Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Smartphone Review

Key Specifications

Review Price: £4405.99-inch 1080p screenSnapdragon 8356GB RAM64GB storageQuick Charge 3.0USB-CAndroid 7.1.1

What is the Xiaomi ngươi Mix 2?

While táo khuyết may be making headlines this year with the slim bezel of the iPhone X, it’s by no means the first company to lớn enter this arena.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 famously asked consumers lớn ‘unbox’ their handset, but prior to that, Chinese company xiaomi mi had established the full-screen vision with 2016’s mi Mix.

That device was more a concept phone, but xiaomi is back with a sequel handset that’s set khổng lồ spearhead its long-overdue expansion into Europe. The mày Mix 2 boasts a 5.99-inch screen surrounded by a metal chassis and a ceramic back panel. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset & packing 6GB of RAM in its base configuration, this is unquestionably a top-tier device – yet it can be purchased from online re-sellers such as Gearbest for around £440.

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Xiaomi mày Mix 2 – Design & display

The original mi Mix was something of a beast, even though its edge-to-edge display reduced its bezels (on three sides, at least) to practically none. Mi has modified the kiến thiết of the mi Mix 2 slightly in order khổng lồ make it more manageable in the hand – the display has dropped from 6.4-inches to 5.99-inches.

We’re still firmly in phablet territory here, but compared to lớn other 6-inch handsets the ngươi Mix 2 isn’t as big as you’d expect. That gorgeous LCD screen fills almost the entire front of the phone; the chin at the bottom remains, but is smaller than it was on the original ngươi Mix.

The rounded edges of the ngươi Mix 2 are very ‘iPhone’. The rear is of a premium-feel ceramic material, which – while something of a fingerprint magnet – makes the phone look stunning. It’s also scratch-resistant, but don’t expect it lớn remain in one piece if you happen to drop the device; xiaomi mi bundles in a protective case with the phone for good reason.

The super-fast fingerprint scanner is positioned on the rear of the handset, & above it you’ll find the 12-megapixel camera, which is surrounded by a rather fetching gold-plated ring.

The bottom edge of the device is trang chủ to the USB Type-C port & one of two speakers (the other is in the earpiece), and the volume & power buttons reside on the right-hand edge. The SIM card tray – which accepts two nano-SIMs at once – is on the opposite edge.

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The use of metal & ceramic gives the ngươi Mix 2 some serious weight, but it’s balanced nicely & feels reassuringly robust. If someone told you this was Samsung or Apple’s latest handset you wouldn’t question it for a second; it’s utterly gorgeous.

Unfortunately, xiaomi hasn’t been able lớn include any kind of water- or dust-resistance . In addition, it’s also lacking a 3.5mm headphone socket, although the manufacturer has been kind enough to lớn include an adapter in the box.

As mentioned, the 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen dominates the front of the ngươi Mix 2, & is covered by super-tough Gorilla Glass 4 for protection.

Its 1080 x 2160 resolution offers a px density of 403ppi, which results in pin-sharp image quality. The panel is bright, colourful and striking, with superb viewing angles và good legibility in direct sunlight. The tall and slim 18:9 aspect ratio means the phone isn’t too wide lớn hold in one hand, either.


Xiaomi mày Mix 2 – Performance

With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset calling the shots, it goes without saying that the ngươi Mix 2 is blessed with lightning-fast performance. 6GB of RAM is included in the base model; a more expensive variant has a whopping 8GB.

The end result is a phone that can handle pretty much any task you throw at it. Switching between apps is smooth & stutter-free, và intense 3 chiều games run beautifully. This really is a flagship phone experience in terms of performance, with no corners cut whatsoever.

It might not be obvious the moment you turn it on, but the mày Mix 2 is armed with stereo speakers, one on the bottom edge & the other in the earpiece – a similar approach to lớn that taken by táo apple with its phones.

The key difference here is that the chất lượng of these speakers is noticeably weaker; bass is non-existent & the earpiece speaker is rather feeble. As a result, it often sounds like there’s only one speaker working, which is a shame.

Still, at least xiaomi mi opted to include a real earpiece this time around – the original mi Mix used “cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology” khổng lồ essentially vibrate the phone’s frame lớn create sound. As impressive as this technical feat was, it resulted in a very low gọi volume. This isn’t an issue with the mi Mix 2, thanks lớn its more traditional earpiece.


Xiaomi mày Mix 2 – Software

Like many other game android handset makers, xiaomi mi installs its own user interface skin over the đứng đầu of Google’s core mobile OS. MIUI has been around for quite some time now, và is one of the more extreme UI skins. In the past it’s been branded ‘iOS on Android’, thanks lớn the fact that it borrows many thematic elements from Apple’s software.

Over the past few updates this has changed, but there are still a few similarities. The most obvious is the lack of an phầm mềm drawer. On the whole, though, MIUI offers some neat innovations of its own, alongside the typical deep customisation for which app android is famed.

