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Xiaomi took just five months to completely copy the iPhone X – and this is an occasion for pride

March 27, Shanghai hosted a presentation of the new frameless flagship Xiaomi – smartphone Mi MIX 2S. Some of its details were already plying in the media weeks before the official announcement, but it was at the official presentation, which gathered more than 1500 spectators from China and other countries, the company told about the price and how it perceives its novelty.

Most of the presentation was filled with comparisons to the iPhone X, released only five months earlier. For the company Mi MIX 2 was clearly a reason to be proud of its product, which in some ways reached the quality of Apple’s flagship.

Briefly about the main thing:

  • Almost all the parameters Mi MIX 2S corresponds to the iPhone X, and in some cases it exceeds – for example, in the amount of RAM;
  • The dual camera is one wide-angle, the other is telephoto. Same as the iPhone X in terms of photography;
  • More than twice cheaper than the iPhone X, if you count at Chinese prices;
  • So far only in China, but later in other countries.

And now more about what exactly the founder and CEO Xiaomi said at the presentation. Do not take it as a review of the smartphone: I had only five minutes to evaluate it in action, and this material is about what the company itself is putting into its novelty and how it is going to promote it.

Camera

The first thing that catches your eye is the same design of the dual camera as the iPhone X. Xiaomi already used a dual camera in past models (Redmi Note 5, Mi 6 and A1), but in Mi MIX 2S the cameras are positioned vertically, and between them – flash.

Both cameras have 12 megapixel resolution, but Xiaomi believes that they achieved greater success as images due to the pixels of the larger matrix (1.4 microns versus 1.25 microns in the iPhone) and the use of the noise reduction module from Sony. The main achievement, which Lei Jun described in great detail from the scene, was the recognition of the quality of the camera by the profile portal DxOMark: he gaveher 101 points for the photo and 97 points in total (the same DxOMark gave thecamera to the iPhone X).

So do not think that we should be ashamed to compare ourselves to the iPhone X. We achieved for the first time that our camera feels on an equal footing with them.

Lei Jun
about DxOMark

Regarding the front camera, whose location in the lower right corner of the front panel seems unsuccessful to many, Jun did not say anything at the presentation – other than what it is.

AI in the chamber

The camera uses artificial intelligence algorithms – for example, to process the bokeh effect in different modes. Blurring of light can take the form of a heart, and with the help of a separate application it is possible to make a dynamic bokeh effect – when the background changes from clear to blurred and back, which creates a beating effect.\

AI is also used to define scenes in photographs. For example, a camera can identify a specific variety of a plant popular with girls in China, and make its colors more intense: “And we now have the task of attracting more female users,” Jun explained.

Another option is to define the text in the photo and get more clear letters on the final image. After creating a series of pictures, the smartphone can even create a separate presentation in .ppt format, using data about where and at what time the pictures were taken.

The third example is the automatic translation of text into photographs and currency conversion. In the example from the scene, the camera translated the English text into Chinese, and it is not yet known what other directions the translation supports Mi MIX 2S.

Unlocking

You can unlock the smartphone with a fingerprint scanner, which, like in the previous model, is on the back cover. There were rumors that Xiaomi was trying to implement a new flagship scanner directly in the screen – some manufacturers have already done so. The company claims that their vision of an ideal smartphone is one solid rectangular glass screen, but so far modern technology does not allow them to achieve this.

In Mi MIX 2S there will also be an unlock with face recognition, but it will be available later with an update of the firmware and on presentation this was not given any attention. How it works, not shown.

Optimization, wireless charging, AR and smart assistant

Xiaomi have partnered with Tencent to optimize for the Mi MIX 2S popular in China game Arena of Valor. In the tests against the iPhone X, it showed a better FPS score on the Mi MIX 2S, spent less battery and weaker heated the smartphone. However, about other games “out of the box” (that is, without special optimization), Jun said nothing.

Mi MIX 2S will be the first smartphone Xiaomi will integrate its “smart” assistant XiaoAI (the Chinese say it as “Xiai” with emphasis on the last syllable). Previously, it was already available in separate devices Mi AI Speaker Mini – an analog of the “smart” column Google Home.

In general, XiaoAI does everything the same as Google Assistant or Siri: for example, it can show “photos taken in Shanghai last October” on command. They showed the video on the stage in which Xiaomi’s assistant was compared to Siri, but he recognized the team better than Apple’s competitor: “Again, we crushed the iPhone with its Siri – one of the best and most advanced voice assistants in the world,” Lei Jun concluded.

In Mi MIX 2S will be available and augmented reality – one of the most advanced features of iOS 11, available in the iPhone X – but this is not Xiaomi’s own development, but the ARCore framework, whose support was added to Mi MIX 2S in partnership with Google. And even his capabilities in the new flagship were demonstrated in exactly the same way that Apple once did – they launched some kind of warrior on the table.

The smartphone supports and fast charging by wireless protocol – according to company data, so it charges a little faster than its rivals from Samsung and Apple. “And now you can express your disdain for iPhone users because they will charge their iPhone on your wireless charging,” Jun jeered at the fact that Apple has still not released its own wireless charging pad.

“But why wireless charging has not yet become popular, I asked you on Weibo? I went to the Apple site and watched how much they charge “- Jun showed charging Belkin and mophie, which cost 450-500 yuan. And immediately announced that Xiaomi releases its charge for 99 yuan: “We do not care whether you charge it on your iPhone X or other brands’ smartphones.”

Sales start and price

Mi MIX 2S costs 3299 yuan for China with 64 GB of internal memory and 6 GB of RAM, and the version with 128 GB of internal memory costs 3,599 yuan . For the “royal” version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory (plus bundled with the cover and wireless charging) will take 3,999 yuan -.

The colors are black and white, just like the iPhone X. For comparison, the iPhone X with 256 GB costs 9688 yuan in China – almost 2.5 times more expensive.

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