Even though they aren’t the biggest company, they are certainly one of the most ambitious out there. In order to battle in a competitive market, they’ve decided to use elegance and innovation as their primary tools. In the last two years, they’ve been pioneering bezel-less smartphones. So far, they’ve garnered much respect from that incentive.
What works fine doesn’t need to be fixed? According to that analogy, Xiaomi decided to release the Mi Mix 2 and continue the minimal-bezel tradition. In a surprising turn of events, Xiaomi decided to drastically improve on their design, an already respectable one, we might add. With a new material, new software and increased performance, the Mi Mix 2 is heading in an upwards trajectory.
In order to fully assess the magnitude of this release, a thorough analysis is need. We’ve decided to dig deep into the details of this excellent minimal-bezel device. To start a revolution on the market, Xiaomi is going to need a bigger push, but they got the basics set. The Mi Mix 2 is an excellent start to a promising movement. Let’s dissect it piece by piece and see what’s up.
Design – 9.0
We’ve decided to start off with the absolute best bits. When it comes to the Mi Mix 2 in particular, you will notice the considerable change in size. Minimal bezels work hand-in-hand with this new concept. The original Mi Mix had a problem of simply being too big. Therefore, a gargantuan screen isn’t really necessary if it can’t fit in your hand.
Combined with less bezels, and a ceramic design, this 6.0 inch display is precisely what was need to see an improvement. The back shines bright underneath any light and the fingerprint reader is at an ideal location.
Display – 8.5
A good thing to avoid is any type of notch at the top. Unlike Essential or Apple, Xiaomi went with a cleaner design. This conception left the phone without an upper bezel and with a clean screen design. It’s stylish and practical by all means.
The only question mark is the positioning of the front camera. It’s at an awkward spot where you can easily cover it without right hand. Something like this will take a bit of time to get used to it. All in all, the Full HD+ resolution brings forth a myriad of options for gaming, entertainment and makes the Mi Mix 2 a flagship.
Performance – 8.5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 proves itself as the ultimate new chipset for any phone that intends to be a flagship device. It’s combined with a whooping 6 or 8GB of RAM, something that fortifies the intents of Xiaomi to rival Apple and Samsung. Something that’s noticeable is the lack of a microSD slot. However, with the 64/128/256GB storage sizes, it isn’t even a slightest problem.
Google Play is pre-installed, which is a surprise compared to the previous MIUI-run software patches. All in all, stability seems to be the new motto for Xiaomi, and it’s safe to say it’s working.
Battery – 9.0
Another solid showing in the batter department for Xiaomi. They’ve managed to retain the tradition of an efficient software-battery combination. Not only does the battery hold on for period of 16+ hours, it also has good “priority schedule”. In order to distribute power, low-maintenance apps don’t suck the same amount of battery as other ones.
The Full HD+ resolution is not so power hungry as in other models. The large screen affects the power usage minimally. With this setup, it’s no wonder that sales are booming for Xiaomi. If you’re running low on power, you can always use the Quick Charge 3.0 service.
Software – 7.5
As always, the MIUI setup is not without its flaws. Instead of upgrading the software, Xiaomi seems to rely on customer-provided customizations too much. The results aren’t significant upgrades, but small tweaks and fixes every now and then.
A significant improvement is the introduction of Dual App. This feature is great if you need to access multiple accounts at the same time in one single app. Banking, social media and other software facets will benefit greatly from this. With a significant software upgrade, this phone can really reach unfathomable heights.