Smartphones with barely any bezels on the front panel are the latest craze. The likes of LG, Samsung, Micromax and Vivo have already embraced the new design language. Now Chinese phonemaker Xiaomi has joined the club with the Mi Mix 2. It will be available first in China in four variants from 15 September. There is no update on India plans yet.

The entry level variant with 6GB+64GB will cost RMB 3,299 (Approx Rs32,308), the 6GB+128GB unit will cost RMB 3,599 (Approx Rs35,244), the 6GB RAM+256GB unit will sell at RMB 3,999 (ApproxRs 39,157) and the special edition MI Mix 2 which has a ceramic back with 8GB RAM+128GB storage will cost RMB 4,699 (Approx Rs46,019).

The Mi Mix 2 comes with a 5.9-inch display with resolution of 2,160x1,080p and aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen size is smaller than the screen on the S8+ (6.2-inch) and Note 8 (6.3-inch), but is slighty bigger than the G6 or the Micromax Infinity which offer 5.7-inch screen.

The bezel-less design does wonders for the phone’s form factor. It stands 151mm tall, is 75.8mm wide and weighs just 185g. The other element of the Mi Mix 2, which is likely to catapult it to the league of OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and Sony Xperia U11 is the hardware. It runs on Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset which is available on a handful of smartphones, such as Sony Xperia XZ Premium, HTC U11 and OnePlus 5.

The Mi Mix 2 comes with a single camera powered by a 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor. It supports phase detection auto focus for faster auto focus and has optical image stabilisation (OIS) for steady shots. The camera is not the best in class sensor. OnePlus 5 uses a superior Sony IMX 398 sensor and supports OIS too, but a lot depends on how well the camera algorithm has been tweaked by Xiaomi.

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