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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

Yes, the Mi MIX 2S has been out for some time now. But Xiaomi Malaysia recently dropped its price to the sub-RM1,500 range, and it deserves a mention for the unique proposition it brings to the table. It has a premium-feeling ceramic back which means support for wireless charging, uses an older (flagship-level) Snapdragon 845 SoC, and has a decent 5.99″ Full HD+ display.

Xiaomi’s ‘concept’ device certainly shines in the camera department, with the Mi MIX 2S’ dual 12MP+12MP rear-cameras and 20MP selfie camera scoring 97 for its DxOMark Mobile score—rivalling many 2019 flagships. Despite its rather unorthodox placing of the 5MP selfie camera (right-side on the bottom lip), it’s a rather interesting attempt from Xiaomi to avoid having to obstruct any part of the display or work in a motorised popup selfie camera.

I’m more a fan of the Mi MIX 3’s slider design (nothing as satisfyingly nostalgic as a physical sliding mechanism), but the Mi MIX 2S’s selfie camera is still worth it’s novelty value, I feel.

That said, regular selfie-takers might want to stay away from this device, as you’ll inevitably get weirdly-angled self portraits due to the placement of the lens. Here’s a more detailed look at the Mi MIX 2S.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S—6GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM1,199
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S—6GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM1,299

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Xiaomi retailers