Xiaomi on Tuesday unveiled the Mi MIX 2S as the successor to its iconic Mi MIX 2 bezel-less display flagship. The new Xiaomi smartphone has a thin-bezel design, similar to its predecessor, and comes in a ceramic body. Mi MIX 2S also includes artificial intelligence (AI) based camera features to take on the competition. But from the first glance, at least from the front, it is difficult to say that Xiaomi has done much different from the last year's model. It was originally rumoured that the new Mi MIX 2S will sport an iPhone X-like notch on the front, but the company ultimately retained the original bottom panel position of the front camera.
Alongside its similarities with the Mi MIX 2, the Mi MIX 2S has a bunch of features, including its bezel-less display panel and Qi wireless charging support, that are aimed to rival the iPhone X. The smartphone also notably includes a vertically placed dual rear camera setup that matches its appearance with the latest iPhone model. The new Mi MIX handset is also designed to counter the OnePlus 5T that has become a bit dated, but was launched to compete in a market actively adding new near-bezel-less display smartphones. Nevertheless, the OnePlus flagship is regularly receiving software updates to meet the competition. For instance, it recently added assistive light to enhance facial recognition and iPhone X-like gesture controls. The OnePlus 5T also received Android 8.0 Oreo-based Oxygen 5.0.2 update last month.
So, what are key distinctions between the Mi MIX 2S, Mi MIX 2, iPhone X, and OnePlus 5T? We've detailed them here to help you pick the best option.
The Mi MIX 2S price starts at CNY 3,299 (approximately Rs. 34,200) for the 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage variant, while its 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant is priced at CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 37,300) and the top-end model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage carries a price tag of CNY 3,999 (around Rs. 41,400). All three variants come in Black and White colour options. The Mi MIX 2S price in India is yet to be revealed, though the handset is already available for pre-bookings in China and will go on sale from April 3.
The Mi MIX 2, on the other hand, was launched in India in November at Rs. 35,999. Xiaomi of late reduced its price to Rs. 32,999. The handset is available for purchase in the country via Flipkart and Mi.com.
Similar to the price of the Mi MIX 2, the OnePlus 5T price in India starts at Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage variant, while the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 37,999. Both come in Midnight Black colour options and are available through Amazon and the OnePlus Store. OnePlus brought Star Wars Edition and Lava Red colour options for the OnePlus 5T, however both were made available for a limited time and aren't on sale now.
Contrary to the mid-range prices of the Android options, the iPhone X price in India starts at Rs. 89,000 for the 64GB storage variant. The iPhone X 256GB price, on the other side, is set at Rs. 1,02,000. Both come in Silver and Space Grey colour options and available for purchase through major e-commerce sites and offline retailers across the country.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Mi MIX 2S runs MIUI 9 and features a 5.99-inch full-HD (1080x2160 pixels) display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU and either 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4X RAM options. The dual rear camera setup on the Mi MIX 2S sports two 12-megapixel image sensors with 1.4-micron pixels. One of the two sensors has an f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens and four-axis OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), while the other one has an f/2.4 aperture and a telephoto lens to enable optical zoom. The rear camera setup supports AI-based scene recognition and includes features such as dynamic Bokeh, smart artifact, business card recognition, and face recognition among others. Also, the camera setup has a dual-core PDAF. The Mi MIX 2S has importantly received a DxOMark Mobile score of 101, the same as the iPhone X. On the front, the smartphone has a 5-megapixel camera with HDR features and Face Unlock support.
The Mi MIX 2S has 128GB and 256GB storage options that aren't expandable via a microSD card. In terms of connectivity, there is 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C. The smartphone packs a 3400mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. Besides, it measures 150.86x74.9x8.1mm and weighs 189 grams.
Similar to the Mi MIX 2S, the dual-SIM Mi MIX 2 (Review) runs MIUI 9 and features a 5.99-inch full-HD (1080x2160 pixels) display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Unlike the dual camera setup featuring on its new model, the Mi MIX 2 has a single, 12-megapixel camera sensor on the rear with four-axis OIS, five-piece lens supporting f/2.0 aperture and including a facial recognition feature. The front of the smartphone has a 5-megapixel camera.
The Mi MIX 2 in India comes with 128GB of onboard storage that isn't expandable. On the connectivity front, there is Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C. The smartphone packs a 3400mAh battery, measures 151.8x75.5x7.7mm, and weighs 185 grams.
Coming to the OnePlus 5T (Review), the dual-SIM smartphone debuted with Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based OxygenOS 4.7, though it received an update to Android 8.0 recently. It sports a 6.01-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood, there is an octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, paired with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary image sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor. OnePlus has also deployed 'Intelligent Pixel Technology' to enhance low-light image results. On the front, the smartphone has a 16-megapixel sensor. The smartphone has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Lastly, it packs a 3300mAh battery that supports Dash Charge fast charging technology.
The single-SIM iPhone X (Review) runs iOS 11.2.6 and features a 5.8-inch (1125x2436 pixels) Super Retina display. It has a hexa-core Apple A11 Bionic SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 64GB/ 256GB onboard storage options. The back of the iPhone X has a dual rear camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors - with one featuring f/1.8 aperture and the other one has an f/2.4 aperture. There is also a quad-LED True Tone flash. For selfies and FaceTime support, there is a 7-megapixel image sensor on the front with Portrait mode. The iPhone X also has a TrueDepth system that throws thousands of Infrared dots to unlock the device using the Face ID feature.
On the part of connectivity, the iPhone X has Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC (limited to Apple Pay), and a Lightning port. It packs a 2716mAh battery, measures 143.60x70.90x7.70mm, and weighs 174 grams.
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|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Apple A11 Bionic|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel||16-megapixel + 20-megapixel||12-megapixel||12-megapixel + 12-megapixel|
|OS||Android||Android 7.1.1||Android||iOS 11|
|Resolution||1080x2160 pixels||1080x2160 pixels||1080x2160 pixels||1125x2436 pixels|
|Overall NDTV Rating||-|
|Battery Life Rating||-|
|Value for Money Rating||-|
|Model||Mi MIX 2S||5T||Mi MIX 2||iPhone X|
|Release date||March 1, 2018||November 1, 2017||September 1, 2017||September 1, 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||150.86 x 74.90 x 8.10||156.10 x 75.00 x 7.30||151.80 x 75.50 x 7.70||143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3400||3300||3400||2716|
|Colours||Black, White||Midnight Black||Black||-|
|Launched in India||-||Yes||-||Yes|
|Fast charging||-||Dash Charge||-||Proprietary|
|Screen size (inches)||5.99||6.01||5.99||5.80|
|Resolution||1080x2160 pixels||1080x2160 pixels||1080x2160 pixels||1125x2436 pixels|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||403||401||403||458|
|Protection type||-||Gorilla Glass||-||-|
|Processor||2.8GHz octa-core||octa-core (4x2.45GHz + 4x1.9GHz)||octa-core||2.39GHz hexa-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Apple A11 Bionic|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel||16-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.12-micron) + 20-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.0-micron)||12-megapixel||12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.22-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.0-micron)|
|Front camera||5-megapixel||16-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.0-micron)||5-megapixel||7-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Rear autofocus||-||Phase detection autofocus||-||Phase detection autofocus|
|Rear flash||-||Dual LED||Dual LED||Dual LED|
|Operating system||Android||Android 7.1.1||Android||iOS 11|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||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|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||-||2||2||1|
|Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)||-||No||No||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|