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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
Display6.4-inch IPS LCD Display (1080 x 2040 pixels)
ProcessorQuad-core MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, with Adreno 530 GPU
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!
USB Type C cable
SIM ejector tool
BookletsDesign 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.Display
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.Performance
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.Cameras
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.Connectivity
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.Pros:
Gorgeous Bezel-less (Almost) Display
Base Version Features 128 GB Storage
Value For Money
Good Audio Quality
Poor Earpiece Sound (cantilevered piezoelectric actuator)
The Placement of Front-Facing Camera
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Honor had already launched the Honor 7X last month in China at a starting price of 1,299 Yuan (Rs 12,800 approx.). In India, it is priced at the same affordable price point. With this price tag, the phone competes with another very popular mid-ranger, the Xiaomi Mi A1 in India. The Mi A1 was launched back in September with solid internals, stock Android and dual cameras.Honor 7X Vs Xiaomi Mi A1 Specifications
Key Specifications Honor 7X Xiaomi Mi A1
Display 5.9 inches IPS LCD 18:9 display 5.5 inches IPS LCD
Screen Resolution FHD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating System EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Processor Octa-Core clocked at up to 2.36GHz Octa-core 2.0 GHz
Chipset Kirin 659 Snapdragon 625
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 4GB 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB 64GB
Expandable Storage Yes, up to 256GB Yes, up to 128GB
Primary Camera Dual 16MP+2MP, PDAF, LED flash Dual 12 MP, PDAF, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary Camera 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1080p, time lapse 5MP
Video Recording [email protected], [email protected]/30fps, [email protected] and 120fps Time Lapse [email protected], [email protected]
Battery 3,340 mAh 3080 mAh
4G VoLTE Yes Yes
Sim Card Type Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual standby) Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual standby)
Dimensions 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm
Weight 165g 165g
Price 64GB – Rs. 15,999 Rs. 14,999Design and Display
Starting with the design and build quality, the Honor 7X feels premium and solid with its unibody metal design and matte back finish. If we talk about the display, the Honor 7X features an 18:9 aspect ratio display with minimum bezels on each side. The 5.9-inch LCD panel with 2.5D curved glass comes with an FHD+ screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
So, overall as we can see Honor 7X, with its 18:9 bezel-less FHD+ display takes the lead. Honor 7X is the winner in design and display.Cameras
The Honor 7X carries forward the dual cameras of the Honor 6X. There is a 16MP primary sensor coupled with a secondary 2MP sensor to capture the depth of field for bokeh effect shots. On the front, there is an 8MP camera for selfies.
Xiaomi Mi A1 also sports a dual rear camera setup with both the sensors of 12MP in which one is a telephoto lens whereas the other is a wide-angle lens. It also offers Portrait mode with SLR style background blur. On the front, it sports a 5MP camera for selfies and video calling.Hardware and Memory Software
The software here is a decisive point. The Honor 7X runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with the company’s custom EMUI 5.1 skin on top. The Mi A1 was launched with Google’s Android One Program which means it runs stock Android Nougat out of the box. Moreover, it will get Android Oreo very soon as promised by Google.Battery and Connectivity
The Honor 7X packs a 3,340mAh battery and the Mi A1 has a slightly less capacity with 3080mAh battery. On the connectivity front, both the smartphones include similar features. There is not much to compare in this section as the battery on both the phones is decent enough to offer a day’s use.Pricing Conclusion
Overall, if we talk about design and display, the Honor 7X rocks with the latest trend of the bezel-less display. It also has good internals and dual camera at such price. However, the Xiaomi Mi A1 has premium look with solid internals, dual camera setup and comes with Stock Android. However, the Mi A1 does not come with a full-screen display and has bigger bezels. So, if the looks of your phone matter to you the most, Honor 7X is definitely a good option for you at this price.
Xiaomi is one of the leaders in the premium budget smartphone market in its home country. The Xiaomi Mi 6, for instance, is a steal at about $400, but since the company has strong presence mostly in 2nd and 3rd world countries, some still find this price tag a little high. Enter Xiaomi Mi 6X.
Xiaomi Mi 6X, as you would expect, is a slimmed-down variant of the flagship Mi 6 and a successor to the Mi 5X, which has so far been a hit, especially the Android One version, Mi A1. At the moment, Xiaomi has not confirmed that it will be unveiling the Mi 6X, but leaks and rumors suggest that an official announcement is near.
