The new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has been launched with several improvements over its predecessor. There are two kinds of people that may desire to purchase this phone for which the decision may be very hard: the ones which do not know if it is better buying it or saving money by choosing its predecessor, and the ones which own a Mi Mix and want to upgrade to the second version. Is it worth choosing the first or the second? Let’s see what changed.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix: Design
There is a big improvement in terms of design: the screen to body ratio has been increased and the phone has even less bezels than the best Samsung flagships. While the original Mix was made entirely of ceramic, the new version has a ceramic back and a metal frame, with a more compact design. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is better, but not significantly.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix: Display
While the original Mi Mix had a 6.4 inch display, the new generation has a 5.99 inch display. Both have a Full HD+ resolution and show great colors, but we prefer the first Mi Mix because the screen is larger (with a body that is as big as the one of iPhone 7 Plus), better for productivity, and it is rare to find a so big display.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix: Hardware
In terms of hardware, Xiaomi Mi Mix offers a Snapdragon 821 SoC by Qualcomm with a max frequency of 2.35 GHz, 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage depending on the variant. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has an octa core Snapdragon 835 chipset supported by 6 or 8 GB of RAM (8 only in the special edition) and 64, 128 or 256 GB of storage. The difference in terms of performance is not noticeable very much, even if Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 wins.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix: Camera
There is much difference between the cameras of these two phones and Xiaomi has done big steps forward. Xiaomi Mi Mix has a 16 MP camera that can only be considered a medium-high range sensor, with a good detail but unsatisfying performances in low light conditions. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is much better with its 12 MP sensor (Sony IMX836) that is the same as Xiaomi Mi6, even if it is still not the best camera phone.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix: Battery
Same capacities for the batteries: both the phone have a battery that measures 4400 mAh. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 lasts slightly more due to more optimizations in the software and components which have a lower energy consumption.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix: Conclusion
In our opinion, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is better but it is not worth upgrading if you do not have much money. The phones are similar and there are no improvements that would change your life. Furtherly, Mi Mix 2 has a huge display that could be very useful, especially with MIUI 9 that has the split screen feature to open two apps on the same screen.