Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
- Premium, visually appealing design
- High screen-to-body ratio is executed very well
- Good battery life
- Global LTE support is most welcome
- Software is constantly updated
- Sub-par main camera
- Display is only Full HD+
- No headphone jack
- Inconvenient front camera positioning
- Software still needs polish
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review – Innovation on full display.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.0 is more portable, thinner and elongated than the previous version. Outstanding model with design, created by famous French designer Phillip Stark, who worked on Mi MIX’s design.
It is a representation of ergonomics and high-quality materials. Smooth lines and a minimum thickness of the device. You will feel the difference. It became more elegant, comfortable to hold in hand and very convenient in use.
Two variations of the model are available. First includes ceramic body and aluminum frame, and the second has a full ceramic body with a gold rim around the camera module.
Under the camera with a LED flash there is a fingerprint sensor that provides your smartphone with the maximum of security. Nobody will be able to unlock your device.
One of the famous “tricks” of Mi MIX smartphones is ceramic unibody. This material was deprived of many features as the traditional ceramic has, becoming extremely flexible with a high impact resistance. Mi MIX 2 is available in two color variations: black and white. Only strict classic design without any annoying extra details. Moreover, the device has a low thermal conductivity that doesn’t allow it to heat up during work. Isolation material does not block any antenna signal.
Mi MIX 2 has a wide 5,99-inch display. It occupies about 93% of the entire front panel thanks to the reduced size of the lower panel. But despite all that, it doesn’t feel like a large gadget. All the hard work of engineers was put in this innovative smartphone.
The screen ratio is 18:9 and the resolution of the display is 2160 × 1080. The wide range of the colorsis available thanks to DCI-P3 support.
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|Dimensions||151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm (5.98 x 2.97 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||185 g (6.53 oz)|
|Build||Front glass, aluminum frame, ceramic back|
|128/8 GB model - all ceramic|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Disaplay||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~80.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|- MIUI 9|
|OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal Memory||128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality|
|1/2.9" sensor size, 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], check quality|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone adapter incl.|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery|
All in all, the Xiaomi 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 Xiaomi 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.
All in all, the main problem the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is that the things its predecessor did differently are now standard in the smartphone world. The original Mi Mix was co-opted by the Essential Phone, among others, and we are seeing a move toward the phone’s 2:1 aspect ratio (well, 17:9 but close enough), along with minimal bezel displays, across the industry.
Xiaomi has done well to stick to its design guns in keeping the phone not only ceramic, but very similar to the minimalist and honestly beautiful original Mi Mix, albeit with more curves and a smaller overall body. If you want your Mi Mix 2 to be as unique as possible though, you might want to spring for the white unibody ceramic edition. Because the internals and the overall user experience of the Mi Mix 2 don’t set it apart from other high end Chinese devices and certainly other better known flagship smartphones. That special edition of the phone does come in at an equivalent of $720 US, making it the most expensive phone of the bunch.
However, the 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage model is just over $600, making it at least a few hundred dollars lower in price compared to plenty of other recent flagship devices. Depending on your stance regarding the lower resolution display, the single camera, and the Chinese software experience, that might be one hell of a steal.
It wouldn’t shock us if you wanted to go back to the phone that got us all really wanting all screen all the time – at least if you’re able to get your hands on it.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is one of a kind in its price range, and from its stunning bezelless design and powerful hardware under the hood to an excellent display and convincing battery life, it has all the elements at right spot to justify the price.
It is the costliest Mi phone ever launched in India, and that obviously means it’s not going to be easy for Xiaomi to break into this price range. With Nokia 8, OnePlus 5 and LG G6 all breathing down its neck, it is going to be a tight battle between these under 40k smartphones.
No doubt it is the most elegant looking smartphone among all, but there are minor tradeoffs like a poor front camera and not-so-polished software.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is not exactly an easy phone to recommend. Or, at least not universally applicable as such. For us reviewers, constantly entrenched in the thick of the smartphone realm, with dozens of handsets coming and going, it constitutes a breath of fresh air. A nice shift and interesting new trend in design and take on the tired “slab” form factor.
