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Xiaomi Mi Mix Test - Concept Smartphone

by 7. February 2018

The Xiaomi Mi Mix has shaken the smartphone market with its almost borderless design. With the most innovative smartphone of the past year, Xiaomi has shown that the company has been playing with the big players for a long time and that innovations that have been specially developed in the future can be expected in the future. In the test, we took a closer look at the smartphone.

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Manufacturer/Model

Xiaomi

Product

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Specifications

Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 @2.35 GHz
GPU: Adreno 530
RAM: 4GB / 6GB
Internal memory: 128GB / 256GB
Memory extension: no

Display
Display diagonal: 6.4 inches
Display resolution: 2048 x 1080 pixels
Display Type: IPS
Multitouch: 10 fingers

cameras
Main Camera: 16 Megapixel OmniVision OV16880
* Aperture f / 2.0
* Autofocus
* Dual LED flash
Front camera: 5 megapixel

wireless
WiFi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 4.2
Navigation: GPS / GLONASS / Beidou
NFC: Yes

sensors
* Brightness sensor
* Accelerometer
*Gyroscope
* E-compass,
*Barometer
* Proximity Sensor

Mobile
SIM: Dual SIM
SIM Type: Nano
networks:
2G: GSM B2/B3/B5/B8
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8
4G: FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8

Accumulator
Capacity: 4.400 mAh
Quick batch: V3.0

Other
Fingerprint scanner: Yes
Operating System: MIUI 8 (Android 6)
Size: 15.80 x 8.19 x 0.79 cm
Weight: 211g

Scope of delivery

1x Xiaomi Mi Mix
1x USB Type-C cable
1x Charger (Type A Plug)
1x Leather Back Case
1x SIM needle
1x user manual

First impression - Xiaomi Mi Mix

You are also interested in the successors, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S? We also tested both devices! Just click on the button to get to the respective test report.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

To the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S test

Scope of delivery

The innovative Xiaomi Mi Mix comes in a nondescript black cardboard box with only the words "MIX DESIGNED BY MI" on it. But not only the smartphone is included, the scope of delivery also includes a Leather Back Cover, Fast charger with Type-A plug, USB Type-C cable, One SIM needle to open the SIM slot and a Chinese user manual.

Xiaomi Mi Mix Review Review - Scope of Delivery

Design and workmanship

When it comes to design, the Mi Mix is ​​second to none - you might think - but that's not true. Only a few years ago Sharp published with the Aquos Crystal and Aquos Xx models similar concept smartphones that come very close to the design. The borderless Sharp models could not enforce and otherwise the devices were mainly intended for the Japanese market.

All-ceramic housing with advantages and disadvantages

Xiaomi Mi Mix Test Smartphone Display

The borderless design of the Xiaomi Mi Mix has a much greater resonance. Not only the front-side design is surprising, the rest of the case of the smartphone is a real eye-catcher. In collaboration with the French Designer Philippe Starck has emerged a smartphone case where really all the components including the frame and the control buttons off Ceramics consist. Especially a higher scratch and breaking strength are features of ceramics. The fact that ceramics is not an "egg-laying woolly milchau" is shown by individual crash tests on YouTube. Especially the frame is prone to breakage.

Xiaomi Mi Mix Test Case Side

It is also often criticized that the smartphone is slippery in the hand. The slippery feeling is indeed understandable, as a major drawback you can not chalk it to the device. Smartphones with plastic backs are on the same level. Those who handle the device with care will have nothing to fear.

Far more disturbing is the Vulnerability to fingerprints. After unpacking the smartphone and peeling off the back protective film, it took no 5 seconds and the glossy back was dotted with ugly fingerprints. Of course, the enclosed case provides a remedy, but the beautiful ceramic case remains hidden.

