The cat is finally out of the bag, that’s for sure as after months and months of teasers, Xiaomi finally unveiled the new Mi Mix 2. Now you might probably want something more from the original Mi Mix from last year but unfortunately in our opinion, it’s totally a mixed emotions.
The first generation Mi Mix came out with a 6.4-inch display but with the hardware update on the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi decided to go down a few notches and ended up at 5.99-inch for the display. It has a 2160 x 1080 resolution that translates into a full-HD+ display with an 18:9 Aspect ratio. It then feature a virtually bezel less top and both sides of the device while boasting a 12% reduction of the bottom bezels where it houses the front facing camera.
The Mi Mix 2 is one of the top-tier flagship from Xiaomi and it obviously has the upper hand in terms of power and performance and that’s fulfilled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset on the inside. It will include a 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the model with a choice of either 64GB, 128GB or go further with 256GB of storage and there is no microSD card slot as expected.
While the original Mi Mix came with more experimental features, that’s obviously true to the fact that the Mi Mix was a sort of a prototype hardware with testing being thrown to real world users for real world usability feedback, the Mi Mix 2 sides more on practicality and that translates into what the handset is all about. Some experimental features made its way back to the new Mi Mix 2 while a few features were dropped along the way. One of those was the piezoelectric speaker on the first Mi Mix while the Mi Mix 2 has a small opening on top of the device for the earpiece. What’s really is a standard for most mid-end and top-end devices of today is the fingerprint sensor and the Mi Mix 2 has it on the back below the camera.
Like we’ve mentioned earlier, the font small chin on the Mi Mix 2 houses the front facing camera and it is with a 5 Megapixel Selfie sensor that takes 1080p videos. On the back, it is surprisingly different from what we have thought earlier, it seems that rumors are still way off the charts and those speculations where the Mi Mix 2 would include a dual camera sensor on the back is nothing but speculations. The Mi Mix 2 comes with a single camera on the back which takes the same main sensor from the Mi 6 with a 12 Megapixel Sony IMX386 imaging sensor with an f/2.0 Aperture. It now feature an OIS which is an improvement from its predecessor but would someone even care in this era of dual cameras? We don’t know, but Xiaomi could have gone with dual camera’s if they’d plan to compete with other manufacturers.
In terms of connectivity, the Mi Mix 2 has plenty of it with support for 6 modes in 43 bands of GSM/3G/CDMA/WCDMA/LTE networks making it work anywhere in the world. Other connectivity features includes high-speed Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC and USB-C connection.
Today’s Mi Mix 2 unlike last year seems a downgrade from some notable points, the smaller display is a step back from what it offered before though it now packs the pixels more dense it’s still a deal breaker for some. It also lacks waterproofing, something that you’d expect form a flagship device nowadays. It also comes with a smaller battery at 3400 mAh and it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 but if you are looking for wireless charging, well, you’ll be out of luck and the trending dual cameras were absent as well.
But despite the odds, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 still delivers the company’s best craftsmanship and high-quality materials. The Mi Mix 2 has two variations with a regular version having a full metal unibody shell and there is the Special Edition with a full unibody ceramic design with an 18K gold rim on the camera.
As for the price, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 seems to have a reasonable price tag starting at RMB 3,299 for the 6GB/64GB variant, RMB 3,599 for the 128GB variant and RMB 3,999 if you want to go with 256GB of storage. The Special Edition with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, ceramic body goes for RMB 4699.