Bezel-less seems to be the tech trend of 2017 after the successful of Xiaomi Mi Mix. Many smartphone with the bazel-less design have been coming to the market. Bluboo S1, which considered as one of the budget affordable alternative for Mi Mix, is catching people’s attention. If you are looking to buy a phone with no bezels in a limited budget, Bluboo might be an ideal choice.
The Bluboo S1 is designed in a 5.5-inch screen and equipped with Gorilla Glass 4, supporting FHD resolution and offers 90% screen-to-body ratio. The touchscreen supports wet and gloved controls. While Mi Mix comes with a 6.4-inch FHD screen with 91.3% screen-to-body ratio. Both of them are available on Black and Wither cover color options. But the body material of Bluboo is glass and metal while the Mi Mix body material is ceramic. Bluboo S1 (148.6 x 74.3 x 7.9 mm; 175 grams) is much shorter and narrower than Mi Mi (158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9mm; 209 grams), but lighter. The fingerprint scanner of Bluboo S1 is placed on the frontside while there is a rear-mounted fingerprint reader of Mi Mix.
Hardware & OS
Xiaomi Mi Mix is equipped with Snapdragon 821 chipset that features a quad-core processor working at 2.35 GHz. It comes in variants includes 4 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM and 6 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM, but no microSD card support on it. Mi Mix is running on MIUI 8 (Android 7.0 Nougat) and the latest MIUI 9.
Unlike Xiaomi Mi Mix, Bluboo S1 is fueled by MediaTek Helio P25 chipset which features an octa-core processor working at 2.5 GHz. It is available on 4G RAM + 64G ROM and 6G RAM + 256G ROM versions. It support up to 256GB external memory along with microSD card. In terms of operation system, it comes with the stock edition of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Camera is one of the most important element cared by users. In terms of camera, Bluboo S1 seems to be stronger than Xiaomi Mi Mix. Mi Mix has a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie camera. While Bluboo S1 is equipped with a 16MP + 3MP dual rear camera and a 8MP front-facing camera.
Bluboo S1 features a quick charge enabled 3,500mAh battery which provides ample time between charges. It is a bit weaken than Mi Mix that is packed with a 4,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
One of the most outstanding point of Bluboo S1 is its price. Released in June, it is now at $189.99 on GearBest flash sale. And sometimes, with Bluboo S1 coupon offered by GearBest, you can enjoy more discounts. In contrast, though Mi Mix has been released a bit earlier, it is still much more expensive as it is priced at $665.69.
Objectively speaking, Xiaomi Mi MIX is much stronger than Bluboo S1 but the latter comes with dual rear cameras, microSD card support, dual 2.5D curved glass, and wet/glove support on display. Of course, Bluboo S1 has a significant advantage on price which makes to be a real budget alternative for Mi Mix.