Review Xiaomi Mi MIX: another smartphone
The frame around the display is a real stumbling block for manufacturers of smartphones: all continuously brag about the percentage of the area of the front panel that holds the display, and have resorted to not very pleasant above in trying to visually enlarge the area. To recall the infamous for a number of last year’s (and not only) smartphone black frame.
But there is a more radical and honest examples. For example, Sharp, which had long been supplying smartphones to other markets, in addition to his native Japanese, in 2014 released model Aquos Crystal, which has on three sides the screen was really almost no part – it looked impressive, but smartphone nothing else stood out and became very popular. But the idea has not sunk into Oblivion together with this machine – it was suddenly remembered hitherto not noted for original thinking, the guys from Xiaomi and used in your Mi MIX, and supplied him with very impressive technical stuffing.
This is a real flagship of the family of Mi – not only in a ceramic package with a 6.4-inch display with a resolution of 2040 × 1080 pixels, but with the platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of flash memory and solid battery 4400 mAh. the Camera is somewhat out of this series is here applied a single 16-megapixel module.
How Mi MIX suitable for everyday use? This is a toy for geeks or is a working gadget? If he had to bend during the test? In General, ask yourself the questions in the beginning of the review – bad form, but here they seem to be on the tongue. From them when talking about the smartphone, “not such as all” never goes away.
|Xiaomi Mi MIX||Xiaomi Mi5s Plus||Huawei Mate 9||LG V20||Google Pixel|
|Display||6.4 inch, IPS,
2040 × 1080 pixels, 363 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.7 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 386 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.9 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 373 ppi, multitouch capacitive
|5.7 inch, IPS,
2560 × 1440 pixels, 515 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5 inches AMOLED, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 441 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Protective glass||is, manufacturer unknown||is, manufacturer unknown||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||HiSilicone Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (Kryo two cores a clock speed of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo 1.6 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||Adreno 530, 650 MHz|
|Operational memory||4/6 GB||4/6 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||128/256 GB||64/128 GB||64 GB||32/64 GB||32/128 GB|
|Support card memory||no||no||there||there||no|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||two nano-SIM||two nano-SIM||one nano-SIM/dual nano-SIM||two nano-SIM||one nanoSIM|
|Cellular communication 2G||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|Cellular connection 3G||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 7 (up to 300Mbps) range 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): ranges depend on the version (USA or Europe); enter the frequency, except for band 31 are supported in each version|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer|
|The main camera||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 13 MP, ƒ/2, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||16 MP, ƒ/1,8, laser autofocus, led flash; 8 MP, f/2.4, wide angle||12 MP, ƒ/2.0, hybrid autofocus, led flash, record 4K video|
|Front camera||5 MP, fixed focus||4 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, autofocus||5 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery: 16,7 WH (4400 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 14.44 W·h (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 12.2 W·h (3200 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 10.5 W·h (2770 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||By 158.8 × 81,9 × 7.9 mm||154,6 x 77,7 x 7.95 mm||156,9 x 78,9 × 7.9 mm||159,7 × 78,1 × 7.6 mm||143,8 × 69,5 × 8.5 mm|
|Weight||209 grams||168 grams||190 grams||174 grams||143 grams|
|Operating system||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell MIUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell MIUI||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell EMUI||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell LG UX||Android 7.1 Nougat with shell Pixel Launcher|
|Current price||48 000-50 000 rubles (in the store Biggin)||23-27, 000||from 42 000 rubles||45 000||$649 / $749|
Design, ergonomics and software
Its main task Xiaomi Mi MIX successfully performs all the time – he makes almost every fan of gadgets carefully consider yourself interested and clicked his tongue. Actually no – one in front of me the language has not zokol, but such a stir in recent years has caused is that the new iPhone. The effect is really impressive. For example, up to Mi MIX I consistently tested LeEco Le Pro3, Xiaomi Mi5s Plus and Huawei Mate 9 – a great smartphone, but virtually indistinguishable from each other. Still trying to add some spice, but overall the recipe is the same. And then he changed – the triumphant return of the black square!
