Mi mix pro
Обзор смартфона Xiaomi MI MIX
Периодически я вижу в комментариях жалобы наших читателей на то, что мы не торопимся с обзорами новинок от Xiaomi. Вот, мол, у конкурентов уже давно вышли тексты, а на Mobile-Review — до сих пор нет. Дело в том, что мы стараемся доставать на тест именно сертифицированные версии аппаратов, чтобы объективно оценивать их, не оглядываясь на баги китайской прошивки.
|Операционная система||Android 6.0.1 + MIUI 8.0|
|Сеть||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 |
|Платформа||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Внутренняя память||128 / 256 ГБ|
|Оперативная память||4 / 6 ГБ|
|Слот для карты памяти||Нет|
|Wi-Fi||Есть, a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band|
|Bluetooth||Есть, 4.2 LE, A2DP|
|Диагональ экрана||6.4 дюйма|
|Разрешение экрана||2040 х 1080 точек|
|Основная камера||16 МП, EIS, фазовый автофокус|
|Фронтальная камера||5 МП|
|Навигация||GPS, A-GPS, Глонасс|
|Датчики||Акселерометр, датчик освещения, датчик приближения|
|Батарея||Несъемная, Li-Ion 4400 мАч|
|Размеры||158.8 х 81.9 х 7.9 мм|
|Стоимость||От 45 000 рублей|
- Зарядное устройство
- Кабель для подключения к ПК (также является частью зарядного устройства)
Смартфон поставляется в большой чёрной коробке, которая очень трудно открывается. Сначала вы вытаскиваете её из первого слоя горизонтально. Потом раскрываете коробку на две половинки. И только после этого получаете доступ к смартфону.
Внешний вид, материалы, управляющие элементы, сборка
Как выглядит MI MIX? Если говорить о том времени, когда экран включен, то я бы сказал — эффектно и необычно. Частично дизайн устройства напоминает безрамочный Sharp Aquos, впрочем, оно и неудивительно. Мне кажется, именно этой моделью вдохновлялись Xiaomi, создавая свой аппарат.
Так как смартфон безрамочный, то расположение элементов необычное. Фронтальную камеру и светодиодный индикатор сместили вниз, а разговорный динамик вписали в дисплей (также как и у Sharp Aquos). К сожалению, из-за такого решения разговаривать по MI MIX не очень удобно, так как у динамика небольшой запас по громкости.
Задняя крышка и грани керамические, поверхность очень приятная на ощупь: что-то среднее между стеклом и металлом. При различном свете спинка может быть как тёмно-коричневой, так и совсем чёрной. А вот по части практичности всё очень грустно: крышка скользкая и быстро покрывается отпечатками пальцев. Конечно, частично проблема решается чехлом, но носить такой классный смартфон в чехле, как минимум, странно. Тут же установлен сканер отпечатков пальцев, он отлично работает, хотя у меня было несколько случаев, когда прикладывать палец приходилось больше одного раза.
Справа расположили лоток для двух nanoSIM-карт, слева — качельку регулировки громкости и кнопку включения.
Снизу находятся порт Type C, встроенный динамик (справа) и отверстие микрофона (слева). Сверху — еще два дополнительных микрофона и миниджек для наушников.
Сборка MI MIX не вызывает нареканий, все детали плотно подогнаны друг к другу, люфты и скрипы отсутствуют.
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|Высота (мм)||Ширина (мм)||Толщина (мм)||Вес (грамм)|
|Xiaomi MI MIX||158.8||81.9||7.9||209|
|Xiaomi Mi Max||173.1||88.3||7.5||203|
|Meizu M3 Max||163.4||81.6||7.9||189|
|Huawei Mate 9||156.9||78.9||7.9||190|
Безрамочный экран создает ощущение «воздушности» смартфона. Даже когда не держишь его в руках, кажется, будто он должен быть очень легким. Однако это впечатление разбивается о суровую реальность: аппарат толстый и тяжелый. Я не знаю, почему у меня именно такие ощущения от него, хотя толщина составляет всего 7.9 мм, ощущается он толстоватым. Эта проблема вкупе со скользким корпусом делает невозможным удерживание смартфона одной рукой. Разве что вы будете держать его за нижний торец.
С другой стороны, если вы взглянете на размеры конкурентов, то заметите, что при меньшей диагонали они имеют большую высоту и ширину, поэтому в этом плане MI MIX однозначно выигрывает.
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|Диагональ экрана||6.4 дюйма|
|Разрешение дисплея||2040 x 1080 точек|
|Автоматическая регулировка яркости||Есть|
|Поддержка «мультитач»||Присутствует, до десяти одновременных касаний|
Безрамочный дисплей — главная отличительная особенность этого смартфона. Однако китайцы, как обычно, на рендерах рисуют немного отличающееся изображение смартфона. В реальной жизни небольшие черные рамки на дисплее всё же присутствуют. Выглядит ли от этого MI MIX менее эффектно? На мой взгляд, нет.
На презентации объясняли, что края дисплея закруглены для того, чтобы использовать больше полезного пространства по краям рамок, это звучит логичным. Насколько я помню, с этим же связан переход на соотношение сторон 18:9.
По остальным же параметрам перед нами прекрасный экран: хорошее разрешение, большой диапазон по яркости, отличное поведение на солнце, качественное олеофобное покрытие, естественная цветопередача. Картинка на дисплее MI MIX выглядит глянцевой, сочной, смотреть фотографии с него – одно удовольствие.
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Смартфон работает под управлением Android 6.0.1 и MIUI 8.0. Планируется обновление до Android 7.0. MIUI позволяет детально настроить аппарат под себя, меняется практически что угодно: от размера шрифта до расположения кнопок и действий по долгому нажатию на них.
Кстати, забавный момент: я как-то жаловался, что Xiaomi для русской прошивки не сделали поддержку SmartDial, он раньше искал только по английским контактам. С приятным удивлением обнаружил, что на MI MIX эту проблему решили. Исправили ситуацию и с фризами виджетов.
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|Чипсет||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Объём оперативной памяти||4/6 ГБ|
|Ёмкость внутреннего накопителя||128/256 ГБ|
|Слот для карты памяти||Нет|
По современным меркам 821-й чип считается уже не самым топовым, но у меня рука не поднимется написать, что его мощностей может не хватать хоть для чего-либо. Игры, приложения, интерфейс – всё это работает быстро и без подлагиваний.
А еще меня приятно порадовало, что смартфон практически не греется, даже при запуске нескольких бенчмарков подряд.
|Ёмкость аккумулятора||4400 мАч|
|Тип аккумулятора||Несъемный, Li-Ion|
Ёмкость аккумулятора выглядит внушительной, однако по факту оказывается, что время работы MI MIX не такое уж большое. В режиме повседневного использования (твиттер, почта, чтение, веб-серфинг, включенная синхронизация и мобильный интернет) с включенным дисплеем аппарат проработал 4 часа. Интересно, что результаты того же Mi Max раза в полтора выше.
Аппарат поддерживает технологию Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0, полный заряд происходит примерно за 85 минут.
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|Разрешение основной камеры||16 МП|
|Разрешение фронтальной камеры||5 МП|
|Разрешение при видеосъемке||До 4k|
|Количество кадров в секунду||До 120 к/с|
|Фокусировка по нажатию||Есть|
Основная камера делает неплохие снимки днем, однако при искусственном освещении или недостатке света качество фотографий значительно снижается. Это же касается и фронталки, я сделал несколько тестовых снимков дома, видно, что кадры получаются средненькими. Кстати, при тесте фронталки у меня два раза смартфон чуть не вылетел из селфи-палки, имейте это в виду при использовании такого аксессуара.фронтальная камера фронтальная камера
Видео записывается в 4k, картинка немного дерганая, качество, опять же среднее. В общем, по части камеры MI MIX ничем особым не выделяется.
