Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review

There's a regular phone speaker nestled just above the Mi Mix 2's display. This is quite the engineering feat, as the top bezel of the device is truly minuscule. The sound quality is decent, meaning that you'll be able to hear clearly during phone calls. Meanwhile, the other side of the line won't have any trouble understanding you either.

A rather unique feature of the Mi Mix 2 is that it supports a whopping 43 wireless bands, including CDMA ones. This means that you pretty much have global LTE support. In theory, even if the Mi Mix 2 isn't officially sold in your country, you can import it and it should be compatible with your network. Still, it's always advisable to check with your carrier before committing to a purchase.

The hybrid SIM tray allows you use two SIM cards at once, but as we mentioned earlier, there isn't a slot for a microSD card. All the other goodies are on board, such as Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, the latest Wi-Fi standards, and so on.

Battery


Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review

The 3,400mAh battery on the Mi Mix 2 is quite smaller than the 4,400mAh power cell found in the first iteration. Still, the handset managed to clock in at 9 hours and 5 minutes in our custom battery test, which is a good result.

In our experience, you should be able to go through a busy day with some juice to spare, but this is a subjective matter as everyone uses their phone differently.

Conclusion


All in all, the Mi Mix 2 is one very exotic and unconventional smartphone.Xiaomi has put a big emphasis on the design of this handset, which has led to sacrifices being made in other key areas such as the camera department.

If you want to impress people with a great-looking phone, it might make sense for you to try and buy the Mi Mix 2. Still, we would only recommend it if you are tech-savvy and are ready to handle MIUI's peculiarities. Another thing to consider is the fact that support coverage can be limited or non-existent depending on where you live. This may seem a bit disappointing, but at the end of the day, the device is not intended for casual users in North America or Europe.

Consumers in western markets ready to take the plunge could pay up to $650 after taxes plus delivery and import fees. That's not the heftiest price tag we've seen this year, but we have to remember that some of the all-screen competitors of the Mi Mix 2 have dropped in price as well.

For example, for just a tad bit more, you can snag a Samsung Galaxy S8+ that comes with an equally impressive design, better cameras, water resistance, headphone jack, and microSD slot. The S8's battery life isn't as good, but the difference isn't that dramatic.

Another handset that comes to mind is the LG G6. Granted, it uses an older Snapdragon chipset and doesn't offer as much time between charges, but it packs a lot of the features found on the Galaxy S8, a potent dual camera, and currently goes for just north of $450.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review unit provided by our friends at EuDirect.Shop

Pros

  • Premium, visually appealing design
  • High-end specs make for a generally smooth performance
  • Good battery life
  • Global LTE support is most welcome

Cons

  • Sub-par main camera
  • Inconvenient front camera positioning
  • MIUI is heavy and full of bloat
  • Initial setup can be a chore, unsuitable for people who aren't tech-savvy
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display6.0 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels (403 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280 processor
6 GB
Size5.98 x 2.97 x 0.30 inches
(151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm)
6.53 oz  (185 g)

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