With Mi Mix 2, Note 3, NoteBook Pro, Xiaomi is flexing its muscles as the Apple of the masses Xiaomi held its long elaborate keynote event in Beijing in China on Monday, unveiling a bunch of devices. The Chinese upstart caught everyone by surprise last year by launching the bezel-less Mi Mix. This year, though, Xiaomi has made the Mi Mix 2.0 the center of attraction, raising a lot of expectations. Besides the Mix 2, the company also announced the Mi Note 3 smartphone and also a new laptop called the Notebook Pro. 1/5 Mi Notebook Pro Xiaomi launched a MacBook Pro killer that you can’t get your hands on. Named Mi Notebook Pro, the laptop is powered by the Intel 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and PCIe SSD storage. An Nvidia MX150 provides the graphics capabilities. To improve the thermals, the Mi Notebook Pro features a new fan architecture that distributes the heat more evenly across the device. In comparison to the MacBook Pro, this one has a much larger keyboard which is backlit and with 19 per cent more surface area for ergonomic typing and features a 3-in-1 SD card slot, two USB-Type C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only thing missing is a dedicated Thunderbolt 3 port.
But that’s just the specs. In terms of the hand feel and durability, the Mi Notebook Pro is a keeper. In the ‘violence test’ that Xiaomi demonstrated at the event, the Mi Notebook Pro was run over by the Xiaomi Ninebot but nothing happened to it. The 1080p 15.6-inch screen also has significantly less bezels in the sides with 3rd Generation Corning Gorilla Glass on top of it.
There is a fingerprint sensor which supports Windows Hello authentication and Harman Infinity speakers tuned to Dolby Atmos sound experience.
A 60Wh battery powers the device which is enough to last you the day and if it doesn’t the charger can recharge the battery by 50 per cent in just 15 minutes.
The laptop starts from 5,599 RNB (roughly Rs 54969) and goes all the way up to 6,999 RNB (roughly Rs 68712). 2/5 Mi Mix 2 Xiaomi caught everyone surprised last year by being one of the first brands to unveil a bezel-less phone. At today’s event, Xiaomi released the next generation of the phone - the Mi Mix 2 which is much smaller, has lesser bezels and more features. The Mi Mix 2 is made fully out of ceramic with an aluminium frame and is curved on all four sides to give a good grip. Like its predecessor, the front camera (of just 5-megapixel resolution) is at the bottom while there is a hidden sound guided speaker and an ultrasonic proximity sensor embedded underneath the display. Like last year, the phone is designed by renowned French designer Philippe Starck.
The display is of 18:9 aspect ratio which has become a standard in bezel-less phones. The phone fits a 5.99-inch display in a body that is smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus. But unlike the competition, the Mi Mix 2 has only a full HD display. Nonetheless, it is powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. Xiaomi is offering 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. The phone supports global LTE with 6 modes and 43 bands which means the phone is compatible with just about any market. Now if only Xiaomi launches the phone in other market, that’d be just great. The price for the phone starts from 3299 RNB (roughly Rs 33,000) and goes up to 3,999 RNB (roughly 36,268). It has a 3,400mAh battery which is also lesser than last year’s Mi Mix. The phone runs on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Xiaomi is also offering its best camera on the Mi Mix 2. It is the same as the Mi 6 with Sony IMX 386 sensor, 1.25um pixels and 4-axis optical image stabilisation.The camera rim is gold plated with 18k carat gold. Like last year, the Mi Mix 2 features the cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustics that resonates the sound through the aluminium metal frame delivered through the screen.
Many believe that Xiaomi will launch the Mi Mix 2 in India later this year, probably in October during Diwali. 3/5 Mi Mix 2 Special Edition There is also a special edition Mi Mix 2.0 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and comes in a white colour variant. The special edition is priced at 4699 RNB (roughly Rs 46,000).
The Special Edition is also carved out a single block of ceramic and it apparently takes 7 days to make it. 4/5 Mi Note 3 Apart from the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Note 3 which is kind of like the elder brother of the Mi 6. The phone packs a 5.5-inch display but is smaller in size than the iPhone 7 Plus. Like the Mi 6, this one too is curved on all four sides and features a glass back with mirror finish with a matte gold aluminium frame that runs around the edges.
The phone has a dual camera setup similar to the Mi 6 which with 2X optical zoom and the camera rim is lined with gold coating. A similar capability was also showcased in the recently launched Mi A1 which is releasing in India tomorrow. It has the wide angle + telephoto lens combo with 4-axis optical image stabilisation and a portrait mode for blurred portraits. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera that leverages AI capabilities to add beautification effects.
The phone has a 3,500mAh battery and is powered Qualcomm’s newest mid-range processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage. The phone also has AI-based facial recognition and Bluetooth 5.0. The Mi Note 3 starts from 2499 RNB (roughly Rs 24,500). 5/5 Xiaomi 24-in-1 Precision Screwdriver set Today’s event wasn’t just about notebooks and phones. Xiaomi also launched a 24-in-1 screwdriver set. Designed jointly with German firm WiHa, the set contains 24 different heads covering all use cases. The material used is high-precision aluminium alloy with sandblasted anodised finishing and anti-corrosion coating. As expected, the screwdriver has magnetic properties so that it’s easier to screw and unscrew devices.
The set will be sold for 99 RNB (roughly Rs 1,000) in China.
Disclaimer: Xiaomi paid for Gizmodo India’s travel and stay in Beijing.