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|Bluetooth||4.2 LE, A2DP|
|GPS||Холодный старт занимает около 3 секунд|
|Мобильные данные||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 LTE b1/b3/b7/b20/b38/b40 |
По части беспроводных интерфейсов тут полный набор, не хватает разве что ИК-порта. GPS работает быстро, SIM-карты поддерживают все популярные российские частоты, а NFC может корректно работать с «Тройкой».
Из-за специально сделанного динамика, встроенного в дисплей, разговаривать с помощью MI MIX не очень комфортно, так как не хватает запаса по громкости. А вот вас прекрасно слышат. Сейчас средняя стоимость MI MIX на AliExpress составляет 600-700$, то есть примерно 37-40 тысяч рублей. В России смартфон будет продаваться за 40 тысяч рублей, а старт продаж уже начался. Приобрести новинку можно в фирменном интернет-магазине или в крупной рознице.
Признаюсь честно, я не ожидал, что официальная стоимость будет на уровне того же Ali и других китайских магазинов. Это большой шаг вперед, надеюсь, что и с остальными смартфонами в дальнейшем будет так.
На мой взгляд, MI MIX это эдакая демонстрация силы, игра мускулами, если хотите. «Смотрите как мы можем!»
Впрочем, давайте объективно взглянем на его плюсы и минусы. Мне очень понравился безрамочный дисплей, к нему быстро привыкаешь, он радует глаза при каждом включении. Использование керамики также хороший ход, с точки зрения тактильных ощущений. Камера и время работы средние, не буду относить их ни к плюсам, ни к минусам. Из недостатков отмечу тихий разговорный динамик, габариты смартфона и скользкий корпус.
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Xiaomi Mi MIX Review - all screen, almost all of the time!
Xiaomi made quite a splash with what they called a ‘concept phone”; a phone that, they hope, will give us a glimpse into a future where smartphones are slabs of glass that project the magic that lies within. Considering we don’t have the technology (yet) that can make our phones achieve this, they went with the best we can do right now – a phone that is all display, all the time.
I’ve been using it for some time now, trying to figure out if a phone that is basically entire display actually makes sense for our daily lives. After all, doing this to a phone means that some changes have to be made to the very way that we see and use our smartphones. Does it work and is this the future of smartphones? Let’s find out in this, our Xiaomi Mi MIX review.This concept phone is only available in China and this means certain parts of the phone will only work in that market and were not applicable to our review process as a whole. These differences will be called out in their respective areas. Also, the phone is only made in small batches, so its availability is limited, which means the majority of you readers probably won’t be able to buy one. With that in mind, this review will focus less on how this particular phone would work on the daily and instead how the features that are being introduced by this phone might actually factor into what could be our smartphone future.
To make room for the massive display, Xiaomi had to move many of the current conventions of the smartphone around, but to make the shell holding it all together just as appealing, the company made this large 6.4-inch phone utilize full ceramic for its material. The result is a very shiny, very sleek block that is highly eye-catching and, honestly, really slippery. I’ve almost dropped the phone multiple times as a result. It seems a little ironic to me that this phone is supposed to be all about the display yet it can be broken quite easily due to its large size and slippery body.
Luckily, there is a premium leather case that Xiaomi made a big deal of, citing its high quality and the premium price for it. Even more luckily, it is included in the box. There was little time between my actually using the phone and then sliding it in the case for safety.
That said, plenty of what makes a smartphone recognizable remains, at least on the sides and the back. Prominent power and volume buttons on the side are easy to feel for, and the rear elements of the camera and the fingerprint reader are a bit lower on the upper third than might be typical. This phone does come with a headphone jack up top and the USB-C port on the bottom is flanked by the microphone and surprisingly good speaker.
It’s when we get to the front of the phone that we see where things have been shifted around. The top of the device is where some of the magic of the display takes place, as there is virtually no bezel around three sides of the screen. The parts of a phone that we are used to seeing up there are moved either underneath the screen or to the bottom. And below the screen is, mainly, the front facing camera – the location of this camera is not the most ideal, not only because the upward angle isn’t the most flattering for selfies, but also because thumbs and palms might show up in the corner of the frame.
Otherwise, the proximity sensor is now sonar based, which will figure when the top of the phone is close to a subject. And the phone speaker is now a piece of ceramic just below the screen that emits sound through vibrations. Both of these will be considered further in the hardware section.
it seems like this phone is a great concept for not just phones but also for tabletsOverall, this is a sleek device that is brought down in the handling department mostly by its size. The phone is very hard to use comfortably in one hand, and the ceramic exacerbates this even when using both hands. For that reason, it seems like this phone is a great concept for not just phones but also for tablets – this is a point that we’ll get into when we talk about this massive, beautiful display.
The IPS near bezel-less display has one big caveat right off the bat – it is only a 1080p display. Technically, it is actually 2040×1080, which makes it have an aspect ratio of 17:9 and slightly wider than the typical video frame. Though this almost Full HD is not bad by any means, flagship devices have made this kind of choice feel like more of an aberration than it probably should be. For a phone like the Xiaomi Mi MIX, Quad HD would have really elevated what is already a sight to behold.
With a 91.3% screen to body ratio, there is so much real estate for just about any form of entertainment – or work, if that is what you want to do – and everything displays really well. The IPS screen gets quite bright even under daylight, but there is also a lot of control over the backlight that Xiaomi put in because bringing the brightness down to 0 seemingly shuts it completely off. Its saturation has also been bumped up a bit to make it a little more pleasing to the eye. As a result, gaming and streaming YouTube videos on the Xiaomi Mi MIX has been very enjoyable, to a fault.
Let’s go back, for a second, to the resolution and some of the issues that it presents. As mentioned before, Full HD is not bad, but 17:9 has proved to be a little problematic. Videos are, typically, 16:9 aspect ratio and when they are viewed on any display that is higher in ratio, letterboxing occurs. This is the case and problem I found on the MIX. YouTube videos, in particular, show small black bars on the sides of the video, taking away from the immersion that the bezel-less construction is supposed to provide. So, with that in mind, the magic of having almost no bezel is replaced by the simple but common enjoyment of having a large screen.
The opposite is true for many games that I played on the MIX, because they are coded to ‘best-fit’ the aspect ratio the display – and in most cases, the elements on the very edges of the HUD bleed just past the boundaries of the screen.
And finally, having a 1080p display on such a large display makes for a lower overall pixel density, which means a bit of loss in sharpness. This is less a problem for static content and more of an issue with motion, as there is an apparent motion blur as text scrolls and in many videos and games there is just enough of it to remind me that this is not a Quad HD screen. Again, there is no problem with having Full HD in general, but the MIX seems to have missed an opportunity by omitting it.
Does this kind of screen really work for a smartphone? It totally can, but the compromises that it requires are the pain points. Without a phone speaker, the vibrating ceramic underneath was Xiaomi’s alternative and it honestly does not do the job nearly as well. The proximity sensor becoming a sonar sensor works pretty well, and the bottom mounted front facing camera is a compromise that can be solved by holding the phone upside down.
But for a whole different segment of the space – the tablet – the bezel-less display could be one of the best and widely sought after features. A tablet doesn’t quite need all of these features that had to be shifted around in a smartphone – the entire front of a tablet can become ‘all display, all the time’ when the proximity sensor, the phone speaker, and even the front facing camera can all be left out. Perhaps Xiaomi had this in mind when designing this phone – after all, they believe that if this phone is successful, the concept can become real for future devices. Not just their phones, but their future devices.
Despite all that this phone is trying to introduce outside of the typical smartphone box, much of what we would expect remains. The Xiaomi Mi MIX (and the Mi Note 2) sports the Snapdragon 821 and either 4 or 6GB of RAM depending on the version (and price). As a result, the MIUI speeds through all of elements smoothly and without stutters or issues in and out of applications. Though MIUI (and – if I may have some candor – many Chinese Android iterations) is not my favorite experience, I cannot deny how well it is presented and how easy it is to enjoy all of my apps despite the Xiaomi UI that splatters it all over its homescreens and not in an app drawer.
