Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, first impressions after a week of use

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, first impressions after a week of use

He Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S , one of the maximum exponents in quality-price-design of the current smartphone market, is already in the hands of Andro4all. I’ve been with him for a week, giving him a lot of reed, taking pictures, playing and doing, basically, what any average user would do with his mobile. You will have to wait a bit to read the analysis, since I want to try it even more thoroughly so you do not miss anything of the terminal, but today I would like to tell you what have been my first impressions after having been using it these last seven days.

Before we start, let’s briefly summarize the main specifications. As you know, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S has 6 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 128 GB of storage (64 GB in our test model). Your screen “without frames”, with a 18: 9 aspect ratio, is 5.99 inches with FullHD resolution + and 403 pixels per inch. Incorporates a double lens 12 + 12 megapixels (a wide-angle and a telephoto lens) powered by AI, 3,400 mAh of battery and, of course, Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 . That said, we go with the first impressions.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, first impressions

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, first impressions after a week of use

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is a phone that likes . It is beautiful and just open the box is shown. Despite the fact that it costs half the top of the range of other firms, it feels good at hand and gives a very, very premium feeling. It is of these sensations that are difficult to explain with words but that are taken by having the phone caught. Its back is glass, black in my case, and indeed, it is a magnet for the prints. Fortunately, Xiaomi had the wonderful idea of ​​incorporating a plastic cast , also black, that solves the problem.

For the front only I have good words. When you turn on the terminal, the effect Wow! It does not take long to make an appearance. Has a huge screen , of almost six inches, and It looks very, very good even in broad daylight . The viewing angles are good and sharpness is also good, as is the interpretation of colors. In this sense, I can say without fear of being wrong that The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is on par with the rest of the flagships.

My only problem is the aspect ratio 18: 9 . Not all the content looks good in this screen ratio – see YouTube videos or Instagram stories – although it is not a problem of the mobile, but of this technology, increasingly common in the terminals of all brands. It has notch , of course, just a small frame in the lower area of ​​the device where the rear camera is, a position that, as you will see later, I did not like at all.

The screen of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is a pleasure, plain and simple.

As for the performance and autonomy it refers, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S approves with outstanding in the first section and with a notable in the second. I have no complaints with how they open and move the apps in the terminal. It is fluid, fast and I have not had a whit of lag -Except on the Google keyboard, something that I have solved by putting another keyboard-. It’s nice to have many applications open in the multitasking and know that they will be as you left them when you leave and then come back later. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, WhatsApp … Everything moves as you would expect of a mobile with a Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM and a layer of customization well optimized as it is MIUI – we will leave this section in greater depth in the analysis-.

In more games of the same. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S can with everything you throw , be it PUBG, Pokémon GO or more games casuals as Pokémon Quest. My favorite is Bullet Force, a shooter with tremendous graphics that I can move perfectly in Ultra quality. I do not want it to sound cheap, but the performance of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S has made it play again on the mobile , something that had not been done for some time, since no other terminal that I tried was able to offer me such an experience.

The yield is 10, in a few words.

However, autonomy can improve. It’s not that it’s bad, because it’s not, but I think you could ask for a little more. This week I’ve been taking between five and six hours of active screen , not bad considering that I’ve been playing a lot and taking pictures daily. However, my feeling is that the device spends more than I would like when it is at rest. I do not know if it will be multitasking or something from the operating system itself, but it is the feeling that I have. Anyway, five or six hours of screen is a remarkable autonomy, although you can always improve. For the average user it is more than enough.

We finish with the Photography , and here I have to say that I love her and I hate her. The double rear camera is, simply, a marvel. We are talking about a terminal that is worth 500 euros and that takes some pictures that are not normal. They look good, the HDR works and the optical zoom is very, very good. In the tweet above you have a sample. The highlights and shadows are well managed, the colors are not the best in the world, everything is said, but they are remarkable, and the result is excellent . The portrait mode offers a quality that laughs you of the iPhone X, and is that yes, the AI ​​is noticeable, and a lot.

The front camera is, in my opinion, regular. The first thing is its location, and it is that it does not make sense to look where you look. The camera is in the lower right area of ​​the terminal , an unnatural position to take a picture. You must turn the phone 180 degrees to be able to take a selfie in conditions, and that in the native camera app is valid, but in other apps like Instagram does not work. It is a design error of every rule, I would prefer to have it up even if that implies having a superior framework.

When you get a selfie, the quality is enough . High lights are not well managed, it looks regular and the angle of vision is very, very reduced. It is true that they improve when you are in the shade, but do not ask too much. The internal chamber has a lot of room for improvement , which together with the position of the camera makes the experience more like regulating. I hope you do something else in the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.

With the video, exactly the same thing happens. Record video with the rear camera is a pleasure , it looks good and the stabilizer works like a charm. However, the video with the camera for selfies does not convince me. Again, the high lights are poorly managed, the quality is regular and the result is not what you would like. The rear and front cameras are completely opposite poles , The heaven and the hell. My opinion? Something has to be cut so that the price is what it is.

The audio is very good as long as you do not plug the speaker, located in the lower right frame – a very complicated position.

In conclusion, The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is a spectacular terminal, with outstanding performance, an excellent screen and a multimedia section top (as long as you do not open the front camera). For the price you have, little more can be asked. You will have much more extensive conclusions in the final analysis. For now, stay with the idea that the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is one of the best phones of the year, although it is not perfect.

If you want a top of the range without leaving your salary for a month, buy it without fear. My recommendation is that you do it in, a Spanish store with guarantee, also Spanish, of two years. Its price is 459 euros and they send it home for free in just 48 hours. In addition, they are very attentive in social networks, so if you have any questions you can talk to themor in.

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