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October 14, 2017

 

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is no longer just a Concept, but a true Smartphone that offers an almost Bezel less Design. It comes with a 18:9 Aspect Ratio and a whopping 2160 x 1080p screen, giving it much wider and bigger screen space. The Mix 2 is also faster, more powerful than before and also offers 12% smaller size than before.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Highlights

  • Smaller 5.99 inch 2160 x 1080p Display with 18:9 Aspect Ratio (12% smaller)
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 6 GB RAM
  • 8 GB RAM on the Special Edition (Ceramic)
  • 64/128/256GB Storage options (128 GB only on Special Edition)
  • 12 mp Sony IMX386 CMOS Sensor, 4 axis OIS
  • Global LTE Speeds, 6 modes, 43 bands
  • Special Edition with Full Ceramic Body
  • Dual Band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology (sound resonates through metal frame and delivered through screen)
  • Dimensions: 151.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.7mm, 185g
  • CDLA (no 3.5mm Audio Jack) – uses 3.5mm to USB Type C Adapter
  • 3340mAh battery (Quick Charge 3.0)

Availability?Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (6 + 64 GB) retails at $539 (Use Coupon Code: mix2th64gb)Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (6+128 GB) retails at $575 (Use Coupon Code: MiSuperDeal5)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (6 + 256 GB version) retails at $619 (Use Coupon Code: MiSuperDeal6)

 

I considered the Xiaomi Mi 6 one of the best value Flagship of 2017, the blistering performance and great Dual Camera make for an awesome combination.

Pros of the Xiaomi Mi 6

  • Blistering Fast Performance, Not only is the Snapdragon 835 fast but also very efficient
  • No Overheating issues even when used heavily and also on gaming
  • Splash Proof design (remember, this is not waterproof)
  • Ergonomic design and streamlined (Glass Build or Construction)
  • Runs cool most of the time, even on casual use such Web browsing
  • 6 GB RAM and 64/128 GB UFS 2.0 Storage available
  • Fast UFS 2.0 Storage
  • Great High Quality 1080p Screen
  • Very fast and accurate Front Touch ID
  • Superb Audio (CDLA), Superb sound coming from the headphones (3.5mm to USB Type C Adapter)
  • Dual Loudspeakers (top and bottom), loud enough with good Audio Quality
  • Connectivity is Excellent, very fast WiFi, Stable with Connectivity issues
  • Also Supports NFC
  • 14 hours Battery life (3350mAh) and supports Quick Charging via USB Type C (90 minutes or less to full charge)

Cons:

  • Memory Optimization is still an issue (Common issue with Miui)
  • No Memory Expansion support
  • Slippery without the Silicon Case (Glass Design)
  • No 3.5mm Audio Jack

Availability? Xiaomi Mi 6 (6+64 GB version) retails at $399 (Use Coupon Code: MiSuperDeal9)  Read more

Do you still think that the OnePlus 5 is a Flagship Killer? It is much faster, offers Dash charging and improved OS.

Pros of the OnePlus 5

  • Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 offers blistering Performance and Gaming Performance
  • Super Fast Charging (5V 4A Dash Charger, also most of the heat is on the charger and not the phone)
  • Gorgeous 1920 x 1080p AMOLED Screen
  • Oxygen is buttery smooth and system is well optimized
  • If you loved Oxygen OS, then you will love the OnePlus 5
  • Minimal Bloatwares (Oxygen OS)
  • Gorgeous 1080p AMOLED Screen
  • 6 GB RAM is enough for multitasking (8 GB is also available)
  • 64/128 GB Fast UFS 2.0 (Universal Flash Storage) – Much faster read/write speeds compared to eMMC
  • Good Memory Optimization or Allocation
  • Good Quality Loudspeakers – Audio Quality
  • Still Camera performance is great, details, contrast and sharpness are spot on
  • Offers Secondary Telephoto Lens (Bokeh effect)
  • Offers NFC, Dual Band WiFi Support
  • 5V 4A Dash Charger (very quick to charger – fastest yet)

Cos:

  • Design isn’t revolutionary (no splash proofing, Bezel-less etc…)
  • 4K without OIS is a deal killer
  • Not really the Flagship Killer, which is what it once was

Availability? OnePlus 5 (6 + 64 GB) retails at $475 (valid until Oct 20)

OnePlus 5 (8 + 128 GB) retails at $529 (Use Coupon Code: oneplus5th) – Read more

 

Old but not out yet. The Xiaomi Mi5s still offers a fast Chipset and equally good camera. Honestly, the low light performance is better than the Xiaomi Mi6.

