“Xiaomi fans waiting for the Mi Mix 3 5G variant will have to wait till next year”
Xiaomi has finally unveiled the much-awaited Mi Mix 3 flagship smartphone at an event in its home market. The new Mi Mix 3 model has arrived barely seven months after the launch of its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. Just like its predecessor, the Mi Mix 3 is also a full-screen smartphone with even slimmer bezels. However, those who were expecting the 5G-enabled variant of the phone will have to wait till next year. Notably, initially this variant will only be available in Europe.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 price starts at RMB 3,299 (~Rs 34,800) for the base 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. The phone’s 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB models will set you back by RMB 3,599 (~Rs 38,000) and RMB 3,999 (~Rs 42,200), respectively. There’s also a Forbidden City Special Edition of the smartphone that comes with 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and is being offered for RMB 4,999 (~Rs 52,750). With this variant, Xiaomi will be bundling 10GB of monthly data for three years. The smartphone will be available in three hues — Onyx Black, Jade Green, and Sapphire Blue. All the variants mentioned above support 4G networks and the 5G variant will be released later, possibly with a different chipset.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specifications
Talking the design first, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 flaunts slightly slimmer all around as compared to its predecessor. The smartphone boasts a sliding-out camera system, which comes out above the bezel-less display. The phone employs a magnetic slider design, which has Neodymium permanent magnets. The slider mechanism of the handset has a life expectancy of 3,00,000 cycles. Notably, the slider can be configured to answer calls, instant access to any app, and the app drawer. The Mi Mix 3 has a 3,200mAh battery that supports wireless charging, and the company will be shipping a free 10W wireless charger with the device.
The Mi Mix 3 comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, instead of an in-display scanner that was suggested by the rumour mill earlier. The phone sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED display bearing a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels, a massive aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and 93.4 percent screen to body ratio. As expected, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Notably, after the Black Shark Helo, the Mi Mix 3 is the second smartphone from the company to flaunt a massive 10GB of RAM. There also are 6GB and 8GB RAM models on offer. Storage options include 128GB and 256GB.
Software-wise, the handset boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI ROM out of the box. The device has support for Google ARCore and AI voice assistant. In terms of connectivity, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 offers dual 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4×4 MU-MIMO, GPS 5, dual frequency GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C.
For photography, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 sports two 12-megapixel primary cameras at the rear. The main sensor is a wide-angle Sony IMX363 lens with an aperture of f/1.8, while the secondary sensor is S5K3M3+ telephoto type with an aperture of f/2.4. The device also has dual phase detection autofocus, AI scene detection, 4-axis optical image stabilisation, and portrait photography support.
Notably, the Mix 3 has arrived as the Chinese electronics conglomerate’s first smartphone to boast slow-motion video recording at 960 frames per second. However, its not clear if this is proper 960fps video or if it’s software-enhanced. For selfies, the handset has been fitted with a 24-megapixel Sony IMX576 primary sensor, aided by a 2-megapixel depth-of-field secondary shooter. The phone gets an overall DxOMark score of 103 — hitting 108 for photos and 93 points for videos.