Possible Mi Mix Alpha 2 gets closer to launch, design spotted on CNIPA

The CNIPA patent suggests that Mi Mix Alpha 2 might actually launch in 2021.

Highlights
  • Possible Mi Mix Alpha 2 design has been spotted on CNIPA
  • It shows the phone with a wraparound display and a pop-up camera system
  • Another design patent shows an iPhone-like wide notch for the cameras

Mi Mix Alpha 2 launch could just happen in 2021 if a couple of new patent applications are anything to go by. We have spotted multiple design patents on CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) that show a possible successor to the Mi Mix Alpha. The same design was earlier spotted on WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) as well. It shows the phone will have a wrap-around display much like the original Mi Mix Alpha for a high screen-to-body ratio with no bezels.

Is this the Mi Mix Alpha 2?

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Unlike the Mi Mix Alpha that had a vertical strip for the cameras on the back, one of the patents shows a pop-up mechanism on top for the cameras. Meaning, the Mi Mix Alpha successor could come with all display and no obtrusion. The other patent shows an iPhone-like wide notch on the display to house the cameras.

Both the pop-up slider and notch designs show triple cameras and two LED flash on each side. Besides the camera module. On top, there is a button, probably to power on/off and a microphone. The USB Type-C port and speaker grille are at the bottom. Both designs miss out on a 3.5mm audio jack but is expected from such a unique design. The patent documents fail to reveal the internal hardware of the phone but we can speculate it could arrive with high-end specifications such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, OLED display, and 5G connectivity.

CNIPA patent suggests that one of the designs might be finalised and that the phone might actually launch in 2021. However, the Mi Mix Alpha 2 launch timeline isn’t clear at the moment.