Why don’t we just start this off with some bad news? The point of comparing is to give consumers an idea so they can decide which device is best for them. Well, it would be an unfair comparison in this case given that the Xiaomi Mi MIX is only available in China while the S7 Edge’s reach is global. Then again, who knows? Maybe the Mi MIX will make its way to the world’s markets soon enough.
Although the curved design of the S7 Edge is nothing new – it started with the S6 Edge – Samsung has done more with it. For one, the curve extends to the side more than before. With so little metal to hold on to, you’re practically holding the phone’s glass panel. There is less metal on the back as well making the phone a fingerprint hotspot – something that could annoy users who want their phones looking clean all the time.
The design of the Mi MIX has also received praise for being all glass. Meaning, the display takes center stage with all the other elements moved to the side as well as the back of the device. In short, this is quite the revolutionary phone but again, it causes annoyance as the absence of bevels make it prone to slip from your hands. Luckily, there’s a case that comes with it to solve that issue.
It will probably take a while for a smartphone maker to really rival Samsung’s displays. Yes, the main highlight of the Mi MIX is it’s display but that wonderful screen is just capable of full HD. That pales significantly to the QuadHD display of the S7 Edge.
It seems that the initial love affair with the Mi MIX over its display ends right there. In other areas, it’s practically the same as any other mid-range smartphone. It uses a Snapdragon 821 processor which is pretty powerful and comes in two varieties: one with 4GB of RAM and another with 6GB.
The S7 Edge, on the other hand, only offers their phone in a 4GB variety but with two chipsets: the Snapdragon 820 for the US consumers and an Exynos 8890 chip for the rest of the globe.
In general, both devices can perform basic computing tasks with ease.
Internal storage might be where the Mi MIX trumps the S7 Edge. The lowest storage capacity of the former is 128GB for the 4GB RAM variant while the 6GB RAM variant has 256GB of space. However, this device does not have a microSD card slot.
The S7 Edge may only offer 16 or 32GB storage, but it has a microSD slot that can extend storage to 256GB.
This is another area where the Mi MIX gets an advantage over the S7 Edge: it has a 16MP primary shooter. The S7 Edge only has a 12MP rear snapper. However, both fare the same with the front camera: a 5MP shooter.
The Mi MIX’s battery is huge: it’s a 4,400mAh cell compared to the 3,600mAh cell of the S7 Edge. However, the latter does offer wireless charging.
It looks like the Mi MIX is giving the S7 Edge tough competition. The only difference is that the latter is widely available while the former is sold only in China. So unless you can purchase the Mi MIX, it’s best to stick with the S7 Edge right now (because of availability).