Xiaomi Mi was launched in 2014, and since then, it has got two modifications over the course. After Mi 4 came Mi 4i and Mi 4C. Mi 4C is better looking than its predecessor, but this year, Xiaomi have decided to modify it a bit more and are launching the phablet sized, Xiaomi Mi Mix. It is the real flagship phone with almost no bezel. Xiaomi has somehow managed to build a phablet phone with a 6.4-inch screen, and it can (hardly) fit into your pocket as well. This Android powered smartphone is an answer to Nokia’s Windows Phone Lumia 1520, which was not loved much and was considered Hulkish in 2013. Let’s take a deeper look at it and find out, what else it has to offer –
The build quality of the phone is pretty good as it has always been one of the qualities of Xiaomi phones for which they are known in the market. The phone feels a little lighter in comparison to its huge size. The casing is not completely made up of metal, but you get similar coloured plastic caps at both ends. On the top, we have a secondary mic and the headphone jack. At the bottom, there are two speaker grills, and in between, them is the Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The fingerprint reader at the back is idly placed, and it is hard to reach it while holding the phone with one hand. The size of the phone is definitely an issue. The display is only Full HD with 1080 x 2040 pixels and pixel density of 362 ppi, but we weren’t disappointed with it. The 6.4-inch display actually impresses. The display is an IPS LCD touchscreen with 16M colours. Images and texts look sharp, regardless of the size of the objects. We do not have any clear information about the type of protective glass over the display.
Under the massive hood, there is Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 Quad core processor (2x2.35 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo). The GPU used is Adreno 530. The phone comes in two variants. One runs on 4 GB of RAM and has 128GB of internal memory, whereas the other model runs on 6 GB of RAM and has 256GB of internal memory. There is no memory card slot. The smartphone runs on Android’s latest version 6.0 Marshmallow and is planned to be upgraded to Android 7 Nougat.
On the back, the Mi Mix has a 16-megapixel camera, f/2.0, EIS (gyro) which is capable of recording videos at 4K. Also, the front facing 5-megapixel camera can record videos at 720p. The rear camera has phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and its performance is pretty good under every type of lighting conditions. The primary camera also has dual-LED (dual tone) flash beside it, which helps in taking photos and recording videos under low light. The camera app is filled with numerous features and scene modes. These scene modes can be used to tweak image quality, select suitable brightness and use stunning picture effects. It has several features like Geo -tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. Overall, the camera app seems good and but the picture quality is not to decent. It actually struggles to impress. Also, a pair of stereo speakers would have been better.
A phone this big, with such huge display, will definitely need a big battery as well to run smoothly for hours. Xiaomi has kept that in mind, and they have used a 4400 mAh Li-ion battery. The phone lasts for nearly two days while actively using it. The phone also comes with a 10 W power charger, so that such a big battery does not take a lot of time to get fully charged. It is a dual SIM phone that accepts Nano SIM. Other connectivity options it offers are: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot; Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE; GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, and NFC. It also has a Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, which can be used for charging the phone, as well as for data transfer.