Xiaomi unveils Mi Mix 2S
MARIE BLACK reveals everything you need to know
Xiaomi has announced its Mi Mix 2S, an upgrade on the Mi Mix 2 with an enhanced camera that integrates AI, improved performance, wireless charging and more. It’s available to buy now from fave.co/2uL0frp priced £481.
It was no surprise to see Xiaomi add the 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU and 7.5W Qi wireless charging to the Mi Mix 2S. The result is up to 30 percent increased performance and 15 percent improved power efficiency, plus added convenience. Though wireless charging is slower than
cable charging (the Mi Mix 2S will wirelessly charge in two hours and 40 minutes), it’s handy to be able to throw down your phone and not fiddle with cables.
The Chinese firm has increased the screen-tobody ratio and created a design that somehow beats the previous impossibly good-looking and awardwinning handset, with a full-screen 5.99in display (sans notch), a curved ceramic body and 7000-series aluminium frame. Xiaomi says it’s the perfect marriage of technology and art.
Xiaomi has also implemented Face Unlock and ARCore technology and support for 43 global bands, and it’s upgraded the camera. The latter is the headline feature in this upgrade.
Now with two 12Mp cameras at the rear (wideangle plus telephoto), the Mi Mix 2S integrates AI and can do clever stuff such as on-the-fly translation and currency conversion, and intelligent background blurring. The latter is actually also possible from a single camera, which means you can create bokeh-effect selfies, too.
It’s a seriously impressive camera – Apple’s iPhone X took an absolute battering during the launch in comparison – and a high DxOMark score of 101 points places it two points higher than even the Samsung Galaxy S9. You can see one of the photos captured by the Mi Mix 2S overleaf.
The camera has an incredible 206 preset scene modes, and with dual-pixel autofocus that increases the number of focus points 30 times over is superfast to compose a shot. More impressive still is the massive 1.4μm pixel size, which makes for even better
low-light shots with 25 percent more light intake, 2x optical zoom, four-axis OIS and hardware-level noise reduction.
The sensor in question is a Sony IMX 363 with a six-element lens and f/1.8 aperture.
• 5.99in (2160x1080, 403ppi) IPS LCD capacitive display • Android 8.0 Oreo • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 835 processor • Octa-core 4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4x 1.8GHz
Kryo 385 Silver CPU • Adreno 630 GPU • 6/8GB RAM • 128/256GB storage • Fingerprint scanner • Dual rear-facing cameras: 12Mp (f/1.8, 1/2.55in,
1.4μm) and 12Mp (f/2.4, 1/2.9in, 1μm), 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, 4-axis OIS, dual-LED dual-tone flash
• 5Mp front-facing camera: f/2.0, 1.4μm, 1080p
• 802.11ac Wi-Fi
• Bluetooth 5.0
• A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
• USB 2.0 Type-C
• Non-removable lithium-ion 3,400mAh battery