News emerged, quite recently, that Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, isn't using the company's flagship as his primary device, but it seems like he has a good reason for it. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is the most powerful Xiaomi-branded smartphone to date, and Mr. Jun was spotted posting on Weibo (Chinese social network) using the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S instead. Now, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is basically the second most powerful smartphone in the company's lineup, but it was rather odd seeing Mr. Jun using it instead of the Mi MIX 3. Mr. Jun posted a photo via the Mi MIX 2S, a photo that was taken using that very same phone. Now, Mr. Jun opted to clear the air, and explain why is he using the Mi MIX 2S over the Mi MIX 3, and it has nothing to do with his personal preference. It seems like Xiaomi is testing a new camera upgrade for the Mi MIX 2S, and the company's CEO wanted to test it himself, in other words, help the company test it and while he's doing that, see how it's progressing.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S vs Mi MIX 3
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S and Mi MIX 3 are actually quite similar, in many ways, as a comparison can be drawn between these two phones as it can be drawn between the OnePlus 6 and 6T. Xiaomi used similar build materials for these two phones, even though the Mi MIX 3 has a sliding camera mechanism, while the Mi MIX 2S doesn't ship with anything so fancy. Both of these phones are fueled by the same processor, the Snapdragon 845, and they can be considered to be on the same playing field, basically, if you own the Mi MIX 2S, there's really no need for you to upgrade. The company promised that the same camera features that are represented on the Mi MIX 3 will be available on the Mi MIX 3, and it seems like the company is in the middle of testing those features. These two phones have the same camera sensors, at least when their rear-facing cameras are concerned, while they ship in same RAM variants as well. Both of these phones have rather large displays, 5.99-inch vs 6.39-inch, but the Mi MIX 3's display is larger and it's also an OLED panel, while the Mi MIX 2S comes with a regular IPS LCD display. Both devices have Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 at this point, even though the Mi MIX 2S does not ship with it out of the box. The Mi MIX 3 supports faster charging than the Mi MIX 2S, while both support wireless charging, and come with Bluetooth 5.0. Interestingly enough, the Mi MIX 3 has a smaller battery than the Mi MIX 2S, despite the fact it has a larger display, which is quite odd.
What's In Store For The Mi MIX 4?
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 4 is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2019, so we're still far away from its launch, and it remains to be seen if the Mi MIX 3S will make it to market in mid-2019. In any case, some rumors are even claiming that the Mi MIX 4 will be a foldable smartphone, which is a possibility, though it's hard to imagine Xiaomi moving the Mi MIX lineup to the foldable smartphone category, as the company will probably launch a brand new lineup of devices in order to introduce foldable phones. The Mi MIX 2 and 2S did not sport a sliding camera mechanism, the Mi MIX 3 does, and it would be rather odd for the Mi MIX 4 to move to the foldable smartphone category, too many changes in a span of a couple of years for the Mi MIX lineup. The Mi MIX 4 will almost certainly ship with the Snapdragon 855 processor, while the device is expected to ship with at least 6GB of RAM. Android 9 Pie will come pre-installed on the phone, along with MIUI 10, quite probably. The device is expected to include an OLED panel, even thinner bezels than the Mi MIX 3, and a rather large battery on the inside, which will support wireless charging. The Mi MIX 4 will probably be made out of metal and glass, or metal and ceramic, we'll see.