In a matter of a day, we have seen two new bezel-less smartphones launched by the global conglomerates, Samsung and Xiaomi. While Samsung has brought the Galaxy Note 8 to India, after last month’s global launch, and Xiaomi will do the same with its Mi Mix 2 (already launched in China) in the coming weeks.
Of course, the two phones aren’t exactly in the same league, but can Mi Mix be a commendable low-cost alternative to the big Note? Let’s stack the two against each other to find out.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Specs Comparison
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note 8||Xiaomi Mi Mix 2|
|Display||6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display, 18.5:9 aspect ratio||5.99-Inch, 18:9 Full HD display|
|Processor||Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU||Snapdragon 835 octa-core|
|Internal Storage||64GB, expandable up to 256GB||64GB /128GB /256GB|
|Software||Android 7.1 Nougat, with Experience UX 8.5||Android 7.1.1 Nougat based MIUI 9|
|Primary Camera||12MP+12MP, wide-angle+telephoto lens||12MP Sony IMX 386 sensor, 4axis optical stabilization|
|Secondary Camera||8MP auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture||8MP, f/2.0 aperture|
|Battery||3300mAh battery with fast charging both on wired and wireless||3400mAh, Turbocharging|
|Others||4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C 3.1, NFC, MST||4G VoLTE, Fingerprint sensor, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, GPS, GLONASS,|
|Price||Rs. 67,990||Approx. Rs. 32,999/ 35,999/ Rs. 40,000|
Design and Build
Both devices happen to boast an amazing design and build quality. The infinity display, bezel-less screen, and sleek design work well for both the smartphones.
Looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 first, the phone sports a metal side frame encased in Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0 from the front as well as the back. The corners on Note 8 are more square than round and up front, the display is surrounded by minimal bezels. The back of the phone has got dual-optics, LED flash and Fingerprint sensor.
Moving over to Mi Mix 2, the phone eliminates the top bezel and the display runs from edge to edge. This necessitates the front-camera to be shifted at the bottom of the screen, and the normal earpiece speaker to be replaced by “piezoelectric speaker”. The ceramic body at the back has got a rear camera, LED flash and fingerprint sensor.
If you ask us, we would rate Galaxy Note 8 design better than the Mi Mix 2. The curved display, large screen size, and metal body all add up to the premium feel of the phone. The only downside of Galaxy Note 8 is its awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor, which some time will need you to stretch your muscle in order to access it.
One thing that the Samsung devices are popular for are their AMOLED displays. Samsung uses the same display on the Galaxy Note 8. The phone boasts an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 6.33-inch Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) display.
On the other hand, the Mi Mix 2 has got an 18:9, 5.99-inch full HD (1080p) display. What is noteworthy here is that the phone uses a full vision display, which runs all the way from top to bottom.
Without any argument, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has got a better display than the Mi Mix 2 if you go into nuances. But if it’s only the bezel-less experience that you crave for, then yes, the Mi Mix 2 can satiate your lust as well.
Performance and Software
Let’s check out the immunity on both the phones.
There isn’t much to compare in this regards, as both phones deploy the best in-class chipset under the hood. Both, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, are powered by Snapdragon 835 processor, with Adreno 540 GPU.
In India, Samsung is using the Exynos 8895 chipset which is equally competent for all practical purposes. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM, whereas the Mi Mix 2 comes in 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB ROM.
As far as the software goes, the Galaxy Note 8 runs on Android Nougat (7.1) integrated with company’s Experience UX 8.5 out of the box. On the other hand, the Mi Mix 2 boots on the MIUI 9 based Android Nougat (7.1.1).
Camera and Battery
This is where you are likely to notice a significant practical usage difference.
Listing down the specs first, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with 12MP sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.7 aperture + 12MP sensor with a telephoto lens and f/2.4 aperture that offers up to 2X optical zoom at the back, up front it has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with auto-focus setting.
In contrast to this, the Mi Mix 2 comes with 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor along with a 4-axis optical image stabilization on the rear, and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front.
However, owing to the dual-optics on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the Samsung’s Note 8 wins the race. The camera lives truly up to its spirit and it delivers the quality images in true colors.
The battery on Mi Mix 2 is a tad bigger than that on Note 8. The Galaxy Note 8 extracts its power from 3300mAh fast charging battery that also supports wireless charging, whereas Mi Mix 2 houses a 3400mAh battery with turbo charging support.
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Both Galaxy Note 8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 are interesting and unique phones which offer bezel-less designs. While this was something very fascinating last year, one year down the line, the competition has caught up. There are half a dozen bezel-less phones out there that could make you equally happy.
Who should buy Galaxy Note 8?
The Note 8 is for those who are willing to sell out more to have best of the best in their pocket. The phone manages to deliver a clear flagship experience with a top-notch display, camera performance, and processor.
Who should buy Xiaomi Mi Mix 2?
The Mi Mix 2 is for those who are looking for flagship experience at a pocket-friendly price. If you need your phone to look absolutely unique and bezel-free without spending a bucket load of money, this is the phone you could buy.