Previously, the original Xiaomi Mi line handsets have an advantage over the Mi MIX series. Say, the former one was announced at the beginning of the year, while the Mi MIX smartphones came in the Q3. The main reason why this happened is related to the Mi flagships’ popularity and mission. On the contrary, the Mi MIX smartphones were something like experiments. But everything changed now. This year, the Chinese tech giant unveiled the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S first, while the Xiaomi Mi 7 has set to launch sometimes in summer. Thus the Mi MIX 2S has become the first Chinese smartphone with the much-talked and most-popular Snapdragon 845 onboard. This is one of the main reasons why its first bunch has been sold out in minutes. At this moment, you can get your hands on it for $512.99 after applying the coupon (code: GB-MP$100-7).
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The only thing not changed in this handset in comparison to the previous model is the design. It still continues using a tri-bezel-less screen design, but as the single-camera has been replaced with a dual-camera, the back panel looks different. Moreover, the camera module has been moved from the center to the left. As the front camera is placed on the chin, there is no problem related to the vertical arrangement of the back camera. As you should know, Apple’s iPhone X rearranges the rear dual-camera because the front-facing camera area has a large number of components. So if the back camera is arranged horizontally, it will cause interference.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is packed with a Snapdragon 845. This SoC is also paired with a 6/8GB of RAM, 64/128/256GB of native storage, and Adreno 630 GPU. The graphics processor capacity is increased by 30% and power consumption is reduced by 30%. Thanks to this hardware the phone scores over 277K at AnTuTu. It’s one of the fastest smartphones around the globe. So the owners of this handset should boast of because as Lei Jun explained when a Snapdragon chip enters the Chinese market it gets a 17% of an import value-added tax. Thus it costs 500 yuan ($80). This is three times more than the Snapdragon 660. Say, if the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 6+64GB variant gets a Snapdragon 845, it will cost around 2500 yuan ($398) instead of 2099 yuan ($334). At last, there are three variants with 6+64GB, 6+128GB, and 8+256GB memory combinations.
Moreover, the selling point of this handset is not the SND845 chip only. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S sports an AI camera with a 12MP wide-angle lens + 12MP telephoto lens using a Sony IMX 363 CMOS with 1.4um oversized pixels, Dual SLR Dual PD full-pixel focusing technology, hardware multi-frame Noise reduction, dark light, and backlighting enhance the picture support, and many more. The phone supports way more fantastic background blur option. It can recognize facial and hair details to provide better bokeh effect. Thanks to enhanced camera capabilities the phone supports AI scene recognition. So it can automatically set parameters for different scenes and get better photographic effects. Not accidentally, the authoritative camera evaluation agency DXOMark score is 97 points like the iPhone X.
It also comes with a 3400mAh battery supporting wireless charging (Qi standard) at 7.5W fast charge option. By the way, the manufacturer also introduced a charging pad at a price tag of 99 yuan. In comparison to the Apple wireless charger at 498 yuan and Samsung wireless charger at 528 yuan, the Xiaomi wireless charger looks quite affordable.
For the first time, the Mi MIX 2S comes with artificial intelligence assistant named the ‘Little Love Classmate’. It is worth mentioning that Xiaomi and Google reached a strategic partnership and it has become the first domestic company to adopt Google ARCore technology. Xiaomi will exclusively start the AR game ‘The Machines’.