News Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S officially launched – now available for $588.99 in black

 On March 27, 2018, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was officially launched. It’s clear that the Mi Mix 2S basically looks like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and almost all rumours have now been confirmed. The camera with artificial intelligence is the main focus of the new flagship smartphone. In addition, the company surprised in its keynote speech with the announcement of its own Qi charging station for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S should be available from 3299 RMB, $525. But this is the 6/64 GB version. The more expensive version with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB memory and a Qi charger costs 3999 RMB, about $635. the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S will be released on April 3, 2018. 

Towards the end of last year, there were already signs of a successor to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which was to be called Mi Mix 2S. Meanwhile the rumors became reality and Xiaomi has introduced the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S!

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Technical Specifications

Display 5.99″ LCD IPS Display (2160 x 1080 p, 18:9 aspect ratio)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Graphics chip Adreno 630
Memory 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 256 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 12 MP wide angle (OIS) with ƒ/1.8 + 12 MP telephoto camera
Front Camera 8 MP
Battery 3.400 mAh with Quick Charge
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8,20, WLAN AC, GPS/GLONASS/BDS, Bluetooth 5.0
Features fingerprint sensor | USB type C | no headphone jack
Operating system MIUI 9, Android 8
Dimensions / Weight
Price 6/64 GB: 3299 RNB, approx. $525
6/128 GB: 3599 RNB, converted approx. $5728/256 GB: 3999 RNB, converted approx. $635
Release 03.04.2018

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S in the old design

In the past, the rumors about the features of the Mi Mix 2S were persistent. Originally it was supposed to look similar to the iPhone X. On the first pictures you could see the notorious “Notch”, the cutout in the display. In the render images posted at that time, however, the underside of the device was missing. This led to the assumption that the front camera was concealed.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Display

Meanwhile it is clear that these were only rumours. Even XDA developers could read from the firmware that the camera can be found on the underside again, just like in the previous mix models. However, we consider it positive not to jump on the “Notch” trend, but we don’t like the positioning of the front camera on the underside either. At first glance, the Mi Mix 2S is indistinguishable from the Mi Mix 2, because the front doesn’t change much. Again, a 5.99 inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 p is used. This is an LCD IPS display and not, as initially assumed, an AMOLED display.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Comparison Mi Mix 2
On the left is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, in the middle and on the right we have the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

A recent leak shows, however, that the back is slightly different from its predecessor. The most obvious change is the dual camera on the back, which, like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, is arranged vertically. However, the fingerprint sensor remains in exactly the same position as the Mi Mix 2 and is hopefully at least as fast. The back is made of ceramic and therefore very high quality, but unfortunately also fragile.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Smartphone Poster Advertising
These posters show Kris Wu posing with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. The front camera is located on the right underside, just like its predecessor.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S comes with Snapdragon 845 CPU

A teaser that Xiaomi itself posted via Weibo has confirmed rumors about the processor. The Snapdragon 845 is the successor to the 835, which is integrated into current flagships, to power the flagship smartphones of this generation (e.g. Galaxy S9). In the AnTuTu benchmark, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S achieves an impressive value of 277,178, which is even slightly higher than initially assumed! The predecessor, for example, reached a value of 168,149.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Antutu Benchmark
The AnTuTu benchmark is even higher than previously thought!

Also the latest flagship of Xiaomi comes in different versions. The cheapest version comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB memory. There is also a version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB memory. For the most expensive model you have to put over $500 on the table, but you get 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. With the battery, Xiaomi probably remains at a capacity of 3,400 mAh.

Dual camera with artificial intelligence

Xiaomi prepared the official presentation on March 27 with his own teasers. One thing is clear, the Mi Mix 2S also gets an upgrade on the back. Photographers will enjoy a dual lens camera, similar to the Xiaomi Mi 6, with a resolution of 12 megapixels and an aperture of ƒ/1.8, focusing on the Sony IMX363 sensor. In the DxOMark, the most famous photo benchmark, the Xiaomi Mi Mix scored 2S 101 points in the photo section. It scores a total of 97 points, making it the fifth best smartphone in this ranking, ahead of the iPhone 8 Plus, but behind the Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S AI Camera

More interesting is the fact that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S supports artificial intelligence, AI. This is a feature that was especially promoted in the keynote. This is particularly useful in scene recognition. The firmware also provided information on how the camera can identify animals, grasses, sunrises and sunsets or water, for example, and adjust the settings accordingly. This possibility is also known from the new Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Another example of artificial intelligence is that you can translate a menu in a foreign language using the camera and convert the amounts of money directly into your own currency.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S AI Camera 2
An example for the AI use in the camera is the possibility to change the bokeh dynamically.

