Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review - Rimless happy ?!
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU: Adreno 540
RAM: 6GB / 8GB (LPDDR4x)
Internal memory: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB (UFS2.1)
Memory extension: no
Display diagonal: 5.99 inches
Display resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels
Screen protector: Toughened protective glass
Multitouch: 10 fingers
Main Camera: 12 Megapixel Sony IMX368
* Aperture f / 2.0
* 4 axes OIS
* Dual Tone LED Flash
Front camera: 5 megapixel
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
CDMA BC0 / BC1 / BC6 / BC10
WCDMA B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B9 / B19
TD-SCDMA B34 / B39
CDMA EVDO BC0 / BC1 / BC6 / BC10
FDD-LTE B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B13 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B25 / B26 / B27 / B28 / B29 / B30
TDD-LTE B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac MU-MIMO
* Ultrasonic distance sensor
* Ambient light sensor
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* Fingerprint Sensor
Battery: 3.400 mAh
Quick charge function: Quick Charge 3.0
Headphone jack: USB-C
Operating system: Android 7.1.1 (MIUI)
Size: 15.18 x 7.55 x 0.77 cm
1x Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
1x USB-C Charging Cable
1x USB-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter
1x SIM needle
1x user manual
Foreword: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
As the Chinese electronics giant "Xiaomi" 2016 the end "Xiaomi Mi Mix" published, the manufacturer showed that concept smartphones are quite feasible. Although the Xiaomi Mi Mix was not the first "Tri-Bezel-Less" smartphone (see, for example, Sharp Aquos Crystal), it was the first mobile device of its kind to actually prevail and, in a sense, set the trend for the rimless smartphone in motion. Meanwhile, many other manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon, including the last published iPhone X zeigt.
Design, workmanship and delivery
The design of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is again the French designer Philippe Starck Thanks to. One of the coolest features of the Xiaomi Mi Mix range, and therefore the Mix 2, is the high quality Case back made of ceramic, Thus, the smartphone looks without shell not only damn noble, but it is also best protected from scratches. Ceramics is one of the hardest, non-metallic materials. Even after a 5-week use without protective cover, has not made a single scratch on the back noticeable. However, the use of ceramic also brings with it some disadvantages. Already after unpacking make the relatively smooth feature and susceptibility to fingerprints noticeable. Even if ceramic offers the highest protection against scratches, the material has a comparatively low breaking strength. If the smartphone falls on the back, breakages are not excluded!
Unlike its predecessor, however, the Mi Mix 2 is not entirely made of ceramics. The rounded on the edges ceramic back goes into a rounded, matt black metal frame about. As a result, the smartphone is not too slippery in the hand. The beautifully designed design of the device you must therefore not necessarily hide behind a protective cover.
Update November 2017
Xiaomi has announced further variants of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. The smartphone will soon be in one Full-ceramic variant, in which the case frame is made of ceramic. In this Special Edition the housing will be made in one piece, in the so-called "unibody". Another feature of the special edition is the higher RAM equipment of rich 8GB LPDDR4X memory. At the same time, the smartphone will soon also be available in white.
The Dimensions of the smartphone are 151.8 mm in height, 75.5 mm in width and 7.7 mm in thickness. The Weight is 185g. The smartphone is set up as follows:
front side is the 5.99 inch large display, which extends to the upper edge of the case, as well as the sides of the case (Tri-Bezel-Less). A narrow speaker is present and located above the display. For reasons of space, the front camera has moved to the lower right section of the front side. Capacitive control buttons do not exist. Instead, located below the display in the middle of a white-glowing notification LED.
The rounded one housing frame consists, as already mentioned, of metal. The only distinctive features are the anthracite-colored antenna covers. On the left side of the frame is the SIM tray, which can be equipped with two Nano SIM cards. On the right side of the frame are the volume rocker and the power button. The underside of the frame forms the center USB-C socket, the speaker and the microphone. One searches for 3.5 mm audio connection in vain.
To Case back It remains to say that in the upper third of the main camera including noble gold border, the LED flash to the right and the underlying fingerprint scanner are located. In the lower part of the back of the case is also held in gold "MIX DESIGNED BY XIAOMI" Lettering.
The What's in the box includes a smartphone, an audio adapter, a hard case, a USB-C cable, a NEMA-1 plug adapter, a SIM needle, and a Chinese manual. The quality of workmanship of the smartphone is the price and overall is not objectionable.
The term "borderless" should not be taken too seriously with this smartphone. Although the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 with his 5.99 inch large display even more compact than many 5.5 inch smartphones, yet the Mi Mix 2 does not completely eliminate edges. The so-called "Bezel", so the distance between the display and the edge of the case is approximately 5 mm to the upper edge of the case, 3 mm to the sides and 10 mm to the lower edge of the case.
