Last October, I found Xiaomi’s Mi Mix as the best-looking phone of this year, and that I think I was correct; the organization is currently gearing up to unveil its own successor, the Mi Mix two, on September 11 — a day before the iPhone 8 launching.
The timing is interesting, since it signals that the organization is eager to ditch potential iPhone buyers using a premium device that ticks off among the most essential boxes for gadget lovers this season: a bezel-less front fascia. Much like the preceding version, product designer Philippe Starck is fashioning the handset.
It’s also two weeks before an anniversary to your Mi Mix, which isn’t exactly what phone brands’ playbooks advocate. Additionally, it gives Xiaomi less time to prep for Android Oreo, the most recent edition of Google’s mobile platform, that is currently only accessible on Sony’s brand new Xperia XZ1 handsets, along with the Pixel and Nexus lines ought to be receiving their updates shortly.
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The same holds for MIUI9, the forthcoming release of Xiaomi’s software for the Android devices. It based on Android Nougat and is designed to deliver functions like split app support, picture search very similar to this one in Google Photos and revamped home screen and lock display performance with shortcuts and widgets respectively.
The firm mentioned that it expects to launch MIUI 9, although it is not clear Xiaomi is going to have the ability to upgrade its software to support the flavor of Android.
The major question surrounding the launch of the Mi Mix 2 is if it will be accessible outside China. Xiaomi missed a chance by restricting the Mi Mix to its own home nation, to produce a splash in the phone market: it packed hardware to flagships, and its layout was much ahead of the competition in the moment. Given that its own 2017 flagship, the fantastic but plain-looking Mi 6, sports bezels just like every phone from a couple of decades past, it could be wise to launch the design-forward Mix two more broadly.