Portait mode, OIS & slow motion videos

The Dual Lens camera also ensures a portrait mode that the Mi Mix 2 did not yet have. Furthermore the information that Slow-Mo videos with 120 fps in 1080p are possible has been leaked! In addition, there is probably a mode that shoots several photos, compares them and thereby reduces the grain size of the image. The new processor makes this possible. Xiaomi also informs us that both cameras can function independently of each other. It is also clear that the main camera is a wide-angle camera with 26 mm focal length, the secondary camera is a telephoto lens with 46 mm focal length. The secondary camera does not provide optical image stabilization, but the main camera does.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Dual Camera Rear Panel

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S supports face recognition

The camera on the front also supports face unlock. Xiaomi uses it to advertise on Weibo and publishes an advertising video with classic paintings. Since the front camera should be placed on the underside, we are curious how this mechanism will be implemented.

First Xiaomi smartphone with Qi charging function

We have assumed that the Xiaomi Mi 7 will be the first Xiaomi smartphone with Qi-charging function, but that appears to be history now. Xiaomi has now officially confirmed what XDA developers could only read from the firmware. The possibility of charging smartphones wirelessly is not new, but it has now also become a growing trend at the Mobile World Congress 2018. Apparently there is no fingerprint sensor in the display, maybe this is saved for the Xiaomi Mi 7.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Qi charging function
Xiaomi itself confirms that the Mix 2S is equipped with a Qi-charging function.

Xiaomi wants you to buy everything from Xiaomi itself, of course. So they also presented the in-house Qi charging station in the sub-clause. It offers 7.5 W of power and costs only 99 RMB, the equivalent of about $15.

XiaoAI – intelligent assistant like Siri

Intelligent language assistants like Alexa and Siri are becoming more and more important and more present. XiaoAI, the intelligent language assistant of Xiaomi, who we already know from the Xiaomi AI speaker, finds its way into the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. This should work much better than, for example, Siri. Xiaomi didn’t miss the chance to attack Apple directly and show the advantages in a direct comparison.

XiaoAI Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
With the XiaoAI you can execute different voice commands, which should work much better than with Apple’s Siri.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S with NFC & AR

Apparently they also want to launch their own gaming smartphone, the Blackshark, but this does not mean that the Mi Mix 2S is not suitable for this. The Chinese manufacturer demonstrates the AR possibilities of the Mi Mix 2S. AR stands for Augmented Reality, which is probably what everyone has heard from Pokemon Go. However, the Mi Mix 2S is more powerful there and is equipped with Google’s ARCore.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S camera and back

The Mi Mix 2S also supports NFC, so mobile payment by mobile phone is of course no problem.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Price
The most expensive version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S comes with Xiaomi’s own Qi charging station.

Evaluation

Personally I find the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S very interesting. The changes made were necessary to bring this popular model back to its current level! The processor and camera are even a bit better, although both were already good with the predecessor. Especially the camera seems to be very promising, as confirmed by the DxOMark result.

However, this poses the question for me about the Xiaomi Mi 7. We had firmly expected the official presentation at the MWC 2018. It remains to be seen whether this will now fade into the background or come in time for spring. Since it is speculated that it will come with fingerprint sensor in the display, this could be the decisive difference to the Mi Mix 2S.

What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S? Would you upgrade from your Mi Mix (2)?

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Comments (9)

  • 29.03.18 um 12:50

    Omphotoart

    can I have this one gadget to i review??

    • 29.03.18 um 13:45

      Thorben Editorial staff

      We do not give away gadgets for reviews as we review them ourselves.

  • 12.04.18 um 17:22

    sayed kayum

    Again awesome made

  • 13.04.18 um 00:46

    Life After Death Publications

    That’s a bad ass gadget how much you charge me for a dozen, be easy now. I’m reaching out

    • 17.04.18 um 16:47

      Peter

      You do know that this is not a shop page, right? They only write about the gadgets and review them 🙂

  • 16.04.18 um 17:52

    kimiCool

    How much to buy

  • 14.05.18 um 09:46

    Jessica

    Will this phone working with metro PC’s phone card

  • 14.05.18 um 09:47

    Jessica

    @Jessica: where can I find this phone

    • 16.05.18 um 11:02

      Maike Editorial staff

      Hi Jessica,
      the shops and their prices are listed in the article. The Mi Mix 2 should be able to work with a metro PC phone card 🙂

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