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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Review: Xiaomi Announced Mi MIX 2S With Snapdragon 845 & 8GB RAM

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is now here, and it builds on what the Mi MIX 2 had to offer. Having that in mind, the Mi MIX 2S does come with a more powerful processor, a new display, improved camera and a slightly tweaked design.

It is also worth saying that the Mi MIX 2S adopts Google’s ARCore technology for augmented reality, which managed to surprise some people. Let’s check more about the Mi MIX 2S.



Specs

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is fueled by the Snapdragon 845, comes with the Adreno 540 GPU. The Mi MIX 2S features a 5.99-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, and a 2.5D curved glass on top of it.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S comes in two RAM variants, the more affordable version of the device features 6GB RAM, while the more expensive one comes with 8GB RAM. The 6GB RAM model comes in 64GB and 128GB versions, while the 8GB RAM mode features 256GB of native storage, no storage expansion.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S features two snappers on its back, you will find two 12-megapixel cameras back there, and an LED flash, while a fingerprint scanner is also located on the back of the Mi MIX 2S.

The phone’s main camera comes with 1.4um pixel size, 4-axis OIS and an f/1.8 aperture, while Samsung’s offer 1.0um pixel size, and an aperture of f/2.4, that is a telephoto lens, by the way, and it provides a 2x lossless zoom. The device also offers a 5-megapixel front-facing camera (1.12um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture), while a 3,400mAh non-removable battery is also a part of the package.

Speaking of the battery, the Mi MIX 2S offers Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging as well. Android Oreo comes pre-installed on the Mi MIX 2S, while the company’s MIUI 9 skin is installed on top of Google’s operating system. The Mi MIX 2S does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but Xiaomi did include a USB Type-C to 3.5mm port dongle here, which you’ll get when you purchase the Mi MIX 2S.



Design

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S arrives in two RAM variants, and this time around, both variants of the phone offer the same design, they both sport ceramic unibody design, while the phone’s frame is made out of aluminum. A 6GB RAM variant of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 was made out of metal and glass, while its 8GB RAM model featured a ceramic unibody build, but in the case of the Mi MIX 2S, all models sport the same build, as already mentioned.

All the physical buttons are included on the right-hand side of the Mi MIX 2S, while you will find a SIM card tray on the left. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S’ display sports rounded corners, and its top, and side bezels are equally thin. The phone was announced in Black and White color variants.



Cameras

Xiaomi has opted to include two cameras on the back of the Mi MIX 2S. Before we go into details, it is worth noting that a 4-axis OIS is included in the package as well, and the same goes for a hardware-level, multi-frame noise reduction.

You will find two 12-megapixel cameras on the back of the phone, a main RGB sensor, and a telephoto lens for 2x loss-less zoom, which is a similar setup as the one we’ve seen in the Mi 7. The phone’s main 12-megapixel camera features Sony’s IMX363 sensor, 1.4um pixel size and an f/1.8 aperture, and the device is capable of shooting 4K video.

The phone’s telephoto lens comes with a f/2.4 aperture, and a regular 1.0um pixel size, while we’re looking at Samsung’s S5K3M3 sensor here. That lens is here mainly to enable 2x lossless zoom, but also to make it possible for the device to shoot images with a proper bokeh effect.

Now, as far as the device’s front-facing camera is concerned, you will find an 5-megapixel shooter there, and it’s located below the phone’s display, in the lower-right corner of the phone’s front side. That camera comes with a f/2.0 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, and an LED flash is not available on the front side of the phone, only on the back, where you will find a dual-LED, dual-tone flash. During the press conference, Xiaomi mentioned that the Mi MIX 2S’ dual camera system can detect 206 scenes across 25 categories, while a dynamic bokeh effect is a part of the package as well. On top of everything, the Mi MIX 2S’ camera (photo only) received a 101 rating from DxOMark, says Xiaomi.



Pricing & Availability

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S can be pre-ordered in China starting today, while the phone will probably reach other markets in the future. Having said that, the device will go on sale on April X, while the company did share pricing info for the Mi MIX 2S as well.

The 6GB RAM variant of the phone with 64GB of storage is priced at 3,299 Yuan ($527), while the 128GB storage model costs 3,599 Yuan ($575). If you’re looking to get the top-of-the-line model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of native storage, you will have to pay 3,999 Yuan ($639).

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S will become for purchase on April 3 in China, while Xiaomi did not share any info regarding the phone’s availability outside of China.

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