So we've got them mix 2 here now and it is sadly a case of two steps forward and one step back. So they've made some real improvements to the camera. We'Ve finally got optical image stabilization, something that the mix lat we have improved, call quality with a better earpiece, and we have a lot better LTE band coverage now, you're, probably thinking. Why am I saying it's a step back? Well, the battery's gone down 1000 milliamp hours and, as you see later, on you're not going to get the same better life you did from the first model and also the bezels you can see they just don't. Have that same well factor that the me mixed it, because the bezels here slightly larger and definitely at the top it's larger, because of that new earpiece, the design change they had to make to get better sound quality. Although the chin on the bottom is 12 percent. Smaller so like the mix, the rear housing does have ceramic on it, which is very scratch resistant. However, quite slippery so on the rear, you will find the fingerprint reader, which is exactly the same as the previous generations coated with ceramics, so it's, quite scratch resistant and it unlocks the phone fast and flawlessly the camera module you can see here does protrude by approximately One millimeter and we do have a dual tone – LED flash now, including a slot at the top for the sound to be transmitted through from the earpiece, which is actually inside the phone here.

The bezel did increase a little bit, but thankfully the call quality is now up it, doesn't sound completely flat like it did on the Memex and really overall, quite a big improvement. The body on the standard version is made out of metal, but there is a special edition that has 8 gigabytes of RAM, and the hot body is also made out of ceramic, including the buttons so on. The left side of the phone you'll find the SIM tray. It takes dual nano since there's: no micro SD card support on this one, but with my particular model having 256 gigabytes of storage that's, not really an issue. Now you notice on the top. You can see two antenna strips and a secondary microphone. There'S no 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. We won't be seeing that Jack ever again on Charlie's flagships, which is a real shame here. It'S a design to us that I don't agree with so along the bottom. Another two antenna lines there loud speaker, microphone and then the type C port, then the bottom right hand. Side you'll, find the front facing camera five megapixels with an F 2.2 aperture. The notification LED has located just here above the type C port. So, overall, the build quality is great. This is premium it's, a lovely looking phone. It does really look very nice, but it doesn't stay looking clean for long as you can see, it gets all smudgy with fingerprints very quickly and if your hands are cold, it's extremely slippery too, but inside the box.

You will find this case here now. It has a matte coating to it, so it is quite grippy that helps with the slipperiness and it does protect the sides and the top of the phone it is well made in fact fits it perfectly that much so that it almost looks like it is part Of the phone it does, however, lack protection for the screen, so the screen is an LCD panel, it's 1080 by 2160, and that means it's 18 by 9 aspect ratio. So when you have a look at anything that's, sixteen by nine you'll get these borders either side. Maximum brightness comes out to be 570 lux to find the colors to be natural, good reproduction. There blacks are reasonably deep, not as deep as the AMOLED panels, but of course it does offer more natural, looking colors, which I prefer now. I have noticed that there is a minor flaw on my unit, and that is that the bottom bezel edge along here has a bit of a darker patch to it. As you can see, there, it's not IPS bleed it's more, like a darkness, perhaps it's from the process of bonding the display to the digitizer glass. So the phone is currently shipping out with me. Oh, I 8.5 stable. Now this is the latest version I have on it at the time this review there was a 1.4 gigabyte update. Now me UI 9, that is coming shortly, but it's still in its beta phase.

So I don't know when we're gon na see that approximately, but it should be hopefully only a few months away now, performance for a snap dragon ate through five and six gigabytes of RAM it's. Very quick and snappy have a look at chrome here. The scrolling is really fast, I'm currently actually screen recording this at the same time and it doesn't seem to affect their performance at all. So it is very quick at switching between apps we'll have a look now at Twitter performance. No issues overall it's very fast I've encountered no bugs whatsoever. The ROM seems to be completely stable and on the topic of performance here, here's Geekbench, four, very good score. So you can compare this to your own mobile phone if you're thinking about replacing it or if you're on the me mix that's the end to score almost hundred thousand now these scores are really good. The ufs 2.1 storage it has on here now. My version is the 256 gigabyte one, so really quick. 700 megabytes per second sequential reads: that's faster than a SATA 3 SSD you'll find in older generation laptops and PCs. Now the battery life. I did my little test here, so I was a bit of gaming using it phone calls basically to just test the core quality, but I got screen on time of my first test, 8000 36 minutes and then my second test, 7 hours and 21 minutes. You can see a bit of my use here, so there was a bit of gaming going on there screen on time.

