Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

The best and worst in tech (2017)

2017 was a fascinating year for smartphones and mobile tech in general. There were a lot of ups, a lot of downs and some pretty weird stuff along the way but there’s no denying that it was an eventful year.

Now that we’re on the cusp of the next wave of new products for 2018, we thought it’d be cool to take a look at some of the highs and some of the lows in 2017.

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Mi MIX 2 and Redmi Note 5A Prime are hitting Malaysia next week

During the official opening ceremony of its Mi authorised store at Suria KLCC, Xiaomi has announced the official availability of the Mi MIX 2 and the Redmi Note 5A Prime in Malaysia. The Mi MIX 2 is their flagship smartphone that comes with a 5.99″ 18:9 bezel-less display and a premium ceramic back while the Redmi Note 5A Prime is their affordable 5.5″ phablet alternative.

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The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is more phone than concept and that’s a little sad

There’s no denying that Xiaomi‘s original attempt at the “bezel-less” smartphone, 2016’s Mi MIX, was an impractical device. It was big, thanks to the large screen and not so slim 17:9 aspect ratio, heavy, and a little too slippery because its innards were encased in a polished ceramic shell.

But I loved the crap out of that smartphone. It was fascinating, edgy and a big middle finger to the already established cookie cutter smartphone look. Needless to say, I was really excited for the new Mi MIX 2 because I was hoping Xiaomi would make it more bonkers than ever.

But they went ahead and did exactly the opposite.

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