Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer responsible for a swath of high-performing budget devices, has debuted its new 2018 flagship. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 succeeds the Mi Mix 2s launched earlier this year.
Long a pioneer in superb cell phone design with the near-bezel-less Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 phones, Xiaomi has finally managed to eliminate all traces of bezel on its new flagship. With an incredible screen-to-body ratio of 93.4%, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 looks out of place in today’s industry with no notch or forehead to house the front-facing cameras and sensors. Where previous iterations had hidden them in a clever little chin, the Mi Mix 3 uses a slider, that is manually operated. Xiaomi promises a lifetime of up to 300,000 actuations.
That’s unlike the Oppo Find X, which uses a motor to raise the slider. On the slider is the depth-sensing dual front-facing camera array at 24 + 2 megapixels, while on the rear, on the chassis are the dual 12-megapixel cameras. There is a telephoto lens, below a wide-angle lens that will feature dual pixel PDAF, along with four-axis optical image stabilisation. Video capture is available up to 2160p.
Like the previous iteration, it will sport a ceramic back, but is now offered in Jade Green and Sapphire Blue variants, along with Onyx Black. A special edition Forbidden City Blue version will sport 10GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, while regular variants will be offered with 6GB RAM (128GB storage) or 8GB of RAM (128GB/256GB of storage). The ceramic back complements the 7000-series aluminium frame and Gorilla glass on the front, that houses a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340p (~403 ppi) display that is HDR-capable.
The Mi Mix 3 will sport the flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset, and will run Android 9.0 skinned in MIUI 10. There will not be any expandable storage, despite have dual SIM slots.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be available from November 1, 2018, at a price of around EUR 500