Latest Xiaomi Mi MIX 2’s Thin Bezel Created by Elliptic Labs’ Ultrasound Technology
As Mi MIX 2 Phone Goes into Mass Production, Xiaomi Uses Elliptic Labs’ Ultrasound Technology for More Modern Design and Enhanced Capabilities
San Francisco, Calif., and Beijing, China — The breakthrough Mi MIX phone stunned the smartphone industry when it first launched in October 2016, kicking off the industry’s bezel-less trend. Now, Chinese powerhouse Xiaomi is moving into mass production with an even better phone, the Mi MIX 2, which once more utilizes technology from ultrasound leader Elliptic Labs to create the thinnest bezel on any phone.
Elliptic Labs’ INNER BEAUTY® Ultrasound Virtual Proximity Sensor™ enables Xiaomi’s Mi MIX series phones to remove the physical infrared hardware proximity sensor and replace it with Elliptic Labs’ virtual sensor, thereby extending their phone’s functional screen area all the way to the top edge of the device.
Prior to the first Mi MIX, all touchscreen phones relied on hardware infrared proximity sensors to prevent a user’s ear or cheek from accidentally triggering unwanted actions during a call. These hardware infrared sensors required unsightly holes in the phone’s bezels in order to be able to function. Elliptic Labs’ patented INNER BEAUTY ultrasound technology achieves this same task through software, improving overall proximity performance and enabling detection in all lighting conditions—even the dark. By eliminating the need for a physical hardware proximity sensor, Xiaomi was able to create the thinnest bezel-less frame on the market, a feat that kicked off a new era in modern phone design.
The barely-there bezel on the new Mi MIX 2 is one of its most striking features, even improving on the Mi MIX’s high standard and making the frame of the phone appear nearly invisible when the camera is on. But creating such an advanced look demands sophisticated innovation:
“By creating an Ultrasound Virtual Proximity Sensor that reuses the basic components present in all smartphones today, such as an earpiece and microphone, we eliminate the need for the extra hardware of a physical infrared proximity sensor,” explained Elliptic Labs CEO Laila Danielsen. “We deliver better functionality, and since virtual sensors are invisible, our INNER BEAUTY Virtual Proximity Sensor is the perfect technology for those wanting to create ultra-thin bezels.”
Xiaomi first partnered with Elliptic Labs last year in order to achieve its goal of producing a phone with a revolutionary screen design. Reacting to the tremendous impact of the Mi MIX, most other major phone manufacturers have started redesigning their products to try to replicate the futuristic look of the Xiaomi phone.
The move from hardware to software is driving this trend, as exemplified by Elliptic Labs’ ultrasound technology. Now, with the launch of the Mi MIX 2, Xiaomi and Elliptic Labs have raised the bar once again.
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About Elliptic Labs
Elliptic Labs is a global enterprise targeting the smartphone, laptop, IoT, and automotive markets. Founded in 2006 as a research spin-off from Norway’s Oslo University, the company’s patented AI software combines ultrasound and sensor-fusion algorithms to deliver intuitive 3D gesture, proximity, and presence sensing experiences. Its scalable AI Virtual Smart Sensor Platform™ creates software-only sensors that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and already deployed in hundreds of millions of devices around the world. Elliptic Labs is the only software company that has delivered detection capabilities using AI software, ultrasound, and sensor-fusion deployed at scale. It filed its IPO with the Euronext Growth Market in October 2020.
Elliptic Labs is headquartered in Norway with presence in the USA, China, South-Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Its technology and IP are developed in Norway and are solely owned by the company.