Announced in September 2017, the Asian giant Xiaomi introduced the world to its new Mi Mix 2, a smartphone with a simply beautiful design and with edges that are practically non-existent.
With a screen of almost 6 inches, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 attracts everyone's looks for the striking design it offers, looking as if you had only the screen in your hands because it practically has no edges.
For its back part captivates with its mirror-like glass design and that is where its main chamber is located that features a completely 18-carat gold ring, a touch that will attract the eyes of many and that splurges elegance wherever you look at it .
We have many things to tell you about this Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, and we start by thanking our ProMovil friends who provided us with this equipment to bring you this complete analysis of one of the smartphones most beautiful that Asian Xiaomi offers. Let the review begin!
TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE PROVEN UNIT
MANUFACTURER, MODEL AND REVIEW DATA
– Xiaomi– Mi Mix 2 – MDE5– Initial state: New– Author: Jonathan Munizaga– Photographs of the team: Jonathan Munizaga– Trial period: January 26 – January 31
– 3G: 850/900/1700 AWS / 1900 / 2100– 4G LTE: B1, B2 CHILE, B3, B4 AWS, B5, B7 CHILE, B8, B12, B13, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B27, B28 CHILE, B29, B30, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41– Category LTE CAT 12 600 / 100Mbps– Compatible with 4G + – Operates natively with Entel, WOM, Movistar and Claro
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
– 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with 1080 × 2160 resolution, 18: 9 aspect – 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor – non-expandable 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage – Adreno 540 graphics processor – Stereo speakers – Bluetooth 5.0– GPS- AGPS, GLONASS, BDS– USB Type-C– Rear fingerprint reader– Main camera, 12 MP with f / 2.0 aperture, dual LED flash, Video 4K 30fps– 5 MP front camera with f / 2.0 aperture and Full HD Video 30fps– Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system customized by MIUI 9.2– 3400 mAh battery with quick charge Quick Charge 3.0
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
I must admit dear reader that I personally did not test a Xiaomi since the Mi4 that I had to try a couple of years ago in my old work, therefore everything I saw in this Mi Mix 2 for me turned out to be something totally new. And I must also admit that this smartphone is – for me – the one that has the best design to date.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is simply beautiful, squandering elegance wherever you look at it, it has a very design Premium and that screams "high end" everywhere. I personally loved the design very much, it is very well done, it is something different from what other manufacturers offer you, it is not a repetitive design, it is simply perfect.
Personally, it did not bother me at all when using it, for me it has the ideal size, the ideal weight, it does not bother you when you carry it in your pockets, it does not slip … etc. It is amazing what everyone's eyes call when he went on the subway and they saw the Mi Mix 2, it is that his design really impresses anyone, in photos it is not so impressive but in real life it is.
Its dimensions are 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm and its weight reaches 185 grams. On the front side we will find glass protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the edges are aluminum and the back is ceramic. However, in this part the ring that surrounds the camera lens which is completely bathed in 18 karat gold is striking.
IPS LCD DISPLAY
In the section of the screen our protagonist also knows how to stand out because the image quality that he delivers is very good and has absolutely nothing to envy to other screens, since he not only shows you colors that stand out, also the brightness he offers reaches a level quite tall that makes it look very bright, with vivid colors and excellent definition in the image.
This screen was also able to appreciate in detail when I was in broad daylight, there I had no problems. I also had no problems with applications that have not yet been adapted to 18: 9 screens, since those non-compatible apps automatically adapted to the aspect ratio, without the user having to intervene as usually happens in smartphones of the competition.
Now, I must admit that personally I would have liked to see a screen of the type AMOLED or similar on this smartphone. However, the IPS LCD is not far behind with its features. Its resolution reaches 1080 × 2160 pixels, it looks 18: 9 and 403 pixels per inch (ppi).
THE GOOD ????????
- Premium Design
- The best design I've seen on a smartphone so far
- Design that wastes elegance wherever you look at it
- Very comfortable to use design that attracts looks
- Excellent quality screen without borders
- Settings menu incorporates options to further improve screen quality
THE BAD ????????
- Back of the device is a fingerprint magnet (if you do not use it with the case included)
Here we will find a single main camera of 12 megapixels and that reaches an aperture f / 2.0. It has the ability to record videos in 4K quality with up to 30 frames per second and is accompanied by a dual-tone dual LED flash.
On the front side of the equipment and just at the bottom is a 5 megapixel camera that also reaches an f / 2.0 aperture and has the ability to record video in Full HD quality at 30 frames per second.
Here we will know how is the application responsible for controlling these cameras that integrates the Mi Mix 2, being very easy to use and has the necessary functions and what you would expect to see in this smartphone.
In it we will find options to activate the HDR, the flash, choose effects, activate the beauty mode, video mode, slow and fast motion, professional mode, among others.
For that I invite you to watch the following video where I show you how the camera interface is and what functions it brings:
Now I will leave you with a couple of photographs that I captured with this Xiaomi which were all captured in automatic mode, at their maximum resolution allowed and in different light conditions. If you want to see them in their original resolution you must click on the image.
