Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Pros and Cons

So what was awaited for a long time has finally happened. Xiaomi just launched its much anticipated Mi Mix 2 smartphone in China, and as expected, it’s a device taking the bezel-less game to next level. Besides that it also has plenty of surprises associated with it, the biggest of which is its price tag. Just like other Xiaomi devices this flagship product has also been priced in a highly aggressive manner, which further increases its appeal to the smartphone buyers.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Pros - Cons

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Pros – Cons

However, despite this goodness there’re also some areas where Mi Mix 2 falls short of expectations. Here we’ll try to take a look on all those pros and cons of  Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which Xiaomi is planning to roll out globally in next few weeks.  

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Pros

The Pros of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 are as follows:

#1. Stunning and More Manageable Design

Xiaomi has now earned quite some reputation for its design choices, and that has been proven once again with this smartphone. Mi Mix 2 is a gorgeous device with its ceramic body, metal frame and of course, the tri bezel-less display.

The display covers almost entire front of device with only a narrow bezel in the bottom, which houses the front facing camera, notification LED and other circuitry required to power that LCD display. When it comes to design, this phone is a marvel.

Mi Mix 2 is also much more manageable than its predecessor. First Mix smartphone was huge with a 6.44-inch display, which meant that it was difficult to use without the help of both hands. That pain point has now been addressed by Xiaomi, as Mix 2 comes with a smaller 6-inch display, which makes it more manageable.

#2. High Resolution Display

Next major plus point of Mix 2 is, as expected, its large display. It’s an LCD display with resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels, and while it may not be as bright and vivid as that of Galaxy S8, it’s still quite pleasing to the eye. The colors come to life in that high resolution display panel, and the way it has been packed put on top of smartphone it feels like you’re holding only a screen in your hand.

#3. Powerful Configuration

Being a flagship smartphone, design and display are not the only advantages of Mix 2. It’s loaded with a Snapdragon 835 processor inside and there’re RAM choices of 4GB, 6GB and even 8GB if you’re willing to shell out the bucks.

The 4GB version will come with 64GB of internal storage, 6GB RAM version with 128GB internal storage and 8GB version will have 256GB internal storage. That’s called a powerful configuration.

#4. Bigger Battery With QuickCharge Support

Xiaomi knew that this powerful hardware will require a juicy battery, so the company went ahead with a 3,400 mAh battery for Mix 2. The device also supports QuickCharge 3.0, so you won’t have to keep it plugged for long time.

#5. Aggressively Affordable

Finally, despite this powerful hardware configuration and stunning design, Mi Mix 2 doesn’t cost much. Yep, that’s true – the 64GB version has been priced at $500, 128GB version at $550 and 256GB version at $600. That’s it – it’s as aggressively priced as other products of Xiaomi.

So that was the good part of Mi Mix 2. Now let’s look at slightly disappointing part.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Cons

The cons of Mi Mix 2 are as follows:

#1. Non-removable battery

The battery of Mi Mix 2 is non-removable, which means it’s a headache to replace the battery when it goes wrong.

#2. Single lens camera

While Xiaomi claims that its 12mp single lens primary shooter with f/2.0 aperture is also quite capable of capturing great photos, the company has actually committed a blunder by not including the dual camera in this flagship smartphone.

On one hand they’re launching mid-range $250 smartphones with dual-lens camera (Mi A1), and on the other hand they didn’t bother to include one of them in their flagship product. Disappointing.

#3. No headphone jack

Besides bezels if there’s another thing which has been eliminated from this device, it’s the headphone jack. And while merits and demerits of this choice can be debated endlessly, it’s a fact that most smartphone users are still not ready to adjust to the alternatives which are being presented for the traditional 3.5 mm jack.

Neither wireless nor USB Type-C based earphones are able to provide the kind of seamless and universal integration that a headphone jack can provide.

#4. Non-expandable memory

While Mi Mix 2 comes with plenty of internal memory (64GB, 128GB and 256GB), if you still want an SD card slot, you’re out of luck. It’d have been better if they’d have included an expandable memory slot in the 64GB version at least.

#5. No support for wireless charging

Finally, Mi Mix 2 also doesn’t support wireless charging too. A flagship phone with lack of this feature seems a little outdated.

Conclusion

The crux of above given pros and cons can be summarized like this:

Pros

Cons

Stunning Tri bezel-less design

Non-removable battery

Gorgeous high resolution display

Single lens camera

Powerful Configuration

No expandable memory

Bigger 3,400 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support

No headphone jack

Aggressively affordable

No support for wireless charging

Too much focus on the display alone has made Mi Mix 2 a bit lagging in other departments. Of course, the device looks beautiful and works better than its predecessor in all possible ways, but it still lacks some critical new technologies that can be easily found in other similarly priced devices.

