Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 is a bezel-free, Snapdragon 835-powered handset that starts at $500

By midian182 ยท 10 replies
Sep 11, 2017
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  1. With Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8, LG’s V30, and the upcoming iPhone X, it appears that reduced-bezel displays have become the standard for flagship smartphones. The feature is present in Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2, but it also comes with some differentiating elements, including a low price and the use of ceramic in its body.

    Back in October last year, Xiaomi unveiled the original Mi Mix; a 6.4-inch $516 device with a ceramic body that was developed alongside Phillipe Starck. Its successor retains the French designer’s services and continues to use the material for the phone’s back - there's also a special edition that features a full unibody ceramic design, something the company says is the first of its kind.

    Changes in the Mi Mix 2 include the screen, which has shrunk to 5.99 inches; the price, now down to around $500; and the hardware, which now includes Qualcomm's latest 835 processor.

    The display has a longer 2160 x 1080 resolution, giving it the same 18:9 aspect ratio as LG's V30 rather than the 17:9 type found in its predecessor. The bezels have been reduced, and it comes with more rounded corners. The Mi Mix 2 also uses a speaker instead of a piezoelectric ceramic driver on the rear, with sound coming through a narrow slit along the top edge of the glass.

    Unlike many other top-end smartphones, Xiaomi keeps the single camera on the back of the Mix 2, rather than a dual setup. The f/2.0 lens uses the same 12MP Sony IMX386 module and 4-axis OIS found in the Xiaomi Mi 6. There’s also an integrated 5MP front snapper that requires users hold the phone upside down if they want to take a selfie.

    The handset also comes with USB Type-C, 6 GB of RAM (8 GB in the all-ceramic version), a 3400 mAh battery, 43 LTE bands, and 64/128/256 GB storage options. As is the case with an increasing number of smartphones, the headphone jack is courageously missing.

    The Mi Mix 2 goes on sale in China on September 15. Prices start at $506 and go up to $614 for the 256 GB model. The unibody ceramic special edition will cost $721 and is set for release in November. The handsets won’t be launched in the US, but you could still pick one up from markets outside of China, such as India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

    Full Specs:

    • 5.99-inch 2160x1080 LCD at 401ppi
    • 151.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.7mm, 185g
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 6GB of RAM (8GB on ceramic special edition)
    • 64/128/256GB storage options (special edition is only 128GB)
    • 3400mAh battery
    • USB-C
    • No headphone jack
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • MIUI 9, based on Android Nougat
    • 43 LTE bands

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    500 bucks for all this?.. It just goes to show the profit manufacturers make on their devices. Xiaomi certainly isn't losing any money on this offering and it serves to reinforce just how sensible and justifiable blowing 10 Franklin's on a phone is.
    For those who haven't managed to put 2+2 together yet, this is a sarcastic comment.
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  3. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 153   +62

    I'm tempted.

    Alas, 5MP selfie cam is underpowered, I have the impression.

    Otherwise, kudos to Xiaomi!
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,873   +2,220

    You are calling *****s everyone who thinks your sense of sarcasm sucks? You got ways to go, mahn.
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  5. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 478   +248

    Likely unavailable in the US, and know Xaiomi, they made 100 units so that they can claim they "sold out" in X amount of time.
  6. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,432   +746

    According to GSMarena.com, it does have the LTE frequencies for the USA. That's kind of a first ;)
    Sadly though, with the stranglehold that Apple & Samsung have on the USA market, the sheep will continue
    to speand WAY TOO much money, on a smartphone that they will be talked into replacing in 18 to 24 months because (other than Apple or the Pixel) they don't do updates, and, they think if you don't have the bleeding edge specs, along with the latest x.3 release of OS, the phone is crap.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  7. jtveg

    jtveg TS Rookie Posts: 28   +12

    Does it have NFC capability?
    Does it have a proper compass ie geomagnetic sensor?
    Does it have a multi coloured LED notification indicator?
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,432   +746

    5 MP at 2560 X 1920 is an 11X14 print to maintain the original quality of the photo.
    Are you going to print the selfie?
    I think a lot of people are under the misunderstanding on how image sensors work.
    8MP should produce 11x17 (A3) if the x&y data values are large enough to support a good
    quality photo.
    People, for good or bad, still thing more is better. More megapixels, for the most part, are only
    good to maintain the image quality if you do a lot of cropping & zooming.
    On image sensors such as the TINY ones on smartphones, sometimes more is bad. The more
    tiny sensors you pack in that small area, the more likely you are to encounter crosstalk because the
    signal to noise ratio is too high. Then, the camera software will try to fix it, and you end up with a
    flat photo with little detail.
    If consumers would get off the slim, stylish, sexy, colorful aspect of smartphones, let smartphones
    eat a few pizzas and gain some weight, they could stop with the goofy dual camera nonsense, increase
    the image sensor to closer to an APS-C sensor, thicken the phone, install larger batteries, and have a
    rear mounted 5-10x zoom lens. You don't realize how tiny photo sensors in smartphones are, until you
    compare them to an APS-C sensor, typically found in mirrorless & dSLR cameras.

    http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b29/p51d007/sensor size_zpsr6lxgdks.jpg
    SalaSSin and jtveg like this.
  9. jtveg

    jtveg TS Rookie Posts: 28   +12

    That's exactly right.
    I also agree that phones should be thick enough to handle at least 50% more battery capacity.

    Ps. Photobucket wants me to update my account. (I can't see your jpg)
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  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,432   +746

    Yeah, I've pretty much given up on photobucket. Here's a link from flickr

    jtveg likes this.
  11. jtveg

    jtveg TS Rookie Posts: 28   +12

    Thanks. (y)
    p51d007 likes this.

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