For starters, the build is made out of ceramic like it has been for the past three generations. There’s extra small bezels surrounding the 6-inch 2160×1080 IPS LCD display, while a thicker bottom bezel houses a selfie shooter that will no doubt capture more of your nose than your face. A fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the device.
Also found on the back of the Mi Mix 2S are new cameras. Xiaomi is now using Sony IMX363 shooters with 1.4μm pixels to let in more light and offer overall better performance than the Mi Mix 2. There’s a main 12MP shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary 12MP lens offers depth information for telephoto shots. According to the company, DxOMark gave the device a score of 101 so the cameras should be pretty good.
As for specs, you’re getting a Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, wireless Qi charging, Adreno 630 graphics, and LTE. Xiaomi is also adding more AI features such as a dedicated voice assistant that lets you control the smartphone and additional smart appliances. This sounds an awful lot like the Google Assistant, but it isn’t clear if Xiaomi opted for it or if it built its own assistant like Samsung did with Bixby.
The Mi Mix 2S is also shipping with support for augmented reality experiences. The company has opted to include support for Google’s ARCore so the device can run different apps from the Play Store that are becoming more and more popular.
According to Xiaomi, the Mi Mix 2 will start at RMB 3299 (~$525) and begin shipping April 3 in China. An additional wireless charging pad will come bundled with certain versions of the phone and be available separately for RMB 99 (~$16).