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latest telugu news updates: In a world where almost every Chinese OEM – Huawei, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo and others – seems awestruck by the notch, Xiaomi and its newly launched Mi Mix 2S come as a major sigh of relief. The fight to offer more screen real estate has reached unprecedented heights, especially among Chinese brands, but when it comes to realising the concept, none of them has been able to think out of the box so far, but Xiaomi. The Mi Mix 2S is top notch, without the notch and that’s a good thing. At least until the time brands start to offer more than just promises to offer the biggest display ever on their smartphones, while holding back on all the bare necessities, that actually make the smartphone experience count.

Take the Vivo V9 for instance. The most striking aspect of the V9 is its design even though a major part of it seems inspired, or rather blatantly copied from Apple. The V9 looks remarkably like Apple’s iPhone X, especially from the front. Just like the iPhone X the V9 also comes with a near edge-to-edge screen with a notch up-top. The notch allows Vivo to offer a screen-to-body ratio of almost a 90 per cent, it says, even though the V9 has a slight chin at the bottom, something that the iPhone X is lacking. There are others still, like the Oppo F7, that have a similar setup. A notch at the top and a chin at the bottom is suddenly the new norm. At least Huawei gives you an option to disable it via software in its P20 and P20 Pro, while its top-tier Mate RS ships sans any notch.We can cut Vivo, Oppo, Huawei and others including the brand that says is solely devoted to the geeks, aka OnePlus, some slack here though. (OnePlus, for the record, does not have such a phone out yet but it has confirmed that the soon-to-be-launched OnePlus 6 will come with a notch.) Just like 18:9 bezel-less screens were all the rage last year, 2018 will go down in smartphone history as the year the notch — allowing for even more unusual aspect ratios — got mainstream. Like it or not. Of course Apple has a lot to do with it, but so does Google. Google is embracing the notch too, with its next major software release — aka Android P — clearly en route to kingdom come. Which essentially means, Android P will make the notch, all the more useful than it currently is. I am not too sure whether the Vivo V9, or the Oppo F7, or the Huawei P20 – going by the history of the respective brands — will get Android P anytime soon though.

And till the time that happens, the notch isn’t going to do much, but prove how lazy Android OEMs are. It comes as no surprise then that the notch on-board the Vivo V9 – or the Oppo F7 or the Huawei P20, P20 Pro — ships sans any fancy hardware — or any fancy software tricks even — and houses just the earpiece, the selfie camera, an LED notification light, and regular sensors. The notch that’s on-board the iPhone X, in contrast, comes with dedicated hardware to enable Face ID, a form of facial recognition, that’s touted as fast and secure. There’s a method to its madness, and even though the notch isn’t pretty, because it does something, you’re bound to overlook this aspect and appreciate all the additional things – including some fancy AI tricks — that it brings to the table. The notch, in the case of the iPhone X, is much more than just a promise to offer the biggest smartphone display in the world.

The Mi Mix 2S, in such a case, feels special. Xiaomi seems to be the only Chinese brand doing its own thing right now, and that’s ironic, because it’s often called the Apple of China. A notch should have come as second nature. Only it didn’t. The Mi Mix 2S is easily among the most original-looking smartphone ever. It can stand toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, the HTC U11+, the Sony Xperia XZ2, the LG V30+, and even the iPhone X. At least as far as all round design and hand-feel is concerned.

It comes with a full ceramic body – that only a handful of OEM like Essential have used to build their smartphones — and an outer frame that is carved out of 7-series aluminum alloy. The Mi Mix 2S ships with Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and an 18K gold-plated camera rim that make it instantly stand out like a limited edition device. That is for the black version. Xiaomi will also be offering the Mi Mix 2S in white, that looks both creamy and dreamy, where the outer frame — because it’s silvery — is a lot more distinguishable. Also, it uses silvery accents, around the camera module as well as around the fingerprint sensor.

Speaking of which, the Mi Mix 2S uses an ultrasonic proximity sensor through the display, through the glass, through the whole thing. It senses when you bring your phone to your ear just like an infrared proximity sensor. There’s a tiny slit up top that serves as the earpiece/secondary speaker. The Mi Mix 2S, in addition, comes with a pair of stereo speakers. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack though which means the same connectivity port — USB Type-C — will be used for audio out, charging and data syncing.

The Mi Mix 2S is a technological marvel with all that’s going on inside it (and out) and it does all of this keeping its head high. The software inside may be iOS-like with the newly announced MIUI 9 also brining in iPhone X-like gesture support but that’s the thing about Chinese ROMs: they just can’t have enough of iOS. But this piece isn’t about software. It’s about the notch, and how a notch without some functionality is nothing more than just another novelty item. It is for now. The thing about 19:9 aspect ratio is that there isn’t wide-scale app support yet which is fine. There wasn’t any major app support for when 18:9 aspect ratio became the in-thing. Over time, we will get to see more and more apps, making full use of it. Also, we will see, more and more apps making use of the notch when Android P arrives.

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