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(Updated: Availability) Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is Official: Smaller, Faster, Stronger!!!

by Habeeb Onawole 23

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is now official. After weeks of anticipation, Xiaomi has taken the wraps off its second generation MIX smartphone.

However, the new phone is greatly different from its predecessor in several ways. From the design, to the specs and even down to the price this is a new device.

Mi MIX 2

Mi MIX 2 Design

Unlike the first-gen Mi MIX which is tall and wide, the MIX 2 is shorter and narrower. The largest variant in terms of dimensions is 151.8 mm long and 75.5 mm wide. Compare that to the 2016 Mi MIX which is 158.8 mm long and 81.9 mm wide and you should get the picture.

Xiaomi has maintained the material of choice from the first generation MIX. The ceramic back now has a four-sided curve to allow for a better grip. There have also been some improvements with respect to the audio. The images below should explain better.

Mi MIX 2 Specs

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 has a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080. The 18:9 aspect ratio display, unsurprisingly is from LG. This type of display has become so popular this year and gives the Mi MIX 2 its narrow form over its predecessor as well as a higher screen-to-body ratio of 90%.

Xiaomi has released the phone in four different memory variants all powered by the Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an Adreno 540 GPU. They are:

  1. 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
  2. 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
  3. 6GB RAM + 256GB ROM
  4. 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM (Special Edition)

The Mi MIX 2 doesn’t join the dual camera bandwagon. It has a single sensor at the back and it is the 12MP Sony IMX386. This is the primary sensor in the Mi 6. It has a 1.25μm pixel size, a f/2.0 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization. On the right of the lens is a dual LED flash and below it is a fingerprint scanner.

The front camera is a 5MP sensor that supports face recognition and also has autofocus.

The fact that the Mi MIX 2 comes with a smaller display has resulted in a smaller battery. Instead of a 4400mAh battery, it packs a 3400mAh one, just a tad more than that of the Mi 6. The phone supports Quick Charge 3.0 though.

For connectivity, the phone has Bluetooth 5.0 but ditches the 3.5 mm audio jack. It has dual WiFi band support and has support for 43 bands which includes 22 LTE bands. The Mi MIX 2 also comes with MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat. We hope an update to Android 8.0 Oreo isn’t far off.

Mi MIX 2 Pricing and Availability

The Mi MIX 2 will sell for ¥3299 (∼$506) for the 6GB RAM + 64GB model; ¥3599 (∼$552) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB version; and ¥3999 (∼$614) for the 6GB + 256GB model.

The Mi MIX 2 comes in black but Xiaomi also announced a special edition with a full ceramic body that is available in white and black  i.e. no metal frame like the others. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and costs ¥4699 (∼$721).

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will go on sale later this month while the special edition variant will be available in October.

 

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  • Maczuga

    Battery and screen makes it a no-go for me (I expected from them to stay with something higher than 6′ and 4000mAh+ battery).

  • Ney

    I wanted to buy this phone but camera bump, small battery and no 3,5mm jack is very disappointing.

    • Phil

      Camera’s night shot lens and display resolution is something like 2016. 😉
      I’m out.

    • Joe Johnson

      Yes, I’m going for the Mate 10 now. So long Xiaomi!

      • Ionut Johnny

        If the leaks come true the Mate 10 is not that bezeless, actually it looks ugly, my opinion.

  • Ionut Johnny

    Wow, well done Xiaomi, this might be my Christmas gift.

  • Rattrap

    The largest variant in terms of dimensions is 151.8 mm long and 75.5 mm wide.

    There are multiple sizes?

  • hezus

    Love my mix and going to stay with him for another year until the next one!

  • Priyanku Baruah

    Wonder when will it be available in Giztop for people outside China?

    • balcobomber25

      You can already pre-order it on a few Chinese sites but it is expensive, over $700.

      • Priyanku Baruah

        Guess I will just wait it out since it shall be officially available in India.

  • mopsert

    I don’t get that 18:9 display aspect ratio. It keeps the overall dimensions of the phones in about the same as the phones we are used to, but with much smaller bezels. For me, this is absolutely unusable. I tried out the SGS8+ and I cannot use it with one hand, while I am completely fine using the Huawei Mate 9 with one hand.

    I’d rather have something like the ZUK Edge with 16:9 screen aspect ratio and small bezels.

    I guess I will stick to the Mi Note 2 a little while longer in anticipation of a global MIUI 9.

  • NextHype

    Looks like Xiaomi had to compromise in order to deliver a lower priced device. That’s probably a good move for Xiaomi as it will sell like crazy in Asia, but a wrong move for ppl expecting some real flagship grade specs.
    Nothing to hurt S8+, V30 or PXL 2 sells here.

  • delorane cuesta

    oh crap.. the battery so small..

  • Davide Masia

    This is a downgrade!!

    Ths first one look so much better.

    This is bezeless. Not endless

    I pass

    • balcobomber25

      After owning the first one, I like this design better. It appears more practical to use on a daily basis.

  • Sansa

    Oneplus, should learn from this. The 6 has to be bezeless. Now this one must disapoint on some areas, but please on others. Global bands and smaller size is a go from where i stand. The white one looks great. Anyway, not enough to go after iphone8.

  • TheOracle

    I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this phone and, apart from the gorgeous design and perfect size, I’m disappointed overall. Before I pass my final judgement I want to see what the battery life is like because that’s my biggest disappointment. I’d prefer a 3.5mm jack too. The biggest plus which may still persuade me to buy this are the worldwide bands. It’s going to be the Mate 10, Mi Mix 2 or the original Mi Mix (great battery life and band 4 for T-Mobile USA). The 6GB 256GB Mi Mix is now down to about $460 in some places which is very tempting.

  • delorane cuesta

    xiaomi.. you lost me at Hello

  • Wow. Just hoping there are no issues with stock this time around.
    I can get the MIX 256GB for about $500 in Dubai, but I really want to wait for this one.

  • Ionut Johnny

    Great phone, cheap price, stereo speakers, better photo quality, bigger battery than the Mi6 and I read facial recognition, worldwide 4g bands.

  • Sirus Valencia

    I think it looks a lot nicer than the original. I am really digging this device.

    And whoop, global 4G LTE! That means it’ll work in the US.

    I’ve never been so hyped over a phone since the One M7!

    And that price is just icing on the cake- $500? Even with reseller price hikes it (lowest end model) should be in the $600-650 range at most.

    Oh man, i know i’m being overdramatic but geez, this is so damn amazing to me

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