Xiaomi on Sunday announced that the company’s next smartphone – Mi MIX 2S – will be announced at a launch event to be held on March 27, most likely in China. The phone will sport the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and, according to the official invite poster, has an AnTuTu score of 273,741. Earlier reports had suggested that the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S will be the world’s first phone to feature the flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC.
The Mi Mix 2S won’t be the first phone to launch with the Snapdragon 845 — that distinction goes to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ — but it could be the first to do so in Asian markets, where Samsung sells the Exynos variant instead. It’s interesting that Xiaomi is rolling out a refreshed variant of the Mi Mix 2 and not the Mi 7 next month. Traditionally, the flagship Mi series was the first to feature the latest Qualcomm hardware, but with the phone rumored to usher in a complete visual overhaul, Xiaomi is likely pushing back the launch a few months.
Xiaomi said the Mi Mix 2S scores 273741 points and that it is going to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. In other words, it is going to be true blue-blooded premium phone in the market. The message hit the mark.
Xiaomi, which became India’s biggest phone maker in the Q4, 2017 and which world’s one of the biggest phone companies, is largely staying away from the Mobile World Congress. This too probably on the lines of what Apple does, which too stays away from the trade shows, including the MWC even though it happens to be the biggest mobile phone trade show. It wasn’t always like this. In 2016, Xiaomi did pay attention to the MWC when it launched the Mi 5 there. But since then it has shied away from the MWC.