As a small aside, I would like to give credit to Xiaomi – and, indeed, to Chinese manufacturers at large these days – for putting higher capacities of RAM in their new phones. Though the version that I have is the 4GB RAM edition, having a couple more should only mean better performance in terms of recent apps caching and multitasking.
And to that end, the higher capacity for the RAM is helped by another big addition – larger storage. The base model of the MIX comes with an 128GB of onboard storage to make up for the fact that it does not have a microSD card slot. Go up to the more premium 6GB edition and that amount gets even larger at 256GB! This is something that definitely needs to become more common, even in this current landscape where microSD cards are more common and Google wants to make you pay for more storage or just use their cloud backup services.
Another good portion to the hardware was a little surprising – the speaker. Audio through the headphone jack is already standardly good, without the extra power of an amp or the customization options that can come with a dedicated DAC. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised to find that the bottom mounted speaker next to the USB-C port was pretty loud and had some body to the sound. While this is not a particularly common situation, I found myself watching or playing content on the MIX without any headphones connected, simply because the screen was the focus of my testing. But when doing so, I got accustomed to just relying on the speaker and didn’t find myself really reaching for my earbuds. It isn’t super loud and won’t do particularly well in very high noise environments, but indoors and in typical situations at home it was definitely more than adequate.
Speaking of the USB-C port, charging the massive 4400mAh battery that comes in the MIX is a pretty standard, fast charging affair. Despite the claims of the phone getting up to 83% in about half an hour, the reality for me was actually closer to 70% with a full charging time of around 2 and a half hours. However, the big story here is that huge battery, which is helped primarily by the Full HD resolution in the screen.
Despite the very large display, the big battery does a great job of making the phone go the distance, as I found my typical usage (a lot of audio playing, some YouTube, GPS navigation, a bit of gaming, and a lot of productivity app usage) to yield up to 7 hours of screen on time. In our testing using the Android Authority Battery Tester, the Xiaomi Mi MIX scored a very respectable 9 hours SOT in our gaming test. Battery life is one of the best parts of this phone, even if it is partly due to the Full HD display and the fact that this phone does not connect to LTE networks in the States (or pretty much anywhere in the West, really).
Which finally brings us to the main hardware changes in this phone, the phone speaker and the proximity sensor. As mentioned earlier, I did not find any issues with the sonar detector that replaces the usual proximity sensor – the phone performed properly during calls, as the screen turns off when the phone is at my ear. Speaking of calls, there is really no other way to put it – the ceramic vibration that replaces the phone speaker is just not a good alternative. Not only because of the nature having just one piece of vibrating material, but also because it is tucked below the layer of screen and ceramic.
There is simply not enough sound emitting from the top of the phone to make calls comfortable to listen to, much less in loud environments. I moved the phone around a lot because I thought I was just landing it improperly on my ear, but it was just not loud enough for my calls. Though the sonar worked well and the bottom mounted front facing camera can be made to work, this vibrating ceramic needs to go back to the drawing board or there must be a better way to make calls work on a device like this. (If anything, see my previous remarks about this bezel-less concept working on a tablet.)
The camera spec of the Mi MIX are less important for this concept phone compared to where they were located, at least in the case of the front facing camera, as we have mentioned it a few times already in this review. That said, the specs are nothing to snooze on – the main camera is a 16MP shooter at f/2.0 aperture while the front facing camera is a 5MP shooter and is located below the screen this time.
We have had a couple examples in the past of bottom mounted cameras, so this isn’t exactly a new thing. However, the tradeoffs for this location are apparent the moment the camera is opened – an upward angle is just not great for selfies. And even then, when reaching with, in particular, one’s right hand in order to hit the shutter button, one’s thumb gets right in the field of view and ruins the picture. These are annoyances, sure, but at least Xiaomi understood this and made the camera app always reversible. Just turn the phone upside down and it’s like a regular smartphone for selfies. All things said, the front facing camera is decent, not very high achieving, and has the pretty aggressive beauty mode on at default.
The app, in general, is a pretty standard affair – some controls are available and there are quite a few modes that can help the creative smartphone photographer. HDR is auto-capable, though its effect is not too aggressive and does more to add a little saturation to the photo rather than really bringing back the highlights in an otherwise blown out shot.
With so many good cameras coming out this year, it is harder to excuse a camera that does a good job rather than a great job. The picture quality of the MIX is adequate but definitely didn’t blow me away. The app and the processing is, as usual, the achilles heel for this camera because it tends toward pretty flat colors and lacks detail in even well lit situations.
Getting closer into the pictures shows that there is a significant noise reduction that makes photos lose their sharpness and this only gets much worse in lower light situations. Videos don’t seem to suffer from these issues, since that software processing is not something that can be done on the fly during recording – at 4K, I actually thought the videos looked better than the photos.
Also, it still looks pretty damn cool when the viewfinder shows up across the entirety of the screen.
Xiaomi Mi MIX camera samples:
This review is supposed to posit the potential for the new concepts as the future of smartphones, but it is disappointing that the camera is still a sore point for Xiaomi. Perhaps if the ‘all display, all the time’ concept becomes a reality for more phones, the next step is for these companies to really up their game in the camera department.
And finally, we have software, which is actually very much affected by the fact that this phone is only available in China. Not only did that mean HSPA+ for my mobile data, but also a translated but not localized version of the MIUI. Xiaomi was able to get Google Play Services installed on this and any other Western review units, but because the phone is not meant for our markets, there will be no global MIUI to review here.
With that in mind, we take a look at what we can in the MIUI – the app drawer-less version of Android that is actually very popular in the Chinese market. Xiaomi evolves their operating system based on user feedback quite frequently, and the result seems to be a pretty smooth iteration of the Android ecosystem. While the tedium of putting all my applications in folders strewn about the homescreens is something I may never get used to, actually getting around the interface was a largely painless experience.
The notification dropdown shows the quick settings on the side and provides a lot of options, while the setting area is robust and includes a number of features that we don’t get in Western UIs. For example, the Dual App feature which virtualizes a second space or account and allows certain applications to be accessed in two different states. Using Facebook as an example, one can be signed into the app with one account and then turn it on via the Dual App area – another iteration of the Facebook icon shows up in the homescreens (which means more organization required, ugh) and when opened, it is like a freshly installed version of the app.
This, interestingly enough, can be done with many applications and is a small taste of a bigger feature called the Second Space. Instead of just one application being duplicated, one can create a whole new interface much like the Spaces in Windows or the Workspaces in Mac OS, in which one can have certain apps and setting put into one and other available in the other. The Second Space can be accessed and moved out of via a notification in the dropdown, and it’s an interesting take on dual accounts without actually having dual accounts installed in Android at large.
As far as other features go, it is important to note that while a screen like this (and the curved display of the Mi Note 2, for that matter) can mean new and different features that leverage their construction, there are none found in their newest phones. Xiaomi did say that this can change in the near future, however.
Overall, the MIUI is a different take on Android that doesn’t hinder or really add too much to the experience of Google’s OS as a whole. While there are a couple features that MIUI users (and users of other Chinese interfaces) enjoy compared to their Western counterparts, they do not make or break what is otherwise a standardly useful affair.
|Display||6.4-inch IPS display 1920 x 1080 resolution, 362ppi|
|Processor||2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|RAM||4GB / 6GB|
|Storage||128GB with 4GB RAM 256GB with 6GB RAM|
|Ports||USB Type-C Dual nano-SIM slot|
3.5 mm audio jack
|Audio||Speakers: Bottom-facing speaker|
|Cameras||Rear: 16MP, f/2.0 aperture, EIS (gyro), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash |
|Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometor, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth 4.2|
|Battery||Non-removable 4,400mAh Quick Charge 3.0: 83% charge in 30 mins|
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow MIUI|
|Dimensions and weight||158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9mm 209g|
So, does this mean that the MIX is the future of smartphones, or perhaps the future of personal devices? Yes and no.
