Operating System MIUI 9
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Display 5.9-inch 18:9 IPS LCD 2160 x 1080 (403ppi)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
2.45GHz octa-core Kryo 280
GPU Adreno 540
RAM 6GB LPDDR4X (8GB LPDDR4X special edition)
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 flash storage (128GB special edition)
Quick Charge 3.0 (9V/2A)
Rear Camera 12MP (Sony IMX 386) f/2.0, 1.25-micron pixels
4-axis OIS, two-tone flash, PDAF
4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
Front Camera 5MP
Xiaomi is also rolling out a special edition of the Mi Mix 2 made out of a ceramic unibody chassis that is slightly narrower than the regular variant. The all-ceramic version of the Mi Mix 2 has dimensions of 150.5 x 74.6 x 7.7mm, and the weight is marginally higher at 187g.
The Mi Mix 2 has a 2160 x 1080 FHD+ panel with virtually no borders, with the camera sensor located on the bottom bezel. The phone is powered by the 10nm Snapdragon 835, and the standard model offers 6GB of RAM along with storage options of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7mm
Elegant minimal-bezel design
Ergonomically designed with soft corners
Ceramic and aluminum construction
6GB of RAM (8GB on Special Edition) and up to 256GB of storage
Dual SIM, with excellent LTE support
16MP dual primary camera
Excellent value for money
Awkward front camera location
No MicroSD slot
No 3.5mm headphone jack
No headphones included
No IP rating for dust/water resistance
Potential warranty headaches
Xiaomi goes all in on creating their stunning phones by pursuing a minimal bezel design. That is the first thing that strikes you about the new Mi Mix 2. Especially the top bezel – having the image almost appear to lap over the edge is impressive. The sides are only off by a 1mm or so and the bottom has about a 4mm black area which houses the phone’s camera.
The Mi Mix 2 is the second iteration of the Mi Mix line. While the Mi Mix came in with a 6.4-inch display the Mi Mix 2 has reduced it down to 5.99 -inch. The reduced size makes for holding and handling the phone much more of a pleasure. Anything bigger than that makes it tough for fitting into pockets, let alone your hand. The real estate of the screen may have physically been downsized it doesn’t really feel like it. The Mi Mix 2 does a great job at creating the illusion that your viewing area is actually bigger than the 6.4 -inch model.
The designer, Philippe Stark went to work on this phone. He used a combination of Aluminium and ceramic for the case and pulled off a sleek looking phone. This phone has rounded edges and a very soft but heavy (well constructed) feel to it. There is even an 18-carat gold surround for the camera lens.
The rear facing camera lens is well positioned, but it is slightly raised by a hair or two. This makes the phone lay uneven when placed down on its’ back. There is some wobble. My guess is that this space issue will be worked out for the Mi Mix 3. It’s not a deal breaker and the raised camera optic is found on other flagship phones like the Samsung S7. The front-facing camera is another story.
The front facing camera optics on phones have generally been located at the top edge of phones. I actually can’t recall a manufacturer ever locating the optics underneath the display area. Xiamoi, never one afraid to buck the norm, took it upon themselves to disrupt phone design by doing just that. Placing the camera underneath the display.
It one thing to move it under the display, but they put it all the way over on the right side corner (not centered like one would expect). Not only is the location new to phones, but it’s new to us (the people that use them) and takes some getting used to in being able to properly take a good selfie. Through software you can rotate the image 180 degrees so you can takes pictures holding the phone upside down. Strange but it works.
Xiaomi has always be exceptional at getting the most out of their batteries. The Mix 2 packs a large 3,400mAh battery. This gives it an edge over the iPhone’s 2.716mAh and Galaxy S8’s 3,000mAh batteries. Going a whole day without having to recharge the phone is a nice bonus.
The Mi Mix 2 is not weather resistant and has no waterproofing certifications. Be careful if you intend on using it in wet or humid climates. A few drops of water in the right place could be potentially the end of life for the phone.
Instead of the weird technology behind the “cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic device” that was found on the Mix (which caused the whole phone to vibrate) Xiaomi has returned to the traditional speaker setup. While the external speaker isn’t exactly stereo it sure sounds like it.
Android Nougat 7 is installed on the Mix 2 as well as Xiaomi’s normal bloatware. A lot of which is in Mandarin. It is a Chinese phone, but it would be nice if some of Xiaomi’s native apps were in English. It may be that way because getting your hands on a Mi Mix 2 is difficult if you’re not living somewhere in Asia. While the phone is readily available in China, getting one in Singapore, Malaysia, India, the US etc entails having to purchase it from a Chinese distributor who is willing to ship it internationally to you.
One of the most attractive aspects of this phone is its price. It comes in at about 1/2 the cost of a new iPhone. The entry model (64GB) can be had for as little as $460.00USD. You could literally buy two of them for the price of the latest iPhone. Plus you’d have a pretty exclusive phone seeing how they’re so difficult to get a hold of outside of China.