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Somewhere around the end of last year, popular Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled a gorgeous concept smartphone, the Mi Mix, which managed to take the whole tech world by surprise, thanks to its near bezel-less display. The company even announced the pricing and availability of this device, which is one of the primary reasons that got everyone all hyped up. This year, most of the major brands have been following this bezel-less trend which can be seen from smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and even the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 that’s expected to be unveiled next month. In addition to this, some other relatively new Chinese manufacturers like Doogee and Maze Mobile have unveiled their own bezel-less smartphones that have taken design cues from the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Well, the device that Doogee has to offer is pretty much the least expensive bezel-less smartphone that you can currently get your hands on, as it’s currently available for as low as $160. It’s called the Doogee Mix, and it looks pretty much like a miniature version of the Mi Mix at first glance. So, is this the best bezel-less smartphone you can buy if you’re on a tight budget? Let’s find out.

Doogee Mix Specifications

Before we take a look at everything that this budget bezel-less smartphone has to offer, on paper:

Dimensions144 x 76.2 x 7.95 mm

Weight193 grams

Display5.5-inch HD AMOLED Display (720 x 1280 pixels)

ProcessorMediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz


Storage64/128 GB

Primary CameraDual 16 MP + 8 MP cameras with f/2.2 aperture, phase-detection auto focus

Secondary Camera5 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture

Battery3,380 mAh Li-Ion battery

Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat

SensorsFingerprint reader, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer

ConnectivityDual SIM (Micro-SIM + Nano-SIM), VoLTE, Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB


What’s In The Box

The Doogee Mix comes neatly wrapped in a foam packaging and the box includes all the basic stuff that you’d expect along with a smartphone. However, Doogee has included additional items that can be put to good use. Without further ado, here are the contents of the box:

The Doogee Mix smartphone

Slim protective case

Plastic screen protector

USB to Micro-USB cable

Power Adapter

Phone ring holder

Sim ejector tool

Instructions Manual & Warranty Card

Design and Build Quality

In 2023, you’d be expecting a smartphone to pack a USB-C port, but Doogee has managed to disappoint us by opting for the ageing Micro-USB port on the Mix. However, the company didn’t choose to remove the 3.5 mm headphone jack out of courage unlike Apple, which is a good thing. Apart from all this, the thin top-bezel provides enough room for the inclusion of a speaker, so Doogee didn’t really have to implement cutting-edge technology like the piezoelectric actuator that was used by Xiaomi to produce sound on the Mi Mix.


Brightness is another area where the Doogee Mix seems to be mediocre, and just like almost all the AMOLED panels available today, this smartphone’s brightness levels are inferior in comparison to what you’ve normally seen on IPS panels. Apart from all this, the smartphone has an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 76.24% that falls short in comparison to the Mi Mix, which has an even higher screen-to-body ratio at 83.6%. All in all, if you can overlook the underwhelming resolution, the Doogee Mix’s 5.5-inch AMOLED screen is still quite impressive, especially when you take the device’s price point into consideration.

User Interface

The Doogee Mix ships with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but features a custom skin on top of it. So, if you were expecting a stock Android experience, you’ll be disappointed. However, the interface is something that you might either love or hate, but personally, I was not impressed, as it had its fair share of bloatware pre-installed.

Moving on to some of the unique features that the Doogee Mix’s software has to offer, we have Float gesture and One Hand FloatView. The former is nothing but a floating ball, which lets users to access and easily switch between various modes like Game Mode, Read mode, Float Music, Float 4Video, etc. The latter, called “One Hand FloatView” is pretty similar in terms of functionality and can be brought up by swiping in from the bottom-right corner of the screen. Personally, I don’t find this feature appealing as it usually takes a number of attempts before popping up on the screen.

Additionally, the software includes a One-handed mode that can be initiated by swiping from left to right from the bottom of the screen. This is particularly useful if you’re in a situation that requires one-handed operation. Apart from this, Doogee has also managed to integrate the Parallel Space app in the Android OS itself. It’s quite similar to the Dual Apps feature that we’ve seen across the recent Xiaomi smartphones, including the Mi Mix. As the name suggests, the feature essentially lets you install and run two instances of the same application. This is pretty useful if you have multiple accounts on social networking services like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc.

All in all, the user interface of the Doogee Mix is just average in comparison to most of the competitor’s skins. Though we enjoyed using some useful features like Parallel Space and one-handed operation, we were disappointed with the occasional slow-downs and unresponsiveness, while scrolling through the menu. That being said, these issues can be easily fixed by the manufacturer through software updates.


The Doogee Mix seems to be pretty strong on paper, as the device is powered by the MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, coupled with either 4 or 6 GB of RAM, depending on the variant you’re opting for. However, in terms of real world performance, it falls short in comparison to other competitors in the price range, like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo Z2 Plus. This smartphone is a good example for why you shouldn’t judge any smartphone by just looking at its spec sheet.

