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Competent is not enough – Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review

The Mi Mix 2’s main selling point is THE display, it sports 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Due to the bezel-less design, the device is equal to the size of 5.5inch smartphones. ”

Rating: 70/100
Price: ₹ 35,999/

With the launch of the Mi Mix in China last year, Xiaomi caught the smartphone industry by surprise with futuristic bezel-less displays. But sadly, the device never made to India. Thankfully, Xiaomi brings the next version of Mi Mix in the Indian market at an attractive price. In our review of the Mi Mix 2, we take a look at what it offers and try to answer if the device is indeed worth the ₹ 35,999 price tag that Xiaomi has slapped on it.

How does it feel out of the box?

The Mi Mix 2 like its predecessor, uses premium ceramic material and a display that occupies almost the entirety of the phone’s front. However, there are some key differences to the device when compared to Mi Mix. The Mi Mix 2’s main selling point is the display, it sports 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Due to the bezel-less design, the device is equal to the size of 5.5 inch smartphones. Because of narrow bezel, the phone should be manageable for one-handed usage. However, in our time with the device, single-handed use still remains an issue. At the back, the Mi Mix 2 is crafted using a ceramic sheet that melts into the phone’s frame carved out of aluminium alloy. Although the use of ceramic makes this phone virtually scratchproof and improves the look of the device, it also makes it more fragile than a glass back phone. For that matter, ceramic is also more prone to fingerprints in comparison to glass and metal. Thankfully, the Mi Mix 2 comes with a thin, rubberized case in the box. I find myself using the phone exclusively with the case on.

How does it Perform?

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Coming to the internals, the phone comes with top-notch hardware and boasts powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and Adreno 540 GPU coupled with 6GB of RAM and built-in 128 GB storage. The phone feels snappy and multitasking is fluid without any lag. We tested a handful of applications, including games, and did not encounter any lag or issues. However, when playing graphics intensive games for a short period, the device ceramic back did get a bit warm.

On the surface, MIUI 9 isn’t all that different from MIUI 8. There’s no app drawer, there is some bloatware but those can be easily organized into a single folder and MIUI 9 feels pretty lightweight and fast. The new MIUI 9 feature Split Screen Mode. As its name suggests, it allows two applications to run side-by-side, and thanks to the Mi Mix 2’s 18:9 display, there’s more screen real estate to take advantage of Split Screen Mode. Sadly, the Mi Mix 2 still runs the year-old Android 7.0 Nougat instead of new Android 8.0 Oreo.

How is the Camera?

Talking about the camera, the Mi Mix 2 has a very same 12-megapixel camera as the Xiaomi Mi 6(minus the telephoto lens), the Mi Mix 2 captures decent images and video. I got some really good shots under ideal lighting and the camera app is pretty responsive. The Mi Mix 2 camera is good, but hugely dependent on good lighting.

SPECS

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • Display: 5.99-inch IPS Full HD+ LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Storage: 64GB ROM & 6GB RAM
  • Camera: 12MP Rear camera & 5MP Front camera
  • OS: MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS
  • Battery: 3000mAh

 

Verdict

The Mi Mix 2 is a sleek looking flagship smartphone from Xiaomi. The phone features a design that is dominated by the immersive display and impressed with the edge-to-edge experience. Well, like any other device, the phone has its pros and cons. We witness a frequent call drop on both incoming and outgoing calls even though we have the strongest network in our area. The front camera is located at the unusual location which makes it difficult to capture good selfies unless you turn the phone by 180-degrees. It looks great and proves to be a winner when it comes to performance. If you can live with the Mi Mix 2’s average camera and Xiaomi’s own MIUI 9, then it is certainly a compelling flagship.

 

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