The reason I'm couching all of this is because the early software on our test unit didn't have all of these new camera features enabled. Retail-ready units — like the ones going on sale in China shortly — will be feature-complete. As such, I can't really comment on the quality of the sample photos I've taken over the last few days either. We'll revisit this phone and its camera if and when it gets some final software updates.
It's only been a few days, but I've grown surprisingly fond of the Mi Mix 2S, quirks and all. The phone will launch first in its native China, but Xiaomi spokespeople have confirmed that it'll eventually go on sale in some of the company's international markets, too. If I were you, I wouldn't hold my breath for a US release, though.
Sure, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has been candid about his desire to sell his company's phones in the United States, either by the end of the year or early 2019. As a flagship device, though, the Mi Mix 2S might not be the best choice to bring to the US because of the serious competition it would face from the industry's incumbents. The US is a notoriously tough market to crack, too -- just look at Huawei's long, strange journey. None of this means the 2S will never come to the States — it's just that there probably more lucrative slices of the market to focus on first. Cheap, powerful mid-range phones, maybe. Xiaomi has no shortage of those, after all.
As always, I'd love to be proven wrong. Based off what I've experienced with the 2S so far, I really hope I am.