With last year's Mi Mix, Xiaomi introduced a radical design: almost no bezels on three sides of the large display and a ceramic material. This approach continues with the Xiaomi Mix 2, which was just officially presented.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: Price and release date
The special edition of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 with a ceramic unibody and 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage will cost 4,699 yuan in China (about $720). The normal edition will be available with 6 GB of RAM, and your choice between 64, 128 and 256 GB of internal storage. The prices for these are 3,299 yuan, 3,599 yuan and 3,999 yuan, respectively. This converts to about $500, $550 and $610, though the final cost will be higher if you are buying from outside China.
The Mi Mix 2 probably won't come to the US officially, so fans of the brand will have to depend on importers. Luckily, it will have 43 LTE bands, so there's a good chance it will work on LTE networks in the US.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: Design
For the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has once again secured the services of the designer Philippe Starck. The bezels are very thin again on the top and sides, while the chin of the smartphone has become notably smaller. While the bottom bezel is now 12 percent smaller, the area still accommodates the unusually located front camera. The back of the smartphone is made of ceramic, and it shines like a mirror.
The special edition goes a step further, as it's constructed with a ceramic unibody. According to Xiaomi, it takes seven days to make, as production is so complicated. This edition is bright white and comes with 8 GB of RAM rather than the usual 6 GB, and 128 GB of internal storage.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: Technical specs
The heart of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is its large display which measures 5.99 inches diagonally and has a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, which is slightly more than Full HD. The corners are nicely rounded and fit perfectly into the overall shape of the smartphone. The front camera sits below the display.
At the rear of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is a 12 MP Sony camera (type IMX386) with a four axis image stabilizer, encircled with gold. The round fingerprint sensor sits slightly below the main camera. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, currently one of the fastest smartphone chips on the market, should provide more than adequate performance. The standard version of the Mi Mix 2 has 6 GB of RAM and 64, 128 or 256 GB of memory, the Special Edition brings it to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal capacity.
Xiaomi has hidden the loudspeaker in the body of the phone, so that sound passes through a small tunnel into a very thin hole which delivers it to your ear.
Although Xiaomi the Mi Mix 2 is still not sold outside China officially, the 43 LTE bands of the smartphone should ensure compatibility with networks in many countries. So, US users might get lucky this time.