Xiaomi Mi mix smartphone ceramic back

Connections and control buttons

On the bottom there is a USB Type-C socket in the middle between the microphone and loudspeaker grille. An 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the opposite side. The SIM card slot is placed on the left side of the case. Opposite are the power button and a volume rocker. The user interface is operated exclusively via the display! A configurable and glowing in different colors Notification LED is located in the middle below the display.

Processing of the smartphone and accessories

The build quality of the Xiaomi Mi Mix is ​​not to be criticized. The entire smartphone is clean and error-free processed. Also, the included accessories has no defects and delivers the usual Xiaomi processing quality.

Xiaomi Mi Mix Smartphone Review / Review - Unboxing

Display and acoustic system

This is striking almost rimless, 6.4 inches large screen. Despite the very high screen diagonal, the dimensions of the smartphone are no bigger than those of a 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus. The display-to-housing ratio of about 85% percent reaches the Xiaomi Mi Mix by eliminating the entire upper area with the auricle. Xiaomi gives here itself a value of 91.3 percent, which is not quite correct. The transition from display to housing edge is at the top, left and right at about 2 mm. At the corners of the display is also rounded, which again saves a lot of space and looks damn good.

Because a smartphone without auricle would be pretty nonsensical, Xiaomi has one piezoelectric ceramic acoustic system developed, in which the sound is transmitted purely through the housing. The whole body of the Xiaomi Mi Mix becomes an "earcup".

The display itself triggers 2.040 x 1.080 pixels on, something rather unusual Aspect ratio of 17: 9 equivalent. If you now play video material in the ratio 16: 9, you have left and right ugly black bars. Nevertheless, the display convinces. The dot density of 362 PPI makes the picture crystal clear. The color representation is lively and can be individually adjusted in the display settings. The maximal Display brightness (500cd / m²) Although we can not keep up with the Xiaomi Mi5S we tested a few weeks ago, it is still in good average. The same applies to the viewing angle stability.

Multitouch is supported with up to 10 simultaneous inputs. The touchscreen responded flawlessly and accurately during the entire test phase. To what extent the display is protected by a brand display glass (Corning etc.), Xiaomi is silent. But even after a more than two-week and daily use without screen protector, no scratches have been noticeable on the screen.

Performance

Like the last released Xiaomi flagship models, the Mi Mix is ​​set to one Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The fastest, currently available Qualcomm SoC offers 4 Kyro cores that clock up to 2.35 GHz and deliver the highest levels of performance. The storage equipment of our text copy consists of a 4GB large memory and a 128GB internal memory zusammen. A memory extension is not provided. Optionally, the Xiaomi Mi Mix also comes with 6GB memory and 256GB internal memory.

In terms of performance, the device leaves little to be desired. Apps start delay-free and even if you "full load" the memory with apps launched at the same time, no noticeable performance dips will be noticeable. For graphically challenging games, the Adreno 530 processor graphics The SoC (System on Chip) also plays to their strengths and shines through a smooth playing pleasure.

User Interface

The Xiaomi Mi Mix uses MIUI 8 based on Android 6. An update to Android 7 Nougat is already in the pipeline and will be released later this year.

Shop ROM vs. China-ROM

Who gets the smartphone, has either a so-called "Shop-ROM" or the official China-ROM preinstalled. On our test copy, which we received from Gearbest, unfortunately, a shop ROM was preinstalled. For all those who have hardly dealt with the flashing of a ROM, the Shop-ROM also offers a German language version compared to the China-ROM and has also preinstalled most Google services. Probably the biggest disadvantage of a shop ROM is the lack of updating and the danger of malware.

MIUI 8

All Xiaomi smartphones are equipped with the in-house MIUI interface. From a pure stick Android, MIUI is far away and not only offers a completely different look, but also numerous functions. MIUI waives an app drawer. Instead, all apps are stored on the home screen and can be managed in folders. About one's own Theme Store The appearance can be changed again at will. Themes, backgrounds or fonts downloaded via the store can be activated and changed at the push of a button. All functions of MIUI 8 can not be included in this review. All in all, the Xiaomi user interface is above all one thing - diverse!