For benchmarking, we decided to use Geekbench and AnTuTu to check the potential of the Doogee Mix. Starting up with Geekbench, the smartphone scored a single-core score of 850 and a multi-core score of 3977. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S8 powered by the cutting edge Snapdragon 835 chip scored 2014 in single-core performance and 6464 in multi-core performance. Now, let’s compare Doogee Mix’s scores to a similarly priced smartphone like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Snapdragon 625-powered Redmi Note 4 scored slightly lower than the Mix in both single and multi-core performance, but the MediaTek Helio X20-powered Redmi Note 4 crushes the Doogee Mix in both single-core and multi-core performance tests.

Benchmarks aside, the Doogee mix is just decent when it comes to real-world performance, but it could’ve been way better if it wasn’t for the poor optimizations from the software side. As discussed earlier, occasional stutters and slow-downs might be a concern for many. Users will have to try a few times before they can invoke some features like One-Handed FloatView. However, on the upside, multi-tasking performance is impressive which is mostly due to the inclusion of 6 GB of RAM.


First of all, let’s talk about the primary camera on the Doogee Mix. This near bezel-less beauty features a dual 16 MP + 8 MP camera set up featuring Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor. When people usually notice the Samsung branding, their expectations levels are raised higher, but there’s nothing much to say here, as the camera is pretty much a disappointment. The photos lack detail, sharpness and are a bit on the darker side, similar to most other budget smartphones. Low-light performance is underwhelming as well, as users will have to deal with a lot of noise in their photos.

The primary aim of this dual-camera setup is to produce the bokeh effect where the background is blurred, similar to what we’ve seen on the iPhone 7 Plus and recent Huawei smartphones. The Doogee Mix is nothing short of a disappointment when it comes to getting this job done, as the bokeh effect that you get is nowhere close to perfect. Even third party applications tend to do a better job at creating an artificial bokeh on your photos than this smartphone.

The camera UI looks quite similar to the iPhone’s camera app, which is actually a good thing, as it’s uncluttered and fairly easy to use. However, the application becomes unresponsive at times, and therefore requires further polishing. The Camera app has a dedicated FaceBeauty mode that does a mediocre job at artificially enhancing your looks in a photo. As far as video recording is concerned, users will be able to record 1080p footage at 30 fps, which is good enough, considering this is a budget smartphone. The quality of the footage is decent for a sub-$200 smartphone, so we’ve got no gripes in this department.

Telephony and Audio Quality

Regardless of the performance and looks that the Doogee Mix has to offer, the most important aspect of any phone is nothing but telephony. Afterall, what’s the point of a “smartphone” if it can’t even make calls properly? If you’ve used the Xiaomi Mi Mix for phone calls, you’d have already realized that the device outright disappoints in this department due to the usage of a cantilevered piezoelectric actuator instead of an actual speaker, a sacrifice which the company had to make for a bezel-less screen. Well, that’s not the case with the Doogee Mix, as it features an actual speaker in the slightly thicker top-bezel, so users don’t really have to be worried about the call quality as it’s quite decent.

The audio quality on the other hand, is pretty mediocre for listening to music. The speaker is located at the bottom of the phone, and it doesn’t do much justice in terms of clarity. However, it should be good enough to watch YouTube videos, podcasts, etc. For anything else, we’d recommend to use a good pair of headphones for better sound quality, especially when you’re listening to songs. That being said, there’s an option called BesLoudness that can be enabled in the Sound Settings menu, which essentially boosts the volume of the speakers by a noticeable margin. If you prefer quality over loudness, you should keep the option disabled as the booster affects the overall sound quality.


Additionally, the Doogee has support for Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with GLONASS and dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, so basically there’s no shortage in terms of connectivity. For charging, users will have to make use of the ageing micro-USB port, which is kind of disappointing for any smartphone in 2023. Unlike Apple, Doogee didn’t have the “courage” to remove the 3.5 mm headphone jack from their smartphone, so there’s no need to worry in this regard.

Battery Life

The Doogee Mix features an impressive 3,380 mAh battery that’s good enough to last you throughout the day under moderate usage. The smartphone can only take 2 A at 5 Volts, which essentially means it won’t be able to charge quickly. Nevertheless, users will have to wait around 2 hours to fully charge their Doogee Mix smartphones, which is average in comparison to the 2023 smartphones that come with fast-charging capabilities.

Personally, I consider myself as a heavy smartphone user, and in my usage, I’ve been using the Doogee Mix for frequently texting and browsing on social networks like WhatsApp and Facebook, in addition to watching plenty of videos on YouTube. Additionally, I did manage to spend a fair amount of time browsing on Google Chrome and played a couple of intensive games for like 30 minutes. Well, the battery on this smartphone lasted just over 8 hours before running out of juice. That being said, depending on your usage and brightness settings, the battery life that you get might totally vary.

Doogee Mix: Style Over Substance

Almost all of the bezel-less smartphones that have been available so far, came with a hefty price tag. Sure, smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix look like they’re straight from the future, but not everyone has the cash to shell out over 600 bucks for cutting-edge design. Well, Doogee has successfully managed to deliver a near bezel-less beauty for the people who’re on a tight budget with the Mix. We have no criticisms regarding this budget smartphone’s design and build quality, but is this phone all about style rather than substance? Personally, I feel like it, as the manufacturer has tried to cut down costs in other departments.

As you can see, there are some sacrifices that you have to make, in order to get your hands on a budget bezel-less smartphone. Although the Doogie Mix can satisfy your thirst for a bezel-less device, it’s definitely not the only option available on the market right now. That’s right, did we not tell you about the new LG Q6? Well, this is another budget bezel-less smartphone from a reputed brand, which is currently available for a slightly higher price. In addition to this, there’s also the new Maze Alpha smartphone which can be bought for under $200. So, there are three options that you can currently choose from, depending on your budget and preferences. That being said, for a price tag starting at nearly $160, the Doogee Mix is still the least expensive bezel-less smartphone that you can currently buy.


Beautiful near bezel-less design

Good build quality

Super AMOLED display

Decent battery life

Ability to run multiple instances of the same App with Parallel Space


720p screen resolution

Disappointing camera

Bokeh effect is far from perfect

Average performance for the price point

      SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix Review: Concept Phone Turns Into Reality

Doogee Mix: More Budget Bezel-less Smartphones to Follow?

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Xiaomi Mi Mix Review: Concept Phone Turns Into Reality

Xiaomi took the world by storm when it introduced the Mi Mix last year. While Xiaomi unveiled the smartphone as a concept phone, the company surprised everyone when it announced the pricing and availability of the device. Why the surprise? Well, because Mi Mix was the first almost bezel-less smartphone from a well known manufacturer. Sure, there have been various bezel-less smartphones from different Chinese smartphone makers, like the Sharp Aquos Crystal and Aquos Crystal 2, but Mi Mix has been arguably the first bezel-less smartphone for the masses. While the Xiaomi smartphone is only available in China in limited quantities, there are ways to get one in other countries (you can get one from GearBest at $619, at the time of writing). Well, we got the Mi Mix recently and I have been using it as my daily driver for a couple of weeks now. So, is Mi Mix’s bezel-less design really the future of smartphones? Well, let’s get into the details and find out, shall we?

Xiaomi Mi Mix Specifications

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the specs of the Xiaomi Mi Mix:

Dimensions158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight209 grams

Display6.4-inch IPS LCD Display (1080 x 2040 pixels)

ProcessorQuad-core MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, with Adreno 530 GPU


Storage128/256 GB

Cameras16 MP f/2.0 rear camera, phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and gyro-based EIS; 5 MP f/2.2 front-facing Camera

Battery4,400 mAh, QuickCharge 3.0

AndroidMIUI 8 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

SensorsFingerprint scanner, cantilevered piezoelectric actuator, ultrasound proximity, gyroscope, compass, accelerometer

ConnectivityDual SIM, WiFi dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type C, USB OTG, NFC


On paper and from the looks of it, the Mi Mix seems like a perfect mix of innovative design and high-end specs but does that really convert into a great smartphone? Let’s find out.

What’s In The Box

The Xiaomi Mi Mix, obviously!

Leather case

USB Type C cable

Power Adapter

SIM ejector tool


Design and Hardware

Xiaomi smartphones have always featured great designs and build quality but the Mi Mix is arguably the most gorgeous looking smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. When you first take out the device, you will notice the gorgeous back. The ceramic rear features a mirror-like finish, which looks absolutely stunning. While it does look great, it is a huge fingerprint magnet and it’s very very slippery. No wonder Xiaomi supplies the device with a case in the box. I’m still not complaining though, as the ceramic body, the mirror-like finish, the “Mix Designed by Mi” engraving, look very premium and it surely looks and feels like a premium flagship.

The ceramic back also features the 16 MP camera, along with the dual-tone LED flash. There’s also the fingerprint scanner. In the 256 GB version of the Mi Mix, all the elements on the back use Gold accents, which goes well the glossy ceramic finish.

The Mi Mix frame is also made of ceramic, including the button, so everything feels just seamless. The power/lock and the volume rockers are on the right side, while the left side features the SIM tray. The top packs in the 3.5 mm jack (thankfully!) and the bottom features the USB Type C port and the speaker.

Thanks to the less bezels on the smartphone, the device measures 158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9 mm, which is very close to the dimensions of the iPhone 7 Plus (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm) and Pixel XL (154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm). However, the latter two smartphones feature 5.5-inch displays, while the Mi Mix packs in a 6.4-inch display. Here’s how it compares to the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which features a 6.4-inch display as well:

Thanks to the amazing screen to body ratio, you get a decently compact phone with way more screen estate. It’s not all good, as the smartphone can be a little tough to hold, thanks to the slippery back. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Mix is a thing of beauty and it’s every tech geek’s dream come true. If you plan on getting the Mi Mix, it will garner you a lot of attention.


The Xiaomi Mi Mix comes with a gorgeous 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2040 pixels, which makes up for a pixel density of 362 ppi. The extra pixels do result in a weird aspect ratio of 17:9 and at times, videos play with black bars, but I don’t mind it much. Well, because it looks stunning! Thanks to edge-to-edge design, the display looks great, especially at the top because there’s literally no bezels. While all the talks are about the slim bezels, the display unit by Sharp is great. The display offers great blacks, which is generally an attribute of AMOLED displays and while the resolution does not seem flagship-grade, especially for 6.4-inch display, you will like it.

