Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 first impressions: flagship performance with great looks

11 October, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi has launched its first ever bezel-less handset, Mi MIX 2, in India.

The new Mi Mix 2 was announced at a special event in New Delhi today with a price tag of Rs 35,999.

The handset has been designed in a four-sided curved ceramic body with a 5.99-inch bezel-less display. The smartphone's biggest highlight is its 6-inch bezel-less display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Mi Mix 2 is powered by Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor.

On the imaging front, this phone is mounted with 12MP rear camera having 18k gold-plated camera rim with Sony IMX386 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, Dual LED flash, 4K video recording and 4-axis optical stabilization. It will also be available from Mi Home and other offline retail stores from November. The Mi MIX 2 will be available on Flipkart and Mi.com in a preview sale on October 17.

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On the connectivity front, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 offers 2.2 dual-band Wi-Fi technology that allows for better and wider connectivity. As far as pricing and specification are concerned the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will rival other flagships like the OnePlus 5 and the Honor 8 Pro. The Mi MIX 2 also features facial recognition tech to unlock the smartphone. The Mi Mix 2 houses 7-series aluminum alloy frame with new antenna technology. The Mi 5 a year ago was launched at around Rs 25,000, but did not find many takers at the time, presumably because the company was still establishing a user base in the country. While most phones - including mid and low-range phones - in the market come with IP68 certification, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 strangely does not come with any promise of being safe against splashes.

The smartphone will run on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box atop Xiaomi's custom Android skin MIUI9. The Mi Mix 2 also features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for biometric security. So, it will be interesting to see whether Mi MIX 2 can entice people to buy premium smartphones from Xiaomi.

There are obvious downsides - no IP67 rating (water and dust resistant), MIUI (which quite a few people dislike), has a standard single-lens camera setup and there is no headphone jack or wireless charging - but I'm not going to get into that.

Ahead of Diwali, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 in India priced Rs 35,999.

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