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Everything we know about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Steven Winkelman and Mark Jansen Tech Bites
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Xiaomi is one of those companies that isn’t particularly well known in the West, despite being one of the largest phone brands in the world. The reason for that is, unlike Huawei, which has decisively broken into Western markets, Xiaomi either has little interest in selling outside of China, or it simply hasn’t yet found the phone that could bust into this wildly competitive space.

That could change with the device known as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. Here’s everything we know about Xiaomi’s latest phone.

Design

Xiaomi is known for pushing out ground-breaking designs, and the Mi Mix 2S is expected to be no different. Renders from GSMArena and Tech Updates show a gorgeous bezel-free phone that’s almost all screen. In earlier photos, the Mi Mix 2s was shown with a front-facing camera notch in the upper-right-hand corner, however newer photos from GizmoChina show the selfie cam has been moved to the bottom of the phone. A firmware breakdown by XDA Developers appears to confirm Gizmo China’s leaked image.

Interestingly, there’s no visible fingerprint sensor on the front or back of the device. Ssome sources claim the phone will come with facial-recognition tech like the iPhone X, or an under-display fingerprint sensor, but there’s no real evidence of either of those yet. Only a select few phones have managed to include an under-display fingerprint sensor, and some of the largest names in the mobile world have tried and failed, so don’t hold your breath for that feature. But facial recognition does seem more likely given that various Android phones have been using that technology for years.

The screen size is a hefty 5.99 inches, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given how bezel-free the design is. Dimensions are not confirmed, but it’s probably likely to be around the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S9, maybe a little larger. We expect the case to be constructed of glass, as XDA Developers states the phone will support wireless charging.

Specs

Xiaomi’s latest phone is very likely to be exceptionally powerful, even for a flagship phone. The Mi Mix 2S will run Android 8.0 Oreo, be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845, and come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, as was announced by Xiaomi itself on Chinese news site Weibo. The inclusion of the Snapdragon 845c puts the Mi Mix 2S on an even footing with most of 2018’s premium flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S9 and the assumed LG G7, while 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage is pure overkill on Xiaomi’s part.

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The poster above, from Xiaomi’s Weibo post, is currently something of a mystery, though GSMArena claims that “273,741” is the AnTuTu benchmark software score for the device. To put that number into context, the mighty Samsung Galaxy Note 8 scored 167,946 on the same test, the LG V30 scored 171,669, and even the iPhone’s A11 Bionic processor only scored 222,462 on the AnTuTu test. If this is indeed a benchmark score, then it reveals the Mi Mix 2S to be exceptionally powerful.

All of the powerful specs above are backed up by a sizable 3,400mAh battery. That might sound large, but it will be powering a lot of powerful hardware, as well as that massive screen. While we’d expect it to last a day, don’t expect it to last as long as some of the more impressive battery lives out there.

Camera

It looks like Xiaomi may be joining the AI game with the Mi Mix 2S. A camera watermark found by members of the XDA Developers community points to A.I. functions. We’re likely to see some pretty sweet AR functions as well, since it appears the phone will support Google’s ARCore.

We may, however, have to wait for specific camera details. We are all but certain the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S will house dual camera sensors on the back. While earlier photos showed the sensors packed vertically, a more recent leak from GizmoChina shows the sensors stacked horizontally. Specs on the cameras are scarce, but there have been mentions of two 12-megapixel cameras, one with an optical zoom. The front-facing camera will be housed at the bottom of the display like some other recent Xiaomi devices.

Release

The Mi Mix 2S will be launching March 27, but it’s worth noting that this is likely to be a China-only phone, which is a real shame for a phone this potentially powerful and attractive.