Fresh off the establish of its first Android One phone, Xiaomi has a sequel to its high-profile Mi Mix. Meet the Mi Mix 2.
When the Mi Mix came out hindmost year, it featured a stunning slim-bezel design that we called «the tomorrows of smartphones.» Xiaomi’s «concept» phone threw out a lot of the smartphone conventions—wish the location of the earpiece and the front facing camera—and came up with a few other one and only features like a ceramic back and a screen with curved corners. In 2017, we organize out Xiaomi wasn’t the only company with the idea for a slim-bezel phone. Samsung and LG both apace came out with phones that maximized screen space, and other it looks like Apple will follow this trend, too. The Mi Mix was the vanguard for this motion, though, and it still has the most extreme design.
For the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has changed a few fashions, most of which seem to be improvements on the original’s radical-but-sometimes-flawed design.
Earliest of all, it’s smaller. At 6.4-inches, the original Mi Mix was just too big. While the slim bezels let the followers fit a bigger screen in a smaller body, Xiaomi still went overboard and made one of the biggest smartphones by any chance. It was hard to use one-handed and hard to fit into a pocket. Xiaomi says the Mi Mix 2 is 11.9 percent smaller than the Mi Mix, with «one» a 5.99-inch screen. This should put it back into the domain of a normal smartphone size. Xiaomi has changed the aspect ratio from 17:9 to 18:9, proper like the flagship devices from LG and Samsung. The 2160×1080 show off is still an LCD, and it still has those round screen corners.
Besides the less size, holding it should be a lot more comfortable now thanks to the rounder sides. The aboriginal Mi Mix was a brick with almost totally straight sides. That creme de la creme added to the «big» feeling the phone gave off. Now the sides are totally rounded.
Another stew with the Mi Mix was the limited cellular compatibility. This was a phone made for China, so it expanded in China and not in many other places. Xiaomi calls the Mi Mix 2 a «truly international smartphone» with 43 network bands that can be used «practically anywhere in the world,» including the US.
The original Mi Mix used a crazy «piezoelectric tub-thumper» instead of a normal earpiece speaker. This basically meant there was no earpiece—the sum total frame of the phone vibrated, you stuck it to your head, and you could perceive the other person. It seemed to work fine, but in the Mi Mix 2, this unrivalled setup is being replaced by a razor-thin earpiece in the top bezel. This is a much varied traditional and simpler solution, and it doesn’t seem to add any size to the bezel. The front-facing camera is still at the groundwork of the phone instead of the top, so when it’s time to take a selfie, you’ll have to go mad the phone around.
The Mi Mix 2 remains a high-end device, and it upgrades to the latest Snapdragon 835 processor. There are varieties with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage. There’s a 3400 mAh battery, a USB-C anchorage, and (sadly) no headphone jack. The OS is Android 7.x Nougat with MIUI 9, Xiaomi’s Android outside.
The fragile ceramic back returns on the Mi Mix 2. The standard version partners it with an aluminum frame, while a «Special Edition» version swaps the aluminum structure for a «ceramic unibody.» Xiaomi says this is «a first for any smartphone» and take ins «an arduous 7-day process to manufacture.» Weirdly, the press release not succeeds to mention why a ceramic unibody is a good thing, but hey, this has one and other phones don’t.
The universal version of the Mi Mix 2 starts at RMB 3,299 ($506), while the «Special Edition» ceramic unibody construct costs RMB 4,699 ($720). If you haven’t guessed from the prices yet, the Mi Mix 2 is launching in China on September 15. For now, Xiaomi just says the phone will «make its way to selected global markets at a up to the minuter date.»