Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Mi Mix 2S: Price, Specifications Compared

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Mi Mix 2S: Price, Specifications Compared

Xiaom Mi Mix 3 is the successor of the Mi Mix 2S launched earlier in March

Highlights

  • Both the phones are priced starting at CNY 3,299
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 sports dual front cameras
  • Both the phones sport a rear fingerprint sensor

After unveiling the Mi Mix 2S in March, Xiaomi has decided to unveil its successor Mi Mix 3 in China this month. The smartphone comes with design upgrades like the front magnetic camera slider, and a no-notch no-chin display. The Mi Mix 2S, in comparison, has a slight chin at the bottom for housing all the sensors and the front camera as well. The successor also comes with up to 10GB of RAM, while the latter offers a maximum of up to 8GB RAM. We pit the Mi Mix 3 with the Mi Mix 2S to see if the new phone is a worthy upgrade from its predecessor, at least on paper.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S price

Starting with pricing, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be available in China from November 1. Its price in China starts at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,800) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option, CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 37,900) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB variant, and CNY 3,999 (roughly RS. 42,100) for the 8GB RAM + 256B storage. There's also a 'Palace Museum' special edition with a special design and accessories that comes with 10GB RAM + 256GB storage - it is priced at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 52,700), and will go on sale sometime at the end of November. The smartphone pre-orders have already begun, and it has been made available in Onyx Black, Jade Green, and Sapphire Blue colour options. Xiaomi states that a 5G variant will also be made available in Europe next year.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S price also starts in China at CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,800) for the 6GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to CNY 3,599 (roughly Rs. 37,900) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB inbuilt storage, and CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 42,100) for the top-end model with 8GB RAM + 256GB inbuilt storage. It is available in Black and White colour variants. A while later, the Mi Mix 2S Art Special Edition was also launched, and it comes with a price tag of CNY 4,299 (approximately Rs. 45,300).

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S First Impressions

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S specifications

Both the phones come with a rear fingerprint scanner, a vertically stacked dual camera setup, and MIUI 10 software. The successor sports a larger 6.39-inch display thanks to its true bezel-less screen, while the Mi Mix 2S sports a 5.99-inch display. Both the phones sport 1080p resolution. The two phones are powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor, and RAM options for the Mi Mix 3S go up to 10GB. The maximum RAM offered by the Mi Mix 2S is up to 8GB.

The biggest different is the placement of the front camera - with the Mi Mix 2S housing it at the bottom chin of the display, while the Mi Mix 3 hides it underneath the display, and it can be removed with a magnetic manual slider. Optics on the Mi Mix 3 include dual camera setup at the front and back - with two 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lenses at the back. The wide-angle lens features an f/1.8 aperture and the telephoto lens features a an f/2.4 aperture. Other features include dual-LED flash, OIS, optical zoom, AI background music, 960fps slow-motion, AI scene detection, AI bokeh, AI studio, and AI scene detection. At the front, there is one 24-megapixel (Sony IMX576 sensor) with 1.8-micron pixels, and a secondary 2-megapixel sensor with selfie light support. The front camera also offers AI features, including beautification and Bokeh effects.

Comparatively, the Mi Mix 2S also has a dual rear camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors - of one which features an f/1.8 aperture, wide-angle lens, and four-axis OIS, while the other one has an f/2.4 aperture and a telephoto lens on top. The setup offers optical zoom and supports AI-based scene recognition features. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with HDR and Face Unlock support. Xiaomi has also provided AI-based beautification features. The Mi Mix 3 packs a 3,850mAh battery, and the Mi Mix 2S packs a smaller 3,400mAh battery. Both the phones support Bluetooth v5.0.

Mi Mix 3 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S comparison

  Mi Mix 3 Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S
GENERAL
Release dateOctober 2018March 2018
Launched in IndiaNo-
Dimensions (mm)157.89 x 74.69 x 8.46150.86 x 74.90 x 8.10
Weight (g)218.00189.00
Battery capacity (mAh)38503400
Removable batteryNoNo
Fast chargingProprietary-
Wireless chargingYes-
ColoursJade Green, Onyx Black, Sapphire BlueBlack, White
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)6.395.99
Resolution1080x2340 pixels1080x2160 pixels
Aspect ratio19.5:9-
Pixels per inch (PPI)-403
HARDWARE
Processorocta-core2.8GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM6GB6GB
Internal storage128GB64GB
Expandable storageNoNo
CAMERA
Rear camera12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4, 1-micron)12-megapixel
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocus-
Rear flashDual LED-
Front camera24-megapixel (1.8-micron) + 2-megapixel5-megapixel
Front flashYes-
SOFTWARE
Operating systemAndroid 8.1Android
SkinMIUI 10MIUI
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00
NFCYesYes
Number of SIMs2-
Active 4G on both SIM cardsYes-
USB OTG-Yes
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIM-
4G/ LTEYes-
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIM-
4G/ LTEYes-
SENSORS
Fingerprint sensorYes-
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
AccelerometerYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
GyroscopeYesYes
Barometer-Yes
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