We test Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 – the second generation of Xiaomi's "frameless" flag. What is a smartphone from China and worth buying? Here is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
Coming soon to the Polish stores will be Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 – the successor of a smartphone from last year. We already know how much you will have to pay for it. This is a good opportunity to check the capabilities of your phone. Is Mi Mix the second generation smartphone worth the interest? On this and all other questions will answer our review Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 .
Beautiful design and noble materials
It is impossible to hide that the most recognizable feature of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is the design , exactly as it was with its predecessor. One year ago, Xiaomi set the road for other producers, and now decided to follow in their footsteps, not only on the narrow frame around the screen, but also on the 18: 9 aspect ratio.Closing almost a 6-inch screen in a 151.8 x 75.5 casing, the refined model display fills almost 81% of the entire front . This is undoubtedly a great result. Still not the best on the market and worse than the predecessor, although this is just the natural result of diagonal reduction. The ergonomics itself is great and with Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 I was really comfortable. However, you have to know that Xiaomi's flagship dimensions are similar to the average 5.5-inch phones, so Xperia XZ1 Compact fans have nothing to look for. Please note that Press releases are one, and reality is the other, so Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is not as "frameless" as the manufacturer's renders suggest. For the sake of clarity – many manufacturers do the same, and not just those from China. Designing the second-generation MiMix, Xiaomi's designers have decided that the best solution would be to minimize the side and top frames (which, after all, managed to fit the standard speaker), leaving the so- chin under the screen. It was here that the selfie photo camera was inserted. Distribution of the remaining elements is already more standard. The volume and power buttons are located on the right edge and the SIM card tray on the other side. The lower frame covers a USB Type C port and two grilles: one is a multimedia speaker and the other is a microphone. The 3.5mm jack plugs are not located anywhere, because Xiaomi figured it was not needed. As part of the consolation we get an adapter with a 3.5mm jack for USB-C. In the box with the phone we also get a nice, rubber case, which is a thoughtful decision Xiaomi. It is worth remembering that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 created from a combination of glass on the front (probably Gorilla Glass 4), ceramics and metal frame on his back, with an extra touch of style in the form of a golden circle around the camera. All these elements have been folded well and are scratch resistant, but not necessarily bruises, especially in the case of ceramics. In addition, it is very easy to get dirty. I also regret that it ran out of full watertightness.
Screen 18: 9
How many years ago, proportions other than 16: 9 were unusual in smartphones, so now they do not surprise anyone anymore. We are seeing them more and more often, and especially for those models that try to be "frameless". No wonder that Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 received a 5.99-inch panel with 18: 9 aspect ratio (2: 1) and Full HD + (2160×1080) resolution, which works well with diagonal. I have no objections to the sharpness of the image being displayed. [wptab style = "4" title = "max brightness"] [test slug = "battery-screen" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU" order = "desc" selected = "22458" type = "single" product_id = "22382,22222, 2200,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Minimum brightness "] [test slug =" battery-screen "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order = "asc" selected = "22458" type = "single" product_id = "22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Xiaomi decided on the matrix IPS with good parameters . Maximum brightness reaches 497 cd / m2, so the screen is readable in strong sunlight. You just have to look at the chart above, and we know that it's a "fair" result, as many of our competitors are doing better. It is quite different with the minimum brightness, because 1 cd / m2 is definitely above average and the display does not even look in the dark. Screen color depends on the mode we choose. Xiaomi gives us three modes: automatic (with white balance option), enhanced contrast (focused on DCI-P3 color space), or standard, which is best suited to the sRGB color palette . We have to admit that it is quite decent, as our measurement showed a 98.5% coverage.The icing on the cake is a reading mode that allows you to limit the emission of blue light that is harmful to our eyes. The average contrast (1300: 1) and unsatisfactory viewing angles at greater distances are desirable. The sensitivity of the touch panel is very good and the light sensor works smoothly, smoothly and smoothly adjusting the panel brightness to the lighting conditions.
