Xiaomi’s next-generation Mi Mix 2 flagship was unveiled at an event on September 11 in Beijing following months of rumours. The latest Mi Mix 2 brings with it a unique design, a display that stretches nearly to the edges of the phone’s display, improved cameras, and a top-of-the-line specifications.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 succeeds the original Mi Mix, which actually kick started the bezel-less design trend. However, the second-generation Mi Mix isn’t the only bezel-less smartphone that’s hogging the limelight. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 are the two smartphones with could give tough competition to the Mi Mix 2.
Has the Mi Mix 2 worth the wait? Here’s how the Mi Mix 2 compares with the Galaxy Note 8 and V30.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: Design and display
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has a metal and ceramic design, whereas the special edition model opts for a full ceramic unibody chassis. The device measures 7.7mm in terms of thickness and weighs 185 grams. As expected from the second-generation Mi Mix, the front is predominantly screen and very thin bezels. The Mi Mix 2 offers with a lot of cosmetic changes over its predecessor. The front-facing speaker is still on the bottom, similar to the original Mi Mix. If you recall, the Mi Mix had a “piezoelectric speaker” instead of a regular earpiece, but now, that’s been replaced by a thin bezel in the top bezel. The back of the phone still houses a fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 shares many of its design similarities with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, offering a nearby bezel-less display and a metal and glass design with a built-in S-Pen stylus. The Galaxy Note 8 measures 8.7mm in terms of thickness and weighs 185 grams. The Galaxy Note 8 is also IP68 certified, which stands for dust and water resistance.
LG V30 comes with a metal and glass design, just like the the company’s previous generation flagship device – the G6. The front is dominated by a full screen, and like the Galaxy Note 8, and it sports an IP68 build. LG V30 measures 7.6mm and weighs 158 grams.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display (2160 x 1080) and a 18:9 aspect ratio. In contrast, the original Mi Mix had a 6.4-inch display (2040 x 1080) and a regular 16:9 aspect ratio. Samsung Galaxy Note 8, meanwhile, sports a 6.3-inch Infinity Display, as well as a super AMOLED panel. You need to remember that the Galaxy Note 8 has a Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440) and a 18:5:9 aspect ratio. LG V30, on the other hand, offers a 6-inch FullVision display (QHD +, 2880 x 1440) and an aspect ratio of 18:9.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: Hardware and software
Coming to its specifications, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will offer the same hardware you expect from a top-notch, flagship smartphone. The device has a Snapdragon 835 processor, either 6GB or 8GB RAM, 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 3400mAh battery inside. The model with 6GB RAM will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage, while the 8GB variant comes in only 128GB storage. The Mi Mix 2 runs Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI 9 over the top.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not different smartphone, at least, from a spec point of view. The phone comes with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor (depending upon the region), 6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage options and microSD card slot for memory expansion. There is a smaller 3300mAh battery running inside the Galaxy Note 8, which is charged via USB Type-C. The Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1 Nougat with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on the top.
LG V30 is equally powerful compared to the Mi Mix 2 and Galaxy Note 8. Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD card support. Its battery capacity is 3300mAh, which can be charged via USB Typ-C. Software-wise, LG V30 runs Android 7.1 Nougat with LG’s UX 3.0+ over the top.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: Camera
On the camera front, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 doesn’t support a dual-camera setup on the back. There’s a 12MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and a dual-LED flash. Also, add a 5MP selfie camera in the front side. Samsung Galaxy Note 8, on the other, does come with a dual-camera setup on the rear of the device. There are two 12MP dual-cameras on the rear, one of which employs a f/2.4 telephoto lens offering 2x optical zoom, while a secondary camera has an aperture of f/1.7. Both lens benefit from an Optical Image Stabilization (OSI). LG V30’s dual-camera has an aperture of f.1/6, meaning, it lets in more light for dynamic shots. The secondary camera has been upgraded to 13MP wide angle lens and the front lens is 5MP.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: Price and availability
The 6GB RAM + 64GB Mi Mix 2 will cost RMB 3,299 (or approx Rs 32,335), the 6GB RAM +128GB model costs RMB 3,599 (or approx Rs 35,275), and the 6GB RAM +256GB variant costs RMB 3999 (or approx Rs 38,196). The 8GB +128GB model will cost RMB 3999 (or approx Rs 46,057). So far, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will be available in China, but the phone is headed to India soon. Price and availability of the Mi Mix 2 will be announced closer to the launch date.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 67,900. For now, Samsung is bringing the 64GB storage variant of the Note 8 to India. The high-end, flagship phone will be up for sale in India starting September 21. LG, meanwhile, hasn’t announced the release date of the V30 for India. If it comes to India, it might cost anywhere closer to Rs 57,000.