The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2 have been out for a while now and have already been pretty successful in their own regard. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, on the other hand, is yet to make its way to the Indian market. The Vivo X21 UD is another elusive handset which is likely to make its debut at Vivo’s launch event on May 29. Can the older two devices still keep up in this innovative era of lower-priced smartphones with their bezel-less screens and in-screen fingerprint scanners? Let’s find out.
Mi Mix 2S vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Google Pixel 2: Price in India
The Mi Mix 2S launched in China a few months ago and is offered there in various RAM + storage options. The base configuration’s price equates roughly to Rs. 35,000, while the highest configuration retails for approximately Rs 42,000. The upcoming Vivo X21 UD is expected to make its debut in the Indian market with a starting price of roughly Rs.35,000 for its 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.
There is only one storage configuration of the Samsung Galaxy S8 with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage which is currently priced at Rs.43,990. You can get the 4GB RAM + 64GB model of the Pixel 2 for Rs.49,000, while Rs. 57,790 will fetch you the 4GB RAM + 64GB model.
Mi Mix 2S vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Google Pixel 2: Display
The Mix 2S has the iconic bezel-less 5.99-inch Full HD+ LCD display with an 81.9% screen-to-body ratio. The only caveat here is that the chin is at the bottom, making the front-camera placement a bit awkward. The Vivo X21 UD also features a bezel-less design but does happen to have a notch at the top of its 6.28-inch Full HD+ LCD display.
While the Google Pixel 2’s screen only measures 5-inches and comes with a Full HD 1920×1080p resolution, it is much better visually since it uses a P-OLED panel. However, the Galaxy S8 would be the winner here with its 5.8-inch HDR-capable Super AMOLED screen with QHD+ (2960×1440p) resolution.
Mi Mix 2S vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Google Pixel 2: Hardware, Performance
Even though the Vivo X21 UD is expected to bring forth the revolutionary in-screen fingerprint scanner, it happens to have the weakest CPU in this comparison — a Snapdragon 660 SoC. And it comes with the horrendous FunTouch OS 4.0 that ruins the Android 8.1 experience it comes baked on top of. For imaging, the smartphone has a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup at the back, while a 12MP shooter is placed at the front.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is running the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845, making it the most powerful smartphone here in terms of raw power. It comes with the company’s well-received MIUI 9.5 skin on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. It boasts a 12MP + 12MP dual-camera setup at the back with the added bonus of 4-axis OIS. The front camera, however, is a measly 5MP shooter.
While the octa-core Exynos 8895 CPU of the Galaxy S8 and the Snapdragon 835 of the Pixel 2 perform almost identically, the latter manages to take the upper hand by the narrowest of margins. Although both smartphones do come with Android Nougat by default, they have received updates to the latest Android 8.0 Oreo versions. Both even have similar 8MP selfie shooters. Front cameras on both phones have OIS with the only difference being that the S9’s sensor measures 12MP while the Pixel 2’s sensor is 12.2MP.
Mi Mix 2S vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Vivo X21 UD vs Google Pixel 2: Verdict
It was difficult to declare one phone the outright winner as each has its own strengths and weaknesses. With that said, the worst option here would be the Vivo X21 UD as it has a weaker processor and its in-screen fingerprint scanner is not enough to justify the price. The Mi Mix 2S has the best processor and camera setup, but the only way to get the device in India would be to get it shipped from China. The Google Pixel 2 has a great camera and raw performance, but its price is hard to swallow. In the end, the best overall package with a decent processor, capable camera setup and improved software — that you can actually purchase in the country — is the Samsung Galaxy S8.