Solid fittings, but …
The section devoted to the equipment will begin with the most important thing. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 works with the 800 MHz LTE network . The integrated modem module allows you to aggregate bandwidth and download at a maximum speed of up to 1 GBps, although in Poland this is not yet technically feasible. With no network connection, I have not noticed suspicious behavior. As soon as we are on the subject of communication, I will hurry to report that Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has no problems maintaining the coverage. Speech quality is not a cause for concern. Xiaomi put this time on a standard speaker of good quality, giving the right volume in practically any condition. It is important to note that the phone has two separate slots for SIM cards , so we can quietly use two numbers at once (standby mode). There is no memory expansion option, because the manufacturer has not implemented this capability, so we have to spare the built-in memory (in my copy it is actually 55 GB). The other communication standards are a good, flagship standard. Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type C, dual band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz) with 2×2 MIMO and Wi-Fi Direct, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou – all this is and works well. The 3.5 mm headphone jack has not worked out, and to my eyes Xiaomi has no argument to make sense of the absenteeism of this element. Some of you may feel disappointed by the lack of infrared port that can be found on many Xiaomi phones. There is also an FM radio. The multimedia loudspeaker is on the bottom edge and it is loud enough to hear a notification tone or comfortably watch something anywhere. In addition, it is supported by the speaker to talk, but this is much quieter and after locking my finger I did not hear much difference. The quality of the sound on the headphones is good , so people without special requirements in this regard should be satisfied.At the end of this section two words about the fingerprint reader . Due to lack of space on the front, the manufacturer decided to place this item on the rear panel, below the camera. It is active and works exactly as you would expect it to – smoothly, quickly and in the vast majority of situations flawlessly.
MIUI 8 with update
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 works under the control of Android Nougat with MIUI overlay , in one of several versions. The phone came to me with the Chinese version of this overlay, which I exchanged after a few days of waiting for unlocking the bootloader, on the MIUI 9 Global beta, because the official update has not yet reached my copy. Finally, I decided to take the MIUI 8 Global Stable so that the results of each test were not disturbed by the unprocessed software. [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" AnTuTu "] [test slug = "android-antutu-6" order = "desc" selected = "22458" virtual = "antutu-total-6" type = "single" product_id = "22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182, 22458 "virtual =" 3dmark-ice-storm- extreme-total "type =" single "product_id =" 22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" T-Rex "[test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22458 "type =" single "virtual =" t-rex-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22382,22222,22300,22340,22186, 22170,22182,22394,22458,22318 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Manhattan "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc " "=" 22458 "type =" single " The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 works just as well as other phones with the same processor (HTC U11 or Nokia 8), without leaving the Galaxy S8 + and Galaxy Note 8, which use the Exynos 8895 unit. At this moment, only this year's flagship Apple may boast of a stronger central unit. In addition, the smartphone has no problems with performance loss over time, or at least it can not be noticed with the naked eye. In the practical application of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is very good . Individual programs are loaded at a rapid pace, and enormous amounts of memory allow for quick switching between them. With MIUI settings, I have not experienced aggressive background shutdowns. The stability of the system also gives no reason for complaining , just as the smoothness of the operation. If your smartphone is primarily fast and efficient, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 can be recommended with a pure heart. The Adreno 540 graphics processor works great with a panel that is only slightly higher than the classic Full HD. Virtually every title in the Google Play store supports maximum details, with good fluency and stable frame rates , even with longer loading times. The combination of a powerful GPU with a good quality screen and stereo speakers gives us a great replacement for the portable gaming console.
Battery only average
I suppose a lot of people waiting for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 were disappointed when she got to know the battery capacity. 3400 mAh is quite a lot , but it is worth remembering that the phone is equipped with a 6-inch screen, and so large diagonal means a lot of energy demand. What is the time to work on a single charge gives us Xiaomi Mi Mix 2? [wptab style = "4" title = "Normal use"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22458" virtual = "pcmark-work" type = "single" product_id = "22382,22222, 22,340,223,0,22186,221,8,22182,22394,22458,22318 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc "selected =" 22458 "" battery-manhattan-3 "type =" single "product_id =" 22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170,22182,22394,22458,22318 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 " title = "Load time"] [test slug = "battery" virtual = "charging-ac" order = "asc" selected = "22458" type = "single" product_id = "22382,22222,22300,22340,22186,22170 , 22182,22394,22458,22318 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] The results of the synthetic tests do not distinguish Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 against the background of its competitors . In practice it is very similar, because the smartphone will calmly withstand the day without the need to replenish energy, even with intensive use. If we want to connect the phone to the charger every two days, we have to give him some slack. Turn on the screen oscillates within 4-7 hours, the lower the result of the use of LTE networks, and higher can be achieved only on Wi-Fi. Quick Charge 3.0 allows you to charge the battery in about 100 minutes . Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 does not offer wireless charging.