Without further ado, here’s everything we know about the phone’s specs, features, release date and more.
Xiaomi Mi 6X specs and features
An iPhone X-like camera setup in tow
Bezel-less, 18:9 design rumored
Xiaomi’s Surge S2 chipset touted
Xiaomi Mi A2, perhaps?
There have been plenty of rumors and leaks giving us an idea of what to expect when the Xiaomi Mi 6X comes out. As it is, the Mi 6X will feature a metallic unibody, just like its predecessor, which also means a non-removable battery.
Given Xiaomi’s nickname, the Apple of China, it’s no surprise that the leaked images of the phone’s back panel and case point to an iPhone X-like dual-camera setup. However, the Mi 6X will get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The latest trend suggests that the Xiaomi Mi 6X will rock an 18:9 display, perhaps a 5.7-inch panel with a full HD+ resolution. On the inside, the Mi 6X has been rumored to come with an in-house Surge S2 processor rather than a Snapdragon chipset like the case of the Mi 5X.
The processor will then be paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card of 128GB. In terms of software, the Mi 6X will be powered by Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Xiaomi Mi 6 Oreo has reached the beta stage, BTW.
Whether the Chinese OEM will also offer an Android One version in the shape of Xiaomi Mi A2 is still unknown, but even if it happens, it’s likely to feature a Snapdragon processor in a bid to ease acceptance in the West.
Similar to its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi 6X will stick to a USB-C port and 3.5mm audio jack, which is a great combination for most people.
MWC 2023 launch expected
Similar pricing to the Mi 5X (about $250-$300)
Most companies have given us the impression that smartphones should be succeeded by new ones after a year in the market. Granted, the Xiaomi Mi 6X should be unveiled in September 2023, but given the flurry of leaks and rumors, it’s possible that the MWC 2023 could be the event the company will use to unveil the phone.
It’s worth noting that the Mi 5X is the understudy to the Mi 5, a phone that was unveiled at the MWC 2023 event. If anything, it came out more than a year later, but things are about to change for the Mi 6X, according to industry insiders.
The Mi 5X has a price tag of $230. We don’t expect anything different for the Mi 6X, unless Xiaomi has other ideas. Anything between $250-300 looks like it.
Highlights include a larger display than its predecessors, improved blood oxygen tracking and up to 15-day battery life, but there’s more to this lightweight tracker worth exploring. For the first time ever it’s also been joined by a bigger Band 7 Pro sibling, which has now been launched outside China.
Here we round up all the details on the Mi Band 7, from price to availability, features and more.When does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 launch worldwide?
The Mi Band 7 was introduced on 24 May, alongside the Redmi Buds 4 and Redmi Buds 4 Pro, and went on sale in China on 31 May.
The Band 7 was given a European launch on 21 June, with sales launching a day later. We’re still waiting for details on the band’s launch in India though.
Just a few days later, the Band 7 Pro launched in China alongside the Xiaomi 12S phones. It’s the first time we’ve seen a Pro version of Xiaomi’s budget fitness tracker, so there was plenty of speculation as to whether it’d ever be released outside China.
News of a global release eventually arrived, but not until 4 October at an event to launch Xiaomi 12T handsets – a full three months later. It’s not yet clear when the device will go on sale, though.
It’s also worth noting that the global launch of the regular Band 7 doesn’t include the separate NFC version of the tracker. That’s no big surprise, as in the case of Mi Band 6 last year Xiaomi waited a few extra months to launch the NFC version, which came in September 2023 in partnership with Mastercard. We should probably expect similar this time around.How much does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 cost?
Pricing has always been aggressive on the Mi Smart Band/Mi Band range, with Xiaomi keeping costs low for customers, but costs are slowly creeping up.
The Mi Band 7 officially costs £54.99/€59.99 (around $65) from the Mi Store. We’re still waiting to find out what it will cost in India. It does cost more than previous models though, with the Band 6 costing just £40/€45/₹3,499 last year.
To reflect the changed design and extra features on offer, the Band 7 Pro is more expensive – £84.99. But an early bird offer from 4-6 October means it’s available for £74.99 instead.
The only other pricing we have is China, where ¥399 translates to around $60/€60. That’s almost double the regular Band 7, which is ¥239 in the country.What features does the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 offer?
Let’s discuss the two bands separately, starting with the regular model.Xiaomi Band 7
The most obvious change in the move to the Mi Band 7 is unquestionably the tracker’s new larger display.