Firstly, the color reproduction and accuracy is great along with clarity. The saturation is apparently increased and that results in more pleasing colors. Xiaomi lets you change the contrast and the color saturation in the MIUI settings, so you can customize things the way you like.

Also, thanks to the PenTile arrangement in the panel, the pixels aren’t visible, no matter how much you try. When it comes to the sunlight legibility, the display is kind of average, which was expected, considering it offers 500 nits of brightness at max settings. So, everything seems pretty good, right? Well, the only caveat that I found with the Mi Mix display is the way the auto brightness works. Honestly, the auto brightness sensor in the Mi Mix just did not work for me. It goes dark in sunlight and brightens up in the dark. I’m not sure if that’s a software problem or a hardware one but I turned off auto brightness after the first couple of days of using the Mix.

Well, the Mi Mix’s bezel-less (almost) display is undoubtedly great and it’s the best thing about the smartphone. Sure, there’s the auto brightness problem but I won’t consider it a deal breaker, considering how stunning the display is.

User Interface

As with all Xiaomi devices, the Mi Mix comes with MIUI. The China variants of the Mix come with the MIUI China ROM but the Mix I’m using features the MIUI Global ROM. The Mix comes with MIUI 8, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While Marshmallow is a pretty old Android version, considering Android O has been announced, it does not really make a difference, considering MIUI is a skin that totally masks Google’s stock Android experience. Before we talk about MIUI, let me tell you that I’m a stock Android guy and even then, I kind of like MIUI, except a few things. I just hate the fact that the MIUI does not have an app drawer. For someone like me, who installs a ton of apps, the home screen becomes too cluttered to use. Along with that, the notification center in MIUI is a mixed bag for me. While I like the various toggles available, I don’t like the fact that you cannot expand any notifications for more info.

Another major change in MIUI from stock Android is the multitasking interface, which looks very similar to the interface on iOS and Windows Mobile. It’s decent enough but I miss the ability to switch between apps quickly, like in Nougat. Other than that, MIUI brings its own native apps like phone, contacts, messaging, calendar, browser etc. They work fine and whether you like them or not depends on you. I did not have any problems with them.

Along with the aforementioned changes, MIUI lets you customize almost everything and if you are someone who loves to tinker, you are going to love it. Just a look at the Settings page of MIUI will give you an idea of the extensive customization that the Android ROM offers. For instance, on the display front, there’s double tap screen to wake, a cool reading mode (reduces blue light), lock screen customizations, and more.

There’s also the “Second Space” feature that is something I really like. Second Space is like multiple user accounts in stock Android but a lot better. With Second Space, you can create a separate space and you can move files, apps, data, and more from one space to the other. You can even check notifications from the second space, so if you are using Second Space to use multiple accounts of WhatsApp or any other messaging app, you will be able to check notifications for both of your accounts. If you’d just like to use multiple accounts of an app, you can also use the “Dual apps” feature, that lets you clone an app.

MIUI is undoubtedly a feature rich Android skin and unlike some other Android skins, it includes features that are really useful. Then, there are ton of customization options that many Android users love. So, yes, there’s a lot to like in MIUI. Apart from a few qualms, I really like what the MIUI offers.


Also, thanks to the massive amount of RAM, multitasking is a breeze on the Mi Mix. When it comes to gaming performance, there were no stutter or frame drops at all. Apart from that, most phones with Qualcomm processors tend to have overheating issues but not the Mi Mix. Sure, the device does get a little warm when playing processor intensive games but it does not get too heated.

The real world performance of the Mi Mix is certainly amazing and while I don’t care about benchmarks, here are a few results if you find them interesting:

So, if you manage to get the Mi Mix, you can rest assured that the device offers great performance and won’t disappoint you, no matter what you throw at it.

Telephony and Audio Performance

While the Mi Mix is a gorgeous and capable smartphone, it lacks when it comes to one of the most basic yet important aspects of a phone. I’m talking about the cantilevered piezoelectric actuator that replaces the earpiece. The sound produced by vibrations between the display and ceramic is just not good enough. Sometimes the sound is loud enough, while sometimes it just isn’t what you expect from a modern-day smartphone. In fact, when I started using the phone, I used to shuffle the phone a lot to see if I was holding it wrong. Well, I wasn’t holding it wrong, as no matter what I did, the sound just wasn’t loud enough. Other than that, I constantly saw network drops in my phone, which might be because the phone is designed for the Chinese networks.

When it comes to the speakers, the bottom-facing speakers on the Mi Mix are pretty good. Considering it’s just a single speaker, I had my doubts, but it offered ample sound and that too with decent clarity. Plus, Xiaomi offers various headphone audio settings in MIUI. There’s an Equalizer, HD Sound audio, Mi Sound Enhancer and more.

Battery Performance

When it comes to how well the battery performs, well, it’s pretty decent but there are some problems. In my usage, the battery drained a lot on standby. For instance, I went to sleep at around midnight and the phone’s battery was at around 60% and in the morning at around 10 AM, it was at around 30%. The standby battery drain was a bit inconsistent though. At times, it hold up pretty well, while some times it just drains. Other than the standby problem, the battery holds up pretty well but it’s not exactly extraordinary.

In my usage, where I watched a lot of YouTube videos, made a few calls, texted a lot, browsed my social feed and web pages, the sync was always on, with both mobile data and WiFi turned on all the time, the Mi Mix lasted for around 19 hours. This is pretty good, considering I used the smartphone heavily but I really hope Xiaomi fixes the standby drain problem. Well, overall, the battery performance of the Mi Mix is good enough, considering not everyone with a Mix is facing the standby problem. The device should easily last you a day on moderate to heavy usage and more, if you are someone who does not use your phone that much.


Let’s talk about the rear camera first. The Xiaomi Mi Mix packs in a 16 MP f/2.0 camera, with phase-detection autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and a gyro-based EIS. When it comes to the camera interface, it’s a pretty standard affair, if you have used MIUI in the past.

There are toggles for flash, HDR, along with a button to access the various filters. There are also a lot of cool modes, like Beautify, Audio, HHT, Straighten, Manual, Groupshot, Titl-Shift etc. I especially like the Manual mode, which lets you control the white balance, focus, exposure and ISO. Other than that, you can head to the camera settings to find various options, like face detection, age & gender detection, auto-exposure settings, set volume button as shutter key, focus mode, enhance low light photos automatically etc. Like everything MIUI, the camera app also packs in ton of options to play with.

Now, coming to how the rear camera fares. In a nutshell, it’s pretty average. While the camera captures photos with good details, accurate colors and great dynamic range, there is a little noise in some of the shots. Sure, the photos taken in good light are pretty decent but if you look closely, even they feature a bit noise, which is disappointing. Other than the noise, the Mix captures decent photos,  and the HDR works very well. However, the Mi Mix’s OmniVision camera sensors lacks when it comes to low light and night shots. The photos taken in low light are strictly average. Thanks to software processing, the photos taken in low light do look a little bright but they lack the sharpness you get from flagship smartphones.

Here are some photos that we took from the Mi Mix:

Moving on to the selfie camera, which is a 5 MP f/2.2 unit. The major problem with the selfie camera is its weird location, that is at the bottom, which makes up for an awkward angle that is not good enough for selfies. So, if you want to use selfie camera on the Mix, you will have to rotate your phone every time and the camera app is set to rotate even if you have screen rotation turned off. This is quite a hassle really because even though I’m not really a selfie person, ever since I’ve started using the Mix, I have been using the front facing camera even more infrequently. Well, this is one of the trade-offs you’ll have to make for a bezel-less smartphone. On the quality of shots taken by the front-facing camera, they are okay-ish to below average and not really close to the flagship standards.


Like most Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi Mix features dual SIM support and both the SIM slots come with LTE support. However, if you are using 4G LTE on one SIM slot, you will not be able to use 4G LTE from the other SIM card. The phone features 11 LTE bands, and while the phone is aimed at China, I have been using it with my Vodafone and Reliance JIO SIM cards and it has worked flawlessly.

Mi Mix: Concept Phone Turned Into Reality

When Xiaomi first unveiled the Mi Mix, I was in awe and chances are, you were too, because we have all wanted a bezel-less smartphone and honestly, I still love staring at the gorgeous design of the Mi Mix. Kudos to Xiaomi here, as the Mi Mix is a brave attempt. We all know Xiaomi as the company that brings decent smartphones and other products that are really great value for money. However, the Mi Mix is a phone that really makes me view the company with a lot more respect. The Mi Mix is a bold attempt and I think they have succeeded in making a point and while I appreciate the attempt, should you buy a Mi Mix? Well, if you ask me, the Mi Mix is still a concept phone and while it’s a reality, it’s still a bit away from being a finished product.

The bezel-less display and the ceramic design is pretty cool but there are critical trade-offs, like the poor sound quality from the cantilevered piezoelectric actuator (replacement for earpiece), which replaces the earpiece. There’s also the weird placement of the front-facing camera, the issues with the auto-brightness. However, if you can live with these problems, the MI Mix is a smartphone that will not disappoint you. The performance is amazing, the speakers are good and the best thing is, it will get you plenty of attention.

While there are lot of great smartphones competing with the Mix, at the $600 price point, like the LG V20, Huawei Mate 9, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Xiaomi’s very own Mi 5s, they lack the aura and the edge-to-edge display of the Mix. So, if you live in a country outside China and still want to buy the Mix, you can get it from our friends at GearBest. At around $620 for the 256 GB/6 GB variant, the phone is great value for money.


Stunning Design

Gorgeous Bezel-less (Almost) Display

Fluid Performance

Base Version Features 128 GB Storage

Value For Money

Good Audio Quality

MIUI Features


Poor Earpiece Sound (cantilevered piezoelectric actuator)

Average Camera

The Placement of Front-Facing Camera

Auto-Brightness Issues

SEE ALSO: 12 Cool MIUI 8 Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

Mi Mix Review: Is Bezel-Less The Future?