Pros of the Xiaomi Mi5s

  • Overall premium build and design, expect for the Volume Rocker and Power button
  • Light weight, Portable and can easily be used one handed
  • Great performance (basing on benchmarks, highest result of Antutu), signify significant boost of performance
  • Fast UFS (Universal Flash Storage) – Read: 375 Mb/s and Write speeds: 75 Mb/s
  • No Thermal Throttling, runs cool even on heavy use
  • One of the best 1080p Display I have tested, Vibrant colors, no tinting, maintains colors even on extreme angles, and the touch sensitivity is accurate.
  • MIUI 8.2 Global ROM (few bloatwares installed in the system)
  • The 12 MP camera takes amazing still shots, 4K video is also good with tripod use and 1080p supports EIS
  • Fast and Stable WiFi (Dual Band WiFi support)
  • Supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Good Audio Quality from the loudspeakers
  • 3.5mm Headphone great Audio Quality and supports Mi Enhancer and Equalizer (no static)
  • Almost 10 hours of battery life on casual use
  • Quick Charging support, Charges fully in just 90 mins.

Cons:

  • Personally, the performance boost is mainly for benchmarks, there are still stutters sometimes and the overall OS is a bit of a Memory Hog.
  • No App Draw
  • No Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) 4K recording, only EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) on 1080p
  • The Camera UI hasn’t changed, from the midrange Smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Pro (identical)
  • Limited in Shooting modes
  • Underutilized Camera Sensor (limited features)
  • Weird issues on the Fingerprint Scanner (Sometimes it’s accurate, sometimes it’s not)
  • Camera Audio Output is not that good (only 16 bit at 96kbps)
  • No MicroSD Card Support

Availability? Xiaomi Mi5s (3+64gb) retails at $265 (valid until Oct 14) – Read more

 

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a Midranger that offers Android One, which means it is purely Android Stock and not Miui.

Highlights of the Xiaomi Mi A1:

  • Android One (Purely Stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat) – Fluid, Smooth Performance
  • No Miui Touch on this one (purely google) – with guaranteed upgrade to Android Oreo
  • Decent Performance and Battery Life
  • Supports Multiple Frequency Bands
  • Hybrid Dual SIM – 2nd sim Slot supports MicroSD
  • Decent Dual Rear Cameras, 12 mp Wide Angle Lens and 12 mp Telephoto Lens (2x Optical Zoom)
  • Dual Band WiFi Support, IR Blaster
  • Supports up to 4K video Recording
  • 3080mAh Battery with Fast Charging (USB Type C)

Availability? Xiaomi Mi A1 retails at $229 (Use Coupon Code: A1sev)Read more

 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x is still considered a solid midranger, the Snapdragon 625 performance is good and it also offers up to 14 hours battery life.

Highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x:

  • More Efficient Chipset
  • Powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core Chipset
  • 3 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC (supports MicroSD Expansion)
  • Good Quality 5.5 inch IPS 1080 pixels
  • Snapdragon is more efficient than the Snapdragon 650 but is slightly slower especially in gaming (Adreno 506 versus Adreno 510)
  • MIUI 8.1 (Can be flashed to Global ROM) – based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Rear Fingerprint Scanner
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Support
  • Good Battery Life
  • Global Edition, supports multiple frequencies

Some cons:

  • It does come with Chinese ROM (bloatwares), but you can easily flash it to Global ROM
  • Camera performance is nothing to be excited about
  • No USB Type C (Micro USB 2.0 on 2017)
  • No 4K Video Recording
  • Not really a huge upgrade over the first Xiaomi Redmi Note

Availability? Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (3+32 GB) retails at $139 (Use Coupon Code: MiSuperDeal12)Read more

 

If you are looking for a great Phablet, then look no further to the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, it has premium build, good performance and Camera Sensor similar to the Xiaomi Mi6.

