Xiaomi has officially announced the flagship-grade Mi Mix 2, to be available in China and India. The announcement was made in China just this week; here’s everything to know.
The new device runs flagship-grade components, including a trendy small bezel design and a 2:1 aspect ratio. It was Xiaomi who helped pioneer the near-all-display design with the original Mi Mix, and here the second generation Mi Mix device features several improvements. We have no word yet on price, when, or even if the device will be available outside the Chinese and Indian markets. If exclusive to these regions, competition will be stiff, considering that premium mid-range phones make up a vast population of phones in Chinese and Indian markets. Most of the specs we now know to be facts line up with prior leaks, but let’s take a look.
As far as core hardware is concerned, the Mi Mix 2 is very much an update of the original Xiaomi Mi Mix. The smartphone is based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with a choice of either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and storage ranging from 64GB through 128GB to 256GB. The original Mi Mix used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with 6GB of RAM. There’s a Sony 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Xiaomi has given the Mi Mix 2 a massive 5,300mAh battery, which is considerably smaller than the original Mi Mix’s 4,400mAh battery. It can be recharged via USB Type-C with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
Another difference is the display, which measures 5.99-inch across the diagonal and is 2,160 by 1,080 pixels, or Full HD. Last year’s Mi Mix used a massive 6.4-inch display of a similar resolution. Given this, the Mi Mix 2 might be considered a step down from some alternative flagships with QHD displays, but for the majority of customers who will only see a difference if they are using the handset for VR purposes.
Xiaomi is leveraging the Snapdragon 835’s modem and the device supports an impressive 43 LTE bands from across the world – over three times as many as the original Mi Mix, and this is something that is sure to pique the interest of smartphone buyers across the world. If one has to import the handset, there is a much better chance that it will support local LTE bands.
As far as design and features go, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has a good mix (no pun intended). There’s a ceramic back similar to the Essential PH-1, and the 6GB or 8GB of RAM combined with a 1080p resolution display is similar to the OnePlus 5. In order to keep the bezels small around the device, Xiaomi included the front-facing camera in the lower ‘chin’ rather than in the more traditional area above the display. Interestingly enough, Xiaomi has also announced plans to release a special edition Mi Mix 2 where the ceramic will extend across the sides of the device, to be available in Black and White colors.
On the software side of things, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2 will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat pre-loaded. This means you’ll have access to all the latest goodies such as doze on the go, bundled notifications, split-screen multitasking, enhanced security, new emojis, and a new Vulkan API for better overall graphics performance. You’ll also have some Android 7.1.1 Nougat exclusive features like app shortcuts, GIF touch keyboard support, live wallpaper metadata, and more. The icing is Xiaomi’s latest version of MIUI, which adds useful features and touches throughout the interface.
The handset’s dimensions are that it measures 151.8mm long, 75.5mm wide and 7.7mm thick (thin), and weighs in at 185g. Of particular note is that the front bezel below the display is 12% smaller than the previous generation Xiaomi Mi Mix. Xiaomi has given the overall design a nip and tuck.; it looks as elegant and sophisticated as most other 2017 flagship devices. Software keys will be utilized for navigation and a fingerprint reader can secure the phone from the rear. Other specs include Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and dual SIM.
The bad news for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is that there are currently no plans to introduce the smartphone into the North American continent. The handset would appear to have the makings of a serious competitor, and if it is true to form for Xiaomi’s other devices, it will be very competitively priced. Unfortunately, Xiaomi is yet to start selling phones in the US market, and we’ve seen little to no movement in this regard for several years. Pre-orders should begin soon through the company’s ‘Mi’ online marketplace linked below as the source. We’ll keep this post updated as we learn more.