Comparison Review – Google Pixel 2 XL Vs Mi Mix 2
Diversity, variety and freedom of choice comes to mind when we consider purchasing an Android Smartphone. While the smartphones have become such an intricate part of our daily life, however with increasing technological advancements and designing prowess from manufacturers, a few phones have become a novelty gadgets. Google’s Pixel 2 XL and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2 are two such great examples. Though both these phones have been made by two separate manufacturers, there are a few things in common, yet they are so different!
What they have in Common?
Both Pixel 2 XL and Mi Mix 2 are flagship offerings from their respective manufacturer, both feature a large 6-inch display with 18:9 screen aspect ratio Rear mounted fingerprint sensor, unlike the trend of dual camera both these phones feature a single camera lens at the rear, both are powered by the top of the line powerful and power efficient Snapdragon 835 CPU, large 3400mAh and 3520mAh battery respectively, USB Type-C port with fast Charging, and they both don’t have a 3.5mm audio jack.
And What Sets Them Apart –
Whilst the efficacy of all three is similar, their presentation of Android and features is what sets that apart.
Google Pixel 2 Hardware and Camera
Pixel 2 XL is the epitome of Android phones, as cheesy as it might sound, I mean it and in a good way! Compare to its iOS counterpart, Android does not have an impressive track record when it comes to updates. Largely due to fragmentation and adaptation by hundreds of different manufacturers who prefer to feature their own skin and customisations. Googles Pixel series precisely addresses this issue, Pixel 2 XL would be among the phones, first to receive all the security and software updates as soon as they are released, so you can be absolutely sure that you will always have the latest and up to date software running on your Pixel 2 XL. Though this in itself a huge advantage over its competition, it also features one of the best cameras. Through advanced machine learning and AI integration the single 12.2 MP camera is capable of shooting better pictures than most of the flagships with dual camera setup, even portrait shots. The Pixel 2 XL is also IP 68 Certified, the large 6-inch P-OLED QHD display provides great viewing experience complemented by two front-mounted Stereo Speakers media consumption experience is excellent. It runs on Android Oreo 8.0 and UI and UX is stock android, extremely user-friendly and smooth and also benefits from deeper integration with Google Apps. Another neat feature is you can simply squeeze the sides of the phone to open an app or click a picture or trigger the Google Assistant. You can also assign different apps for the same. If want an extremely capable smartphone with consistent performance, great battery life and software updates, dependable, with clean user experience, without unnecessary customisations, options and settings getting in your way, if you want to simply point and shoot and yet take some of the best quality pictures, then the Pixel 2 XL should be your choice. You can get one at an attractive price for Pixel 2 XL at Hitec Mobile Singapore.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Hardware and Camera
Mi Mix 2 at the first glance is a beautiful, chic and stylish looking device, after all it was designed by renowned French designer Phillip Stark. Everything, from choice of materials like ceramic backs to aerospace grade aluminum frames, to a stunning bezel-less design. Even the packaging box has a luxurious appeal to it. The visual appearance of this phone looks premium. While the design and visual appeal is stunning it also is a very capable smartphone when it comes to performance and features, it is at par with most of the flagships around and far better than the likes of wannabe and overpriced OPPO R11 Plus. The 5.99-inch IPS LCD FHD bezel-less display, complemented by a powerful 50MV audio system amp, hybrid stereo speakers provide great media consumption experience. The Mi Mix 2 houses a single lens 12MP camera, with built in feature namely Xiaomi’s impressively stable 4-Axia OIS system, the camera performance is nothing short of a flagship device. Also, it offers multiple shooting modes along with a manual mode. The 5MP front facing camera also features face recognition and as many as 36 beautify modes for clearer and crisper selfies. The Mi Mix 2 runs on MIUI 9 which is based on Android Nougat, while it benefits from Google apps and ecosystem the MIUI 9 has also offers comprehensive customizable options, you can change the look of your UI by changing theme and icons. As, I mentioned earlier freedom of choice! And the software and hardware optimizations ensures buttery smooth performance at all times. So, if you want a stunning premium looking smartphone which is as capable as any other flagship model, the Mi Mix 2 competitive price in Singapore is a great buy.
Pixel 2 XL and Mi Mix 2 Performance
This year’s Qualcomm powerhouse, the 2.35GHz Snapdragon 835 comes with both the phone, along with an Adreno 530 GPU and 6GB of RAM (there’s also a 128GB/8GB Ceramic Edition premium version Mi Mix 2 as well as 128GB Pixel 2 XL for the export set). Benchmark scores are top and in range of other 835 driven phones. Both models have only one variant that is 64GB ROM. The overall combination is impeccable and has no problems to run any applications or games. The phone does not support SD cards to its SIM tray, so you’d better take this into account when you decide whether 64GB storage is enough for your usage or not.
Summary & Conclusion
Xiaomi offers a Flagship design without the flagship price tag. While the Pixel 2 XL reinstates the fact that you don’t need many gimmicks or features to make a great smartphone.