I got my Mix 2 last night and wow, so far I think I’ve made a splendid decision.

I bought the Global model. This is one of the few Chinese phones in the world that can be used anywhere in the world, including CDMA networks. Seriously, the radios in this phone are crazy.

One cool factoid about the Global model is that the box is written in English. That quote reads: “To truly explore is to exhaust countless possibilities. For an inch of progress, we’re willing to walk miles. - Lei Jun”

Oooh, I like it!

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Xiaomi really put a lot of detail into this box. Normally, electronics packaging is pretty boring; even the box for a Galaxy phone is nothing to write home about. This one is definitely a keeper.

Since this is the Global model, it has a charge brick that would most commonly be used globally. Interestingly enough, if you get the Chinese version of the phone (same radios, but the packaging is in Chinese) you will get the US style brick. As with all brand new phones I buy, don’t plan on using the accessories that come with the phone, so that’s no big deal.

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Wow...this phone is hefty. It’s only slightly lighter than an iPhone 8 Plus, however it feels heavier because it’s a smaller overall form factor. The ceramic back of the phone is finished in a mirror black with dull gold accents. It’s easily one of my favourite phone designs. I can’t even begin to describe how good the ceramic looks in the flesh.

The Mix 2 has a slightly smaller screen than the original Mix; the phone that arguably made tiny bezels a worldwide trend. In getting slightly smaller, Xiaomi also made the bezels ever slightly bigger. This was done so that the phone call speaker is a real speaker and not something that doesn’t really work like its predecessor.

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The ceramic is backed by an aluminum midframe. The higher capacity version comes in an all ceramic unibody.

In the box, you also get a USB C headphone adapter (no 3.5 jack), a hard case and some documentation.

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Adding a case does make the bezels larger, however the screen to body real estate is still amazing. Even further, there’s a setting to turn off the soft keys on the screen and use the phone exactly like an iPhone X.

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The quality of this thing is blowing me away. Chinese phone makers are like South Korean carmakers, they’ve come so far, so fast! The viewing angles are flat out top notch. The aluminum under the case soft case I just fitted is a satin black and feels as good (if not better) than any flagship.

Looking online, it looks like this phone is really durable. Despite this, Xiaomi gives you a free pre-installed screen protector anyway. I wish companies Apple and Samsung would toss in a free case and screen protector in with their devices.

The Mix 2 can be had for about $400 from Amazon and eBay. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage in the lowest model, and two flagship-level cameras.

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Unfortunately, the screen isn’t OLED and the phone isn’t water resistant, however with how awesome this phone is, I really cannot complain.

If you want to make sure you get the best Mix 2, a new version just came out called the 2S. That one has incremental improvements like dual rear cameras, a Snapdragon 845, and so on. Unfortunately, that one will set you back $700.

Expect a full review once I get it activated on a network!