Xiaomi has announced its Mi Mix 2S, an upgrade on the Mi Mix 2 with an enhanced camera that integrates AI, improved performance, wireless charging and more.

(You may also be interested in the Mi Gaming Laptop, also announced this morning.)

When is the Mi Mix 2S release date?

In China the Mi Mix 2S goes up for pre-order today at 6pm, and will officially go on sale on 3 April. In the UK you'll be able to buy the Mi Mix 2S through the likes of GearBest, and we'll detail pricing and shipping info here as soon as we have it.

Mi Mix 2S

How much does the Mi Mix 2S cost?

The top-end Mi Mix 2S costs 3999 RMB, which comes with global bands, a free wireless charger (also new, retailing at 99 RMB or £11), 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. A straight conversion puts that at around £449 or US$635, a crazy low price for a flagship phone.

There are also two cheaper models, with the entry-level 6GB RAM, 64GB storage Mi Mix 2S coming in at 3,299 RMB or £371/$525.

A mid-range model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is 3599 RMB, or £405/$573.

All three are available in black or white, but only the black model has 18K gold detailing around the camera.

Mi Mix 2S

What's new in the Mi Mix 2S?

It was no surprise to see Xiaomi add the 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU and 7.5W Qi wireless charging to the Mi Mix 2S. The result is up to 30 percent increased performance and 15 percent improved power efficiency, plus added convenience. Though wireless charging is slower than cable charging (the Mi Mix 2S will wirelessly charge in 2 hours 40 minutes), it's handy to be able to throw down your phone and not fiddle with cables.

Xiaomi has also increased the screen-to-body ratio and created a design that somehow beats the previous impossibly good-looking and award-winning handset, with a full-screen 5.99in display (sans notch), a curved ceramic body and 7000-series aluminium frame. Xiaomi says it's the perfect marriage of technology and art.

Xiaomi has also implemented Face Unlock and ARCore technology and support for 43 global bands, and it's upgraded the camera. The latter is the headline feature in this upgrade.

Now with two 12Mp cameras at the rear (wide-angle plus telephoto), the Mi Mix 2S integrates AI and can do clever stuff such as on-the-fly translation and currency conversion, and intelligent background blurring. The latter is actually also possible from a single camera, which means you can create bokeh-effect selfies, too.

It's a seriously impressive camera - Apple's iPhone X took an absolute battering during the launch in comparison - and a high DxOMark score of 101 points places it two points higher than even the Samsung Galaxy S9. You can see some of the photos captured by the Mi Mix 2S below.

Mi Mix 2S camera

The camera has an incredible 206 preset scene modes, and with dual-pixel autofocus that increases the number of focus points 30 times over is super-fast to compose a shot. More impressive still is the massive 1.4um pixel size, which makes for even better low-light shots with 25 percent more light intake, 2x optical zoom, four-axis OIS and hardware-level noise reduction.

Mi Mix 2S camera

The sensor in question is a Sony IMX 363 with a six-element lens and f/1.8 aperture.

Mi Mix 2S camera

Mi Mix 2S specifications

  • 5.99in Full-HD full-screen display
  • 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor>
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • Up to 256GB storage
  • 7.5W Qi wireless charging
  • 12Mp wide-angle + 12Mp telephoto dual-camera (1.4um pixels, 2x optical zoom, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel AF)
  • Face Unlock
  • ARCore
  • NFC
  • 43 Global bands

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