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