Chinese users will get a big kick out of using this phone on the daily, especially those that consume and stream media a lot (a highly common occurrence in the East). And for a concept phone, it is surprisingly affordable – the RMB price roughly converts to just over $500 in the base model. This is mostly due to the small quantities that Xiaomi is actually manufacturing – they want to get the phone in as many hands as possible without creating so many that the price needs be higher to cover those costs.
A global version of a phone like the MIX could indeed make a splash here, but this one in particular has a few too many tradeoffs.But for everyone else, this phone is nothing more than a glimpse into the kind of out-of-the-box thinking Chinese companies tend to have, despite never really penetrating the Western market. A global version of a phone like the MIX could indeed make a splash here, but this one in particular has a few too many tradeoffs.
There are definitely some great experiences to be had with the MIX, especially from a media consumption standpoint. The bezel-less screen is a sight to behold and still proves to be rather exciting even after the time I have used it. But there are some drawbacks that affect its nature as a smartphone – the phone speaker is the biggest pain point, because the alternative presented by Xiaomi is simply not good enough. And because media at large is set up in a particular way, the immersion factor of the big screen can break rather easily. And finally the sheer size of this phone makes it rather impractical for anyone that does not enjoy hand gymnastics.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX is, at best, a glimpse into our future. At worst, it might be a look into how that future is further than we hope.We, like Xiaomi, long for the future when the entire slab of technology in our hands is, itself, also the entire display. Had this phone been instead a 7 inch tablet that made the rather bold move of omitting the front facing camera, this probably could have been realized, albeit not in the right competitive space. The Xiaomi Mi MIX is, at best, a glimpse into our future. At worst, it might be a look into how that future is further than we hope.
Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 Pros and Cons: Should You Buy It?
Xiaomi, which released one of the hottest phones last year, is back with the second installment of its MiX series – the Mi MiX 2.
If you follow the tech scene regularly, you may already know that Xiaomi's 2017 flagship model is smaller than its predecessor but is way more stunning.
This year has seen the release of many phones that represent the perfect blend of beauty and brawn.
In this crowd of amazing smartphones, is the new Mi MiX 2 just another bezel-less phone or does it tip the features scale as well?
To help you reach the right conclusion, we have curated a list of pros and cons for Xiaomi Mi MiX 2.Also See:7 Interesting Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 Features
Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 Pros
1. Stunning Bezel-less Design
At a time when bezel-less displays have become the flavor of the season, the Mi MiX 2 introduces a revolutionary design.
Even with the screen off, the display beautifully blends with the device.
Unlike its predecessor, the Mi MiX 2 is small, easier to grip and has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Even with the screen off, the display beautifully blends with the device giving the phone an overall premium black look.
Besides, it sports a stunning design with a ceramic body and gold accent on the rear camera and the fingerprint sensor.
The Mi MiX 2 also packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Combined with 6GB of RAM, it can not only render graphics faster but is also more battery efficient.
3. Good Battery Life + Quick Charge 3.0
The Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 is powered by a 3,400-mAh battery. Coupled with the battery efficiency of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the Mi MiX 2 offers a good battery life of one-and-a-half days in case of regular use.
Moreover, the phone is accompanied with Quick Charge 3.0, which means that it’ll also charge fast. A 15-minute charging session will be enough to keep the device running through the day.Did you know that the Mi MiX 2 still runs on MIUI 8?
4. Global LTE Support
The Mi MiX 2 is a traveler-friendly phone. Due to its support for a whopping 43 bands in 6 different network modes, the phone will work in almost every country and region.
If we talk numbers, it has network support for 226 global regions.Read More: What’s the Difference Between 3G, 4G, LTE-A, and VoLTE
5. Storage Options
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is available in three variants – 64/128/256 GB – and the Indian variant bears only 128GB of storage.
Though it's not expandable, at a time when most of the storage-consuming items such as photos, music files, and videos are either backed up on the cloud or streamed online, 128GB of storage seems more than sufficient.Also See: GT Explains: What is Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 Cons
1. No Quad-HD Resolution
The Mi Mix 2, priced at Rs 35,999, comes with a Full HD+ resolution.
While the sharpness and the vividness of the screen won't let you feel the difference, it would have been apt if the phone had packed a Quad-HD resolution in an AMOLED screen.Find out How to Get Google Camera with HDR+ On Your Android Phone
2. Awkward Position of Front Camera
It’s no secret that Xiaomi had to customize quite a few features in order to achieve the bezel-less display. One of the main changes was the placement of the selfie shooter.
The front camera of the Mi MiX 2 is placed at the bottom chin instead of the top. Hence, you’d have to turn the phone upside down everytime you pose for a selfie.
The awkward position of the camera becomes a deal breaker in no time.
That works for the camera app but when you use the camera in third-party apps such as Instagram and Facebook or use it to make WhatsApp Video calls, the awkward position of the camera becomes a deal breaker in no time.
3. Sub-par Rear Camera
The Mi MiX 2 packs a 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor in its rear camera. Though it sports a handful of cool features like 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and 4K videos, at the end of the day, it's a camera of a Xiaomi phone — it speaks for itself.This picture was taken during a casual walk. Unfortunately, the 4-axis OIS didn't seem to work as expected
It can click pretty admirable pictures during the day. However, when it comes to low-light photography, the picture quality takes a serious hit.
Besides, the 4-axis OIS didn't seem to work when the above picture was taken, hence, the blur.Plus, at a time when dual-camera phones are hitting the market, it'd have been apt had the Indian flagship device from Xiaomi also included this feature.
4. No Headphone Jack
Last but not the least, the Mi MiX 2 is the latest phone to shun the headphone jack.
Though you can use the USB Type-C adapter for a wired experience, it also means that you'd have to carry an extra piece of accessory every time you want to use the headphone.
5. Not Waterproof
Xiaomi phones are not really known to be waterproof and the Mi MiX 2 is not different. Unlike the OnePlus 5, which is almost in the same price bracket, the Mi MiX 2 is not splash resistant.
Hence, even an accidental fall into the water might be enough to land your device in a service center. You'll have to be careful when handling the new Mi MiX 2.
The Mi MiX 2 is certainly one of the most premium looking phones to have debuted in India in the sub-Rs 35,000 price bracket. It packs one of the best processors currently available and the solid screen rocks the phone experience.
However, it also comes with its share of disadvantages. The Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 or, for that matter, any bezel-less phone is delicate. Though it's been touted that the high-pressurized ceramic is tough enough to withstand accidental falls and drops, you surely wouldn't want to test it.Other Stories: 6 Best Cases and Covers for Xiaomi Mi MiX 2
At the end of the day, apart from the ceramic design, the bezel-less experience, and the high-end processor, the Mi MiX 2 does cut quite a lot of few corners in the camera and display department.
Considering all the above points, would you buy Xiaomi's Mi MiX 2? If you ask me, I would rather side with the OnePlus 5.See Next: Top 7 Cool Android Games That You Must Play This Weekend
Last updated on 5 Jul, 2019
歸功於不斷進化的全螢幕科技，使得螢幕底邊革命性地再次縮短 12%，為 18:9 全螢幕帶來更純粹的觀看體驗。點亮的瞬間，你會發現這就是全螢幕真正的樣子。
最終將 5.99 吋大螢幕裝進了比 5.5 吋傳統手機還小的機身內，握感絕佳。
- COF 顯示晶片柔性封裝技術將底邊進一步縮短
- 微型前置相機體積縮小 50%
白色冰瓷瑩玉，黑色渾厚凝脂，宛若瓊玉般渾然天成，它彷彿就是陶瓷本來的樣子。背部以 18K 鍍金修飾，與 Unibody 全陶瓷交相輝映。
* Unibody 全陶瓷機身為小米MIX 2 全陶瓷尊享版所具備
夢幻般四曲面陶瓷後蓋，超輕耐磨的航空 7 系鋁中框，圓潤的外觀設計。看起來流光溢彩，握在手中更無一絲棱角，順滑輕薄。
搭載高通 Snapdragon™ 835，6GB 大記憶體，以及最新存取技術 UFS2.1，儲存容量最高可達 128GB。
選用與小米6 一樣的主相機，1.25μm 大像素配合源自專業相機的 4 軸光學防手震技術，陽光、暗光、單手，都可穩定清晰的成像。
小米MIX 2 是目前支援通訊頻段最多的手機，香港全頻全支援，可放心地在香港與全球範圍內使用。
全新設計的方形禮盒，經典黑色搭配金色燙字，盒內更配備一個專為小米MIX 2 訂製的超薄手機殼，帶來絕佳保護的同時手感如天鵝絨般絲滑，方方面面盡顯匠心品質。
- 小米MIX 2
- 小米MIX 2 訂製極簡保護殼
- USB Type-C 傳輸線
- Type-C TO AUDIO 轉接線
Xiaomi’s exquisite Mi Mix is the future of smartphones, no time machine needed“Innovative, exquisite, and powerful: The Mi Mix is a vision of smartphones to come.”
