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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 officially announced: Bezel-less design, refined

Xiaomi has taken the wraps off the Mi Mix 2, an update to a device that set the standard for today's smartphone design language.

Published onSeptember 11, 2017

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has landed! Stay tuned as we bring you all the details over the following days and hours. We will be updating our Mi Mix 2 coverage regularly, so tune in.

Xiaomi shocked the world when it first introduced the nearly-bezelless Mi Mix back in October of last year, and since then, the design has absolutely taken the world by storm. Many flagships released in 2017 have sported a new streamlined design language with minimal bezels and a slimmer footprint, and it’s become evident that the industry is shifting towards all screen, all the time.

It’s been almost a full year since Xiaomi announced their phone though, and they’re ready to take the next step in the battle for smartphone design domination. With so many other competitors on the market stealing their limelight, can the Mi Mix 2 line retain its lead in the design innovation department? We’ll leave that for you to decide, but for now, here’s everything you need to know about the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.

A note from the editor: Xiaomi is releasing the Mi Mix 2 in two versions: a regular one and a Special Edition with extra memory and a more luxurious design. We will highlight the differences as they come into discussion.

A familiar, luxurious design

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 looks quite similar to its predecessor, with a 5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 (FHD+) display encased by a 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm aluminum alloy frame and a ceramic back that is curved on four sides. As an accent, both the standard and the Special Edition feature an 18K gold-plated ring around the camera.

The phone sports the trendy aspect ratio of 18:9 and weighs 185 grams, down from the 209 grams in the original model.

The chin of the device has been shrunk by 12 percent, and the result is a more visually balanced design. Xiaomi has also tweaked elements like the call speaker and the proximity sensor, which are now placed in the top side of the phone.

Key specs

The Mix 2 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, putting it up to par with many of the other flagships currently on the market today. It sports 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and storage options of 64, 128 and 256 GB. With a well-sized battery of 3,400 mAh, we’re thinking this thing should be able to last you quite a bit more than a solid work day. And with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology built right in, you’ll be able to juice up in no time.

There is a fingerprint scanner in the same location as last year, encased into the back of the device, but sadly we won’t be getting a headphone jack this time around. Xiaomi is introducing Bluetooth 5.0 into this model however, so you should get the best wireless audio experience available today. If you want to go wired, there is an USB Type-C port in the bottom of the device, so you can use that for charging or wired audio.

Fewer megapixels, larger pixels

The rear camera sports a 12 MP sensor, down from the 16 MP in the original Mix, but utilizes large 1.25μm pixels to capture more light. There is also 4-axis optical image stabilization in this camera, meaning you should be able to get clear photos and nice stable video. With a 5-piece f/2.0 aperture lens, you’ll also be able to get some nice depth of field out of this camera, though rivals like the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 offer better specs in this area. And though the bezels on the device are very fashionable, the Mi Mix 2 bucks the 2017 trend with only one lens on the back of the device. Still, it can record 4K at 30 fps and 720p at 120 fps.

The front-facing camera is in the same place as last year, at the bottom of the face of the device, but comes in a bit smaller to make more room for the screen. This camera shoots at 5 MP, and can record 1080p video calls with real-time beautify technology. It’s also got a selfie countdown and face recognition technology, so you’ll always be able to snap the shot exactly when you want to.

A familiar interface… updated

Xiaomi is using MIUI 9 for this device, which just entered its third round of open beta. This is quite similar to the old OS but with a variety of new features and optimizations, so you’ll be getting the latest the company has to offer on the software front. MIUI 9 offers features like multi-window and quick reply and is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Though no news of an Android 8.0 Oreo update has been announced, be sure to check back to see if the company decides to update the device in the future.

A special edition for those who want more

If you’re the kind that wants to go all out, Xiaomi is offering a special edition of this phone, with 8 GB of RAM (vs 6 GB on the standard) and 128 GB of storage. It has an 18K gold coating surrounding the camera and the fingerprint sensor rim, and uses ceramic over the entire body of the device instead of the aluminium in the standard model.

Use it anywhere

You still might be hard-pressed to find the Mi Mix 2 in your area, but Xiaomi has added global bands to the device to allow it to be used anywhere. This means our friends who were craving the original model will be able to enjoy everything Xiaomi has to offer, though they might have to import it.

Dive deeper

Interested in reading more about the Mi Mix 2? We have more details coming your way soon.

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 full specs We’ve rounded up all the specifications of the Mi Mix 2 (standard and Special Edition). Spoiler: there are a few features that competitors offer and the Mi Mix 2 does not.
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 price and availability details When, where, and for how much? We’re answering the essential questions about the Mi Mix 2 availability.
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 hands-on – coming soon!
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 3 announced At the same event, Xiaomi took the veils of the Mi Note 3. Check it out!

Details regarding price and availability will be coming in the near future, but until then stat tuned to Android Authority to get the latest information as soon as it hits.

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