• Operating System: MIUI
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Display: 5.99-inches FullHD IPS, 18:9 ratio
  • Camera: 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel (Rear) / 5-megapixel (Front)
  • Battery: 3,400 mAh
  • Dimensions: 150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 189g
  • Pros:
  • Design
  • Gorgeous display
  • Cons:
  • Camera bump
  • No headphone jack

Redefined, ReMIXed

Teased a while ago, we finally managed to get our hands on this prestigious device. As you might’ve seen in the past, the Mi MIX came with a unique design, sporting a front camera on the bottom of the device. For 2018, this design philosophy has yet to be widely adopted, where most of the other brands switched things up with a notch. Luckily, this phone still stayed true to its roots and the brand opted out against a new trend on an already almost bezel-less device.

Upon unboxing the device, we are greeted with a magnificent screen with little bezels on the top and sides, plus the front camera now located on the chin of the phone. With the camera placements now located in such a manner, you might have to change how you use the front camera to video chat with a friend. You either raise your hand higher or rotate the phone and chat that way instead. Luckily, the camera app allows you to use the phone upside down by rotating the camera menu automatically. After all, not everyone wants to look up your nose when you are chatting with them. The phone also took out the headphone jack, but included wireless charging. It is not the end of the world, but it is still a bother nonetheless.

The phone is also slightly heavier than normal due to its ceramic body that adds a certain premium quality to the touch. That aside, the buttons are all placed on the right side of the phone, allowing you access to the volume rocker and power button all on one side. Oddly enough, Xiaomi has included a hard case for the phone but no screen protector in the package.

The phone is pretty fast when used as a daily driver. We encountered no real issues, but we do believe that the unit we’ve received was imported from China. Some of the settings we encountered were in Chinese, but it was still manageable. Another issue we ran into were with missing Google apps, for example. To get Google Play, we had to open up Baidu and download Google Play from the app instead. A weird workaround, but still manageable. Once those were settled, the phone was easy to use, fast and gesture buttons were a breeze to use.

As for the photography part of the device, it handles itself quite well, the pictures are sharp, detailed and colourful. But sometimes, the pictures are overexposed. As for the Portrait mode, pictures taken on it are decent but the blur is slightly over-exaggerated.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Mi MIX 2S is fast, powerful, and sleek. It is capable of taking good pictures and tackles  everyday tasks with ease – all provided if you can handle MIUI.

(previously published in issue August 2018)