Mi Mix 2 review – a Marvelous Smartphone and an Attention Seeker!

Xiaomi finally launched the Mix handset in India the Mi Mix 2. Here is the Mi Mix 2 review to give you an overview of how the handset performed, design, features, camera quality and battery life. Mix 2 is unique, extra ordinary and comes with a good price tag.

Mi Mix 2 is one such premium smartphone that will silence the critics who always complain about the design – this phone looks like that, that phone looks like this, same design, need something new, blah, blah. Mi Mix 2 is designed by Xiaomi and this handset looks awesome, Xiaomi has indeed created a new design pattern for the world to follow.

Mi Mix is a perfect blend,  it has got that enchanting look, will grab attention and inside its a Beast – very powerful processor, gives a really smooth experience. I have never enjoyed MIUI as much as I did on the Mix 2, buttery smooth and probably it was the design and the screen that further enhanced the overall experience.

Mi Mix 2 review

The screen is stretched up, right to the top, you get a 18:9 aspect ratio and even with a 5.9 inch screen the handset size is similar to smartphone with 5.5 inch screen. Front camera has been moved down and some new technologies have been incorporated as per the design requirements like – Ultrasonic Magnetic Sensor, Chip on film to reduce chin size and all new guided earpiece design.

Mi Mix 2 back ceramic

Mi Mix 2 features, specifications

Inside the box (unboxing the Mi Mix 2):  Handset, user manual, warranty card, SIM Tray ejector PIN, data cable (USB to USB Type C), USB Type C to 3.5mm adapter, premium quality plastic case and travel charger 12V/1.5A
SAR Value : 0.88W/kg max
Body : Frame is made of aerospace grade aluminium alloy frame, 4 sided curved ceramic body, a little slippery – you need to be extra careful, excellent build and finishing and very comfortable to use and operate
SIM Type : Nano + Nano (dual SIM) there is no micro SD card support
Weight and Dimensions : 185 grams and thickness is 7.7mm
Screen  :  5.99 inch, sunlight display, 18:9 aspect ratio, 2160 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) resolution, viewing angles, touch response and color reproduction are excellent
Connectivity :  4G, VoLTE (work on both SIM), WiFi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth
Sensors : Accelerometer, Proximity, light, magnetic, pressure and  gyro sensors
LED Notification : Yes, at bottom
OTG : Supported
RAM : 6GB (about 3.4GB free on first boot)
ROM : 128GB (about 112GB free on first boot)
OS : MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat 7.1.1

Mi Mix 2 Performance

CPU :  Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa core powered @ 2.45 GHz
GPU :  Adreno 540 GPU
Heating : Low
Max Battery Temperature : 36 degrees

Performance was buttery smooth, no lags and you will get the same performance when playing high end games, overall a delight using the Mi Mix 2.

Mi Mix 2  Benchmark

Antutu : 167840 / 70748
NenaMark3 :  59.7fps (4-3)
Multi Touch : 10 points
Disk Speed :  350 MB/s read  and 221 MB/s write

Mi Mix 2  Gaming Review

Modern combat 5 and Asphalt games both worked smoothly. There was no lag and playing these games on a 18:9 gives a better gaming experience.

Mi Mix 2  Camera  Review

Rear Camera : 12MP, PDAF, HDR, f/2.0, dual tone LED flash and 4 axis OIS
Front Camera : 5MP
Video Recording : 4K resolution

Mi Mix 2 12Mp camera

The Mi Mix 2 camera quality is above average. This is good to share on social networks and looks great even on a PC screen. The camera app comes with some camera frame option wherein you can change the aspect ratio – this means you can shoot a still image in 4:3, 16:9 or 18:9 aspect ratio. The shots in 18:9 mode looks cool.

Selfie also looks good, this handset can shoot 4K videos at 30fps, and 720p slow mo at 120 fps. Do check the sample images and do check the review video. The OIS is not that great for big movements like walking and recording videos.

Camera Rating : 4.1 out of 5

Mi Mix 2 camera samples

Mi Mix 2 camera sample daylight leaves Mi Mix 2 camera sample hydrant in 18:9 Mi Mix 2 camera sample tree in 4:3 Mi Mix 2 camera sample tree in 18:9 Mi Mix 2 camera sample tree with rope in 18:9 Mi Mix 2 camera sample tree with rope in 4:3 Mi Mix 2 camera sample long shot in HDR Mi Mix 2 camera sample long shot Mi Mix 2 camera sample night shot in auto Mi Mix 2 camera sample night shot in HDR mode Mi Mix 2 camera sample selfie with front camera

Some more..

Mi Mix 2 camera sample from car Mi Mix 2 camera sample flower Mi Mix 2 camera sample flower another angle Mi Mix 2 camera sample night traffic

Download Original Image files (right click and save) (do not use it for commercial purpose, without permission of gogi.in).

Other features

The finger print sensor on back is very fast and instantly unlock the device. The MIUI 8 based on Android 7 and is really smooth on the Mix 2. Plus there are many options like app lock, second space, dual apps and more.

Mi Mix 2 quality

Mi Mix 2  Battery Review

Battery capacity : 3400 mAh (Non-removable)
Charging Time : Charge – about 1 hour 16 minutes (18% to 100%) using the charger provided
Battery Life : 5 to 7 hours non-stop (moderate to heavy)
Daily usage battery life : One and One and a half day of mixed usage depending on your usage

Battery Test Results

Battery Temp at idle : 33 degrees
Running Benchmark app :
 17 minutes / 5% / 36 degrees
Asphalt 8  + MC5 game play : 15 minutes / 4% / 35 degrees
4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  18 minutes / 6% / 36 degrees

Do note that when using fast charger the battery temperature at time may go up to 45 degrees and that is normal.

Mi Mix 2 with 5.99 inch FHD+ screen and 18:9 aspect ratio

Verdict

I guess the review cleared all your doubt. If you are looking for a premium handset then Mi Mix 2 is an excellent option for the price. One thing is for sure, once you get this handset you are going to get a lot of attention, I mean the Mi Mix 2.

Rating : 4.8 out of 5

Mi Mix 2  price in India is Rs. 35,999. Official Site.

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