Xiaomi mixes things up
By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
Top-notch functions and good cameras make the Mi Mix 2 phone a contender in its price range
Mi Mix 2 smartphone from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi boasts a beautiful design, large display, good performance and fast Internet connection.
Best of all, it’s much cheaper compared to other models with similar configurations.
The phone’s 5.99-inch display in 18:9 aspect ratio and full-display technology allow for resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels, shielded behind Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
At that resolution, the Mi Mix 2 is great for viewing HD videos and high-resolution photos.
It’s quite a drop from the 6.4-inch display of its predecessor, the Mi Mix, released in October 2016, but the resolution is better, and this model is, after all, a lot smaller itself – 151.8×75.5×7.7mm and 185 grams compared to 158.8×81.9×7.9mm and 209g.
Mix 2 is running Google Android 7.1 (not the latest 8.0 version) and offers two nano-SIM slots. The notable performance and fast connection are due to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor running at 2.45GHz, a generous six gigabytes of working memory and 64GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage.
I found that the Mix 2 responds promptly in both menus and touchscreen functions and runs applications and HD video clips fast and smoothly.
The AnTuTu Benchmark Version 6.2.7 gave the phone a high score of 177,896 marks. As of December 20, it ranked as the fifth-fastest smartphone on the market. I tested the Mi Mix 2 on TrueMove H’s LTE network and observed fast data transfer. Applications downloaded and photos were backed up to cloud storage very fast.
The Ookla Speedtest app clocked a download speed of 75.84Mbps and uploads at 40.03Mbps. Wi-Fi connection is also rapid at 802.11ac protocol with 4×4 MIMO connection.
Another indicator of good performance is the ability to play High-Resolution Audio FLAC 24bit/192kHz files smoothly. What’s missing is a 3.5mm stereo jack. Instead, you use a USBC adapter for the jack if you’re wearing wired rather than Bluetooth headphones.
I ran the phone with Sony’s WH1000XM2 headphones and found Hi-Res Audio files playing with top good sound quality and powerful bass.
World-renowned designer Philippe Starck was hired to conceptualise the phone’s terrific look. It has a four-sided, curved ceramic back plate and 18-karat gold-plated decorative camera rim. The frame is highly durable aerospace-grade aluminium alloy. The cameras are quite good, too.
The main camera uses Sony’s 12-megapixel IMX386 image sensor with a large 1.25-micron pixel size, and PDAF for fast autofocus even in low light.
The camera uses fouraxis optical image stabilisation to guard against blurring due to shaky hands. There are several shooting modes – auto, beauty shots, panorama and manual. In manual you can set white balance, focus, exposure time and ISO. In auto, which is called “photo”, you can find several extra shooting options, including group selfie and night shot.
The shiny glass on the back cover makes it ideal for reflecting yourself and friends for group selfies taken with the rear camera. The camera will take multiple shots and stitch together one perfect picture with no one blinking or blurred. Night shot mode is good for capturing New Year lights.
Again, multiple shots are taken and the best-possible composite rendered. The front camera has five-megapixel resolution and can adopt 36 “smart beautify” profiles automatically. You can also select one of 10 filters, such as nation, sky blue, blush and romance filters.
Advanced options can make your face look slender, adjust skin colour and smoothen the complexion. The Mi Mix 2 is well secured with a finger-print reader on the back cover, below the lens, to quickly unlock the phone with a touch of the index finger. You first need to set up an unlocking pattern or a pin code in case your fingertip approach fails. I never had a problem, though.
The 3,400mAh battery got me through a full day without a recharge, but it’s ready for Quick Charge 3.0 when needed.
Entrepreneur Lei Jun founded Xiaomi in 2010 with the stated vision “Innovation for everyone”. In Thailand it partnered with VST ECS in August and has since opened two Mi Stores in Bangkok.
The Mi Mix 2 costs Bt17,990 both online at Lazada and the authorised stores at Imperial World Samrong and Seacon Bangkae, as well as through other official partners including Jaymart and IT City.
KEY SPECS: Mi Mix 2
– Network: Global LTE 6 modes, 43 bands
– Operating system: Android 7.1
– CPU: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 octcore processor 2.45GHz
– Memory: 6GB DDR4
– Storage: 64GB UFS 2.1
– Display: 5.99-inch IPS with 1,080×2,160-pixel resolution
– Cameras: Rear 12 MP Sony IMX386 image sensor, f/2.0 lens, front 5MP
– Wireless connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
– Connection: USB Type-C
– Sensors: Finger-print, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
– Battery: 3,400mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
– Dimensions: 151.8×75.5×7.7mm
– Weight: 185 grams