Camera – great in the day, and at night …
Quite surprising is that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 does not have a dual camera , as opposed to the Xiaomi Mi 6. Both models connect a 12-megapixel main camera, which is based on the same Sony IMX386 sensor, but in the Mix lens is darker (f / 2.0). Fortunately, the manufacturer retained optical image stabilization. For selfie maniacs photos prepared a camera with a resolution of 5 MP. The camera application is exactly the same as the other Xiaomi smartphones of recent months. It is enhanced and offers many modes, including manual mode, white balance, ISO, exposure time up to 32 seconds. The manufacturer also took care of the presence of nice filters and an HDR switch, without the option of setting it on automatically. Additional parameters can be obtained by clicking on the gear wheel from the mode menu.
Let's move on to the most important, or quality of photography. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 fits in with the trend of other Xiaomi flags, so it does very well in the day and average at night . When the conditions are favorable, you can count on photos with subtly twisted details, good detail (though with noticeable defects in the corners of the frame) and really wide tonal range. Autofocus works correctly and is usually not mistaken. The situation changes 180 degrees when the existing light is missing. Then each parameter becomes significantly worse, and the amount of noise is noticeably increased. The algorithms developed by Xiaomi try to fight them, but by the way they erase the details. It's the night shots that make the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 start losing visibly with the best photomarkets on the market, though it's still doing better than most mid-range smartphones. The video is exactly the same. When the lights are a lot, the materials shot at a maximum resolution of 4K at 30 fps look pretty decent – it could just be better stabilized. Unfortunately, any deterioration means a lot of liquidity and poor detail . Interestingly even the sound starts to fail and some voices become strangely metallic. This aspect of Xiaomi must still work a lot. At the end I will discuss the self-portraits. The unusual position of the camera causes us to turn the device to take a simple selfie. In settings we will only find filters and beautification, and in the expanded options a few trifles, face detection or mirror reflection. The quality of the photos is just as acceptable , but all this and more demanding subjects will probably improve this and that in their respective applications.
Summary and evaluation
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 turned out to be an interesting smartphone with many advantages, but it was not flawless.
Advantages of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 deserves a lot of praise for its excellent quality. The combination of ceramics, glass and metal gave a fantastic result and felt that we were dealing with the premium martins . It is a pity that this impression spoils the susceptibility to dirt. The quality of the work goes beautiful design. True, the manufacturer's materials show this phone as practically frameless, so actually framing around the screen as much as possible. It does not change the fact that the 6-inch smartphone is enclosed in a typical 5.5-inch case, and it can make an impression. Another strength of tested equipment is performance, speed and smooth operation . Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will handle every possible task and will do it at a really fast pace. In the case of this particular Xiaomi on the side of merit, you need to replace the support for LTE in the 800 MHz band.
Disadvantages of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
The most imperfect Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is the camera . As long as the photos taken during the day are very good, so night shots clearly stand out from what they offer. Galaxy S8 or HTC U11. In this case, we do not get the same for less money, because Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 does not have the chance to be the best photomagnetic. In addition, the video quality is below expectations. A lot of users may be disappointed with battery performance that is just good demanding users will be forced to daily charge their phone. Xiaomi did not show the capacity of the implemented cell, but the manufacturer usually does not have a problem with this. It is a shame that we can not find a 3.5mm jack connector on the board, a memory card slot, wireless charging or waterproof. All this can be found in many competing flagships, even last year.
Is it worth buying Xiaomi Mi Mix 2?
In Chinese stores Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 starts from around 2000 gold . Meanwhile the price in the official Polish distribution was set at quite reasonable 2199 gold. Is it worth buying Xiaomi Mi Mix 2? I would not buy this model myself . Not because I think it's bad. Just his potential advantage over Xiaomi Mi 6 does not matter to me, and if I had to choose, I would go for the cheaper Xiaomi Mi 6. But I understand that a lot of users prefer Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and I can not say after this model check that's a bad idea. If after the above review Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 you think it is a phone for you, then you will certainly be satisfied with it. It's a great piece of equipment that has something in it, so it finally deserves our honor . [Show_rating]