Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Debuts With Snapdragon 835 And Bezel-Less Ceramic Unibody

It appears to be both a good day and a bad day for Xiaomi fans. The Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched today at 2 p.m. CST (China Standard Time). The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched right on schedule and details gleaned from the Chinese launch presentation are now available. The specifications that the device has might be a disappointment to some fans out there. A bit over a week ago we talked about Xiaomi's plans to launch the device on September 11 and noted that rumors suggested that the smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 836 processor.

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One notable deviation from rumors earlier this month is that the processor running the show is called out as a Snapdragon 835 paired with 8GB of RAM for the Special Edition; there will also be a standard edition as well with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone has a 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ratio screen, rumors had previously tipped that screen to be a 6.2-inch unit.

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Xiaomi is putting some nice hardware into the camera of the Mi Mix 2 Special Edition with a Sony IMX386 sensor featuring 1.25nm large pixels. The camera also has 4-axis optical image stabilization and a four-sided curved ceramic unibody. The smartphone also has global LTE support with 6 modes and 43 bands. That should make it a true world phone. Internal storage for the Special Edition is 128GB; the standard edition will come with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage space.

The smartphone also boasts a bottom bezel that has been reduced by 12 percent and a speaker hidden just above the top of the display. Pricing for the Special Edition is tipped as 4699 RMB or about $720. The standard edition with 64GB of storage is tipped at 3299 RMB ($506), 128GB for 3599 RMB ($550), and the 256GB version is 3999 RMS ($613).

Xiaomi also rolled out a Mi Note 3 packing a 5.5-inch screen, Snapdragon 660 processor, 3,500 mAh battery, and 6GB of RAM. The front camera is a 16MP unit with a 12MP dual lens rear camera with 2x optical zoom and four-axis optical image stabilization. That smartphone sells for 2499 RMB or $383 for 64GB, 2899 RMB or $445 for 128GB, and 2999 RMB or $460 for 128GB.