There well closer to 8 hours, actually which isn't too bad, but this is still down on what we get from the Memex because it has a larger battery. This has got 3400 million hours and the Memex has four thousand four hundred million hours so it's to be expected. Even though the Snapdragon 805 is a little bit more efficient GPS performance, very good, no issues here, you can see it locked on to every single satellite and view moving around in my car around town. It never lost. The signal and accuracy always stayed around three to four meters. Now the wireless speeds they are excellent here, super fast I'm, getting the full speeds out of my fiber line here via Wireless really really good. No complaints and even the range is good, so the performance of that two way antenna setup is really good. Just like them me, 6, I found 4G speeds as well excellent, so the loud speaker on the bottom puts out around 85 decibels and we also have sound being transmitted via the earpiece there at the top. Although it doesn't really add much, it is better than nothing. Now the audio quality using some type C headphones. I found to be very clear and nice and loud it's good, however, of course, being a type C port it's a little difficult to charge. At the same time, I really wish they did not get rid of that 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. That, I believe, is a big error and voice calls sounds so much better thanks to that new earpiece design, it's really a huge step up over than me mix.

So what about gaming performance? Well, it's powered by a Snapdragon 835 as you'll know from the start of this video with audrina 548 GPU and all games that I've tested they've got very playable frame rates, it's most of the times smooth. However, you will occasionally see the few odd little stutters here and there if you want to see more on gaming performance of the Memex to check out. My gaming review should be a little card popping up in the or right hand corner right now and now on to the charge times, as you can see, charging in under one hour and thirty minutes, it's very quick to fully charge. Now these results here we're both charging the phone off and then on, as you see when it's on it's, slightly slower, but overall, very quick and great results here now on to the camera, which has improved greatly over the Memex. Due to the fact that we've got an AMX 386 sensor on there, that's 12 megapixels with 1.25 microns, so larger pixel size there and the aperture is 2.0. Now we have also got for access optical image stabilization. Now the original did not have any image stabilization on video and that resulted in horrible video quality. There was just shaky and not really usable without the use of a tripod or gimbal, or something like that it's great to see we improved on that now we have a look at some camera samples now I've already just shown you a couple here and you'll see That, in lower light, I feel that the performance of the camera still is nowhere near the likes of the latest flagships.

Even the 2017 flagships, it's falling behind so now on to the front facing camera 5 megapixels with an F 2.2 aperture and I think it's on par or maybe slightly better than that of the Memex. But as you see now in direct sunlight, it will over expose quite a bit, but when you step into the Shadow it's, not as bad there now there's no settings whatsoever. So we cannot control the resolution. It is shooting in 1080p and you see now what I'm? In the shadow it's exposing my face a little bit better here, not over exposing like it does in the Sun, but I roll for a flagship. I feel they need to improve on this video quality. Other Bibles are now shooting 1440p and even up to 4k. On the front camera, so this is the sample here shot in 4k and, as you can see, the footage is relatively steady compared to what we had on the meme X. The first model didn't have any stabilization optical or digital, and it was really unusable footage because it was just beach, shaky and horrible. Now the audio bitrate is still quite low earnest. It should be a little bit higher and, as a result, the audio does sound. A little bit washed out I find and compared to other flagships, because we don't have any combination of both electronic and optical stabilization, that it's still not as smooth and the focus at times does have problems.

But overall it is a step up over the me mix. So the meme x2 is both a step forward and a step back from the original, but first we'll cover the positives. Here. The earpiece has greatly improved over the flat sounding one on the Memex. The camera now has, of course, that optical image stabilization video is now usable and the camera quality has improved. A lot for stills front facing camera. Doesn'T seem to have improved that much a little bit perhaps and then, of course, the band supports we've got lots of LTE band coverage now, so, if you didn't have it on the original Memex, you have it now on this model, which is literally covering the whole Globe that is a huge step forward and then, of course, the size of it five point: nine eight inches makes it a lot more accessible to people that just felt that the original model was a little too big at six point four inches, then of course there Comes the cons on this, the bezel size has increased a little bit that top bezel due to a compromise made by the improved earpiece it's, now a little larger, so it doesn't have that same impact. The first model did when I remember unboxing, that one just going while this is amazing, so you don't get that same feel to it and then, of course, the battery capacity is down 22 percent, but the Snapdragon 835 is a little bit more power efficient there, which Helps out so you're not exactly losing 22 percent battery overall, I feel it still got a good on screen time.

The performance is really fast, very good connectivity, so for G and Wireless speeds on this are top notch. They are really quick. Indeed, same goes for that internal storage. Another compromise, of course, is the fact that we don't have a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on this, which is disappointing to see that trend that charm is following on with us in all their flagship flagships, not including that a real shame there. So, overall, it does come. Recommend it, but if you have the original me mix, I feel buying this model here. You'Re gon na be disappointed with the bezels the battery life, but, of course, think about the improvements. If you are considering upgrading, do you value the call quality and video quality? More than perhaps it's an option for you. Thank you so much for watching this review. I will have the Xiaomi me Note 3, to unbox tomorrow and for later review. So keep an eye out for that in the channel and if you haven't already, why not think about subscribing? I do hope to see you back in the channel.