Mi Mix 2 review: More screen than you can shake a stick at for $560


Xiaomi made a huge splash in the smartphone market last year when it launched the bezel-less Mi Mix, way ahead of rivals like Samsung and Apple. Sadly, it wasn’t as widely distributed as competing flagships and didn’t even make it to India, arguably the second largest market for the Chinese gadget maker.

The company hopes to make things right with its successor, the Mix 2. Building on that same gorgeous design with improved hardware, it’s a cheaper way to experience Android without bezels than the rest. But is it worth its $560 asking price? I took it for a spin over the past couple of weeks to find out.

Design

The Mix 2 feels undeniably like a premium device, with an aluminum alloy frame, glossy ceramic back and 18k gold trim around the camera lens. That makes for a pretty phone, but it’d have been nice to see some clever touches to differentiate this handset from the lot – like the sleek little speaker notch just above the display.


Credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal

 

In addition, it feels rather heavy, weighing in at 185g (that’s a fair bit more than the Samsung Galaxy S8’s 155g), and the tall sides make for a bit of a difficult grasp when compared to the Mi 6 that’s easy to grip because of its curves.

I received a test unit without a protective case, and had to baby the Mix 2 all the while. What good is a ceramic back if it picks up smudges all the time and needs to be cradled in a hard case?

The Mix 2 is a fair bit taller than the company’s previous flagship, the Mi 6, and almost identical in size to the OnePlus 5, but boasts a significantly taller screen. So if you’re used to handling typical 5.5-inch devices, you’ll feel at home with the Mix 2, while being able to enjoy a more immersive display.

Mi 6 (left) vs. Mi Mix 2 (right)
Credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal