The Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 was certainly a hit in the market. Back in the day, the Mi Mix was considered as for how it would shape the future of smartphones. And now come to this day, Xiaomi has launched the truly bezel-less phone, the Mi Mix 3. The beautifully crafted glass back and the slider at the top is what makes the Mi Mix 3 one of the unique piece of tech right now.
Talking about the slider, it hosts a bunch of new features as well a duo of cameras both at the front and back. The magnetic slider sees a 24MP + 2MP sensors at the front. Out of two, the first one here is a Sony IMX576 sensor with a 1.8um pixel size with Xiaomi’s pixel-binning technology for great low-light shots. Shifting the focus at the back is another pair of cameras. It boasts a duo of 12MP + 12MP cameras. The first is a Sony IMX363 sensor with a f/1.8 lens, whereas the second is a telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.
The slider, though, is not only limited to cameras but acts to your slide. For instance, you can slide to take selfies, or just slide to access the shortcut drawer. There’s also a slide to receive call feature that could fancy you.
Pop down the slider and you get a beautiful 6.4-inch AMOLED display that bears a 93.4% screen-to-body ratio and Full HD+ resolution.
Talking more about the camera, the Mi Mix 3 is more than capable of what you could imagine. The phone debuts the Night Mode that allows you to take long exposure shots which is quite similar to Huawei’s technology. To some extent, the company claims that it even beats the like of Huawei P20 Pro’s Night Mode shots.
But that’s not only there. The Mi Mix 3’s camera is much powerful to capture slow-mo videos at 960 fps. While it’s not a new feature anymore it is still rare to this date. Only a handful of devices can do so. There’s also an AI which is capable of scene recognition, much like what you could see on most smartphones these days.
Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with either 6GB, 8GB or even 10GB of RAM. The internal storage is though not extended to 512 gigs. It comes in 128GB and 256GB variant but without a slot for microSD card. No, 3.5mm headphone jack either but rather the audio gets carried out through a Type-C port.
There’s a huge 4,000mAh battery that can be fast charged wired or wirelessly through a 10W power adapter. The software is powered by Android 8.1 Oreo on top of Xiaomi’s MIUI 10. The MIUI 10 has its own set of features, including the new Xiao AI assistant. The new assistant is so important to Xiaomi that it gets its separate hardware button on the side much like Bixby. The only thing is that the assistant is only available in China. Period.
Talking about the price, you can chuck out the phone with up to 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. This overly powered variant will cost you CNY4,999 ($720) and will be available in one color option only, i.e. Forbidden City.
Other than that, there’s a 6/128GB variant priced at CNY3,299 ($474), 8/128GB for CNY3,599 ($515), and the 8/256GB for CNY3,999 ($575/€505). All these phones will be available in three color options, including the Sapphire Blue, Jade Green, and Onyx Black.
The Mi Mix 3 will also get a separate 5G version in 2019 but pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed.
Pre-orders will begin starting today for normal variants, while the one with 10GB of RAM can be pre-ordered from the end of November.