- Stunning bezel-less screen
- Beautifully built ceramic body
- Powerful processor
- Massive battery
- Slippery and fragile
- Limited connectivity options
- Import only, and expensive
This is the Xiaomi Mi Mix, and you’re allowed to say “wow.” It may look like concept phone, a vision of the future, but you can actually buy it right now. The most striking feature is the almost bezel-less screen, which takes up almost the entire front of the device, and extends right up into the top corners. The technology to make this possible is amazing, but has Xiaomi come up with a usable phone that represents the future of smartphone design? We’ve been finding out.
Drop dead gorgeous
You can’t stop staring at the Mi Mix. It’s beautiful in a way that other smartphones simply aren’t. Designs tend to follow the same trend, and although other phones may be attractive, they don’t even come close to the pure visual excitement generated by the Mi Mix. Why? Because it’s all screen. The 6.4-inch IPS LCD has an unusual 17:9 aspect ratio and covers more than 90 percent of the front panel. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge manages 76 percent screen. A 14 percent difference may not sound much, but just look at the pictures. It’s an absolute world away from the S7 Edge. Look at the top corners, for instance. They don’t end in a right angle, but actually curve with the body. It’s not visual trickery either, the edge of the screen is really curved.
The Mi Mix is otherwise a very simple shape, and its glorious minimalism doesn’t stand out until you start examining the subtleties, from the “Mix designed by Mi” wording on the back, to the absolute lack of speakers or sensors on the front. Instead, the speaker is behind the screen itself and uses specially designed piezoelectric technology to transmit sound to your ear. Xiaomi has taken away the regular proximity sensor, too, making way for an ultrasonic module, which is located behind the screen. The Mi Mix isn’t all looks, it’s also an impressive technical achievement.
The body is superbly built. It’s made from ceramic, rather than metal and glass. Our review model came in glossy black, but Xiaomi now makes a white version, too. It’s stunning, but unless you carry a cloth around with you, or wear white gloves like you’re cradling a priceless artefact every time you pick the phone up, it’s going to get covered in fingerprints and smudges. Really, really covered.
The Mi Mix isn’t all looks, it’s also an impressive technical achievement.
Fingerprints aren’t the only problem. The Mi Mix is so slippery, it’s like it’s actively trying to escape. No matter how you hold it, it slips, wriggles, and slides around in a continuous bid for freedom. The ceramic body offers no resistance, and there’s no texture or ridges down the side. Engage in just about any activity from taking photos to checking your email, and you run the gauntlet of the Mi Mix taking a dive. It’s almost essential to wrap the phone up in a case, unless you like the feeling that an awfully expensive accident is about to happen every second of the day.
Not to worry, owning the Mi Mix is like having a partner you absolutely adore. You’ll make ridiculous concessions just to be with them. We’ve taken to wearing a pair of grippy rubber kitchen gloves all the time. No more fingerprints, and no more worrying about accidents. Sure, people stare when you wear the pink ones, but when the Mi Mix is in your hand, you’ll be so smitten you won’t care.
Our Mi Mix came with 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor running at 2.35GHz, but when clearing the RAM, only about 4GB of RAM was ever listed as available for use by apps. A cheaper alternative model with 4GB of RAM as standard is also available, but you won’t get the 18k gold accents around the camera lens and fingerprint sensor, either.
The Snapdragon 821 chip has proved to be an excellent performer, and we’ve enjoyed using it before in the OnePlus 3T and the Google Pixel phones. It’s equally superb here, keeping the operating system zipping along, making web browsing and app use fast and fault free, plus it has superb gaming ability.
Games are more fun on the Mi Mix’s big, bright, and beautiful screen. I hesitate to say more immersive, because it doesn’t seem possible; but the right game is definitely more engrossing here. Danmaku Unlimited, an all-action bullet-hell game, plays beautifully in HD on Hard mode; yet despite being a game I’ve played many times, it was just that little bit more exciting, due to the Mi Mix’s combination of no bezel and a large screen size.
Xiaomi hasn’t gone mad with the display, opting for an IPS LCD panel and a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution. It doesn’t suck the battery dry in moments, and is perfect for online video. Watch YouTube, tap the fullscreen button, and videos take up the whole of the display, curved corners included, rather than being squeezed down into an unusual format, or not supporting the full display. It’s a real treat.
Put the Mi Mix through a couple of benchmark tests, and AnTuTu 3D gives it an incredible 153,637, putting it in the top five overall results. Xiaomi has stuffed a whopping 4,400mAh battery inside the Mi Mix, which by most modern standards, is huge. It’s an equally large benefit, too, and we easy got two days regular use out of the phone before feeling the need to plug it in the charger. This was more down to battery anxiety than any alerts the phone sent out.
In case it’s not obvious, there’s more than enough power, energy, and speed for everyone inside the Mi Mix.
Highly customized Android Marshmallow
Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, the Mi Mix has Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed. It’s not the latest version 7.0 Nougat, mainly due to MIUI, Xiaomi’s own user interface. It modifies Android extensively, to the point where Android Pay won’t work because it considers MIUI a custom version of the operating system.
Does the interface make it unpleasant? Not really. Version 8 of MIUI is installed, and our imported version came with Google Play all ready to go. That means you don’t have to deal with Xiaomi’s app store, and can install all the usual Google apps — from Maps to YouTube — directly from Play. Early setup takes a while, but we’ve never had any issues with installation or updates on a Xiaomi device.
Our review model came with a selection of pre-installed Xiaomi tools — including a QR code scanner, a compass app, a voice recorder, and the usual contacts, mail, music, file explorer, and calendar apps — but that’s all. Standard phone operation is dealt with by Xiaomi’s dialer, messaging app, and web browser. Anyone who has used Android on a Nexus or Pixel phone, will notice alterations to the notification shade and the settings menu, plus that app icons are spread across home screens and not in an app drawer.
There are a few decent apps provided by Xiaomi. The standard web browser is fast, the weather app is pretty and information packed, and the calendar app is easy to use. If you don’t like the minimalist look of MIUI’s app icons, or want to change a variety of aspects, there are many different themes available to download and apply. Dig deeper, and MIUI can be customized to an even greater degree.
Yes, we’d rather the phone ran regular Android, but MIUI is easy to use and attractive to look at. It’s also the price you have to pay for importing a phone from China, where Google services are barred, and we vastly prefer it over most other Chinese manufacturer user interfaces.
We do worry about security threats on outdated versions of Android, and we hope to see the Mi Mix get the Nougat update sooner rather than later. However, Xiaomi doesn’t have a good track record with updates, so don’t hold your breath. If you care about security and up-to-date Android, this phone isn’t the one for you.
Average camera performance
Xiaomi hasn’t gone mad with the Mi Mix’s camera setup, so you get a 16-megapixel rear camera and a specially produced 5-megapixel selfie cam under the screen. That’s right, under the screen. Let’s talk about that one first.
Xiaomi had to source a really small module for its front camera, because it has to fit in a very small space in the only bezeled area on the phone, just below the screen. This isn’t the ideal spot for a selfie cam, unless taking photos with a great view up your nose is your thing. To get around the awkward placement, when you swap to the front cam the phone tells you to rotate it so the camera is in a more traditional position, and the app rotates accordingly.
