We have been thinking the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will use metal instead of ceramic. This should help the company not to launch the phone by bunches. But the Mi MIX 2 comes with two variants, and what’s more amazing the standard edition sports a ceramic housing. However, everything is more complicated than you can imagine.
The black ceramic version of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 comes with a metal frame and ceramic body. The phone is at dimensions of 151.8 × 75.5 × 7.7mm and weight of 185 grams. This model is equipped with a 6GB LPDDR4X memory and 64/128/256GB UFS 2.1 flash memory.
The all-ceramic version comes in white. This Mi MIX 2 comes with dimensions of 150.5 × 74.6 × 7.7mm and weighs 187 grams. Thus it’s a bit smaller and heavier. This variant sports an 8GB LPDDR4X memory and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. So we can state this is the first Xiaomi smartphone using an 8GB RAM. It joins the list consisting of the Asus ZenFone AR, OnePlus 5 and Nibua Z17.
The rest of features remain the same for both models. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full screen at a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels with a screen ratio of 18:9, a pixel density of 403ppi, a contrast ratio of 1500:1, and color gamut of DCI-P3. As expected, it features a full-blooded version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip clocked at 2.45GHz. It’s also paired with an Adreno 540 GPU. The battery comes with a capacity of 3400mAh, which also supports Quick Charge 3.0 (9V / 2A) fast charge via the USB Type-C interface.
We have been thinking the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will sport a dual-camera on the back, but it comes with only a single camera with a 12MP sensor at a pixel size of 1.25 micron, 4-axis OIS, 6-chip lens, aperture of f/2.0 and PDAF focus. The front shooter uses a 5MP sensor supporting a 3rd-gen beautifying software and real time video call at 1080p resolution.
As for the connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 comes with a dual-SIM card slot supporting 4G+ as well as VoLTE. And as you see, the company has canceled the 3.5mm audio jack on this handset. So you have to use the USB-C port or Bluetooth for listening music via headphones.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 black ceramic variant with a 6+64GB memory options is available at 3299 yuan ($506), the 6+128GB is sold for 3599 yuan ($552), 6+256GB model is at 3999 yuan ($613), and finally, the white all-ceramic version with an 8+128GB memory option is offered at 4699 yuan ($720).
Before the launch, we have been thinking this is the best phone we have ever seen, but now we can state there are some shortcomings. On the other hand, the company has done a great job reducing the phone’s front panel by 12% and making it closer to the other top brand smartphones such as the iPhone 7 Plus. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 still uses the latest and most powerful chip in face of the Snapdragon 835, which is paired with whopping memory options. Though there is only one camera sensor on the back, it uses IMX 386 lens found on the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi 5X. Unfortunately, a fingerprint scanner is still on the rear below the camera that means the company couldn’t finish developing an under-glass technology.
As the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is a matter of design, we should pay more attention to the appearance. As we said, there are two variants of the phone. In order to solve the production capacity problems, the manufacturer has replaced the old frame with a 7 series of aluminum that also affected the weight a lot. But when it comes to the higher variant in white, its ceramic housing should go through 1400 ? high temperature during 7 days, 240 tons molding, and repeated carving via a 0.01mm cutter head that is replaced for each phone.