Review: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

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Xiaomi has been on a roll in terms of new smartphone launch after the other. The company has also been on a mission to expand its reach across the region. The Mi Mix 2 was recently announced along with the inauguration of the second Mi Store in UAE, at the Deira City Center.

Building on the success garnered by the Mi Mix, the Mix Mix 2 takes design and build quality to a whole new level. The Mi MIX 2 comes with a 5.99-inch screen with a 18:9 full screen display. Instead of the piezoelectric speaker solution on the Mi MIX, the Mi MIX 2 uses a hidden speaker that only takes up a thin sliver of space between the top edge of the phone and the screen.

It is love at first sight when you look at the Mi Mix 2. It is a stunning phone to look at. In order to manage the device in the hand, Xiaomi has slightly modified the design of the Mi Mix 2. You now get a 5.99-inches display, compared with the 6.4-inches on the Mi Mix. At the same time, the 5-megapixel front camera remains at the chin and Mi MIX 2 continues using the ultrasonic proximity sensor.

Xiaomi uses some sort of ceramic material at the rear of the Mi MIX 2. The phone features a four-sided curved design that transitions smoothly into the aluminium frame.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. In  terms of RAM, you get a choice to choose between either 6GB or 8GB. The review unit we received accompanies 6GB of RAM. For storage, too, you get to choose between 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Our review unit came with 64GB of built-in storage. Xioami, however, has not included a micro SD slot to further expand the built-in storage.

At the rear, you will find a super-fast fingerprint scanner that is positioned just below the 12-megapixel camera. The camera module is surrounded by a gold-plated ring to make the device look more premium.

On the bottom edge of the device you will find the USB Type-C port and one of two speakers. The other speaker is situated in the earpiece. On the right edge is where you will find the volume rockers and the power button, whole the SIM card tray – which accepts two nano-SIMs at once – is on the left edge.

Xiaomi has dropped the 3.5 mm audio jack in favour of the USB-C port. However, you get a headphone adapter along with the device in the box. The Mi Mix 2 also does not comes with water- or dust-resistance. The Mi Mix 2 we reviewed came with MIUI 8.5, sitting on top of Android 7.1.1 OS. The overall UI experience was brilliant.

As mentioned earlier, the 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen dominates the front of the Mi Mix 2. The display id further protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. The display’s 1080-by-2160 resolution offers a pixel density of 403ppi, which results in very sharp image quality.

The display of the Mi Mix 2 is very bright, colourful and striking, with superb viewing angles. We were able to see the contents on the display quite clearly, even under direct sunlight. Since the Mi Mix 2 comes with the Snapdragon 835, coupled with the 6GB of RAM, performance is not an issue.

The phone was able to handle pretty much any task I threw at it. Switching between apps was smooth and stutter-free, and intense games sessions just turned out beautiful. The Mi Mix 2 comes with a 3400mAh battery. I got an average of 16 hours of non stop battery life, on a single charge. The phone also supports Quick Charge 3.0, and hence, you can easily top up an empty battery in minutes.

The Mi Mix 2’s 12-megapixel Sony IMX368 sensor comes with phase-detection autofocus and 4-axis optical image stabilisation. The device is thus capable of taking some really impressive images, under good lighting conditions. Even under low light conditions, the Mi Mix 2 was still able to produce some good looking images. The front camera also managed to take some amazing selfies.

At a starting price of AED 1850, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is a very compelling flagship to consider for your next smartphone purchase. While Xiaomi has been churning out one incredible device after the other, the Mi Mix 2 is possibly the most beautiful device the company has managed to produce. Highly recommended!

Price: AED 1850



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