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Xiaomi Announces the new Mi MIX 2S

Xiaomi has launched the new Mi MIX 2S today. The phone comes with an AI dual camera setup and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The company also announced the launch of the new Mi Gaming Laptop which comes with a 15.6-inch display, and a mini version of its wildly-popular Mi AI Speaker.

Mi MIX 2S uses the latest Sony IMX363 flagship sensor for its dual-camera setup, with 1.4μm pixels for significantly better photos in low light, and Dual Pixel technology for super fast autofocusing. Mi MIX 2S also now comes with integrated AI features, including a built-in AI voice assistant to control the smartphone and smart home appliances. With up to 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM, Mi MIX 2S unleashes the full potential of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 for amazing performance.

Lei Jun, CEO and co-founder of Xiaomi, said: “The Mi MIX series has constantly pushed boundaries, defying everyone’s expectations about smartphone design and performance, and showcasing how Xiaomi is committed to being at the forefront of innovation. Mi MIX 2S now comes with a powerful dual camera and integrated AI features for an experience on the move like no other.”

Mi MIX 2S continues Xiaomi’s commitment to making its innovations accessible to the widest possible range of consumers. Starting from RMB 3299 ($530 approx.), Mi MIX 2S will be available in China from 3 April onwards and will make its way to selected global markets at a later date.

The Mi MIX 2S comes with a ceramic back that features a four-sided curved design, transitioning smoothly into the aluminum frame. The Mi MIX 2S also comes packed with the Sony IMX363 flagship sensor with 1.4μm pixels for its dual camera setup, letting in more light and resulting in significantly improved photos in low light and backlit scenarios.

This sensor also uses the Dual Pixel technology, which was first used in high-end digital SLRs for much faster focusing due to having two photodiodes per pixel to calculate the light hitting the sensor. Combined with the noise reduction technology on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform, Mi MIX 2S is able to shoot high-quality pictures in a low-light environment with fast and accurate focusing.

DxOMark—the leading and trusted source in the industry for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings—gave Mi MIX 2S a 101 photo rating, the second-highest ever photo score for a smartphone camera. The integration of AI technology has also significantly enhanced the photo experience on Mi MIX 2S. With AI scene detection, the camera can intelligently optimize the image after it has been taken—for example, text on presentation slides can be identified so it remains clear even if you zoom in.

Through a machine learning model based on hundreds of thousands of self-portraits, Mi MIX 2S is able to accurately distinguish between the subject and background, enabling precise background blurring. Users can then add dynamic bokeh to the photos taken in portrait mode, selecting from six effects in total.

Mi MIX 2S uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, manufactured using the latest generation 10nm process. With a maximum clock speed of 2.8GHz, the new Kryo 385 cores see a 30 percent performance increase over the last generation. Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 also features the new Adreno 630 graphics, which gives up to 30 percent higher performance and up to 30 percent lower power consumption.

In addition, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 also features cutting-edge on-device AI processing, delivering 3x improvement in overall AI performance compared to the prior generation. The phone also comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Connectivity-wise, Mi MIX 2S (8GB + 256GB) supports 43 global bands so you can use it anywhere in the world.

Mi MIX 2S also now comes with AI-integrated features, including a built-in AI voice assistant to control the smartphone and smart home appliances. Covering six categories with nearly a hundred voice commands, users can remotely control their smart home appliances, or find a photo based on location or time, with just a simple voice command.

On 23 February 2018, Xiaomi announced that it became one of Google’s ARCore partners. Mi MIX 2S is now Xiaomi’s first device to support ARCore apps, bringing an amazing AR experience to more Android users both in China and globally. “The Machines,” which has been touted as the future of AR games, is making its exclusive Android debut on Xiaomi.

Mi MIX 2S also supports 7.5W fast wireless charging. Along with this, Xiaomi is launching an RMB 99 (US$16) wireless charging pad, which is bundled with the 8GB+256GB version, or available as a separate accessory.The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s will start at CNY3,299 ($530). The 6GB+128GB version will be CNY3,599 ($575), while the top 8GB+256GB model will set you back CNY3,999 ($640) and will include a free wireless charger in its retail package. Sales begin April at Mi.com and Mi Home stores.

Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 15.6”
Equipped with Intel’s 7th generation Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, 16GB dual channel DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD + 1TB hard drive, Xiaomi’s first gaming notebook Mi Gaming Laptop 15.6” delivers powerful performance for users’ work and entertainment needs.

Mi Gaming Laptop has a minimalist design, along with a keyboard that supports 16 million colors over four zones, and anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover for precise and accurate gaming input. Five programmable keys are located on the left side for quick access to important functions. For great performance even during long gaming sessions, it comes with large heat pipes, a 12V cooling fan and four fan outlets for effective heat dissipation.

Available in China starting 13 April, Mi Gaming Laptop will retail starting from RMB 5999 ($955 approx.), going up to RMB 8999 ($1435 approx.) for the version with Core i7+GTX 1060+16GB.

Mi AI Speaker mini
Mi AI Speaker, launched last year, was a testament to Xiaomi’s commitment to exploring AI technology. The mini version announced today, which will retail for RMB 169 ($27 approx.) starting 3 April, continues in the same direction. It serves as a smart home assistant and a personal assistant, and allows users to easily tune in to music and listen to audiobooks with simple voice commands.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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