“Xiaomi appears to be well on course to meet its early-2019 deadline for launching a 5G-ready device, with the Mi MIX 3.”
When Xiaomi launched the Mi MIX 3 smartphone last month, it was announced that there will soon be a 5G-enabled variant as well, earmarked for launch in early 2019. Today, company president Bin Lin took to Chinese microblogging website Weibo and posted a photo of the Mi MIX 3, running on Android Pie and connected to a 5G network.
In the photograph shared by Lin, the Mi MIX 3 appears to be running on Android Pie, as seen from the icon at the top-left of the screen. The network indicator with the 5G readout is to the top-right. This further suggests that all necessary development work for the Mi MIX 3’s 5G-ready version has been completed, and the smartphone is presently at its final testing phase. If this is indeed true, Xiaomi appears to be well on course to meet its early-2019 deadline for launching a 5G-ready device, with the Mi MIX 3.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is the company’s de facto flagship at present — featuring a magnetic slider mechanism and a no-notch, all-display front with staggering screen-to-body ratio of 93.4%. The all-glass front is strengthened by an aluminium frame and a premium, ceramic back. In terms of specifications, the Mi MIX 3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and the Adreno 630 GPU, along with RAM options ranging from 6GB to 10GB as well as storage up to 256GB. The display features a 6.39-inch, Super AMOLED panel and resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels at 19.5:9 aspect ratio. In terms of cameras, the rear unit has 12MP wide and 12MP telephoto cameras, while the front has 24MP and 2MP mechanical slide-out cameras.
It is interesting to note that Xiaomi is not the only company working towards rolling out a 5G-capable device by early 2019. OnePlus, one of Xiaomi’s rivals in the smartphone industry, has also stated that it will launch a 5G-ready smartphone by early 2019, and the likes of Samsung and Huawei have also confirmed that work is underway in developing 5G-ready products for 2019.
While OEMs gearing up with 5G-ready devices, 2019 may see widespread initial adoption of 5G networks, with South Korea and the US set to see the high-speed network rolling out in the first half.