DUBAI: Xiaomi made a huge splash in the smartphone market last year when it launched the bezel-less Mi Mix, way ahead of rivals like Samsung and Apple. Sadly, it wasn’t as widely distributed as competing flagships and didn’t even make it to India, arguably the second largest market for the Chinese gadget maker.
The company hopes to make things right with its successor, the Mix 2. Building on that same gorgeous design with improved hardware, it’s a cheaper way to experience Android without bezels than the rest. But is it worth its $560 asking price? I took it for a spin over the past couple of weeks to find out.
The Mix 2 feels undeniably like a premium device, with an aluminum alloy frame, glossy ceramic back and 18k gold trim around the camera lens. That makes for a pretty phone, but it’d have been nice to see some clever touches to differentiate this handset from the lot – like the sleek little speaker notch just above the display.