Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official; high-end specs at a reasonable price
by Alan Friedman / Mar 27, 2018, 3:25 AM
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was unveiled this afternoon in Shanghai (early morning in the U.S.) and it is obvious that Xiaomi used the Apple iPhone X as a stalking horse. Several times during the event, Xiaomi compared its new muscle phone to Apple's tenth anniversary handset. Of course, Xiaomi says that the Mi Mix 2S takes better pictures, runs longer on a single charge, and gives video game players a better experience than the iPhone X.
As expected, the Mi Mix 2S is equipped with a four sided ceramic body that includes Series 7000 aluminum. It will be available in Ceramic White or Black. The Snapdragon 845 mobile platform drives the device, and the handset managed to score a whopping 277,178 on the AnTuTu benchmark test. The LCD display is 5.99 inches in size, with a 1080 x 2160 resolution. That works out to an aspect ratio of 18:9. There is no notch on the device which means that the front-facing camera will remain embedded in the bottom bezel.
The dual camera setup on the back of the phone features a pair of 12MP sensors. One is a wide angle lens, while the other is a telephoto camera. The rear cameras are equipped with OIS and thanks to AI, camera settings are adjusted based on the lighting. The AI feature helps the phone process the bokeh effect that everyone wants to see on their portraits. It also detects currency and text, and will provide real time currency conversions. The cameras use the Sony IMX363 sensor with a "massive 1.4um micron pixel size." There is a portrait mode along with the capability to record slow motion and super slow motion.
The Mi Mix 2S supports Google's ARCore and comes with its own virtual assistant called Xiao AI, which is not replacing Google Assistant. The handset also is compatible with the Qi wireless charging platform (more on that later).
There are three variants of the phone. The model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage is priced at the equivalent of $527 USD. The unit carrying 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage has a price tag equivalent to $575 USD. And the variant known as the "King," with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of native storage, is priced at the equivalent of $639 USD. This version comes with a free wireless charger. Speaking of the wireless charger, the 7.5W accessory is priced at the equivalent of $15 USD, which made the audience squeal in delight when it was announced.
The Mi Mix 2S will support all global 4G LTE bands and pre-orders kick off in China this afternoon. The phone will launch on April 3rd. And after all this, we look forward to the day when Xiaomi starts offering its phones to U.S. consumers.
You can view the entire introduction of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S by clicking on the video at the top of this story.
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The front, the iPhone X should have had........
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 3:31 AM 12
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The back, it's like the essential phone with dual camera. I like the white with no logo.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 4:11 AM 0
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I like the ceramic, but: 1. Ugly iPhone like camera hump. UGLY! 2. FF camera only 5MP, no wide angle. 3. FPS on the back - most inconvenient position. Enough space bottom front, side or under screen. Will not buy it.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 5:11 AM 4
Posts: 3663; Member since: Nov 01, 2016
Impressive device with exception of the camera hump and the not so subtle shameless copying of apple, Google and others in their software. Time to grow up and rely on your own merits. This is a fantastic device that shouldn't have to resort to such cheap tactics.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 3:33 AM 1
Posts: 2670; Member since: Nov 09, 2015
What? I must be dreaming... A Chinese Phone in 2018 WITHOUT a notch? Unbelievable! But still, they just couldn't help but copy the rear panel of The X! Well, I'm just glad there's no notch in sight! G'Day!
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 3:35 AM 10
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Why not put that bottom bezel at the top? I don't understand the bases for such decision. The worse are those copying the notch and still keeping some bezels at the bottom. Why not put it at the top to house the camera? This mad rush to for the notch is getting on my nerves. I have made it as a decision not buy any phone with a notch.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 4:23 AM 1
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I found it odd too at the start because top bezel would look elegant. But, if there is no bottom bezel they have to come up with a bunch of gestures to navigate through the phone like on X which I believe to much of the hassle for them at the moment. Also it is S in other words incremental upgrade without much hardware change. The only attractive thing about this phone is it's price in my opinion.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 4:57 AM 1
Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017
People bash iphone 8 and XZ1 because both are 720p, no matter the tiny screen. Chinese brands bring 5.5, 6, 7" 1080p and ppl say 1080p is okay. But bash smaller phones from Apple, Sony and Asus if they are 1080p.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 6:35 AM 0
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Nokia like the best choice left if you don't want phone with notch and apple related copy. HTC is getting better but may come with notch and likely overpriced.
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 6:39 AM 1
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Real consumers' basic need for a smartphone: 1. Headphone jack (save bluetooth pairing battery power) 2. Huge battery (16:9 screen Samsung A9 Pro did it) 3. Non-notch display (Wastage if the screen is 18:9, why do you need to eliminate the notch to get a 16:9 in order to view a perfect 18:9 movie?) 4. MicroSD expansion (Cloud storage still not secure & stable imo)
posted on Mar 27, 2018, 10:32 PM 0
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