Xiaomi this morning took centre-stage in Beijing to announce its latest smartphones. A much-awaited upgrade to last year’s eye-catching Mi MIX and the camera-focused Mi Note 3 were showcased. With each device aimed at a different consumer, which one should you keep your eyes on?
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2
We think the Mi MIX 2 was the more awaited phone out of the two. Paving the way for bezel-less phones last year, the Mi MIX was a giant at 6.44 inches in size. However its successor is 11.9 per cent smaller with a 5.99-inch 2,160 x 1,080p display.
With this phone, the focus is undoubtedly on the screen. Xiaomi has done its best to minimise the side and top bezels but the Mi MIX 2 still retains a chin bezel. Here, you will find the front 5MP camera for your selfies. Efforts have also been made to improve the speaker piece of the handset. Instead of a piezo-electric speaker like last year’s Mi MIX, Xiaomi has gone for a subtle and thin hidden speaker.
Being a flagship though, other specifications remain standard: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor clocked at 2.45GHz and 6GB of RAM running MIUI 9 atop Android 7.0 Nougat. Interestingly, you will find only a singular 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor at the rear with 4-axis optical image stabilisation.
To power this, a smaller than expected 3400mAh cell is on board with support for QuickCharge 3.0 via the USB-C port. In China, the MI Mix 2 will go on sale starting September 15 at RMB3,299 (Dh1,857) for the base 64GB/6GB model. A special 128GB ceramic variant with 8GB RAM will also be available at RMB4,699.
Xiaomi Mi Note 3
Essentially, this is a larger version of Xiaomi’s popular Mi 6 flagship. It employs a larger 3,500mAh battery and a bigger screen size of 5.5-inches at Full HD resolution.
Unlike the Mi MIX 2, this handset is more focused on camera optics. A dual 12MP with a wide and telephoto lens is found at the rear of the device. The configuration allows consumers to click portraits with a blurred background, simulating a typical DSLR camera (and the iPhone 7).
With the larger 2μm pixels, noise in low light selfies is reduced and the Beautify mode sees a revamp for more natural selfies from the 16MP front shooter. Additionally, it is also able to use AI-based facial recognition for quick unlocking of the phone.
Internally, you will find a Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and 6GB RAM. In China, the Mi Note 3 will be available as early as September 12 for RMB2499.
We hope that both these phones make it to the UAE market soon but there is no official confirmation on pricing or availability yet. Stay tuned for updates.