The color MIX is called Mi not Jet Black but is, in fact, he is. The most fashionable color of the year, returned from the past, of course, by Apple. Front black glass panel MIX is not allocated anything other than a tiny peephole front camera, located in the lower right corner – her place was nowhere. The back and sides – ceramic surface, as for Mi5, only completely black. Shines nobly, like the lid of a Grand piano, but zalamyvayutsya rapidly. And doubly bad news – for some reason, and oleophobic coating on front, usually working from Xiaomi perfectly, behaves like something is wrong and very actively collects fingerprints. Wipe the smartphone will have often. Too often.
But it is worth it to include – and here it is, the moment of triumph for the winner: lights up almost the entire front panel entirely. The side and top of frame minimum, their thickness actually tends to zero. And what’s more – area under the screen is also quite small, unlike the case of the Sharp Aquos Crystal. And as icing on the cake is 90% engagement of the front panel under the display – placed on the virtual navigation key is also smaller than usual. The user almost all of the 6.4 inch.
The inscription on the back “Designed by Mi Mix” does not look mockery – it’s really beautiful and, importantly, the original smartphone that does not resemble anything of what we are accustomed to.
Use one hand this smartphone is quite impossible – and moreover, without a case it is even dangerous. The case is very slippery – if you keep it at your finger tips, drop Mi MIX simple. Is to clutch the brink with one hand, and another to work with the display. Nevertheless, sensations of work it is similar to the Huawei Mate 9 or Xiaomi Mi5s Plus – smartphone with a 5.7 and 5.9-inch displays, respectively. So bezremontnoy there are practical sense — to further increase the diagonal without turning the device into a monster like ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra. Dimensions Mi MIX — by 158.8 × 81,9 × 7.9 mm. For comparison, the dimensions of Mi5s Plus — 154,6 × 77,7 × 7,95 mm. not Bad for a device with a display is 0.7 inches longer, right? But of course, it is much heavier 209 grams vs 168. And this is evident not only in hand but also when carrying in the pocket.
About the advantages of frameless construction I said – it’s time to tell you about the disadvantages. The fragility of structures, on the one hand, is obvious – to break the display of this device is very easy. On the other hand, large frame did not save the screen – I from a fall even from a small height now all smartphones, except for specially protected (like the Moto X Force/Moto Z Force or any “SUV” in the manner of a CAT). To worry about that, I would not. But the number of false clicks in the pocket increases critical – that during the six weeks of testing, I experienced several awkward moments. Also the inevitable accidental touch on the edges of the display, especially if you still attempt to use the MIX with one hand – and this is another reason to not to do it.
But to say that Mi MIX somehow dramatically less convenient than its counterparts with a normal framework, I can’t. This is a special, unusual work and slightly embarrassing false alarms sensor display smartphone, but any additional negative sensations from using he left.
In addition to the location of the selfie-camera, other surprises for the placement of functional elements in Mi no MIX – charging port and speaker on the bottom, mini-Jack and microphone on top, the power key and volume controls on the right. Except that the IR port somehow disappeared.
The fingerprint scanner is a mandatory part of any modern smartphone, though expensive, though budget. The most chic is to incorporate it into the Home key, but imagine it, Xiaomi is allowed to make only Mi5 and Mi Note 2. In Mi MIX all forces, of course, was thrown on clearing of the front panel under the display, and the capacitive sensor is placed, as usual, behind. Directly under the camera, in a small cavity with quite sharp edges – to find it, not tychas finger in the lens, you can easily. Fingerprints can be used to unlock the smartphone, a separate application, child mode and confirm payments.
About MIUI eighth version I told in the review of the same Mi5s Plus will refer you to him for details. In short: the shell is well optimized in terms of energy, but not ideal in terms of smoothness and speed. The Russification firmware and everything is all right again – Play Market on the spot. Unnecessary built-in apps your Xiaomi smartphones are not fed – even more than that, there’s not enough. For example, in the MIX unexpectedly, was not built-in audio player.
Another unpleasant surprise, which, however, should be blamed on the sins of a particular sample, is not working text message service. Had to change it to standard from Google (which by default is not used in MIUI).