Camera

Now we come to the biggest criticism of this smartphone. At a price of about 700 € you expect a flagship smartphone with a decent main camera. However, a cheaper one was installed 16 Megapixel OmniVision OV16880 Image Sensor with a f / 2.0 aperture, which is sometimes also installed in much cheaper LeTV LeEco models.

main camera

Accordingly, the picture and video quality of the main camera is disappointing. In really good light conditions, the main camera still produces quite suitable images. The poorer the light conditions are, the stronger the picture noise becomes, and overall the picture wins blurring. In close-ups, the dual LED flash does indeed help, but it could shine a little bit stronger. The autofocus of the Xiaomi Mi Mix failed in the test. Although focused quickly, with the result, the smartphone is often wrong. The camera convinces with the accurate color reproduction.

Video recordings are also no joy with the Mi Mix. The video resolutions range from SD to HD and Full HD to 4K. There is no electronic or even optical image stabilization. If you take a video with your smartphone, you're pretty frustrated because of the miserable autofocus. With active autofocus, a constant pulsation and refocusing is noticeable, which makes any cautious video recording unsightly. With manual autofocus, the constant refocusing is torture, but in good lighting conditions, the video recordings can certainly be seen.

front camera

The 5 megapixel front camera is located below the display. To use the smartphone must be turned upside down. The recording quality, both for picture and video is acceptable in good lighting conditions.

MIUI Camera App

The MIUI Camera app offers a variety of photo modes and photo effects and a manual recording mode, where you can adjust the white balance, the focus, the exposure and the ISO. In contrast to the fully automatic recording, you can use a bit of skill to get the best out of the camera. A nice gimmick is the facial recognition of the app, which allows you to determine the age and gender of the person in the picture. A very useful feature is the detection of QR codes. Overall, the app is well equipped and easy to use.

connectivity

As Dual SIM smartphone The Mi Mix can be equipped with two Nano SIM cards. Both 2G, 3G and 4G network standards are supported. Xiaomi usual, but lacks the coveted LTE band 20 in this country, which can result in a waiver of LTE, especially in rural areas.

Telephony

In terms of network quality, there is nothing to complain about with the Mi Mix. The connection to the mobile network is stable and has made no disturbances in telephone calls. What needs a bit of getting used to is that piezoelectric ceramic acoustic system, The conversation partner is heard a little quieter, as if he was further away. Spoken sounds not quite as voluminous as an auricle. Nevertheless, the call quality is sufficient to make pleasant phone calls. Conversely, the transmission quality of the overall 3 microphones of the smartphone is great.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Besides the usual WLAN standards, the Xiaomi Mi Mix is ​​also Dual Band WiFi (802.11ac) compatible. Bluetooth is supported up to version 4.2. A constant and interference-free wireless transmission succeeds both with WiFi, as well as with Bluetooth.

NFC, GPS and sensors

The GPS module does an excellent job. A GPS fix takes place within a few seconds, and even inside the building a location up to 10 meters was accurate. A test navigation was first class and the integrated e-compass works accurately. Next GPS Compass will too GLONASS and Beidou supported. A location via the European satellite system "Galileo" would be possible with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, but requires an update from Xiaomi.

NFC works as it should. The existing ones sensors amount to a brightness sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, the aforementioned e-compass, a barometer and a proximity sensor. Because of the borderless design, no infrared proximity sensor was used, but a Ultrasonic proximity sensor, In everyday use, the difference is not noticeable.

Fingerprint scanner

The fingerprint scanner of the Xiaomi Mi Mix is ​​located on the back and below the main camera. In practice, the fingerprint scanner shines through a high recognition rate and a very quick unlocking of the smartphone. The number of finger profiles is limited to a maximum of 5.

Sound

The speaker sounds average. You look in vain for volume and bass, creating a flat sound. The maximum volume is sufficient. It does not come to a scratch on maximum volume.