Finally I leave you with a video recorded with our protagonist in its maximum allowed quality: 4K at 30 frames per second. Note that YouTube lower the original quality of the videos a bit.
THE GOOD ????????
- Easy to use camera with useful functions
- Good photographic quality when capturing day images
- Good video quality
THE BAD ????????
- Virtually null image stabilization
- Some noise in the night photos
SYSTEM, BATTERY AND MULTIMEDIA
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 comes from the factory with Android 7.1.1 Nougat which is fully customized by the proprietary MIUI interface in its stable version 9.2. I personally loved this interface, it is very well developed, very well optimized, it is fast and its animations are 100% fluid.
And is that its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and its 6GB of RAM memory do their job very well in this equipment, everything runs very well and the lag here practically does not exist. I know that many people can criticize the interface – especially those who are fans of pure Android – but it didn't happen to me personally and I liked it a lot.
Something more than rescue is the customization that allows you to apply MIUI, you can change the icons, the type of animation, the style of the letter … etc, you can even choose if you want the operator's name to appear or not, and even change the name from the operator if you wanted to.
I invite you to watch the following demo video so you can see how it is part of the interface and how smooth it runs:
In this section of the battery the Mi Mix 2 is not left behind at all, since we will find a 3400 mAh capacity, which will allow us to have a good autonomy.
And in case we run out of energy and want to play again as soon as possible, our protagonist is compatible with the Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging system.
We test the equipment as if it were ours and with daily use, so we go with the detail:
Applications used (apart from games): Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, Google Chrome, Google Now, Google Asistant, Apple Music, Gmail, YouTube, Net Monitor Lite, Speedtest, Chile Alert, Instagram and Telegram.
Wearables connected: None
Active connectivity: Wi-Fi (5GHz), 4G +, Bluetooth and A-GPS
Brightness of the screen: Automatic
With the use described above, the Xiaomi managed to deliver a range of 29 hours and 8 hours of screen approximately.
In this section we will find a proprietary music player, as well as a video player.
Starting with the first, I tell you that it is an application that works very well, offers all the typical options such as creating and managing playlists, sorting your music by artist, album, genre … etc.
It also has an equalizer with 10 pre-equalized profiles or you can customize the 7 bands it integrates. You can also choose the type of headphones you are using to get a more optimal experience.
As for the video player, it is very complete in terms of functions, in fact you can view the subtitles that you have stored externally and modify other options that will help improve your experience.
Unfortunately, for some, the device does not have a wired headset connector, something that personally didn't bother me at all. In its replacement comes a USB-C to 3.5mm Jack adapter that works very well. There I was able to connect my Xiaomi Piston 2 headphones with which they were very good, with powerful bass and treble bass, all accompanied by high volume power.
I had the same experience when connecting stereo Bluetooth headphones, in addition to being fully compatible with the Apt-X codec, so in this section the Mi Mix 2 behaves excellent.
Now we talk about the speakers, since this time we will find some stereo. One is located in the lower part of the equipment and this acts as a bass boost, while the second speaker is located where the headset is and acts as a treble boost. Both deliver a fairly good stereo sound with high volume power, although if you turn it up to the maximum, the bass sounds are reduced to avoid saturation.
THE GOOD ????????
- Excellent performance, very fast and fluid
- MIUI customization very well developed and optimized
- Operating system very easy to use and friendly
- Operating system very customizable by the user
- Compatible with all Chilean networks including 4G +
- Audio output with good quality
- Apt-X compatible
- Excellent battery life
- Stereo speakers with good sound and volume
- Complete in the multimedia area
THE BAD ????????
- A smartphone like this should already be updated to Android Oreo
Many but many people always talked to me about smartphones from Xiaomi, I always saw someone who recommended them or people who asked me for reviews of these teams, and now I understand why.
Are some smartphones really great, I personally was fascinated with the Mi Mix 2 for the beautiful design that wastes elegance where you look, for its spectacular performance and fluidity, for its autonomy, for its compatibility in Chilean networks and especially for its screen that He left me drooling.
And I say it here dear readers: the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 for me turned out to be the smartphone that has the best design so far, it is a luxury to have it in your hands and that others appreciate how beautiful it is and I take my hat for the excellent work that Xiaomi designers did.
If I recommend it? Obviously I recommend it with closed eyes, in fact I want it for me, but in my case I will wait for future versions that will arrive this year. But if you are in a hurry to change your device, this Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is the smartphone you were looking for. But maybe someone will tell me that it has no double camera, that it has no portrait mode… IT DOES THE SAME! Those are for my passing fashions.
The beautiful Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 can be found right now with our ProMovil friends in Chile. Its price is CLP $ 418,900 for its 64GB version of storage and 6GB of RAM
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 in ProMovil
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The shirt will be drawn between the comments left in the review and the winner will be contacted with the email registered in the account with which he comments.
And we do not stop thanking our friends of ProMovil for giving me the privilege of trying this spectacular smartphone, thank you very much! : D