You can tải về homescreen & app icon themes, create a ‘second space’ for the installation of more than one copy of the same app, và even randomise your lockscreen wallpaper, pulling images from Xiaomi’s servers to lớn ensure you have a different look for each day.

The mi Mix 2 we reviewed ships with MIUI 8.5, which sits on vị trí cao nhất of app android 7.1.1. MIUI 9 has just been launched & is slowly but surely being pushed to lớn Xiaomi’s 2017 handsets as we speak. It’s still based on app android Nougat, but comes with a raft of improvements, including the ability lớn run two apps on-screen at once – just lượt thích Samsung’s phones.

Xiaomi is pretty aggressive when it comes to OTA updates and works with its community lớn eliminate bugs & factor in requested features. This makes MIUI a pretty exciting prospect. However, if you find you don’t lượt thích Xiaomi’s vision for Android, you can always install the Google Now Launcher lớn make it at least look lượt thích a stock Google experience.


Note that the unit we were sent in for nhận xét ships with the Chinese version of MIUI. While this does have an English language option, it comes preloaded with apps intended for the Chinese market.

It also refuses lớn play nice with some location-based services, which expect you lớn be in the Far East. It lacks official Google app support, and while it’s perfectly possible to install all of the relevant components khổng lồ get Google’s ecosphere running, the phone still tries lớn push you back khổng lồ Xiaomi’s own digital storefront whenever it can.

With a bit of effort it’s possible to lớn install the global version of MIUI – which eliminates almost all of these annoyances – and that’s something we recommend you vị at the earliest possibly opportunity. A word of warning, however: it’s anything but a straightforward procedure & requires you to lớn unlock the phone’s bootloader & flash new firmware updates using PC-based software.

Xiaomi mi Mix 2 – Camera

The ngươi Mix 2’s 12-megapixel Sony IMX368 sensor comes with phase-detection autofocus and 4-axis optical image stabilisation. As such, when conditions are right, it’s capable of taking some really impressive images.

Unfortunately, low-light shooting is a hit-and-miss affair, with the sensor struggling lớn allow in enough light for a decent shot – even when aided by the handset’s custom low-light shooting mode. Admittedly, the speedy dual-tone flash doesn’t help in these situations either, since it tends to wash out the photo.


Compared to the images you can take on the iPhone 8 và Galaxy S8, the ngươi Mix 2’s photos feature more aggressive compression, which results in a dramatic loss of detail when you zoom in close.

It’s also puzzling as to lớn why mi decided against packing a dual-camera setup on this phone, despite using two cameras on its Mi6 handset – a second, wide-angle sensor would have been welcome. 4K video recording is possible at 30 frames a second, but audio recording is somewhat poor.

With that massive screen filling the display on the front, xiaomi has had lớn get creative when it comes to lớn the placement of the front-facing selfie camera. The camera is located in the bottom-right of the phone’s front, which means you have to turn the handset around to lớn take a traditional selfie shot. Thankfully, the UI prompts you to vì chưng this whenever you switch lớn the front sensor. It’s a mild annoyance, but not one that will keep anyone awake at night.

Xiaomi mi Mix 2 – Battery life

The battery inside the mày Mix 2 is rated at 3400mAh, which is a drop from the gigantic 4400mAh power nguồn cell contained inside its predecessor. Shrinking the phone down left xiaomi little choice, và the good news is that even with the reduction in capacity the ngươi Mix 2 has some serious staying power.

I was able lớn comfortably get an entire day of fairly heavy usage on a single charge. If I was a little more modest with my demands, it managed to get through half of the following day, too. Since it sports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, the phone can go from practically nothing lớn 85% battery in just over an hour. There’s no wireless charging, however.


The base mã sản phẩm of the mi Mix 2 has 64GB of storage, but 128GB & 256GB editions are also available. Choosing the right storage amount is important – sadly, the ngươi Mix 2 doesn’t tư vấn microSD cards, which is unusual for a Chinese device.

Why buy the Xiaomi mày Mix 2?

From a thiết kế perspective, the ngươi Mix 2 is a stunning smartphone. Xiaomi has been producing jaw-dropping devices for the past few years now, but this could possibly be the company’s most attractive offering yet. It looks and feels great, with the ceramic back và the gold-plated camera giving it a real cảm ứng of class.

On the downside, the lack of water and dust protection is disappointing – especially since pretty much every flagship phone has it now – và the camera performance is rather underwhelming in low light.

I’d also say that unless you’re willing lớn tinker with the phone’s software khổng lồ install the global version of MIUI, you’ll have to lớn put up with a China-focused user experience – which is often a little puzzling & disorientating.

These niggles aside, the ngươi Mix 2 offers absolutely incredible value for money at under £450 – less than half the price of the £1000 iPhone X.

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In practically every regard the mày Mix 2 is a flagship handset that can stand proud with the best the smartphone world has to offer.