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Galaxy Note 9 vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s: Confrontation of two powerhouses

13 August 2018 5


The South Korean giant Samsung recently announced the much-awaited flagship Galaxy Note 9. Being the latest flagship phablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 9 achieved much attention not only before the official unveiling but also after the announcement. As expected the Galaxy Note 9 didn't surprise because most of the details regarding it were already leaked. This year once again Samsung pushed the Galaxy Note announcement to make sure it attain much limelight ahead of Cupertino's flagships.

The Galaxy Note 9 is currently the latest best offering from Samsung in the flagships lineup. Being the latest flagship smartphone the Galaxy Note 9 will challenge all the existing big players. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we put it in comparison to the predecessor as well other competitors. We already compared the Galaxy Note 9 against the Galaxy Note 8 as well as OnePlus 6. Today we will put the Galaxy Note 8 against the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s.


The Mi Mix 2s is the Xiaomi's latest offering in the complete bezel-less design smartphone. Back in 2016, Xiaomi surprised everyone by announcing the Mi Mix with ultra-thin bezels. The device was so successful that it prompted all big giants to announce at least one bezel-less smartphone in 2017 and it is pretty much norm this year. Let's find out how the latest premium smartphone from Samsung stacks up against the bezel-less Xiaomi's flagship. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

74.9 x 150.8 x 8.1 mm
5.99 inches - 2160x1080 px
76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design


As expected the Galaxy Note 9 isn't bringing a significant change in the design department from the predecessor. The front-facing design of Galaxy Note 9 isn't different from the predecessor. Up front, you will get a full front-facing display with dual curved edges. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 9 has on-screen navigation buttons. The first visual change is on the rear side. Once again you will get dual rear cameras in the center, however, the fingerprint scanner is below the dual cameras.

The Galaxy Note 9 dimensions are 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and weigh 201g. The Galaxy Note 9 chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the front and rear side. It's an IP68 certified device which means it can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. For connectivity, it has USB-C port as well as 3.5mm headphone jack.

The good thing is despite the fact the Mi Mix 2s is the third iteration from Xiaomi, still, the overall feel isn't different from the first-gen. The Mi Mix 2s is featuring 7000-series aluminum chassis with a ceramic covering the rear side. To ensure the device can be easily grabbed, its edges are gently curved.

Once again the key-selling aspect of Mi Mix 2s is its tri bezel-less design and the only significant bezel is on the bottom edge. Still, the Mi Mix 2s screen-to-body ratio is higher than most of the latest bezel-less smartphones. The front-facing sensors and earpiece are embedded under the glass with special technology.

The Mi Mix 2s measurements are 150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1 mm and weigh 191g. Like its predecessor once again the selfie camera is on the bottom edge. So if you want to take selfies, you have to rotate your device. The Mi Mix 2s is the first smartphone of the lineup with dual cameras. The dual sensors are placed vertically on the top left corner with LED flashlight between the sensors. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in the center below the sensors. Unlike the Galaxy Note 9, it lacks water and dust resistance capabilities.

Display

In the display department, the Galaxy Note 9 is the largest Note device ever announced by Samsung. The device is featuring a 6.4-inches display panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Like always, its a Super AMOLED display panel with great brightness, higher contrast ratio, and deep blacks. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and the pixels density is 516 pixels-per-inch.

On the other hand, the Mi Mix 2s is featuring a 5.99-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. It's an LCD display panel with a 2:1 aspect ratio. The display pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch.

The Galaxy Note 9 easily outclasses its competitor in the display section not only because of the better panel but also because of a larger display with better resolution and pixels density.

Hardware

Being the flagships devices, both are packed with the latest best possible hardware. The Galaxy Note 9 US variant has the Snapdragon 845 chipset whereas the rest of the world will get Exynos 9810 powered model. The base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM with 512GB storage. The Galaxy Note 9 is the first Samsung smartphone which supports memory expansion up to 512GB which makes it the only smartphone whose storage could expand up to 1TB.

On the other hand, the Mi Mix 2s is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM with 512GB storage. The Adreno 630 is on board as GPU.

No matter which smartphone you opt, the devices are pretty much capable to handle heavy multi-tasking tasks and HIFI games.

Specs Galaxy Note 9 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
Display 6.4-inches 5.99-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB 6,8GB
Storage 128, 512GB Expandable via MiCroSD 64,128, 256GB
Rear cameras Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 5MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
Battery 4,000mAh 3,400mAh
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.0

Cameras

The Galaxy Note 9 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s both have dual cameras on the rear side. The Galaxy Note 9 retained the dual cameras introduced with the Galaxy S9+. The primary rear sensor is a 20MP module with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. In low-light scenarios, the aperture is turned to f/1.5 whereas in stable lightening conditions the aperture is f/2.4. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture.

The secondary sensor provides optical zoom up to 2x without affecting the captured image quality. A number of new intelligent features are introduced to enhance the Galaxy Note 9's capturing capabilities. Up front, the selfie camera is an 8MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture.

The Mi Mix 2s have dual Sony IMX363 modules on the rear side. The primary rear sensor is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The selfie camera is a 5MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The dual cameras setup on the Galaxy Note 9 is much better than Mi Mix 2s. So if you want a camera-centric smartphone the Galaxy Note 9 is a better option.

Software

As OS the Galaxy Note 9 is pre-installed with the latest flavor of Android Oreo 8.1 with Grace UI layer over it. The custom UI brings a number of additions over the stock OS. The new S-Pen comes with Bluetooth feature which allows the user to perform a number of tasks remotely using the S-Pen. For instance, you can use it as a camera shutter. To open the next page during presentations and much more.

The Mi Mix 2s is a few months older that's why it is running on the Android Oreo 8.0 with MIUI 9 layer over the stock version. It comes with thick customization.

Battery

Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 4,000mAh battery cell. The device has USB-C port for charging. It supports fast charging and also wireless charging. The wireless charging pad is available as an extra accessory. The Mi Mix 2s has a 3,400mAh battery cell. According to Xiaomi, the device can easily last one day on a single charge. It also comes with Qualcomm's Quick charge for fast charging and also 7.5W wireless charging support.

Price

The Galaxy Note 9 is currently up for pre-orders in most of the regions. The base variant with 128GB storage can be purchased at $999 whereas the top of the line model with 512GB storage costs $1249. The company confirmed the device will be released from August 24.

The Mi Mix 2S base model with 64GB storage can be purchased at $480. The standard variant with 128GB native storage is slightly expensive at $520. The top of the line variant with 256GB storage can be purchased $580.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy Note 9 is better than Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s in a number of aspects. It takes lead over the competitor in the display, design, cameras, battery, and software. On the other hand, the Mi Mix 2S comes with a ceramic rear instead of glass. If you want ultra-thin bezels design the Mi Mix 2s is a better choice but thin bezels come at a cost. The selfie camera is on the bottom edge. As far as pricing is a concern the Galaxy Note 9 is significantly expensive than the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s. Last but not the least it is important to mention that Galaxy Note 9 will be more widely available whereas the Mi Mix 2s is currently available in a few regions.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy Note 9 vs Mi Mix 2s in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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