The first-generation Xiaomi Mi Mix was a pioneering smartphone. It had a near bezel-less 6.4-inch 17:9 display and ditched the traditional earpiece in favor of a cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic solution. Its design and construction were also unique — its body was made of ceramic instead of aluminum. And although it was only available in limited quantities, the Mi Mix foreshadowed the rise of taller displays with small bezels on Android devices in 2017.
Xiaomi followed up the Mi Mix with the Mi Mix 2 in September 2017. It had a premium list of specifications which included the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, 6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage, a 6-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) 18:9 (2:1) IPS display, 12MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 3400mAh battery. (It also recently received an update to MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat.)
But the Mi Mix 2 isn’t perfect. It doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack; it’s not water-resistant; and its camera performance fails to match that of its flagship competitors. But as far as affordable flagships are concerned, it’s still a great deal.
In India, the 6GB RAM/128GB Mi Mix 2 launched as the sole variant in October at a price tag of Rs. 35,999 ($567). At that time, there weren’t any competitors in its price range with an 18:9 display, which gave it a leg up on flagships such as the OnePlus 5, the Honor 8 Pro, and the Nokia 8.
But the market’s changed. The OnePlus 5T, which packs a 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ AMOLED display, launched with a starting price of Rs. 32,999 ($520.39) for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant. And the upcoming Honor View 10 has the same screen size.
To better position the Mi Mix 2 against encroaching rivals, Xiaomi’s introduced a permanent price cut in India. The smartphone is available for Rs. 32,999 ($520) via Flipkart and Mi.com, as well as offline retailers. It’s now much more competitive with the OnePlus 5T, which has half the amount of internal storage in its base variant.
The deal goes live today.