That’s fine if you only use Xiaomi’s camera app, but not if you want to use Instagram, Snapchat, or any other photo app’s camera mode. Sure it works, but the camera gets blocked by your hand, or your picture comes out at a weird angle. Flip the phone on its head, and the app doesn’t follow, so it’s upside down, making it awkward to tap a shutter release button. The volume button sometimes activates the shutter to make life easier, but not in every app. The quality is only average once you do snap a selfie, but there are some fun live filters to try out, and a very good beauty mode with a pro and smart setting. Smart is the way to go, and it actually enhances the shot.
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Around the back is a 16-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX318 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and phase-detection autofocus. Sadly, there’s no optical image stabilization, but there is electronic stabilization. The specs may not be stellar, and although we’ve been spoiled by some great dual-lens cameras recently, the Mi Mix’s rear camera takes good pictures. However, the HDR mode is aggressive — pushing out shadows and really enhancing blue skies, — and although we found the pictures pleasing, some may prefer the way the camera performs without it.
The Mi Mix is happy to blur the background of images very effectively, leading to some great bokeh shots without the need for a second lens. The same set of filters for the selfie cam can be applied to the rear camera, plus there’s a panorama mode, a tilt-shift setting, and a manual mode.
It’s not a standout camera, but it’s not a failure, either. We’ve been happy with the overall results from the Mi Mix.
Calls and connectivity
How do you hear people during a call if the Mi Mix doesn’t have a speaker? Xiaomi has used special piezoelectric technology behind the screen to transmit sound through it, similar to how bone-conducting sound works. The effect is unusual, but there’s no noticeable drop in quality of volume.
The Mi Mix is so slippery, it’s like it’s actively trying to escape.
In fact, it works really well, and is arguably better than a traditional speaker. Why? It doesn’t really matter where the Mi Mix is held against your ear, the top, middle, or lower part of the display still delivers the same amount of volume and clarity.
The ultrasonic proximity sensor doesn’t seem to be quite as successful. It rarely shut down the screen when the phone was against my face, and sometimes accidentally activated an app. It doesn’t dim the screen if you put your hand over the screen though, which is good.
Because the Mi Mix is an imported phone that’s not really designed for use outside of Xiaomi’s regular territories, it doesn’t come with all the necessary bands to connect to all the usual U.S. networks. Use an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card and you’ll mostly see 3G data speeds, with 4G unlikely. We tested the Mi Mix in the U.K. with the O2 network, and primarily connected at 3G, too, although there is a better chance of 4G using EE. This is a common issue with imported smartphones, not just Xiaomi’s devices.
Warranty, availability, and price
Just because the Mi Mix sounds like a concept phone, doesn’t mean it’s not for sale. You can buy it right now, if you’re prepared to pay a hefty price, and do some searching. Our review Mi Mix was supplied by GearBest, a popular importer of Chinese electronics, where the new white model is priced at just over $1,000. Yes, $1,000. Don’t forget, this is a cutting-edge smartphone, produced in small numbers, and that means you pay a premium for the pleasure of owning one.
The black version isn’t in stock at GearBest at the time of writing, but that is likely to change regularly, along with the final price, which depends on the currency exchange rate. If you want a Mi Mix, you’ll need to have patience and put in some effort to find one.
There are other importers, but GearBest has always delivered a faultless service, and provides a comprehensive warranty should your phone breakdown. This consists of a three-day dead-on-arrival warranty, a 45-day money back guarantee if the phone should be faulty during that time, plus a one-year warranty to cover against defects. You’ll still have to get support from China primarily by email and snail mail, but it really shouldn’t put you off. If you break the phone due to mistreatment, drop it in the bath, or change the software and brick the phone, it won’t be covered.
Exquisite to look at, vastly powerful, and technically compelling: The Xiaomi Mi Mix represents the future of smartphones, and it’s available right now.
Is there a better alternative?
If you want the Mi Mix’s amazing screen, then no, there isn’t any alternative. The Mi Mix is unique. If you want a phone with a stunning ceramic body, then you won’t find one of those, either. The camera, processor, and operating system aren’t unique, and in two of those three areas, the Mi Mix isn’t top of the class. The camera is strong, but there are considerably better choices out there. MIUI isn’t as nice as the standard Android Nougat found on a Google Pixel XL.
The Pixel XL is our top Android phone recommendation. Its regular software updates, 24/7 customer support, strong specs, and great camera make it the best Android phone you can buy. The Huawei Mate 9, the iPhone 7 Plus, and even a cheaper flagship phone like the OnePlus 3T are all phones you should buy instead of the Mi Mix.
Although none of these alternatives come close to matching the intoxicating style and bleeding edge tech of the Xiaomi phone, they are your best options right now. However, we recommend waiting to buy a new phone until April at the earliest, because several other major flagships — including the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, and iPhone 8 — are all rumored to offer similar bezel-free designs. All of these phones will also be compatible with U.S. networks and sold through official channels and carriers.
How long will it last?
If the Mi Mix takes a tumble, it won’t last very long at all. Screens that go all the way to the edge of the body may strike any hard surface sharply, and it’s unlikely to survive. When the phone in question is more slippery than a haddock that has been bathing in baby oil, it’s a recipe for disaster. Wrap the Mi Mix in a case, or suffer the consequences.
Xiaomi updates MIUI regularly, but the basic version of Android underneath is still 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and the security patch is from September 2016. That’s absolutely horrible. If you buy this phone, you won’t be safe from hacks and security flaws so long as Xiaomi delays security patches.
Should you buy it?
Should you be an early adopter of any new technology? No, of course not. Should you buy a high-tech two-seat sports car over a solid, reliable hatchback? Not if you’re sensible. It’s the same story with the Mi Mix. No, we can’t recommend it, because it’s ultimately a shockingly expensive concept phone. You can buy a Pixel XL and still have $350 left in your pocket for the same cost as a Mi Mix. It’s the sensible choice, and wearing our sensible hat, it’s the phone we’ll tell you to buy.
However, the Mi Mix is not a phone for anyone wearing a sensible hat. It’s not even for people who own a sensible hat. The Mi Mix is for people with silly hats. It’s Google Glass for the smartphone world. A technical experiment that’s unlike anything else available, and that fact alone will make many, many smartphone fans absolutely desperate to own one. It also has the potential to become quite collectible, due to its limited numbers, high price, and being an import only device. You won’t retire on any proceeds from it, but it will certainly have more cache in the future than a regular Android smartphone.
One thing is for sure, if you do buy the Mi Mix, just be really, really careful with it.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Review: Concept Phone Turns Into Reality | Beebom
Xiaomi took the world by storm when it introduced the Mi Mix last year. While Xiaomi unveiled the smartphone as a concept phone, the company surprised everyone when it announced the pricing and availability of the device. Why the surprise? Well, because Mi Mix was the first almost bezel-less smartphone from a well known manufacturer. Sure, there have been various bezel-less smartphones from different Chinese smartphone makers, like the Sharp Aquos Crystal and Aquos Crystal 2, but Mi Mix has been arguably the first bezel-less smartphone for the masses. While the Xiaomi smartphone is only available in China in limited quantities, there are ways to get one in other countries (you can get one from GearBest at $619, at the time of writing). Well, we got the Mi Mix recently and I have been using it as my daily driver for a couple of weeks now. So, is Mi Mix’s bezel-less design really the future of smartphones? Well, let’s get into the details and find out, shall we?