Pros of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 after 2 weeks:

  • Flagship build quality
  • Best for using it
  • Very efficient Chipset, runs cool on idle and maintains low temps even on heavy use and gaming
  • Great Gaming Performance, no GPU Throttling
  • Newly updated to Miui 8.5.6 (offers fix to some bugs and issues)
  • Stable OS, I had not notice any instability issues
  • High Quality 6.4 inch IPS 1080p FHD Screen, good sensitivity and responsiveness
  • Stable Connectivity with Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Excellent Call Quality and Reception
  • Good overall stills camera, similar to the Xiaomi Mi 6 (only for photos)
  • Ultra Long Battery Life (15-17 hours)
  • Still Charges Fast (Quick Charging)
  • USB Host OTG and data transfer via USB Type C works fine

Cons:

  • Memory Optimization isn’t its greatest strength
  • No OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) on Video
  • The huge size is not for everyone
  • 3.5mm Audio Loudness could be better

Availability? Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Black version retails at $231 (Use Coupon Code: max2sev) – Read more

 

If you want Super Long Battery similar to the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 but on a smaller package, then look no further to the Lenovo P2. The Super AMOLED Screen is probably its best feature, but the phone overall offers great performance and has NFC. If only the camera was a lot better though.

Pros:

  • Superb Battery Life (Button activates Battery Mode) – Can get up to 3 days when activated
  • On Casual use (14-15 hours Battery life)
  • Gorgeous Super AMOLED Screen
  • Premium build quality
  • Accurate Front Touch ID (Fingerprint Scanner)
  • Good Loudspeakers (loud enough)
  • Camera takes great photos on Good Lighting
  • Camera UI is minimalistic and easy to navigate
  • Camera UI (Smart Scene Select) works and most of the time
  • Fast and Stable Connectivity (Dual Band WiFi Support)
  • Supports NFC
  • Great performance and Gaming
  • Great multitasking performance
  • No Thermal throttling
  • Runs Cool on Idle (32-34°C)
  • Recently updated to Android 7.0 Nougat (improvement on Performance)
  • Has App Draw with minimal Bloatwares installed
  • Good Call Quality, Reception and 4G LTE speeds

Cons:

  • On screen navigation keys take up space on the screen
  • It does get warm easily especially on gaming (50-60°C)
  • 4K video lacks IS (Image Stabilization)
  • Camera isn’t the best feature of this Smartphone
  • No USB Type C

Availability? Lenovo P2 retails at $208 (valid until Oct 13) – Read more

 

 

The Xiaomi Mi 5x is a basically a budget midranger that offers similar sensor and camera features of the Xiaomi Mi6.

Highlights of the Xiaomi Mi 5x:

  • Dual 12 mp camera with Telephoto Function (2x Optical Zoom and Portrait Mode)
  • Identical features and Camera UI of the Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Good Quality of the images especially on very good lighting
  • Fast and Efficient Snapdragon 625 Chipset (decent gaming and overall performance)
  • 4 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC Storage
  • Supports Hybrid Dual SIM
  • Supports 4K video recording but without OIS
  • Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Premium design and build quality (All Metal Design)
  • Great 5.5 inch IPS 1080p Screen
  • 8 hours battery life with Quick Charging via USB Type C (3080mAh Battery)
  • Fast and Accurate Fingerprint Scanner
  • Comes with Infrared Remote Sensor
  • Runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box

Availability? Xiaomi Mi 5x retails at $218 (valid until Oct 14)

 

The Xiaomi Redmi 4x is an Ultra Budget Smartphone that is suited for those on a limited budget. The chipset isn’t fast but for casual use, it is still good enough.

Highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi 4x:

  • New Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa Core
  • Great build quality for a budget phone
  • Comes with either 2/3 GB RAM and 16/32 GB Storage
  • Runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
  • Hybrid Dual Sim Support (Memory Expansion supported via TF Card)
  • International or Global version (supports multiple frequencies worldwide)
  • 13 MP Rear Camera with PDAF
  • Rear Fingerprint Scanner
  • 4100mAh battery

Some Cons:

  • The Low End Android Chipset
  • Antutu Benchmarks score (40,000 points), nothing impressive about it
  • Not great for heavy multitasking and gaming
  • Camera Quality is average at best
  • No USB Type C

Availability? Xiaomi Redmi 4x (3+32gb) retails at $129 (Use Coupon Code: redmi4xth) – Read more

Xiaomi Redmi 4x (4+64gb) retails at $146 (Use Coupon Code: MiSuperDeal11)

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