After launching a bunch of Redmi devices over the last one year in India and meeting ravishing success with them, Xiaomi is making a comeback in the upper mid-range premium smartphone market in the country with the release of the Mi Mix 2. The Mix 2 is the costliest handset to date from Xiaomi to be released in India.
A lot rides on the success of the Mi Mix 2 for Xiaomi in India. If the Mix 2 fails to do well in India, we might not see Xiaomi bring its more premium and flagship offerings to India again anytime soon. Nonetheless, if you are already smitten by the beautiful design of the Mi Mix 2 and plan on buying one, check out our FAQ below which should answer most of your questions surrounding the device.
Q) What are the full specifications of the Mi Mix 2?
A) The full specs of the Mi Mix 2 are as follows:
- Dimensions: 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 185g
- Display: 5.99-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) LCD, DCI-P3 Color Gamut, Gorilla Glass
- Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset, 2.45GHz
- GPU: Adreno 540
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Rear camera: 12MP, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25-micron pixel, Sony IMX386 sensor, 4-axis OIS, 18k gold-plated camera rim
- Front camera: 5MP, Super black lens coating
- Sensors: Fingerprint scanner (Rear), Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light sensor, eCompass
- Connectivity: Global LTE – 43 bands support, Dual-SIM, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 5, USB-C, NFC
- Battery: 3400mAh non-removable
- Others: MIUI 8.5 based on Android 7.1 Nougat
Q) What makes the Mi Mix 2 feel so premium?
A) The Mi Mix 2 features an 7-series aluminium alloy frame along with a four-sided curved ceramic body. It is this ceramic rear which gives the Mi Mix 2 a premium look and feel. While many other phones with a glass back or aluminium chassis also feel premium, the use of ceramic gives the Mix 2 a very solid heft that other phones lack.
Q) Ceramic is less reliable than aluminium. Should not that be a cause of concern?
A) No. The ceramic used on the Mi Mix 2 has gone through numerous layers of processing and coating to strengthen it. It is more scratch resistant than aluminium.
Q) What kind of SIM card slot does the phone have? Can I use two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time?
A) The Mi Mix 2 features dual nanoSIM card slots. The handset lacks a microSD card slot.
Q) Is the display on the Mi Mix 2 protected by Gorilla Glass?
A) The 5.99-inch FHD+ display on the Mi Mix 2 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
Q) How many different variants of the Mi Mix 2 is Xiaomi selling in India?
A) Xiaomi is only selling one variant of the Mi Mix 2 in India with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.
Q) Where is the fingerprint scanner on the Mi Mix 2 located? Is it touch-based?
A) The fingerprint scanner on the Mi Mix 2 is located at the rear, and yes, it is touch based.
Q) How many fingerprints can one register on the Mi Mix 2?
Q) Can you record slow-motion videos and 4K videos on the Mi Mix 2?
A) Yes, it can but only at 720p @ 120fps. It can also record 4K videos @ 30fps.
Q) Which version of Android does the handset run on?
A) Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Q) Which version of MIUI does the Mi Mix 2 run on?
A) Out of the box, the Mi Mix 2 runs on MIUI 8.5 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Q) Is there a beta or stable build of MIUI 9 available for the Mi Mix 2?
A) Sadly, no beta or stable build of MIUI 9 is available for download for the Mi Mix 2.
Q) Does the Mi Mix 2 support LTE and VoLTe networks? Will a Reliance Jio SIM work on the phone?
A) Yes, it does support LTE and VoLTE out of the box. Unlike many other phones, the handset will also work with a Reliance Jio SIM out of the box. The Mi Mix 2 supports 43 global LTE bands so you are going to get an LTE network in almost all major markets of the world.
Q) Does the Mi Mix 2 support fast charging?
A) Yes. The Mi Mix 2 supports Quick Charge 3.0.
Q) How much free storage space does the Mi Mix 2 have out of the box?
A) Almost 112GB.
Q) Can you uninstall or disable pre-installed apps on the handset?
A) Yes, you can uninstall or disable some pre-installed apps on the Mi Mix 2, but not all.
Q) What colors are the Mi Mix 2 going to be available in?
A) Xiaomi is only selling one variant of the Mi Mix 2 in India with a ceramic black finish.
Q) What contents do you get inside the retail box of the Mi Mix 2?
A) You get the phone, a 3A/9V charger, a USB-A to USB-C cable, SIM ejector tool, some regulatory papers, USB-C to 3.5mm adapter,
Q) Does the handset support USB OTG?
A) Yes, the Mi Mix 2 supports USB On-The-Go. This allows you to directly connect pen drives, external hard disks and more using an adapter to the device.
Q) When does the Mi Mix 2 go on sale and where?
A) The first Mi Mix 2 preview sale in India will first take place on October 17 on Flipkart.com for Rs 35,990. After that, the handset will go on sale in the country from the first week of November through Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home, and authorised Mi Stores in the country.
At its price of Rs 35,990, the Mi Mix 2 competes against the likes of the OnePlus 5 in India. While OnePlus 5 has been dominating the premium mid-range segment in India, the launch of Mi Mix 2 is definitely going to change that. For its price, the Mi Mix 2 offers excellent build quality that beats even other premium flagships like the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.