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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Android 8.0 Oreo Beta program begins

By: Meenu Rana, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : December 19, 2017 5:21 pm

The beta update is currently only available to a very limited number of Mi Mix 2 users.
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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in India in October this year for Rs 35,999 running on Android 7.1 Nougat operating with MIUI 9. Now the company has announced an Oreo beta update for Mi Mix 2 on MIUI forum via GlobeMobiles.

Being a beta program, the software is not yet fully optimized for the device and users may experience some bugs till a stable version is released. The beta update will not have support for full features for the device.

The beta update is currently only available to a very limited number of Mi Mix 2 users. After installing the update, you will receive the Oreo beta over-the-air (OTA). Since the company has now rolled out the Beta update, it is expected that Xiaomi will also release a stable update of Android Oreo soon.

Post getting Oreo update, users can enjoy different features. To start with, there is a picture-in-picture mode that lets users to two tasks simultaneously. So, for example, one can minimise a YouTube video while sending a text message or writing an email. Google has also introduced Android Vitals, which helps in optimizing battery life, startup time and more. Under system optimizations, the company had made it easier to run faster and smoother.

Then there are the Notification dots, which are basically tiny chat heads for notifications. The user can long-tap on a Notification Dot and it will preview the notification, and one can swipe to dismiss, drag down to see the full notification or tap to open the app. Google made it easier to remember your passwords with Autofill framework. This allows users to autofill the user id and passwords, which makes it easier to log in to different apps, while you are setting up a new device.

For the specs, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 comes features a metal chassis with the ceramic rear body and comes with a 5.99-inch (2160 x 1080) Super AMOLED with an 18:9 full-screen display and a bezel-less display. It is powered by 2.45 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 64-bit processor coupled with 6GB RAM and 128 internal storage along with Adreno 540 GPU. The dual-SIM smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat operating with MIUI 9 and has a non-removable 3400 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

It offers a 12-megapixel autofocus rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX386 sensor, 4-axis OIS, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens, PDAF, HDR. On the right of the lens is a dual LED flash and below it is a fingerprint scanner. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera that supports face recognition and also has autofocus.


 
On the connectivity front, the device offers 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS with AGS/GLONASS and USB Type C. Unfortunately the device lacks 3.5mm headphone jack but instead, the device will be shipped with a USB Type-C dongle. The handset measures 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7mm, and weighs 185 grams.

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