We've been expecting that the successor to the Mi Mix 2 would be the Mi Mix 3, unlikely to arrive until October, but good news has come sooner than we thought: a new Mi Mix will arrive on 27 March. It's likely to be more or less the same as the Mi Mix 2, but running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor - you can check it out in the video at the top of this page, in which it appears to use iPhone X-style gestures.
This means that some of the rumours we're seeing are potentially linked to the Mi Mix 2S rather than the Mi Mix 3. An early sighting from Concept Leaks may be no more than one of many prototypes, but if it sees the light of day we could see a Mi Mix with a vertical dual-camera at the rear and a central fingerprint scanner (not an under-glass design, as is rumoured to feature on the upcoming Galaxy S9). This updated design also features more rounded corners than previously.
A wallpaper unearthed by XDA-Developers suggests the Mix 2S' screen will be FHD+ (2160 x 1080), an 18:9 panel like that of its predecessor. We expect it to stay at 5.99in. The site also suggests the battery is unchanged at 3400mAh.
There is very little else to go on at the moment, but as a flagship device we would expect the new Mi Mix to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage. We have heard that, like the upcoming Xiaomi Mi7, it could come with as much as 8GB of memory.
We've yet to see Xiaomi use anything higher in resolution than full-HD, and neither has it manufactured any phones that are waterproof or support wireless charging - all areas in which the spec could be improved. Xiaomi has, incidentally, recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium.
As a flagship device we doubt the new Mi Mix will be running Android One like the recent Mi A1, so it will almost certainly come with MIUI 9 preinstalled. However, XDA-Developers suggest it will run Android Oreo out of the box, which means western users won't have to install Google services after purchase.
When is the Mi Mix 2S release date?
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S will launch on 27 March 2018, company spokesperson and product management director Donovan Sung has announced on Twitter.
Mi MIX 2S will use the next generation flagship processor Snapdragon 845. Launching on March 27th! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XoOdmmcDO2
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) February 25, 2018
When is the Mi Mix 3 release date?
The original Mi Mix was announced in December 2016, with the Mi Mix 2 appearing almost a full year later in October 2017. We wouldn't expect to see a Mi Mix 3 until October 2018.
When it does arrive you won't be able to buy it direct from Xiaomi in the UK, though sites such as GearBest and Geekbuying will be able to ship one over.
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