Xiaomi continues climbing on the stairway to heaven. Initially, the company has been following the philosophy of ‘No design is the best design.’ Later, it came in with a dual-curved Xiaomi Mi Note. The ultimate feel of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 was incredible as well.
In recent years, the bright silver version of the Xiaomi Mi 6 and the unibody all-ceramic variant of the Mi MIX 2 show that Xiaomi has a unique approach. Thus, though the most smartphone makers in China and in the world come in with identically-looking smartphones, Xiaomi tries to stand out.
As a result, the design sense based on special materials such as ceramics has become a more unique identity label for Xiaomi smartphones.
Under the efforts of Xiaomi, on the one hand, ceramic phones have truly entered the homes of ordinary people. On the other hand, the process represented all-ceramics unibody seems to have reached the summit. So it’s reasonable many have been thinking the ceramic gameplay of the appearance would be squandered for a while. But a few days ago the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition was announced.
This is the world’s first color ceramic smartphone. Though it looks quite attractive externally due to the emerald body, the internals remain the same. At the same time, the front of the company still carries a black panel, while the color of the back and the middle frame is emerald green. This emerald green pigment comes from the crushed and ground malachite.
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Its design inspiration and craftsmanship, and even the raw materials are all derived from the miracle of the murals that have not faded in Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes. And they have been able to come out with the help of the Dunhuang Research Institute.
When the Dunhuang miracle 1200 years ago collided with the modern ceramic craftsmanship full of imagination and execution, the crystals of the two sides merged. In this sense, when you holding the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition in hands, you have a feeling as it’s a piece of emerald. But let’s see whether there are other differences when comparing to the original version.
As you can see from the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition’s box, on the front, it carries the classic ’flying’ murals of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes.
Among them, the golden lines outline the image of the characters. At the same time, a process of bronzing is placed on the box. So the texture of the convex and concave lines can be felt.
The entire pattern of the ‘flying sky’ is surrounded by a large ‘MIX’ in the middle, which is round and sleek.
If there is no word ‘MIX’, no one can imagine this is a smartphone packaging. The mood and texture are more like the exquisite derivative of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes.
The back of the box carries the brief configuration information of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition. Say, we can see it is equipped with the flagship chip of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 8GB+256GB memory combination. In addition, its battery capacity is 3400mAh, supporting wireless charging, while there is a rear 12MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto dual-camera as well as a front camera of 5MP resolution.
Though the hardware remains unchanged, when holding in hand this fashionable model, you have a feeling as the performance should be improved as well.
Beautiful from All Sides
As we said, the front of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition is black. And with a custom-made pure black background UI, it looks very elegant. Moreover, the extremely narrow three-sided border is even more lining.
By the way, the phone sports an 18:9 5.99-inch full-screen with a resolution of 2160×1080. The screen ratio is 90.84%.
It comes with a 3.43mm narrow frame with an almost disappearing forehead that fits inside and outside as a rounded corner cut.
The frame of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition is still made of 7 series aluminum alloy. But after a perfect polishing and coloring, it has a very harmonious integration with the four-curved ceramic body on the back.
Emerald and Gold
Its ‘legendary’ emerald green back cover panel is still made of ceramic material. The ceramic back shell itself has a better gloss effect than glass, metal and other materials. Plus, more unusual is the dark green color that is infinitely close to the emerald.
It has the texture and color of jade, which is mainly provided by the pigments used.
We have all heard that the murals of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes have been etched under the 1200 years of the sand, and the color is still as bright as ever, without fading or deformation. The reason is that the pigment material used in the mural is taken from the malachite after being pulverized and ground.
Malachite is an ancient jade that is named after the spots on the peacock feathers. It has anti-oxidation, disinfection regeneration, and new properties of sacrificial rot. The ancients once grinded malachite into powder and applied it to the ulcerated wound. Therefore, the paint can maintain the look of the millennium.
Similarly, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition’s design inspiration also stems from this. After 324 days of exploration with the Dunhuang Institute, the gemstone green from malachite was injected into the ceramic body. So the making process of the world’s first color ceramic smartphones wasn’t as simple as many think.
The dual-camera of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition is placed vertically on the upper left side. It is inlaid with a gold-tone metal edging along with the fingerprint recognition area, which shines in the sunlight with the unique light of 18k gold.
‘MI MIX DESIGNED BY XIAOMI’ has also been retained in this version, and the font color is in gold.
In order to understand the real advantages of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition, just take a look at it compared with the British Museum variant. Our protagonist is more unique, mysterious and graceful.
There is also a minimalist protective case with a whole body of dark green.
The Bottom Line
In general, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition is a perfect complement to its art product line. On the one hand, it’s the world’s first and only color ceramic smartphone. But on the other hand, it competes with the British Museum version and shows the differences between the Chinese and Western cultures.
Compared to the regular version, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Jade Art Edition is based on the highest version of Snapdragon 845+8GB+256GB. The latter provides an excellent performance in line with the 5.99-inch 2160×1080 full-screen. However, aside from the appearance, we can even say that the two are the same phone.