Fixing Google Web 2.0 Style Iv

How to fix what is broken and not break what is not 

This post is part of a series. See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Those attributions are on-site factors and easy to manipulate by the webmaster. However, Google has information from other sites as well, that make a statement about the page. Not on the site itself, but all other sites that refer to it. It should be possible to compare what the webmaster says about him to what other webmasters say and what Google knows already about both sites. Google supposedly knows[i] a lot to detect linking schemes and other artificial link networks.

Spam on .EDU sites will become much easier to detect, unless universities are starting to link to ecommerce sites en mass rather than other educational content. A site that does reviews tends to link to ecommerce sites with the intention to have the customer buy it if he likes the review. Those are just two examples that show how it could help in detecting spam.

The attributes I presented are only an example. I used them to demonstrate how webmasters could express and communicate different important information to the search engines. Similar or even completely different attributes might be more useful to achieve the same thing at the end.

Match this with the intention of the user that uses the search engine.  

Yahoo! Mindset[ii] for example let the user express their intent with a search on a sliding scale from 1 to 10 where 1 stands for shopping and 10 for researching and 2-9 for everything in between but with the ability to put more or less weight on the one or the other.

Microsoft has at their MS adCenter Labs a search feature called “Detecting Online Commercial Intention[iii]”.

There are two possible options. Either you enter a query of keywords or key phrases or you enter a website URL.

The tool will return a number between 0.0001 and 1.00000 as a result. The closer the number is to 1.00000, the higher the determined probability that the query or webpage has a commercial intend.

Those are steps into the right direction. Give the users what they want and let honest Webmasters help you with matching them with their sites and to wheat out spam.

If the user wants to “visit Disneyland”, show reviews and sites to book for it. If the user wants to “buy porn”, show the user a site where he can buy porn. In order for Google to improve on that, is it necessary that webmasters will be honest and over time trusted more by Google; and the benefits webmasters will get from it will make them do it.

[i] Rustybrick (17. November 2005), “Google Knows Link Networks Well”, Search Engine Roundtable

[ii] Yahoo! Mindset, experimental search, Yahoo!

[iii] “Detecting Online Commercial Intention”, MS adCenter Labs, Determine probable commercial intention based on query or URL

5 Basic Steps To Find Your Art Style

jIf one were to ask you to list the favorite artists, there’s a high likelihood that you will list them based on their quirks. They have become famous owing to these small quirks, decisions, or anecdotes from their struggle.

And, that is why you remember them. It is because of these unique traits that artists can stand out for other people to take notice.

Today, it is imperative to find your ‘thing’ that can differentiate you from the crowd in the milieu of artistic talent. How to understand and find out what your style is?

Does it force you to change yourself? How to create something to dub as your unique style?

How to find your art style depends entirely on your perception and ambition. Many follow the same school of thought. On the other hand, others want to create their styles.

More often than not, it is the latter who are more successful and inspire a generation to follow their footsteps. They become the trendsetters.

On that note, here are five necessary steps that can accompany you on your journey to find your art style.

5 Basic Steps to Find Your Art Style 1.  Find What Interests You

Go back to your elementary conceptions, your basics, and work your way up again. There is nothing that helps an artist find his voice like reworking things differently.

Everyone at some point or the other tends to re-evaluate and rethink their strategy. While reviewing all your fundamentals, analyze what you did and how it played out for you. Going back to basics is a futile process you do not carefully evaluate.

You must be in a position to know which choices were right and which could have been done differently. If life is all about second chances, this is yours to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t and pursue it.

2.  Check Out If Your Style Is Viable

Even though you have reworked around the basics and come up with different and unique ways, nothing is done and dusted if you fail to view everything from a practical perspective. Viability or feasibility analysis tells you if your idea is worth the effort or not.

Merely developing your “own thing” does not mean long term work. Can you build your idea into a “work” to pursue? If not, then where is it lacking? You must take your analysis and pit it against the idea.

Rework and tweak those more delicate nuances. Make sure that every rough edge has been rounded off.

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3.  Criticism and Feedback

Most artists fail to capitalize on their unique talents because of the inability to receive a harsh critique. The liberal arts are beautiful because they accommodate subjective and objective perceptions of all.

A critique is the perception of the masses at large. Does your work communicate with them? Are they able to understand your work?

If not, then find out where you should improve. This latter question is best answered through feedback and criticism. Those artists who learn to receive feedback and criticism know that they can quickly evolve and hone their skills.

4.  Work Hard

Through sheer perseverance and determined practice only, can you take an idea and develop it into something of your own.

To master a craft requires immense patience, dedication, and above all – practice. Regardless of the form of art you want to pursue, your creative instincts are always sharpened through rigorous practice and dedicated labor.

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5.  Interact, Learn and Develop

Many recluses have been lost in the worn-out history pages, for they could not keep with the changing pace of evolution.

Yes, you have to interact with your artistic community and learn what new trends are there. Keeping track of changing times helps you to better your craft and develop your skills.

It also helps you avoid obsolescence. When you interact with members from the same community or fraternity, you learn more about their works, their styles, what interests and inspires them.

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The Bottom Line

In the end, you must realize that there is no sure-shot formula for success in the creative arts.

However, what you can acquire is the penchant for challenging your abilities and developing yourself. The most straightforward mantra for an artist is to – Aspire, Create, and Inspire.

