Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 Pros and Cons: Should You Buy It?

Xiaomi, which released one of the hottest phones last year, is back with the second installment of its MiX series – the Mi MiX 2. 

If you follow the tech scene regularly, you may already know that Xiaomi's 2017 flagship model is smaller than its predecessor but is way more stunning.

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This year has seen the release of many phones that represent the perfect blend of beauty and brawn.

In this crowd of amazing smartphones, is the new Mi MiX 2 just another bezel-less phone or does it tip the features scale as well?

To help you reach the right conclusion, we have curated a list of pros and cons for Xiaomi Mi MiX 2.

Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 Pros

1. Stunning Bezel-less Design

At a time when bezel-less displays have become the flavor of the season, the Mi MiX 2 introduces a revolutionary design.

Even with the screen off, the display beautifully blends with the device.

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Unlike its predecessor, the Mi MiX 2 is small, easier to grip and has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Even with the screen off, the display beautifully blends with the device giving the phone an overall premium black look. 

Besides, it sports a stunning design with a ceramic body and gold accent on the rear camera and the fingerprint sensor.

2. Snappy Processor

The Mi MiX 2 also packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Combined with 6GB of RAM, it can not only render graphics faster but is also more battery efficient.

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3. Good Battery Life + Quick Charge 3.0

The Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 is powered by a 3,400-mAh battery. Coupled with the battery efficiency of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the Mi MiX 2 offers a good battery life of one-and-a-half days in case of regular use.

Moreover, the phone is accompanied with Quick Charge 3.0, which means that it’ll also charge fast. A 15-minute charging session will be enough to keep the device running through the day.

Did you know that the Mi MiX 2 still runs on MIUI 8?

4. Global LTE Support

The Mi MiX 2 is a traveler-friendly phone. Due to its support for a whopping 43 bands in 6 different network modes, the phone will work in almost every country and region.

If we talk numbers, it has network support for 226 global regions.

5. Storage Options

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is available in three variants – 64/128/256 GB – and the Indian variant bears only 128GB of storage.

Though it's not expandable, at a time when most of the storage-consuming items such as photos, music files, and videos are either backed up on the cloud or streamed online, 128GB of storage seems more than sufficient.

Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 Cons

1. No Quad-HD Resolution

The Mi Mix 2, priced at Rs 35,999, comes with a Full HD+ resolution. 

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While the sharpness and the vividness of the screen won't let you feel the difference, it would have been apt if the phone had packed a Quad-HD resolution in an AMOLED screen.

2. Awkward Position of Front Camera

It’s no secret that Xiaomi had to customize quite a few features in order to achieve the bezel-less display. One of the main changes was the placement of the selfie shooter.

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The front camera of the Mi MiX 2 is placed at the bottom chin instead of the top. Hence, you’d have to turn the phone upside down everytime you pose for a selfie.

The awkward position of the camera becomes a deal breaker in no time.  

That works for the camera app but when you use the camera in third-party apps such as Instagram and Facebook or use it to make WhatsApp Video calls, the awkward position of the camera becomes a deal breaker in no time.

3. Sub-par Rear Camera

The Mi MiX 2 packs a 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor in its rear camera. Though it sports a handful of cool features like 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and 4K videos, at the end of the day, it's a camera of a Xiaomi phone — it speaks for itself.

This picture was taken during a casual walk. Unfortunately, the 4-axis OIS didn't seem to work as expected

This picture was taken during a casual walk. Unfortunately, the 4-axis OIS didn't seem to work as expected

It can click pretty admirable pictures during the day. However, when it comes to low-light photography, the picture quality takes a serious hit.

Besides, the 4-axis OIS didn't seem to work when the above picture was taken, hence, the blur.

Plus, at a time when dual-camera phones are hitting the market, it'd have been apt had the Indian flagship device from Xiaomi also included this feature.

4. No Headphone Jack

Last but not the least, the Mi MiX 2 is the latest phone to shun the headphone jack.

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Though you can use the USB Type-C adapter for a wired experience, it also means that you'd have to carry an extra piece of accessory every time you want to use the headphone.

5. Not Waterproof

Xiaomi phones are not really known to be waterproof and the Mi MiX 2 is not different. Unlike the OnePlus 5, which is almost in the same price bracket, the Mi MiX 2 is not splash resistant.

Hence, even an accidental fall into the water might be enough to land your device in a service center. You'll have to be careful when handling the new Mi MiX 2.

Will You Buy It?

The Mi MiX 2 is certainly one of the most premium looking phones to have debuted in India in the sub-Rs 35,000 price bracket. It packs one of the best processors currently available and the solid screen rocks the phone experience.

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However, it also comes with its share of disadvantages. The Xiaomi Mi MiX 2 or, for that matter, any bezel-less phone is delicate. Though it's been touted that the high-pressurized ceramic is tough enough to withstand accidental falls and drops, you surely wouldn't want to test it.

At the end of the day, apart from the ceramic design, the bezel-less experience, and the high-end processor, the Mi MiX 2 does cut quite a lot of few corners in the camera and display department.

Considering all the above points, would you buy Xiaomi's Mi MiX 2? If you ask me, I would rather side with the OnePlus 5.

Namrata Gogoi

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