The playback quality over the 3.5mm headphone jack is more promising. Music is rendered very clear and noise-free. Also interesting is the built in MIUI 8 equalizer, which can be adjusted individually. MIUI 8 even offers different sound profiles for the numerous Xiaomi In-Ears, which can be activated at the touch of a button.

Accumulator

In Xiaomi Mi Mix is ​​a 4.400 mAh battery installed, which seems very large at first glance. Because of the very large display and the powerful processor, the battery life is only slightly above the duration of other flagship models. If you use your smartphone significantly for WhatsApp or some web browsing, the Mi Mix will achieve a runtime of about 2 days. With conventional usage, the running time for 1 is ½ days. In intensive use, the battery lasted about a day.

By Quick Charge 3.0 the smartphone is charged in no time. A full charge lasts between 1 ¾ and 2 hours. Half a charge of the battery takes only 45 minutes! An unusually high heat does not occur during charging.

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Final Words

Positive

►Tr-Bezel-Less Design
►Very good workmanship
►Ordinary display
►Performant hardware
►High storage capacity
►Innovative technologies
►Fast fingerprint scanner
►Signal-strong GPS
►Good battery life and Quick Charge 3.0

Negative

►Under average main camera
►Position of the front camera
►No LTE band 20
►No memory extension
►Weak speaker
►Printable for fingerprints
►Slide housing
►High price

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First impression
9.5
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application
9.0
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Design
10
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Display
8.5
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Performance
8.5
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User Interface
8.0
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Camera
4.0
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Fingerprint scanner
9.0
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connectivity
8.0
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GPS & sensors
9.0
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Audio
6.0
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Accumulator
8.5
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Summary

While writing this review, the iPhone just got 10 years old. If you think back 10 years, today's smartphones have hardly changed in terms of design. Well, the displays got bigger, the edges narrower and the cases thinner. Innovative concept smartphones have been "leaked" many times over the years, but mostly it was with render photos that were never implemented.

With the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Chinese manufacturer dared to present a real concept smartphone to the public and actually market it. Although the Mi Mix is ​​not perfect in all areas and in some areas - such as the camera - far from a flagship smartphone, Xiaomi challenges other manufacturers outright, also driving the smartphone market. Innovative technologies such as an Edgeless display, the piezoelectric acoustic system or the ultrasonic proximity sensor provide incentives and as a technology geek - but also as a conventional consumer - you can only be curious what Xiaomi will present in the year 2017!

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Steve
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Steve

Successful and honest reviews! Too bad that the camera is not that great. The missing band 20 was to be expected. You are no longer on the preinstall firmware? Is it also possible for beginners to reinstall such a Xiaomi smartphone?

Drunk
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Drunk

Now the selfie camera away and a display without edges. Maybe Xiaomi will release something like this this year: D. Otherwise, a really cool device.

Elmo
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Elmo

Do I need an extra Quick Charge charger for my smartphone or can I use any smartphone charger?

Mifan
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Mifan

Thanks for the detailed review! Because of the large display, I wonder if you can operate the Mi Mix without problems with one hand. Do you also know if Galileo has already been activated on the phone? Or is there a ROM with which you can activate it yourself?

k3ndrik
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k3ndrik

Hi, I also got the Mi Mix and for me is this dealer ROM on it. With the Flashen I know something and my Mi account is also unlocked for the boot loader. Which ROM can you currently recommend?

DerErik
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DerErik

Hey, have you ever tested other camera applications with the mix? I would be interested in whether OpenCamera recognizes the Camera2 API of the mix, or if you need to adjust the build.prop still. And please check if FreeDcam runs on it. So I have the best experience so far! Otherwise good review. Keep it up!

PM
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PM

Hello, if I buy the smartphone, then I have warranty? Or how does it work with these Chinaphones?

ppp
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ppp

Hi, is there already MIUI 8 on Android N based for the Mi Mix? Good review by the way!