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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Xiaomi Unveils Mi MIX 2S Smartphone, Mi Gaming Laptop

Xiaomi announced Mi MIX 2S today, a smartphone featuring an AI dual camera and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform. Xiaomi also upped its game in another key product line with the Mi Gaming Laptop 15.6."

At the same time, it also announced a mini version of its Mi AI Speaker.


Mi MIX 2S uses the latest Sony IMX363 flagship sensor for its dual-camera setup (12 + 12MP), with 1.4μm pixels for better photos in low light, and Dual Pixel technology for super fast autofocusing. Dual Pixel technology uses two photodiodes per pixel to calculate the light hitting the sensor.

The primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and SLR-like bokeh effect thanks to Sony sensor, 1/2.5" sensor size and 1.4 μm pixels. The secondary camera has a 1/3.4" sensor with a telephoto lens and 2x optical zoom.

The 8MP front camera enables users to take "AI"-powered portrait photos with bokeh.

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

Mi MIX 2S also now comes with integrated AI features, including a built-in AI voice assistant to control the smartphone and smart home appliances. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM.

In terms of design, the Mi MIX 2S has ceramic back that features a four-sided curved design, transitioning smoothly into the aluminum frame.

Mi MIX 2S uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, manufactured using a 10nm process. With a maximum clock speed of 2.8GHz, the new Kryo 385 cores see a 30 percent performance increase over the last generation. Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 also features the new Adreno 630 graphics, which gives up to 30 percent higher performance and up to 30 percent lower power consumption. In addition, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 also features on-device AI processing, delivering 3x improvement in overall AI performance compared to the prior generation.

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

Mi MIX 2S is also Xiaomi's first device to support ARCore apps, bringing an AR experience to more Android users both in China and globally.

Mi MIX 2S also supports 7.5W fast wireless charging (Qi). Along with this, Xiaomi is launching a RMB 99 (US$16) wireless charging pad, which is bundled with the 8GB+256GB version, or available as a separate accessory.

The phone also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, dual SIM slots, and a USB Type-C port.

Mi MIX 2S is available in 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB for RMB 3299 ($525 ) , RMB 3599, and RMB 3999 respectively. It will be available starting 3 April in China and will make its way to selected global markets at a later date.

Quick specs

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, 8GB RAM with 256GB storage
  • Display: 5.99-inch Full-HD+ (2,160 x 1,080 pixels)
  • Battery: 3,400mAh, wireless charging
  • Camera: Rear dual 12-megapixel cameras

Xiaomi's first high-performance gaming laptop

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

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

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

Quick specs

  • Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core i7
  • Display: 15.6-inch full-HD
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX1050Ti, Nvidia GTX1060
  • Memory: 16GB RAM, up to two 256GB PCIE SSD

Mi AI Speaker mini: a compact version for every room

Xiaomi launched the Mi AI Speaker last year. The mini version announced today, which will retail for RMB 169 starting 3 April, serves as a smart home assistant and a personal assistant, and allows users to tune in to music and listen to audiobooks with voice commands.

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