thanks to this mechanism, the camera only looked like that when you needed it to. The screen can thus take up a larger surface because it does not have to share space with a photoblock. This technique also guaranteed a better level of privacy: if an application uses the front camera without your consent, it is impossible to miss it.

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

The MI MIX series: the most beautiful Xiaomi developments

And it is precisely on the side of the MI MIX series that Xiaomi gets out of the shackles. It is a kind of laboratory series where each smartphone benefits from a unique innovation. Some of them were then widely democratized, such as the borderless display found on the MI MIX 2 in 2017.

Recently, Xiaomi unveiled its MI MIX 4, a phone that is unfortunately reserved for the Chinese market. his peculiarity? It has a front camera located below the screen. The AMOLED panel covering it then becomes transparent to capture images 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 prevail on many phones in the coming years.

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