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Xiaomi refreshes its all-screen phone

by Justin Herrick | September 11, 2017September 11, 2017 3:00 pm EST

Prior to this year, not too many phones were shipping with all-screen fronts. Even today there are a bunch of companies still rolling out new phones with sizable bezels above and beneath displays. Xiaomi, though, was one of the first to embrace the new design trend. Its Mi Mix arrived in late 2016 with barely-there bezels around the top and sides while having the smallest chin on the bottom.

Today an upgraded device was announced by Xiaomi. The Mi Mix 2 is more compact than its predecessor, but it offers upgraded specifications and a similar stunning design.

Xiaomi didn’t radically change the design in going from the Mi Mix to the Mi Mix 2. Instead it made tweaks here and there. The biggest difference between the two is the screen size. For its Mi Mix 2, the company reduced the screen’s size by nearly half an inch. The aspect ratio has also been switched to 18:9 to give a narrower look. And the chin has been made smaller.

The phone features a 5.9-inch (2160×1080) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 3400mAh battery, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 9.

Two models of the Mi Mix 2 will be released. The standard model comes with an aluminum frame and a ceramic back, but the special edition has a ceramic unibody. Both should be very durable, but the special edition’s use of the premium material should give a very premium vibe. Xiaomi says polishing the ceramic takes seven days and the use of “diamond powder.” Regardless of the model, you should expect the Mi Mix 2 to survive drops.

Pricing for the Mi Mix 2 starts at around $506, but the phone isn’t likely to make its way to the United States. Xiaomi, however, did include the bands needed for it to work properly on U.S. networks. An impressive 43 bands are supported to allow the Mi Mix 2 to work everywhere in the world.

Justin Herrick

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