In a nutshell, despite its eye-catching design and flagship configuration it’s a smartphone with substantial room for improvement. Show your love in comments <3

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Asus Zenfone 4 Series: All You Should Know About it Ahead of its September 14 Launch in India

Seems like every major smartphone manufacturer is ready to flood the markets within a week of Apple’s iPhone 8 launch. While Xiaomi will be launching its Mi Mix 2 flagship in China merely a day before Apple’s grand launch, Asus has also thrown its hat in Indian mobile market as company is ready to launch its Zenfone 4 Series after two days of iPhone 8 launch.

And while Zenfone 4 Series will be no competition for iPhone 8, as of now it’s the latest and greatest thing in company’s arsenal so they’re releasing it right after iPhone 8.

Asus Zenfone 4 Series: All You Should Know About it Ahead of its September 14 Launch in India

Asus Zenfone 4 Series: All You Should Know About it

So now when press invites for Asus launch event on September 14 have been sent out, let’s see what this Zenfone 4 series is and how powerful are the devices included in this series. And also the price tags that will be associated with each of them.

First of all, there’re 5 devices included in Zenfone 4 Series. Asus has launched all 5 of them in Taiwan and Philippines, but how many of them will be launched in India is still unclear. Regardless of that, we’ll have a look on the specs and strenths of all of them. Let’s begin:

#1. Asus Zenfone 4

The first device in this series is Zenfone 4. It has got 5.5-inch Full HD display, 12mp+8mp dual-lens primary camera, 8mp secondary camera, Snpadragon 630 Octa-Core Processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage and Android 7.0 Nougat OS. The battery loaded in this device is a non-removable 3,300 mAh battery, and its price is likely to be around 14,000 INR.

#2. Asus Zenfone 4 Max

As its name suggests, this phone is just a better version of Zenfone 4 in some key areas. For example, the dual-camera setup included in it consists of two 13mp shooters. Similarly, the battery loaded into it is a whooping 5,000 mAh one that can give you a long usage time of 2 days on average use. The device is likely to be priced between 19,000 INR to 20,000 INR.

#3. Asus Zenfone 4 Pro

Taking the series forward after previous 2 devices is Zenfone 4 Pro, which is also the flagship product of company as of now. The primary camera included in this phone is a 12mp+16mp dual lens camera, and front camera is an 8mp shooter like other devices in the series. When it comes to processing power this one is loaded with latest Snapdragon 835 Processor and 6GB of RAM and the battery loaded in it is 3,600 mAh one. The internal storage of this beast is 128GB, and expandable up to 2TB! The price of device is likely to be around 35,000 INR.

#4. Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie

In the end we’ve two selfie centric smartphones in this series. The first of them, which is named Zenfone 4 Selfie, has the standout feature of dual-selfie camera in form of a 20mp+8mp shooter for super awesome selfies. Other features included in it are 16mp primary camera (single lens), Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and 128GB expandable storage. In a nutshell, it’s Zenfone 4 with dual-camera in the front. The device is likely to be priced around 17,000 INR.

#5. Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

The second selfie centric device in this series is Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, which is packed with a 24mp+5mp dual-lens secondary camera. Primary camera in this device is again a 16mp single-lens shooter, and processor included is Snapdragon 625 octa-core. The RAM is 4GB, internal storage 64GB and expandable up to 128GB. The device may be priced around 29,000 INR.

So this is the Zenfone 4 Series of Asus. With devices ranging from 14,000 INR to 35,000 INR the series has something for nearly everyone. Since camera makes an important deciding factor for many buyers, these devices are likely to find some serious consideration among photography loving smartphone users.

Selfie lovers will also find two great options in the series, so basically if you love taking photos with your smartphone and have a budget of more than 15K INR then you can’t ignore this series. So keep your eyes and minds open for it and wait till September 14.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Leaks in Live Photo, Shows Tri Bezel-Less Design

As September 11 launch of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is approaching the leaks about this device are also increasing from a steady pace. After a number of previous leaks which disclosed its famously bezel-less design and other major features now a new leak has come out showing us what it may look like when held in hand.

A new live photo of the device has leaked, showing its tri bezel-less design. You can see the image below and get a feel of what it’s going to look and work like:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Leak Image

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Leak Image

As you can see, it’s a device that’ll take the bezel-less game to an all new level. With a screen-to-body ratio higher than all smartphones launched till date, Mi Mix 2 is taking us a step a closer to achieving that true bezel-less design which many companies have strived to achieve till now.

Based on the previous leaks, the other specs expected to be a part of this flagship offering include Snapdragon 835/836 processor, 6GB of RAM, 6.2-inch display with 2,960 x 1,440 px resolution, 20mp dual-lens primary camera and latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

The battery of Mi Mix 2 is likely to be around 4,400 mAh, and internal storage around 256GB. In a nutshell, it’s gonna be a jaw-dropping flagship!

It’s also worth elaborating that while it was earlier rumored to come with Snapdragon 836 processor, that’s unlikely to happen as Qualcomm hasn’t yet announced the processor officially while Mix 2’s launch date is just a week away now. So we should assume that it’s going to come with Snapdragon 835 and not 836 processor. That doesn’t make much difference though, as 836 would just have been an incremental upgrade over 835.

We’ll continue to share more details about Mi Mix 2 with you as they come out, so keep checking back.