Xiaomi, known as the Apple of China, has unveiled the Mi Mix 2 a day before Apple's Sept. 12 event to announce the iPhone 8.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 looks like an awesome smartphone, but does it have what it takes to challenge Apple's upcoming premium device?

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: Specs And Features

Xiaomi first confirmed that the Mi Mix 2 was in the works in February, before four months passed since the launch of its predecessor, the Mi Mix.  .

The Mi Mix was one of the first devices to come out with a nearly bezel-less display, a feature that is now being seen in the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the LG V30, and the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. The Mi Mix had some issues though, including an inferior earpiece and a massive display size of 6.4 inches.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 looks to address some of these problems by going smaller to 5.99 inches to make using the smartphone more manageable. The smartphone, however, retains the weird placement of the selfie camera at the bottom edge.

The display is not the only selling point of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 though. As a flagship smartphone, it comes with top-of-the-line specifications including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 6 GB of RAM, and internal storage options of 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. There will also be a special version with 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 also follows the trend of dropping the headphone jack, but it does come with a USB-C port, along with a fingerprint scanner at the back. The rear camera, meanwhile, goes against the trend of dual-lens cameras with a single-lens 12 MP camera. The smartphone is running Android Nougat out of the box with Xiaomi's MIUI 9 skin.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Apple iPhone 8

Perhaps the major advantage of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 over the iPhone 8 is the price. The iPhone 8 price is expected to start at $1,000, while the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is expected to carry a starting price half of that at only $500, but without sacrificing specifications and features.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix was not compatible with many LTE networks in the United States, but the Mi Mix 2 supports 43 LTE bands that should make it usable in the country. However, the problem is that Xiaomi has not yet formally launched smartphone sales in the United States, so getting your hands on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 might prove to be a challenge as you would have to order directly from the Xiaomi website.

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