Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is coming for real, iPhone X-like gestures and Snapdragon 845 in tow (video)

The Mi Mix 2S could be the world's first SD 845-powered smartphone. (Source: Weibo / XDA Developers)
The Mi Mix 2S could be the world's first SD 845-powered smartphone. (Source: Weibo / XDA Developers)
New evidence points to the existence of the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S — the first smartphone touted to sport the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Mi Mix 2S could also feature iPhone X-like gestures for navigation along with a side notch for housing the selfie camera.

Xiaomi's Mix series of phones were one of the first to embrace the bezel-less design and the company's first Mix phone was followed by the Mix 2, which garnered fairly positive reviews for its all-screen design and flagship specs. The successor to the Mix 2 was long rumored to be in the offing as the Mix 2S. While nothing is official about this phone yet, we are starting to see bits and pieces of evidence of what could likely be the specs and design of this device. Piecing all those stuff together, we find that the Mix 2S has great potential to to be a worthy flagship contender across many markets.

XDA has obtained firmware files that show that the Mix 2S codenamed 'Polaris' will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It will continue the bezel-less legacy with an 18:9 FHD+ screen and runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Project Treble compatibility. There will be emphasis on AI capabilities for the dual-12 MP camera similar to the Huawei Mate 10 and a teardown of the app has revealed that it supports 22 AI assisted scene modes. The firmware also showed binaries for the Sony IMX363 camera sensor indicating its likely inclusion in the phone. Dual-SIM support, an IR blaster, an LED notification light, and a 3,400 mAh battery are likely to round-off some of the specs. 

To add to the above findings, OnPhones has obtained a video that shows off some of the navigation gestures of the Mix 2S. The phone apparently ditches the on-screen navigation buttons in favor of iPhone X-like gestures. The short video shows a swipe-up and pause gesture to get to the recent apps screen. However, there is no Home indicator as seen on the iPhone X. No other gestures were shown but expect to see more such leaks in the run up to the official launch. 

The Mix 2S is slated to feature a small notch on the top right edge of the display to house the selfie camera and it is also rumored to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor similar to the Vivo X20 Plus UD. Xiaomi is expected to launch the device at MWC later this month, although, no official launch dates have been shared by the company yet. If Xiaomi manages to get the pricing right, the Mix 2 will be able to directly compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 series, which is also slated to debut at MWC 2018.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-02-17 (Update: 2018-02-18)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.