Tomorrow, on March 27 at 2 PM, the first flagship phone of Xiaomi in 2018 will be announced. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S has been the latest buzzword in the smartphones market. Not in vain. The Mi MIX 2S is going to be a real premium smartphone with many selling points. Yesterday, on March 25, Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun made a warm-up and was talking about the Snapdragon 845 SoC that is put into the phone. This is going to be the most important selling point of the device. According to him, though the Snapdragon 845 is a very powerful chip, it has a big disadvantage – it’s too expensive.
He disclosed that when the Snapdragon 845 enters the Chinese market, it gets a 17% of an import value-added tax. Thus it costs 500 yuan ($80). This is three times more than the Snapdragon 660. Say, if the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 6+64GB variant (priced at 2099 yuan ($334)) gets a Snapdragon 845, it will cost around 2500 yuan ($398). Moreover, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S will come with a full-screen, greatly enhanced camera (a new CMOS), UFS 2.1 storage, and other options. So the final price should be around 3000 yuan ($477). As a reminder, the previous-gen model was priced at 3299 yuan ($525).
That’s not a secret, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is going to struggle against all top branded flagships including the Samsung Galaxy S9. Recently, Tech Insights came in with the Samsung Galaxy S9+’s components cost table. According to it, the most expensive parts are the SoC (CPU + baseband), screen, camera, and memory. So if compared to Lei Jun’s words, we can say the Mi MIX 2S’ processor really costs too much. Moreover, we know the Mi MIX 2S will sport an 8GB of RAM, 256GB of ROM, dual-camera supporting AI, and wireless charging. Therefore, if this handset continues the same price policy as its predecessor, it will be the best offer in the market.