Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

  • R 8,399.00 ZAR
  • Save R 2,600.00 ZAR


Full-view, full screen, bezel-less, tri-bezel-less, FullView, FullVision, Infinity Display - whatever you and your favourite manufacturer decides to call it, the new trend is clear - bezels are so 2016! In the build-up to the flexible display revolution and potentially a long-overdue renaissance of mobile phone design, impressive display aspects and proportions seem to be the most exciting alternative to the boring "slab" form factor.

Any way you cut it, Xiaomi and the original Mi Mix need to be acknowledged in any such design-trend analysis. While last year's model is technically not the first to employ a bezel-less design, its implementation definitely made a big splash on the mobile scene. A pretty progressive one at that, essentially spearheading the new trend.

We have to hand it to Xiaomi. When good value is the game, it has proven more than ready and capable of manoeuvering in a tough market. Equally so, when its time to show off, the Chinese overachiever has a tendency of going all in.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 key features

  • Body: Four-side curved ceramic body and metal frame on the regular, Ceramic unibody on the Special edition, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Display: 5.99-inch IPS LCD, 1080x2160px (18:9), 403 ppi
  • OS: Android 7.1. Nougat with MIUI 9 on top
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4x2.45GHz + 4x1.9GHz Kryo, octa-core CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB RAM, 8GB in the Special edition
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB or 256GB internal (Only 128GB available for the Special edition)
  • Rear Camera: 12 megapixels, f/2.0, PDAF, OIS (4-axis), two-tone LED, 4K video
  • Front Camera: 5 megapixels, f2.0, 1080p video
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, A-GPS/GLONASS, BDS, NFC, USB-C port
  • Battery: 3,400mAh non-removable, Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging support
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor

Main shortcomings

  • No SD card slot
  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • No ingress protection

The Mi Mix 2 takes after its flamboyant predecessor in most ways. However, Xiaomi has also dialed back on some aspects this time around and arguably managed to deliver a more sensible and approachable handset. As great as the original was, it was simply out of reach for most, be it for financial, availability or even practical reasons.

In its second version, the Mix gets a traditional earpiece above the display, in place off the expensive and kind of finicky under-display one of the original. While this hasn't harmed the bezel-less look all that much, it definitely brings costs down. The same goes for the new bill of materials. Ceramic still adorns the back plate of the base Mi Mix 2 model, but now you have to shell out for the Special Edition to get the frame in ceramic as well.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

This is all a textbook case of product maturity, if we ever saw one. Refined and no longer in incredibly short supply, Xiaomi now has the means to offer the Mix design to a wider audience and with a RMB 3,299 (€420) starting price - almost $100 less than the launch price of the original. Internal hardware value has been allocated better this time around as well. Besides offering up the Snapdragon 835 powerhouse and a choice between 6GB and 8GB of RAM, combined with equally opulent storage options, up to 256GB, Xiaomi has brought in a major camera upgrade as well.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 in official photos

Armed with a 12MP Sony IMX386, OIS-enabled module, the same one inside the Mi 6, the Mi Mix 2 leaves the sub-par shooter of its predecessor in the dust. Even the 5.99-inch FullHD+ (2160x1080p) display, arguably makes more sense, with its increasingly standard 18:9 aspect ration.

All things considered, the Mi Mix 2 has all the makings of a really exciting product and one you could actually pick up today - a major issue with its showcase predecessor.

 

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2017, September
Status Available. Released 2017, September
BODY Dimensions 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm (5.98 x 2.97 x 0.30 in)
Weight 185 g (6.53 oz)
Build Front glass, aluminum frame, ceramic back
128/8 GB model - all ceramic
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 (~80.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  - MIUI 9
PLATFORM OS Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 540
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP (f/2.0, 1/2.9", 1.25 µm), phase detection autofocus, 4-axis OIS, dual-LED dual-tone flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, check quality
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
  - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- 3.5 mm to USB-C headphone adapter incl.
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - Fast battery charging 9V/2A (Quick Charge 3.0)
- XviD/MP4/H.265 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery
MISC Colors Black, White
Price About 520 EUR
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 4365 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3578
Basemark X: 38349
Display Contrast ratio: 1287 (nominal), 3.19 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 67dB / Noise 71dB / Ring 82dB
Battery life

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