The 5.99 inch large screen comes along with it 2160 × 1080 pixels and comes up with a very sharp Dot density of 403 PPI, Based on these values and the housing dimensions, this results in a Screen-to-body ratio by 80.79 Prozent. Das aspect ratio is 18:9, An advantage of this format is the handiness. Despite the large 5.99 inch display, the smartphone is smaller in its entire size than comparable 16: 9 devices and can thus continue to be operated from left to right with one hand. The disadvantage, however, is the operation of the upper display part. Movies and series or YouTube videos that have not been processed in 18: 9 format will also be played on the Mi Mix 2 with a black border.
The Displays Used convinced by crisp colorsthat almost remind you of the color reproduction of an AMOLED display. Brightness, contrast and colors can be individually adjusted within the display settings. In addition to one automatic brightness adjustment there is also one automatic contrast adjustment, which optimizes the contrast based on the available ambient light. The ambient light sensor is hidden behind the display. The contrast ratio gives Xiaomi 1500:1 at. Also on board is a reading or night mode, which filters blue light.
The maximum display brightness It is enough to read the display of the Mi Mix 2 also in the open air and in the sunshine reasonably well. Surprisingly, the maximum reduction of the display brightness succeeds. Especially when used in the dark and in combination with the automatic brightness adjustment is not blinded when turning on the smartphone by a very bright display. The Viewing angles the display is as it should be. No matter how the smartphone rotates or tilts, the display is retained.
The Touchscreen Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 detects up to 10 concurrent input. All inputs were recognized during the test phase without any problems and above all precisely. Of the screen protector amounts to an unspecified, hardened display glass.
As already Xiaomi flagships of other model series, the Mi Mix 2 sets on the currently most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, The 64-bit processor is manufactured in the 10nm process and consists of a total of 8 Kryo 280 processor cores together, in turn, after the big.LITTLE architecture into a power and energy-saving cluster. The power cluster includes 4 cores that clock up to 2.45 GHz. The power-saving cluster also has 4 cores, which however have a clock rate reduced to 1.9 GHz. In the processor graphics it is a Adreno GPU 540which promises a high-end gaming performance.
The storage facilities of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 amounts to either one 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4X memory and one also optional 64GB, 128GB or 256GB large UFS2.1 memory, The benchmark results refer to the smallest model with 6GB + 64GB memory. A memory expansion by means of MicroSD memory card is not provided.
With the Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, the Mi Mix 2 is one of the most powerful smartphones 2017. You could almost say that the smartphone takes any app so demanding with ease. Apps open very fast and memory access succeeds through the fast LPDDR4X RAM and UFS2.1 memory without much delay. multitasking with several, simultaneously open apps, the smartphone copes with the left. Graphically sophisticated mobile Games pose no problem for the powerful Adreno 540 GPU heat generation is low even with intensive use and was after an hour of gaming at about 41 ° C.
The test copy of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which is the subject of this review, was awarded a Chinese MIUI 8.5 ROM based on Android 7.1.1 delivered. A disadvantage of the Chinese ROM is that besides English, only English can be chosen as the language. In addition, there are many Chinese apps on the smartphone, which are intended purely for the Chinese market. The biggest disadvantage, however, is that the Google PlayStore is not preinstalled. Only over detours, this can be installed later. If you are unfamiliar with flashing Android smartphones, you should generally consider buying a device with MIUI Global ROM when purchasing a Xiaomi smartphone. The Global ROM is intended for the Western market and offers a multilingual language selection, as well as an already installed Google PlayStore.
Since the beginning of November is also the current MIUI 9 Global Beta available for the Mix 2. Alternatively, there is the so-called for the smartphone Xiaomi.EU ROM, This is a Community ROM based on the Chinese MIUI Developer ROM, but also offers a multilingual user interface. Updates of the Xiaomi.EU ROM are published weekly. If you know something about flashing Android smartphones, you get a lot of ROM options!
The main camera forms a 1 / 2.9 inch large and native with 12 megapixel resolution Sony IMX386 image sensor. The pixel size is 1.25 μm, the aperture used is f / 2.0. Anyone who has dealt with the recently released Xiaomi flagship, has probably noticed that the same sensor last in the Xiaomi Mi6 and Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was installed. A noteworthy feature of the main camera is the 4-axis optical image stabilization. The front camera forms an OmniVision OV5675 image sensor, which dissolves with 5 megapixels.
