Xiaomi's Mi Mix was a pleasant surprise, it partnered with designer Phillipe Starck to create a unique phone, one that took some inspiration from Sharp's Aquos design but had enough flourishes of its own to stand out. It was among the forefront of phones that started the bezel-less trend that we see these days.

The Mi Mix 2 comes at a different time, a time when Samsung, LG and Essential have already invaded the market with their take on the Bezel-less smartphone but that doesn't mean it can't stand out and be unique. Xiaomi has once again partnered with Phillipe Starck to create a unique bezel-less design, in place of the rectangular monolith design of the original comes a more subdued, curved silhouette. If the first one showed Sharp's influence, the Mix 2 takes inspiration from Samsung's recent efforts in the segment. The Mix 2 takes it a step further though, the bezels have been trimmed down to the point of being non-existent and it does feel like there's nothing but screen in your hands, the bottom has a minuscule chin that houses the front facing camera.

The screen is also where Xiaomi has put most of the effort in, it is now 12% smaller than the original Mi Mix and now is a 5.9-inch screen but with 18:9 aspect ratio in place of the 17:9 original. It must be said that holding the phone in your hands feels great, the rounded edges feel smooth in the hands and the aesthetics are a class apart. It does feel like a premium phone in your hands. The company has once again partnered with Philippe Starck who talked about the company's efforts with ceramic and the strides they have made since the Mix 1. The phone has a beautiful ceramic back and has rounded edges on all four sides with an aluminium frame that holds everything together. The special edition of the Mix 2 comes in a unibody Ceramic body and as the company proudly boasted feels like smooth Jade in your hands. It takes the company seven days to produce one unit of the special edition but one look at it and you will understand that it's worth it.

The specifications have seen a bump too, the phone now comes with a Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and will come with 64, 128 or 256GB of internal storage. On the back of the phone is a 12MP camera sensor that has four axis OIS and a fingerprint reader. The phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the MiUi 9 overlay. It also has the same 4400mAh battery as the original.

The Mi Mix 2 will be available on September 15 th in China starting at RMB 3299 for the 6GB/64GB model and RMB 4699 for the 8GB/128GB Special Edition. Lei Jun, CEO and co-founder of Xiaomi, said: "Mi MIX gave everyone a glimpse of what the phone of the future would look like. We made a concept phone that defied everyone's expectations about smartphone design, and it has pioneered the trend of full screen display smartphones. With Mi MIX 2, the future is now here. It has evolved from a design and technology test-bed into a user-friendly phone catered to a wider consumer group than ever before, while still evoking the wow factor."

Xiang Wang, Senior Vice President also confirmed to us that the phone will indeed be heading to India but did not have a definitive timeline of when to expect it in the country.

Besides the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi also announced the Mi Note 3, which the company officially calls a bigger Mi 6, it shares a similar design language with its smaller brother and has a 5.5-inch display with a larger 3500mAh battery. It also has the same 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup at the back, while the front facing camera gets an upgrade that allows to it capture larger 2um pixels which is achieved by combining multiple pixels on the image sensor into one. Xiaomi also has a new AI beautify mode which tracks your in real-time and produces more natural looking selfies. The biggest upgrade that the Note 3 gets is the new facial recognition unlock feature, which uses AI to unlock your phone by verifying your face.

The note 3 will be available in China starting September 12 th and will be priced starting at RMB 2499.

Besides the two smartphones, Xiaomi also updated its Mi Notebook line with the Mi Notebook Pro, Xiaomi wasn't shy when comparing it to the MacBook pro and proceeded to demonstrate areas where the Notebook pro was better. The 15.6-inch Mi Notebook Pro comes with a full-HD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass which is a rarity in the laptop segment, and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the touchpad. It has a 256GB SSD, with a additional slot kept free for expansion. The notebook pro is also 6.5mm thin and has Intel's 8 th generation i7 beating at its core. It runs on Windows 10 and Xiaomi throws in a few extra goodies for Chinese users such as Kingsoft's licenced WPS office. For graphics, it uses NVidia's GeForce MX 150 GPU and comes in three configurations, i7/16GB RAM/256GB SSD, i7/8GB RAM/256GB SSD and i5/8GB RAM/256 GB SSD. The prices start at RMB 6999.