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.
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.
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.
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.