Xiaomi Mi Mix review: Mi-Sci-Fi

Mi-Sci-Fi

GSMArena team, 1 December 2016.

Telephony

The dialer and the phonebook share a single app although there are two shortcuts, bringing you straight to the tab you need. The app has pleasant flat looks. It uses a tabbed interface - a Recents list with a dialer on the first tab and the Contact list on the second tab.

Call recording is available - the files can be saved either on your device or on your MiCloud.

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The Phonebook

The dialer may look rather familiar, but it's quite capable. Unfortunately, most of the new smart features are only available in a few markets such as China and India.

It can recognize automatically business numbers, as well as scam contacts thanks to the Xiaomi's Caller ID database. You can also search in both Hindi and English from the T9 numpad, which is helpful. And if you live in those countries, you can use the integrated Yellow Pages integration.

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The Dialer

The Xiaomi Mi Mix speaker scored a Very Good mark on our loudness test. Its speaker produces rich and crisp sound; the bass is good as are the high notes.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 65.8 65.1 64.6 Below Average
Xiaomi Mi Max 67.1 66.2 68.1 Average
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 65.0 68.2 70.8 Average
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 70.0 69.1 71.8 Good
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 68.3 72.2 72.9 Good
LG V20 68.2 68.6 80.9 Good
Xiaomi Mi 5s 64.2 70.0 84.9 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi Mix 64.2 72.8 86.0 Very Good
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent

Other apps

The Xiaomi Mi Mix offers an excellent file managing app called Explorer, which lets you browse the files in its internal storage and groups them by type.

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Explorer

The MIUI v8 also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blacklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, clean some RAM; it can also manage the permissions of your installed apps.

The Security app has a new feature now - it allows you to define the battery behavior of selected apps and apply restrictions only to the apps you choose.

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Security app • Data management • Battery management • Managing a single app • Battery Saver

The custom and now flat Calendar looks good, syncs with your accounts including Google, and offers Day and Month views.

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Calendar

There is also the standard sound recorder, flashlight, clock, and weather apps, among others, that are a given in any self-respecting Android package nowadays.

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Voice recorder • Alarms • Clock • Weather

We liked the Compass app. It has a very nice and clean interface, it shows the magnetic directions and doubles as a level meter. If you lift the phone up, then you'll get a nice augmented reality view with real-time East/West/North/South overlay.

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Compass • level • VR directions

The Calculator app has been updated - it now supports advanced calculations and conversions.

Finally, there is a brand-new Notes app. It has been given new templates, new look, support for checklists, among other things.

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Notes • Notes • Calculator • Conversions Menu • Conversions

Reader comments

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  • Anonymous

Still rocking this in 2021! Battery life has deteriorated a bit, but otherwise fully functional and very capable.

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