Xiaomi MI2 unboxing and first impressions

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This week I received the Xiaomi MI2, the new flagship device from the Chinese company Xiaomi.

This is their first quad core device with some really amazing specifications and I am really excited to review this phone. I have run the MIUI ROM on my HTC Sensation XE since I always liked the look of it and also the extra built in features which will be mentioned in the full review. So here is what was in the box:

  • Phone
  • Battery
  • Charger (unfortunately Chinese but any charger with USB connector will do)
  • USB to Micro USB data cable
  • Warranty card
  • User manual (in Chinese)

No headphones are included but people mostly buy their own anyway and if you like some Xiaomi ones then you can find the online for a reasonable price.

Specifications of this device are really impressive:

  • 4.3” Screen, resolution of 1280x720
  • 2GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon APQ8064 Quad Core CPU
  • Retina IPS Display @ 342 PPI compared to (iPhone Retina Screen @ 326 PPI)
  • Dolby® Audio System
  • 2000 (3100 available separately) mAh battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (top left of MI-2)
  • Adreno 320 graphics core
  • 8MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • Android 4.1 (MIUI Jelly Bean)
  • 16/32GB EMMC Storage (NO MICRO SD SUPPORT)
  • GPS, GLONASS AGPS, Bluetooth HID, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct
  • USB 2.0 / USB 2.0 OTG, MHL
  • FM Radio
  • 1080P & 720P quality recording
  • GSM Bands (850/900/1800/1900) Mhz, WCDMA (850/1900/2100) Mhz
  • WAPI / WLAN (Wi-Fi) 802.11b/g/n
  • DC HSDPA+ / HSPDA / 3G / EDGE / GPRS / WCDMA / GSM
  • LED Notifications
  • USB Charging port
  • Standard SIM Card connector

One thing that I noticed on using the phone in the dark the first time was that the capacitive buttons are NOT backlit. After some goggling I found that this is by design and really is a bit of a shame but no deal breaker in my opinion.

Other then that I am really pleased with the phone. It looks great, feels great in the hand and the screen is amazing. The speed so far is great and I am currently testing battery life. Will be back with a full review in a week or two.

Author: Magnus Sandstrom

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