While it maintains the signature pill shape of its predecessor, it’s now approximately 25% larger (according to Xiaomi), measuring in at 1.62in; with a higher resolution (490×192) to ensure it’s just as sharp as before (326ppi).
The added screen real estate afforded to Xiaomi by this larger full-colour always-on AMOLED panel has allowed for a reworked UI that can serve up more information at a glance, while some of the 100+ watch faces include animated elements that – thanks to a new chipset – should look smoother.
The Mi Band 7 offers continuous heart rate and (improved) blood oxygen tracking, as well as support for breathing exercises, stress evaluation and female cycle tracking.
Expanding on the 120 supported sport modes, the 7 can also offer insights on VO2 Max, training load, recovery time, training effect. There are four ‘professional’ sport modes (as part of that 120), with automatic workout detection for some activities.
Outside of the Band 7’s activity tracking chops, the wearable also has inbuilt tools like a flashlight, remote camera and music controls (on compatible phones), timers (including the Pomodoro timer), weather, alarms and more.
The NFC model, which for now remains a Chinese exclusive, supports Alipay and WeChat Pay, however, the added functionality sucks a day from that promised 15-day battery life. The Xiao AI assistant also features, granting smart home control with compatible IoT devices.
Here’s the Xiaomi Mi Band 7’s full spec sheet:Xiaomi Band 7 Pro
The Band 7 Pro sits halfway between a fitness tracker and a proper smartwatch, with a 1.64in display that’s much wider than the regular Band 7’s.
The AMOLED display has 326ppi “retina level” pixel density, and the extra surface area offers more room to display health data and notifications. The resolution is 280 x 456, compared to 192 x 490 on the regular Band 7. The display also includes an ambient light sensor for automatic brightness adjustment.
There’s also an Always On Display option, as with the regular model, and support for 180+ new watch faces, plus a range of colourful wrist bands.
As for tracking, there’s all-day heart rate and SpO2 monitoring, plus sleep tracking. GPS is included by default too.
Exercise tracking includes 117 exercise modes, and with 5ATM water-resistance it’ll work in the pool too.
The bigger design also allows for a larger 235mAh battery, with 12 days of regular usage and six days for heavy users. Charging is faster too, with a full top-up taking just one hour.
1.64in 456×280 AMOLED display
Interchangeable antibacterial TPU straps
Optical heart rate sensor
Blood oxygen saturation monitoring
Six-axis motion sensor
5ATM water resistance
180+ watch faces
117 sport modes
Contactless Alipay & WeChat Pay support
Smart home control via Xiao AI
12-day battery life
Full charge = One hour
2 POGO pin magnetic charging
Supports Android 6.0/iOS 10 and up
In the meantime, you can find our recommendations for the best fitness trackers, to see what the competition has to offer competition. Alternatively, take a look at the best smartwatches to buy right now.
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
Display5.5-inch HD AMOLED Display (720 x 1280 pixels)
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz
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
Price~$160What’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
Phone ring holder
Sim ejector tool
Instructions Manual & Warranty CardDesign 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.Display
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.Performance
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.Cameras
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.Connectivity
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.Pros:
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 SpaceCons:
720p screen resolution
Bokeh effect is far from perfect
Average performance for the price point
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6.67-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio HDR10 + display with 90Hz refresh rate, 1120nit (HBM) / 800nit (Typ) brightness, 5000000:1 (Min) contrast ratio, DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Octa Core (1 x 2.84GHz + 3 x 2.42GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz Hexa) Snapdragon 865 7nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 650 GPU
8GB / 12GB LPPDDR5 RAM with 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
Dual SIM (nano + nano)
MIUI 11 based on Android 10
108MP rear camera with 1/ 1.33″ Samsung sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.69 aperture, OIS, 8P lens LED flash, 13MP 123° ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture, 8k at 30fps, 4k 60fps, 960fps at 720p
20MP front-facing camera
In-display fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
USB Type-C audio, Hi-Res audio, 1216 1.0cc speaker
Dimensions: 162.6×74.8×8.96mm; Weight: 208g
5G SA/NSA Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 6 802.11 ax (2.4GHz + 5GHz) 8 x / MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS (L1 + L5), NFC, USB Type-C
4780mAh (Typical) / 4680mAh (Minimum) battery with 30W QC 4+ / PD3.0 wired and wireless fast charging, 10w wireless reverse charging
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