In Shanghai, Hands-on with the 256GB Mi MIX

I went to the Xiaomi Home store in Shanghai in Joy City mall, and loved it.

Some hands-on impressions:

  • Extremely well built. Feels like a tank, and ceramic gives you a reassuring impression that this thing will not scratch easily. Don’t trust me? Here’s a video from Jerry Rig Everything.
  • Definitely heavier than your average big phone.
  • Fingerprint magnet on the back as clearly indicated with photos.
  • Option to hide software buttons at the bottom and make all menu items float makes the whole screen even bigger.
  • Camera was not extremely impressive in terms of quality, but shutter speed and responsiveness overall were outstanding.
  • Selfie experience was fun and worked very well when you flip the phone upside down. UI had no issues changing up and it all worked like a normal phone.
  • Fingerprint scanner and camera are completely flat with the phone and it feels really good. Speaking of fingerprint scanner – it is lightning fast.
  • Edges are soft and smooth so it does not really dig into your hand at all, but either way this is a 2-handed phone unless you’re Hulk.
  • Overall TL;DR? Phone is extremely impressive in terms of both design and performance.
In Shanghai, Hands-on with the 256GB Mi MIX

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, IMX318, 4070 mAh and Xiaomi MIX concept revealed

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Xiaomi just announced their new flagships – the Mi Note 2 in China. Specs:

  • Snapdragon 821 processor (2.35GHz)
  • LPDDR4, 4GB or 6GB of RAM
  • 22,5MP (IMX 318) Sony front Camera
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor (video explanation)
  • 64GB or 128GB of Storage (UFS 2.0)
  • 5.7″ HD (1920 x 1080) OLED Flexible Screen
  • Dual-Sim (nano)
  • 4070 mAh Battery
  • USB C with Quick Charging 3.0
  • NFC (reading, writing, virtualization)
  • 8MP Front-facing autofocus camera
  • Supported LTE bandsAll of them (37 bands, same as iPhone 7 and 3xCA, 4G+ up to 600Mbps)
  • MIUI 8 (built on top of Android 6.0)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual-curve display similar to the one on the S7 Edge
  • Available on November 4 in China

Price:

2799 RMB ($413) for 4GB + 64GB
model,
3299 RMB ($489) for 6GB + 128GB (local bands) and
3499 RMB ($516) for 6GB + 128GB (global bands) model.

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Should this phone come to the west, we could easily assume that it would support Daydream as well. The question is – will it be available globally soon enough?

In addition to the Note 2, Xiaomi announced their own Daydream-like Mi VR headset in China with very similar controller and experience in general with additional head-strap that’s resembling PSVR headset. The whole thing is only $30, compatible with Mi5s, Mi5s Plus, Note 2, and Mi5.

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They also showed their concept phone: Xiaomi MIX (Full Specs)

  • 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Snapdragon 821, very similar specs to the Note 2, and also 4400 mAh battery
  • Full ceramic body with almost no bezels
  • Bottom right front facing camera
  • A ton of innovations regarding the port and sensor relocation
  • Phone costs a lot more right now due to its components, materials, and tech
  • MIX “Pro” 18K (real) gold edition as well available (camera ring and fingerprint sensor are 18K) with 6GB of RAM and 256GB Capacity.
  • Designed by Philippe Starck
  • Price: 3499 RMB for 4GB + 128GB and 3999 RMB 6GB + 256GB
  • Available on November 4 in China

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You can see the whole VOD of these announcements here:

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, IMX318, 4070 mAh and Xiaomi MIX concept revealed