Xiaomi has recently announced its latest entry into the series of full-screen flagship phones and this is the Mi Mix 3. Needs no mentioning but this is another high-end Chinese device with a huge screen-to-body ratio achieved by hiding the front-facing cameras on a sliding mechanism, i.e. no notch required. However, unlike the Vivo Nex or Oppo Find X, the slider isn’t powered by motors. CEO Lei Jun compares this latest phone’s design to the previous ones and suggested that it would be relaxing just to play with.
The previous two Mi Mix phones were both first time attempts by Xiaomi to reduce the bezels around the screen as much as possible. However even with that, they predated that the now-ubiquitous notch compromised by awkwardly placing the selfie camera below the screen, would definitely be forcing users to hold the phone upside-down or deal with an unflattering angle. Even Xiaomi itself adopted the notch earlier this year with the Mi 8.
Xiaomi however claims that a screen-to-body ratio of 93.4 percent, has cut down on the “chin” at the bottom of the display by nearly 4.5 millimeters compared to the Mi Mix 2S.
Coming down to the specs, the Mi Mix 3 moves the series to OLED with a 6.4-inch 1080p panel. There are four cameras counted in total, listing, 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto modules on the back, and a 24-megapixel selfie camera backed by a 2-megapixel sensor on the front. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, so unlike the Oppo Find X users don’t have to pop the cameras up every time to unlock it.
Now, similar to every other high-end Android phone of the year, the Mi Mix 3 has a Snapdragon 845 processor, but breaks new memory grounds by including up to 10GB of RAM. Xiaomi is also bundling the phone with a 10W wireless charger. In fact, a 5G version is speculated for release in Europe early next year.
The Mi Mix 3 would be out on November 1st in China, starting at 3,299 yuan ($475) for a model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and that would be the same base price for the 64GB Mi 2S launched at. 3,999 yuan ($575) that gets 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The 10GB model is a “Forbidden City Palace Museum” special edition variant that comes with 256GB of storage and costs 4,999 yuan ($720). However, pricing for India and other markets should be announced soon.