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Xiaomi announced the new Mi Mix 3: No notch, just slide

cjmagowan  —  2 weeks ago ( Oct 29, 2018 )    |    Featured, Mobile, News

We’ve been eyeing for Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 since it was rumored a few months back. While rumors are a hit or miss thing, most of it though are somewhat spot-on and that’s a good thing. Now Xiaomi finally unveiled their innovative and technologically packed handset with one of the best smartphone design implementations to date.

The Mi Mix 3 comes with a full-screen display, That being said, it literally means that the screen covers 93.4% of the total area of the front. Like its predecessors, the Mi Mix does come with a chin but it’s narrower this time which only houses all required front sensors.

The large display measures 6.4-inch diagonally and comes with an AMOLED panel. It features a Full-HD+ 1080 x 2340 resolutions and support HDR. It is then protected by Corning Gorilla glass for better protection against scratches and scuff.

Unlike the two previous versions of the Mi Mix, the new Mi MIx 3 as we have said earlier has a narrower chin which use to be the place where the front camera sits, and with that narrower chin at the bottom, the camera on the new handset has to go somewhere else.

Xiaomi had to redesign the new Mi Mix from ground up that with the Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi have developed a magnetic slider that holds the front facing camera. With the slider, the new handset is a two-piece device with one holding the display and the other holds everything else. But you’d still get the premium ceramic back of the device.

Speaking of the camera, the new Mi Mix 3 actually has four total cameras. Two of which are facing forward that includes a primary 24 Megapixel Sony IMX576 sensor coupled to a another 2 Megapixel depth sensor. It uses a Pixel-binding technology to bring out photos in the frame that proves to be useful especially in low-light.

The cameras on the back also comes with a delightful pair of twin cameras with a 12 Megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor having an f/1.8 Aperture lens together with another 12 Megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 Aperture Telephoto lens which allows 2x optical zoom.

Getting the most out of these sensors, Xiaomi tacked AI in most parts of the handset with strong emphasis on its cameras. most images capture from the Mi Mix 3 is driven by AI that automatically selects settings according to the scene on the frame. It also introduces 960fps slow-mo video recording with an automatic background music.

While AI helps in a huge way to capture every image and video. There’s also some sort of manual controls where users like you can manually select your own camera settings to achieve your own concept and express your own perspective.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with a choice of RAM configurations from 6GB and up to 10GB and its storage with either 128GB or 256GB. Like you’d expect for the Mi Mix, it does not have any memory expansion option for this as well.

If you’re looking to use your existing headphone jack, you’re most likely out of luck as it does not include a 3.5mm dedicated audio jack ready. But there’s a USB-C port that takes USB-C headphones and a dongle that should enable that support.

The handset runs on 3200 mAh embedded battery that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 and Fast Wireless Charging. Out of the box, the Mi Mix 3 boots Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 10 user interface which is based on the latest version of Android. It also includes a dedicated button for Xiao AI – Xiaomi’s personal digital assistant.

The new Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be available in Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, and Onyx Black color options. Prices starts at CNY3,299 for the 6GB/128GB version, its 8GB/128GB version will cost CNY3,599 while the 8GB/256GB variant retails at CNY3,999.

The top of the line variant with a codename Forbidden City and has 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will retail for CNY4,999 and comes with a unique Blue color option and a gold-plated mythical Chinese creature on the back.

The Mi Mix 3 is currently available on Pre-order today and runs towards the end of the month with sales to kick off on the 1st of November for both the 6GB and 8GB RAM variants while the Forbidden City edition will start to hit the stores by the end of November.

These mentioned Mi Mix 3’s are currently equipped with LTE radios but Xiaomi confirms that a 5G enabled version of the handset can be expected by early 2019 with Europe to be one of the first recipients for such device.

All variants of the Mi Mix 3 will be shipping with a fast charging brick together with a 10W fast Wireless charger and a soft silicon case.