Straight out of the future: Nubia Z11 & Xiaomi Mi Mix


Xaomi‘s Mi Mix and Nubia‘s Z11 are two very different phones but deep inside they share a very common philosophy. Both the phones are straight out of the future, a future wherein all phones will possibly be all-display/all screen with no bezels. None, none at all. The Mi Mix and the Z11 aren’t entirely devoid of bezels, but, it’s a start. The more important thing to note is that both the Mi Mix and the Z11 are more than mere gimmicks. Both the phones are actually quite (very) functional as well. They don’t look like a laboratory experiment.

The Mi Mix starts at RMB 3,499 (roughly Rs 34,500) for the base 4GB RAM and 128GB memory option while the top-tier 6GB RAM and 256GB storage option is  available for RMB 3,999 (roughly Rs 39,500).


  1. Designed and jointly developed by renowned designer Philippe Starck, the Mi Mix boasts of a full ceramic body and a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3 per cent: an almost perfect edge-to-edge to be precise. The phone does not have a forehead, just the bottom. The phone is mostly flat like a pancake and the display — a 6.4-inch IPS LCD — is curved around the corners of the top.

  2. The Z11, on the other hand, comes with an all-metal unibody. It comes with what Nubia calls an aRC 2.0 bezel-less display that allows the Z11 “to appear thinner and lighter due to significant reduction in thickness of the glass panel” according to the company. Essentially, the Z11 has 2.5D curved Corning Glass 3 on the front. On the inside, the company has — using some clever optics — managed to stretch the length of the main display area ever so slightly so it actually extends beyond the frontal curve. The whole thing — when lit up — gives the illusion that the display is gradually wrapping around the glass and is virtually edge-to-edge. Unlike the Mi Mix, the Z11 comes with an 81 per cent screen-to-body ratio.

  3. The Mi Mix is a lot more futuristic in comparison, in that it uses an ultrasonic proximity sensor through the display, through the glass, through the whole thing. So basically, the earpiece lies behind the glass and isn’t visible to the naked eye. It senses when you bring your phone to your ear just like an infrared proximity sensor. The technology behind the whole thing — called Inner Beauty – is the workmanship of Elliptic Labs. Also, the selfie camera in the case of the Mi Mix is tucked away at the bottom. The Z11 follows a different and a more traditional approach in comparison.

  4. While the Mi Mix comes with on-screen navigation keys, the Z11 comes with physical capacitive keys that are also backlit. Both the phones come with USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.

  5. The Mi Mix comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p screen, while the Z11 has a smaller 5.5-inch (also 1080p) display. Both the phones, because they have almost no bezels, look and feel much smaller (compact) than they actually are.

  6. The Mi Mix is more powerful of the two in that it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The Z11 comes with a Snapdragon 820 CPU under the hood. Both the phones come with up to 6GB of RAM. The Mi Mix comes with up to 256GB of memory, while the Z11 available in India has 64GB memory. The Z11 supports expandable storage, but the Mi Mix doesn’t.

  7. The Mi Mix does not support expandable storage. The Z11 does. Both of them are dualSIM phones and support 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options.

  8. Both the Mi Mix and the Z11 run Android Marshmallow but while the former comes with MIUI 8, the latter comes with Nubia UI. Skinning is on the heavier side of things in both the phones and there is no app drawer.

  9. The Z11 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, triple image stabilisation (consisting of HIS (Hand-held Image Stabilisation), Optical Image Stabilisation and Electronic Image Stabilisation), and PDAF. Nubia’s Neo Vision 6.0 camera app will take some time getting used to, but once you’re through you’ll really appreciate the level of functionality that it brings to the table. The Mi Mix meanwhile brings a pretty standard 16-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. On the front, the Z11 and the Mi Mix come with an 8-megapixel and a 5-megapixel camera respectively.

  10. The Mi Mix is backed by a 4,400 mAh battery while the Z11 comes with a smaller 3,000mAh battery. Both the phones support fast charging out-of-the-box.

    The Mi Mix and the Nubia Z11, as mentioned earlier are two phones straight out of the future. While the Mi Mix may never make it to India, the Z11 is and is competing straight up against the OnePlus 3T. It is a very practical smartphone as well unlike a certain Mi Mix which Xiaomi itself calls a concept phone. The Mi Mix is larger and more gimmicky on the outside. The Z11 is also very gimmicky, but most of its gimmicks are on the software side.

    The Z11 is being marketed as a no-bezel phone, and just so Nubia can emphasize more on this aspect, the phone comes with plenty of ‘edge’ based features. You can quickly select your desktop by holding the edge and swiping inward, you can switch between apps by swiping up or down from the edge, you can swipe repeatedly from the edges to kill background apps and swipe from both edges to adjust brightness.

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