For many of you out there, a unique look might just be enough to motivate a purchase, which we can understand perfectly. After all, on a broader scale, most mid-range Android smartphones these days are objectively good enough to cover the average user’s needs. Flagships just offer up their own specific blend of icing on top of that.
However, if looks are not a number one priority in your book, you need to take into account some of the relative shortcomings of the Mix 2 as well, compared to its rivals. Since, you will have to live with the okay-ish camera and battery life, when you could be demanding more for your money.
So, with all said and done, we can safely say the Mi Mix 2 is an almost universal charmer, but it’s not as universally versatile as you’d expect from a flagship device. But it just might be your flagship device of choice if it ticks just the right boxes on your checklist.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has the same fundamentals as its predecessor: an all-screen front with virtually no bezels on three sides, and a ceramic body. By shrinking the screen size down to 5.99 inches, Xiaomi has created a device that’s easier to use on a day-to-day basis.
The fact that the Mi Mix 2 has global LTE bands makes it an easy recommendation if you’re looking for a sub-$600 phone that manages to stand out. The same caveats as before apply though: you’re not going to see any after-sales support in markets where Xiaomi doesn’t sell phones, and if this is your first Xiaomi purchase, it’ll take you awhile to get used to MIUI. If you’re willing to put up with that, the Mi Mix 2 is a fantastic phone for the price.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is officially available in China and India, and if you’re looking to pick up the device from another country, your best bet is to go through a reseller like GearBest. You’ll have to shell out $559 for the variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage.
Unlike the original Xiaomi Mi Mix, which used technology to turn the whole phone into a speaker (Xiaomi called it a “cantilever ceramic piezoelectric actuator”), the Mix 2 falls back to an actual speaker that plays sound from a tiny slit that sits at the edge of the display. Calls are clear and the sound quality is good.
Water-resistance is conspicuously lacking, a misstep because it’s quickly become the standard in flagship phones. You also won’t find wireless charging, which isn’t surprising because right now only comes in the top Samsung Galaxys and this year’s iPhones ($849.00 at Apple).
With the Mix 2, Xiaomi proves that it does have the design and engineering chops to make a flagship phone that’s markedly different from Apple, and if you’re none too keen on the expensive iPhone X, the Mix 2 is worth a grab for that all screen goodness, low price for a flagship and global LTE support. Otherwise, there’s always the LG G6 ($519.50 at Amazon.com)for another big-screen-small-bezel device, or the more expensive Pixel 2 ($649.99 at Best Buy). Savvy buyers will also want to keep an eye out for the .
Xiaomi has tasted one success after another over the past 12-18 months, and the company looks set to dethrone Samsung as the number one player by volume in India’s smartphone market. This has largely been possible because of its budget Redmi offerings, but recently, we’ve seen the company looking to experiment with other price bands and product segments with the likes of the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the recently launched Redmi Y1 series.
The Mi Mix 2 is arguably the most crucial part of this new strategy, as it is the first premium smartphone that the company has launched in India ever since Mi 5’s lukewarm reception. In the meanwhile, the likes of the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T – and more recently the OnePlus 5 and Honor 8 Pro – have done well for themselves in the “budget flagships” category, and the Mi Mix 2 India launch is an attempt to grab a slice of that pie.
To Xiaomi’s credit, the Mi Mix 2 gets a lot right – the phone has a head-turning design, a great display, fantastic battery life, and excellent performance. Xiaomi also has a decent track record of eventually delivering software updates, though they don’t quite follow Google’s update cycle. Our only real gripe is with the cameras – the placement of the front camera is awkward, and we would have been willing to forgive that if its performance was great, but that sadly isn’t the case here.
Much like the OnePlus 5, the Mi Mix 2 falls short in the camera department, though it has none of the display issues of the former, and its design is anything but boring. If your primary use case will be sharing pictures on Facebook and Twitter, the Mi Mix 2 might well serve your purpose, though if you are looking for a better camera in a more traditional package, you should give the Honor 8 Pro a look. Or you could wait and see what the OnePlus 5T has to offer.