At the time when the world is going with notch to attain a full view (18:9 or 19:9 aspect ratio) display, the Chinese giant with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S sticked to its tri-bezeless design featuring a chin that host the selfie camera, notification light and other sensors.
The first of its kind was the Xiaomi Mi Mix launched in October 2016 as a concept phone and the first known attempt at bezel-less design that has became a trend since the 4th quarter of 2017 when it was featured on the iPhone X.
However, Xiaomi might feature the notch display in the next few days (May 31 2018) on its 2018 flagship (Mi 8).
That been said, Mi Mix 2S has a lot in common with it predecessor in Mi Mix 2 that was launched last year. However, the moment you turned to the rear of both devices, it became obvious something has changed.
Not just the re-positioning of the camera but also the addition of one more camera to follow the trend of dual rear camera. And yes the set up was similar to that seen on the iPhone X.
Mi Mix 2S stick to the ceramic back but its frame is metal (aluminium) while the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
The cons on this device is similar to what we complained about on the OnePlus 6. Not IP certified, no SD Card and the display is not just of LCD panel, it also feature a Full HD display (OLED Quad HD would have been better).
Oh, there is no headphone jack, meaning you will have to rely on the USB type C or get yourself a wireless earbuds.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Review.
Kudos to Xiaomi (aka Apple of China) with what they did with the Mi Mix 2S. They got almost everything right including the camera which was the major flaw of the first edition (Mi Mix).
In my opinion, the 2S boast of the most appealing design ever found on any smartphone. I think i need to say that again, the Mi Mix 2S is categorically stunning.
Mix 2S feature a tri bezeless design with a chin at the bottom. The thin bezel at the top host a microphone while the chin housed the selfie camera (at the right corner), the notification light and couple other sensors.
The front panel is protected by 2.5D corning gorilla glass 4. At the right are the volume and power buttons while the left side of the device host the sim card tray slot.
Bottom of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S host the USB type-c port, speaker and another microphone.
At the ceramic finish rear, we have the dual camera, dual flash, fingerprint and gold branding that says “Mi Mix Designed by Xiaomi.
The dual rear cameras are vertically positioned at the top left corner with the dual led flash in between them. It has a gold accent around it screaming classy.
The fingerprint scanner retain the same position as pretty much most smartphones while the branding text is vertically imprinted with gold from the middle down.
The overall design of the Mix 2S is aesthetically appealing. During the first days of usage, the device feels slippery but it gets better as you will get used to it.
What we have here is a 5.99 inches IPS LCD display smartphone featuring about 81.9% screen to body ratio, 18:9 aspect ratio, 403 PPI pixel density and Full HD (1080 x 2160 pixels) screen resolution.
The display got a protective layer of corning gorilla glass 4. The screen is very bright and colorful for an LCD panel and yes using under direct sunlight isn’t an issue.
We would have love to see an OLED Quad HD display but i think they had to use the LCD FHD to make the device affordable.
Performance: Processor, Software & Memory.
Mix 2S is powered by Qualcomm’s current most powerful chipset; Octa Core Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU on board.
Ordinary smartphone manufacturer can never go wrong with this SoC talk-less of Xiaomi. The speed of the device while executing commands, gaming and multitasking is out of this world.
Mi Mix 2S from Xiaomi runs on Android 8.0 Orea out of the box with MIUI 9.5 on top. We expect to see MIUI 10 atleast the China version on the Mi 8 that will launch in the next couple of days.
One thing that makes Xiaomi phones stand out of the crowd is the highly customized MIUI with loads of amazing features to choose from.
Is it the second space, quick ball, dual apps, app lock, mi drop feature or the inbuilt phone call recording capability, screen recorder, scanner and calculator with numerous features?.
You have option to replace the navigation buttons with gestures. It takes time to get used to but once you do, you will totally forget about the navigation buttons.
The MIUI rom on board Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S has couple of features/options added to the camera.
Assisting the processing power is the RAM which can be 6GB for the 64GB and 128GB internal memory variant or 8GB for the 256GB internal memory variant.
The overall performance on this device is lit and consistently flawless.
Camera, Battery & Connectivity.
The camera department has seen a massive upgrade from those of Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2.
At the top left corner behind Xiaomi mi mix 2s is a dual 12MP + 12MP camera. The first camera feature f/1.8 aperture, 21mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS while the second uses f/2.4 aperture, 26mm, 1/2.9″, 1.0µm.
In between the rear camera is the dual led flash, all vertically arranged boasting of dual pixel PDAF (Phase Detection Auto-focus) and 2x optical zoom.
It comes with portrait mode and AI that simply identify the object and enhance the image.
Photography is great with the rear camera. You can shoot in 4K and slow motion up to 240fps at 720p and 1080p.
With the selfie camera at the bottom right corner, you will have to flip the device over (turn it upside down) to make use of it. The 5MP works just fine in natural environment but same can’t be said in low light.
On board the 2S is 3400 mAh battery that is non removable with support for quick charge 3.0 and Qi wireless charging.
It takes about 90 minutes for the device to fully charge from 0% and can take you through a whole day on a fair usage.
Connectivity wise, it supports Wi-Fi, GPS, dual sim card, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C and all LTE bands across the globe.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Price in Nigeria.
Since the device is not officially available in Nigeria, you will have to order for it yourself from Chinese sites like aliexpress.
- 6GB/64GB: $460 US Dollars which is 168,000 Naira.
- 6GB/128GB: $485 US Dollars or 177,000 Naira.
- 8GB/256GB: $647 USD. That’s about 236,000 Naira.
You can also get it on gearbest but am sure their price will be way higher than that of aliexpress.
Complete Specs of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.
- Dimension: 150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1 mm.
- Screen size: 5.99-inches IPS LCD.
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
- Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels (Full HD).
- Pixel Density: 403 PPI.
- Body: Ceramic back, aluminium frame and glass at the front.
- 2G: Yes.
- 3G: Yes.
- 4G LTE: Yes (Support all LTE bands in Nigeria).
- SIM Type: Dual Nano SIM.
Operating System & Processor.
- Android version: MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Processor Type: 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
- Processor Speed: 8-Cores or Octa Core (quad core 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 + quad core 1.8 GHz Kryo 385).
- Graphics Processor: Adreno 630.
- Rear Camera: Dual 12 MP (f/1.8 aperture, 21mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS) + 12 MP (f/2.4 aperture, 26mm, 1/2.9″, 1.0µm) with dual led flash and 2x optical zoom.
- Features: Phase detection, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama.
- Video Recording: 4K, 720p@240fps, 1080p@240fps.
- Front Camera: 5 MP, (f/2.0 aperture, 1.4µm), 1080p.
- RAM: 6GB/8GB.
- Internal Storage Memory: 64GB/128GB/256GB.
- SD card Slot: No.
- Non-removable 3400 mAh Li-Po. Support Quick Charge 3.0 and Qi wireless charging.
- Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyroscope.
- Bluetooth: v5.0.
- USB: USB Type-C.
- GPS: A-GPS, BDS, Glonass.
- NFC: Yes.
- Wi-Fi: WI Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi direct, hotspot, dual band.
- Audio/Music Support: MP3, WAV.
- Loudspeaker: Yes.
- Video Support: MPEG4, MP4, H.263, H.264.
- FM Radio: Yes.
- Black, White.
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