The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is now official: 6-inch 18:9 display, Snapdragon 835, global network support
by Kaloyan C. / Sep 11, 2017, 3:10 AM
The Xiaomi Mi MIX was certainly one of the most interesting products of 2016: in fact, one could argue it was the device that kickstarted the bezel-less design trend we've seen gain immense popularity over the course of the past year, with everyone from Samsung to LG jumping on the trend.
But even though Xiaomi positioned the Mi MIX more as a proof-of-concept than an actual mainstream product — quantities were limited, and the phone was only sold in a handful of countries — it was a pretty effective PR move, pushing people's perception of Xiaomi away from the "just another Chinese manufacturer" mindset.
So today's reveal of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is not at all a surprising move. But as mentioned, the bezel-less look is no longer the unique and exciting feature it was last year — so without the advantage of a shocking design, how does the Mi MIX 2 stack up against its competition?
Design-wise, the MIX 2 takes several deviations from the course set by its predecessor. First and foremost, there's the size: the MIX 2 is noticeably smaller in size, with its display sporting a relatively tame 6-inch diagonal, down from 6.4 inches. But this is further amplified by another major change: while the original had a peculiar 17:9 aspect ratio, the MIX 2 has moved to an even slimmer 18:9, the same as the LG G6, for example.
As a result, the front now features an even slimmer bottom bezel, which once again contains the front camera. A notable change is the earpiece above the screen, which was not present in the original which used an experimental piezoelectric speaker instead.
All of this is once again accented with a stylish ceramic back, though Xiaomi claims it has made the material denser and stronger to reduce the chances of it breaking. The rear also features another small but notable change, in the form of a camera bump.
And as for the camera, there are no real surprises to be found: the sensor used is the same 12 MP one you'll find inside the Mi 6, except here it's in a single-camera configuration.
On the hardware side of things, the Mi MIX 2 doesn't disappoint, either: it sports the current top-of-the-line SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, and combines it with a generous 6 GB of RAM. There are three storage options: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. Battery capacity isn't skimpy, either, at 3,400 mAh, though it is a notable downgrade from the original's 4,400 mAh.
Xiaomi also announced a Special Edition of the Mi MIX 2, featuring a slightly modified design: instead of just the back, the entire shell is made out of a single piece of ceramic. This is accompanied by a slight specs bump to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
But here's where things start to get even more interesting: the Mi MIX 2 will support an expanded set of 43 wireless bands, including WCDMA ones. Or to put it in simple terms, the device will be significantly more compatible with US networks.
Availability by country hasn't yet been announced, though we imagine it will once again be limited to China and some of its neighbors. But even if the device does have a wider release than its predecessor, Xiaomi doesn't operate directly in the United States, so those who would like to buy it will have to settle for dealing with resellers.
Price-wise, the MIX 2 doesn't disappoint, either: it costs the equivalent of $506, $552, and $613 for the 64, 128, and 256 GB editions, respectively. The Special Edition, on the other hand, is a significantly pricier $720, though this is still cheaper than most other flagships on the market. However, it's worth noting that this is the price in China, which doesn't take taxes and import costs into account, so the end price will probably be higher worldwide.
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Its a good device... but battery and camera disappoint a little (compare to original mi mix battery and though camera is yet to be tested in real life) Maybe we expect too much Still it's a good device
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:15 AM 6
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What? 4400 mah too small for you?
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:21 AM 1
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The display is nearly half an inch smaller though and the display and chipset are much more efficient so battery will be around the same performance wise. Look at the note 8 its battery is smaller than the S8+ but gets better battery life and that's even with a very slight increase in display size.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 5:54 AM 1
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Sorry Xiaomi but LG V30 is much better.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:20 AM 5
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But much more expensive.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:24 AM 5
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You're forgetting these are china prices. Getting it imported and with taxes it wont be much cheaper than the lg v30 which has - a much better camera (and dual cameras, lg has f1.6 aperture vs f2.0 on the xiaomi) - an oled screen with higher resolution (xiaomi is lcd and lower res) - waterproof (xiaomi is not waterproof) -microsd ( no microsd card slot on the xiaomi) - wireless charging ( no wireless charging on the xiaomi) - headphone jack (bye bye xiaomi headphone jack) - quaddac on the lg for better sound And alot more. So you tell me which phone is better and worth their price.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:32 PM 0
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Cheap chinese phone that cost a flagship price, good luck for that
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:22 AM 0
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Cheap Chinese brand that threaten your low self esteem. It's better to just shut up and buy your iPhone. People with high esteem are confident of the smartphone choices. If by now you don't get it that Android user here are proud of buying and using Android flagship then it's a sad day for you.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 11:28 AM 0
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posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:25 AM 0
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Finally a Chinese phone with dual SIM and CDMA possibly worth buying! We'll have to see what final pricing is for US.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:27 AM 1
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Quoting from the article: "with everyone from Samsung to LG jumping on the trend". I would say all phone manufacturers have always wanted the best screen to body ratio on their devices, but it is rather, limited by their technical prowess on manufacturing a screen that can be that thin.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 3:57 AM 0
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They did, but Xiaomi was before...only thing what bothers me with talking about "baseless devices is that they are writing like Miix was first one, and seams to be forgeting Sharp (who's, buy the way, is producer of Xiaomi's screen to). Is it on purpose or they are not informed about Japanese devices(since Sharp is dedicated to only that market),I don't know...but I hate that they keep saying that...and it's not truth.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 4:06 AM 2
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It is often the more discernible that gets more interest and it is indeed sad that rarely any article or media outlets mention the genius behind the most significant and attractive point of MI MIX: the screen manufacturer. But that is alright, at least by doing this, JDI/Sharp gets to earn some profits from it and let others know the capability they possess. I will look forward to more 120HZ IGZO screen with HDR10 from SHARP for Winter 2017 phones in Japan, would love to update my Aquos Xx2.
posted on Sep 11, 2017, 5:38 AM 0
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