Practical test of the main camera
The Sony IMX386 image sensor has already proven itself in numerous other smartphones. Unlike one Xiaomi Mi6 However, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 dispenses with an additional image sensor, which is why it is necessary to dispense with a loss-free telephoto zoom and "bokeh recording" functionally.
Nevertheless, the Mi Mix 2 offers a decent main camera. Projected images convince by a pleasant, by no means supersaturated color reproduction and a good dynamic range. Especially in good light conditions, the Mi Mix 2 delivers flagship-level images that provide a high degree of detail. Less convincing, however, the pictures at night. Despite the optical image stabilization, it is extremely difficult to take shake-free shots. The reason for this is the comparatively high shutter speed, which is often set to 5 seconds in automatic recording mode. At the same time, artefact formation is increasing significantly and details are increasingly being lost.
Generally it is recommended to take pictures with the manual recording mode of the MIUI camera app take. This provides, among other things, individual settings for white balance, focus, shutter speed and ISO. What the manual recording mode misses is the possibility to save images in raw RAW or DNG format. An automatic HDR mode is also missing, which is why HDR manually on or off. The automatic focusing succeeds in good light conditions within fractions of a second. With increasingly poor lighting conditions, the focus speed decreases and the triggering time increases as already mentioned.
Videos captures the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 main camera with maximum 4K resolution at 30 pictures-per-second. A lower resolution of 1080p is selectable, but the refresh rate remains at fixed 30 pictures-per-second. Liquid 60 images per second can not be set. Especially with video recordings shows the Superiority of optical image stabilization, Videos can be recorded wobbly and without loss of quality. The only thing to criticize is the sound recording quality. Especially in noisy scenarios, the recorded sound tends to oversteer and sounds especially tinny.
Practical test of the front camera
The front camera generally provides one good recording quality and is quite suitable for one or the other selfie. However, getting used to is the position of the front camera. Especially when triggered, it is not uncommon that the camera is covered by hand or just does not hit the desired orientation. An interesting feature of the MIUI camera app are the different ones Beauty filter the front camera. Among other things, it can reduce faces and blur faces.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is one of the few Xiaomi smartphones global mobile phone support, The usual LTE tapes (3, 7 and 20) are supported. Even the recently used by Telekom LTE band 8 is available. A full LTE reception, no matter which provider, is thus nothing in the way. As Dual SIM smartphone can the SIM tray with 2 Nano SIM Cards be equipped. The reception quality convinced in the mobile network. Speech is transmitted in a clearly understandable way and noise canceling is filtered very well by the noise-canceling microphone.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The smartphone supports the WiFi protocols 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, In addition, the smartphone MU-MIMO compatible. The achieved data throughput as well as the connection range and connection stability are not objectionable. Also supported Bluetooth 5.0, the current Bluetooth standard. Unfortunately there are still very few Bluetooth 5.0 devices, which is why only one Bluetooth 4.2 loudspeaker was used in the test. Again, there was no misfire in the connection and transmission.
GPS and sensors
Even when navigating with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 no problems are noticeable. A GPS fix finds the smartphone within a few seconds. The position determination succeeds to a few meters accurate and remains constant. Even inside buildings, the smartphone proves to be extremely receptive.
The sensory equipment includes an ultrasonic distance sensor, a gyroscope, an acceleration sensor, an e-compass, an ambient light sensor, a barometer, and a Hall sensor. The back is also a fingerprint sensor, which unlocks the smartphone without much delay and convinces by a high detection rate. Also on board is NFC.
Following the trend, the Mi Mix 2 comes without 3.5 mm audio jack. Headphones or external speakers can be wired only connected via the USB-C socket of the smartphone. A necessary USB-C to 3.5 mm jack adapter is included. The sound quality via the adapter leaves nothing to be desired. Various Sound profiles and an equalizer can be configured individually via the settings menu.
A Stereo sound generates the smartphone via the speaker on the underside in conjunction with the auricle. The same method to create a stereo sound we already know from the previously published Xiaomi Mi6. The implementation of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is less successful. At normal volume, a satisfactory sound quality is provided, as soon as you approach the maximum volume, the sound becomes increasingly unclean and tends to distort.
A highlight of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is the battery. Despite the now more usual capacity of 3.400 mAh, Mi Mix 2 works extremely energy efficient. In everyday life, you can easily get through the day with normal use. In the test, with active WiFi, site services and 2 active SIM cards, using 1 ½ days was no problem. The Screen On-Time is on average 7 1 / 2 hours, Depending on how the smartphone is used, up to 10 hours are possible.
Qualcomm's for fast loading Quick Charge 3.0 supported. With a suitable charger, the smartphone is fully charged already after 1 ½ hours.