Xiaomi has released a new version called, with some predictability, the Mi Mix 2. To get your hands on a Mix 2 you need to buy one outright from a Chinese reseller such as GearBest, who supplied our review unit. That’s the bad news.
- Elegant minimal-bezel design
- 6GB of RAM (8GB on Special Edition) and up to 256GB of storage
- Dual SIM, with excellent LTE support
- Excellent value for money
- front camera location
- No MicroSD slot
- No 3.5mm headphone jack
- No IP rating for dust/water resistance
- Limited official availability
The general consensus is that ‘bezel-free’ means having a screen that takes up more than 80 percent of the device’s front surface area. In a traditional design that number is much lower — 72 percent for the Samsung Galaxy S7, and a lowly 65 percent for the new iPhone 8.
All of the top contenders in the zero-bezel stakes — the iPhone X, the Mix 2, LG’s V30 and Samsung’s Galaxy 8 and Note 8 — have screen-to-body ratios in the 81-84 percent range.
Despite its skinny bezels, the first-generation Mi Mix was still a bit of a big lump. No matter how much you minimise the screen surround, a 6.4-inch display still makes for a big phone. The new model uses a 5.99-inch screen, which along with the 12 percent reduction in the depth of the ‘chin’ makes it easier to hold. In particular, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is easier to reach.
Designed by the renowned Philippe Starck, the curvaceous Mix 2 has a ceramic and aluminium body and looks every inch the cutting-edge flagship smartphone. The 18-carat gold highlight surrounding the camera lens is a particularly nice touch.