Types Or Categories Along With 4P’s Of Marketing Mix

Introduction to Marketing Mix

The marketing mix is defined as a business model and a set of practices that are used to achieve the marketing goals of a business. Marketing is one of the foundation factors for the success of any business or organization. The marketing mix is the set of practices for the successful marketing or brand promotion of any company’s products or services. There are four broad areas covered under marketing: product, price, place, and product promotion.

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Types or Categories of Marketing Mix Values

Categorization of Marketing Mix Strategies or Principles as Per the Type of Industries:

There is different type of industries or organization providing different types of services, and so we do have different types of marketing mix strategies based on the type of industry or the services they are providing to their customers including:

1. Contemporary/Digital Marketing Mix

This is the most dominant marketing mix strategy, which focuses on four Ps of marketing, namely product, price, place, and promotion of the product, which is basically used for making the management decisions related to the business.

2. Extended Marketing Mix

Then comes the extended marketing mix strategy, which comprises 7 Ps of marketing: the product, price, place, promotion, people, process, and physical evidence.

3. Service Marketing Mix Strategy

The services marketer follows 8p’s of marketing in addition to the 7 Ps of the extended marketing mix, which are the product, price, place, promotion, people, process, physical evidence, and performance.

4. Customer-Driven Marketing Mix 5. Shimizu’s Marketing Mix Strategy

This is very similar to the customer-driven principles except for commodity and channel. Thus the 4c’s of Shimizu’s marketing mix are commodity, cost, channel, and communication.

4 P’s of Marketing

The basic 4P’s of marketing are the product, price, place, and promotion, so let’s see these 4 p’s in detail:

1. Product

Products are basically the end outcomes, either the goods or the services produced or offered by any organization or industry required to satisfy the needs and requirements of a customer. Marketing does not exclusively mean only the promotion of the product or service produced, but marketing starts with product research at the very initial stage, which is carried by the product development team. They study and research the needs of the customer for reaching out to them.

2. Price

Pricing of the product or the services is the most important aspect of the customer’s point of view. The product’s cost component must be such or must be strategized as per the customer’s capacity to pay for the opted service or product. It is important to keep the customer’s willingness to pay for the product or the service while deciding the product’s cost to attract the customers; the marketing strategy guides to provide lucrative deals and discounts on the product, which helps draw the customer’s attention towards the product. The management must keep the vision of the long terms goals and benefits while making the decision, and the cost margin should be such that it benefits both the customer and the organization.

3. Place

Marketing research is very crucial for deciding the marketing venues and the places for the product launch as it depends on the targeted consumer’s availability in that place. This also covers the local branches and franchises at different locations to promote and sell the product and services. The placement component includes a number of factors like sales personnel, training, and franchising fees for brand promotion.

4. Promotion

Marketing is the key to the success of any product or service in today’s era. The industries or organizations spend a hefty amount on the promotion of their brand to reach out to maximum consumers. They often approach highly influential people like the actor and actresses, cricketers, or other sportspeople who are well known among the common people to promote their brands. Marketing has emerged as an industry, and there are firms that are solely dedicated to the marketing needs of the top-notch brands, and these marketing firms strategize and campaign the promotion of the product.

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Tiger Style! At The Bca Calderwood Pavilion’s Wimberley Theatre

Tiger Style! Takes on Racial Stereotypes Huntington comedy has fun with immigrant experience, tiger parenting

Ruibo Qian (CFA’05) (left) and Jon Norman Schneider play Jennifer and Albert Chen, Ivy League–educated siblings who are forced to both challenge and embrace the cultural stereotypes they confront as children of Chinese immigrants in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Mike Lew’s new comedy, Tiger Style! Photos by T. Charles Erickson

When Amy Chua published her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the book provoked an immediate firestorm. Chua was accused of promoting cultural stereotypes and a style of parenting that was overly strict and bordering on cruel. But something about her book struck a chord with playwright Mike Lew.

Lew, a Chinese American who was pushed to excel in academics (he is a graduate of Yale and Julliard), found the furor around Chua’s book misleading. So he set out to write a counternarrative to “prevailing stereotypes about Asian tiger-parenting and the notion that Asian families care only about achievement and don’t even love each other.”

The result is Tiger Style! a hilarious satirical comedy about high-achieving Chinese American brother and sister Albert and Jennifer, who despite their numerous academic and professional achievements find themselves flummoxed when their lives start falling apart. As the play opens, software engineer Albert has just been passed up for a promotion, and Jennifer, who has earned both a PhD and an MD and wants desperately to be married, has just been dumped by her boyfriend.

The two decide to confront their parents and embark on what they call an Asian Freedom Tour, pushing back against racial stereotypes and cultural bias, first by attempting to be fully American, and later by taking a birthright trip to China.

The play premiered last year at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. The Huntington Theatre Company has mounted a new production, playing at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion through November 13. Most of the original cast, including Ruibo Qian (CFA’05) as Jennifer, are reprising their roles for the Huntington production. Also on hand as director is Moritz von Stuelpnagel (CFA’00), who helmed the original production.

