Xiaomi has finally took the wraps off the Mi Mix 2, a second bezel-less smartphone with improved full screen Display 2.0. It’s hard to think of a stronger one than the original Mi Mix. Built with the help of Philippe Starck, Xiaomi is back with another sequel variant of near-bezel-less Concept phone.
Xiaomi built a minimalist slab dominated by a huge screen with tiny bezels that foreshadowed the 2017 biggest trending smartphones. Following the Mi MIX, the Chinese smartphone maker has once again collaborated with Starck’s design studio to bring us yet another ceramic device with a bezel-less display: the Mi Mix 2.
Here are the details you really need to know about it.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Features & Specifications
As one would expect, the Mi MIX 2 comes with flagship specs to match its premium design. At 5.99-inches, the screen is quite a bit smaller than the colossal 6.44-inch panel used in the original. It’s likely to feel a little smaller than those numbers would imply. Because it uses an 18:9 aspect ratio compared to 17:9, the display will be even narrow across.
The Mi MIX 2 features Qualcomm’s top-of-the-range Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Storage wise, the Mi MIX 2 shares 256GB of UFS 2.1 capacity. There’s also a special edition of Mi MIX 2 with a whopping 8GB of RAM but with just 128GB storage.
Interestingly, the MIX 2 supports 43 bands, thus making it a truly global smartphone – more so than the earlier Mi Note 2. Much impressive is Xiaomi has launched Mi MIX 2 just a day before Apple’s 12th Sptember iPhone keynote event.
Apart that, Xiaomi has also tweaked some of the original Mi MIX’s quirks. The Mi MIX 2 now uses an actual speaker rather than a piezoelectric cermaic driver on the ear. Sound is now piped through a tiny slit on the top edge. This should be an improvement but is still likely to represent a compromise of sorts.
The phone in general is more obviously rounded. The aluminum frame surrounds a ceramic back panel, and Xiaomi is also releasing a special edition of Mi MIX 2. This hardware will be first ever one to use a full unibody ceramic design.
Both versions are powered by a 3,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support (9V/2A) via USB-C. As a bonus, the two editions comes with an 18K PVD rose gold-coated camera rim. While the special Mi MIX 2 edition gets the same treatment on its rear-facing fingerprint reader. And the display resolution is with a longer 2,160 x 1,080.
Another compromise is the front-facing camera, which has been more seamlessly integrated into the bottom panel but will still require you to hold the phone upside-down for selfies. What the hell? The rear-facing camera sensor is the same Sony IMX386 (with 1.25um pixels) and 4-axis optical stabilization setup as the one on the Mi 6, albeit with a slightly slower f/2.0 aperture. Mi MIX 2 uses the same 12-megapixel with 4-axis OIS and pairs with a single f/2.0 lens – no dual-camera action then.
The camera on the Mi MIX 2 can also shoot 4K or 1080p video at 30Ffps and 720p video at up to 120 fps for slow motion. As this optical upgrade, there’s now a small camera bump. Up front, the 5-megapixela uses a different sensor.
Surprise comes with a hype. This time Xiaomi is making the Mi MIX 2 available in markets outside of China. Offering the phone in two flavors; a normal edition with a metallic frame and a ceramic back combo which is a lot easier to manufacture, and a special edition with a black or white ceramic unibody.
Mi MIX 2 Price and Availability
As for how much Mi MIX 2 costs? Xiaomi is pricing the MIX 2 from 3999 yuan (about $500) for the model with 64GB/6GB RAM. The 128GB storage variant costs 3599 yuan ($550), and the 256GB model will be 3999 yuan ($610). The MIX 2 Special Edition jumps to 4,699 yuan (about $720) – comes with 8GB RAM / 128GB of storage. The normal edition can already be pre-ordered in China tonight ahead of its September 15th launch.
In order to buy the Special Edition of Mi MIX 2, you’ll have to wait until November. Xiaomi has already confirmed that the Mi MIX 2 won’t be launched in the US. Luckily including Hong Kong and Taiwan later this year.
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