Xiaomi Mi Mix Specifications
Before we begin, let’s take a look at the specs of the Xiaomi Mi Mix:
|Dimensions||158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9 mm|
|Display||6.4-inch IPS LCD Display (1080 x 2040 pixels)|
|Processor||Quad-core MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, with Adreno 530 GPU|
|Cameras||16 MP f/2.0 rear camera, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and gyro-based EIS; 5 MP f/2.2 front-facing Camera|
|Battery||4,400 mAh, QuickCharge 3.0|
|Android||MIUI 8 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Sensors||Fingerprint scanner, cantilevered piezoelectric actuator, ultrasound proximity, gyroscope, compass, accelerometer|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, WiFi dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type C, USB OTG, NFC|
On paper and from the looks of it, the Mi Mix seems like a perfect mix of innovative design and high-end specs but does that really convert into a great smartphone? Let’s find out.
What’s In The Box
The Mi Mix comes in a great looking box that features text written in gold accents, similar to the device. It’s very minimal and I certainly like it. Here are the box contents:
- The Xiaomi Mi Mix, obviously!
- Leather case
- USB Type C cable
- Power Adapter
- SIM ejector tool
Design and Hardware
Xiaomi smartphones have always featured great designs and build quality but the Mi Mix is arguably the most gorgeous looking smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. When you first take out the device, you will notice the gorgeous back. The ceramic rear features a mirror-like finish, which looks absolutely stunning. While it does look great, it is a huge fingerprint magnet and it’s very very slippery. No wonder Xiaomi supplies the device with a case in the box. I’m still not complaining though, as the ceramic body, the mirror-like finish, the “Mix Designed by Mi” engraving, look very premium and it surely looks and feels like a premium flagship.
The ceramic back also features the 16 MP camera, along with the dual-tone LED flash. There’s also the fingerprint scanner. In the 256 GB version of the Mi Mix, all the elements on the back use Gold accents, which goes well the glossy ceramic finish.
On the front, you will be in awe of the gorgeous edge-to-edge display. It looks futuristic, thanks to almost bezel-less display and a screen to body ratio of around 83.6%. Along with the non-existing bezel, the display is rounded on the edges, similar to the LG G6 and the Galaxy S8 and it does look cool. There’s also the front-facing camera at the bottom (you won’t like it), along with the notification LED light. There’s no proximity sensor or the earpiece and Xiaomi has integrated some bleeding edge tech here to make up for it. Instead of the earpiece, the device features a cantilevered piezoelectric actuator behind the display to produce sound. Also, there’s an ultrasound proximity or a sonar sensor, another first for smartphones. So yeah, it’s packed with the latest technological advancements.
The Mi Mix frame is also made of ceramic, including the button, so everything feels just seamless. The power/lock and the volume rockers are on the right side, while the left side features the SIM tray. The top packs in the 3.5 mm jack (thankfully!) and the bottom features the USB Type C port and the speaker.
Thanks to the less bezels on the smartphone, the device measures 158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9 mm, which is very close to the dimensions of the iPhone 7 Plus (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm) and Pixel XL (154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm). However, the latter two smartphones feature 5.5-inch displays, while the Mi Mix packs in a 6.4-inch display. Here’s how it compares to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which features a 6.4-inch display as well:
Thanks to the amazing screen to body ratio, you get a decently compact phone with way more screen estate. It’s not all good, as the smartphone can be a little tough to hold, thanks to the slippery back. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Mix is a thing of beauty and it’s every tech geek’s dream come true. If you plan on getting the Mi Mix, it will garner you a lot of attention.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix comes with a gorgeous 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2040 pixels, which makes up for a pixel density of 362 ppi. The extra pixels do result in a weird aspect ratio of 17:9 and at times, videos play with black bars, but I don’t mind it much. Well, because it looks stunning! Thanks to edge-to-edge design, the display looks great, especially at the top because there’s literally no bezels. While all the talks are about the slim bezels, the display unit by Sharp is great. The display offers great blacks, which is generally an attribute of AMOLED displays and while the resolution does not seem flagship-grade, especially for 6.4-inch display, you will like it.
Firstly, the color reproduction and accuracy is great along with clarity. The saturation is apparently increased and that results in more pleasing colors. Xiaomi lets you change the contrast and the color saturation in the MIUI settings, so you can customize things the way you like.
Also, thanks to the PenTile arrangement in the panel, the pixels aren’t visible, no matter how much you try. When it comes to the sunlight legibility, the display is kind of average, which was expected, considering it offers 500 nits of brightness at max settings. So, everything seems pretty good, right? Well, the only caveat that I found with the Mi Mix display is the way the auto brightness works. Honestly, the auto brightness sensor in the Mi Mix just did not work for me. It goes dark in sunlight and brightens up in the dark. I’m not sure if that’s a software problem or a hardware one but I turned off auto brightness after the first couple of days of using the Mix.
Well, the Mi Mix’s bezel-less (almost) display is undoubtedly great and it’s the best thing about the smartphone. Sure, there’s the auto brightness problem but I won’t consider it a deal breaker, considering how stunning the display is.
As with all Xiaomi devices, the Mi Mix comes with MIUI. The China variants of the Mix come with the MIUI China ROM but the Mix I’m using features the MIUI Global ROM. The Mix comes with MIUI 8, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While Marshmallow is a pretty old Android version, considering Android O has been announced, it does not really make a difference, considering MIUI is a skin that totally masks Google’s stock Android experience. Before we talk about MIUI, let me tell you that I’m a stock Android guy and even then, I kind of like MIUI, except a few things. I just hate the fact that the MIUI does not have an app drawer. For someone like me, who installs a ton of apps, the home screen becomes too cluttered to use. Along with that, the notification center in MIUI is a mixed bag for me. While I like the various toggles available, I don’t like the fact that you cannot expand any notifications for more info.
Another major change in MIUI from stock Android is the multitasking interface, which looks very similar to the interface on iOS and Windows Mobile. It’s decent enough but I miss the ability to switch between apps quickly, like in Nougat. Other than that, MIUI brings its own native apps like phone, contacts, messaging, calendar, browser etc. They work fine and whether you like them or not depends on you. I did not have any problems with them.
Along with the aforementioned changes, MIUI lets you customize almost everything and if you are someone who loves to tinker, you are going to love it. Just a look at the Settings page of MIUI will give you an idea of the extensive customization that the Android ROM offers. For instance, on the display front, there’s double tap screen to wake, a cool reading mode (reduces blue light), lock screen customizations, and more.
MIUI also brings some great additional features, like a native app locker, a Child Mode, which lets you hide some apps and only make some apps accessible for children. There’s also Quick Ball, available all the time from the navigation bar. It’s similar to iOS’ Assistive Touch and brings shortcuts to screenshot, back, lock phone, multitasking and more. You can also enable a gesture for it, select the shortcuts you want and more. There’s also a one-handed mode, which should come especially handy considering the huge display of Mi Mix.
There’s also the “Second Space” feature that is something I really like. Second Space is like multiple user accounts in stock Android but a lot better. With Second Space, you can create a separate space and you can move files, apps, data, and more from one space to the other. You can even check notifications from the second space, so if you are using Second Space to use multiple accounts of WhatsApp or any other messaging app, you will be able to check notifications for both of your accounts. If you’d just like to use multiple accounts of an app, you can also use the “Dual apps” feature, that lets you clone an app.
MIUI is undoubtedly a feature rich Android skin and unlike some other Android skins, it includes features that are really useful. Then, there are ton of customization options that many Android users love. So, yes, there’s a lot to like in MIUI. Apart from a few qualms, I really like what the MIUI offers.
Along with the various technological advancements that the Mi Mix packs, it’s powered by last year’s flagship processor, the Quad-core MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, coupled with the Adreno 530 GPU. There’s also 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, depending on the 128 or 256 GB variants of the Mi Mix. We have the 256 GB/6 GB version of the Mi Mix and in my extensive usage of the device, it performs how a flagship should. As I mentioned, I have been using the Mi Mix as my daily driver and I have faced no serious hiccups at all. MIUI did pop out “Settings has stopped” errors a couple of times but other than that, everything has been working swiftly. Everything’s smooth even when I tried to put some pressure on the device with multiple extensive games.
Also, thanks to the massive amount of RAM, multitasking is a breeze on the Mi Mix. When it comes to gaming performance, there were no stutter or frame drops at all. Apart from that, most phones with Qualcomm processors tend to have overheating issues but not the Mi Mix. Sure, the device does get a little warm when playing processor intensive games but it does not get too heated.