Von Stuelpnagel and Lew are longtime collaborators and friends. They met 13 years ago when they were working as interns at the nonprofit off-Broadway theater Playwrights Horizons. “I think this is maybe the seventh production we’ve done together,” says von Stuelpnagel. “It’s really wonderful, because knowing Mike so well, we can just get into the heart of what’s working, what’s not working, and how we can continue to refine the play—which, with a new play, is always an immensely important process.”

Von Stuelpnagel says he was drawn to Tiger Style! by the play’s humor. “Mike’s characters are always hyperarticulate, but typically they have a failing and a lack of self-awareness,” he says. “To me, those kind of characters are rife for comedy. Like me, Mike also has a real love of bouncing sharply back and forth between high-brow and low-brow comedy. When you take those stark turns between something incredibly articulate and smart to something incredibly bawdy, I think it keeps the audience on their toes.”

The director also says that this is a play that defies audience expectations: “Often, when you hear about a play that touches on race, it may sound like a kind of grave evening, but Mike is trying to find a way through the conversation that lets us laugh.”

Fueled largely by its two often-hapless protagonists, Tiger Style! probes serious issues: the cultural baggage we carry versus the cultural biases society places on us, Ivy League burnout, and generational differences. Von Stuelpnagel describes the comedy as “a refinement of how we’ve been talking about race, not just in black-and-white issues, but the fact that race is part of identity…that who we are is, for better or for worse, sometimes defined by the place and society that we’re living in.”

It’s an issue that the director too has personal experience with. His parents immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1975. “Mike has immigrant grandparents and I have immigrant parents, so to a certain degree, there is a similarity: I do understand about the idea of what does assimilation mean for your background, and heritage, and culture. At the same time, I have to recognize that there is a major difference in that I’m white, and so assimilation means something different for me than to a person of color.”

CFA: spirit of ensemble building and collaboration

While Tiger Style! is his first directing gig at the Huntington, von Stuelpnagel says the production signifies a homecoming for him. After graduating from the College of Fine Arts in 2000, he interned at the Huntington for a year, working as an assistant director on four productions, each staged by a different director, an experience he found invaluable. “To see these four directors work in different ways was a great foundation,” he says, adding that it taught him that “there’s no one way to tackle this process of what we do.”

As a CFA student, von Stuelpnagel was struck by the spirit of ensemble building and collaboration that existed and the premium placed on “finding ways to express oneself freely and fully. That produced in me at school a kind of joy that I’ve always found in the work,” he says.

After his internships at the Huntington and at Playwrights Horizons, he worked off-Broadway, directing plays at places like Ensemble Studio Theatre and as artistic director of Studio 42, a theater company dedicated to producing “unproducible plays.” Last year, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway debut, Hand to God, a dark comedy about a demonic sock puppet. And he could well be nominated again this spring: von Stuelpnagel’s next Broadway production will be a much-anticipated revival of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, starring Tony- and Oscar-winning actor Kevin Kline, set to open on Broadway in April.

Ruibo Qian says the character of Jennifer, the smart but romantically challenged sister in Tiger Style! is one she identifies closely with. She was just four when she and her family moved to the United States from Shanghai. “I related to this character so much,” Qian says, and when she first read Lew’s play, she laughed out loud. “I was like, I want to do this. I had never seen a play that deals with this particular topic of Asian-American identity in a family setting that is also a hilarious comedy.” Lew perfectly captures a culture that has parents put their kids through stringent academic and extracurricular programs, she says: “He has such insight into the truth, and he’s so talented at bringing out the humor in those types of situations.”

The role of Jennifer gives the actress a chance to show off both her dramatic and comedic chops. Despite the laughs, she says, her character undergoes an emotional journey. “She begins her awareness of the need to let go of a timeline, let go of checking off all the things that she thinks she needs in order to have a fulfilling life.”

Qian believes Tiger Style! is likely to resonate with everyone of a certain age. “In this generation, where it seems the bar has been set so high for everybody who has achieved a lot, we hope the play is a mirror: that people see all the poignancy of wow, all these things happen and we still don’t quite know who we are. This is a play about growing up and finding who you are, finding your identity.”

The role has been a cathartic experience for the actress as well. “I do feel like it’s helping me come to terms with my relationship with my family and with the way I was brought up,” Qian says. “As I do the play, I’m like, oh, I get it, that’s where that comes from, or, that’s how I relate to my family.”

Playing, as it is, during the final days of the most polarizing presidential election campaign in modern history, one where immigrants have often been stereotyped and belittled, Lew’s comedy couldn’t be more timely.

The Huntington Theatre Company production of Tiger Style! is running at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion’s Wimberley Theatre, 527 Tremont St., Boston, through November 20. Purchase tickets online, by phone at 617-266-0800, or in person at the Calderwood Pavilion box office or the BU Theatre box office, 264 Huntington Ave. Patrons 35 and younger may purchase $30 tickets (ID required) for any production, and there is a $5 discount for seniors. Military personnel can purchase tickets for $20 with promo code MILITARY, and student tickets are available for $20 (valid ID required). Members of the BU community get $10 off (ID required). Call 617-266-0800 for more information. Follow the Huntington Theatre Company on Twitter at @huntington.

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