Xiaomi Mi Mix review: Mi-Sci-Fi

Mi-Sci-Fi

GSMArena team, 1 December 2016.

The gallery

The Xiaomi Mi Mix and MIUI 8 come with a redesigned Gallery app, now showing more photos on the screen than ever. It defaults to your camera roll, but it also supports different albums.

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Gallery

The new integrated editor powered by Camera 360 offers various filters, crop options, enhancements (sharpen, contrast, brightness, saturation, vignette), and doodles. Oddly, this image editing app is less capable than the one supplied with the MIUI v7.

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Editing an image

Xiaomi Mi Mix may or may not come with a standalone video app depending on your ROM. Either way, you'll get a rather basic app or section in the Gallery, where you can browse and play all of your videos. The video interface is very basic; subtitles and pop-up play are not supported.

If you live in China, you will definitely get a proper Video app and it comes with paid streaming services on top of its basic functionality for offline playback.

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Browsing and playing videos

There is also a new video editor with MIUI 8. It supports trimming, filters, and adding text, and audio tracks.

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Video editing within the gallery

Music player

The MIUI music player is a custom app with a well laid out, easy to navigate interface. The player has cool effects, transitions, and transparent elements, especially on the expandable Now Playing section. Lyrics are supported, too.

In some markets a streaming service similar to Google Play and Apple Music comes as part of the Music app, too.

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Music Player • Albums • Songs • Now Playing screen • Options

Xiaomi Mi Mix offers customizable equalizers within the phone's Settings menu - there are a few default presets already available for use. You can also try Xiaomi's MiSound enhancer, which comes into play when you use headphones, and especially, a Xiaomi-branded headset.

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Audio enhancements and equalizers

Audio clarity is very good, loudness is excellent

The Xiaomi Mi Mix passed the active external amplifier test with flying colors, matching perfectly clear output with very high loudness.

Headphones did cause a moderate hike in stereo crosstalk and added a tiny bit of intermodulation distortion but the output remained mostly good. And since the loudness didn’t take a hit either it was a very good showing indeed.

And now here go the results so you can make your comparison.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Xiaomi Mi Mix+0.01, -0.02-94.694.60.00140.0063-94.3
Xiaomi Mi Mix (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.26-94.394.20.0200.263-57.6
Huawei Mate 9+0.03, -0.01-92.293.00.00260.0093-93.3
Huawei Mate 9 (headphones attached)+0.06, -0.05-91.191.80.0160.056-63.5
Google Pixel XL+0.01, -0.03-94.094.00.00330.0066-92.9
Google Pixel XL (headphones attached)+0.17, -0.04-92.092.70.00670.125-62.0
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus+0.06, -0.02-83.983.00.00330.047-84.9
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus (headphones attached)+0.95, -0.10-82.083.30.2450.564-48.0
Apple iPhone 7 Plus+0.10, -0.04-93.193.10.00150.0098-80.5
Apple iPhone 7 Plus (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.03-93.193.00.00130.015-76.8
LG V20+0.01, -0.03-93.093.10.0036 0.0075-93.7
LG V20 (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.09-92.492.40.051 0.105-57.5

Xiaomi Mi Mix frequency response
Xiaomi Mi Mix frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

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.

  • Asmaa

I have a problem charging my phone..... It's very slow ..... Is it a common thing or do i need to buy a new one?