The real world performance of the Mi Mix is certainly amazing and while I don’t care about benchmarks, here are a few results if you find them interesting:
As you can see, the Mix does pretty well here too. While the scores are good when it comes to processor tests, the scores are pretty great in the GPU tests.
So, if you manage to get the Mi Mix, you can rest assured that the device offers great performance and won’t disappoint you, no matter what you throw at it.
Telephony and Audio Performance
While the Mi Mix is a gorgeous and capable smartphone, it lacks when it comes to one of the most basic yet important aspects of a phone. I’m talking about the cantilevered piezoelectric actuator that replaces the earpiece. The sound produced by vibrations between the display and ceramic is just not good enough. Sometimes the sound is loud enough, while sometimes it just isn’t what you expect from a modern-day smartphone. In fact, when I started using the phone, I used to shuffle the phone a lot to see if I was holding it wrong. Well, I wasn’t holding it wrong, as no matter what I did, the sound just wasn’t loud enough. Other than that, I constantly saw network drops in my phone, which might be because the phone is designed for the Chinese networks.
When it comes to the speakers, the bottom-facing speakers on the Mi Mix are pretty good. Considering it’s just a single speaker, I had my doubts, but it offered ample sound and that too with decent clarity. Plus, Xiaomi offers various headphone audio settings in MIUI. There’s an Equalizer, HD Sound audio, Mi Sound Enhancer and more.
The Mi Mix comes with a non-removable 4,400 mAh battery and support for Quick Charge 3.0. It also comes bundled with a charger that is compatible with QC 3.0. While Xiaomi claims that the charger can charge the phone to around 80% in half an hour, I found it inconsistent. At times, I could only get around 40-50% charge in half an hour, while some times, I got 50% charge in half an hour.
When it comes to how well the battery performs, well, it’s pretty decent but there are some problems. In my usage, the battery drained a lot on standby. For instance, I went to sleep at around midnight and the phone’s battery was at around 60% and in the morning at around 10 AM, it was at around 30%. The standby battery drain was a bit inconsistent though. At times, it hold up pretty well, while some times it just drains. Other than the standby problem, the battery holds up pretty well but it’s not exactly extraordinary.
In my usage, where I watched a lot of YouTube videos, made a few calls, texted a lot, browsed my social feed and web pages, the sync was always on, with both mobile data and WiFi turned on all the time, the Mi Mix lasted for around 19 hours. This is pretty good, considering I used the smartphone heavily but I really hope Xiaomi fixes the standby drain problem. Well, overall, the battery performance of the Mi Mix is good enough, considering not everyone with a Mix is facing the standby problem. The device should easily last you a day on moderate to heavy usage and more, if you are someone who does not use your phone that much.
Let’s talk about the rear camera first. The Xiaomi Mi Mix packs in a 16 MP f/2.0 camera, with phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and a gyro-based EIS. When it comes to the camera interface, it’s a pretty standard affair, if you have used MIUI in the past.
There are toggles for flash, HDR, along with a button to access the various filters. There are also a lot of cool modes, like Beautify, Audio, HHT, Straighten, Manual, Groupshot, Titl-Shift etc. I especially like the Manual mode, which lets you control the white balance, focus, exposure and ISO. Other than that, you can head to the camera settings to find various options, like face detection, age & gender detection, auto-exposure settings, set volume button as shutter key, focus mode, enhance low light photos automatically etc. Like everything MIUI, the camera app also packs in ton of options to play with.
Now, coming to how the rear camera fares. In a nutshell, it’s pretty average. While the camera captures photos with good details, accurate colors and great dynamic range, there is a little noise in some of the shots. Sure, the photos taken in good light are pretty decent but if you look closely, even they feature a bit noise, which is disappointing. Other than the noise, the Mix captures decent photos, and the HDR works very well. However, the Mi Mix’s OmniVision camera sensors lacks when it comes to low light and night shots. The photos taken in low light are strictly average. Thanks to software processing, the photos taken in low light do look a little bright but they lack the sharpness you get from flagship smartphones.
Here are some photos that we took from the Mi Mix:
When it comes to video capture, the Mix has the ability to shoot 4K videos at 30 fps, while the audio is captured in stereo. The videos captures by the Mix are pretty good. The details are there, just like the stills and while the processing by the camera does oversharpens things at times, the video quality is still decent enough. On the audio front, the Mix does a decent job of capturing it.
Moving on to the selfie camera, which is a 5 MP f/2.2 unit. The major problem with the selfie camera is its weird location, that is at the bottom, which makes up for an awkward angle that is not good enough for selfies. So, if you want to use selfie camera on the Mix, you will have to rotate your phone every time and the camera app is set to rotate even if you have screen rotation turned off. This is quite a hassle really because even though I’m not really a selfie person, ever since I’ve started using the Mix, I have been using the front facing camera even more infrequently. Well, this is one of the trade-offs you’ll have to make for a bezel-less smartphone. On the quality of shots taken by the front-facing camera, they are okay-ish to below average and not really close to the flagship standards.
Like most Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi Mix features dual SIM support and both the SIM slots come with LTE support. However, if you are using 4G LTE on one SIM slot, you will not be able to use 4G LTE from the other SIM card. The phone features 11 LTE bands, and while the phone is aimed at China, I have been using it with my Vodafone and Reliance JIO SIM cards and it has worked flawlessly.
Other than that, the phone features dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB OTG support and GPS with GLONASS and Beidou. However, there’s no IR blaster, or FM Radio support. Overall, the Mi Mix’s connectivity suit features almost everything that you’d expect from a modern day smartphone.
Mi Mix: Concept Phone Turned Into Reality
When Xiaomi first unveiled the Mi Mix, I was in awe and chances are, you were too, because we have all wanted a bezel-less smartphone and honestly, I still love staring at the gorgeous design of the Mi Mix. Kudos to Xiaomi here, as the Mi Mix is a brave attempt. We all know Xiaomi as the company that brings decent smartphones and other products that are really great value for money. However, the Mi Mix is a phone that really makes me view the company with a lot more respect. The Mi Mix is a bold attempt and I think they have succeeded in making a point and while I appreciate the attempt, should you buy a Mi Mix? Well, if you ask me, the Mi Mix is still a concept phone and while it’s a reality, it’s still a bit away from being a finished product.
The bezel-less display and the ceramic design is pretty cool but there are critical trade-offs, like the poor sound quality from the cantilevered piezoelectric actuator (replacement for earpiece), which replaces the earpiece. There’s also the weird placement of the front-facing camera, the issues with the auto-brightness. However, if you can live with these problems, the MI Mix is a smartphone that will not disappoint you. The performance is amazing, the speakers are good and the best thing is, it will get you plenty of attention.
While there are lot of great smartphones competing with the Mix, at the $600 price point, like the LG V20, Huawei Mate 9, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Xiaomi’s very own Mi 5s, they lack the aura and the edge-to-edge display of the Mix. So, if you live in a country outside China and still want to buy the Mix, you can get it from our friends at GearBest. At around $620 for the 256 GB/6 GB variant, the phone is great value for money.
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- Stunning Design
- Gorgeous Bezel-less (Almost) Display
- Fluid Performance
- Base Version Features 128 GB Storage
- Value For Money
- Good Audio Quality
- MIUI Features
- Poor Earpiece Sound (cantilevered piezoelectric actuator)
- Average Camera
- The Placement of Front-Facing Camera
- Auto-Brightness Issues
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Mi Mix Review: Is Bezel-Less The Future?
The Mi Mix is a great, futuristic smartphone but its bezel-less design also brings a few trade-offs, which if you think about it, are pretty critical, when it comes to everyday use. So, do you think bezel-less smartphones are the future, or you think lesser bezels are the way to go, like Samsung did with the Galaxy S8. Well, let us know your thoughts on this and the Mi Mix in the comments section below.